The story of the Steads of Gundaroo has shaky origins, intriguing details and an unfortunate tragic ending. Before we can detail what we do know, we must first deal with what we do not. John Henry Stead, born circa 1804, is the focus of this story. It appears that he was born in London, however... Continue Reading →
The next cluster of stories that will be appearing here are mainly concerned with members of my maternal grandfathers family line. The line is comprised the Alchin and Wheatley families and those that married into them, including; Pollard, Brown, Stead, O'Donnell and Shaw. Details on these two family groups, and the members who are most... Continue Reading →
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 →
"The dogs, which used frequently to kill stock, had their haunt in a rocky outcrop...Ultimately they were completely ousted. The area is still known locally as the Native Dog Rock." (from 'Old Tom Brown of Wesley Vale Dalton', Federal Capital Press, 1938, p. 18) Although the Holgates only feature briefly in my direct ancestor story... Continue Reading →
The Friend Family Tree, which also includes members of the Apps, Brown and Crago families, has been published to the website. Click the link above or find it in the menu under ‘Family Trees’.
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 →
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 →