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Launch of “Hollow”

I have posted the  story of the Three Lost Children of Daylesford many times. You can read the tragic tale of these children here.

This year is the 150th anniversary of The Three Lost Children story. I am pleased to say that Tripwire Theatre Inc.are presenting the story in the form of a play at the Daylesford Town Hall in June 2017. I have read the script and can confidently say that the story and the families involved have been treated very respectfully. I can’t wait to see the story and the characters come to life on the stage.

There will be a launch of the play called ‘Hollow’ at the Daylesford Town Hall on Thursday February 9 at 7pm.

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The play, an original script by Megan Riedl, uses the true story of the three lost children of 1867 as background to a harrowing personal drama. The play is about broken promises and investigates how the marginalised are used as pawns – intentionally and inadvertently – in other’s games of power –

All are welcome to attend the launch. If you have been reading about this story, here, over the years, and you would like to attend, just go to the link below for tickets. Tickets are free for the Hollow launch.

TryBooking | Hollow Project Launch

I am very much looking forward to attending the Hollow launch. Please let me know if you plan to attend as I would love to see you there.



Pandora Archive

Earlier this week, I received great news that really made me feel like doing a happy dance.

I received an email from the National Library of Australia asking permission to archive this blog to the Pandora Archive. I feel very very honoured and am thrilled to have my blog archived and available to assist researchers in future years.

Here is the exact explanation of Pandora from the National Library of Australia:

“PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive was established by the National Library in 1996 and is a collection of historic online publications relating to Australia and Australians. Online publications and web sites are selected for inclusion in the collection with the purpose of providing long-term and persistent access to them”


Haverfordwest – city of dogs

My TAYLOR family arrived in Australia in 1841, from the city of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Haverfordwest is in South Wales and is a very old traditional market town.

As a dog lover, I was very interested to read the following newspaper article

from: The World’s News, Sydney, NSW, Saturday 22nd September, 1906, page 17

“A Population of Dogs.


Probably the doggiest town in Great Britain is Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. It is an old world town, and is absolutely dependent upon agriculture and the breeding of dogs for its income.There are many men in the town who live wholly, and make a good living, by breeding, buying and selling dogs.

Although the population is only 6000, yet 6000 dog licenses are issued annually, and  there are also a large number of exemptions.

Almost daily there are more dogs than people in the public streets, though valuable animals are never allowed to run loose

Tramps and itinerant hawkers do not find Haverfordwest attractive, and unknown postmen often complain of torn clothes and bites, and occasionally letters are delivered in a very erratic fashion.

Rural postmen invariably carry stout cudgels, cyclists and motorists must slow down or risk broken necks, and compensation claims which would spell bankruptcy are continual.

Dustmen find brushes always necessary, for overturned and scattered dustbins and dog fights in the public streets are common occurrences.

Haverfordwest dog breeders are known for their working terriers, show terriers, pointers setters, and spaniels, which are bred, reared, and traded daily for big sums through the fanciers’ journals, and go everywhere.

One fancier’s kennel sold recently by auction, realised £200, but £250 is not an extravagant price for  a single dog, while £60, £70, and £80 are almost common. The quaint old town, with its mixed Welsh, English, and Flemish population, is almost the hub of the dogs’ universe”


Could this be where my love of dogs comes from? I would very much like to think so.



Kennedy v Lowe -Breach of Promise

Bridget Berlinda KENNEDY, known as Berlinda or Belinda was my great great great grandmother. The breach of promise action against James LOWE  was brought about in 1835. The couple did marry in February 1836 and were together until separated by death. Bridget Belinda passed away in 1851 abd James Lowe in 1865. Both died in Hobart, Tasmania.

The child mentioned in this article was my great great grandmother, who was born before their marriage in January 1836

from The Tasmanian, October 23, 1835, page 5

KENNEDY v. LOWE. This was an action brought for a breach of promise of marriage by the plaintiff, Belinda Kennedy, against James Lowe, the defendant in this action. Mr.. Attorney General appeared for the plaintiff, who stated that the defendant had a short time since, he believed, gone to Sydney, although he had previously been served with notice of this action, and he had suffered judgment to go by default. After explaining the nature of the case, he called— William Marks, who deposed, that he knew Belinda Kennedy the plaintiff, and James Lowe, the defendant. Plaintiff was in the service of Mr. H. Bilton as housemaid. Witness was also in Mr. Bilton’s service. Defendant had been paying his addresses to plaintiff for twelve months before she left Mr. Bilton’s, which is about two months ago. He appeared to be very, fond of her until within the last three months, when he did not appear to be so attentive. The last time witness had any conversation with defendant, he (witness) told him that as he had got the girl into trouble, he ought to get her out of it. Defendant made light of it, and said it was not the same here as in England, and they could not make him pay for the child. He said his father was going to set him up in business, and he would marry the girl in September, but he (witness) was not to tell her so, but to keep the secret. Defendant is twenty one, and the girl is 18. Thinks defendant is gone to Sydney. Mr. Henry Bilton.—Knew of the courtship; defendant’s visits were not clandestine; plaintiff had been in his service eighteen months. She left about eighteen months ago in consequence of her own wish. She was a very respectable girl and the best servant he ever had for honesty, industry and sobriety. Defendant lived with his father as a clerk.  Verdict for the plaintiff. Damages £200







Louden Research

Recently, I have been contacted through the blog, by two cousins on my LOUDEN family line.The contact was made just before Christmas, when life was a bit hectic, so we agreed to catch up again in January to hopefully organise a meetup.

So far, I’ve done very little research on the LOUDEN line, intending to get to it one day.  One day never seems to come. But since these contacts were made, I’ve been keen to begin researching this line, as I have a feeling the Louden family could be quite interesting.

My great grandmother was Hilda Mary Beatrice GILMOUR and her mother was Jane LOUDEN, third child of Andrew LOUDEN and Elizabeth ANDERSON, migrated to Australia from Scotland.

Jane LOUDEN  married Alexander GILMOUR in 1880 at Ballarat. Both the GILMOUR and LOUDEN families were in Ballarat at the time of the goldrush. Ballarat isn’t too far for me to go for research, which is an added bonus.

As a child, I can remember my great grandmother Hilda Mary Beatrice GILMOUR who passed away in 1967, when I was a teenager. My memories add an extra interest to researching this line.

The above photo is of my great great grandmother Jane LOUDEN. Apologies for the quality of this very old photo.

louden-jane-improved-copyThanks to blogger friend Chris Goopy, who kindly improved this very faded photo for me. You can check out Chris’ blog here





Happy New Year


by Robert Storey

There was gloom, there was grief, in the year that is sped;

But ’tis gone, and we will not speak ill of the dead!

Many joys it has left us, in friends that are dear;

And we’ll wish one another a happy new year!

Many joys it hath left us, but some it has ta’en—

There were faces we never shall look on again;

Kind hearts, ever ready to welcome and cheer,

That now cannot wish us a happy new year!

And some we must think of, the friends of our soul.

Though far they may be from our board and our bowl;

We know they have hearts that are warm and sincere;

And we’ll wish them, though absent, a happy new year!

For those that are with us—their glances attest

That the same tide of feeling is high in each breast;

That one chain of kindness links all that are here,

As we wish one another a happy new year!

Then, old friend, take my hand; and be sure, when I clasp, “

There is heart in its pulse—there is soul in its grasp!

And, if you could doubt it, this truth-speaking tear

Will tell how I wish you a happy new year!



from: The Adelaide Observer, Saturday, 11 January, 1868, page 11


Accentuate The Positive Geneameme

GeniAus  has put out an invitation to bloggers, in the form of a geneameme, to reflect on our year in genealogy, and celebrate our successes. I cannot resist a geneamme so I hope you enjoy reading about my year.

1.  An elusive ancestor I found was my great great great grandfather, JOHN TAYLOR. I have been looking for evidence of his birth, with no luck, for many many years. . I was fairly sure he would have been born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales as his children were born there, and he died there. A few years ago, I ordered the LDS records but found nothing. Just a few months ago, I was mindlessly searching  on FamilySearch.and found him there on the record that I had looked at previously. I can only presume, that I missed it due to misinterpreting the handwriting. That was a very happy day!

2.  A precious family photo I found was very recently, when my elderly aunt appeared with a Facebook page. She uploaded many fantastic family photos of aunts, uncles and cousins, that I had never seen previously.

3.  A newly found family member shared information about his line of the family which has really helped with my research. It is always a good idea to research siblings, and I usually do try to do it, but in this case I hadn’t yet started with his line. So his information was valuable.

4.  A geneasurprise I received was the many cousins who contacted me in 2016, through this blog. I have been contacted by cousins from many different lines this year. Plans are being made to meet up with the researchers of  my LOUDEN line in Januarry.

5.   My 2016 blog post that I was particularly proud of was about my great grandfather Ernest Welfare Waters . I had cousins contact me from that post and it was read many times. I also think he was a very interesting person to blog about, as I knew him well as a teenager, and have done quite a bit of research into his life.

6.   I made a new genimate who …. Actually I made many new genimates who are genealogy bloggers, when I attended the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake City.

7. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was Facebook. I have enjoyed finding the many new genealogy groups that are constantly starting up. I have also created a Facebook group for one of my family lines, which is now growing to include many family members, both known to me, and unknown.

8. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was of course RootsTech, worldwide genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City in February, which I was so fortunate to attend.  I learnt so much that was new about both genealogy and technology related to genealogy.

9. I taught a friend how to begin searching her family history. I taught her the basics, of starting with herself and working backwards. She was very excited at the possibilities open to her, when we spent an hour together on Trove.

10. A great repository/archive/library I visited was the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there long enough to be able to do research there. But just to enter the library and wander around and see what was available was amazing. I felt like a child in a chocolate factory and hope to spend time there researching next time I attend Rootstech – hopefully in 2018.

11. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Welsh Family History 2nd edition, A Guide to Research, edited by John and Sheila Rowlands. This edition is a few years old now, so there were some things that I needed to overlook, however the book, gave me a great overview of Welsh history and research tools.

12. It was exciting to finally meet Pat, very well known and much loved genie blogger and educator  of DearMYRTLE blog, who I met at Rootstech. She was kind enough to open her home to the geneabloggers for a very relaxing get together at the end of the conference. On meeting her, I found she was as inspirational and kind as she appears on her blog, and in her many classes and tutorials. I am looking forward to joining in with many more of her classes in 2017.

13. A geneadventure I enjoyed was, of course attending Rootstech. This was the highlight of my year and I really hope to be able to attend again in 2018.

14. Another positive I would like to share is that I have realised, that I have a huge amount of wonderful family photos, from many of my family lines. During 2017, I will be storing them digitally and labelling them clearly.