Here are my responses to the Australia Day Challenge 2014: C’mon Aussie geneameme conceived by Cassmob and posted on her blog, ‘Family history across the seas’.
CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY’S GUM TREE
My first ancestor to arrive in Australia was: Esther Ferres who arrived in Port Phillip 11th August 1848.on the ‘Cornwall’. She was 64 years old and listed as a laundress.
I don’t have any ‘Australian Royalty’ (convicts) amongst my known ancestors. The possibility still exists, as details of one line are unknown.
Neither can I claim to be an ‘Aussie mongrel’ as all my ancestors came to Oz from the southern counties of England.
Did any of your ancestors arrive under their own financial steam? Most were ‘assisted’ immigrants but some paid their own fare and one family is said to have been brought out by an organ-building firm to work on the town hall organ.
How many ancestors came as singles? Two
How many came as couples? Two couples
How many came as family groups? I have found six, quite varied, family groupings:
- Married couple and child/ren (3)
- Mother and daughter (1)
- Three generations together (1)
- Single woman with her brother and his wife (1)
Did one person lead the way and others follow?
- One father came seven years before his wife and daughter
- One son and daughter came four years before their parents
What’s the longest journey they took to get here? 112 days
Did anyone make a two-step emigration via another place? No
Which state(s)/colony did your ancestors arrive? All came to Port Phillip/Victoria.
Did they settle and remain in one state/colony? Yes
Did they stay in one town or move around? It varied – some stayed put for a few generations, others moved from place to place.
Do you have any First Australians in your tree? No
Were any self-employed? My earliest Australian ancestors seem to have been a fairly independent lot and mostly worked for themselves.
What occupations or industries did your earliest ancestors work in?
- Most were farmers.
- Some combined farming with gold mining.
- There was also a printer, a baker, an ironmonger and a jeweller/watchmaker.
Does anyone in the family still follow that occupation? Some descendants are still farming. There have been lots of teachers in the family in more recent generations.
Did any of your ancestors leave Australia and go “home”? No
NOW IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
What’s your State of Origin? Victoria
Do you still live there? Yes
Where was your favourite Aussie holiday place as a child? We didn’t go on holidays when I was a child. As a young adult, I developed a love of bushwalking holidays.
Any special place you like to holiday now? Anywhere with family and/or friends. I also enjoy geneacruises!
Share your favourite spot in Oz: Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges (where I live) – wonderful scenery, good climate, lovely gardens, friendly local communities, great restaurants and cafes – and only an hour from Melbourne!
Any great Aussie adventure you’ve had? Still thinking about this question!
What’s on your Australian holiday bucket list? Kakadu and the Kimberley region
How do you celebrate Australia Day? Barbeque with friends