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Australia / Woolford - Sydney, NSW pre mid 1850ís.
« on: Saturday 05 January 19 12:06 GMT (UK)  »
Hanging off a branch, I have Mary Ann WOOLFORD.  When she died in Victoria in 1873 it was said that her father was Charles WOOLFORD and that she was born in Sydney in 1837.  Mary Ann had a relationship with a man named HIN YEE and a number a children were born on the Victorian Goldfields.

NSW BDMís do have a baptism for a Mary A WOOLFORD in 1837 to a Charles and Bridget.

As you know, Iím VERY Victorian...

Please help!


Australia / Irish Famine Orphan Girls Commemoration - Melbourne.
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 09:40 BST (UK)  »
Sunday 28th October, 2018. 2.30pm-4pm.

Famine Rock, Burgoyne Reserve.  The Strand, Williamstown.

Further details on Facebook.


Wiltshire / Anne PHILMORE, c 1724.
« on: Wednesday 08 August 18 14:28 BST (UK)  »
Hello team

I am trying to link this woman to my family.

An Anne PHILLMORE (note the double L) married Thomas ODY at Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire 16th January 1748.  Both were of the parish.

An Anne ODY was buried at St Mary's LT in 1780, not sure if it's the same Anne.

My PHILMORE's are from LT but I cannot place Anne!  I wonder if she was Mrs Anne PHILMORE?!

Thanks in Advance.


Australia / Pemberton 1849, Crew List.
« on: Wednesday 06 June 18 14:45 BST (UK)  »
Hi team

For a friend, I'm looking for the names of the crew on the 'Pemberton' that arrived in Port Phillip in May 1849 from Plymouth.  She was an Earl Grey vessel. 

I've seen lots of lists of the passengers including the Captain, and the ships surgeon but what about the other crew members?!

Thanks in advance,


Cheshire / John GARSIDE, alias Smith. Native of Cheshire.
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 03:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi team

My convict, John GARSIDE alias Smith was sentenced at Knutsford on 17 October 1836 to 7 years transportation for 'Stealing Soap'.  Looks like a couple of others were found guilty of the same offence at the same time.  He was transported to New South Wales on 14 July 1837 on the 'Asia II'.

The prison hulk register states he was married but also suggests their were no children to the marriage as others on the register do.  I do not know who his wife was, but that is one of my requests.

The register also states, 'Once in gaol for Bastardy'.  I dont know the name of the child or mother.  That is another of my requests.

I also dont know where the 'alias Smith' comes into it?!

John GARSIDE spent the rest of his life in New South Wales.  He married again in 1844.

Thanks in advance.


Australia / Australian Marriage Law
« on: Tuesday 27 February 18 09:14 GMT (UK)  »
Hi team

After reading a comment today about who can and can't marry who in Australia, I thought I'd post this link from The Attorney-General's Department.

Your's in Research


Australia / Lidcombe Home / Rookwood State Hospital, Sydney.
« on: Saturday 03 February 18 00:53 GMT (UK)  »

I'm hoping some NSW centric folk may have some experience, not first hand though, with this facility.

I have a death in 1917, the death notice reads, 'at Lidcombe Home'.  Would this be the 'nice' way of referring to The Rookwood State Hospital?  The death is registered at Granville and the deceased buried alone at Rookwood.

Was the facility for destitute men, or 'Mental Hospital', or whatever the 'state' determined?!

Would records for this facility be 'public'?!  I'm hoping maybe they may shed some light on the deceased's wife.  I cant locate her ANYWHERE after 1895.

This family's story is utterly tragic, horrendous actually...


Surrey / Hephzibah Jane ROBERTS... 1861 Census?!
« on: Saturday 23 September 17 12:02 BST (UK)  »
Hi team

I have Hephzibah Jane ROBERTS born Jul-Sep 1859 Chertsey District, actually Chobham I think.

It appears that from the GRO she is illegitimate, probably the grand daughter of Richard ROBERTS (she states Richard is her father on her 1st marriage cert) and Harriet SLEET.  I've found her on all the census' after 1871 with various spellings of her name.    On the 1871 she is listed as 'niece' of Stephen and his sister Emily ROBERTS, children of Richard and Harriet. 

I'm therefore thinking that Hephzibah's mother may be with her on the 1861 but I can't find her.

Possible mother's are Charlotte 1829, Mary 1831, Jane 1833, Eliza 1836, and Esther 1839. Other daughters are far too young.  She is also NOT with Esther on the 1861 although she does leave her 'effects' to Esther's daughter.

Many thanks


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