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April A-Z Challenge – N is for Nancy

NN is for NANCY MAY JONES, my father’s sister. Nancy  was born 13 years before my father, in August 1913 at the family home, 18 Young Street, Moonee Ponds, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.

Sadly, Nancy had a very short life. She died in October, 1914, from heart failure, after being burnt in an accident at home, 3 days earlier. At the time of her death, the family were living at Lincoln Road, Essendon, Victoria.

According to my father’s memories of what the family told him of his sister, the accident happened when the children were playing with matches. Her death certificate says her burns were small. There was no inquest held.




April A-Z Challenge – M is for McPherson


M is for McPHERSON ANNE, born December 1847 in Glenelg, Ross-Shire, Scotland. Ann was my Great Great Grandmother. Anne and my Great Great Grandfather, FARQUHAR MORRISON, married in April 1866 at Church of England, Heathcote, Victoria.

There was a large age difference between Anne and Farquhar, of 27 years. As Anne lived in the same town in Scotland as the Morrison family, it appears there could have been an arrangement for them to marry. Anne arrived in Australia , after Farquhar, and lived at Wild Duck Creek, just outside Heathcote.

Anne died, 20 years after her husband, in 1916, at Nish Street, Echuca, where she spent her last years, to be closer to her sons.

Anne’s parents were ALEXANDER McPHERSON and MARY McDONALD.They were married in Sleat, Inverness, Scotland in 1845. They had 6 children.




April A-Z Challenge – L is for Lloyd

LL is for LLOYD. Martha Annie Lloyd is my Great Great Grandmother. She was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales on 2 September 1813. Martha’s father was JAMES LLOYD born about 1787 and lived in Pembrokeshire.

Martha and her husband JOHN TAYLOR emigrated to Australia, with their toddler son JAMES LLOYD and infant JOHN LLOYD. Their voyage must have been very difficult with two very small children to care for.

In most generations of the TAYLOR family, all the boys take the second name of LLOYD. This was still occuring in my father’s family, when all sons except one, were given the middle name of LLOYD>

April A-Z Challenge – K is for Kyneton

KK is for KYNETON, in Central Victoria, Australia.

My Great Great Grandfather  Thomas Waters lived in Kyneton. When he arrived in Victoria he walked from Melbourne to Kyneton where he settled. For a period of time while living in Kyneton, he would walk to Trentham to work in the potato fields He wrote letters home to relatives in Bedfordshire telling stories of working in the snow. He said that he found the cold winters in Australia to be colder than England.

In 1865 the house Thomas and his family were living in burnt to the ground and they lost everything.


April A-Z Challenge – J is for Jones

JJ is for JONES JOSEPH HENRY born in 1839 in Green Ponds, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Joseph is my GG Grandfather.

Joseph’s father THOMAS JONES was born in 1808 in London, England. He arrived in Australia in about 1820, as part of the army, probably to oversee the convicts in Tasmania. But I haven’t done any research on this as yet.

In 1855 Joseph married ELLEN VIRGINIA LOWE at St. David’s Church, Hobart. They had 5 children, before Ellen died in 1872, when the youngest child, Avonia was aged 6 months.

Joseph had a troublesome life, which I’m sure was made more difficult trying to care for his family of young children. His son Thomas died in a mining accident. Eventually Joseph died a tragic death. He went missing and was found dead some days later. Click here to read the obituary for Joseph Henry Jones, known as Joe The Quacker.

April A-Z Challenge – I is for Izzard

IA is for IZZZARD ANNE married to THOMAS WATERS. Ann and Thomas are my GGG Grandparents. Anne was born in 1806 at Gulden Morden, Cambridgeshire, England. She married Thomas in September 1824 and they had nine children. Mary died in 1851 at Dunton, Bedfordshire, England, and is buried at St Mary Magdalene Cemetary, at Dunton

Anne and Thomas’s son Thomas was my Great Great Grandfather and first Waters ancestor to emigrate to Australia.  Read more about his interesting life with photo here 

April A-Z Challenge – H is for Haverfordwest



H is for HAVERFORDWEST, a town in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This is the city where   father’s maternal ancestors, the TAYLOR family originated from. After their marriage in 1839, JOHN TAYLOR & MARTHA LLOYD lived in City Road, in the Parish of St. Thomas.

At the time of her death, John TAYLOR’s mother MARY DAVIES, who was a widow,  lived in the Parish of St. Martin, Haverfordwest.


City Road Haverfordwest today

Today Haverfordwest is the major city of the county of Pembrokeshire. It is a bustling market town as it has been for many centuries. Haverfordwest Castle sits on a hill, overlooking the city, as if protecting it still, as it surely did in medieval times. It looks very battle scarred and damaged, making me think I would love to find out more about the history and what went on in Haverfordwest in earlier times.

Haverfordwest Castle

Haverfordwest Castle



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