My ancestors' stories

Austin Family

Mary Jemima (or Jemima Mary) Austin where did she come from? Read more about the Mary Jemima...

Beaglehole Family - What sort of a name is that?

Our Beaglehole line can be traced back to 1598 in Cornwall. Read more about the Beaglehole Family...

Byrne Family - From Wicklow to Australia

James Byrne was born in Wicklow Ireland, travelled to Port Jackson, settled in Appin, then finally moved to Lake George. Read more about the Byrne Family...

Cunningham Family - Batterstown to Tarlo

Edward Cunningham was born in County Meath, Ireland, the son of John Cunningham and Bridget McAleer. He married Catherine Kennedy in 1841. They left for Australia on the "Livingstone" in 1841. Read more about the Cunningham Family...

Elliott Family - From Nottingham to Australia

The first of our Elliotts that I have been able to find is Edward Elliott, who waa born in Nottingham about 1819. To date, I have not found any connection to Robin Hood, but equally I have not found a connection to the Sheriff of Nottingham Forrest. Read more about the Elliott Family...

Fitzpatrick Family - Or is that the Anderson Family?

Michael Fitzpatrick appears to be an interesting character, though depending on which story you believe he may not have actually been Michael Fitzpatrick, his name might really have been William Anderson. Read more about the Fitzpatrick Family...

Franklin Family - From Ireland to England to Australia

The Franklin family had their origins in County Clare Ireland, before moving to Lancaster England. From Lancaster, Sarah Franklin then made the trip from England to Australia. Read more about the Franklin Family...

Gordon Family - Belfast to Chatsbury

William Gordon was born in Belfast, County Antrim, in 1810, the son of David and Mary Gordon. He married Jane McGill in Belfast in 1834. They left for Australia in 1841, on the "Wilson". Read more about the Gordon Family...

Hazelwood Family - From Scotland to Australia

John Hazelwood was born in Abderdeen Scotland, about 1819, He was tried at Aberdeen in 1836 for stealing money, and was sentenced to 14 years. Read more about the Hazelwood Family...

Kelly Family - The Other Kelly Gang

Henry Kelly was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, about 1810. He was tried in County Down in 1834 for stealing money, and was sentenced to 14 years. Read more about the Kelly Family...

Catharine Malone - A Tale of Two Catharines?

Catharine Malone is a woman of mystery. The only thing known for sure, is that she was the mother of James Wothington (Warrenton) and and his brothers. Read more about Catharine Malone...

Mannell Family - Manaccan to Currawang

Benjamin Mannell married Joan Tregembo in Breage, Cornwall, in 1753. Over 100 years later, his grandson Francis Rowe Mannell emigrated to Australia in 1857, on the "Tartar". Read more about the Mannell Family...

McLeod Family

Once upon a time, in Scotland, three siblings decided that it was time to leave home and travel for distant shores. And so it was that Katherine, Margaret and Neil McLeod left Assynt Scotland and journeyed to Australia. Read more about the McLeod Family...

Millstead Family - From Cornwall to Australia via New Zealand

John Millstead turns up in Cornwall in 1771. Some 70 years later, his descendants were emigrating to Australia and New Zealand, as well as America. Read more about the Millstead Family...

Mooney Family - Tuam to Taralga

John Mooney married Bridget Corcoran in Tuam Galway. Between 1839 and 1860 their four children, and most of their grandchildren, emigrated to Australia. Read more about the Mooney Family...

George Richards...or was he really a King?

My Gt Grandfather, George Richards, has done a wonderful job of hiding his tracks. But his blood flows through me, and I have inherited his stubborness. Evidence is beginning to show that his real name may have been Victor Norman King. Read more about the George Richards...

Worthington Family - or should that be Warrington Family?

John Worthington was born in Lancaster about 1784. In 1805 he was tried and convicted of larceny. In 1806, he was transported on the "Fortune". Read more about the Worthington Family...