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Blaxland, Wentworth & Lawson

Yesterday, 11 May 2015,  was the anniversary of the day that explorers Gregory  Blaxland and William Wentworth and William Lawson set out from Sydney on their adventure to cross the Blue Mountains. It was hoped that there would be suitable farming and grazing land on the other side of the Blue Mountains. At the time there was a shortage of land around Sydney, that was sufficiently fertile for farming.

Their expedition through rugged bushland was successful and as a result, all three explorers were granted 1000 acres as reward for their success

The explorers are pictured below – left: William Lawson 1774-1850    right: William  Wentworth  1790-1872

below centre: Gregory Blaxland 1778-1853

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A- Z Challenge Reflections

Reflections

This is my first Blogging from A to Z April Challenge and now that it is over,  and I have blogged from A-Z, one post daily, during the month of April, I find that many participants do a “reflections” post.

When I first came across the challenge, I thought it would be fun and could be a way to get me back into the routine of blogging regularly. My posts had been very sparse due to time and work pressures.

I can’t say that I started the challenge with a bang that is for sure.  My start was delayed, as I spent the first few days of April in Canberra attending CONGRESS2015. So, immediately I found myself in catch up mode and was planning on pulling out until I gave myself a severe talking to.  I had, at least,  planned the titles of the first few posts, which was a bonus. By the end of the first week, I was caught up and didn’t drop behind at all from then until the end.

I found posting daily to be a challenge, which didn’t surprise me,  but it did give me the kick start I needed to reinvigorate my blog and revisit my family history research, which has been ignored lately.

My theme of blogging people or places relating to my family history turned out to be much more useful to me than I expected. It enabled me to see gaps and unfinished bits and pieces in my research. I now have a list of research tasks that need to be done which will give much needed focus to my research. Feeling a little more organised has also re-energised me and I’m looking forward to a trip to the archives very soon.

One of the advantages of doing this challenge was the many bloggers I came across for the first time. I’m amazed at the variety of blogs out there. It seemed to me that most bloggers chose to blog the challenge on a theme. Many bloggers were really very imaginitive with their chosen theme.

I came across Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin when she commented on my blog, so of course quickly checked out her blog. I found her A-Z posts really interesting so popped in regularly. Due to time contstraints, I didn’t often comment on other blogs. I do regret that I didn’t show more support so I will improve on that in the next challenge.

Thank you to those bloggers out there who commented on my blog.  It really meant a lot to me to have people visit for the first time and give feedback.

I will definitely be doing this challenge again, when it comes around  in 2016. Already I’m starting to think of possible themes.  Just to really challenge myself, I am considering also doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge on my Fitness Blog in 2016.

April A-Z Challenge: Z is for Z GENERATION

ZZ is for GENERATION Z

I’m not sure about other family historians, but I do know that in my genealogy research and recording, I do tend to ignore the current younger generations a little – Generation Z. I can get quite excited when finding little snippets of information about my ancestors, and often get carried away with history, while ignoring what’s happening in the family now. A bad fault of mine, I know.

 

So today is the last day of the blogging challenge, and my Z post has caused me to think of the grandchilden. Of course, I do think of them often, but not usually in relation to family history. My challenge into the future is to find a family member from Gen Z to take over my research. I do worry a bit  about when I’m gone. Will someone come out of the woodwork and volunteer to be the family historian?

At the moment I see no evidence at all that such a person exists. Lots of eye rolling occurs when the subject of our ancestors is brought up. But most family historians suffer this. It’s a commonality we chat and laugh about when we get together.

Here are my 3 gorgeous grandsons. From left: Hudson, Jake & Lucas. A great Gen Z representation. But I am biased of course.

 

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April A-Z Challenge: Y is for Yarrawonga

YY is for YARRAWONGA, Victoria, Australia. Yarrawonga is situated in northern Victoria, on the border of New South Wales.

I have a connection to Yarrawonga due to my TAYLOR family, who farmed land at Bundalong, just outside Yarrawonga, in the 19th Century. The Taylor’s are a large family, with each family of each generation, having many children. Eventually many of them settled off the land, in the town of Yarrawonga.

Mavis Taylor who really put her mark on the world in her later years is probably the best known of the Taylor family. The following Wikipedia entry probably best explains how Mavis spent the later years of her life:

“She started collecting and sending household items to East Timor after seeing violence during the difficult period of move to independence.  By 2004 she had personally organised 21 shipping containers  of practical aid, including stock from her own business and had set up 23 sewing centres providing employment for East Timorese with major funding she provided”. – Wikipedia

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April A-Z Challenge: X is for COX

XX is for coX (sorry but that’s the best X that I could do).

RICHARD COX was my Great Great Grandfather. He was born in 1817 in  Ashton, Wiltshire, England. In 1838, he married MARY DAVIS in Bath, England. They had four children, born in Bath.

Mary died in 1845, and Richard married MARY JANE EDGECOMBE SULLY in 1847, in Bath. They had four children in quick succession and emigrated to Australia in 1852, where they settled on the land outside Heathcote on a property they named She Oak.

Richard became a successful farmer and was a wealthy man at the time of his death. He is buried at Heathcote cemetary in a family plot with his wife, Mary Jane and son-in-law and grandaughter

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April A-Z Challenge: W is for WHY family history fascinates me

WW is for WHY family history fascinates me.

Just for a change, I’ve decided to do something different with the letter W. Following below is an excerpt from a previous post with a few changes just to update time frames.

I’m fascinated with family history and genealogy,a subject that most of my friends and family consider, well, just plain boring. I fell into recording my family history by accident about 15 years ago, when I was asked to help organise a family reunion.

As the reunion was not for my own family, I was able to take it all in, without worrying about the work and research that needed to be done. But I was hooked. And now all these years later, the never ending task of researching and recording the many branches and twigs on my family tree continues.

There is much more to the story of my family history beginnings.  but this bare bones snippet will do for this post.

 

 

 

April A-Z Challenge – V is for Violet Town

VV is for VIOLET TOWN, Victoria, Australia. In the early days of settlement, Victoria was the coach stop on the road between Melbourne and Sydney.  The Post Office was opened in  1852 and closed in 1859.

Violet Town is situated on the Honeysuckle Creek and most streets are named after flowers. My ancestor Patrick Boyle had a farm on the Honeysuckle Creek

My Grandfather William Jones was born in Violet Town, as were many of my ancestors. Family names of direct ancestors from Violet Town are JONES, BOYLE, CALNAN and WATERS

 

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