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April A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal

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The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is almost upon us. This  is a challenge, that I have participated in previously. The challenge calls for bloggers to publish a post on their blog, every day in April, except for Sunday. Each day refers to a particular letter of the alphabet. For example, day 1 is A, day 2 is B etc.

I really do enjoy this challenge for many reasons. Aside from the discipline it takes to be organised, and post every day, I love the opportunity to connect with other bloggers. These bloggers are blogging on a diverse range of topics, most are vastly different to the blogs that I usually read.

The first thing to decide when committing to the A-Z Challenge is –  to theme, or not to theme. That is, do you blog on a particular theme every day, or would you rather post randomly, on a range of topics with no theme at all.

So far, I have found that having a theme works better for me. So today is my  Theme Reveal

This year on the Blogging April A-Z Challenge, my theme will be ‘My Ancestors”.  I am hoping at the end of the Challenge, to have these posts published in book form, as a record of my family history.

Please come back during April and get to know my ancestors. I’d love to have you join me on this challenge.

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Patrick Boyle – Violet Town

The following post is a reblog of a post I wrote in 2015 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Patrick Boyle is my favourite Irish ancestor.

Reblog: Today, I thought, in honour of St. Patricks Day, I would mention one of my Irish Ancestors.

The Boyle family are the first that come to mind.

BOYLE: PATRICK BOYLE arrived in Melbourne from Ireland on “The Pomona”  in 1857.  Also travelling with him were his wife MARGARET McCLINTOCK and daughters, Ellen, Annie and Margaret. They quickly settled in Violet Town, where Patrick became a successful farmer, on the banks of the Honeysuckle Creek.  Margaret died in 1862, just 5 years after their arrival. Patrick remarried in 1866 to Maria Chute. They had 4 daughters and 3 sons – Hanora, James, Thomas, Theresa, Francis, Maria and Catherine. Patrick died in 1891 in Violet Town and is buried in a large family plot with both wives and his daughter Ellen who  predeceased him.

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Patrick’s daughter Ellen was murdered by her husband, RICHARD CHUTE, in 1871. She was a young mother with two children, the youngest just a few days old. You can read more about her tragic story here

*addition to reblogged post: RICHARD CHUTE, who murdered Patrick Boyle’s daughter Ellen, was the brother of Patrick’s second wife.

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Jephtha Freeman – Eight Hour Day Pioneer

Following is a repost from 2016, as some family members didn’t see it.
Yesterday’s post concerned the Eight Hour Day pioneers, and Jephtha Freeman‘s  involvement.
 
Following is an article about Jeptha Freeman that appeared in The Sunbury News in 1903.
 
 
Saturday, August 22, 1903.
 
Be Just and Fear Not
 
NEWS AND NOTES
 
AN OLD COLONIST, Mr. J. Freeman, of Sunbury, completed the fiftieth year
 of his residence in Victoria on Saturday last, when the occasion was celebrated
by a very pleasant social evening.
 
Mr. Freeman was in his younger days, closely associated with the cause of industrial progression in general and the Eight Hours movement in particular.
 
He was one of the pioneers of that widespread principle, having been on the original committee, of which he is now almost the sole surviving member.
 
Mr. Freeman’s health has not been as good lately as his friends could wish,
but with the return of the warm weather it will, we trust, greatly improve.
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Jephtha Freeman – Eight Hour Day Pioneer

This post is a reblog from 2016, due to some family members who missed it.
Yesterday’s post concerned the Eight Hour Day pioneers, and Jephtha Freeman‘s  involvement.
 
Following is an article about Jeptha Freeman that appeared in The Sunbury News in 1903.
 
 
Saturday, August 22, 1903.
 
Be Just and Fear Not
 
NEWS AND NOTES
 
AN OLD COLONIST, Mr. J. Freeman, of Sunbury, completed the fiftieth year
 of his residence in Victoria on Saturday last, when the occasion was celebrated
by a very pleasant social evening.
 
Mr. Freeman was in his younger days, closely associated with the cause of industrial progression in general and the Eight Hours movement in particular.
 
He was one of the pioneers of that widespread principle, having been on the original committee, of which he is now almost the sole surviving member.
 
Mr. Freeman’s health has not been as good lately as his friends could wish,
but with the return of the warm weather it will, we trust, greatly improve.
 
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Introduction of the Eight hour day

Following is a post that was published in 2016.  I have decided to reblog it, as many family members haven’t seen it. The post concerns Jeptha Freeman who belong’s to my partner’s family.

This weekend, in Victoria, we are celebrating the Labour Day weekend.  In these modern times, I am sure the weekend is just another long weekend for workers, without much thought given to the reason for it.

The Labour Day Long weekend celebrates better conditions being given to workers in 1856.  In the 19th century workers worked very long hours without sick pay and holiday pay. Most workers at the time worked 14 hours each day.

The campaign began when a group of stonemasons downed tools and walked off the job during the building of the Melbourne University  They were protesting the long hours worked and the conditions endured by workers.  Due to this campaign, the eight hour day was brought in for workers at the same wage that they were paid for their twelve hour working day.

An annual holiday was enstated to celebrate the win and a procession through the streets was held for many years. An Eight Hour Banner was made and formed part of the march.  The day was known as eight hour day originally, and in 1934 was renamed Labour Day.

Eight hour day procession

Eight hour day pioneers marching in the eight hours procession. 

I have a family interest in the eight hour day and the Labour Day weekend, as Jephtha Freeman who belongs to my partner’s family, was one of the Eight Hour Governors. They became known popularly as the Eight Hour Day Pioneers. He lived to an old age and was  one of the three last remaining pioneers. The eight hour day flag draped over his coffin at his funeral, which was held in Sunbury

Eight hour banner & pioneers

The above photo shows the Eight Hour Banner and the pioneers. Jephtha Freeman was most likely one of these men, but there are no names given.

Eight Hour Day Plaque

The plaque above is on display at the Trades Hall in Lygon Street Carlton. His name is listed in the first column.

Sources: 

http://www.theage.com.au

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au

 sourced from http://www.monumentaustralia.org.au

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A-Z Challenge

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

As 2017 is very quickly moving along, I have just realised that it won’t be long until the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is here again.

So time to start thinking about a theme. Or will I go themeless this year, just for something different? Haven’t decided yet, so do stay tuned.

2017 will be the third year that I have done the challenge, and I really do enjoy it, even though it is quite challenging to keep up with the daily posts. Of course, if I was more organised by the time the challenge began, then the month of April would be much less hectic. This will be the year for organisation. Though I do seem to remember saying that last year.

I love the connection with other bloggers, during the challenge, which unfortunately, I tend not to continue after the challenge is over. This year, I have promised myself to make more connections and continue them.

The themes that other bloggers choose always interest me. It’s great to see the varied topics and passions of bloggers, that I would not otherwise come across.

Stay tuned for the official theme reveal which will happen soon.

Getting to know me

Recently fellow geneablogger, GeniAus posted a ‘getting to know me’ Meme that came to her via other geneabloggers.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I am a sucker for a meme, so how could I possibly resist.  I really enjoyed getting to know Geniaus through reading her meme

So here is mine for anyone who would like to get to know me better.

1. Who are you named after? – I was named after Hollywood movie actress Jennifer Jones, who was very popular at the time I was born.

2. Last time you cried? – About 10 days ago. Unfortunately, I had a little melt down, as I do occassionally. Didn’t last long.

3. Do you like your handwriting? -Definitely not. My handwriting is terribly messy.  I tend to print, which is not much better. When I was in grade 4 and the class was allowed to start using ink, I had to keep using pencil because I was so messy.

4. What is your favourite lunch meat? – None as I’m vegetarian. I like to have hard boiled eggs for lunch.

5. Do you still have your tonsils? – Yes

6. Would you bungee jump? – No definitely not. I’m a scaredy cat.


7. What is your favourite kind of cereal? –  Dead heat between porridge and Special K.


8. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? – Always.


9. Do you think you are strong?  Fairly strong mentally.  Strong physically as I do strength work in the gym to try and stay strong as I age.


10. Favourite ice cream?  Boysenberry


11. What is the first thing you notice about a person?  Their smile.


12. Football or baseball?  Definitely AFL. My team is North Melbourne.


13. What colour pants are you wearing? – Khaki


14. Last thing you ate? Toast with honey


15. What are you listening to? The fan whizzing around.


16. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?  Green


17. What is your favourite smell?  Fresh bread baking.


18. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?  Chris – partner


19. Married? Was married for 32 years. New relationship now but not married.


20. Hair colour?  Have coloured it since I was 16, but now letting the colour grow out. Have decided to age gracefully.


21. Eye colour?  Hazel


22. Favourite food to eat?  Quiche


23. Scary movies or happy endings? – Happy endings.


24. Last movie you watched? The Dressmaker


25. What colour shirt are you wearing? Hot pink


26. Favourite holiday? USA last year. California and Salt Lake City for RootsTech


27. Beer or Wine? Wine or champagne


28. Night owl or morning person? Morning. I’m useless at night


29. Favourite day of the week?  Saturday as I look forward to a relaxing weekend with my partner.

As my blog is being preserved by the National Library of Australia via Pandora my responses should be available for some years to come.