Australia Day Challenge 2014: C’mon Aussie

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’.

Gum tree I planted about 20 years ago when it was only a few cm high.
Gum tree I planted about 20 years ago when it was only a few cm high. I have no intention of climbing it!

 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. Continue reading “Australia Day Challenge 2014: C’mon Aussie”

52 Ancestors #2 John Ferres

John Ferres (1818-1898),John to memy great great grandfather, was the second of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia. This makes him the second of my ‘boat people’.

John was one of 203 “assisted” immigrants on the barque “Aurora” which sailed from Plymouth on 17th August 1848 and arrived off Point Henry, Geelong on the 7th December 1848.

The ‘Nominal List’ of the passengers on the “Aurora” listed him as John Ferries (or Fernes?); a carpenter aged 30, from Bath, Somerset. His religious denomination was given as Baptist. John could both read and write and owned a Bible. Continue reading “52 Ancestors #2 John Ferres”

52 Ancestors #1 Esther Chancellor

Esther Ferres, nee Chancellor (c1784-1865), Descent - Esther to Maureenmy great-great-great-grandmother, was the first of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia – at the tender age of 64.

This makes her both the first of my ‘boat people’ and the oldest!

Esther was one of 278 “assisted” immigrants on the barque “Cornwall” which sailed from Plymouth on 28th April 1848 and arrived in Port Phillip on the 11th August 1848. Continue reading “52 Ancestors #1 Esther Chancellor”

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Accepting the Challenge

I have decided to take up the challenge of writing blog posts about “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” that was proposed by Amy Johnson Crow on her No Story Too Small blog a few days ago.

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“The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

I will start with as many of my family ‘Boat People’ (ancestors who emigrated from England to Australia in the 19th Century) as I can find information about Continue reading “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Accepting the Challenge”

Accentuate the Positive 2013 Geneameme

Here are my responses to the end of year challenge posted by Jill Ball (GeniAus)

An elusive ancestor I found a snippet about was my great grandfather Arthur William ROBERTS. I never met him as he died before my mother was born. Details about his early life are undeniably hard to find/hard to pin down so he certainly fits the definition of ‘elusive’. Last year I managed to find his address in London just before he married Ellen Louisa BENNETT and they emigrated to Australia in 1889. This year I searched through land selection files at PROV and found many details about Arthur and Ellen and their family’s housing and farming activities as very early settlers in Monbulk, Victoria. Unfortunately there were no clues about his date and place of birth. Continue reading “Accentuate the Positive 2013 Geneameme”

Thankful Thursday – some new records

It is not often that I am pleased (thankful is probably a bit too strong a word!) to have a cold. But, because I stayed home from my usual session at the gym and watched Jill Ball’s Online Resources for Australian Research Hangout on Air, today has turned out to be one of those days.  Thanks to Jill and her guests, I have an extra record and a new lead! Continue reading “Thankful Thursday – some new records”

Trove Tuesday: Solving the Mystery of That Photo – almost!

I always enjoy reading other bloggers Trove Tuesday posts so it is probably fitting that my first family history post relates to the fabulous resources on that site.

This photo has puzzled me for some time. It was obviously an important occasion as most of the people depicted are quite formally dressed. Many of the individuals are difficult to distinguish, unfortunately.

Picknickers at Clontarf, Middle Harbour, Sydney 2nd June 1870
Picnickers at Clontarf, Middle Harbour, Sydney, 2nd June 1870

The letter on the back provided some clues, the most important of which was the date of the picnic: 2nd June 1870

The very formal style of the letter seems to indicate that the writer and the recipient were acquaintances rather than family or friends.

My dear Sir
I send you a photo, not certainly a very perfect one, of our picnic held at Clo?lar? Middle Harbour on the 2nd inst.
You…ly

Thos Ri?h?? Continue reading “Trove Tuesday: Solving the Mystery of That Photo – almost!”