Family History Through The Alphabet: Letter K
The lovely folk at Gould Genealogy have issued a challenge to genealogists and family historians. Their idea is The ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge We will work our way through the alphabet, using one letter each week and discuss anything relating to our family history starting with that letter. This week being week 11, is the letter K
K is for Kyneton: My Great Great Grandfather Thomas Waters arrived in Kyneton in about 1862. He travelled on foot from Melbourne after leaving South Australia, to try his luck in Victoria’s goldfields.
Thomas and his wife ELIZABETH ANN COCK had two children when they arrived in Kyneton, but their family soon grew with a further 5 children born while they were living in the area.
Thomas and family had mixed fortunes in Kyneton. In South Australia Thomas had been employed as a bailiff and he was able to find work doing this in Kyneton. But as times became harder this job was discontinued. I have letters that Thomas wrote to his family at this time describing life in Kyneton, and his employement.
His next position was growing potatoes at Trentham. Thomas describes the winter at Trentham, in his letters, as being colder than anything he experienced in England
Thomas suffered serious injury in Kyneton when he was hit by flying debris from an explosion when blasting powder was detonated as he was walking past. He lost the sight in his right eye and suffered a serious injury to his left hand which became permanently disabled.
In June 1865, the house the family was renting, burnt down during the night.
In 1876, the family moved on to a farm in the Rochester area, where they permanent and valued members of the community.