Week 28: Travel/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

My great great grandfather, Robert Clement Richardson (my paternal Pop’s grandfather) appears to have done some travelling in his lifetime. Born in Godstone, Surrey in April 1873, his parents made the move over to Sydney in 1875 aboard the Samuel Plimsoll. They arrived in Sydney on the 22nd of October, 1875. This happens to be…

Disappearing Acts, Calculated Risks and a Visit to Dungog

It’s official. Alien connections truly are likely where Mum’s biological Dad is concerned. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense, knowing Mum…(I kid, I kid). I saw the opportunity and I took it, okay? The last few weeks have involved a visit to the NSW State Library, to check out their…

Week 27: Independence/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Boys High School East Maitland 21/6/1929 Dear Mary, Just a brief note of congratulation to all the Taree girls who competed for the Peel Shield. It’s just splendid to think that Taree won all the ball games, even if it didn’t win the Shield. All must have played gloriously. The runners too, deserve all credit. When Clarice…

Week 26: Black Sheep/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Rockleigh/Rockley Elwyn Hann is my first cousin four times removed. The son of William Hann (my first cousin 3x removed) and Matilda Page, he was born in Grafton in 1890. He was one of ten children in total, pretty standard for the Hann side of the family. Rockleigh/Rockley led a bit of a colourful life…the…

Week 25: Same Name/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Everyone has this struggle to some degree. I have it across the family, all sides. For this week, I am going to focus on my paternal Pop’s family. William, Robert, John, George and Elizabeth (and combinations of the aforementioned male names) are all super common on the Peace family line. But the most interesting same…

Week 24: Fathers Day/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

It actually isn’t Fathers Day here in Australia (ours is in September)…so instead of that, I’ll give an update on the search, which has been the focus these past two weeks. I’ve done a complete 360 as to my theory of who Mum’s father is, in a matter of this past fortnight. And, as it…

Week 23: Going to The Chapel/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have spoken before about my great grandfather, Edward (Ted) Bate.  A Methodist church minister, he came out from Cannock, Staffordshire, England to answer this calling. Earlier in the year I sat down with all my grandparents, and looked at each of their photo collections from their sides of the family…I listened to their stories and…

Week 22: So Far Away/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Tucked away, out in the middle of no where, there’s this tiny little cemetery in Blayney. Newbridge Cemetery, it’s called. Hidden away in there are two biological ancestors of mine and Mum’s. Paternal biological relatives. I visited the area in October last year, after work took me to Orange for a weekend. I know I’ve…

T.S.

Things have been at a bit of a stalemate re: Mum’s ‘Who’s The Daddy’ mystery. It’s been a busy seven months for us, from having family members leaving for overseas for extended periods, my adoptive grandfather’s health scare, to me beginning postgrad study and juggling that with my jobs (yes, plural!). And I know that’s…

Week 21: Military/52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I have been learning more about Mum’s biological maternal side, where military involvement appears to have been fairly common.  My fourth great grandfather, James Moorhouse served in the British army. He enlisted on the 13th of August 1856 and was in the Royal Engineers. I found his discharge papers from the 15th of August, 1877…