Maria Brown and the mystery portrait

Photographs of our Australian colonial ancestors are hard to come by. Painted and sketched portraits are even rarer. Fortunately, one of my ancestors (my maternal grandmothers great-grandmother) was not shy of camera or canvas. Stashed behind an old refrigerator, in my grandparent's garage, are two portraits that were among items passed down and stored after... Continue Reading →

Convicts in the Whittington/Noakes line

During my family research project a number of convict ancestors were discovered. Five were discovered in all; four of which belong to this (my maternal grandmothers) line of my family ancestry. Four belong to the Whittington side and one to the Noakes side. The other convict belongs to the Alchin side (my maternal grandfathers), but... Continue Reading →

Dalton: bailed up

In November 1863, during the hight of the Australian bushranger period, the Melbourne Age reported that "the hitherto quite village of Dalton, on Jerrawa Creek has become the theatre of as daring an act of bush ranging as the already famed Canowindra". Only a handful of accounts exist that detail the incident which involved three... Continue Reading →

Taylor’s Village: Charleyong

To have a village named after yourself, or at least known locally in your families’ name, usually means you made significant contributions to the social and economic life of the area. That seems to be the case with my 4X-grandfather (on my maternal grandmother’s side) William Taylor and his family who settled at Charleyong, near... Continue Reading →

Image: House at Kiowarrah (off Kiowarrah Road, Bevendale) where my great-grandmother, Evelyn May Noakes lived for a short while with her son, William Charles Noakes who was working on the property.

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