Luck Tree Added

The Luck Family Tree, which also includes members of the Hilder and Bateup families, has been published to the website. Click the link above or find it in the menu under ‘Family Trees’.

The Story of ‘Myrtle Vale’ – Part 1

The story of the Friend family in New South Wales has been well told in the pages of Barbara Hufton & Enid Friend’s family history publication ‘Remembering Friends’. For that reason, the particular details of the family’s arrival and temporary place of settlement in the new colony need not be reproduced here. This is a... Continue Reading →

Stories from the Friend/Brown family line

The next cluster of stories that will be appearing here are mainly concerned with members of my paternal grandfathers family line. The line is comprised the Friend and Brown families and those that married into them, including Crago and Apps. Details on these two family groups, and the members who are most likely to be discussed... Continue Reading →

Fred Alchin at War: Two-up on Tarakan

I was always told that after my Pop, Frederick Otho Alchin (1917-1998) returned from active service during the Second World War, he had a desire to never go anywhere too far from home again. I don’t think that being a soldier defined him as a person but it certainly influenced his identity. Like most returned... Continue Reading →

Father of 26; Benjamin Pollard

When Benjamin Pollard (my 3x great-grandfather) died in 1915 at ‘Sunrise View’ near Dalton, New South Wales, he had recorded a remarkable statistic; fathering 26 children. Perhaps even more remarkable is the fact only one of the 26 children died in infancy; even with a serious diphtheria outbreak in the area which claimed many young... Continue Reading →

The Convict and the Orphan

During my family research project a number of convict ancestors were discovered. Five were discovered in all; one of which belongs to this (my maternal grandfathers) line of my family ancestry. The others belong to the Whittington/Noakes Line (a post on those four convicts can be found here). Below is a quick snapshot of the Alchin/Wheatley... Continue Reading →

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