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. Three 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 →
The Wheatley Family Tree, which includes members of the Pollard, Holgate and Brown families, has been published to the website. Click the link above or find it in the menu under 'Family Trees'.
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 →
Personal objects can often be overlooked when conducting family research. It may be that they are seen as merely possessions, however objects can provide us with rich and invaluable information and stories. While consulting a well-crafted genealogy publication, concerning the Holgate family, I observed an interesting note. On the pages that were of interest to... Continue Reading →
Between the years of 1848 and 1850, it is estimated that over 4000 young orphan girls were sent from various Irish workhouses to the new Australian colonies. Those who arrived during these years did so under what was to be called the 'Earl Grey scheme' (thousands of other Irish orphans arrived outside of these years as part... 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.
It has been recognised recently, through campaigns such as the United Nation's International Day of Rural Women, and initiatives like the Invisible Farmer Project, that rural women are often overlooked and left out of our rural histories. Many of the newspapers of our past often removed a woman identity, tying them to the name of their... Continue Reading →
On Easter Sunday, 1947, a diamond wedding celebration was held at 'Mayfield' (near Bevendale) for James and Emma Noakes. According to the Goulburn Post, every descendant of the couple attended, 160 in all, celebrating in a marquee decorated with bright streamers and flowers. Even the couple's elderly bridesmaid was there. Toasts were made and messages... Continue Reading →
In 1947 the 'Burrowa News' (as it was called before 1951) and the 'Crookwell Gazette', ran a story about a local horse. The pony, whose name is not given, was reared by a Mrs. Hines; a Benvendale local. The pony was used in the local mail run, and the Crookwell Gazette estimates it travelled, in... Continue Reading →