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John Knight’s Passport: Another step towards freedom

Week 42 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT; ADVENTURE For most people a passport is a ticket to adventure, to holidays and trips far from home. To John Knight, one of my maternal 3 x great grandfathers, his Ticket of Leave Passport was another step on the long road to freedom. This passport allowed the unemployed… Continue reading John Knight’s Passport: Another step towards freedom

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Trove Tuesday – Naming and Shaming

What were the wives of Singleton up to in December 1848? Why were they deserting their husbands? Of course their husbands said it was 'without cause'. Public Notice, Maitland Mercury, Wed. 20 December 1848, p. 3. These two notices appeared in the Maitland Mercury on 20 December 1848. They provide very different reading to the… Continue reading Trove Tuesday – Naming and Shaming

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Trove Tuesday: Only two pounds reward?

Today's snippet from Trove - two notices in the Maitland Mercury of 24 January 1857 - makes me wonder about the relative value of grey horses and 10 year old boys at that tiime. Why was the reward for the horse set at three pounds while information about the boy was only set at two… Continue reading Trove Tuesday: Only two pounds reward?