Jan 102013
 

Australia Day, 26th January is a day we celebrate what makes us Australian. 

Regardless of whether your ancestor came 40 000 years ago or yesterday and regardless of where they were from, together their descendants are Australian.

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to tell the story of your first Australian ancestor.

To make it fair to both the male and female sides of your heritage why not make it two stories? One each on the earliest ancestor on each side?

I wonder from how many countries the stories will come?

Please comment below with the link to your blog and together we’ll  “Advance Australia Fair”

  25 Responses to “2013 Australia Day Challenge”

  1. Why not, just remind me/us in a few days time… it's been a madhouse around here…

    Great idea, thanks, Helen!

  2. Oh I do love a challenge, although I think I'd better start drafting my post now so it's ready.

  3. Okay, sounds good, only problem is the question "were my two swimmers the earliest?" Good idea Helen.

  4. Great idea Helen, I'll try to take up the challenge this year 🙂

  5. Sounds great Helen – I'll try to drag myself away from all the unpacking!

  6. great challenge, will have to start drafting a blog now. First I will have to check who came in first. I haven't ever thought of checking this.

  7. To the best of my knowledge, my first ancestor to come to Australia was Ellen (or Helen) CAMPBELL from the Isle of Tiree, Argyllshire, Scotland. Part of her story is in the post I wrote for Shelley's 2011 Australia Day Challenge. However there is one ancestor for whom I do not yet have immigration details (Robert BUTLER, married in NSW in 1856).

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  9. I was hoping somebody would come up with an Australia Day blog theme. I will do up something later this week, although technically I have already written a post on my first Aussie ancestor:
    http://pocketfulloffamilymemories.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/uncommon-ancestor-frederick-ward.html

  10. Hi Deb

    Welcome to the challenge. If you want to use this very interesting post as your challenge entry you are welcome, although you may like to consider your first ancestor on the other side of your family?

    Regards
    Helen

  11. Hi Helen, Mine will be live on 26th at http://cassmob.wordpress.com

  12. Likewise, I have shared about my earliest Aussie links, but I will play along! Post up on 26th!

  13. I look forward to reading it!

  14. Thanks Julie! I look forward to some great Australia Day reads.

  15. My granddaughter helped me with this profile of her 5x great-grandfather
    http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/australia-day-blog-challenge-james.html

  16. I will introduce you to my 5th great grandparents on Australia Day at…
    http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/

    Thanks for the suggestion, Helen.

  17. Ok not where I was originally intending to go but never the less I'm pleased with the result, even if it means more work as I move forward.
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com/2013/01/2013-australia-day-challenge-finding.html
    Thanks for posting the challenge.

  18. Thanks very much Helen for the Challenge. Glad to say that it finally got done 🙂 The link is: http://caiteile.com/2013/01/26/australia-day-2013-remembering-susan-kelleher-harry-crout/
    Cheerio for now, Catherine.

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