After reading the
December/January Letter of the Month I wanted to let you know that I
am also writing the family history similar to Alexis Parisotto. My husband
and I are the last of our families so I want our children to have some
idea of what our families did and where they came from.
I have started with my side of the family going as
far back as I can up to the time I met my husband. I have only listed
the immediate family but give details of their children and maybe what
they did in life and where they lived, anything I have been told or
read or found at my local family history centre. Next I have done the
same with my husbands
family up to the time we met.
I am now on to Our
from when we met and married in 1958. I still have lots to do but it
has been so interesting going back over all the years, it is really
giving me a lot of joy and I am sure the family will feel the same.
Of course, there have been down times but mostly up and happy times.
I will also put photos through the book, especially of all family members
and where they lived if I have them. It is a big job but I am loving
Many thanks to AFTC for the all the joy I get in receiving
my monthly subscription magazine.
Judy Wilson by email
December 2016/January 2017 cover
I am wondering if
the photo of the four boys had been published in AFTC before? It was
familiar, but am unable to place it at present.
For me a Mt Isa connection doesnt
ring a bell, but I do have a Hansen pop up in my mothers
paternal side of the family marrying one of the Gerlach females, I think.
They came from the Boronia, Scoresby area in Victoria. I am currently
away from my records and will be able to access them in a few weeks.
Eddie Beulke by email
The article titled
Gilbert River Cemetery, Queensland in the September 2016 issue,
brought to mind a very happy and interesting holiday we had in the far
north of Queensland in 1998. The holiday included doing some research
into one of my families who resided in the Gilbert River area well over
a hundred years ago. My husband and I were specifically looking for
a property called Tonks
Camp between Georgetown and Croydon. I was looking for a grave of one
of my greatgrandmothers, Annie (OBrien)
Swindley, whose death certificate stated that she had lived on, died
and was buried on that property on 30 May 1905. How I would have loved
to have been shown a small
Unfortunately, it was not to be and although I know approximately where
she was buried, Ive
never had the chance to locate her grave or been able to locate anyone
else who could until just recently.
In the 1903 Electoral Roll, Annie, her husband William
Swindley and two of their sons, George and James, were listed as living
there. Annie performed domestic duties, William and George were farmers
and James was a stockman. On Annies
death certificate, it states that she died of fever after a duration
of two weeks and was buried there on the same day.
I contacted the owner of the property early in 1998
as I was going to be in the area later in the year. He very kindly invited
me to call in to see where she had lived and died, and although he was
going to be absent I was still welcome to have a look. He said he had
no knowledge of a grave. Even though there was no one home, we called
in, as we had travelled a long way, just to see where the family had
lived all those years ago. About a year later, I was absolutely delighted
to receive a letter from the man saying that he had mentioned my story
to his next door neighbour who said that he had discovered a grave on
his property, Amberlee, next door and it was just near the entrance
to Tonks Camp.
Perhaps there had been an adjustment to the boundary line when the places
were surveyed and possibly a fence had been erected as well and the
grave is in fact on what is now Amberlee. Unbeknown to me, I had been
so close to it.
Recently, we passed through Croydon and Georgetown
on a coach tour, and although we were not able to go looking for the
new known locality of the grave, I gave the information to the manager
of the Visitor Information Centre in Croydon, which also handles family
history information for the neighbouring shire of Georgetown, and he
has very kindly offered to try to locate the grave and take photos of
it. Whilst in Croydon, I also, unsuccessfully, tried to contact a family
member from the Amberlee property, to alert her to the lone grave, if
she is unaware of it and perhaps get some recognition of it. Once again,
luck was not with me, however, the word has been spread in the district
and maybe one day, the grave of Annie (OBrien)
Swindley will be located and honoured. I would love to be able to go
back there one day to pay my respects at the grave of my greatgreat
grandmother, Annie Swindley, formerly Pennington née OBrien.
The helpfulness of the people I have encountered so
far in my quest to locate the resting place of Annie, has been most
heart warming and one day, I hope we will be successful in our search.
This is the nature of family history research, isnt
it? Its what
makes it so fascinating and why we keep persevering, in some cases,
over many years. We encounter brick walls but we still keep on searching,
hoping that one day we will be successful in breaching that wall.
With best wishes to all who, like me, are hoping to
breach their own walls in 2017.
Jocelyn Gould by email
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