52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 18: Close Up
The week 18 challenge in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is Close Up. The suggestions for writing this one were to write about an ancestor who lived closed to where you live now or where you grew up; an ancestor that you have a portrait of; an ancestor who you have more information about and you feel like you know them “close up.” This has proved hard for me.
The ancestors I more information about, I have already written about or intend to write about in future weeks. I am living in Queensland, well-removed from my ancestors – dad’s family is in England, the majority of mum’s is in Western Australia with her ancestors arriving to New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. I have lived here since I was 10 years old but have no ancestral connection to the area I grew up. Then it came to me – I could write about an ancestral home of my children that was near to where I grew up.
Week 18 – Close Up
Rockmount is a grand old home situated at 607 Ipswich Road, Annerley just 7km from the Brisbane city centre. It is just 1.4km up the road from where I lived growing up in Brisbane and I would regularly pass this home on the bus. As an adult working in the city, and then the suburbs I would pass this home almost daily and regularly admired it. Little was I to know that in years to come I would have a tenuous link to this grand old lady.
Rockmount, one of Brisbane’s original homes, was built in 1862 and was situated as a halfway house between Yatala and the Port of Brisbane for horse cargo carriers.1 Situated across the road from the Chardon’s Corner Hotel made it a perfect stopping spot as the men enjoyed a beer whilst the women remained on the verandah of the home having tea.1
As I have previously mentioned I have been doing genealogy in one form or another for over 25 years. I had no connections in Brisbane as we had moved here as children and the family ties were in Western Australia and England. Whilst enjoyable researching in libraries and family history societies it was sad that I couldn’t physically visit these places. The rapid growth of the internet made it a much more rewarding task when I could “virtually” see these places.
However, prior to the internet I decided I wanted to research somewhere closer to home so I could visit the places and decided to start researching my children’s paternal family. Imagine my excitement when my father-in-law told me that his grandparents and mother had lived in Rockmount! My kids are descended from a family that lived there!
Hugh and Amelia McNeilly
Hugh McNeilly was born on 24 June 1868 Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland to Hugh McNeilly and Elizabeth Reid.2 I am unsure when he arrived in Australia but it is sometime between the 1881 Scotland Census and when he married Amelia Elizabeth Trueman in Brisbane, Queensland in 1895.3,4 Amelia was born in 1876 in Queensland to Alfred Alexander Trueman and Maria Elizabeth Hummer.5 Hugh and Amelia had eight children – Ivena May, Ellen Elizabeth, Amy May (my children’s great-grandmother) born 26 May 1898, Wallace Hugh, Bruce Herbert, Violet Grace, Hector Alfred, and Jean Elsie.
They lived in various places during their marriage in the suburbs of Annerley and Coorparoo with Hugh working as a pork butcher.6,7 The 1919 (and many subsequent) Electoral Rolls had them living at “Rockmount”, Ipswich Road, Annerley, with Hugh working as a pig buyer.8 The family was still living there when Amy, my children’s great-grandmother was married in 1929.9 Amy had attended Yeronga State School from 1904, a school I attended myself in the 1980’s.10
Is there a an old home in your family history that has special significance? Tell me about it in the comments below.
- 1. The Courier Mail, 19 April 2012, ‘Slice of Brisbane history in Annerley’, http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/slice-of-brisbane-history-in-annerley/news-story/04bebb335ab0585b290416fbbae65c6a?sv=c79c9516c5161a38d703e1d550113df2, Accessed 2 May 2018.
- 2. Family Search, Indexing Project: C11587-1; System Origin: Scotland-ODM; GS Film No: 6035516, ‘Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,’ database, FamilySearch, Hugh Mcneilley, 24 Jun 1868; citing DALRY,AYR,SCOTLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 6,035,516,https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYY9-292 : accessed 10 April 2016.
- 3. Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register, McNEILLY Hugh, Elizabeth, Hugh, John, James, Maggie, Janet, Parish: Dalry; ED: 5; Page: 29; Line: 7; Roll: cssct1881_183, Accessed, 10 April 2016.
- 4. Ancestry.com. Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, 1895 Reg. No. B017424 P.26429 Queensland, Australia, McNEILLY Hugh and TRUEMAN Amy Amelia, Accessed 10 April 2016.
- 5. Ancestry.com. Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, TRUEMAN Amelia Elizabeth, 1876 Reg. No. B020566, P.14984, Queensland, Australia, Accessed 10 April 2016.
- 6. Queensland Electoral Roll, 1903 Division: Oxley, Subdivision: Coorparoo, Queensland, p.17, McNEILLY Hugh and Amy.
- 7. Queensland Electoral Roll, 1905 Division: Oxley, Subdivision: Fairfield, Queensland, p.9, McNEILLY Hugh and Amy.
- 8. Queensland Electoral Roll, 1919, Division: Oxley, Subdivision: Stephens, Queensland, p.25, McNEILLY Amy, Ellen Elizabeth, Hugh, Ivy May.
- 9. Marriage Certificate of Amy May McNeilly, 16 March 1929, Certificate No.77, Queensland, Australia, Original in author’s possession.
- 10. 1904 Yeronga State School Admission Register 1871-1973, Ref.2139, Amy McNeilly.
- 11. Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, 1938 Reg. No. B038286 P.1268 Queensland, Australia, Amelia Elizabeth McNeilly.
- 12. Brisbane City Council, 1938 Balmoral Cemetery, 7-322, https://graves.brisbane.qld.gov.au, Amelia Elizabeth McNeilly.
- 13. Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, 1948 Reg. No. B017430, P.1513 Queensland, Australia, Hugh McNeilly.
- 14. Brisbane City Council, 1948 Balmoral Cemetery, 7-323, https://graves.brisbane.qld.gov.au, Hugh McNeilly.
- a. ‘Rockmount’, Image Courtesy of realestate.com, Accessed 28 May 2007.
- b. C.1930 ‘Rockmount’, Annerley, Amy May McNeilly, Original in author’s possession.
- c. C.1920’s Hugh and Amelia McNeilly at “Rockmount”, Annerley, Original in author’s possession.
- d. C.1920’s Hugh McNeilly at “Rockmount”, Annerley, Original in author’s possession.
- e. Balmoral Cemetery, Hugh and Amelia McNeilly Grave, Original in author’s possession.
- f. Balmoral Cemetery, Hugh and Amelia McNeilly Headstone, Original in author’s possession.