Convict, Prison, Australian Convicts

Shhhhhh…..There is a Convict in the Family

Today I decided to veer away from the “Stories Under the Tree” that I have posted over the past week and tell you about my convict ancestor, George Brand.  During the Diploma of Family History I have undertaken there has been two Units on convicts – Convict Ancestors and Convicts in Context.  The first unit…

The Epiphany Jonah Walker

The Epiphany

Jonah sat with his head in his hands. He had no idea how he was to continue. It was bad enough that young Sarah and George had to die but why did God have to take his Henney as well? How could he do it all ­ raise the remaining children and work? “Dad do you…

The Police Henry Stokes Harriet Stokes

The Police

“I’ll have to be going.  I promised Fanny I wouldn’t be long.  I can’t believe the baby will be here so soon” said Samuel. Harriet smiled as she gently put her youngest son William in his cradle “I know son, I cannot wait for my first grandchild. ” As Harriet opened the door she looked…

Kalgoorlie Express, Western Australia

The Kalgoorlie Express

“Tom, sit still!” chastised Clara. She’d been tasked with the care of Tom on this trip to Kalgoorlie. “He’s just excited,” her mother said as she fed baby Ruth. “I know, but if he just wouldn’t wiggle so.” “Look, look we’re in the forest,” screamed Tom. Clara smiled. Tom turned to Clara, “Tell me about…

Fletcher Alderwin Brand, WWI Portrait, Western Australia

Chance Encounter

Fletcher wandered down the street of Alexandria, Egypt heading towards the noise coming from the pub. His ship had landed early this morning and he had been given a few hours to unwind before his war started. He noticed a vacant stool at the bar and took up his position ordering a beer. “Hello” said…

The Dilemma, Sailing Ship, Merchant Sailor

Upside Down

I was born in 1847 in Larbert, Scotland, a little town halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  When I was 4, my dad was transported to Australia.  My mum told me that we might never see him again.  However, now I am 12 and we have arrived to live with dad, in a small place called…

Aaron Walker, Family Tree

The Census Collector

Samuel finished giving his details to the Census Collector “I’ll get Jonah, my boarder for you.” Samuel entered the kitchen to find Jonah sitting with his head in his hands.  His two children sitting quietly next to him.  He touched Jonah on the shoulder “Jonah you’ll need to go give the man your details.” The…

Robert Hilton Matheson, WWI, France

The Letter

The screen door slammed behind Gladys as she came running into the house. “Gladys!  Shut the door gently!” her mother called from the kitchen, where she was making lunch. Breathlessly Gladys said, “The mail was in.  There is a letter from Hilton.” Edith wiped her hands on her apron and reached for the letter.  It…

Using a computer for genealogy

Diploma of Family History

Over the past 15 months, I’ve been undertaking the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) Diploma of Family History.   Having done my own research off and on for many years, I considered myself quite knowledgeable.  I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of this course.  I have been pleasantly surprised with the new knowledge…

Genealogy Journey, First Fish, Grandma

My Genealogy Journey

For many years my ancestors have held great interest for me.  I don’t know whether it was because we lived on the opposite side of the world to my dad’s English family.  Or because we lived on the opposite side of Australia to my mum’s family.  Whatever it is I have always wanted to know more….