Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Trove Tuesday - Land and Hulme families of Oxley

I found my maternal great great grandparents, Joseph Hulme and Anna Dorothea nee Bartsh in 1903 in the Victorian electoral roll. He was listed as a farmer at Horseshoe, Oxley. Joseph's parents were Hepzibah nee Land and William Clough/Cluff Hulme.

Joseph was living with his maternal grandparents, Joseph Land and Mary nee Bush in 1851.  He came to Australia at the age of seventeen in 1860 with his maternal Uncle, Arthur Land on the ship "Kent".

In a Trove search for "Horshoe+Oxley" I found the following article about Arthur's brother John Land:  Arthur and John were the younger brothers of Hepzibah Land, my 3 x great grandmother who married William Clough/Cluff Hulme.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Trove Tuesday - Sad Drowning Case at Cross Keys Hotel

In 1891 when my great great grandmother, Alice Morgan, was the licensee of the Cross Keys Hotel at North Essendon there was an inquest held there on the death of a young local girl named Nellie Bloxham who drowned in the Moonee  Ponds Creek.

Sad Drowning Case. (1891, November 18).The Coburg Leader (Vic. : 1890 - 1913), p. 1. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from

This post is part of the Trove Tuesday series  initiated by Amy of  Branches, Leaves & Pollen.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Trove Tuesday - Coonan's Dog and the trouble it caused.

Further to an earlier one of my Trove Tuesday posts Hostilities about Michael Coonan's aggression towards the Morgan family is this rather amusing news report of Mr. Coonan's denials of his hostile behaviour.

This post is part of the Trove Tuesday series  initiated by Amy of  Branches, Leaves & Pollen.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Mystery Monday - Forsyth - Burnett family

Today I found the answer to another question but raised more.  
Isn't that the way genealogy always works!

My great great grandfather's sister was Helen Gordon Forsyth born on January 5th 1859.  Helen died of Phthisis (pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive wasting disease.) on the 11th of November 1897 at Mill Terrace of Sandhaven, Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Helen had had a relationship with a James Wood.  
Together they had a daughter, Helen Thomson Forsyth who was born on the 17th of January 1882 at Tyrie, Aberdeenshire.  

In the 1891 and 1901 census young Helen Thomson Forsyth was living with her maternal grandmother, yet another Helen Forsyth, at Shore Street, Pitsligo.

We're not sure what happened to James Wood but in 1885 Helen Gordon Forsyth married a mason named Thomas Burnett.  They went on to have four children together.  Thomas pre-deceased Helen in 1892.

Their children were:-
Margaret Dickie Burnett born 1886 Sandhaven - died 1890 Aberdour
Annie Burnett born 1887 Aberdour - died 1921 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Isabella Sangster Burnett born 1889 Aberdour - died 1914 Aberdeen
Alexander Merson Burnett born 1891 Aberdour - possibly died 1976 Alberta, Canada.

Helen Gordon Forsyth's nephew Patrick and his wife Dorothy have been an amazing and invaluable source in our family research.   Dorothy had sent me this postcard/photo

On the back was a letter dated Jun 1906 to Helen Forsyth at Eddle House, Sandhaven, by Fraserburgh,  from her sister Bella.

The letter says:  "Dear Sister,  just a few lines to let you know I am well.  I have been a long time in writing to you.  This is a photo of my chums and myself by Mr. Pender.
Write soon please.
Kind regards from your sister Bella xxxxx

So one of the girls in the photo is Isabella Burnett.  I wondered where she would have been living in 1906 as her parents had both died.  I thought Mr Pender may give me a clue.  Sure enough I found Isabella Burnett aged eleven years in 1901 census at a boarding house at 37 Belmont Street, Aberdeen South with an Alexander Pender the headmaster and his wife Matron.  

A Google search revealed that Mr Pender, (who wore long johns under his kilt!  see photo and story here ) was the headmaster for the Aberdeen Institution for the Education of the deaf and dumb. 
So Bella must have been deaf.  She died in 1914 at the young age of 24.  I have added her death certificate to my "to do" list.

Her sister and brother, Annie and Alexander Burnett both migrated to Canada.

Below is a photo of Alexander in uniform.  Another thing on the "to do" list is to find his military details.  

From this photo and the one of the three girls, which girl do you think his sister Bella would be?

Friday, 21 March 2014

Family Friends Friday

My brother and I spent our first 12 or so years growing up in a street with lots of friends of similar ages.   It was like a big family.
We all called each others parents "Uncle" or "Aunty".

Today one of those families said a final goodbye to their Mum.
I hope they find comfort in their good memories.
Rest in Peace Aunty Bunty.

I have lovely memories of those days and those friends.

We had a dog named Lassie (very original :), not a Scotch Collie but a red German Shepherd.  The breed was better known then as Alsation.
Lassie was the same age as me.  I can remember Mum saying that if my little brother was trying to head out the gate Lassie would keep cutting him off and steering him into the back yard.

We had lovely next door neighbours, Aunty Pat, Uncle John and their son Paul. John was away a lot driving so I only vaguely remember him.  The old photo below is of my little brother, Paul and another boy playing in front of our house.

Down the end of the street Bruce and his family had a white Alsation dog named Prince.

Pictured is Prince and Lassie with Bruce, Pat from next door and all Lassie and Prince's puppies.  My brother named one Monkey.

I think I would have been about five or six years old when the puppies came along.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Nellie Fleming and Roy Vines

Eleanor Grace Fleming, known as Nellie, was the seventh child (fifth daughter) of the eleven children born to my great grandparents Donald Fleming and Margaret nee Hart.
On the 17th of March 1925 at Wangaratta she married Roy Merten Vines.
The best man was her brother, Donald Percy Fleming and the bridesmaid was her sister Lilian Myrtle Fleming.

The Wangaratta Despatch, Wednesday, March 18, 1925 - Wedding - Vines - Fleming
The marriage of Miss Eleanor Grace Fleming, fifth daughter of Mrs. D. Fleming "Valley View", King Valley and the late Donald Fleming, and Mr. Roy Merten Vines, youngest son of Mr. F. Vines, Dean St. Albury, was celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral by Rev. E.A. Hunt yesterday.  The bride who was given away by her brother-in-law, wore a pretty wedding frock of broche satin mesoline caught at the side with a spray of orange blossoms.  Her veil was lent by Mrs. Canterbury, St. Kilda (cousin of the bridegroom) and she carried a bouquet of asters, roses and maiden hair fern.  Miss L. M. Fleming, sister of the bride, who was bridesmaid, wore powder blue crepe de chine, and her blue tulle veil hung from a silver bandeux.  Her bouquet was of roses and asters.  Mr. D. Fleming, brother of the bride was best man.  The party were photographed at Vine's studio, and afterwards partook of wedding breakfast, served at the bull's Head Hotel.  Mr. Prest, cousin of the bride, presided, and the customary toast list was honoured.  The bride travelled in a navy costume and hat en suite.  The honeymoon will be spent in Sydney, and the future home of Mr. and Mrs. Vines will be at Albury.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Trove Tuesday - MORGAN'S GANDER!

 I have a paternal Irish great great grandfather,  John Morgan of Essendon and a maternal English/Welsh great great great grandfather,  John Morgan of Euroa.
It does get a tad confusing.

In this news article in 1872 John Morgan of Euroa was described as a decrepit
old man and a very old resident in the district.

My maternal ggg grandfather, John Morgan of Euroa, would have been 70 years old and most probably "decrepit" as he died in 1873 and yes he was indeed a very old resident in the district, having arrived in Euroa in the 1840s.

So I am assuming this is he.

VIOLET TOWN. (1872, March 9). The Benalla Ensign and Farmer's and Squatter's Journal (Vic. : 1869 - 1872), p. 3 Edition: Weekly.. Retrieved March 18, 2014, from

For the  Trove Tuesday theme by Amy from Branches, Leaves & Pollen