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Australia / Cannot open the Trove Web site
« on: Monday 08 October 12 07:26 BST (UK)  »
Just wondering if it is my computer or a problem at Trove. 

I cannot open the web site.    :(   Anyone else experiencing the same problem.

Australia / RIGBYE Family Reunion in Eaglehawk, Victoria
« on: Monday 06 February 12 00:18 GMT (UK)  »
I'm not sure if this is OK, but if it's not someone will take it down.   ;D

Whichever way you look at it John Thomas Rigbye was an amazing man. Gentleman, Farmer, Miner and Storekeeper, he had three families, twenty children and is credited with building the first two brick dwellings in South Australia.

John Thomas Rigbye with his second wife (never married) Jane Stopforth, came to South Australia in 1839, just three years after the colony of South Australia was proclaimed 28 December 1836.  With John and Jane were Ann and Eleanor, children of his first wife Margaret Rigbye (nee Fisher) and Beatrice born to Jane Stopforth.  They arrived at Port Adelaide on 27 September 1839 on the “Lady Lilford” from Liverpool, England. John left behind his wife, two children and links to his Rigbye heritage and connection with Harrock Hall in Eccelston, Lancashire.

After the death of Jane Stopforth, John Thomas Rigbye repeated history when he left his family behind in South Australia, and with Louisa Kipp (never married) and one child moved to Victoria around 1856.  They settled in Eaglehawk where they had nine more children, the last being born in 1880 when John Thomas Rigbye was aged seventy nine.

In 2012 it will be 160 years since John Thomas Rigbye and Louisa Kipp claim they were married.  So it is time we brought all these families back together again with a big Rigbye reunion in Eaglehawk (his final resting place) over the last weekend in October 2012.

Families named Rigbye, Flaherty, Bell, Wright, Lapthorne, Balchin, Randall, Bull, Anderson, Soppert, Dunn, Gregory, Lawrence, Hamer, Henderson, Wilson, Grooby, Berry, Osborne and Johnson from Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and England have indicated they will be attending the Reunion and we all look forward to sharing the history and stories about one amazing extended family.

Further information can be found on the John Thomas Rigbye Face Book Group or by contacting me via a PM.  Thanks.

Australia / VIC birth lookup please.
« on: Tuesday 31 January 12 02:28 GMT (UK)  »
I’m looking for the names of the children born to Charles Nathaniel Rigbye and his first wife Mary Ellen Parsons between 1890 to 1895.

I have all the children to his second wife Florence Jane Doney and I have everything on Charles and Mary, and Charles and Florence.  It’s just the names of the children I’m after.  It is also possible they were not named.

I am told that Charles Nathaniel Rigbye and Mary Ellen Parsons (they were married) had 3 children with but they all were either stillborn or died soon after birth.  It is possible there were only two children because we think they are buried with their Grandparents John Thomas Rigbye d. 1886 and Louisa Rigbye d. 1902. Eaglehawk cemetery only has them as unnamed Rigbye baby one in 1893 and the other in 1894.

A Vic BMD search between 1892 to 1894 does not have either the births or the deaths of the children but does have Mary Ellen Rigbye’s death in 1894.  It’s quite possible she died in childbirth.

Thanks, Kevin

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Where is this?? [COMPLETED] with thanks!!
« on: Friday 30 December 11 23:51 GMT (UK)  »
Happy New Year to all.  This photo was sent to me of Ada & Alice, (right) two of my G/G/Aunts.  They lived in Chelsea so I guess the photo was taken not far away.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Australia Lookups completed / My next Brick Wall [COMPLETED]
« on: Friday 16 December 11 10:12 GMT (UK)  »
Merry Christmas, my next brick wall is Hannah Forrester.  She married Stephen Gaffney 19 April 1893 in Strahan, Tasmania. (Reg No. 768/1893) when she was only 16 or 17.  This means she was born around 1876 we think in Scotland.

There are a few Hannah Forrester possibilities on a well known Scotland pay Web Site, but we have discounted them all discovering who each one married, lived and died in Scotland.

It is possible that Hannah Forrester was born in Tasmania of Scottish parents, or even born at sea, but we can’t find that either. I have her marriage, all her children and her death certificate.

What we would like to find is her arrival in Tasmania between 1876 and 1893 and her birth in Scotland or Tasmania.

Cheers, Kevin

Australia / Shipping Departures
« on: Monday 21 November 11 10:14 GMT (UK)  »
Is there any way of finding Shipping Departures from Melbourne (or Sydney) for the years 1946 to 1948.

Perhaps an on-line passenger manifest.

In particular I'm looking for the ship that went to England with Graeme Bell, Jazz musician on board.  When I find that I will know the ship that took my parents to England.


Australia / Vic look up please HEFFERNAN & QUIRK
« on: Friday 12 August 11 03:20 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I'm looking for information on a pair of GG Grandparents.

Peter Heffernan married Jane (Miller - I think) and I only have three of their children and am having difficulty finding anything else about this elusive couple.   :-[  Where they were born and when they came to Australia?  I was told they went to the Goldfields.

Their daughter Mary Ann Heffernan married William Quirk in 1889 in Victoria and had 9 children, I have them, but I can't find anything else about William Quirk apart from his death notice in Trove in The Melbourne Argus Monday 10 April 1944.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Australia / Electoral Roll Look Up for HALL & CLIFFORD
« on: Wednesday 13 July 11 11:11 BST (UK)  »
Hope someone can shed some light.   ;D

I'm looking for any siblings of Jessie Janet Hall born C1867 who married Edward Boothman in February 1886 (Edited to correct date). (I have everything I need for this couple)

It's one of Jessie Janet Hall's brothers perhaps I'm trying to link as the "not named" father of Eva Eleanor Clifford born October 1879 to Ellen Clifford, the named mother.

Hopefully an electoral roll address will have a male Hall living very close to Ellen Clifford in or around Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria.  The name Hall comes is from family gossip story suggesting Eva Clifford's name should be Eva Hall. Eva Eleanor Clifford went on the marry Archie Rutherford Boothman (I also have everything on them) which is too much of a coincidence.

Thanks, Red

London and Middlesex / HARRINGTON births
« on: Friday 08 April 11 08:41 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to find all the children born to Arthur Benjamin Harrington and Annie Maud Wood.  Arthur and Annie were married in the March quarter of 1881 Camberwell, London Ref: 1d Page 785.  Annie Maude Harrington (Wood) died in 1897.

I have a birth for Arthur Benjamin Harrington Jnr. born 1882 and assume him to be their first born.  Then I have Celia Ada Harrington in the June quarter 1895 in Camberwell.  That's a 13 year gap and I can't find the children born inbetween.  I'm sure in those days there must have been other children.  Celia Ada also turns up as a 5 year old in the 1901 Census with her grandmother Mary Ann English Harrington in her Uncle George Bennetts' house.

I would appreciate any help on this one.

Thanks, Red

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