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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.

Clarence, England then Australia from 1912.
Copeland, England.
Lascelles / Lovett / Stevens, England.
Langford, England (Reading and Southampton).
Kipp / Rigbye / Randall, Germany then Victoria, Australia from 1849.
Boothman / Clifford / Marsden / Johnston in Australia

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Re: RIGBYE Family Reunion in Eaglehawk, Victoria
« Reply #1 on: Friday 27 July 12 06:43 BST (UK) »

Hi all, we had a great day in Eaglehawk recently.   ;D  We met with the ladies from the Eaglehawk Heritage Society and Eaglehawk Cemetery, who have gone to a huge amount of effort to prepare our Rigbye Reunion Talk, Walk and Cemetery Tour.  They has identified all the Rigbye Graves at Eaglehawk and will provide details of Rigbye Graves at Bendigo and other cemeteries if you ask in a reply here or on our FaceBook page before hand. Much more than we could have ever wished for.   ;D  ;D  ;D

The grave Plaque has been ordered and will be in place with loads of time to spare.
 
We also checked out Eaglehawk for the town walk and have located the general area where John Thomas Rigbye & Louisa Kipp lived.

The RSL for the dinner is also arranged and is an excellent venue with great facilities as is the Church Hall on the Sunday, plenty of parking, very oldie worldie and perfect for a get together to swap information if the weather is unfriendly. Everything seems to have fallen into place nicely.
 
The Eaglehawk Motel is basic, so if you looking for 5 star please be warned. It has jug and toaster, TV etc, and is very clean, just looking a little tired, but considering we’ll be out and about and just for sleeping ………. it’ll do.
 
I'll be posting the final itinerary soon so get your Registration Form in ASAP.  If you would like one send me a PM.
Clarence, England then Australia from 1912.
Copeland, England.
Lascelles / Lovett / Stevens, England.
Langford, England (Reading and Southampton).
Kipp / Rigbye / Randall, Germany then Victoria, Australia from 1849.
Boothman / Clifford / Marsden / Johnston in Australia

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Re: RIGBYE Family Reunion in Eaglehawk, Victoria
« Reply #2 on: Monday 01 October 12 08:16 BST (UK) »
It's on this Month, last weekend in October ..... Boy!!! Time flys   ;D

If you know anyone with the surname in post #2 please let them know. 

The program
Saturday AM Meet & Greet and registration
Saturday PM Eaglehawk Town Tour by the Eaglehawk Heritage Society
Saturday evening The Rigbye Reunion dinner with guest speaker
Sunday AM Eaglehawk Cemetery Tour again by the Eaglehawk Heritage Society
Sunday PM lunch (pre booked) and exchange of information, photos, certificates, etc.
Monday explore historic Bendigo and surrounds.

Clarence, England then Australia from 1912.
Copeland, England.
Lascelles / Lovett / Stevens, England.
Langford, England (Reading and Southampton).
Kipp / Rigbye / Randall, Germany then Victoria, Australia from 1849.
Boothman / Clifford / Marsden / Johnston in Australia