Pauleen Cass of Family History Across the Seas blog has set a geneameme challenge for Australia Day. She wants to see how deep your roots go into our Aussie soil. It is supposed to be quick & easy, but it has taken me all day, all night, & now into the next morning to complete it – I guess this just goes to show my research (& software databases) aren’t as organised as they should be! Jackie from Jax Trax you are so lucky that you did an "Arrivals" table - I spent a long time writing an informal one to refer to.
The geneameme comes in two parts: one to test whether your family is ridgey-didge and the second to show us how
runs in your veins, without any flag-waving and tattoo-wearing. Shout it out, be proud and make everyone wish they lived in this wide brown land of ours.If for you Australia Day is Survival Day, tell us your family’s story and show up our Johnny-come-lately status.Feel free to add and subtract and even add a short story at the end. The world’s your oyster, so have a go! C’mon Aussie C’mon C’mon. - Pauline Cass. Australia
: I’m not 100% sure which order the First Fleet ships arrived in, but according to sources the Alexander arrived first, so my first ancestor was William Douglass, per Alexander, which arrived at Botany Bay on 19 January, 1788.
: I have 3 ancestors who arrived on the First Fleeters & one on the Third Fleet. William Douglass, Alexander; John Nichols, Scarborough, First Fleet; Mary Groves, Prince of Wales, First Fleet; & William Bailey, Matilda, Third Fleet.
These are my 18 direct line convicts (only the first three are from my mother's side):
Scarborough (First Fleet) 1788
Ann Pugh Earl Cornwallis 1801
Alexander Philp Globe 1819
William Bailey Matilda (Third Fleet) 1791
Ann Archer Indispensible 1796
Mary Holland Indispensable 1796
Thomas Cooper Barwell 1798
Samuel Perkins Pitt 1792 ?
Eleanor Williams Britannia III 1798
John Anthony Fernance General Hewitt 1814
Matthew Thompson General Hewitt 1814
William Douglass Alexander (First Fleet) 1788
Mary Groves Prince of Wales (First Fleet) 1788
Daniel Jurd Perseus 1802
Mary Mullally Elizabeth II 1828
Michael Sweeney Rodney 1853
Mary McQueen / McQuain Martin Luther 1852
Where I have listed a convict immediately after another convict, e.g. John Nichols & Ann Pugh, indicates a couple who married. As you can see almost all of my convicts married other convicts! Of the four who didn’t, two were already married before they were convicted & transported. Only two married non-convicts, both of who were currency lasses & the daughters of convicts.
Scotland, Wales, Germany
& . Prussia
Yes. All of my German & Prussian ancestors paid for their own passage, arriving in SA from mid 1840s – mid 1850s. There are some ancestors who arrived in SA & WA that I’m not sure whether were assisted or not. George Hall arrived in NSW with his family as a free settler on Coromandel in 1802. William Edwards arrived with his family in WA on Rockingham in 1830 as a settler. I have a few other ancestors that I know of, but I’m still tracing several.
Very few, now I’ve spent the day analysing them for this blog post. Three sets of 3rd great grandparents. I have two widows, Susannah Belshire & Elizabeth Ketch, (both 4th great grandmothers) who arrived with their child/ren, & one widower, Edward Blanch (a 4th great grandfather). I also have an ancestor who appears to have been pregnant when she arrived in
she was pregnant when she boarded the ship isn’t clear), one of the sets of 3rd
great grandparents already mentioned. South Australia
18 of my ancestors arrived as a married couple with children. There 2 family groups that I haven’t been able to trace – the Vonthien / Vonthein / von Tien / von Tein family, & the Lindner family.
ew seem to have, but I haven’t traced all of my ancestor’s siblings. Daniel Curran (3rd great grandfather) arrived on his own, but other siblings appear to have followed him, though some of them seem to have later travelled to the
. Bridget McCann (3rd great
grandmother) arrived with her sister. My
3rd great grandfather, James Blanch’s whole (& very large
sibling-wise) family seem to have immigrated to NSW. The older siblings came with their own wives
& children on the same ship & were followed by the younger, unmarried
siblings with their elderly father a few months later. US
I honestly haven’t researched enough to know how long each journey took. It was probably the early Prussian immigrants. They were Lutherans who were trying to escape their homeland for religious reasons, & I know that some of them were stranded in a German port for months. They had travelled from their Prussian village to
Hamburg to make their voyage, &
their permission to emigrate was revoked & then regranted, meaning that
they had to reorganise their transport to . Australia
As far as I know, only the Prussians. Most arrived via a German port.
Most of my ancestors arrived in NSW. I have three groups who arrived free in WA during the 1830’s & 1840’s, two convicts who were sent to
All of my German & Prussian immigrants seem to have arrived in Tasmania . South Australia
Most of my ancestors did arrive & remain in the same state. One ancestor from WA moved to
. Several of my German / Prussian ancestors
migrated from SA to NSW through Tasmania . Victoria
Some of my ancestors moved up & down regional
settling, mostly farmers. My SA ancestors
moved all around that state. Some others
stayed around New South Wales . Sydney
Does this mean Aboriginals? No.
Several ancestors were farmers / landholders. Daniel Curran, being a publican, was self-employed. His son was a self-employed coachbuilder. His grandson, my grandfather, was a bit of an entrepreneur, owning a few businesses during his life.
Most were farmers, a few carpenters, miners, a nursemaid, and a needleworker. I have a two enlisted soldiers from the earlier days of the colonies – Joseph Fleming, a sergeant with the NSW Corps, arrived in NSW on William and Ann in 1791; James Telford, a private in the enrolled pensioner guard, arrived in WA on Ramilies in 1854. Two police constables – completely different sides of the tree & sides of
. A postmaster, mail carrier, & sanitary
inspector. I also have a publican &
a coachbuilder. One direct line teacher (her son was also a teacher). Australia
My father is an electrician by trade & his father was an electrical fitter. My maternal grandfather was an orchardist & his ancestors were all farmers. My 2nd great grandmother, Catherine Whitelock Curran was a teacher, as was one of her sons & I am a teacher, but almost 50 years went by before I became a teacher, & I didn’t even know she existed until a year ago. What is coincidental though, is that another of Catherine’s sons was a teacher while another was a journalist – my son is studying Journalism at University.
Not one of them!
Probably Terrigal, visiting my grandfather.
I haven’t travelled enough yet to have a special holiday place.
None yet, hopefully there are lots to come.
I don’t do anything special on Australia Day. I remember as a child we’d spend the day in
Doing this challenge has made me realise how many of my relatives made sacrifices to come to our country for a new life with better opportunities. Even the convicts, once they had earned their freedom, had a new life with better opportunities. I especially admire my ancestor who arrived on her own, pregnant, in SA. How difficult life must have been to take on the challenge of coming to
, but she
too was rewarded with a new life, a husband & family, & opportunities galore. Australia