Object Biography, Family History Quilt, Patchwork Quilt

Object Biography – Patchwork Quilt

I have talked a number of times about the Diploma of Family History I am doing through the University of Tasmania.  One of the units I did was Place, Image, Object which discussed the idea of the meanings behind each of these for a genealogist.  The major assignment for this unit was to create an object biography…

Poppy Remembrance Day Lest We Forget WWI

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day

Today, being Remembrance Day, I felt it fitting to remember my ancestors who served in World War I.  The brave men and women who served in the first world war (and of course all subsequent wars) are to be remembered for their bravery and sacrifice.  The families at home need to be remembered as well….

London Cemetery, Family History Holiday

Family History Holiday

Well, I’m currently in the very, very early planning days of Family History Holiday to the UK.  I was born in England as were my dad and brother.  Mum wanted to return to Australia so we came when I was quite young.  I’ve always wanted to go back and look around.  Discover my roots so to…

Genealogy documents, search, family history, family documents

Find My Past vs Ancestry

Today I am going to compare two highly popular genealogy websites – Find My Past vs Ancestry.  These sites allow users to conduct genealogical searches and access historical records in relation to their ancestry.  They require people to join, and whilst you can build your family tree and search for free in order to access the full records, you require a paid subscription.  I…

Convict Ships, Stag, Fremantle Westerna Australia, Transportation

The Journey

As the ship made its way out of the River Thames, Isabella reflected on how they had got to this point.  She would never have voluntarily made this trip, however since the day George was transported she knew this is what they had to do. They had hoped he would be jailed in Scotland but…

Convict, Prison, Australian Convicts

The Sentence

The convict ship “Stag” departed England, bound for Fremantle, on the 27 January 1855.  George Brand was one of 85 convicts onboard.  George was 33 years old and did not consider himself a handsome man.  He had scraggly brown hair that was lightly balding, a sallow complexion with grey eyes and whilst quite tall at…

Convicts, Prison

A Convict Legacy

Over the past week, I have released the story of George Brand: A Convict Success Story.  If you missed this series, you can read about him at the following links.  For those of you who have already read them, I really hope you enjoyed hearing about George and the Australia convict system that he became…

George Brand Death Notice, Buggy Accident, Greenough

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 5

Freedom or Something Like It On 3 April 1856 George received his Ticket of Leave, after only 11 months in the Swan Settlement, and he went to work for Charles Crowther in the Greenough area.,,,,  The below register shows the money that came to George on his release to start the next stage of his…

Fremantle Prison, Convict Establishment, Australian Convicts

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 4

A Western Australian Convict On 2 February 1855 George departed for Western Australia with 224 other convicts onboard the “Stag”, which sailed from London with Surgeon Superintendent Caldwell on board.,,,  They arrived in Fremantle on 23 May 1855, the fourteenth convict ship to arrive on its shores. ,, The Swan River Settlement in Western Australia…

Millbank Prison, Australian Convict, George Brand

George Brand: A Convict Success Story – Part 3

George Brand in Prison The first records of imprisonment that can be found are of George being sent from Edinburgh Prison, Scotland to Millbank Prison, Middlesex, England on the 13 September 1852.,  Millbank Prison was opened in 1816 as the national penitentiary but the design was so poor that even the guards would get lost., …