Mary was born 8 September 1859 in Mabe Cornwall and baptised 5 July 1862, the same day as her younger sister, in Stithians, a next door parish.
So with 32 sleeps to go there is plenty of time left to organise those problems and documents, bring them along so we can all do the Genealogy Happy Dance with you!
B is for Busby and Boer War Memorials
So this week being the B letter of the Family History Alphabet Challenge is doubly appropriate as I am writing about William Busby, my stonemason ancestor and how the Boer War related to his work. It related to him personally as his son George Howard Busby went to South Africa and enlisted in the Cape Mounted Rifles.
A Boer War Memorial is planned for Canberra. Did you know there is a very useful database of Boer War soldiers on the site? You are able to add information about your ancestor and there are letters and photos. You are also able to buy a Boer War Descendents medallion or an “in Memory of” medallion as a fundraiser for the memorial. You are also able to add to the database if your ancestor was fighting on the side of the Boers or was in one of the English units.
Another presenter who is well known for his books is Stephen Dando-Collins who has written on a number of Australian historical topics including “Captain Bligh’s Other Mutiny” and also a very impressive number of books based on Roman history.
I will also be giving a number of presentations including one on “Demolishing Brickwalls in your Research” “Just What Did cause Their Death?”, “The Guild of One Name Studies” and “Online Genealogical Education Opportunities”.
- Cost: Entry pre-booked by Wed 20 June $20 two or more days, $10 one day, $5 Monday evening only. On the day $5 extra, Talks $5 and $10 each, a few free.
- Research Help Zone – now a regular and popular feature of the Unlock the Past Events
- Talk to an expert – one on one with an expert to help with your problem
- Prizes and special Expo offers – valued at several thousand dollars
- Open Monday evening
Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 June 2012
- Monday 12.00noon – 9.30pm
- Tuesday 9.00am – 5.00pm
- Wednesday 9.00am – 4.00pm
is for Asturias!
The ship upon which my Father and Grandmother emigrated to Australia in 1949.
Lots of possibilities here as we go through the alphabet!
My Grandfather, Leslie Smith, had died during WW2.
It had been a dream of Leslie’s to go to Australia to visit his brother Frank, who had come to Australia aboard the ‘Largs Bay’ in 1934 and who had then settled in Sydney.
My Grandmother, Lilian Maud Smith decided that life in England wasn’t as good as it could be.
Australia was looking for emigrants and while usually, it would have been difficult for a widow and nine year old boy to be considered ideal emigrants, the fact her brother-in-law Frank was willing to sponsor them made the difference and Lilian decided to emigrate.
(Potentially there was also the desire to leave the continual advice from family and friends on the best way to rear a nine year old boy, but that is a bit of supposition on my part, due to a couple of comments overheard when I was younger.)
They left from Southampton on the 3rd May 1949. Life on board the ship was very different. Lilian must have been worried about the future and what life in Australia would be like but for Dad it was a massive adventure!
At the time of leaving, there was still rationing in England and there was much reconstruction work being done.
Dad saw white bread for the first time aboard the ship AND he could have as much of it as he wanted! He made friends with the stewards and it became routine for them to bring him two deserts!
The food was one of Dad’s enduring memories of the voyage.
The other was the time he had roaming everywhere on the ship including down in engine rooms and just about any place he could fit. He had always been interested in mechanical things, possibly something he inherited from his father so he had a great time down in the engine room.
They arrived in Fremantle first on the 28 May and eventually sailed through the Heads into Sydney 4 June, a voyage of a month and a day.
The National Archives website has the passenger list at Fremantle indexed. All passengers were listed regardless of their eventual destination and over 879 000 names from 1 January 1921 – 15 January 1950. This should be the first place you look as it will give the name of the ship and the date of arrival in Fremantle which is information you will need to do further research. Other information about the emigration process will be held by the Commonwealth archive in the state of arrival or in Canberra.
It was fantastic to receive my copy of Inside History issue 10 this evening as it is always a great read. The artwork and layout is spectacular as can be seen by this cover picture.
If you haven’t read any issues, I strongly recommend picking up a copy and then subscribing. Incidentally it is now also available as a digital issue for the iPad and soon for Android.
I have written articles previously for Inside History and it is still on my to-do list to submit one, at least, hopefully more articles this year.
What was even more wonderful was to start reading and come to an article penned by Australian blogger Jill Ball also known as Geniaus which was about her top 50 blogs that every genealogist needs to follow.
There are a wide variety of blogs including libraries, societies, personal historians, speciality topics, international sites and organisation blogs. I am sure you will find hours of reading pleasure.