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Australia / Lookup Required: "British Army in Australia" - SUGDEN
« on: Thursday 27 November 14 15:25 GMT (UK)  »
Hope someone here can help.

Looking for William Sugden in "The British Army in Australia" by James Hugh Donohoe.

I'm not local to look it up from NSWSL where I know there is a copy.

Can anyone help? I need any info plus the full reference including page number.

Thanks in advance


Australia / Nth Gundagai Cem Lookup Please - Geaghan
« on: Thursday 30 May 13 15:20 BST (UK)  »
I am hoping to find a grave/inscription for Catherine Geaghan nee Roughan who died 27 June 1931 and was buried in the Catholic portion of Nth Gundagai Cemetery. Her husband William Thomas Geaghan died 23 April 1925 and is also buried there. I was unsuccessful in finding graves for this couple when I visited the cemetery some years ago, but I'm hoping someone has a listing for them or a plot reference somewhere. Many thanks.

Miss May

London and Middlesex / St Thomas Church Lambeth
« on: Saturday 07 April 12 09:11 BST (UK)  »
Hello fellow Chatters

Just wondering if anyone has a picture, etching, lithograph, watercolour or other pic of St Thomas' Church that was situated on Westminster Bridge Rd Lambeth.

The church was destroyed in WWII and I have tried searching through Lambeth Archives online and the Metropolitan Archives, but have come up with nought. :-\

Any other suggestions for searching???


Note to Moderator: Sorry, just saw I had put this under the Resources thread when I meant to put it under London and Middlesex. Could you move it for me please? Ta muchly

Census Lookup and Resource Requests / 1841 Census for ship "Gilbert Henderson"
« on: Friday 21 October 11 22:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

I am hoping that someone out there with lots of census experience can help me.

I have 2 rels on board the "Gilbert Henderson" that sailed from London on 26th May 1841 arriving in Plymouth on 6th June, enroute to Australia. I'm hoping they were captured in the census before leaving Plymouth.

Names: William Gagen and Biddy Gagen (as recorded in the shipping records), although their surname has taken on permutations, and Biddy is obviously Bridget. Both were aged 26 and from Galway, Ireland.

Accompanying them was William's niece Margaret Givnan aged 22 under their protection, but listed separately as a single female on the shipping manifest

I have tried various searches online, but nothing's come up for them.

Any pointers for searching vessels in dock??


Immigrants & Emigrants - General / "Gilbert Henderson" arr Australia 16 Sep 1841
« on: Friday 21 October 11 08:44 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

Anyone out there who's into ships??

I'm looking for some information on the ship the "Gilbert Henderson" and the only description I've been able to find so far was that it was a barque. I take it the name was used successively as an earlier ship bearing the same name was lost in 1833 according to the Belfast Shipping News. I'm after the one that carried mainly Irish immigrants (my rels among them) arriving into Sydney 16 Sep 1841.


Yorkshire (West Riding) / Joseph HARRISON Eccleshill Apperleybridge
« on: Friday 14 October 11 09:42 BST (UK)  »
Hello All

I am searching for Joseph Harrison b. abt 1857 at Apperley Bridge, according to his Australian certs.
I’ve been unable to find a birth registration for him and have been going on details obtained from his marriage and death certs.

From his 1881 NSW marriage cert his father was John Harrison occupation “miller”, mother Ann (maiden name unknown). Birthplace Applebridge, Yorkshire (I think this is an error in spelling as I have also seen this written as Applegridge – but neither place appears to exist). Joseph’s age is given as 22.

Some of the details are a little different on his 1939 NSW death cert: age 82 yrs. Father – John Harrison occupation labourer, Mother Mary Ann (maiden surname blank).  It also states that he was 61 years in NSW suggesting that he left England around 1878 – although I’ve not found him on the shipping indexes for NSW yet. The informant was the assistant manager of the hospital where Joseph died.

I have found who I think is Joseph’s family based on father’s occupation of miller and proximity of Eccleshill to Apperley Bridge – details below:

1851 Census living at Wreaks Village Birstwith
John 33 Corn Miller b. Pannal, Ann 32 b. Galphay, Mary A dau 5 b. Birstwith, Alice dau 3 b. Birstwith, Jane dau 7 mos b. Birstwith

1861 Census living at Eccleshill at 37 Greengates Rd
John 42 Corn Miller b. Pannal, Ann 42 b. Galphay, Mary  dau 15 woollen cloth weaver, Alice dau 13 woollen yarn spinner, Wilkinson son 9 scholar b. Birstwith, George son 7 scholar b. Birstwith, Joseph son 5 scholar b. Birstwith, Elizabeth dau 2 b. Idle.

1871 Census still at Eccleshill on Greengates Rd, possibly at Seven Stars Inn
John 52 Corn Miller b. Pannal, Ann 51 b. Galphay, George son 16 mule pricer, Joseph son 14 woollen warper, Elizabeth dau 12.

I’d really appreciate some help from those of you who know the area much better than I from a distance. A birth registration reference would be great, or a baptism that might give a clue to the surname of his mother, or anything else that might help me get a few more generations out of this line.

Many thanks

London and Middlesex / PIGRAM of Hillingdon and Red Lion Inn
« on: Monday 10 October 11 05:44 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

I have just discovered that my rellie Thomas George PIGRAM was a licencee of the Red Lion Inn Hillingdon in 1826 having found him listed in Public Houses, Inns and Taverns of London in 1826 (online at

I am interested in finding out more about the pub and where I might find other records connected to the licence application for Thomas. Other info I have on him already is his entry in the 1841 Census, marriage details to Sarah Bowrey in 1820, his burial in 1846. I have already found some children of Sarah and Thomas but suspect there are more. Found are: George b. 1820, Joshua b 1825, Thomas b 1826, James b 1826, Caroline b 1828, and Robert Leopold b. 1833.

Any pointers, advice, connections or other greatly appreciated.


Essex / BALLARD South Weald, Shenfield, Brentwood
« on: Tuesday 04 October 11 08:43 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

I need some help here as I've been given some info that I am trying to confirm and have hit a brick wall on a few fronts  :-\

I am looking for Samuel Ballard's marriage to Ann ?Herrington that apparently took place in 1795 in Brentwood. I would really like to confirm the surname of the bride, and hopefully get the name of Samuel's father if a marriage entry exists anywhere.

I have a possible birth for Ann Herrington  on 8 Jan 1776 at Breamore, Hants from the Hampshire Baptisms m. Mary f. William, and a possible burial for her in Q4 1840 Vol 12 P.1 at St Mary the Virgin at Shenfield.

Also a possible burial for Samuel also at Shenfield on 28 May 1837 aged 68, but this does not seem to appear on the civil death record.

In addition I have a birth entry for their son Abraham from 7 Aug 1814 that I've found on the LDS which fits in with other info from Australia that also states that Abraham was from Essex and born 1814. Unfortunately no records here that I have confirm his parents, other than the word of other researchers.

Possible siblings of Abraham born in Brentwood from the IGI are Thomas (Balard) 17 Feb 1802; Samuel 27 Jan 1805; Susannah Elizabeth 16 Aug 1807; Charlotte 25 Dec 1808 buried Shenfield 25 Jul 1815; Charles 7 Aug 1814; John 1 Apr 1816; Charlotte Ann 8 Mar 1818.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Australia / Orange NSW - Harriet SHORT - Coroner Geo Towson
« on: Monday 19 September 11 10:21 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

Can anyone tell me how I might go about finding records of the Coroner in Orange for 1875? I've been unable to find anything either on Trove for a death notice and any subsequent inquiry, or through Archive Investigator on NSW Archives.

I'm researching the death of Harriet Hannah Short (nee Williams) who died 17 June 1875 at Spring Grove (now known as Millthorpe). I know of a connection to Spring Grove through her sister Elizabeth who married Thomas Norris who may have been a constable there.

The informant on her death cert is George Towson, Coroner of Orange. At the time of her death Harriet was meant to be serving a 10-year gaol sentence in Darlinghurst.


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