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Contact information for people with a genealogical or historical interest in the areas around Gundaroo and Gunning

Last updated 1 July 2018

If you have an interest in the history of Gundaroo and the people who lived hereabouts, or perhaps have some information you would like to share, email Gundaroo Historical Society with your name and email address. Also include a note of your interest areas for addition to the text below. The geographical area covered is fairly wide and covers at least parts of the old Shires of Gunning, Yass, Boorowa, Crookwell, Mulwaree, Tallaganda and Yarrowlumla.

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FROM: Steven
Mobile Phone: 0402 105150; 0424 820739

Our interest is in any information regarding relatives and descendants of Kim's ggg grandparents Robert & Ellen EDWARDS.
Ellen's maiden surname was McEVOY or McAVOY.
Robert arrived in Gundaroo in about 1836, and died in the area in 1857. Ellen died in Gundaroo in 1870.
Their children were Robert Mark, Elizabeth, John Robert & Anne. Robert Mark married Jane BAILEY, and Elizabeth married Henry BAILEY. Henry & Jane were siblings.

FROM: Nancy Lee


I am trying to trace descendants of Charles Henry Bennett and Margaret Dyce who were married at Gundaroo in March 1855. I am the descendant of Lydia Ann Bennett who was born in 1873 in Gundaroo.

Nancy Lee
ph (02) 9634 6751

FROM: Catherine Dwyer

Telephone No. (02) 62583258
5 Bainton Place

Please contact me for information on

The Massy family of Gundaroo
The Donnelly family of Gundaroo & Bungendore; and
The Leahys of Gundaroo and Bungendore

I have volumes of information on the Massy & Donnelly families, also plenty of info on Charlotte Renton Massy's father: Dr George Bute Stuart of Parramatta & Norfolk Island.

I am searching for any info available on a Richard Hassett (Blennerhassett) a Constable & Publican at Yass NSW. His daughter Margaret's birth certificate says her Mother's maiden name was Jane Arundell. However, Church records shows Richard Hassett to be married to a Jane Hearne. (Was Richard Hassett's wife married twice.) Can anyone help me on this?

FROM: Lynette Hutchings

Phone: 02 49540932

My mother's grandmother was Harriet NEWLING (née BROWN) whose father was James BROWN (born 18 October 1835) who married Susan SMITH on 4 December 1856. James parents were "Old" Thomas BROWN and Sarah TURK (married 26 April 1831) so I am related to about 75% of those buried in the Methodist Cemetery at Dalton. I have a very old photocopy of a book published in Canberra by the Federal Capital Press in 1938 (would love to get a copy of the original) which commemorated to centenary of "Old Tom Brown" of Wesley Vale Dalton.


FROM: Mabel Armstrong

We are interested in the Armstrong family and our main focus is William and Mary Armstrong who came from Northern Ireland.

Mabel Armstrong
Unit 5
14-20 Barsden Street
Camden, NSW 2570

FROM: Kim Jenner

I am researching my husband's ancestors from the Gundaroo area, namely the families of JOBBINS, in particular Edward Jobbins, (born 1793 in Wiltshire England, died 1870 at Back Creek, Gundaroo) and his wife Rebecca Anderson (born 1797 in Wiltshire and died 1870) and their descendants.

Edward's son, Peter, married a HANNAH DAVIS, daughter of NOAH DAVIS and MARY ANN SAINSBURY, also of Gundaroo, and are yet another branch of my husband's line of which I have an interest.

I would be interested to know if anyone has historical records regarding a bushfire which occurred at Xmas 1898 in which the home of Peter and Hannah was destroyed and which resulted in Hannah's death some 10 days later.

I can be contacted by email at or by mail to:
Mrs Kim Jenner
35 Reddan Ave
Penrith 2750 NSW

FROM: Stephen Esdaile

I am interested in the following people, and would appreciate any information that readers may have:
Mary Hughes
Bridgett Donnelly
The Leahy Family
William McAlister

FROM: V Burns

I am interested in DUNLAY, DOUGLAS, THORN, and people who lived at BLAKNEY CREEK.

I am particularly looking for any info about the parents and other relatives of Harriet Elizabeth Dunlay (Douglas) - died 1911 aged 53 years and buried atYass. She was born at Blakney (Blakeney Creek) and her parents were Henry Douglas(s) and Mary Jane Thorn.

I am also interested in their lives at Blakeney Creek and info about this area - in particular any aboriginal connections.

I also have quite a bit of info on the DUNLAY and PYE families.

FROM: Judy Decker

The names that I am interested in are: BROWNE, DUNLOP, MACAULEY, DOUGLAS, HARRIOTT, LEE, SHEEHAN, and WILLOCK.

John Dunlop, born 1794 in Ayrshire, Scotland, married Marion Douglas 27 Feb 1815 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. There is reason to believe that John was military and that his wife, Marion, died in Cuba. John remarried in Scotland. John and Marion had five known Children, the oldest being Ebenezer Douglas Dunlop.

Ebenezer Douglas Dunlop was born April 1816 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland and died 1881 at Yass, NSW. He married Ellen Willock 24 April 1837 in Kilmarnock and shortly after the wedding departed Scotland for NSW arriving 31 Aug 1837 onboard "City of Edinburgh" with his wife Ellen. (They are listed as assisted passengers.) Two children are know to have been born to Ebenezer and Ellen, John born 5 Sep 1839 and Helen (Ellen) born 30 Jun 1842, both births registered at Bathurst.

It is not known when Ellen died but widower, Ebenezer Douglas Dunlop married Catherine Sheehan at Molonglo, NSW, on 9 Oct 1858. Although no know natural children were born to Ebenezer and Catherine, it is known that an adopted child, Rosa Ann Wales, was living with them at the time of the murder of Ebenezer at his home at Kitty's Creek, Yass, NSW on Boxing Day, 26 December 1880.

Coroner's Inquest 27.12.1880......Rosa Ann Wales deposed: I am the adopted daughter of the deceased.

Coroner's Inquest (resumed) 10.1.1881..Rosa Ann Wales deposed: I will be 17 on 19th next April. I was the adopted daughter of the late EBD and Mrs Dunlop; I believe I was with them 12 years (in later evidence she refers to them as Uncle and Aunt. She also said they once argued about her, Rosa, turning to her aunt's religion.)

Catherine Sheehan remarried on 1 August 1881 to Patrick Nash.

The Yass Courier reported on Thursday August 4, 1881. "Last Monday night the accused was married to a man named Patrick Nash ---- " (The two who bail for her applied to be released from their obligation. Because of her marriage they thought she may flee the Colony. Two other men were found to put up bail of 100 pounds each. But as the top policeman was away and couldn't give an opinion on the 2 new 'bailees' she would be committed back to gaol.

The Courier's report on Saturday, 6 August, 1881. "Catherine Nash, late Dunlop was brought before the court, an application having been made to grant her bail. -----.Mr Brennan had no objection; he did not want to say anything in the matter, but at the same time his feelings were very strong. Bail was therefore granted."

On Thursday, 29 September, 1881, the Yass Courier reported "Yass Circuit Court. The court will be opened next Monday. The calendar is heavier than that of any previous court held at Yass. -----. The following is a list of the prisoners awaiting trial:- Catherine Dunlop (now Nash), murder.----."

Saturday October 8, 1881 the report in the Courier read: "Kitty's Creek Poisoning Case. Catherine Nash, formerly Dunlop (on bail), was charged with having murdered her husband at Kitty's Creek on the 26th December 1880. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. Mr Lee, Crown Prosecutor, said that the woman had been tried before, and the jury failed to agree. He would therefore ask His Honour to bind prisoner's husband (as she had since been married) over on his own recognizance of 50 pounds that his wife would appear when called upon. Prisoner's husband having been bound over, prisoner was discharged."

Again from the Yass Courier, Thursday October 20 1881: "Yass Court of Petty Sessions. Wedensday October 19. Illegal Detention of Property. Patrick Nash v. Rosanna Wales"

Rose Anna Wales married Alfred Thomas Davis in 1884. Both Rose and Alfred are buried at Gounyan, New South Wales, Australia.

John Dunlop married Jane Macauley (born 1838 Ireland, daughter of Robert and Sarah Macauley) on 12 Jan 1861 at Queanbeyan. Jane and John had 8 children, all born at Queanbeyan before Janes's death 28 Dec 1886. John then remarried 20 May 1889 at Bungendore to Mary Jane Harriott (widow of George Lee). John died Jan 1918 and is buried at Molonglo with his first wife Jane. Mary Jane died and is buried at Bungendore with her first husband, George and 3 of their children.

Caroline Ellen, daughter of John and Jane Macauley, married Walter Hercules Browne (born 1849) 1878 at Queanbeyan. They had 9 children, all born at Queanbeyan. Walter died 22 Mar 1914 and is buried at St. Luke's Church, Upper Gundaroo, with his youngest daughter, Ellen Dunlop Browne (Jan 1901-Jul 1901). Caroline died on 31 October 1929 at Molonglo.

John and Jane's youngest son was Robert. He married in 1906 at Temora to Annie Marie Peadon. Their only son, Reginald Robert (1908-1997) is my grandfather.

Any assistance that anyone can give me on these families would be gratefully appreciated.

Judy Reynolds Decker

FROM: Edna Pratt

I am looking for any descendant and/or information on Henry DANIELS and Joyce (née HERBERT) (my gg grandparents) and family. Also his brother Edward & wife Mary and family. Plus a nephew Thomas.

They all arrived in Australia aboard the "Edward Oliver" in l856. A relation, Thomas Daniels was already living in Colony at Bungendore.

I have a connection throughout the area and surrounding districts in the names of DANIELS, GRIFFITHS, FROST and WILESMITH.

Also looking for information on Charles FROST son of John and Eliza FROST.

Mrs. Edna Pratt, 50 Wilson Cres., MOIL, N.T. 0810
Telephone: (08) 89271980

FROM: Gillian Bettridge


My g-g-great grandparents Alexander and Christina SHAW came to the Yass district in 1838, finally spending their twilight years in Dalton. I am descended from their two eldest daughters.

Ann married John O'DONNELL, horsebreaker of Yass in 1848. They settled at Glenbower on the Murrumbidgee, and proceeded to have an enormous family who finally moved to West Wyalong where they are buried. Their fourth child Anne O'DONNELL married John Riordan CREAGH a teacher at Dalton. They had three children - Alexander, John Bede and Catherine Gertrude (married John McNAMARA).

Christina married Thomas Kinman FARDON in 1852 and went to live in Adelong where they too had a very large family. After the death of Thomas, Christina, two daughters and three sons moved to the gold mining town of Charters Towers in Queensland where she died in 1897.

My g-grandfather Alexander CREAGH married his second cousin Christina FARDON (youngest child of Christina and Thomas) in Brisbane in 1904 and promptly produced my grandfather Malcolm, his two sisters and one brother. They settled and spent their entire lives in Mount Morgan working at the mine.

The remainder of the SHAW family also married locally. Christiana Margaret was the second wife of John WHEATLEY, Mary Ann married Henry CURRY, Charles married Charlotte Mary Hobart BLAKE, Sarah married James BROWN, Alexander Shaw (Jr) married Rachel Mary TATE, Donald married Margaret Isobel CAMPBELL and Malcolm married Charlotte MARTIN. Janet did not marry.

Any connections would be welcomed.

Gillian Bettridge
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

FROM: Greg Harper

I am researching the WHEATLEY families, and would love to hear from anyone doing the same. Most, if not all of the WHEATLEYs in Graeme's list are related to me!

Other names I am interested in from the Gunning Shire include: ALCHIN, APPS, BUSH, BUTT, POLLARD, FRIEND, HOLGATE, BROWN, MEDWAY, GALE.

FROM: Tony Sullivan

The part of my family that I am researching arrived in Australia on the ship "Portland" . The ship berthed in Sydney on March 11, 1841. The families that inter-married were the O'Keeffe and Purcell families. They went to a property called "Yarralumla" then spread to Tarago, Lake Bathurst, Collector, Goulburn and Queanbeyan.

The family is briefly covered on my homepage but I am now collecting information about all the off shoots of the family tree. Margaret Purcell married Robert O'Brien and they moved to Temora. They were my great grandparents. I have already found three other people researching the family on the net. It would be nice to find some more. There is also a book about the family "In Search of Pioneers" which is in the National Library.

FROM: Trish Cassidy

I am seeking information on the following families and known areas of residence that appear in my family tree. Any information at all would be greatly appreciated:-

BLUNDEN & GAUNTLETT - Wellington, Molong, Bathurst - all in NSW, Aust
BYRNES / PURCELL / HALLAM / HANNAN - Collector, Goulburn, Gunning - all in NSW, Aust
KELLY & HATELY -Yass, West Wyalong, Barmedman, NSW
HATCHER - Coolamon, Wagga Wagga, NSW
MITCHELL / MURPHY - Yass, Goulburn, Gunning NSW
NANCARROW / THOMAS / BELCHER - Cooma, Tumut, Adaminaby, Kiandra - All in NSW
TAVENER - Echuca & Sandhurst, Victoria, Aust;
SHANNON - Collector, NSW; Toowoomba QLD, Aust;
WASS - Boorowa, Harden, Cowra - All in NSW

FROM: Anne Coleman

I am seeking information of the following families. Any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

PENYU - Gunning, Burrowa areas
ALCHIN - Gunning, Dalton areas
CORKERY - Boorowa area
BUSH - Jerrawa area
COLEMAN - Taree, Wingham, Manning River and Yass areas
CAMERON - Wingham and Taree areas
CAREY - Wingham and Taree areas
BALLARD - Tumut area
WATSON - Tumut area
CREED - Wingham and Taree area
HASTINGS - Tumut area.


FROM: Kay Williams

My family research centres on Taralga NSW and the following surnames:

FROM: Carol Wood

Brisbane , Queensland, Australia

I am interested in John Dewsbury of Lake Bathurst who is my great grandfather. John came to Springfield outside Goulburn in about 1850 supposedly on a ship with stock for the Faithfull family. He is not on any shipping list I can find.

He married Elizabeth Jane Smith who was working as Springfield as a nursemaid to the Faithfull children in 1857 at St. Saviour's in Goulburn. John and Elizabeth then settled at Windellama just out of Lake Bathurst and had 10 children.

Any information about this family would be appreciated. John is buried in the grounds of Lake Bathurst Church.

FROM: John Waters

I am interested in the families of John and Selina Waters of Gunning, and the family of Henry and Phoebe Bunfield (née Bush) of Dalton/Jerrawa.

My email is
Snailmail is:
John Waters
1156 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd
Kalorama, Vic 3766

FROM: Jann Birks

My great great grandmother was born Maria Murphy to Johanna née Sullivan and John Murphy. John and Johanna were married at St James C of E, Sydney, in 1836. Maria was the second child (after John) to be baptised in St James C of E, Sydney in September 1837 and born August 1837. A third child born 9 years later was Whitmore Michael Murphy, baptised at Goulburn Roman Catholic Church when living at Fish River. He died in Oberon in 1933. Johanna was Catholic and John was Protestant. Maria' first marriage was to William WASS in 1855. There were three children from this marriage, John 1854, Eliza 1855 and William 1858. William Wass Senior died 1858. Maria then married Martin John Roach at the Bland on the property of Dougald Campbell McGregor in 1859. Issues of this marriage were Margaret 1860, Maria 1863, Catherine, Mary Jane (born Gundy) 1871 James 1877, Annie, and Eleanor 1880.

The Reverend Robert Cartwright who is buried at Collector Uniting Church was the minister who married John and Johanna Murphy and baptised John and Maria. Reverend Cartwright's son Ottiwell, was a witness at Eliza (née Wass) Minehan's funeral in 1901.

I would like to contact any Wass, Minehans, Murphys or Roaches who may still live in the area that may be of assistance.

My address is
Jann Birks

FROM: Raylee Dunn

I am researching my father's family and have not had much success in locating my greatgrandfather and greatgrandmother's origins. They are both from the Gundaroo area, and any information would be most appreciated.

Their names are Thomas Erenshaw (or maybe Earnshaw) and Margaret whose maiden name was Kershaw. Two sons of Thomas and Margaret have their names inscribed on the war memorial at Gundaroo. They are Thomas William (my grandfather) and Jack. I am also interested in Mary Apps who married John Earnshaw.

FROM: Jillian

I'm looking into family history MCGUIGAN, FOLEY, COLLINS

Patrick McGuigan Married Ellen Foley 1844 Ireland ?? children John, JAMES, Thomas, Ellen, Hugh, Hugh, Susan, Ellen and Jane. (Jane married Thomas RYAN Collector )

James McGuigan Married Margaret COLLINS 13.8.1877 Currawang NSW witnessed by Patrick Commess & Mary Fleet , Margaret was under the age of 21 her father Daniel COLLINS signed the certificate, any COLLINS family history followers was Cornelies Collins called Daniel, children of Margaret and James, PATRICK, Hugh, Susan, Margaret, James Thomas, James T, Michael, Matilda, Bridget, Daniel, William, Rose

FROM: Kay Clark

I am researching my family; the story of which begins in Port Fairy, Victoria, and ends (if there is such a thing!) at Cootamundra.

Two Phelan sisters; Mary and Anastatia arrived in Vic. in 1841 and between them raised 15 children. Each sister married again after being widowed at a young age. The families all moved from 1870 onwards to NSW, settling in the Cootamundra / Murrumburrah / Gundagai / Junee / Temora / Wagga areas.

These are my surnames:

FROM: Ann Dunstan

Seeking information and descendants of Joseph NEWMAN d. 1876 "Inglewood", Gunning, and William NEWMAN d. 1875 "Inglewood", Gunning.


Ann Dunstan
RMB 828

FROM: Val Tufrey

I am trying to trace a '???' Tufrey, who arrived in Australia about 1858 in Moreton Bay and travelled overland to Barraba NSW with his two brothers, where they had a parting of the ways and this unknown brother was believed to have gone to Yass.

Val Tufrey, Maitland

FROM: Gabrielle Holland

My ancestor, William Hendon, arrived aboard the "Captain Cook II" on 26/8/1833, as a convict. He was assigned to Patrick Dyce, "Tillygrieg", Gundaroo. William worked at Tillygrieg with some other convicts, and it was here he met his wife-to-be, Mary Johnston (on some certificates it is "Mary Johnson").

Mary Johnston was a servant to Patrick Dyce. She was from Cork, County Cork, and arrived in Australia as an Immigrant aboard The Duchess of Northumberland, 3 Oct. 1836. I am seeking any information on Mary Johnston's parentage.

Would be pleased also to find other descendants.

Gabrielle Holland

FROM: Graham Cooper

I am very interested in obtaining any maps, information or photos of the Cooper Family mausoleum, or the Willeroo homestead (on the eastern side of Lake George). Any information would be very welcome.

I am a direct descendant of Robert Cooper, whose family developed the Willeroo station, after being granted the land in 1835. His sons Francis and James, and their families lived there until 1894.

Graham B. Cooper
Ferntree Gully, Victoria (The Cooper Family Homepage)

FROM: Vicki Stack

I am the Great, Great, Great Grandchild of Thomas and Ann Coleman and Joseph Fredrick and Harriet Cox buried at the Upper Gundaroo Cemetery. I am seeking any information on the above and/or their families, business and property.

My grandmother Evadne Harriet Ann was born on a property called "Glenrock". The third child of Harriet Mary and Edward Coleman.

Please email me with any information on these families.

FROM: Jill Griffiths

I am researching the Ancestors of my husband Lionel Griffiths.

Thomas Jacob: b.1784 Hampshire England d. 1867 Goulburn buried Mortis St Cemetery Goulburn, arrived 1818 per Ocean 11, Convict.
Married 1: 1835 Parramatta - Charlotte Parsons b.1803 England d.1839 NSW arrived 1830 per Roslin Castle, Convict.
Married 2: 1842 Goulburn - Lucy Sawtell b.1825 Guernsey, Channel Islands d.1881 Goulburn ,buried Mortis St. Cemetery Goulburn, arrived per Queen Victoria 1841 Free.

George Warden/Worden: b.1805 England d.1870 Yass buried Yass Cemetery arrived 1823 per Ocean 111 Sydney Convict.
Married: 7th March 1837 Parramatta - Harriet Barnes/Barron: b.1819 Parramatta d.1892 Yass buried Yass Cemetery.

Son: John Warden/Worden b.1858 Yass d.1897 Tamworth buried Church of England Cemetery Tamworth.
Married 1:1882 Yass - Clara Wakartt b.1861 Collector d.1889 Goulburn buried Anglican & Catholic Cemetery Collector.
Married 2: Sydney - Sarah S. Smith b.1866 Shoalhaven.

John Michael Wakartt b.1821 Weddern Germany d.1904 Collector buried Uniting Church Cemetery Collector arrived per Peru 1855 as assisted immigrant Sydney/Newcastle.

Name Variation: Weckhart
Married:1853 Weddern Germany - Katerine Apfelbach b.1827 Seilsbach Germany d. 1909 Collector buried Uniting Church Cemetery Collector arrived per Peru 1855 as assisted immigrant Sydney/Newcastle.

Name Variation: Weckhart

Would love to contact descendents of the above folks.

FROM: Michelle

I am trying to locate information on my great grandparents.

My ggrandfather's name was Frederick Fuller and he married Emma Foulkes in Goulburn in 1879. His parents were William A. Fuller and Annie Elizabeth Soares.

Emma Foulkes was in Gunning in 1856 and her parents were William Foulkes (Foulks) and Maria Hislop (Heslop).

Any information on Frederick and Emma would be appreciated and especially information on William and Maria. Frederick also had a first wife who died in 1876 in Goulburn - I do not have the name. Anyone who can give me a name, it would be appreciated. They apparently had 3 children Frederick, Annie and Dot.

FROM: Shirley Wright ( McKeon)

BERNARD McKEON came to Australia from a townland of Knockavannon, Co Armagh in the year 1860 on board the ship "British Trident" he eventually met and married a girl from Bungendore, BRIDGET DOYLE, on the 2nd of August 1876, they were married at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, they had six children, BRIDGET DOYLES mother being MARY DWYER father MICHAEL DOYLE, BRIDGET was given as being born in Busby Scotland so we take it that MICHAEL DOYLE and his wife MARY (DWYER) spent some time there.

BERNARD McKEON and his wife BRIDGET McKEON (DOYLE) children being TERESA who's obituary the claim to the descendant of the "Chieftain of Wicklow" was made, maternal side, also that she was brought up on the property "ASHBY" Bungendore, southern side of Lake George, this property was owned at that time by JOHN DWYER son of MICHAEL DWYER the Wicklow Chieftain, other children being : GEORGE NATHANIAL, JOHN JOSEPH, ANNIE, and MARY. JOHN JOSEPH married EFFIE FEATHERSTONE from Yass.

BERNARD McKEON born 1840 in Armagh, Ireland, he joined the NSW mounted police force in 1862, promoted to Sr Constable in1866 he was also the Registrar and Wardens clerk, he served in Bungendore, Morangarrell, Barmedman, and Braidwood where he retired from the force in 1901, we think that GEORGE NATHANIAL McKEON might have been the post master in Braidwood for a short time.

Any assistance on this family would be appreciated, and any knowledge of BRIDGET McKEON (DOYLE) would be a great help.

Don & Shirley Wright
13, Meagher St, Cootamundra, NSW 2590

FROM: Brad and Debra Pullan

We are researching information on Sydney SMITH (Auctioneer) who married Catherine Rae GILLIGAN, with a daughter Alice PULLAN (née Smith) who was buried in Braidwood Cemetery 1916.

They resided in the area of Bombay, Braidwood.

Also researching Pullan, Searle, Perrett, Muir, Asplet, Hill, Harris, Rowe, McKinnon, Carroll, Flynn, Watson, Plummer, Fotheringham, Nichols, Woodley and Ward.

Brad and Debra Pullan
6 Flemington Street
Banora Point, NSW 2486

FROM: John Horton

I am researching the Wilson family, particularly any relatives of Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson, from whom I believe the Braidwood area came by its name.

Dr Thomas Braidwood's children married into the Mowle and Simpson families.

FROM: Gerald and Joan Hickey

I have been tracing my g-g-grandfather Michael Brennan but cannot find when he arrived in Australia.

Birth Certificates show Michael Brennan and his wife Mary (née Kelly or Curly) were living in Dixson Flats when their 5th child, Ellen, was born in Dec.1854. Their 6th child, Catherine, was born at Baltinglass near Gunning in 1857 and their 7th child, John, was born at Jerrawa in 1859.

I would appreciate any information concerning the Brennans. Joan Hickey, Auckland, N.Z.

FROM: Lynne Tocher

I have a lot of family born Goulburn, Breadalabane Tarago area.

We are descended from William Burton & Letitia Cobb, both convicts.

If anyone has an interest in the following names in roughly that area I should very much like to hear from them & exchange information :- GREEN, WALKOM, SEALES, HOLBORROW, ROSE, MURRAY, GRUBB, PETERS , BICKERS, HARRISON, TURNER, COLE & TAYLOR.

FROM: Keith James Manning

I have information on the Richard and Ann (née Bryan) Jackson and family who lived in Rowle St. Collector from 1860 to 1865. Happy to share information.

FROM: Cherie Thompson

I have a Sophia PENDERGAST m.1865 - Patrick REARDON b. 1843
Sophia & Patrick are buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Harden.

I am also seeking any information on REARDON's from Harden / Murrumburrah and JAMES family from Cootamundra. I do have more information on these families c.1850 if needed.

Regards, Cherie.
On the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Searching Family History:

FROM: Graeme Fernie

My ggg grandfather was one William HAWES, who was transported, arriving here in 1828 aboard the Phoenix 2. He worked for Hannibal McArthur, who apparently sent him from Parramatta, to Camden, and then south to around the Bungonia and Lake Bathurst area. On 30/9/1842 he marries Mary FOX at "Arnprior", (on the northern bank of the Shoalhaven River near Larbert) owned by the RYRIE family.

Hawes was issued with a licence to run the Boro Inn from 1/7/1848, where he stayed until 1853. This is the hotel referred to in "Australia Visited and Revisited" (1853) by Mossman & Banister. In 1853 he then acquired a license to run the "Coach & Horses" Inn at Lake Bathurst. This may not be where the village of the same name is sited. There is a reference on the next year's license to the hotel being at "Merrighan" (sic) which I believe is the modern Mulwaree River.

In 1854 Mary Hawes died and is buried at "Lake Bathurst". Again, the village and its cemetery are [possibly] founded later than this. Hawes transferred his hotel to Mongarlowe around 1860, and died in 1868.

I am interested in any information on the above. I have a more detailed exposition of the above which may be of interest to those researching this area, which I can send as a Word 98 file (readable with Word 97).

FROM: Blossom Macdonald

(awaiting contribution)

FROM: Jim Slattery

I am trying to trace members of the families of two of my ancestors, James O'BRIEN (aka O'BRIAN) and Theresa Margaret (aka Teresa Margaret, Margaret) CLEAR (aka CLARE, CLAIR).

They were married at Goulburn , 24 Nov 1873.
James was born at Gundaroo c1850. Theresa was born at Collector c1854.
Their children were:
Mary Anne (Polly) O'BRIEN b.1874 Young NSW
Teresa Margaret (Tess) O'BRIEN b. 16 May 1876 Stockinbingal NSW; m. 2 Nov 1899 Albury NSW, Michael (Mick) Harrold; d. 31 Mar 1927; bur. Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW
Catherine Ellen (Kit) O'BRIEN b. 1878 Young NSW
John James (Jack) O'BRIEN b. 1880 Young NSW
Clara C. (Clara) O'BRIEN b. 1882 Young NSW
Placid William (Bill) O'BRIEN b. 1883 Young NSW
Josephine Maude (Maude) O'BRIEN b. 1885 Young NSW
Francis S. (Frank) O'BRIEN b. 1887 Young NSW

The only other details I have are for the descendants of Teresa and Michael, who were my maternal Grandmother and Grandfather.

Thank you.

FROM: Antoinette Buchanan

Richard HOWELL, m. Elizabeth HIRST/HURST at Yass 24/12/1849.

They had 15 children, 13 of whom were named, all registered in Yass or Gunning. Those children that survived married in Gunning or Young.

Any information gratefully received.


I am researching the Brown family. My great grandfather, Charles William Thurlow Brown was born in the Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass district in 1848 to William and Susannah Brown née Seymour.

I found a Stephen Brown who was born on 29 December 1851, also in the Gundaroo Gunning Yass district to a William and Susannah Brown, but as far as I know, Stephen Brown is not the brother of Charles William Thurlow Brown nor is he related.

Does anyone know who Stephen Brown is?

FROM: Rhonda

I am helping a good friend with her family. These are the family branches:
Joseph John Thomas Brewer married Eliza Thornton formerly Beggs
Alfred George Brewer married Janet Fisher
Frank Robert Brewer married Esther Lena Baker
William Baker married Mary A Ryan
William Ryan married Margaret Booth
Robert Fisher married Mary Ann Paterson

I have photographed the Brewer and Fisher graves in Gunning Cemetery.

We are interested in any connect with members of the above family branches. We are in Bundaberg in Queensland. I am willing to help in our area for anyone.

FROM: Mary Herbert

McCALLUM and associated families in the Goulburn district 1839 +,
Duncan McCALLUM and his wife Catherine FERGUSSON arrived Sydney 2 Feb 1839 on the "British King" from Mull.
Most of their family travelled with them and settled in the Goulburn district
Mary married Samuel EIRTH 1841 Wingello
Donald and his wife Catherine SINCLAIR,
Malcolm married Isabella CAMERON 1844
Christina married Alexander McDONALD1847Goulburn
John married Jane HARVEY 1848 Goulburn
Archibald married Mysie CAMERON 1851 also twins Susannah and Flora age 8 and Kate age 2 were in the family group. 2 other daughters arrived in Sydney 13 Apr 1841 on the "Sir John Falstaff" -
Ann married James JOHNSTON 1845
Isabel married Thomas TROTTER 1845 Gresford NSW

I would be interested in contact with anyone who is researching these families.

Mary Herbert
Bedgerebong NSW 2871

FROM: Lesley Smith

I am particularly interested in a PATRICK LEAHY. He appears to have come to Australia around 1881 from Micholstown, Ireland. His parents (as listed on the death certificate) were William Leahey and Margaret Marney. Patrick married Caroline CASEY. She was the daughter of William Casey and Mary Ann Nolan/Nowlen and was born in Gundaroo. William Casey's parents (John and Mary Caroline Purcell) were both convicts. John was granted a Ticket-of-Leave for helping to capture a bushranger and the whole family appears to have settled in Tallagandra for many years. My Caroline and her siblings were born either in Gundaroo, Spring Flat or Back Creek.

I know nothing about Patrick LEAHY, who appears to have been a teenager when he arrived in Australia. He and Caroline were married at St Bridget's Catholic Church, Narrandera on August 23, 1890. Patrick worked variously as a labourer, a rabbiter and an engine fireman. He was the father of 8 children, the youngest (named Patrick) only 6 weeks old when he died. By then the family had followed the railway work to Sydney and perhaps it was his line of work that helped to kill him.....he died from cancer of the oesophagus.

I did at one stage meet his son William (probably about 93 now!!). He, my father and my brother, all named William Leahy would have the occasional drink in the hotel where he was the publican(??). I recall my late father once mentioning the family lived in Maroubra, a beach-side suburb of Sydney.

Thus ends my scant knowledge of my line of the Leahey family. By the way, the final 'e' appears to have been dropped off by my grandfather Leslie Joseph Leahy. The other children born to my Patrick Leahy and Carolie (Cassie) were John Frances, Norman, Alfred, Mary, Margaret, William and little Patrick.

Lesley Smith

FROM: Tony Moore

I am looking for any leads about APPS. The only clue I have to John Apps' ancestors is the entry on this marriage certificate showing his birth in Wagga.

I found a page in an old exercise book where my grandfather John (Jack) Augustus Moore had written the following:
CONSTANCE MARY MOORE, [née APPS] [My grandmother] b 26 May 189 [page fragment missing after 189] married St Mary's Catholic Church, Bourke, 1923 [address given as] "Leila Springs" Stn Bourke NSW. Occupation, nurse.
[She was a nurse in the Bourke hospital at the time when she married Jack Moore, my grandfather. Lived at Mogilla Stn, Goodooga NSW until 1928, then moved to Lewisham for the rest of her life. died Lewisham /(Marrickville hospital c1970 - 1973 ]

her sister: ELLEN (Nellie) JEAN APPS b. 3 May 1890 never married
I think she lived on the Mogilla Stn and then definitely also lived at same address in Lewisham NSW [died Lewisham /in a nursing home at Ashfield c1970 - 1973 same year as above]

her brother: John Stephen Apps [Uncle Jack] b. 2 March 189 [page fragment missing after the 189] Sons are Bruce Apps and Ken Apps [both living] daughter(s) ? [d. in the 1970's too.]

[John (uncle Jack was a grazier from Goodooga who moved to Croydon, NSW before the 1950's]

I have the original marriage certificate for my great grandparents. It shows:

In the Colony of Victoria
Certificate of Marriage
District of Bogong
Register number: 16 [cross referenced on vic. state record #1889-5309]
On the 3rd July, 1889 at Chiltern [Vic]
Marriage licence [word unclear] was solemnized between us according to the rites of the Catholic Church

John Apps
Usual place of residence: Merrigreen station NSW
Age: 26
Profession: Farmer
Place of Birth: WAGGA NSW.
Father's name Stephen Apps, farmer
Mother: (Maiden name) Jane Walls

Mary Elizabeth Ring
Residence: Gooramadda
Age 26
Profession: Not given
Birthplace: Goormadda Vic
Father: Michael Ring, farmer.
Mother(maiden Name): Ellen McCarthy

Marriage Celebrant: Fr John P Carolan,[signature unclear] Catholic Clergyman

Jeremiah Ring
Ellen Bridget Ring

Does anyone know if there is or was a "Merrigreen" Station in NSW? and are there any RINGs hereabouts?

Thank you.

FROM: Melissa Parker

My interests are:
CARTWRIGHT of "Woodbury", Gundaroo

Melissa Parker
Sydney, NSW

FROM: Jan Tremaine

Name: Sarah Niblett
Born: 15 Aug 1834 Argyle NSW
Baptized: 14 Oct 1834 C/E Liverpool, St Luke's
Died: 29 Apr 1920 Gunning NSW
Buried: 30 Apr 1920 Gunning Cemetery, Wombat St.
Husband: Charles Jones

At the time of Sarah's birth her father was a farmer at Argyle County near Liverpool.

First Marriage
Name: Charles Jones
Born: About 1826, lived in Gundaroo NSW
Died: Before 1859 
Buried:  unknown
Occupation: Blacksmith

Charles Jones & Sarah Niblett, his mark, her mark. 
I William Lightbody of Queanbyan Minister of Wesleyan Church do hereby 
certify that Charles Jones of Gundaroo and Sarah Niblett of Gundaroo 
were joined in wedlock by me on the 26th November 1849 at Queanbyan. 
In the presence of William Conway Armstrong and William Edward Percy (butcher??) 
Duration of marriage was 13 years.

Second Marriage
Name: John  Robinson
Born: __ ___ 1836 Portsmouth England???
Died:  Unknown
Buried: Unknown 
Occupation: Farm Labour
Wife: Sarah Niblett

His parents unknown.  
On John's wedding certificate usual residence Berebanglo, near Gunning. 
Sarah also give Berebangello as her usual place of residence. 
Witnesses were Henry Pomeroy and Eliza Pomeroy.  Eliza was Sarah's sister.
Minster: D.P.M. Hubert, bride signed with her mark.

A John Robinson was mentioned in E.g. Hazell Book "Some Came Free". 
John was one of 14 assigned men to John Kennedy Hume of "Collingwood"
near Gunning. 
He served six years with Hume in the 1840s.  
Possible father to John, as he would be too old to be Sarah's John. 
Not being able to find the death of John I have nothing to go on. 

According to son William's marriage certificate in 1892 John was deceased.

Jane Robinson married Thomas Alchin
William married Sarah Jane Hateley
Robert married Lilly May Potter
John Married Elizabeth Hillier
Samuel married Johanna Charlotte Merriam

Up till now I have not been able to find any information on John Robinson 
other than he lived at Berebanglo.


FROM: Jan Tremaine

Hi my name is Janet - all the people below are on my family tree, and I would like to put some meat on their bones - the type of life that would have been lived in the area, when it was first settled and by whom. It seems this area was mostly settled, or should I say worked, by convicts. As most of them could not read or write it is hard to get documentation on them.

Samuel and Mary Niblett

Jane and Thomas Alchin: Jane is the daughter of John Robinson and Sarah Niblett. Sarah was previously married to Charles Jones who was a blacksmith in Gundaroo (have not been able to find his death).

William Robinson and Sarah Hately: William is the first son of John and Sarah, born about 1860 but I cannot find any record of his birth. Eliza Niblett (sister to Sarah) who married Henry Pomeroy had a son Thomas Molloy Pomeroy born the same year, same place, cannot find a record of his birth, can anyone tell me how and where I can look for these records?

The family of Eliza Pomeroy had some changes in their surname. Some members of her family use the name Stokes. Her daughter Mary Ann married Joseph Murdoch - this family settled in Gundagai. I would love to share my information with anyone who is interested.

Also trying to locate the death of Phoebe Niblett and husband John Martin who arrived as a convict. He was assigned to Major Morris Barlow in the Yass area, does anyone know anything of this man?

If anyone would like to get in touch by phone the number is 07-54957225.

FROM: Neil GILL (Malvern, Vic)

I have some ancestors who were located at Gundaroo in the 1830s. They were:-
Maurice (sometimes Morris) HICKEY and his wife Bridget HICKEY (née-QUINN)


1-Daughter's marriage certificate: Ref. #136 Vol.129
5th March 1834 married at Gunning (I think), NSW. R/C rites by the Rev. J.J.THERRY.
Thomas BOYD, ship 'Isabella (1822)'
Ellen HICKEY, daughter of Maurice HICKEY, Gondoroo (Gundaroo) Witnesses: Mathew HELY, John BARTLEY, Richard NAGLE

2-It is written in Tumut's history that Thomas BOYD, his wife Ellen brought the WILKINSON youths into the Tumut District from Gundaroo.
Ref. Adelong Argus, 1904
Mr.Thomas WILKINSON said, "In 1838 I left Gundaroo and rode up to Tumut accompanied by BOYD who drove a bullock team. My sister came up also with BOYD's wife on a cart...." also another brother John WILKINSON came too after they all had a disagreement with their stepmother.

3-Surveyor's Plan of Gundaroo (c183?)
I have a plan by the above date (their are a few dates on the plan) that shows Mrs.WILKINSON Hut just over the Yass River from the land owned by Mary Ann WHITE.
Just nearby, on the property next door, apparently owned by William WILLIAMS, is HICKEY's Hut. Both huts are clearly marked and named. Now, HICKEY's hut is located on the Yass River also and if you look at "The Rural Directory of Yass & Gunning Shires"(1996 edition), you will see on Map 2437, along the Yass River Road (around the centre of the page) (look for property #31 Oldfield "Milford") where the Yass River is joined by "Hickey's Creek". Now, HICKEY's hut was located at this intersection and on the "Milford" side of Yass River. It seems that a little portion has been annexed for the HICKEY's from the property where their hut was. A later parish Plan dated around 1917 shows the hut still there.

Now, NO DEATH of either Maurice or Bridget HICKEY has ever been found in NSW or elsewhere in Australia. Whether they stayed there until their death, we don't know. Maybe there is a burial record or a newspaper article somewhere up that way regarding their demise?

My guess is they were probably looking after the property as Maurice was a Hedger by trade. They were both former convicts too. Maurice was born about 1889, so he was about 50-60yrs when he is shown at Gundaroo. Bridget was a couple of years older.

If anyone else has any information on these two or their other son James HICKEY who was born around 1821, it will be greatly appreciated.

Neil GILL (Malvern, Vic)

FROM: Carolyn Hart

WILLIAM APPS born 1783 Sussex, married ELIZABETH ELLIS, born 1783, in 1805
1. WILLIAM APPS 1813 (he is my family)
2. Harriet APPS 1815
3. Reuben APPS 1818
4. Seymore APPS 1823
5. Mary APPS 1830
6. Elizabeth APPS 1840

This is my lineage below. Hope it helps. I have heaps more back to 1746, just haven't verified the link, although I'm sure that it is linked somewhere.

William Apps, Elizabeth Ellis
William Apps, Philadelphia Footes
Thomas Apps, Ellen Butcher
William Charles Apps, Amelia Osmond
Austin George Apps, Kathleen May Moore
Carolyn Mary Apps, Robert Marshall Hart

FROM: Lyn Bradley

I am searching for information on the following:

VENABLES - Henry, born February 2, 1851 at Yass. His parents were John Venables and Martha Eliza (Hutchinson).
Henry died September 4, 1922 and was buried in Cootamundra Church of England Cemtery on September 6, 1922. His occupation is listed as 'miner'. I do not know if Henry was married or if he had any children.

VENABLES - Nicholas, born 1868 in Yass, and died October 16, 1928 and is buried at St. George's cemetery in NSW.
Nicholas married Agnes Rouse in 1897 in Brewinna NSW. They had the following children: Ivy b. 1897, Vera b. 1902 , Leila d. 1913, Ruby b. 1905 and Sydney b. 1898 d. 1910. Nicholas' parents were: John Venables and Mary Kate (Sullivan).

VENABLES, Ada born 1872 at Yass to John Venables and Mary Kate (Sullivan). I do not have further details of Ada.

VENABLES, Frank born 1874 in Yass, Parents: John Venables and Mary Kate (Sullivan).

If anyone has any connection to the above please contact me. My great grandparents were John Venables and Mary Kate (Sullivan), their son George was my grandfather.

FROM: John Corby

My name is John Corby and I am a direct descendant of William Thomas Corby, Tarcutta N. S. W. and William and Thomas Brown. Thomas came to be known throughout his life as Old Tom Brown or Old Tom. I was born at Tarcutta. My grandfather was James Henry Brown and my mother was Ruby Brown. Other names connected with our family are Collins, Piper, Wright and Hilton.

John Corby
33 Ferguson Ave
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
Phone 02-96341502

FROM: Wayne and Di Hoppe

Owen O'NEILL (b 1820) married Catherine FOLEY (b 1833) in Ireland and emigrated to Australia in 1857. They settled in the area where Owen lived until the age of 102. They are buried at Mutmutbilly.

Their 2nd child was our ancestor:-
Catherine O'NEILL b. 1855 d. 13.11.1947 at Glen Innes married 26.02.1884 at Gunning
Henry J HEFFERNAN b. 18.07.1864 d. 03.04.1955 at Glen Innes

The other children were Mary TAYLOR, Jeremiah O'NEILL, Owen O'NEILL, Honora CALLINAN, Peter O'NEILL, Ellen SPACKMAN, Denis O'NEILL, Johannah ERROL, Julia COVES.

Another of our interests in the area is:-
James O'BRIEN (b. 1838) married Hannah JONES (b 30.06.1849) at Gullen. They married 15.07.1870 at Goulburn. Their 5th child was our ancestor:
William Robert b. 04.06..1879 at Wheeo, d. 07.08.1948 at Crookwell married 06.01.1904 at Gunning
Johanna HEFFERNAN b. 24.12.1885 at Gurrundah d. 28.05.1969 at Crookwell

The other children of James and Hannah were:
Susan, Thomas J, Bridget, James R, John S, Mary, Catherine and Margaret.

Wayne and Di Hoppe
108 Eathorpe Rd
Ph. 0267 714681

FROM: Sandra Armstrong

My husband was a descendant of Paterson families who came to Australia between 1839 and 1851 and settled in the Yass, Gunning areas.

I have quite a bit of info on families and their marriages and some copies of certificates. If you have a Paterson in your family down that way, they are probable related and I would be happy to pass on information.

Sandra Armstrong
Maryborough, Queensland

FROM: Ray Gavan

I have both sides of my paternal grandparents families from Gunning.

My grandmother Elizabeth HENDRY daughter of Mary Anne DELANEY, was the daughter of Ellen COLLINS and Michael DELANEY. Elizabeth married John GAVAN, son of John GAVAN and Marcella (Ellen) DOYLE from Maitland.

Their children's spouses were, BRAY, BAIHN, EDGEWORTH, BEIRER, LENNON, JAMES, POWELL, and LUNEY.

I have their descendants tree to date and am happy to share any information with others. They lived at Gunning and Boorowa. My grandmother with her ten children walked to Goulburn, she met wandering aboriginals on the way and she gave them treacle and bread as they were hungry, she had a big heart. My father was 12 pounds!! born to her alone, with only her children to help. She had her children, all huge, alone in the same manner. Those old ladies, and she was a lady, were the true pioneers of Australia.

My BIG brickwall is Ellen Collins she died in 1843 in childbirth at the farm "Wargelia" near Wombat. There is only a rudimentary marriage certificate and no death or internment details. She may have buried on the farm. Anyone with even a suggestion is most welcome.

Ray Gavan, Sydney

FROM: Lea Davis-Lesiuk

I am seeking descendants of or information on the following families.

Christian Gruber married Christina Lochman and came from Germany to Gundaroo where they had the following children:
Frederick (b) 1858
William (b) 1859 m Pheobe Walmsley
John (b) 1861 m Johanna Ellen Bush and Wilhelmina Grocott b) 1878 d) 1918 ( would love some Grocott info).
Henry (b) 1861 m Catherine Deehan
Mary 1865 - 1880
Christian 1866-1954 m Ellen Jobbins
Jacob 1872
Christina 1878

Also Alfred Luton married Ann Brown at Yass - seek any information.

FROM: Ann Gugler

I am a second fleet convict descendant - Edward Merrick and Mary Ann Russell.

I am interested in the pioneers of the district and in particular the Coleman and Carroll families.

FROM: Peter Roberts

I discovered my great great Grandparents are buried at St Luke's Cemetery, Gundaroo. I was wondering if anyone has any information whatsoever on:

William Goslett (died 9/2/1876) or Mary Ann Goslett (died 22/2/1895)

If so, please e-mail me. I don't have much more info than that, but any clues would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

Peter Roberts

FROM: Melva

My great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen Gaffney, formerly Spence, née Down(e)s, died in 1849 'at her residence, Lake George'.

I am trying to establish where that residence was and where she was buried. She married William Gaffney in 1843 at Maitland.


FROM: Lesley Whitla

I am researching my family name of HOLMES who lived in the Gunning, Yass, Crookwell, Wheeo, Boorowa and Frogmore areas. My name interests are:

JOHANNA HICKEY married JAMES O'SHEA about 1817 Tipperary.
Mary married Slattery
Bridget married John Sheedy 5 Dec 1842.
Johanna married John Shea.

Children married
Burke, O'Neill, Hannon.

Children married
Walsh, Rochfort, Burrell, Boyes.

Ellen, Ann, Francis, Robert, Patrick, Mary Ann, John, and Michael J.

Patrick, Terence, Marie, Annette.

ROBERT HOLMES married ALICE RYAN about 1843.
Children married
Byrne, Walsh, Bulley, Smith and Cooke.

Anyone with similar name interests I would love to make contact.
Lesley Whitla (née Holmes).

FROM: Allison Taylor

I am looking for information on my ancestors who settled in Gundaroo around 1838. Thomas CASE and his wife Maria née MUSSELL came to Australia from Bishopstone, Wiltshire, England. They had 10 children (mainly born in Gundaroo) and I am a descendant of their daughter Emma (b 02/07/1855) who married John Thomas TAYLOR (b 1851). John Thomas was also born in Gundaroo.
If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated and in turn I could share what info I have. Thank you.
Allison Taylor

FROM: Warwick McMahon

I am a descendant to the Jane Robertson (1849-1878) of Woodbury. Apparently this is a property on the Federal Highway near Sutton Rd.

My line comes down from Robertson to Wilson and McMahon. I have a very large database of nearly 40,000 names and links. Anyone with interest in linking please feel free to contact me. I am willing to swap any information dating from 1745 to the present - it varies in direction as there are many links. I have recently added the first fleet links towards these settlers.

I'll answer all enquiries.
Warwick McMahon
12 Elaine Ave
Lemon Tree Passage, NSW 2319.
Fax: 02 49824701
Phone: 02 49823199

FROM: Mavis Hunt

My husband is a descendant of Mattison and Elizabeth HUNT buried in the Parksbourne cemetery.
I have a small booklet published about PARKSBOURNE history and some of its early pioneer families.
This booklet was produced by G WEATHERSTONE, who to my knowledge still lives in the PARKSBOURNE area. ISBN 1 86252 714 8.

FROM: Peter Davis

I'm looking for William Davis who was born around 1872-1874 in what appears to be Bungendore (the spelling on the marriage certificate is atrocious) to John and Frances Davis (née Davis, but I can't be sure) but the only John and Frances Davis registered in the whole country to have any issue (Thomas Davis, 1870) were recorded at Derrengullen Creek near Yass. John Davis, as you might expect, is a plentiful name and Frances less so but not unique.
Any help appreciated.

Peter Davis

FROM: Denise Marshall

I would like to hear from any descendants of Frederick & Mary Deborah (Poulter) TAYLOR of Young, NSW, who arrived in Sydney in January 1859 from East Woodhay, Hampshire, UK, onboard the "Daphne" with children: George 10, Charles 9, David 7, Frederick 4, and newly born son James John ( my great grandfather).

After Frederick (snr) died in 1865, Mary remarried Thomas Eady in 1866. Descendants of Thomas Eady may be able to give me some info on Mary (Taylor) Eady. Any help will be gratefully appreciated.

As noted above, my great grandfather JAMES JOHN TAYLOR was born late 1858 onboard the"Daphne" in the Bay of Biscay coming to Australia. He was never heard of again after about 1909. He married Mary Coddington on 11th Feb 1880 at St.John's Church of England, Young, NSW and any further information would be much appreciated.

I am also looking for information on MICHAEL DUNN(e) who married Margaret Kelly on 18th March 1846 at the Temporary Church, Cumbermurra near Yass, NSW. Both were convicts and later became the parents of John Dunn the Bushranger.

In addition, I would like to hear from any descendants of ROBERT and JANE SCOTT, who with their children Margaret 14, Jane Ann 12, Robert 11, Eliza 9 and Henry 7, arrived aboard the "disease ship MANLIUS" at Port Phillip Bay on 16th Feb 1842.
Robert and his wife Jane died shortly after arrival but all children survived.
I believe the child, Jane Ann to be my great great grandmother but no-one knows what happened to any of these children. Jane Ann married James Dunn (ex convict) at Port Macquarie in December 1850.

Any help would be appreciated.

Denise Marshall
28 Turnbull street,

FROM: Peter Gibson

I am interested in the genealogy of Thomas Royal or Royle, a convict who arrived in 1836, and by the 1837 muster was shown as assigned to Mr JP Campbell of Gundaroo. He was presumably still there up to the 1840's, when he got ticket of leave and eventually conditional pardon (1847). He turns up in Queanbeyan in the mid 1850's, moving slightly out of town in 1864. He was in Bungendore in 1890, just before his death in 1893.

Peter Gibson

FROM: Lynette Mok

I am a descendant of Jane (Jean) Neill who married a Morton. She is in the Breadalbane cemetery list as Jane Morton, buried with her son Thomas Morton. When Jane died she was living at "Elderslie", Breadalbane. I would like to obtain any information of Jane and her family who may be buried at Breadalbane.

Many thanks.

Lynette Mok

FROM: William Kershaw

I am searching for information about my grandfather FRANCIS THOMAS KERSHAW and my grandmother MARY COLLINS. Francis was born at Gundaroo in 1875. His parents were JAMES AND MARY ANNE KERSHAW. Mary Collins was born at Arabien , NSW, in 1880. (I do not know where this is, and presume it was the name of a property.)

Francis and Mary were married in 1905 and sometime between 1905 and 1909, they migrated to the Hutt Valley in New Zealand. I would appreciate any information relating to either or both of my grandparents.

FROM: Helen Hall

I am descended from William Roche, police constable of Yass - m Eliza Kimmage at Yass in 1858. William had numerous cousins who came out as well, some from Limerick, some from Kerry.

I obtained a copy of the marriage certificate of James Roche who married Margaret Foley in 1870 to see if he was any relation, but there were no personal details given. He lived at Gundaroo.

I would be interested in any information on James and his background.

Helen Hall

FROM: Damien Hynes

In my maternal line I have an ancestor Sam Johnson of the former world renowned cotton manufacturing town of Oldham in Lancashire (7 miles east of Manchester). Sam the eldest son was born in 1817 and became involved in industrial disputes with mill owners over labour conditions. Riots ensued and he was arrested, tried at Lancaster assizes and sentence of death was subsequently commuted to life beyond the seas. After a temporary stay on the hulks in the Medway of the Thames he was dispatched on the "Lady Nugent" to Sydney arriving in 1835.

Sam appears in the 1837 Musters as assigned to Archibald Macleod on Maneroo, ie Gundaroo. In 1844 he obtained from the Queanbeyan bench his Ticket of leave and in 1845 a Passport Ticket of leave from the same bench to go with Macleod to Gippsland for 12 months. In 1847 there is another Ticket of leave for him then being with the Loughnan brothers who were also original settlers in east Gippsland. On receiving a conditional pardon in 1854 he married at Roseneath, Gippsland in 1851, settle in E Gippsland, and successfully followed the work of a carrier.

The pardon was somewhat due to his loving father in England. Ned in 1850 was actively seeking return of Sam to the bosom of his family and there survives correspondence from Govt. House, Sydney back to the authority in London describing Sam's behaviour as a convict. It is overall favourable and states there had been three disciplines. Co-incidentally some years ago in visiting the Hyde Park barracks I came upon record of one of these. It reveals 24 hour solitary confinement, on a diet of bread and water, in the summer of 1836. Sam at the 1851 date of this letter was in the employ of the Lands Commissioner, namely Charles Tyers who was responsible for Gippsland.

Some years ago in the National Library, Canberra, I recorded the various convicts assigned to either of the brothers Macleod. My list is of 35 names including Sam. Interestingly, none of them are recorded on the headstone inscriptions at Gundaroo. Of course not all of them are given as being on Maneroo or Gundaroo but 21 are thereof in this source, which is the General Return of Convicts in NSW 1837, prepared by Soc. of Aust. Genealogists.

Damien Hynes
47 Arthur Street,
Eltham Vic. 3095.

FROM: Ian McDonald

I'm after any information on John McDonald , born 1821 in N.S.W. who married Ellen Taylor at St. Mary's Church Bungendore, April 1864. They were living at Halfway Creek Bungendore in 1867, when my great grandfather, Richard was born there. Prior to this John lived at "Fairfield " possibly a property in Gundaroo district. John was a widower when he married Ellen, and was much older. She was born at Long Swamp [ near Mulloon Creek, Boro ] in 1846. Her father was Josiah Taylor and mother was Ann Billingsley.
Witnesses to their marriage were Michael Dwyer, Hanna Cunningham and the priest was Patrick White.

Any information would be welcome.
Ian McDonald
P.O. Box 404
Rose Bay 2029.

FROM: Gordon Best

A relative of mine, Mary A (Polly) Gooud (1862 - 1947) married John (Jack) O'Brien (1866 - 1939) of Gunning in 1894 at Balmain North.
Their children were Grace Mary (Worthington) b. 1897, Vincent J b. 1899, John Augustus (1902 - 1915), and Zeta (Sister Mary John of Yass (1904 - 1963).

I would be pleased to be contacted by others with an interest in this family.

Gordon Best
89 Valley View Drive
Highbury SA 5089

FROM: Gina Hammond

I am researching the following names. They all appear to have been in the Goulburn and surrounding areas from either the 1830s / 1840s.

Names of interest:
Hammond - Goulburn, Grabben Gullen, Yass, Cootamundra, Gundagai
Quinlan - Goulburn, Cootamundra, Gundagai
Tully - Goulburn, Grabben Gullen, Yass, Cootamundra, Gundagai

Gina Hammond

FROM: Margaret Senior

I am looking for information on a Henry Theis ( Tiyce ),who was a young German. He brought prize rams out from England on a ship for a man called Massy and I think he worked as a shepherd for Massy.

In 1871 he married Sarah Hardwick - daughter of John Hardwick (1818-1899) who was Massy's superintendent.

I am trying to find out what ship he came over on, and in what year.

Thank you
Margaret Senior

FROM: Tracey

My grand father Charles Herbert CHALMERS married a Edna NIXON in 1928 and he is from Gundaroo, according to his army dossier.
His parents were James D CHALMERS and his wife was Elizabeth COLEMAN.
They had a farm called "Gooryo###" , his trade/calling was a farmer. (Sorry I can not read his handwriting very well.)

James David Chalmers married Elizabeth Coleman 26 July 1893 at Gunning though they are listed as living in Gundaroo. They married at St Edmunds Church, Gunning. Elizabeth's father Was Thomas Coleman and the witness were Thomas Coleman Jr and Sarah Ann Coleman. The certificate states that James was a storekeeper.
Does any one know if these people are related? I have found an Elizabeth Coleman whose parents were Thomas and Ann Coleman and an Elizabeth Chalmers who died with the parents Thomas and Annie Colman.
Can any one help me with this? James and Elizabeth had 5 children.

Tracey (Mildura)

FROM: Mandy Pemberton

Mandy has provided the following information on Frank Arthur Pemberton and family of Bungendore:

Frank and his wife Matilda immigrated to Australia in 1876/77. They soon settled in Bungendore where Frank took on the position of Railway Stationmaster. They very quickly had four girls, Mabel, Jessie, Olive and Blanche.

At the early age of 30 (on 26 July 1885), Frank died of an epileptic fit after feeling unwell for some days prior to this. He left his wife pregnant with their fifth child, another girl, who she named after him, Frances Alice Pemberton. Soon after her confinement she returned to live in Wales (I gather to live with members of her family).

A notice of the circumstances of Frank's death was printed in the Goulburn Herald on 28 July 1885. He is buried in Bungendore.

Mandy Pemberton

FROM: Ray Fairall

My interests are:
The Izzards of 19c Braidwood. George Izzard married Margaret McFadden(McFedden) in 1862 at Braidwood and raised their family. Both eventually died there leaving many descendants. Also interested in Ann Leacount who married Peter Byrne in 1857. Ann and Peter lived in the southern Highlands.

Ray Fairall
Phone: 02 4921 6582

FROM: Sandra Jones

I'm researching my husbands ancestors; George Moore Brownlow was murdered in 1855 by his wife Mary Ann Brownlow. I believe he was buried near Gundaroo possibly in the Guise family plot as that was Mary Ann's family name. I would appreciate any information.

Thank you.
Sandra Jones

FROM: Helen Grevatt

If anyone can assist with information on the following people I would be very pleased.

William Barber married Mary Ann Brittain (Britton/Briton etc) in 1832 at Campbeltown. The first two children born to them were John W, born 1831 and Charlotte M.A. born 1833 and both registered at Berrima. The family moved to the Lake Bathurst/Goulburn area after 1833 and appear not to have registered any more of their children. A son, William was born c.1845, supposedly at Lake Bathurst. William was believed to have been a Hotelkeeper. Mary Ann was the daughter of William Britton and Charlotte Sutton who married at Windsor in 1813. William Britton arrived per the 'Active' - a ship of the Third Fleet. Charlotte is believed to have arrived per the 'Porpoise'.

William and Mary Ann's daughter Charlotte married James Doyle at Goulburn in 1852. This family appears to have stayed in the area as the birth of children appear at Yass and Queanbeyan.

William Junior married Hannah Wright at Orange in 1868.

Helen Grevatt

FROM: Barbara Lendrum

I am interested in the name of Clarke in the Gunning area. My great grandfather was Henry James Clarke born in the Gunning area C.1850. His father was Henry Clarke(a carrier) and mother Mary (Bateman?) and is thought to have had a brother by the name of William.

Henry James Clarke married Catherine Collins in Burragorang Valley, N.S.W. on 23rd June 1872.

Barbara Lendrum

FROM: Val Macquarie-Smith

Crookwell NSW Family History: Sarah Keith 1837 - 1895, John Mouatt 1832 - 1931, William Keith 1827 - 1888, and Catherine (Kate) Mary Cameron 1830 - 1918.

Children of Sarah and John with descendants:-
John Mouat 1858 - 1924 M: Margaret Buchanan 1837 - 1895
  ( Margaret's family were related to the family of
  Sarah & William Keith. They settled in Donald, Victoria. )
Margaret Elizabeth Mouat 1859 - 1921 M: William Henry Judd 1855 - 1934
Edward Mouatt 1863 - ____ M: Mary Anne Long 1855 - 1918
Christina Mouatt 1864 - 1943 M: Ezra Harvey 1850 - 1932
Sarah Anne Mouatt 1870 - 1954 M: Alfred George Rowe 1870 - 1946
Mary Jane Mouatt 1872 - 1917 M: John Parker 1873 - 1920
Graham Buchanan Mouatt 1884 - 1950 M: Mary Eve Gordon 1882 - 1950
Associated Families: Buchanan, Scott, Roberts ,Sellick, Long, Harvey, White, Rowe, Lenny, Whitney, Selby, Apps, Holy, Grenenger, Waugh, Murdock, Brooks, Gordon, Bradbury.

Children of William and Catherine with descendants:-
Christina Keith 1857 - 1922 M: Anthony William Warn
John Keith 1860 - 1948 M: Beatrice Emma Blay
William Keith 1862 - 1931 M: Flora McInnes 1838 - 1893
Charles Duncan Keith 1866 - 1949 M: Barbara Peden
Alexander William Keith 1868 - ____ M: Emma Whittaker
Mary Anne Keith 1873 - 1956 M: Charles Cameron
Catherine Isabella Keith M: William Charles Monroe 1864 - 1909
Associated families: Warn, Blay, Cruise, Charles, Duram Court, Bennett, Bunker, Colman, Pedley, Macauley, McInnes, Pedon, Whittaker, Cameron, Monroe, Noble, Cody, Hunter.

Most of these families settled Crookwell, Taralga, Goulburn, Yass, Boorowa, Mittagong areas and many descendants are living in these areas today. Anyone with any information - I would like to hear from you.

Val Macquarie-Smith

FROM: Mary Roose

On my maternal side I am related to Tom and Sarah Brown who settled at Wesley Vale, Dalton, Tom having become known as "Old Tom Brown". Their daughter Harriet married James Christie. Their daughter, Eliza Jane married Henry Stephenson - from Crookwell.

William and Mary Stephenson arrived in Crookwell in the late 1840's, having purchased land there some years earlier. They bred horses with the Warn's, who also owned land in Crookwell. Quite a few of the children from each family married each other and remained in the area, including my direct ancestor, Benjamin Stephenson who married Hannah Warn.

The Stephensons in the Bareena Cemetery are directly related to me. Benjamin and Hannah (Warn) were my gggrandparents. Ben (b1852) was my ggrandfather's (Henry b. 1857) older brother and Rebecca (Hunt) was Ben's wife.

Any further information on the above would be appreciated. Also I would like to find out about who is buried in a family vault on the James Valley Farm which belongs to the Warn family. Keith Warn did some very good research in detailing the history of both the Warn and Stephenson families some years ago although he made reference to the family vault he does not appear to have detailed this type of information.

Mary Roose

FROM: Lee White

My g-mother was born a JONES in Goulburn in 1884. Her father was William Joseph Treanor Jones and her mother was Emily Kate née BYRNE. I have a newspaper cutting describing her wedding day [dress, attendants, jewellery etc.] which has her leaving from her home - HOBART HOUSE. Does anyone know of this house and its location in Goulburn?

My g-g-mother was born a BYRNE. I believe she may be a daughter of Thomas Henry Byrne who emigrated from Ireland in the 1840s. He is buried in St.Saviour's cemetery. I believe a Mr. Wal Young, once of 40 Pacific Highway, Kariong, NSW 2251, was doing research on T. H. Byrne and his descendants. Does anyone have material on this family? - understanding that researching the name BYRNE in this district seems to leave you with the only option of following half the sons of Northern Ireland!

Kate Byrne m. William Joseph Treanor JONES. He is listed early as a "boot finisher" and at the time of his daughter's marriage as a "carrier". Does anyone know his family history?

Please e mail any information to
Many thanks.
Lee White

FROM: Min Tamsitt

For years I have been delving into my family history, and have two STARR lines which I've traced back to East Sussex. However my interest in these families has grown with the knowledge that there were several by this surname to come to Australia, many of which slot back into the East Sussex family. The family was very staunchly Wesleyan Methodist and some were instrumental in the originating of chapels in their areas. A couple of families settled around the Dalton & Gunning areas and I would be most happy to exchange and share details with anyone who may have a STARR connection, whether it be in their own pedigree line or just a distant in-law marriage.

I am collecting all references to the STARR name with the view of being able to assist others in their Family history research.

My email address is and I will be happy to answer all inquiries.

Min Tamsitt, Qld.

FROM: Joyce Gilbert

My name is Joyce Gilbert, and I doing my family tree. I'm trying to trace history on my great grandfather and great grandmother.

Details I have are:-
Born 21/5/1859 Gundaroo
Married ?? Where??
Died ??/??/?? Goolagong

His partner/wife was
Joahannah MEAGHER
Born 13/8/1862 Dungowan Creek
Married ?? Where ??
Died ??/??/?? Where ??

Joahannah left John with 4 children at on earlier age, 2 boys & 2 girls (one was my grandfather John Martin). The girls where put in a Catholic home and the boys were reared by my great grandfather.

Any information on the marriage or/the death's of either party would be much appreciated.

We are especially interested in my great grandmother's history as none of the family know were she is buried or if there are any further children.

Joyce Gilbert
17 McAlister St
02 6968 4172

FROM: Gordon S Herbert

Looking for information on a William Herbert of Queanbeyan.
Born in Wiltshire England abt.1783, he came to Australia as a convict in 1817, married Ann Sharkey 1818 (convict) and had the following children:
Mary Ann b.1820, William Campbell b.1824?, Thomas b.1826 and Michael b.1830.
Moved to Queanbeyan somewhere between 1830 and 1860 after initially living in Liverpool.

Any help would be appreciated.

FROM: Suzanne Jakobsen

Indexes show that a person I think may have been my great grandmother Martha Boswell (née Elliot), died in 1934.

Martha was the third eldest child of seven children. Their parents, James and Martha Elliot, died in 1858 when she was only 13. I think the children were taken in by relatives. The other Elliot children were Elizabeth; James; Mary Anne; Sarah and William.

The children of William Boswell and Martha Elliot were: Albert; Christina; George; Mary; and Ernest (my grandfather). My great grandfather's death certificate shows that and that he died at Gundaroo on 4/12/1900, aged years of bronchitis, and that he was buried at the Presbytarian cemetery at Gundaroo on 5/12/1900. It states his occupation as undertaker.

My grandfather Ernest Eugene was born at Gundaroo in 1883.

I would appreciate sharing any further information regarding this family.

Suzanne Jakobsen (née Boswell)

FROM: Shirley Mills

My mother is looking for John & Caroline (née Purcell) Casey. They were parents of Mary Casey who married George Reid (Read) on 26-12-1853 at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Queanbeyan.
John and Caroline married on 4-2-1833 their address being given "Gondoloo". I believe John died in 1852 and was buried in Gundaroo Cemetery - probably catholic.
Also seeking any descendants.
Thank you for any assistance,
Shirley Mills.

FROM: Michelle Thew

I am researching the Vallance family of Murrumbateman, Yass, Gunning area and would appreciate any information about them. I am a direct descendant of Hugh and Margaret Vallance who arrived in Australia on the ship Trinidad 6/11/1841.
I have most of the family tree worked out and can trace them to my grandfather William Vallance who lives in Corrimal NSW. I have only been able to locate one grave at Gundaroo Village cemetery for Hugh who was the son of Hugh and Margaret. They were a very large family so there must be many graves in the area. Anyone with information regarding the Vallance family, where they are buried, where their property was or anything else please email me with the details.

I am also interested in finding out the names of Elizabeth Butt's parents. She married Peter Vallance in 1858 in the Yass area. She would be my g g greatgrandmother.


FROM: John Murray

I am trying to trace an ancestor Patrick Murray born in 1802 or 1806 at Muff/Kingscourt/Cavan/Ireland. Note some of the documents show him as Carlow rather than Cavan.

He was married and had two children. His father's name may have been William or Thomas. He received a life sentence, was transported as a convict and arrived in NSW in April 1832 on Captain Cook - 1st voyage. There were no females on his voyage. I do not know whether his wife and children followed him to Australia.

He worked for J Kennedy in Appin. He appears in a muster of 1837. He received various tickets of leave and finally, in 1851, a conditional pardon which meant he was free provided he remained in NSW.

I cannot trace his death certificate in NSW although I still have to examine those that would have made him 80+ at his death. I also have to try to examine death certificates for Queensland. I have not been able to find him in any online cemetery. Indeed I have been surprised at the small number of Murrays appearing in the online cemetery lists.

John Murray

FROM: Mr Geoff Chin, Mt Colah, NSW

Information on Margaret Dyce of Gundaroo

Born: 1835, Gundaroo
Parents: Patrick Dyce and Margaret Roach
Died: 24.4.1896, Gladstone Street, Merrylands
Buried: Mays Hill Cemetery, Parramatta
Married: Charles Bennett in Gundaroo 26.3.1855
   Henry Alexander b. 1856
   Margaret Emily b. 1858
   Felix Sydney b. 1860
   Johanna Strane b. 1863
   Patrick b. 1865
   Augustus Arthur b. 1866
   Evelyn Oswald b. 1867
   Lydia Ann b. 1873
   William James b. 1876
   Percy Horace b. 1879
all born in Gundaroo

Margaret's father Patrick was a settler from Aberdeen, Scotland, who arrived in 1828 and her mother was a convict. Patrick acquired land at Gundaroo and part of this land became Margaret's inheritance when she reached the age of 21. In about 1886 the family moved to live in Parramatta.

FROM: Mr Geoff Chin, Mt Colah, NSW

Information on Charles Masters of Gundaroo
Charles Masters (1811 - 1894) Farm labourer, gold fossiker, farmer

Was born in 1811 in Peasmarsh, Sussex, England; baptised 5 May 1811 at Peasmarsh Methodist Church; son of George (agricultural labourer) and Sarah (Foster); married Philadelphia Paine (1814 - 1897) daughter of Robert Sussex and Hannah Boots on 28.3.1835 in Brebe, Sussex; arrived in Sydney 11.10.1837 per Augusta Jesse and purchased Brookes Creek, NSW.

Annie (1834 - 1897) wed Taylor
Robert (1837 - 1923)
Eliza Esther (1839 - 1915) wed Armour
Elizabeth Sarah ( 1841 - ?) wed Armour
Emma (1843 - 1899) wed Barber
Charles (1844 - 1923)
Caroline (1846 - ?) wed Noakes
Harriett (1848 - 1919) wed Dawson
Ellen (1850 - 1896) wed Hines
Alfred (1852 - 1929)
Eliass (1854 - 1915)

Died 28.8.1894 at Brookes Creek and buried at St. Luke's Upper Gundaroo.

FROM: Mr Geoff Chin, Mt Colah, NSW

Information on George FORBES
George FORBES (1851 - 1928) farmer, grazier and carrier of Gundaroo NSW, Young and Nyngan.

Born 19.3.1851 son of Patrick, farmer and grazier of 'Neston', Gundaroo, and Jane Molineaux; had conditional land lease of 2500 acres in 1898 at Beablebar, Nyngan.

Spouse was Helen Douglas (1856 - 1938) daughter of Joseph Douglas of Mount Lanbie, Bathurst, and Mary Anne (Howell). They were married on 12.1.1876 at the Presbyterian Church in Young.

Sydney Douglas (1876 - 1958)
George (1878 - 1965)
Rodney (1979 - 1882)
Ruby Georgina (1881 - 1882)
Archibald Essington (1883 - 1885)
Leonard Hiver ((1885 - 1933)
Bernard(?) (1887 - 1915)
Ellie Valentine (1890 - 1925) wed Smith
Charles Volney (1892 - 1917)
May Josephine Mary (1893 - 1961) wed Arneil.

He was about 16 when his family moved Lambine Flat goldfields. He spent a brief time on the Emu Creek goldfields near Grenfell and in the 1870s worked as a farmer at Cudgell Creek, Young where several of his brothers had selections.
In 1882 he and his family travelled north and west in search of land. The two youngest children Rodney and Ruby died on the journey at Nymagee.
In 1883 George obtained a conditional purchase of 640 acres near Nyngan which he named 'Neston' after the property at Gundaroo.
He retained Neston for 15 years but also worked as a carrier using a bullock team to take supplies from the railhead at Nyngan to Nymagee and Cobar and bringing back wool, wheat and copper from the mines.
He sold Neston to Goldsborough Mort in 1898 and obtained a settlement lease of 2560 acres at Beablebar 20 miles south of Nyngan. In 1905 he obtained an additional lease of 2440 acres. On this property named Beablebar he built a family home and became a successful sheep breeder and woolgrower.
Interested in horse racing, he was involved in the Nyngan Jockey Club and the Picnic Race Club and became the first President of the Beablebar Picnic Race Club. The meetings were conducted on his property before moving to a site opposite Mullengudgery railway station.
The race meetings were popular events in the northwest until 1941. He was a supporter of Nyngan Hostpital, foundation member of Nyngan P and A Association, and a foundation member of Lodge Oxley. He was a good horseman and won a prize for throwing the hammer at Young in May 1887.

He died in Nyngan on 21.11.1928 and was buried in the C of E cemetery.

FROM: Lorraine Neate

Samuel Niblett married Mary Murphy.
Their daughter Eliza (whose birth does not appear to have been registered) was my great great grandmother.
She and her mother Mary who married Richard Howell after the death of Samuel (no record of his death) were witnesses called at the hearing of the murder trial of Mary Ann Brownlow.

Lorraine Neate

FROM: Kylie Ashworth

I am interested in any information relating to the descendants of George and Mary WILESMITH (WILDSMITH) of Durham, England. and their children:
Robert WILESMITH and Matilda BARRET of TEMORA; and

Also looking for the final resting place of George and Mary WILESMITH, at Wingecarribbe - Berrima (Church of England Cemetery).
Please contact me at

Thank you.

Kylie Ashworth

FROM: Dawn Stanford

I am searching for any information on the Tiyce (Theis) family. My e-mail address is
Thank you
Dawn Stanford

FROM: Craig Williams

I have an interest in Gundaroo because my ancestor, John Grady was born there around 1842. He married Mary Lynch in Queanbeyan in 1861.

I am happy to share any Grady information I have with interested parties, and, obviously, am interested in any new info people could offer me.

Craig Williams

FROM: Kerry

Searching for ANY info on the DAVIS, LEDGER, GILOOLY, GARNER families in the Yass district. Peter DAVIS married Marion LEDGER in 1916. They lived at Yass.
Samuel LEDGER married Sarah Ann GARNER, in 1875. They apparently lived at 'The Mullion'.
Elizabeth GILLESLEY / GILLULEY married William DAVIS in 1862.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sarah GILLULY. From the records I have accessed, it appears that Sarah wasn't born. I suspect, however, that she was, & her father was Michael GILOOLY an Irish convict transported on the Atlas 2 in 1802.
In the 1828 Census, Michael GLULEY was 60 years old, a shepherd to Mr Allan, at Goulburn Plains. (i.e. Andrew ALLAN, landowner with 10,560 acres).
Despite the fact that Michael's death doesn't appear to have been registered, he was buried on 19/8/1853, at Bungendore Cemetery, aged 92 years, named Michael GILHOOLY.

My email address is:


FROM: Lynne Radley

I have been researching the Bye family history, particularly that of John Bye Jnr. who was born in Gunning 21/3/1855. He went to Bourke at age abt. 18.
His parents were John and Margaret and they came to Australia on the Queen Victoria arriving 26/7/1841. John has 3 brothers and 3 sisters, but I do not know how his parents John and Margaret arrived at Gunning or when they left.
Margaret died in 1903 and is buried in the Catholic Cemetry, Junee NSW. I have no idea on when John died or where he is buried.
I have plenty of information on John Jnr., his marriage, his children and all their descendants etc. but am looking for information on his father.
I hope someone out there may have some information that would help. I am happy to share any of the information that I have already researched with anyone who may be interested.

Thank you.
Lynne Radley (Née Bye)

FROM: Keith James Manning

Descendents of Richard JACKSON

Richard JACKSON, born 15 Mar 1821 in Selby, Yorkshire, England; died 17 Oct 1899 in Alectown, NSW, Australia; buried 18th October 1899 in Alectown, Church of England Cemetry, Australia, son of Richard JACKSON and 3. Mary ((---)) Jackson.
He married in 1849 in Selby, Yorkshire, England Ann (BRYAN) Jackson, born 27 Aug 1830 in Selby, Yorkshire, England; died 15 Dec 1897 in Alectown, NSW, Australia, daughter of John BRYAN and Mary ((---)) Bryan.
At one time Richard lived 1 Mowle St. Collector. The area is now paddocks (1995) but you can see where the street once laid because of the fence perimeters run parallel to where the street once was. Collector Creek flows at the bottom of the street. This is where Sarah Jackson drowned in 1864 on the 5th of December. See notes on Sarah Jackson.
The exact date of their marriage is unknown; information from children's birth certificates vary. Ann gave the year of their marriage in 1848 and 1849. Richard gave 1839, 1840, 1848, 1851 and 1853. On Ann's death certificate Richard said that Ann was 16 years old when she was married. This makes the year to be 1846. Richard was the informant. The information that Ann provided on her children certificates would be the most reliable source of information.
The cause of death for Richard was 'congestion' of the livers. Ann died of Apoplexy (stroke).

Children of Richard JACKSON and Ann BRYAN were as follows:
Mary Ann JACKSON, born 1850.
(---) JACKSON, born 1852.
(---) JACKSON, born 1855.
(---) JACKSON, born 1857.
Richard JACKSON, born 1854.
John JACKSON, born 1856 in Collector, NSW, Australia; died 2 Sep 1861 in Collector, NSW, Australia; buried 4th September 1861 in Collector.
William George JACKSON, born 23 Jul 1858 in Collector, NSW, Australia.
Margaret Elizabeth JACKSON, born 3 Sep 1860 in Collector, NSW, Australia.
Sarah JACKSON, born 2 May 1862 in Collector, NSW, Australia; died 3 Dec 1864 in Collector, NSW, Australia; buried 6th December 1864 in Collector. On Sarah Jackson's death certificate the cause of death was listed as accidental drowning.
Sarah Jane JACKSON, born 7 Nov 1864 in Collector, NSW, Australia; died 31 Dec 1939 in Kogarah, NSW, Australia; buried 2 Jan 1940 in Church of England section of Woronora Cemetry, NSW, Australia.
John JACKSON, born 8 Oct 1867 in Burranjong, NSW, Australia; died 4 Mar 1867 in Green Swamp, NSW, Australia; buried 5th March 1867 in Young Cemetery. Died from a fractured skull. On the death certificate under the heading where born it was put Main Creek Young.
Fannie Emaline JACKSON, born 9 Mar 1871 in Burrangong.
Alice Edith JACKSON, born 15 Jun 1874 in Parkes, NSW, Australia.

FROM: Joan McIntyre

I am researching GRANT and LYNHAM. Who lived in the Collector area in the 1840s.
My connection is through their third child - my great-grandmother Marian Grant.
Thank you.
Joan McIntyre

FROM: Warwick McCall

My name is Warwick McCall and my wife is Pat (née Hamilton). My wife's family is from Goulburn, but had its origins in Spring Valley near Collector. Her Mother's side is the ever present Eldridge family from Binda near Crookwell. I would love to hear from anyone doing research on either of these families and would be willing to exchange what information I have.

Many thanks.
Address: 40 Balonne St, Kaleen ACT 2617

FROM: Judith A Sutton

I have been researching my MURRAY family history and have only gone back as far as my great-grandfather, George Edward MURRAY. He died at Collector 6 April 1900, and his death certificate states that he was buried in the Wesleyan Cemetery at Collector 7 April 1900. Is the Wesleyan Cemetery a separate area, or is it what is now known as the Uniting Church? [Yes - G.C.]
I have found three of his daughters in the cemetery lists - Rhoda Elizabeth ALLPORT , died 31 July 1944, buried Anglican Section, Dalton; Amy F M OLD, died 25 August 1923, buried Uniting Church Cemetery, Collector; Rachel JOHNSON, died 6 April 1955 [the same date as her father, 55 years on], buried General Cemetery, Gunning.
I know that George Edward MURRAY arrived in Australia at the age of 10 or 11 in 1833. His parents were John and Ruth (née Proctor) MURRAY, and they arrived in Sydney on 30 May 1833 per 'Eliza'. My search is now to try and find information about his father and mother and the county in Ireland where his birthplace of Frankfort is located, as there are towns of that name in four counties.

Judith Sutton (email:

FROM: Wendy Cox

I am looking for any information on the BLOOMFIELD and BYRNES family who lived in Gundaroo from about 1833.

John BLOOMFIELD (Captain Cook 1833) was born in Suffolk, England abt 1803. He was convicted of stealing silver and transported for life to Port Jackson. He was assigned to WJ Packer, Gundaroo. He recieved a ticket of leave 1841.

John married Margaret BYRNES, born ?Parramatta 1820 and had 15 children, 12 of whom survived. John and Margaret married 1857, 9 years after the birth of their first child. The children were James b.1848, John b. 1845, George ( my GGGGrandfather) b.1849, twins Hannah and Margaret b. 1854, Susan b. 1856, Samuel b. 1859, Fanny b. 1861, William b. 1863, Thomas b.1866, Stephen b.1870 and Charles b.1872.

John was 68 and Margaret 52 at the birth of Charles. John died 1882 at age 80. Margaret isn't mentioned on his death certificate. The informant is John BLOOMFIELD - son. The witnesses are George NOYES ( Grandson of convict Silas NOYES Georgiana 1831) married to Susan, George MARTIN married to Fanny and George SILBY married to Hannah.

Goerge BLOOMFIELD moved to Maryborough and married Jane Amelia BARTON 1873. I am unsure of the movement of the other children.

My questions are these :-
Where was Margaret born and who are her parents? When did Margaret die? Considering there are 1163 BLOOMFIELD's living in Suffolk 1803 so which one is my John and who are his parents? Does anyone have connections to this family? I would love to hear from you.

Thanks, Wendy COX

FROM: Jennifer L Touzell

I am interested in hearing from anyone who has information on de Guise and Brownlow history...particularly the whereabouts of Maryanne's grave and the fate of her child born in Goulbourn jail before her execution, and where the family originated from (France or The Jersey Islands).
The information I have was passed on to me by my Grandmother (dec) Alice Rock who was the great grand-daughter of Maryanne and George Brownlow. Some further research has been carried out by other family members over the years. The story does vary occasionally but the articles of interest to me, mentioned above, have never been decided definitely.

If anyone is able to give me any further information I would be most grateful.

Jennifer L Touzell.

FROM: Kaye Vernon

My interest is in John Thomas Hadson / Hudson who married Alice Ann Keyte who was the adopted daughter of Denis and Catherine Murphy.
They were in the Dirt Hole Flats / Collector / Currawong area 1853 - 1863.
Trying to find death certs of John Thomas and Alice .

Kaye Vernon
Beacon Hill

FROM: Debbie Smith

I am searching for any information I can find on John Kennedy Hume, who was murdered at Gunning on 20/1/1840. His wife was Elizabeth O'Neil.
I believe I am a descendant of his daughter Matilda born in 1836. She married James Hall Hume in 1868. She had a daughter Jane born 1863 (father unknown). John was the son of Andrew Hume & Elizabeth Moore Hume (née Kennedy). He was the brother of Hamilton Hume & Francis Rawden Hume & Isabella Barber (née Hume).
If anyone can help me with any information regarding this prominent family, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks Debbie

FROM: Margaret McIntosh

I am searching for my paternal grandparents.
James NEALE is my grandfather. Cicely Clare MAGANN is my grandmother.
Henry and Mary Neale arrived in Australia as assisted Immigrants on the "Elizabeth" on 31.3.1845.
Their children were Robert aged 6, Steward aged 4 and Martha 8months old.

Steward is my g-grandfather who married Catherine GOODWIN in Sydney 1862.
Their children were John b.1862, Mary J b.1864, James b.1872 (my grandfather) at Mutbilly, Henry Thomas b.1868 at Breadalbane, Stewart Matthew b.1874 at Mutbilly, Francis Nicholas b.1876 at Collector, Richard Mark b.1879, Catherine Ada b.1880, Annie McD b.1882 (although her parents are shown as Stewart and Caroline), Patrick Henry b.1884.
My grandfather James NEALE married Cicely Clare MAGANN at Leichhardt in 1906. Her parents were James MAGANN who married Rosanna MCKANNA (MCCARNEA) later registered as being spelt McKENNA in 1852.

Margaret McIntosh (née Neale)

FROM: Margaret Doughty

I am interested in the names BUTT and MALONEY. They are from two different lines in my family.
1. Children of a John and Augusta BUTT, who came to Australia in 1857.
2. John Joseph MALONEY who was born in Yass or Boorowa of parents Patrick Maloney and Margaret O'Connor.

Margaret Doughty

FROM: Lynne Randell

I am researching Francis Richard Poidevin; unable to find death certificate to establish cause of death. Date of birth 31/10/1850. Died 29/04/1899.

Would appreciate any information including his occupation.

FROM: Rod Smith

My paternal grandmother Sarah Sophia BROWN was born at Dalton (Jerrawa Creek) in 1875 the daughter of Thomas Bernard BROWN from Northamptonshire and Maria BUSH.
Maria was the third daughter(?) of the cousins John and Hephzibah BUSH son and daughter respectively of the convict Jeremiah BUSH and his brother the free settler Arthur BUSH.
The BUSH/BUSH marriage had 16 known children most of whom married and the BROWN/BUSH marriage had 16 known children most of whom married. I am therefore related to a vast number of families in the district and further "down" the road at Goulburn and the Moss Vale district and beyond. As a consequence I have embarked upon a rather ambitious project of documenting "The Descendants of Arthur BUSH/Mary POMPHREY and Jeremiah BUSH/Mary FLOOD in Australia".
This has been done twice now to my knowledge. Firstly in a book titled "The BUSH brothers of Jerrawa Creek" published c1957 a copy of which I am fortunate to own. Secondly a more recent revised book a copy of which I would love to obtain so that I could decided whether my project would be worthwhile or not.
Anybody who could guide me to obtaining a copy of the more recent BUSH family tree, who is also a descendant and might like to correspond or whom I might be able to assist is most welcome.

Rod Smith
23 Tributary Place
Australind 6233

FROM: Peter McNally

Please let me know if anyone has any information on the following families:
All surrounding the Murrumbateman, Yass & Bowral areas.

Thank you
Peter McNally

FROM: Kym Nicholson


If anyone would like information on these families or have information on these families, we would be very interested to hear from people.

Kym Nicholson & Daniel Nixon

FROM: Kerry Gavin

I am very interested in finding out about my G.G. Grandmother ELIZA GALL (or maybe Gaul) she was born at Jerrawa Creek in around 1843 to 1849. I cannot find the name Gall or Gaul anywhere in the records of Yass, Gunning or Dalton. I have just obtained her marriage certificate and I know she was married on the 18th May 1891 at the Primitive Methodist Church at Broadway Dalton to William Howard who is the grandson of Jeremiah Bush. The Bushes are well known to the area and I have a lot of information on them but Eliza remains a mystery to me. I am anxiously waiting for her death certificate to shed some light on her family. I do know from the Registry records that her parents are James and Mary A. Gall and that she died in 1933.
I am interested to know where the name Gall is from and of course the maiden name of her mother. The marriage certificate has no extra family information on it. I know that Eliza and William were married after the had their 7 or 9 children. I am interested to know of the name or of any records from the church.

I have found out a bit more information on my GG Grandmother, I am now following up her parents who it seems are interred at Greendale cemetery under the name of Mr and Mrs Gaul, number 82 on the cemetery list. I am hoping someone may be able to shed some light on them. I am assuming they are the parents of Eliza Gall whose cemetery number is 81 and buried as Eliza Howard. On Eliza's death certificate it states her parents as James Gall and Mary Ann Wedge or Widge. Any information would be great.

FROM: Vivien Edwards

I am the g-g granddaughter of Daniel Nathaniel Thomas McKeig.
He was born in 1870 and died at Yass on 14/12/1930. He married Sarah Jane Grocott on 24/1/1895.
I am looking for any information regarding Daniel.

Vivien Edwards

FROM: Rachel Steele

I am researching my mother's family from the Gundaroo/Goulburn areas, namely the families of GORDON and CARTER.
William GORDON was born about 1830 in London, he married Mary Grace CARTER who was born about 1834 in Goulburn. They were married in 1860 at Gundaroo and had three children that I know of Elizabeth....1864, Matthew....1867 and Mary J.
William Gordon's occupation was a 'digger'.

Any information on any of these people would be greatly appreciated.

Rachel Steele

FROM: Shane David Wright

I am writing a book on the Shoemark family. Two brothers, with their brides and one young boy, came to Australia from Somerset in 1855, and all Shoemarks in Australia are related to these five people.
This includes George Shoemark and his wife Emily who lived in Lake Bathurst with their family through the first 50 years of the 20th century. Emily was in fact the postmistress for the village for most of this time.
A sister of George, Emma, married John Thomas Sheridan at Lerida in 1890, settling at John's property just outside Collector.

I am especially looking for information from John and Emma's relations - the couple had five children, Olive, Harry, Fred, Jack and Lilly, before Emma's death in 1904.
Children of George and Emily include George jnr, Alfred George, Oswald, Ruth, Eileen, Edith, Harold, Elsie and Florence.

If you have any information, clues or just what a chat, please call or email.

Contact details
Ph. 02 6282 0393

FROM: Colleen Willis

Does anyone have any information on Ellen Green and Patrick Flood, who stated they married at Gundaroo c 1850 ?
They had about 11 children. Hannah (Anna) b. c. 1856 Yass, Jane 1857,Ellen 1859,Elizabeth 1862, Thomas b. 1863 (the first reg,) Allen,1865 Henry (Harry) 1870, Eliza 1875 Mary Agnes (Maggie) 1877 Simon (Samuel) 1880. Hannah was my great grandmother.
Ellen was said to be born Gundaroo, however the only baptism of a "Green" who suits is Helen Green. b. 13 July 1840 parents Thomas Green (settler) and Ann. Patrick Flood and Ellen (Green) were at Billabong Creek, Bethungra in the 1870's.
Patrick Flood was born Dublin Ireland c. 1817 and died Bethungra 30 November, 1887 and Ellen (Green) Flood died Cootamundra 9 October 1914.

I would appreciate any information on Patrick and Ellen and descendants.

FROM: Louise Inall

My name is Louise Inall and I am tracing my family history, at the moment I am tracing my mother's side, my mother is a Fenton.
I have some information tracing back to Isaac Fenton and his wife Anne Fenton (née Winter), I know that the Fenton's were around the Gundaroo area and the Crookwell and surrounding areas.
If anyone has any information at all, could they please email me at It would be a big help to me.

Thank you
Louise Inall

FROM: Marie Young

My interest in Gundaroo is my Great Grandfather's brother Robert Clark/e, Innkeeper, who is buried in St Luke's cemetery (he died in 1861). He was a twin. He and his sister were the first set of twins born in the colony (1817), and was the son of Daniel & Hannah Clark/e (née Stanley).

Another of my connections is Lydia Jackson (formerly Neve and Hook (née Hobbs)). Lydia and James Neve were my great grandparents. Lydia is buried in Boorowa.

Marie Young

FROM: Mark Kelly


I am trying to trace down information about the following family who lived in the YASS/Binalong/Harden area.
I am looking for the parents of Thomas James Kelly (b: 21 Jan 1850) who married Charlotte Isabella Harrison at 28 May 1878 in Yass.
His Baptism certificate shows the parents as John and Mary Kelly living in Cumbermurra (near Yass) and was a Settler.

Does anyone have further information on this? It would be much appreciated.

Mark Kelly
Ph: (02) 9665 7561

FROM: Leanne Hay

I live in Wagga Wagga and I'm doing my family history.
I'm looking for the name Rudd - my father's family from around the Goulburn area.
Any information welcome.

Leanne Hay

FROM: Ron Sleigh

Looking for info etc. on Michael Canty who married Bridget O'Hehir at St Augustin's Catholic Church Yass 28/02/1868.
They had at least 7 children: John 1869 - Bridget 1871 - Joseph 1871 (twins) - Michael 1873 - Annie 1877 - Phillip 1881- and my G /Father Francis 1844, all born at Burrowa.
I would like to find out about Michael's and Bridget's parents .....who they were - where they came from etc. any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

FROM: Lyn Eccles

Thomas James March and Jobbins family:

I am interested in Thomas James March b. 1808, d. 1902 Bywong, m. Charlotte Plummer 1828.

Also interested in Edward Jobbins descendants (particularly Peter Jobbins).

Lyn Eccles

FROM: Norma Staber

I am one of many great-great-granddaughters of Mary Ann Brownlow and have volumes of information on her as well as the associated families descended from her grandfather, Sgt. Richard Guise. However I still have two missing links viz. the birthplace, in France, of Richard Guise and the confirmation of the death of Mary Ann's baby boy, George Brownlow, born to her in Goulburn Gaol. He was said to have died in infancy but there is no record of same to be found.
Her two daughters, Catherine(my great-grandmother) and Eliza, were raised by Henry and Elizabeth Lintott (Mary Ann's sister) which is why I have asked for help from Lintott descendants and/or those of Eliza Flanagan (née Brownlow).

Associated family names for the Lintott line of interest to me are:
Green, Lintott, Mortimer, Porter, Scanlon, Watz, Weston.

Associated family names for the Flanagan line of interest to me are:
Cosier, Flanagan, Gribble, Kerr, Leary.

Norma Staber
75 Moala Parade, Charmhaven, NSW 2263.

FROM: Rob Ryan

Michael Ryan b. abt. 1832 Cappawhite Co. Tipperary d. 29.12.1909 Grace Flat, Bowning, NSW. (arr. Aust. 'Dirigo' 1860.)
m. (Sydney 1860) Margaret Warren b. abt. 1834 Birdhill Co. Tipperary d. 3.9.1908 Grace Flat Bowning, NSW. (arr. Aust. 'Fitzjames' 1858.)

I would like to know more about their time at Ginninderra Creek and Murrumbateman which remains mostly a mystery.
They were shepherds and share farmers at Ginninderra Creek soon after 1860, moved to Murrumbateman around 1880ish (60 acres - leasehold?) then finally settled on their own property at Grace Flat, Bowning, NSW around 1900ish. They had 9 children, 3 died in infancy at Ginninderra Creek, a 4th age 18 at Murrumbateman. For example, did they work for G.T. Palmer jnr or William Davis at Ginninderra Creek? How did they progress to their own 60 acre block at Murrumbateman? Michael is listed on arrival as 'labourer, RC, neither read or write'. Perhaps odd for the time, Margaret was C of E. Does a cemetery remain at what was then Ginninderra Creek? I have some other details (eg: children's names and subsequent fate) and life at Bowning after Murrumbateman is reasonably well known.

Rob Ryan

FROM: Maureen Grieves

I am interested in the Howell, Hollingsworth and Beeton names. They all lived in and around the Yass area.


FROM: Lynne Hannan

I am a descendant of the Hannan family and I now live in Melbourne.
I am interested in the Hannan family and particularly in my grandfather Edward Joseph Hannan (b.1877) and John Hannan, my great great grandfather (on whom I have no details at all).

Thanks in anticipation,
Lynne Hannan

FROM: Lois Coles

I am researching the COLES family in the GUNDAROO AREA.
JAMES COLES a grazier died 1889 and his wife ELIZABETH died 1910 both are buried at St Lukes, Upper Gundaroo.
JAMES and ELIZABETH arrived in NSW on the Plantagent in 1854 with their 4 children named as follows:
MARYANN COLES chr 1844 possibly married a JAMES MOORE reg BRAIDWOOD 1862 MARYANN d 1920 PETERSHAM

RACHEL COLES chr 1845 married EDWARD HENRY TAYLOR in 1862 reg BRAIDWOOD,, RACHEL died ANNANDALE 1925 family as follows
JAMES C...............EDWARD...................FANNY.........

RICHARD COLES chr 1847 married ELLEN LORRIGAN 1881 reg QUEANBEYAN, RICHARD died SPRINGFIELD 1922 family as follows:

JOB COLES married SARAH EIRTH 1877 QUEANBEYAN family as follows:
JOHN 1877-1877 .............HENRY..............JAMES

I would love to hear from anybody researching any of the above names, and any help at all would be appreciated.
Lois Coles

FROM: Julie McGill

I am researching my ancestral tree and am trying to confirm the Casey family structure from the Queanbeyan, Cooma, Bombala regions.

My GG Grandfather was Daniel Casey b 1816 in Kerry, Ireland and his wife was Mary Ann Griffin b 01/02/1831at New Norfolk, Buckingham, Tasmania. They married at Hunters Hill, NSW 07/12/1846.

Daniel and Mary Ann had 10 children; Ellen b28/11/1849: Elizabeth b07/03/1852: Honora b05/08/1855: John b1857: Catherine b05/04/1860: Thomas b1862: Daniel b08/10/1865: all these in the Queanbeyan Cooma area; Mary A b1867: Timothy A b1870: both these supposedly back in Kerry Ireland ?? and finally Henry William b1874 back in Queanbeyan again. I trust the detail is correct but is as yet unconfirmed. I got the dates and lineage from the NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.

The Thomas mentioned is my G Grandfather. One of his sons Andrew Hartigan Casey b1891 moved to Melbourne sometime and married an Ellen Jordan abt 1918 and produced my Dad.

Any person/s with an interest is welcome to email me.
Julie McGill

FROM: Peter Moore

My grandmother, Ada McGrath, was born in Gundaroo 21 Jan 1884. Her father was Hugh Anthony Joseph McGrath who operated a general store in Gundaroo called 'London House' which was on the corner of Cork and Lot Streets.

For further information on Hugh McGrath and his family go here.

FROM: Gail F Wipaki

I'm interested in the family of Hannah Foulks who married John Auckland at Yass NSW. Hannah was born at Gunning NSW around 1848; I haven't found her birth yet.
John Auckland was a Grazier at the time of his death on 26th January 1932.
John and Hannah had about 8 children - the eldest was Mary Ann who was my Great-Grandmother. I have info on Mary Ann and her husband Thomas Tracey, who came up to north-west Qld and settled at McKinlay.
John Auckland had a place around Tumut called Walls Flat.
I would like to find more information if possible.

Gail F Wipaki

FROM: Lynette

I am seeking information on Rebecca Cummings née Holbrook and John Cummins who resided in Collector, NSW. Rebecca died 28 Dec. 1874 and was buried in Collector. Minister was Rev H E Taylor, Church of England.
Rebecca was born in England about 1826.
John was born in Scotland.
At the time of Rebecca's death there was 1 boy, 1 girl living. 5 boys and 6 girls deceased.

Any further information would be gratefully received.

Lynette - NZ

FROM: Leanne Ward

The family name I am researching is WARD. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

FROM: Cheryl Hewlett

Go here to see some of my ALCHIN, LANHAM and DOWLING family photographs.

FROM: Val Wilkinson

Go here for information about Catherine RYAN, Joseph TURTON and their family.

FROM: Fran Stephenson

Go here for information about William Alexander Jackson and Caroline Jackson (Turner).

FROM: Gail Macqueen

My name is Gail Macqueen.
I am researching the LOOMES and STEAR families from Gunning, Yass, Bowning and surrounding areas, and the families related by marriage. These include BROWN, ALCHIN, SOUTHWELL, SMITH, ANDERSON, BANKS, PRIOR, CRAGO, SILVER, BERGIN, NICHOLS.
I am happy to share what I have, but would be grateful for information received as well.

FROM: Denise Simpson

My gggrandfather was John Kelly born between 1815-1828. He lived in the Braidwood area had land at Mongarlowe.
John Kelly married Maryane Manning at Goulburne in 1850.
John died 1863 and Maryane later married Charles Hattley 1868.
John Kelly arived 1831/32 and was not heard of until he married Maryane in 1850. I would love to know his whereabouts between those years. Apparently there was a Kelly family bible with information about the Kellys and I would love to know its whereabouts. I would love to hear from anyone related or who could answer any of my questions.

FROM: Bobby Drover

Interests are:
John MAHER 1835 'Backwell'
John MARTIN 1835 'England'
John BROWNE 1836 'Surry'
William DROVER 1831 'Camden'
Samuel TAYLOR 1840s- 1850s
Jeremiah McAULIFFE of Nanima, Gundaroo
Johanna LEAHY of Mount Prospect, Gundaroo

Please write with information or enquiries to:
Mr Bobby Drover
2/38 Greenwell Point Road
Greenwell Point
NSW 2540

FROM: Wendy Harris

I am researching:

Margaret and Alexander Fraser, she died 2.1.1894, Binda and he died in Charleville. They had Isabella (Grilly) died Binda 1920, Jane (Cashmere), Henrietta (died on voyage from Scotland), Sarah (died in infancy), Alexander (born 1841 "Narrawa" Binda and died Charleville ), Elizabeth (born Crookwell 1844 and died Charleville) and MaryAnn (McDonald) born and married in Binda.

Alexander and Elizabeth married Martha and William Marks respectively. They were the children of William Marks and Ann (Lamb) . Martha was born at Markdale and William at Mulgowie. William Marks (Senior) was born in England (I think) and died Binda and Ann was born in England and died Yass. I think Ann had multiple marriages.

I would love some help from someone.

FROM: Mike Hallinan

I am the great great grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth Turner, who either purchased or leased "Barnsdale" from Donald Roderick Macleod in late April 1845 until sometime around 1850.

Thomas was the son of John and Mary Turner from Brewood, Staffordshire and had arrived in Australia in 1834. He had come out to assist his elder brother John Entwistle Turner run the property "Yeumberah" on the Murrumbidgee river not far from Murrumbateman. I have not as yet been able to determine if the brothers owned, leased or managed "Yeumberah" but it appears that Thomas and Elizabeth Turner had returned to live on "Yeumberah" by 17 June 1850 when their third child James Francis Turner was born. They were still there when my great grandfather Alfred Devonshire Turner was born on 1 September 1852.

Elizabeth Turner was born Elizabeth Wingate on 24 October 1808 in Verdun, France. Her father, Lieut. George Thomas Wingate RN, was a prisoner of war in Verdun from 10 November 1805 until his release sometime around 1814. Her mother, Thomzin Devonshire, and their first born, John Wingate, had joined Liuet. Wingate in Verdun sometime in 1806 and they had a further 4 children whilst in captivity. Lieut. G T Wingate had been in command of the gunbrig HMS Biter that was wrecked of Calais in November 1805. On his release from captivity he was promoted to Commander and the family move back to his home town of Stirling, Scotland.

I don't know when Elizabeth Wingate arrived in Australia but she married William Fisher at Cedarford, near Mailtand, on 9 June 1836 and their only child, William Fisher was born in 1837.

Thomas Turner and the widow, Elizabeth Fisher (née Wingate) were the first couple married in the Church of St John The Baptist in what is now Canberra on 23 July 1845. Whilst at "Barnsdale", Thomas and Elizabeth's first two children were born, Mary Lucretia Turner on 12 April 1846 and Thomas Walter Turner on 5 April 1848. Young William Fisher left his mark on "Barnsdale" as I believe an area of the property is still known as "Fisher's Flat".

The family then moved to "The Grange" near Boorowa before settling in North Yass sometime in the 1860s. John Entwistle Turner (6 July 1877), Thomas Turner (5 October 1883) and Elizabeth Turner (13 October 1884) all died at the family residence, "Lightwood" in Glebe Street, North Yass. All three are buried in the family plot in the Church of England Cemetery at Yass together with James Francis Turner and his wife and their infant child.

Mary Lucretia Turner married Robert Alfred Barber, a nephew of Hamilton Hume, in Yass on 13 January 1872. They settled on "Humewood" and I understand that some of the family later changed their name to Barbour. Mary Lucretia Barber is also buried in the C of E Cemetery in Yass alongside her husband and daughter Fanny Wingate Barber.

Any information that anyone can provide that adds to the information that I already have would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Hallinan
"Linwood", Deniliquin, NSW 2710 (PO Box 1229)
Ph: 03 5881 5587 or 0427 632 762

FROM: Kate Nancarrow

Seeking info on Annie McTavish, Scottish-born cook to the Costello family at Grabben Gullen in the late 1850s and early 1860s. Did she go with the Costello family to western Queensland? Any info on any McTavishes in the area, particularly William and Isabella McTavish, welcome.
There is a reference to Annie in Mary Durack's Kings in Grass Castles, (p69).
Any info welcome.
Kate Nancarrow 50 Tennyson St, Highett, 3190 or

Researching SHERRIFF

Alan Slade
Lynette McDougall

FROM: Greg Eldridge

I am the grandson of Vera Amelia DUNN (1914 - 1953) and Cecil John ELDRIDGE (1911 - 1994), married 1936, both originating in Crookwell. I am presently seeking anyone with information on Vera Dunn, and her immediate family.
Any assistance appreciated.

FROM: Sandra Eccles

Two of my husbands ancestors were married at Gundaroo on 17 September 1838. Both were convicts - Michael HOLLINGSWORTH and Mary PRESTAGE aka Maria. They had five children, unfortunately I haven't been able to find their birth registrations. The eldest, Ellen HOLLINGSWORTH, b. abt 1839 at Gundaroo (from her death cert.) married James LOOMES 8 October 1856 at Church of St Clement Yass.

For some time now I have been trying to find the cause of Ellen LOOMES (Hollingsworth) burns which caused her death. I have written to the Yass papers with no response. Maybe someone can shed some light on this for me? Ellen died 28 September 1921 at Bookham Road, Goodradigbee Shire at age 82. Cause of death was (a) Burns 8 hours (b) Shock. This suggests to me that there may have been a house fire which may have been reported in newspapers?

James and Ellen's daughter Ellen May LOOMES married William Thomas ECCLES, they are my husbands grandparents.

Sandra Eccles

FROM: Ellen Waters

I am researching my husband's family - John and Selena WATERS.

Ellen Waters

FROM: John Alcock

I would appreciate information relating to the following families:

Patrick RYAN and Mary RYAN (HEFFERNAN) lived at Taradale near Collector in the 1840-60s. Their children were
Margaret who married James CLUNE;
Elizabeth who married Michael SHEEDY in 1861;
Catherine who married Patrick SHEEDY in 1872;
Ellen who married Michael O'ROURKE in 1863 then Michael BRODERICK in 1882;
John who married Elizabeth CARROLL in 1878;
Sarah who married Thomas DARMODY in 1869;
Mary who married John KELLY in 1873;
Jane who married Patrick ROHAN in 1887;
and Denis James.

Possible that Patrick RYAN was related to "Ned" RYAN of Galong but no evidence as yet. I would be grateful for any further information.

John Alcock

FROM: Karl Longley

I am trying to find out what happened to a distant relative in the Yass area.

Roche Edward/Edmund Burke (E.B.Roche) was Postmaster at Bungonia in 1835/6 and was Chief Constable at Yass 1837/38. He did not finish 1838 and I cannot find where he went to.
His wife was Maria Theresa Bourke (cousin of Sir Richard Bourke).
I doubt if Maria went to Yass with him as she had one son in 34 and one in 36. Maria bought land in Melbourne and went there in 1840 on the 'Bright Planet' with the two boys. I have searched Police files and the blue books but there is no mention of a death or Pension or Widow's Pension. Maybe someone can assist me there. I have lots of information on them before going to Australia in 1834 which can be seen at a site I am putting together:

Thank you

FROM: Mel Fuller

I would be interested to know if anyone can tell me the names and origin of the parents of William Goslett's wife Mary Ann Turner. I have a copy of their marriage certificate but it does not state her parents' names, just that they married by Banns in the County of Camden, 18-12-1837. It is very hard to read.

William Goslett was my Great Grandfather. William arrived as a convict on the 'Marquis of Hastings' from Wiltshire in England in 1826. He had been sentenced for life for a felony but received pardon in 1844.

Many thanks
Mel Fuller

FROM: Tracey

I have come across some new information and was wondering if anyone knows of the name Sarah PASKINS. She was a storekeeper who died Dec 1892. This information was sent to me from a book on Gundaroo .

"Another store on a more modest scale was opened in 1886 in a slab building next to the courthouse by Mrs Sarah Paskins. Sally as she was popularly known, became a well loved identity and quite a figure of interest for the local children who came to see the cockatoo which she kept on the counter in her shop where she filled in time between customers by sewing. Young Jimmy Chalmers, whom she employed about the store, she so effectively mothered that he became equally well known as "Jimmy Paskins" and on her death in Dec. 1892 she left him her coach and five horses as part of her bequest."

I have two questions - who was she and why was my gr grandfather at the age of late 30s called young Jimmy?

Any help would be appreciated.

FROM: Shirley O'Brien

Samuel Niblett married Mary Murphy at Liverpool in 1828 then in time moved to the Gundaroo area. He died before (guessing) 1853 because Mary Murphy Niblett married a Howell around that time. I can't find any trace of his death but wouldn't there be something around so that Mary could remarry?
Samuel/Mary were both convicts.

Still in same area, John Martin (convict) married
1. Catherine Bell who died ? Yass area;
2. Pheobe Niblett daughter of above 1845.

After the birth of my gg grandfather John in 1859 at Gundaroo, there is no trace of John or Pheobe. To my knowledge John snr never got a c.f because he was a lifer. I just don't know what happened to both of the men - any help appreciated.

Shirley O'Brien 4 Brooks Cres., Darlington Point, NSW 2706. e-mail

FROM: Paula Krueger

I am interested to hear from anyone in the Gundaroo and Gunning areas who have a connection with the Potts and Gilkison Families.

Thank you
Paula Krueger (née Gilkison)

FROM: Christene Hartley

I found a John Ovens on the 1841 census in Yass, and I'm hoping to link him to:
Mark (son of Patrick and Rose) McGrath and wife Grace (daughter of Neil and Bridget) McCullen. All were of County Tyrone, coming to OZ in 1840 on the 'Crescent' with their 4 children Patrick 18, Mary 17, Mark 14 and Bernard 12. They settled in Braidwood.
Patrick married Ann Ovens of Yass (born Tyrone) in Goulburn in 1842 (priest was also McGrath). They settled in Merro and their graves are there. They had 9 children.
I'm looking for more info on Ann McGrath (Ovens): she married at 19 in 1842 and was born in Tyrone. I'm hoping to find parents and siblings.
Any info on the McGrath clan would also be very welcome. Patrick and Ann's 1st child is Bridget who married John Kennedy of Braidwood and this is my line of birth.

Christene in Wollongong

FROM: Sarah Goodlet

I am interested in the following families from the Gundaroo area:


FROM: Dell


Anne KENNEDY was born in Ireland in 1803. She married John DWYER at Paramatta in 1832. They owned the property ASHBY, near BUNGENDORE.
Thomas and Elizabeth (McMaster) KENNEDY were living on ASHBY in the 1860s when their son James Mark KENNEDY was born on 25 4.1869. John DWYER was the son of Michael DWYER. Michael DWYER was one of the Rebel's of Glenmalure.

Any information regarding Anne KENNEDY, John DWYER, ASHBY, Thomas and Elizabeth KENNEDY would be most appreciated.


FROM: Lynette

I am seeking information on Helen/Ellen NEIL and Stephen SMITHERS who married in 1845, Presbyterian Church, Goulburn. Stephen was a convict who was convicted in Margate, Kent, of house breaking and sentenced to 14 years.

They had a daughter Elizabeth who was born at Tuena Creek, District of Carcoar on 1st November 1858. Elizabeth married a Joseph SMITH in 1875 at St. John's Church, Young. Joseph was born at Tarcutta in 1851.

Any information would be gratefully received.
Thank you

FROM: Raychel Hall

I am interested in any information on Collins or Sharwood families in the areas of Crookwell, Gunning, Bevendale and Jerrawa.

Thank you.

FROM: Nora Wade

We are researching the names KENNEDY, O'BRIEN, and especially the descendants of MICHAEL, LAURENCE & CORNELIUS HEWITT. They settled around the Crookwell and Grabben Gullen area.

We are especially interested in the Inn in Grabben Gullen.

We are interested in any memorabilia as we are having a reunion on 19th & 20th April, 2003 at Crookwell Showground on Saturday and at Grabben Gullen Hall on Sunday.

Nora Wade

FROM: Elaine Brown

I am a descendant of John William Brown who married Rose Anne Waters on 20th January, 1879 at Jerrawa Creek. I am looking for details of descendants on either side of the family with names BROWN, WATERS, LEARY, CRADDOCK.

Thank you.

FROM: Julian Adams

I am interested in any information regarding my great great grandparents John and Bridget Donnelly of Kings County Ireland. Bridget is buried in Gundaroo and John Donnelly eventually resided around Wagga Wagga. One of his sons, Patrick Joseph, owned Bywong Station at Gundaroo and died at "Douglas" Lake George.
I would be grateful for any information and I can be contacted at

Thanks, Julian Adams

FROM: Gary Parker

My ancestors were Fred & Charlotte Hoare, née Deacon.

For further information on their family go here.

FROM: Michele

I am researching a property in Breadalbane currently known as "Sweetwood Lea", formally known as "Archers Inn" and "Lodgers Inn".

Anything at all would be great as I am turning up dead-ends all over the place. I am interested in the family that lived there, what it was previously used for etc.

FROM: Moira

Researching LORRIGAN

Ellen LORRIGAN -born ?
-m- Richard COLES 1881 Reg. Queanbeyan
-d- Yass 1899
-buried ?
Children - William, Emily, Ada, Ernest, Alice, Selby, Eric and Irene COLES

FROM: Beth Turton

I have a birth certificate of my late husband's grandmother Margaret Jane Turton born 28/5/1876 at Gundaroo to Charles Turton and Mary Anne Lanham, (m ?/3/1865).

I would love more information on this family if possible - I think Turtons still live in the area.

Thank you, Beth Turton

FROM: Max Boyd

I am searching for material on John Coves who married Margaret Slavin the daughter of Edward Slavin or Slevin and Bridget Carr in about 1838.

My interest stems from the fact that the youngest of their children was my great grandmother, Ruby Margaret Coves. Her birth was registered at Goulburn in 1869.

Margaret Coves married Patrick Fogarty of Phils Creek at Boorowa on January 18,1893.

I would appreciate any help and am happy to share information.
Max Boyd.

FROM: Jo-Anne Roberts

I'm researching the family of the convict William Jones (my g-g-g grandfather), who lived in Collector, Lake Bathurst and Gunning until the 1870s. He arrived via the 'Claudine' in 1829 and was assigned to work on the Waterloo Plains Station. William married Elizabeth Lewis on the station in 1835 and their second daughter Rhoda Jones married Benjamin Beer of Goulburn. They were my g-g grandparents.

Matilda Jones, the sister of Rhoda Jones, married George Edward Murray.

I would love to hear from anyone connected with any of these families.

Jo-Anne Roberts

FROM: Deborah Welsh

I am searching for information on EDWIN JOSEPH JOHNSTON, born in Yass on 26th January, 1882.
His parents were William Henry JOHNSTON and Harriot BROWN.
They lived at Hards Flat (?) near Yass.

Any information on the JOHNSTONS or BROWNS would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks
Deborah Welsh


Go here to read an article on the GAMBELL family.

FROM: Peter Macken

I am researching the family tree of my grandfather Albert Joseph Cox.
He was the licensee of the Royal Hotel, Gundaroo in 1900 and on 29th September 1902 his wife Agnes died at the hotel as a result of pneumonia and peritonitis (having given birth to a daughter Agnes Mary some 3 weeks earlier).
On 2 October 1902 she was buried at St Luke's Church of England cemetery, Upper Gundaroo.
The baby Agnes Mary was looked after by Albert's sister, Harriet Mary Coleman (née Cox), but died on 28th January 1903 of 'marasmus'( severe malnutrition, in the first year of life caused by inadequate intake of protein and calories). The baby is also buried at St Luke's C of E cemetery, Upper Gundaroo.
I notice there is no headstone to reveal their whereabouts and wonder if it is possisble to find out where exactly they are buried by old church records. I notice that there is a headstone for Harriet Cox born in Berkshire, England, on 11 July 1824 and died 8 March 1905 (being Albert and Harriet Colemans mother).

The book 'Gundaroo' by Errol Lea-Scarlett shows Albert Cox's brothers, Joseph and Richard, in partnership with Thomas Coleman in the store called 'The Gundaroo Arcade' until 1895 when Coleman's son Edward took over.
It was the Cox brothers' sister, Harriett, who married Edward Coleman. As Thomas Coleman purchased the Royal Hotel in 1899 I assume this is why Albert Cox leaves Wee Waa to become licensee of the hotel in Gundaroo!

Peter Macken
19 Burleigh Avenue,Caringbah 2229

FROM: Joy McDermott

My grandmother, Annie Norah Morgan, (then Foot née Watson) was born to William and Jane Watson at Bungendore in 1871.
There was also a son, William, who died in 1892 and was buried at Bungendore. I would like information about this family please.

Thank you. Joy McDermott.

FROM: Sue Rowe

My ancestors were Mary Murphy and Samuel Niblett.
They were ex-convicts, married in 1828 and moved to Gundaroo.
They had 5 registered children including Robert, Sophie, Phoebe and Sarah. Sophie married James Taunton in 1855 and they moved to Grenfell where my family was established. I am interested in connecting with anyone who has information on the Niblett or Taunton family.

Sue Rowe

FROM: Kay White

I am interested in researching the Lucas and McKeig families of Yass. My g grandmother was Mary McKeig daughter of Louisa (Lucas) and Daniel McKeig. Oral family history has the first Lucas coming out on the First Fleet and I think this could be Nathaniel Lucas who married Olive(Olivia) Gascoigne had 13 children and died in 1818 by suicide.

I have traced the Lucas family back to the birth of Louisa Lucas in 1853. Her parents were Nathaniel and Mary (Grounds) From there I am having difficulties as the only marriage that seems to fit was between Thomas Lucas and Mary Ann Grounds. As the name Nathaniel Thomas comes up repeatedly I thought it could be the same people but I am not sure I am on the right track and hoped someone might be able to help. Oral family history also says that Sir John Lucas helped discover the Jenolan Caves and that the Lucas Cave is named after him but haven't found any information on this either.

Any information would be much appreciated.

FROM: Lauren Temple (Apps)

James Apps was born in Goulburn NSW in 1864 and died in Young in 1950. He married Emily Jane George in 1901 in Gunning. Emily died in 1939 in Jerrara. Their son Leslie John Apps is my Grandfather.

James Apps' parents where William Apps and Julia Butcher. I am interested in dates and place of birth for both and any other info I can find. Hoping somone can fill the gaps.

Lauren Temple (Apps)

FROM: Debbie Humbley

I am interested in BANKS.
A Henry Octavious BANKS married a Grace STEAR in 1868 in Yass - they had 11 children and Henry died 10 Aug 1916 at Rye Park.
Whilst Henry is "only" related through his mother Elizabeth (who was the sister of my ancestor Joseph HUMBLEY) I am interested in finding more out about the siblings families if anyone is researching the same line.
I have lots of info regarding Henry's mother's family that I am willing to share.

Debbie Humbley

FROM: Joanne Brudenall

I am interested in anyone researching SAXBY in Gunning and Sydney.
My ancestor, John Williams WOMBEY, draper, of Goulburn (formerly of Wales), married Harriet SAXBY whose brother John had a store in Gunning.
She was his third wife and after her husband, a former mayor of Goulburn died, she moved to Sydney where she had a millinery shop in the Strand Arcade.

Joanne Brudenall

FROM: Donna Winter

I am tracing my family tree and I do know that some of my family was born in the Goulbourn and Quandialla area.
The surnames I am after are Worner and Anderson.

Any information would be great.
Thank you
Donna Winter

FROM: Gary Pollard

I am researching the POLLARD family in Gunning / Yass. I am particulary interested in finding information on Thomas Pollard who is the father of Frances Arthur Pollard.

Gary Pollard

FROM: Janette Downey

I am researching my husband's family tree and have discovered they come from the Yass/Boorowa area.

My husband's paternal side is Downey:
John Downy (note spelt without 'e') born Westminster England, married Mary Ann Palmer b Campbelltown NSW 14 May 1866 in Forbes. They had 5 children:
2 boys and 1 girl were living by the time of the birth of:
John Edward b 1871 Junee near Grenfell then
John James born c 1873 Junee NSW (according to his marriage certificate).

John James married Florence Eva Bridget Penning b c1884 Narrawa/Nowra NSW (father William Penning, mother Sophia Sarah Taylor) , together they had:
Annie K b 1900 m William E T Goode
Florence M b 1901 m George H Goode
John J V b 1903
Donald W E L (aka Tom) b1905 m 1936 Boorowa May E Walsh b 1907 Boorowa (father: Edward J Walsh, mother Flora B Shepherd) (my husband's grandparents)
Vera E B b 1907 m Frederick C Goode
Agnes M M b 1909 m Joseph H Davis
Ada F b 1912 m Alexander J Shaw
Clive G b 1914 m Veronica Sheppard
Ivy J b 1918 m Gordon Boulding
and possibly Reg b ? m Violet Reed

Both John and Florence are buried in the Boorowa Cemetery. As is Vera and her husband Frederick Goode, along with most of the Downeys of the family tree. I have been given information that John Downey snr died in 1879 and was buried in Grenfell cemetery but have not yet confirmed this.

My husband's maternal side is Nash:
Michael Nash bc1808 C Limerick Ireland m 18 Jan 1858 St Augustine's Church Yass Ann Marshall. Michael Nash d 1905 and is buried in Cootamundra with their son Maurice. Together they had:
Maurice/Morris Andrew Nash B 1859 Binalong d1878 from Bilious fever buried in Cootamundra cemetery.
Stephen B 1861 Mount Coughlan m 1978 Coonabarabran to May Elizabeth Cutler/Catter
Catherine B 1863 Goulburn
Ellen B 1865 at Cootamundry near Gundagai
Michael John b 1867 Cooramundra m 1895 Junee to Isabella Jane Hancock.
Michael died 3 September 1938 and is buried in Old Junee. He was my husband's g-grandfather.
Ellen b 1869 Cootamundra
Joseph b 1872 Cootamundra m 1901 Inverell to Agnes Ellen Minns. Joseph was a police constable based at Guyra NSW and took his own life "while in a despondent state of mind" in 1903, he left behind a 5 week old son Robert J. Mary Ann B 1875 Cooramundra.

I am most interested to find if anyone else is tracing this family tree and can share some information, especially on the girls, the names of which were fairly common for Nash's at that time. Also interesting to note was the spelling on a lot of the certificates as Cooramundra near Gundagai for the Nash family and on various Downey certificates Junee is mentioned near Grenfell NSW.

I also have a couple of certificates in my possession that do not relate to my "tree". If there is anyone tracing the family tree of Downey and looking for a birth certificate for John Downey b 1873 to John Andrew Downey and Jane Vaughan, or a death certificate for John Edward Downey son of John Downey and Rose Ann Madden, please let me know.

My husband's family property near Boorowa has a couple of gravestones on it that seem to bear no relation to the family. They are the graves of John Mullaly aged 36 years and Emma Loisa Mullaly aged 6 years. The headstone is very deteriorated but does show a date of 10 July 1861.
I have managed to piece together a brief history:
John Mullaly m Martha ? 1855
Emma b 1856 Binalong
William b 1858 d 1858 Binalong
William M b 1860 Binalong
in 1870 Martha Mullaly m Thomas O'Neill Binalong

Janette Downey
36 Daintree Drive
Parkinson, QLD 4115

FROM: Lesley Moore

Orand Mester b. ? in Bremen,Germany d. 17.1.1916, 81yrs.
He married 1864 Yass Elizabeth Ann Jones who d. 8.7.1929 (82yrs) Gunning. They had 8 children.
Elizabeth Mato b. 1865 m. Timothy Plumb
Sophia b. 1867 m. Albert Henry Winter
Mary Jane (Ginny) m. John Starr who owned Perkins Newsagency in Cooma, he died early and she remarried John James (Jack) Walsmley
Regina b. 1874 m. Charles Simmons Royle
Ada b.1878
Alfred b.1881
Illa May(Lil) m. Englishman James Lawrenson (he used to make beautiful boots and shoes)
Henry b. ?1876/7. m. Clarice Miller?

Orand came out to Australia abt.1860 on the ship Flamingo.
His father on his marriage cert. was Hendings Mester, road contractor, mother Vetty.
On his death cert. father Henry Mester, butcher. mother Mato Smidt.
My mother who is 92 would love to know anything anyone knows of her family.
She is Orand and Elizabeth Mester's granddaughter through Regina Royle.

Lesley Moore

FROM: Chris Lees

My name is Chris Lees, grandson of Clarie (deceased) and Eva Lees of Harp St Gundaroo. Maybe my father, Kelvin, or grandmother who now resides between family members, can assist with our family history in the district.

Also on my mother's side BUSH, my mother is the daughter of Arthur Bush who was the 6th Arthur Bush.
Arthur Bush, the first of the Bush clan in the Jerrawa area to settle with his wife and brother Jerimiah and his wife started a family tradition of names. The first son of Arthur was named Arthur and his first son Arthur and so on.

Family ties on my father's side from memory are:
Lees, Noyes, Burgess, Boucher; and on my mother's side:
Bush, Pollard, Southwell, Dawe, and Howard.

Clarence Lees and his eldest daughter are buried in the Gundaroo cemetery.
Arthur and Mary Bush (née Pollard) are buried at Batemans Bay and descendants are at Greendale and Gunning.

FROM: Rosalie Raftis

Reverend James Herbert Williams was incumbent at the Anglican Church Gunning between 1887 and 21 Oct 1896. He had come from Gundagai and was married to Annabella Willans formerly of Queanbeyan. Rev. Williams had several children:
Anna Mary Sophia Williams married W.F. Fraser of Binda,
Edith Kathleen Williams married P.R.F. Palmer,
Herbert George Belcher Williams married Jessie Wansbrough,
James Henry Williams married Maude Daws of Peak Hill,
Elsie Gertrude Williams married Cresswell Heber Carman of Molong or Cudal and
Mary Williams married Lachland Hector William Starr also of Molong or Cudal.

All of Rev. Williams ministry was carried out in NSW and mostly in the Diocese of Goulburn he would have ministered in Gunning and surrounding areas.

The Rev. Williams was also at Binda, Fullerton & Crookwell between 1878-1879. He returned to Binda between 1905-1906.

Rosalie Raftis

FROM: Judith Kennedy

My name is Judith Kennedy (née Hart).
My father was Arthur Hart, one of the sons of Mary Williams and Jack Hart who was in partnership with Hugh McGrath (General Store).
I am trying to find information about Jack Hart and would appreciate any help. I have Errol Lee Scarlett's book, but that is all.

FROM: Ian Jasper

My wife's great grandfather was Malachi Hollingsworth, born in the Yass area (I believe) about 1844 to Michael Hollingsworth. I do not know his mother's name. I understand that possibly he had at least 2 brothers -Denis and Michael - but am not aware of any other information.
I have located Malachi's grave at Yass - he married Susan Curran at Yass in 1873.
Incidentally, my wife's grandmother was Josephine Ellen Hollingsworth (Malachi and Susan had 11 children).

I would be interested in any information on this family, it's origins and descendants.

Ian Jasper

FROM: Rhonda Pressley

I'm in the search for my great grandmother and her family. I have her birth certificate which states she was born in Gundaroo NSW in 1860.
Her family name is Carty and the names I have on the cert is her name: Martha Alicia Carty, father: Charles Carty, mother: Mary Ellen Carty (Miller).
After doing further searching on my family I have found out that they could have used two ways of spelling their last name. They went by Carty or McCarthy. Perhaps someone might have some info on a Charles McCarthy and his wife Mary Ellen McCarthy from Back Creek.
I hope someone can help me with information about my family in the area at that time.

Rhonda Pressley (Victoria)

FROM: Mavis March

I am interested in the MARCH family:

Thomas James March was born 23 August 1814 at Aylesbury England. He died 17 May 1902 at Bywong, N.S.W.
He married Charlotte Plummer on 20 October 1833.
They came to the Gundaroo district in the 1840s.
Charlotte was born 03 February 1813.
Their children were:
Elizabeth March b: 1835 d: 1838
Thomas James March b: 1838
Mary Ann March: b: 1840
Charlotte March: b: 1843
Frederick March: b: 31 May 1845
Alfred March: b: 1847
George H March: b: 1850
William March: b: 1852
Sarah March: b:1854
Harriet March b: 1859
Alcey March: b: 1859

I am a descendant of Frederick who married Eliza Goodwin who lived in the Glen Innes/Tenterfield area and had 10 children.

Also a book called "FRED AN AUSTRALIAN HERO" by Peter Sekuless son of George Henry is an interesting read and tells of his grandparents and parents in small parts. It is also a book I would like to get further copies.

Mavis March

FROM: Mark Hillier

I have interest in The Hillier family. They arrived in Yass 1844. My data runs to about 1200 persons, from 1570 in Wiltshire England to 2003.

Mark Hillier

FROM: Colleen Willis

My ancestor Henry Hale arrived free in 1837, however in 1845 was convicted for "highway robbery".
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald dated 11 March 1845 details the case.
He was then known as John Hayle, and with Francis Green he was charged with robbing Patrick Duggan "on the road to Wheeho".
For his crime Henry was transported to Tasmania, after being charged at Berrima Court 28th May 1845.
I think Wheeho is near Crookwell, but would appreciate any one who knows more about the area or contact with any other descendants of Henry Hale.


FROM: Deb Delahunty

My interest lies in the Boorowa/Galong area.

Our family interests include Ryans and Corcorans of these regions - though at the moment our search is for a Francis Reynolds who would have died about the mid-eighteen hundreds.
I am also looking for John and Margaret Murphy, the last report of them was in 1829 when they were sentenced to death for murder in Ireland. Their two daughters were also sentenced to death but sent to Australia instead, one married Roger Corcoran and the other firstly married Francis Reynolds and then married James Ryan.

In the book 'The king of Galong castle' a mention is made of one headstone left in Mylora cemetery - a headstone for John and Margaret Murphy. I would like a transcription of this headstone so that we can see if they are our couple.

Deb Delahunty

FROM: Jo-Anne Roberts

Elizabeth Jones' (née Lewis) death certificate (8644/1874) states that died aged 57 (of nephritis) on the 2nd of October, 1874 in Gunning and that she was buried at the Church of England, Gunning. She was survived by her husband, William Jones, an ex-convict (Claudine, 1829).

She had emigrated to Australia in 1833 on the Bussorah Merchant, a vessel hired by the London Emigration Committee to transport young, eligible women who wished to pursue a better life in the colony. Upon arrival, she took a position as a servant on the Waterloo Plains Station near Lake Bathurst, where she met and married William Jones as soon as he received his ticket of leave.

Elizabeth was born in England and her parents were John Lewis, a weaver, and Elizabeth Quil.

Elizabeth and William had ten children: Matilda (1836), Roda (Rhoda), (1838), Martha (1839), John (1842), James (b. 1844, d. 1849 in Gunning), Richard (b. 1846, d. 1847 in Gunning), Mary Ann (1848), Elizabeth (1850), Frances (1853) and Emma (1856).

The minister who officiated at her funeral was Reverend William Hill and the undertaker was John Caldwell. Her religion is listed as Wesleyan.

Jo-Anne Roberts

FROM: Caryn

Trying to locate information on the PHELPS family of Lake Bathurst. My Great great grandfather was JOHN DANIEL PHELPS B.1845 D.1921 who came from Scotland. He is buried at St John's Anglican Church, Lake Bathurst.
His daughter MARY ANNE PHELPS (B.1868 D.1948) married ALBERT BARNES (B.1890 D.1937. Native of Kent England).
Their children were born in RYAN'S VALE and went to SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I also have many photos and newspaper clippings in digital format from my grandfather ALFRED BARNES (Albert and Mary's son) if anyone would like them.

Contact Caryn

FROM: Alan and Sandra Woods

We are researching "Old Tom" Brown of Dalton and his descendants.
Swapping photos and info is a good way to expand the history and we are happy to exchange but not sell/buy (apart from reasonable postage costs).
Our line comes from James via David and Martha Holland.

Alan and Sandra Woods.

FROM: Jill Douglas

I am interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in George and Margaret DOUGLAS(S) who arrived on board the Lady Kennaway on 12 August 1838. George, a farm servant, was engaged by George Barber of Glenrock, Marulan.

Their children were
George DOUGLAS married Theresa Bridget BRADY
David DOUGLAS married Margaret DUFFY
James Burleigh DOUGLAS married Rebecca BURKE and Harriet MOFFATT
Sarah Henrietta DOUGLAS married John ROWLEY
Margaret Hannah DOUGLAS married Walter John DOBBS
Anne DOUGLAS married John ROSS
Jane Mackay DOUGLAS married John MORTON

George also worked for James Burleigh Sharpe of Majuragong between 1839 and 1847. In 1849 he took up the licence of the Shamrock Hotel in Yass and called it the Scotch Thistle. In 1850 he takes over the licence for the Governor Bourke Inn in Comur Street and changes the name to the Cricketers Arms and later to Swan Inn.

My ggrandfather was James Burleigh Douglas who moved to Queensland and died near Burketown in 1901.

Jill Douglas, Toowoomba

FROM: Sue Carr

My main areas of interest are early pioneering families of the Gunning/Yass areas including BATEUP, FISHER, HILDA, BOOTH, WELLS.

Hoping that someone may be able to assist, and that I may have information to help someone else as well.

Sue Carr
Perth WA

FROM: Carol Fitzgerald

I am researching the following names:

Please contact if you want to share information.

Thank you
Carol Fitzgerald

FROM: Andrew Thorpe

I am seeking information on Old Tom Brown of Dalton NSW. I have approx 3700 names on my data base and am happy to share. I would also like updated information please.

I come through Tom's son James' line:
Andrew Thorpe
Nell Brown
George Henry Brown
Enoch James Brown
James Brown
Tom and Sarah Brown

Andrew Thorpe
Toowoomba. Ph 0414 227 650


I'm trying to find out information about the Howell family. Three generations of Howells were born, lived and died in the areas of Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass and Young. The names Hurst, Ashton and McInerney are also of interest to me.
A few Howells died in the above areas so I am also trying to find out where they were buried.

FROM: Jenni Alexander

I am researching my family tree at the moment with very little success. My great grandfather's name was William Eccles born around 1836 in the U.K. who married Martha Privett born 1849.
They are both buried in the Bowning cemetery. My grandmother Savage (née Eccles) was one of their 14 children and my mother is one of her 5.
Can anyone help and give me more information please.

Jenni Alexander
108 Orchard Avenue, Brentwood, Essex CM13 2DP, England.
Phone +44 1277 211019

FROM: David Masters

I am researching my family history, and it seems my direct line settled around Queanbeyean and Gundaroo in the mid 1850s, before travelling further north in the 1920s, until some years later my Grandfather's (Noel Thomas Masters) settlement in Coonabarabran NSW.

I'd be interested in any further information about him or the Masters family. I have a lot of gaps in the later years and I'm trying to piece things together. There is an Arthur A. MASTERS (B. 1884 Queanbeyean NSW) in my family tree, who may be my GGrandafather.

I am also looking for other stories about the Masters, especially the other four brothers William Fred Masters, Henry Alfred Masters, Samuel Curtis Masters or Elias Charles Masters all born in Queanbeyean between 1874 and 1884. All who are possible to be my GGrandfather. My hunch at this stage is Elias Charles Masters.

Please visit my family home page about the Masters:

FROM: Sue Martin

I am researching the Line family who have connections with Canberra, Gunning, Gundaroo, Bolong and Goulburn.
Thomas Harrington Line was a teacher at Canberra, Gundaroo, Gunning and Bolong. He also built a hotel in Gunning.
Children of Thomas Harrington Line and Emma Melanie Line née Herbage:

Thomas William m. Annie Elizabeth Bradstock
Emma Maria m. Henry Thomas Best
Alfred Henry m. Clara Jane Wheatley
Walter Herbage m. Phoebe Shale Bradford
Rachel Elizabeth died 1864 at Phils River
Edward Charles died 1867 at Yass
Edith Lily m. Alleyne Farr
Ethel Daisy died 1874 at Gunning
Alfred Henry ran a very successful bakery in Goulburn.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Sue Martin

FROM: The Bakers

I'm trying to trace descendants of John Moore and his brother, maybe Thomas, who were listed in the 1941 census at Springfield, Goulburn.

John came to Australia in 1840 and he was originally a squatter on Tallarook Station, via Seymour. But some documents we have refer to John of Springfield, so I am hoping this is the same one. Most of my early ancestors were graziers and station managers.

John was married to Elizabeth and according to family lore, had a number of children, but my family only know of one...Ogle James Moore, born 1837 in Ireland, I think.

FROM: Mary Twyford

I am looking for anyone who may have any information of a William Tidboald, farmer, of Cootamundra who married a widow Harriet Ann Twyford of Jindalee at Jindalee Crossing on 24th October 1889.

I have the marriage information/certificate......however I have not found any further information and have found no deaths in later years in the death indexes of NSW or other states.

Mary Twyford. Bega.

FROM: Robyn West

I am looking for any info re SARAH APPS (FERGUSON) née BUTCHER. She was born 1833 in Sussex, England; father Charles Butcher, Mother Elizabeth (Chapman).
She married Thomas Ferguson in 1854 Cobbity, and William Apps 1881 Goulburn.

Thank you.

FROM: Jean Kennedy

I'm researching the family of Arthur John, aka John, and Josephine O'Malley who lived in the Crookwell area: places called Bor Bor and Boxers Creek.

They had 3 children as follows:
Zillah Maree O'Malley born 1916 Crookwell
Roy Edward O'Malley born 1920 Crookwell
Patrick King Douglas aka King born 1921 Crookwell.
There was also another son James born 1910 Roma Qld. He married Ruby Pearl Reeves from Gunning.

Does anyone remember this family? And can anyone tell me anything about a property called "Breadalbane"?

I am also seeking information about a property called "Zillroy King Station" in Boxers Creek about 1938. My grandparents are listed there on the electoral in that area as follows.
Werriwa 1921
Arthur John O'Malley Baw Baw labourer.
Josephine O'Malley Baw Baw home duties.
Werriwa 1922
Arthur John O'Malley Kingsdale Labourer
Josephine O'Malley Kingsdale home duties
Eden Monaro 1935
Arthur John O'Malley Zilroy King Station Boxers Creek labourer
Josehpine O'Malley Zilroy King Station Boxers Creek home duties
Eden Monaro 1938 - same as 1935
Eden Morano 1939 - same as 1938

Thank you
Jean Kennedy née O'Malley

FROM: K Carruthers

I'm researching family history with links to the areas of Gunning, Yass, Crookwell, Ardlethan. Interest is in the following family names, approximate birth dates are in brackets:

CLUNE, Thomas Joseph (1861) m. FRANCIS, Lillier Maud (1879)
EDWARDS, Susannah (1850) m. FRANCIS, John
RYAN, Margaret (?) m. CLUNE, James (PRE 1860)

Please email any information on these families to me at or snail mail @ PO Box 301 Berowra NSW 2081.

Many thanks
K Carruthers

FROM: Sue Brighenti

I am looking for information about the following:

WILLIAM WHITTAKER married to ESTER LESTER father and mother to GEORGE WHITTAKER born in Sutton Forest in 1832. GEORGE married ANNE MORROW in 1858.

Please email me if you can help me on this.

FROM: Dianna Charles

Hi My name is Dianna Charles and I'm doing research into my STARR and CARBERRY families in the areas of Gundagai, Wagga Wagga, Tumut, Junee, Temora and Cootamundra.

My Great grandmother is Agnes Ann Carberry and she had quite a few children to a Charles Starr of Temora one being my grandmother Amy May Carberry.

I'm trying to find information on the Starr's as quite a few of them were in the Temora area from the late 1800s.

Any help very much appreciated, I can provide more details if there is anyone out there who is doing research into this family or related families.

Thanks Dianna

FROM: Jenny Lavery

I am trying to locate a William Levery died 16th January 1912 and buried 17th January 1912 at Presbyterian Cemetery Goulburn. Surname could also be spelt Lavery.

Any information would be appreciated.
Jenny Lavery

FROM: Marie-Ann Brady

I have recently started researching my family history & have hit a brick wall with one of my gg grandparents. I wonder if anyone has info relating to them.
What I have is ...........
Thomas K Fardon married Christiana Shaw 1852 Yass district.
Their children were .. James b 1854 ... Thomas b 1857 ... Mary b 1861 ... Euphemia b 1864 ... Alexander b 1868 ... Donald b 1870 ... Malcolm b 1872.

If anyone can help me in any way I would love to hear from you .....

Thank you

FROM: Wendy Anderson

I am researching BUSH, CARNELL and ANDERSON. My g-grandmother was Hephzibah daughter of James Bush and Janet Paterson.
James' parents were Arthur and Maria Bush.
Hephzibah married James CARNELL, son of William and Hannah born 1859 at Yass. They had a daughter Daisy who married John Luke Gore NELSON [my grandparents].
John Luke was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Nelson of Young.
Charles ANDERSON, son of Peter and Jane was born 1868 and married Jane TORPY in 1896.

Wendy Anderson

FROM: Brad Smith

I'm keen to find out more about John (Jack) Bell who farmed at Blakeney Creek until his death about 1920.
He was first married to Janet Bush, of the pioneering farming family in this area - then to Mary McNally after Janet's death.
Jack Bell and Mary McNally is my family connection.
Jack Bell was a staunch member of the Greendale Primitive Methodist Church and is buried in the churchyard.

Appreciate any help.
Brad Smith

FROM: Gayle Clarke-Wood

Hi - doing Family tree - my grandmother Elsie Maud Baker was born in Gunning in 1888; she was a twin and her twin sister was Emma F. Baker.

Her Parents were William Henry Baker and Jane Reynolds. They were married at St Edmund's, Gunning, on the 24th August 1875.

The details shown on the marriage certificate are:

Ref no 1875/4530

Groom - William Henry Baker
Status - bachelor
Place of birth - not stated
Occupation - carrier
Age - not stated
Usual residence - Gunning
Father - not stated
Occupation - not stated
Mother - not stated

Bride - Jane Reynolds
Status - spinster
Place of birth - not stated
Occupation - not stated
Age - not stated
Usual residence - Gunning
Father - not stated
Occupation - not stated
Mother - not stated

Date of marriage - 24/8/1875
Place of marriage - St Edmunds Church Gunning, district of Yass NSW
Religion - Church of England
Witnesses - Stephen Plumb, Emily George
Minister - Herbert E Taylor

Unfortunately I have ground to a halt. I am hoping that with any luck someone might be able to shed some light on the subject.

Thanking you in anticipation

FROM: John Curtis

My name is Walter John CURTIS, known as John. I am one of the Western Australian part of the family that not many people know about.

I have been studying the families around this area for about 47 years and have quite a lot of research. I am available for any information that anyone might like, mostly BROWN, POLLARD, WHEATLEY, APPS, BUTT, BUSH, SOUTHWELL, ANDERSON, BANKS. You name them, I am probably related in some way.
My POLLARD family came to Western Australia in 1927 along with the WHEELDONs and SARGENTs.
I have a very big database of families in WA who are related to the eastern cousins, mostly through the MARTIN family.

I will try my best to answer any questions. I also have about 30 books that have been written about our extended families.

FROM: Louise Albitis

My maternal great grandmother, Elizabeth Emily FALLON was born in Yass in 1881. Her father was John FALLON, born in Yass in 1854 and her mother was Ann STONHAM. John and Ann married in Burrowa in 1880.

John's father was Patrick FALLON, who married Johanna SHEA in the Roman Catholic Church in Yass in 1850. Patrick and Johanna had, besides John, the following children, all born in Yass:
Johanna 1857, Patrick 1858, Stephen 1860, Jeremiah 1863, Mary A. 1865, Sarah E. 1867 and Alice H. 1869.

Elizabeth Emily FALLON married William Henry COOMES (COOMBS, COOMBES) (born in Yass) in 1904 in Petersham, Sydney.

I have further information on this family. Some related families, also from the Yass area, are BEATTIE, KELLY, FRAZER and FEENEY.

Louise Albitis

FROM: Angela Byron

My husband is descended from John Byron (b. 1827 East India d. 1902 Neill's Creek, Hoskingtown) who married Mary Hallian (b. 1850 Ireland d. 1904 Bungendore) also variously listed as Halion/Haylan/Haylin/Heylen. Mary had a brother Patrick who married Bridget; they are both buried in the Bungendore cemetery. I have not been able to find the parents of John Byron. John's brother in law Thomas burnt down his haystack in 1864 and John was accused of stealing sheep from a Thomas Flynn in 1885. I am particularly interested in information on the Byrons as I have not been able to find much at all.

Other names local to the Gundaroo area are:
Henry Cockburn (1829-1883) and Helen Murray (1832-1884) in association with Arthursleigh. In fact, My husband, his father, his grandfather, g.grandfather and g.g.grandfather all lived and worked at Arthursleigh at some point in time.

We would love to hear from anyone who knows of these people. I can send a gedcom with all the above etc listed.

Angela Byron, Harrow, VIC. Ph 03 5588 1338

FROM: Robyn Montgomery


Matthew Flanagan and Elizabeth Mary Coyne - from Ireland. Would like any information about them. Immigrated to Australia/Gundaroo?

Christopher James K Flanagan b 1813 Ireland, d 30 03 1894 in Jerrabiggery, married Johanna Conroy ( Hannah) 1840 in Ireland. She was b 1817, d 08 03 1883 in Queanbeyan.
They had eleven children Mathew, Elizabeth, Daniel, Annie, Richard, John, Thomas, Christopher, Mary Jane, Michael James and Theresa. Would like information about their families/spouses.

Michael Flanagan married Mary Sheedy 25 07 1874 in Yass. They had 10 children would like more about their families/ spouses.

William Flanagan married Agnes Jobbins 10 08 1902. They had 7 children. I have information about these children, and a little about the Jobbins Family.

FROM: Maureen Sullivan

I'm researching my husband's family. His g grandfather was William Sullivan who married Margaret Brotherton 27 Jun 1857 on Mr Sheehan's property in Jugiong.
Margaret died 1893 and is buried (I think) in Gundagai.
Children include Fanny, Louisa, Jane, Thomas John, Patrick and William all born on the property at Jugiong.
If anyone can give me information on this family I would be most grateful.

Maureen Sullivan

FROM: Keith Morris

I am presently carrying out a genealogy trace on the LEVI family NSW on behalf of my wife IRMA ANN MORRIS née LEVI.

Through DOCS NSW I discovered that her father WILLIAM JOSEPH LEVI was a Ward of the State in NSW and was billeted in Parksbourne/Breadalbane to a M.A. HEADLAND from 1910 to 1917.

Any information on this family would be appreciated.

Keith Morris

FROM: Ken Madigan

My name is Ken Madigan, my great-grandfather, James Gregory Madigan was born in Kenilworth, (is this a township?), Binda on 25/2/1879. His parents were William Madigan, a carrier, and Catherine née Cummins. They were married on 14/1/1861 at Goulburn and had 8 children.

Catherine was born at Windsor, but I have not been able to identify where this is! William was born at Ryan's Vale Argyle NSW - I can not find this on a map either, (perhaps it was a property!) and was a carrier.

I am anxious to learn a little about Catherine's family and the name of William's father. My grandfather became a miner and followed the mining trail to my home, Port Pirie, SA. I commend Binda on their very fine web page, it answered many questions for me.

I would be grateful if some one could help me with my queries.

Ken Madigan

FROM: Lorraine Erenshaw

My maiden name is Lorraine Erenshaw. My grandfather Thomas Erenshaw joined the AIF together with his brother Edward and lived at Gundaroo for a time. Their names are on the War Memorial.

We have little information on either my grandfather or his brother, even information passed down from my father is sketchy.

If anyone has any information on the Erenshaws please forward it to my attention. I would be happy to add any additional information through my father Ron.

Lorraine Erenshaw / Ellero, 4 Ennis place, Melba ACT

FROM: Colin H Ireland

I'm requesting any info on AMY VIDA SAVAGE married to RUPERT IRELAND on 20/9/1897 at Dalton, NSW.

They lived in what today is called "The Pye Cottage" museum in Gunning, while it was still in Dalton. They, as I understand, where ones of the first to live there.

Amy Vida and Rupert had 5 children: Lillian Hazel, Norman Leo, Colin Rupert (my dad), Nancye Phyllis and John.

Any further information appreciated.
Colin H Ireland

FROM: Patricia Puehl

Areas of interest: GUNNING, GUNDAROO, YASS and TUMUT.
Names of interest: Edward WILKINSON and Catherine RYAN.

I am researching my father's family (Edmund known as Edward Harold WILKINSON born 20/10/1904).

I am looking for birth details of his grandfather, (my great grandfather) EDWARD WILKINSON who died at Temora in 1906 aged 71 or 72 years of age. Going on this he should have been born in 1834 or 1835. I can't find any birth records for him. He is buried in the Gunning General Cemetery.

He married SARAH BUCKMASTER in the Church of St. Clement, Yass on 19/05/1856. and there were 11 children of the marriage. His father's (my great great grandfather) name was EDWARD WILKINSON and I would like to find out if he was born here or overseas. His mother's name was CATHERINE RYAN; they don't appear to have ever married.

As far as I can ascertain Catherine Ryan had a child born on 4/12/1830 called Henry to WILLIAM WILKINSON. Henry died in 1865. I'm wondering if this is the same Catherine Ryan mentioned above as my great grandfather's mother?

I have been unable to find out any other information about my great and great great grandfather and any HELP at all would be appreciated.

Patricia Puehl

FROM: Jannette Hansen

Listed below are my daughter-in-law's ancestors:

Her maternal great grandparents are:
Agnes Ellen Pasfield d/o Henry Joseph Pasfield (b.1867; d.1912 Goulburn) and Margaret Ellen Hockey (b.1866 Goulburn)
James Terrence Duffy s/o John Gregory Duffy (b.1867 Yass; d.1936 Sydney) and Margaret Ellen Cassidy (b. 1873 Cowra; d.1932 Petersham)

Her Paternal great grandparents are:
Robert Henry Heaslip s/o Robert Heaslip (b.1848 Collector; d.1934 Lidcombe) and Hannah Griggs (b. 1850 Jamberoo; d.1920 Burwood)
Alice Maude Pitty d/o Alfred Pitty (b.1834 England; d.1923 Gunning) and Elizabeth King (b.1843 Lane Cove; d.1908 Gunning)

Jannette Hansen
Chester Hill

FROM: Jenny Firman


I am researching Henry Thompson who married Sarah Theobald in 1863 at the Registry Office, Beerowa. They had a family of 11 in the area. Henry's father I believe was a watchmaker. Henry died 1917 and is buried at Binalong Cemetery.

Sarah Theobald was born Sarah Kebble to Robert and Elizabeth née Bird or Kilbright in 1847. She was born at Beerowa and so were her two sisters, Elizabeth and Ann. Sarah died 1921 and is buried at Yass.

I would like to hear from anyone with information on Henry Thompson or Sarah.

Jenny Firman

FROM: Phil Sheppard

Robert Albert NEWMAN was born in July 1837 at the British Consular Residence at Nantes, France, to his father Robert William, and mother Adelaide (Heseltine) Newman. At the time his father was the British Vice-Consul at Nantes to his father Henry, the Consul. His mother Adelaide died at the Vice-Consulate on the 12th of December 1840 after complications with the birth of his brother Henry.

He arrived in Australia with his father and his new wife Georgiana Sarah Cooper and younger brother, Henry, on the 27th of December 1841 aboard the 'Eweretta'. He and his brother Henry were educated at Sydney College, now known as Sydney Grammer School, and afterwards he worked for a group of merchants in Macquarie Street.

In September 1863, Robert married Mary Ann Brady, daughter of William and Mary Ann (Curran) Brady of Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. At the time of the gold rush, Robert went to Tumut to take charge of a business for some Sydney firms, which he later purchased and remained in the district for over 30 years. He also chartered vessels to take the Chinese miners and their gold back to China.

Robert and Mary Ann lived in Sydney before the move to Tumut. They had Robert, 1865, and Frank, 1867, both born in Sydney, then, Adi, 1869, Edith, 1871, Charles, 1872, Florence,1874, Jessie, 1875, and George in 1878 all born in Tumut. They resided in Fitzroy Street, Tumut.

Mary Ann died on the 5th of December 1909 at their home in Wycombe Road, Neutral Bay, and on the 30th of July 1930, at the age of 93, Robert Albert died. George, the youngest of his children, was the only one not to outlive him.

FROM: Janice March

I am the daughter of Keith March who married Myrtle Clayton Elliott, daughter of Walter Eugene Elliott and Eliza Jane Clayton.

I know that Walter Eugene Elliott had a brother Arthur who married May Ryan and I think there was a brother called Frank who married a Kitty something.

Who the other brother and sisters are I do not know. I think Walter Eugene Elliott's father was John. I have only just started a family tree and if anyone has any information on the Elliotts of Gundaroo I would appreciate it.



My best efforts at tracing the family history go like this:

Richard and Elizabeth de Guise arrived in Australia in 1791.
Richard was born in France in 1757, left France the year the Bastille was stormed 1789, joined the NSW Corps and arrived in the colony with the Second Fleet.
Owned land "Bywong" (presume granted) till death in 1850. Children of Richard and Elizabeth were Richard (b 1795), William ( b 1797) and Elizabeth (b 1799).
Son William married Catherine (Catharine) Allen, children -
Jessie (Jesse) (b 1836-?)
Richard ( 1816-1844)
Hannah (1825-1891)
Charles William (1853-1853)
Henry Cyril (Eyre?) 1827-1845
Mary Anne (1832-1855) married and killed George Brownlow and was hanged in Goulburn Goal. Colonial Indexes indicate that the Guise had land in the District of Liverpool (this may be the Bywong property).
It appears that Richard (the elder), William and Catharine all died in 1850 - strange?
A William Guise (Guyse) was indicted on a manslaughter charge in 1928.
Hannah (Guise/Guy) married Edward Cantor in 1845. An Edward Cantor is buried in the Guise vault St Johns Church (Canberra?) )1846-1882). I presume this is the son of Edward and Hannah.
Their daughter Rachel (1844-1931) married Jeremiah McCarthy (1832-1892).
Rachel had 16 children, only 6 of whom survived - including
Hannah (1878-1945) - my mother's grandmother
Jack (b 1881)
Stephen (b 1886)
Denis (1878-1890)
James (b ?1880)
Hannah married Harry Parsons (1877-1955) and they had two children Jessie and James.
Jessie married Richard McGrath and their only child Joan was my mother.

FROM: Christine

I have an interest in the name LUCAS. The particular person I am interested in is Mary Lucas (née ROWLEY) who is buried at Gundaroo Cemetery. I believe there is no headstone there and wonder where her grave is located.

I have quite a bit of information on the LUCAS family which I would be willing to share.

I am also looking for information on Nanima; its history and the people who lived there.

FROM: Anne Plummer

I am searching for information about my great grandfather George Plummer who was born at Arthursleigh, near Goulburn, in 1852 or 1853. Unfortunately I have found no baptism or birth information for him on the BDM website or microfiche.

He died at Balladoran in 1939. His parents were William Plummer and Mary Arthur.

Any helpful information that anyone might have will be greatly appreciated.

Anne Plummer

FROM: Jen Swales

Researching the following names from the Cooma, Yass, Gundagai and Gundaroo areas:

Will share information.
Jen Swales

FROM: Rod Lee

SARAH RODMAN married DAVID ROME BARBOUR in 1863 in Chiltern in Victoria. SARAH (RODMAN) BARBOUR died in Kenmore NSW, 5-7-1912, but they had a son THOMAS HENRY BARBOUR who moved to TUMUT.
It seems that the Barbour name is still in the Tumut area today. Anyone with an interest in this family please contact me.

Rod Lee.

FROM: Kathleen Thomas

I am trying to trace the family history of Owen O'Neill.

He died on 7th March 1922 and had six daughters who were Mrs J Coves (Gurrundah), Mrs J Taylor (Kingsdale), Mrs H Heffernan (Glenn Innes), Mrs J Errol (Wagga), Mrs P Callinan (Perth) and Mrs J Spackman (Gurrrundah).

His sons were Jeremiah O'Neill (Temora), Mr Owen O'Neill (Gurrundah) and Denis O'Neill (Young).

Denis O'Neill was my great grandfather and married Mary Withers. She may have had a second name Ann.
Their son Peter Joseph O'Neill was my grandfather who married Elizabeth Ravallion in 1913.
They had 6 children. Their 5th child was Kenneth Adrian O'Neill b 24th October 1922 and is my father. He married Shirley Joan Williams 2nd June, 1951. I would like any information on any of the above relatives.

I can be contacted at
or at 67 Princess Street, Werrington, 2747 NSW. Ph 02-88077517.
Kathleen Thomas

FROM: Maureen Roberts

I am researching my husband's family and the name of the family is HOWARD.
George Howard married Elizabeth Walker at Mutbilly 27th July 1854.
Can anyone help me with this family please?

Maureen Roberts

FROM: Lynne Hadley

I am researching my g.grandparents, John HOLMES and Mary Ann CLARKE, who were married on Mahratta Run at Bombala in 1875.
Mary Ann was born in Braidwood c.1860, whilst John was - according to his children's birth certificates - "born at sea", c.1847-48.
I have hit the proverbial brick wall with this couple, although I have been able to trace their children's births in the NSW BDM records.
I am unable to locate the parents of either John or Mary Ann. One version of the family history is that John was born John Fox, the son of Mary Ann Murphy/Niblett and George Fox, and were adopted by John Holmes of Gundaroo, but I doubt the truth of this story, as my g.grandfather's full name was undoubtedly John Thomas Holmes, and of course, we have the "born at sea" reference!!

I would be very interested to hear from anybody who might have stumbled upon these people during the course of their genealogical research.

Lynne Hadley, Melbourne.

FROM: Gail Hampton

My Grandma worked for relatives of the McGrath family in a hotel as a cashier. Her mother was Belinda Daley who married Patrick McGrath.
Belinda Daley's parents were John and Mary who came out on the Gilbert Henderson 1841. The family lived in the Jamberoo area.
I think Richard McGrath was the hotel keeper.
I am appreciative of any information on either or both these families.

Gail Hampton

FROM: Beryl Leggat

I am trying to find information about my grandmother who was born in Cootamundra.

Her name was Ada Mary Williams, second daughter of Henry Williams and May Ann (last name unknown). She was born about 1896. Her father was a railway worker and I believe lived in Toowoomba after his daughter's birth. May Ann must have died young as her name does not appear on Ada's marriage certificate and Ada did not know her mother.

Hope someone can help----I have been searching for ages.

FROM: Carol and Keith

Our family interests include Allport, Booth and Alchin.

FROM: Jane Helen Hughes

Researching my mother's parents.... any help would be appreciated have tons on Lambert and Dwyer.... including photo references but can't find info on them yet.

Birth Certificate for Esme May Lambert:
1919 29th April, Young Municipality
Claude Everard LAMBERT, Overseer, 34 yrs, Tumut N.S.W.
May Dwyer, 34 yrs, Cooma, N.S. Wales
Married 1904, 31st May, Tumut, N.S. Wales
Noel, 14, Colin 12, Milton 5.


1884 Cooma: has anyone an Elizabeth Trainer, or her mother Ellen Trainer listed in their families?

It seems that my NANA, May Elizabeth Dwyer, was baptised 1884 Cooma as Elizabeth Trainer and her mother was Ellen Trainer. She married Claude Everard Lambert who was born a Sutton.

I have much info to share and photos of the Lamberts and history but NONE on Elizabeth Trainer/1884 - no birth certificate yet.

Jane Helen Hughes

FROM: Nerida Croker

I am searching for details of my grandmother Blanche Fisher née Duncombe. I believe she came from the Yass area and possibly had connections with Gundaroo.
Her husband Peter Edward Fisher was from Gunning.

Nerida Croker, Fullerton.

FROM: John Moore

I am looking for information on a Philip Reberger in the Tumut area, 1900-1916.

John Moore

FROM: Andrew Lancaster (no email address)

I am interested in Caseys from around Yass. Susan(nah) Casey suddenly appears as a young bride 12 Jun 1839, in "Gowninnon Creek" Davies Inn (perhaps Gounyan Creek, Davises' Inn?). She married a George Oakes, ex-convict, and from there I can trace them (Albury, Murringo).

My address is:
Andrew Lancaster
Schrijnbroekstraat 15
3500 Hasselt

FROM: Jeanne O'Neill

I am looking for information on families connected to my husband's side of the family namely O'NEILL, CORCORAN, FROST AND O'LEARY.

HUGH O'NEILL married ELLEN FROST 5/4/1845 in Goulburn. Their children were:
GEORGE Patrick who married ELIZBETH CORCORAN 1874 in Boorowa (also looking for where the location of Corcoran Plains was); and
MARY ANNE O'NEILL who married HERBERT DAVID O'LEARY in 1885 in Goulburn.

Am happy to share any information for any assistance.
Many Thanks
Jeanne O'Neill

FROM: Pat Sumner

I am seeking information on my father's birth mother, Mary Kelly.
She named him Maurice John and he was born in January 1913 in Sydney. On his birth certificate she declared she was 24 years old, so bc1888, and that she was born in Binalong.
My father was raised by Louisa Ann (née Myers) and Archibald Kennedy in East Sydney and the Kennedy birth registration was not formalised until 1929. Mary Kelly was living at Paddington in 1913 but I can find no other information on her.
Louisa Ann was born in Molong and her grandfather, Jacob Myers, settled in Yass after his 3rd marriage.

I would greatly appreciate any information from other Kelly researchers on my elusive grandmother....

FROM: Joan Eylward

I am researching my family history and am interested in BYRNE, BYRNES of Gunning.
My grandfather Peter Bernard BYRNE (Bernard) was born on Waterfall Station where his father was a shepherd. His father was Peter Thomas BYRNE (BYRNES) who married Elizabeth Ann ATKINS in 1860. They had 9? children give or take one or two.
I am interested in any information on Waterfall Station please. Also any information on the BYRNE BYRNES family.

Joan Eylward

FROM: Steve Wilson

I am researching the ROFFE family.

Edward Roffe (1802-1889) and his wife Sarah were my great great great grandparents. They are buried in Greendale Cemetery.

My connection is through their daughter, Jane (~1830-1913), who married Richard Mitchell in 1849. My mother's maiden name was Barbara Mitchell.

Steve Wilson

FROM: Ronelle Goodwin

Hello I am currently researching my family history.
My great great grandparents were William Davis (aboriginal) and Martha (ORME, HOLMES). They were married in 1869 in Collector NSW.
Martha's parents were Ellen Peters and William Orme.

I am also researching any information on Goodwin.
My great great grandfather was James Goodwin.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Ronelle Goodwin

FROM: Wally Kelly

I would like any information on Charles Edward Kelly born to Thomas James Kelly and Charlotte Harrison 1879 in Binalong.
He was a brother to my father, Thomas James Kelly (jnr) b 1899.

Wally Kelly.
Ph.0754776608 John Hannan, my great-grandfather settled at Mutbilly in the 1850s. He married Ellen Kelleher who had relatives at Yass (James Wall (1815 - 1888) and Ellen Kelleher (1817 - 1902)) and Crookwell (John Kelleher (1812 - 1902) and Margaret Carroll (1830 - ????))

On my mother's side, two of my great-great grand-parents were Joseph Hallam (1804 - 1867) and Winifred Scahill (1816 - 1901) who lived near Gunning. Joseph's brother John also settled in the Gunning area.

Other ancestors include Michael Madigan (1836 - 1882) and his wife Ellen Greenwood (1843 - 1909). Michael and Ellen lived at Araluen and Majors Creek (where Michael died). Ellen's parents were married at Bungendore in 1840. Ellen was related to most of the Greenwoods in the Braidwood area (because her father's two brothers moved from Sydney to the Braidwood area, but there doesn't seem to be any link to the Greenwoods in Gundaroo.

Myles Hannan
20 Darmody St, Weetangera, ACT.
(02) 6254 3277

Go here to read an article about the Hannans and some of the history of Mutbilly (Mutmutbilly) and Breadalbane.

FROM: Lynne Penning

My Dad's father came from Fish River, Crookwell Boorawa area: William Henry Penning. As did his Granpa.
Dad's Granparents were Wm Penning and Sophia Sarah Taylor and I have had amazing luck to find 2 new cuzns. Hoping to be of help to others and to get more "tree".


FROM: Claudia

I am interested in obtaining information about Ellen Nagle RYAN, wife of Edward Ryan (King of Galong Castle). I am particularly interested in male relatives (brothers, cousins, nephews) from Ireland who setled in the area, or moved on to Queensland.
My maternal grandmother was Ellen NEAGLE (same family, different spelling) Born in 1890 in the Mt Morgan Qld area.


FROM: Julie Muir

I am researching the Hunt Family who were lost in the floods of 1852 at Gundagai.
The father's name was Richard and he had the local saddlery shop. Wife was Sarah Bishop (née Ellison.)
Children: Emily Richard Caroline and John.
I am trying to get any information that may be available to me for a book I am putting together on the Ellison Family.

Julie Muir, Brisbane

FROM: Donna Latimer

I am researching my father's side of our family. The names I am interested in are: Cox, Taafe (Tafy, Taffee), Warton (Wharton, Walton)and Kelly.

Patrick Taafe born abt 1793 and Mary born abt 1802 were Convicts. Patrick arrived aboard the L. Sidmouth and was a baker. Mary arrived aboard the Woodman in 1823. In the 1828 Census they had 3 children. Mary aged 4 Patrick aged 2 and Elizabeth aged 1 week. All were born in the Colony. The family were living at Kent Street, Sydney at the time.

Child 1 Mary Tafy married Robert Cox on the 13 Sept 1843 in Gundaroo. They went on to have 8 children (I have all the details of the children and who they married etc).

My line is from child 3, Martha Cox, born 1848 in the Yass area. Martha married James Warton on 19 April 1864 at Limestone Creek Nr Yass, James and Martha had 11 children. (I also have all the children's details and who they married.)

My line is from the 1st living child, Mary Ann Maria Warton, born 3 April 1864 in Limestone Creek. Mary Ann Maria Warton married James Kelly - son of James Kelly and Ellen née Phillips; both parents were born in Tuam, Galway, Ireland. Mary Ann Maria and James Kelly were married on 8 June 1897 in Yass and had 5 children.

My line is from the eldest child (who was born 5 yrs before they were married as James was away droving) James Henry Kelly born 23 Oct 1892 in Bowning. James married Margaret Phelan who was born in Ireland. James and Margaret (my grandparents) were married on 19 Feb 1919 in Southampton, England. They had 12 children and lived in Griffith NSW.

My line is from James Patrick Kelly (my dad) born 6 Feb 1933 in Griffith NSW.

If any one can help or knows any of these families please email me and I can give you my research also.

Donna Latimer

FROM: Dawn & Richard Edwards

We are interested in the descendants of William Edwards and Margaret (née Wilson) married 1.4.1841. Children born at Bungonia, Gundaroo and Yass.
Their son Joseph Benjamin Edwards married Mary McGrath 19.3.1878 at Yass.
Mary's father was Patrick McGrath also of Yass.

Would be interested in further information.

Richard & Dawn Edwards

FROM: Rhonda Brownlow

For information on the descendants of Roger Charnock go here.

For information on Henry Edgar go here.

For information on the ELLIOTT family go here.

FROM: Rhonda Brownlow

Descendants of Richard Elliott.

RICHARD ELLIOTT was born 1763 in Westmeath, Ireland, and died 03 Jun 1823 in Kissing Point. He married ELINOR BOLTON. She was born 1780 in Kildare, Ire, and died 19 Dec 1833 in Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

Email me for further information on this family.

FROM: Rhonda Brownlow

Descendants of Edward Culgan.

EDWARD CULGAN was born abt. 1802 in Ireland, and died 25 Aug 1882 in Forbes. He married MARY WOOD abt. 1828 in Ireland, daughter of THOMAS WOOD and ANNIE MCANNEY. She was born abt. 1810 in Co Tyrone, Ireland, and died 18 Sep 1888 in Forbes.

Email me for further information on this family.

FROM: Rhonda Brownlow

Descendants of William Edward Medway.


Email me for further information on this family.

FROM: Dawn & Kevin Toohey

I am interested in anyone with an interest in the Edgeworth family.

Kevin Edgeworth Toohey

FROM: Beverly

My interest is of the Garner family from Yass area. An early settler or squatter was a William Garner from Dam Creek and John Garner from Belle View.

Has anyone done a family list that would show their children? My interest is a William Garner born about 1818, but not in Australia. He turned up in Tasmania in 1841. He became a seaman.

I can't find a passenger list for early 1820 that would state the children's ages. Any help on facts, or where to look in NSW, would be very much appreciated.


FROM: Barry Allan

I am searching for information about a Catherine Ryan born 1859 in Goulburn NSW. Father Timothy Ryan and Mother Alice Fogerty.

Barry Allan

FROM: Brian Bush

I have been researching my family history for several years and have had the occasional enquiry from members of the Jerrawa Bush families. Just recently I have found connections to the English Bush families which I am recording as a matter of interest.

I am seeking details of the ancestors of Cecil J Bush married at Goulburn in 1920 and would appreciate any information that anyone may have.

Brian Bush

FROM: Diana

Hi, my name is Diana and I would like some information on my father Frank Brown who I have been told was born at Pye Cottage, Dalton, before the cottage was moved to Gunning. My grandmother was Agnes May Savage.


FROM: June Phillips

William John Robertson (Robbo) worked for the Yass council for 20 years as an overseer - and died in Yass hospital in 1956.

We are hoping someone will know the details of his first wife Harriet Ellen married around 1910-1916 possible in Adelaide. Does anyone know Harriet's maiden name?

These two were only married for a short time and after the war in about 1920 William Robertson married Evelyn Bowden a Yass family (From Cooma Cottage).

William and his 2nd wife Evelyn had 2 children, Rex and June, both resided in Yass. June later moved to Queensland to live.

June Phillips

FROM: Liz Tracey

I am looking for any info on the Tracey family from Binalong, not recent but dating back to the blacksmith shop in Binalong. Many thanks.

Liz Tracey

FROM: Pat Scott

I am looking for any information on an Ellen, Catherine or Mary Corcoran/Cochrane born abt. 1850, possibly Sydney or Young area.
This person gave birth to a baby girl, Sarah, born 14 April, 1866, at Chance Gulley, Young - father of the baby and parents of the mother were "not known" on the birth certificate.

Thank you to anyone who can help. Pat Scott

FROM: Rose Cassar

I am looking for information on Sarah Murphy born in Goulburn in 1841.
Who were her parents? I think her dad's name was Patrick and he came from Ireland. Did she have any siblings?
She married John M Mitchell in Goulburn in September 1861.
Can anyone be of any assistance? I would appreciate any help and am happy to share info I have.


FROM: Heather McKenna


Mary Lynch had a daughter Mary Perkins, father William Perkins, born 9th June 1848, baptized 1st October 1848 St Augustine's Catholic Church Parish of Yass.

Mary Perkins married Daniel Donnelly 31st December 1864 R C Church of St Peter and Paul Goulburn. Daniel was a farmer from Bangalore, Mary from Baw Baw.

Mary Perkin's father William drowned in the flood in Gundagai 23/24 June 1852.

Heather McKenna

FROM: Dawn

I would like to contact anyone with an interest in Thomas William Warner and Hannah (Anne) Fisher of the Naas Valley, Queanbeyan.

Thank You

FROM: Helen

In 1877 my great grandfather Isaac Davies, was married at the residence of Mrs Euphemia Ritchie, at Yass. He married a Susanna Stevens.
The couple settled in the Gunning area from 1877 to 1900 all of their 10 children were born at Gunning.
My grandfather John Benjamin Davies their fifth child, was born on the 'Frankfield' property (according to his birth certificate) this I cannot understand as Isaac Davies was a railway worker (a ganger and fettler)

I would value any assistance.


FROM: Kate Fraser

If anyone has any information of these families in Goulburn, Braidwood area I would appreciate hearing from you:
Robert Evans was a ticket o leave man and worked on St Saviours Cathederal Goulburn.
Owen Maloney had a bakery in Goulburn.

Kate Fraser, Cooma.

FROM: Jackie Balding

I am looking for information on my grandfather and his family - Neville Sheedy born Wombat, Nr Young 1919.

His mother was Cathleen and he had a brother Kenneth.

Jackie Balding

FROM: Rachel Kelly

I am interested in the WHITE and LEEs families of Gundaroo. A notice in the Yass Courier on the 14 Feb 1902 reads Mr White of Gundaroo Married Miss Lee of Gundaroo last Monday.

They had a daughter Ethel White in 1902. Is she the Ethel White who married Philip J Robinson in 1926 in Queanbeyan, NSW?

Rachel Kelly, PO Box 5183, Kingston, ACT 2604

FROM: Colleen Levett

My interest in the Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass areas lies with all of those who are researching anyone to do with MARY MURPHY who married Richard Howell Sr. from Gundaroo, also any of the HOLMES and TRIGGELL (TRIGGLE) families of the Monaro, as these are all connected with my main area of research, MYERS family from Yorkshire who settled near to Nimmitabel at a property called "One Tree Hill" which they selected after having been shepherds etc for the original owner, William Bradley.

The HOLMES and TRIGGELL families along with the MYERS are all interlocked through MARY MURPHY'S daughter known as Mary Ann.

FROM: Marea Jones

I am seeking information on the BLEWITT, LENEHAN, BYRNE AND DWYER families.
My ggmother ANGELA WALBERGA LENEHAN married GEORGE BLEWITT in Burrowa in 1895. Unable to trace ANGELA. Oral family history is that we are descendents of MICHAEL DWYER (Wicklow Chieftan), but have been unable to establish this apart from DWYER being a middle name of male and female members of the family.
Family stories are that a cousin married a cousin (? BYRNE) following death of first husband. The relationship to MICHAEL DWYER may all be maternal.

FROM: Betty Ward

Families I am tracing from the Gundaroo area are:

MCINTYRE Allan born Aberfoyle Scotland. Allan married Jane Moody in 1877 in Goulburn. Allan died 1883. His parents were John and Margaret McIntyre (née McNee-McNie) he had two sisters Agnes married George Maxwell and Margaret, nothing is known.
I would appreciate info on the children of Allan and Jane and Margaret his sister. Christina born 1877, Allan born 1879, Emily born 1881 and Margaret born 1882.

SOARS/Sayers Edward married Johannah Fitzgibbon, both convicts. The name had changed over the years from Soares to Soars and finally Sayers.

FAUNT Charles born in Ireland his wife was Martha Sherlock. This family maybe were not from the Gundaroo area but it is worth a try.

Can anyone tell me if there was, or is, a property in that area (near Orange) named Wellwood?

Betty Ward

FROM: Chris King


Alexander Cross and Jane (née Duffield) arrived NSW 1857. They settled in the Yass area.
Jane was b 1861 Yass. ?m H Spencer ? m G Smith St Peters NSW
John b. 1863 Yass d 1907 Cootamundra married Ellen Flanagan 1890 - issue 9
George b d 1865 Yass
Henry William b 1868 Yass d 1936 Cootamundra m Louise Kemp - issue 1
Elizabeth b 1870 Yass d 1957 Sydney m 1891 Cootamundra William Drinan - issue 4

The family moved to Cootamundra and Alexander Cross d 1907 Jane d ?

An Elizabeth DUFFIELD d 1864 - an inquest was held into her death (Yass Courier 3/9/1864) Her death certificate states parents were unknown. She was 16 yrs of age.

George and Kezia (née Clark) CROSS lived Coppabella Yass - issue 8 children. After the death of Kezia in 1893 at her home, George re-married Alice PACKHAM in 1895 and had issue 1. George is buried in Binalong Cemetery with a son Frederick CROSS who died 1900 after a riding accident.

Happy to exchange information.

FROM: Kim McDonald

I'm trying to find out if I have any aboriginal ancestors.
My family, being my great great grandparents, lived at Gundaroo. My great aunt and uncle still do - they gave me a bit of information which might help.
My great grandfather was named James Thomas Butt and my great grandmother was named Florence Mary Butt née James. They had the bakery in Gundaroo for many years (Mt Victoria is also mentioned). James James was my great great grandfather, born in Wales and married Elizabeth McNamara. I would be grateful to hear back from anyone.
Thank you

FROM: Kimelle

Have an interest in the following names in this area:


Kimelle (Brisbane, Qld)

FROM: Graham Cooke

I am interested in any info of the CALDWELLs in the GUNNING area.

Alice CALDWELL was a convict who was called Alicia MAGRATH when she arrived in Australia on the Asia in 1830. She married William in 1837.
Alicia had already married in England and had 3 children there. She was a widow at the time of her trial. I do not know her maiden name. Alicia/Alice is my ggggGrandmother, through her daughter Mary MAGRATH/McGRATH.
William was also a convict arriving 1825.

Graham Cooke

FROM: Kerynne Ward

I am trying to locate information relating to the Hewitt family of Crookwell. Particularly a female named Kathleen Theresa or Catherine Theresa who was allegedly born in 1898, or about that time in Crookwell.

She later had a daughter and may have spent some time in Glebe Sydney. It is unknown if she ever married or when she died and where she was living during her adult years.

I am interested in her family tree and would appreciate any information to assist in the search of this.


FROM: Rosemary Van Hilst

I have two sketches in my possession which may be of interest to those interested in the Cartwrights of Windellama. One is of Mrs Cartwright (I am assuming this is Elizabeth Cartwright, postmistress of Windellama) and the other is of "Mrs Cartwright's Home - Windellama Post Office".

Both were done in April 1892 by my grandfather GWL Hirst. I can find no connection with my family Hirst/Broughton and Mrs Cartwright and would be grateful if anyone has any information re this.


FROM: Janet Caban

Seeking information on Joseph Hillier, assisted immigrant arrived Sydney February 1850. Married Sarah Johnson 1851 at Greendale. No information known about Sarah Johnson. Any information appreciated.

Janet Caban

FROM: Elizabeth Walmsley

I am interested in finding out more on the Walmsley family, farmers, who moved from the Gundaroo/Crookwell area to Grenfell, I think in the early to mid 1900s. (Charlie, Hugh Robert being two brothers.)

Elizabeth Walmsley

FROM: Robyn Burke

Seeking information on the family of SARAH JANE FORBES born January 1856 in Gundaroo, parents Patrick FORBES and JANE MOLINEUX. Sarah married BENJAMIN GEORGE TOPHAM in Goulburn in 1878. Would like more information on Sarah's parents.
Children of Sarah and Benjamin Topham are Jessie, Cecil William, Francis Ray, Benjamin Arthur, George Vere Forbes, Clara Jean, Estelle Forbes, Alathea Mona.

Robyn Burke

FROM: Janice Clark

I am researching my husband's family tree. All he knows about his family tree is that his father was George Clark and his grandmother Jane Harpur.
They married in 1872 and he thinks they lived in the Boorowa Harden district but not sure.
If anyone has any information I would appreciate it.

Many thanks, Janice Clark

FROM: Ron Norton

My great-grandparents John and Jane NORTON were at Mutbilly in the mid to late 1860s and I am trying to find any details relating to their time in the area.
Three of their children - Mary, Joseph and Edward - were born at Mutbilly and Myrtleville between 1867 and 1871 before the family moved on to the Murringo district near Young.
Joseph NORTON later married Maria BYRNE which father Christopher BYRNE went to the Goulburn area in 1858 to live with relatives.

John NORTON was a native of County Tipperary in Ireland and Christopher BYRNE was a native of Dublin, Ireland.

Does anyone know what Mutbilly's attraction was to so many natives of Ireland?

If anyone has any old photographs of the area I would welcome an opportunity to acquire copies. Likewise, I am happy to share my NORTON information with anyone who might be interested.

Ron Norton, Gordon ACT.

FROM: Bob Clarke

My name is Robert Clarke and I am related to the Robert Clarke buried a the Gundaroo cemetery around 1865. Family folklore suggests that Robert was the publican at the old Gundaroo Pub, (not the current (old) pub), I believe it was called the 'Inn of Content'. [Note from GC: According to Errol Lea-Scarlett, Robert Clarke's inn was called the 'Cottage of Content' and was at Jerrabiggery.]

I cannot give much information except that Robert was the son of Daniel Clarke and Hannah Stanley (Hannah was a convict) and they are buried at the Sutton Forest Cemetery. There are other relatives buried in a cemetery at Windsor. I also believe there was some kind of family feud with some family members staying at Windsor and others coming to the Berrima/Sutton and Gundaroo districts.

I am not a direct descendant of Robert, I am a descendant of Robert's brother George.

Bob Clarke.

FROM: Donna

My name is Donna and I am an Alchin descendant. I am particularly interested in any old photos if there are any floating around.
Also if there are any Thorn descendants (my grandmother was Grace Edna Thorn who married Matthew Alchin of Gunning). I don't have a lot of information on her side.


FROM: Sandy Stirling

I'm looking for a Station Owner by the name of Archilbald Reid-Mason. He married an Edith May Bush of Yass.
Researching Stirlings, have Henry Robert Archilbald Reid-Mason married Essie Gordon Stirling, 1941. This information on a Marriage Certificate. Witness are T.C. Hallan, M. Benson.
Would be interested in the families of Bush, and Reid-Mason. Be most grateful for any little thing on these families.

Thank you - Sandy

FROM: Tarranne Bryan

I am interested in adding some information about the HEASLIP family 
to the website.

Here is what I have:

bn: c1810, Co Cavan, Ireland
d:  18 June 1897 Collector NSW
m:  Margaret McNEIL
    bn:  c1816, Co Cavan, Ireland

Arrived as Immigrants aboard "Albatross" 30 Nov 1841.
Departed Dublin 23 June 1841 as Bounty Immigrants.

Arrived with children:  
    Lavinia "Lovey"  bn: 1.5.1832 Co Cavan, Ireland
                     d:  29.3.1913
                     mar: John SHERIDAN
                          bn: c1816
                          d:  27.2.1886
    Benjamin  bn: 1834  Co Cavan, d: 1915
    David  bn: 1836, Co Cavan
    Isabella  bn: 23.5.1840  Co Cavan, d: 31.1.1909

Children born in Australia:
    Robert 1.10.1848 One Tree Hill, near Collector NSW
    Allen 12.8.1851  Millbank, near Collector NSW

Robert HEASLIP was the son of Benjamin HEASLIP and Lavinia "Lovey" McGILL of 
Ryfort Denn Parish, Co Cavan, Ireland.

Another brother of Robert HEASLIP, Benjamin HEASLIP, is known to have 
settled in South Australia.

Any enquiries, corrections, additions most welcome.

Tarranne Bryan

FROM: Marlene Mayfield

My interest is in the family names of PETTY, (O)LEARY, HINES (HINDS). My great-grandparents were Arthur Leary and Jane Petty. Their daughter Emily, married my grandfather Thomas Hinds. They travelled to WA after their marriage in Yass.

I have some information, but am always looking for more.

Marlene Mayfield

FROM: Carolyn McLagan

Researching RUDD, MEEHAN, RUSSELL, WINTER families and any others who may be connected as follows:

My paternal Grandfather Oliver Addison RUDD b 1900 d 10.02.1959 married Jessica Lavina MEEHAN. Grandfather's parents were Francis RUDD b 1885 d 20.07.1935 and Ann J b 1871 d 20.09.1953. Francis' parents were William RUDD b 1816 d 01.09.1888 and Ann ? b 1817 d12.12.1885.

My paternal Grandmother Jessica was born to Percy MEEHAN b 1883 Gunning d 1952 and Rachel RUSSELL b 1887 d 29.05.1969. Percy's parents were John MEEHAN b 18.08.1848 Goulburn d 20.06.1928 Gunning and Clara Lavina WINTER b 28.10.1848 d 30.07.1891 Gunning. I can go back further in the Winter family.

The area I am very interested in is the MEEHAN line as I have been told we are related to the surveyor James MEEHAN who was a first fleet convict and worked with Hume and Hovel.

Would love any help I can get.
Carolyn McLagan

FROM: Jackie Daroczy

My name is Jackie Daroczy née Buchanan. My family came from the areas of Dalton, Gunning and Goulburn.

My great nan, Ethel Maud Bush née Buchanan, is buried at Greendale Cemetery and I would love to get some information about her. She was my grandfather's (Sydney George Buchanan) mother. He passed away in May 1995.

My grandfather Sydney George Buchanan was born in 1923 and my great nan Ethel Maud married Alfred Bush in 1925 at Gunning.

My other interest is the Foley family. My grandfather, Sydney George Buchanan, married Olive Merle Foley. Her parents were Walter Leo Foley and Eleanor Maud Abrahams. The Foleys are from Cullerin near Gunning.

Jackie Daroczy

FROM: Malcolm Aldous

I'm seeking anything about a Martha Ireland, father Robert W. She married James Evers (convict) at Yass 18 Jul 1842.
Malcolm Aldous

FROM: Jane Davies

I'm researching my husband's family tree and have recently located a 'missing' ancestor - a William VARDY who died in Gundaroo in 1860.

I'm hoping that someone may be able to assist me to locate information about him or direct me to sources that will help determine more about him.

William was transported for life to NSW arriving on the Marquis of Hastings in July 1827 leaving behind a wife and numerous children. He received a ticket of leave from the Goulburn Bench in May 1835 for the "limestone plains" district. This was cancelled in March 1839 for being thought an accessory in the theft of a mare. The ticket of leave was restored in January 1841 this time for the Queanbeyan District - I gather this . It was torn up in July 1848 as William Vardy had petitioned for, and received, something I cannot read on the certificate!

His death certificate states he was a labourer, was 74 years old, parents unknown and marital status "not known if married". The informant section of the certificate reads "certified by Robert Clarke tenant Gundaroo." William was buried 23 July 1860 Church of England Burial Ground Gundaroo.

I can find no trace of a marriage while he was in Australia but did find a record of a Gervas C. VARDY marrying an Elizabeth SIMS at Gundaroo in 1850. A Jarvis C. VARDY's death is recorded at Bathurst in 1864 Father listed as William VARDY and Mother listed as Theodosia. As the surname is not a common one I have to assume there is a link.

Jane Davies

FROM: Nardia Murphy

I am interested in the Murphy and McAlister families.

My Great Great Grandfather was John Murphy who married Rebecca Mary Martin. They owned a farm 'Rock Creek' in Gundaroo. John Murphy died in Tallagandra on the 6th of June 1894, and is supposedly buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Gundaroo. John Murphy's sister was Roseanna Murphy, who married William McAlister (also buried at Gundaroo).

John and Mary Murphy had six children: John, Margaret, William, James, Terrence and Rebecca Anne, who were taken in and reared by Roseanna when their parents died (not sure at under what circumstances this occurred).

Roseanna McAlister was a teacher at Tallagandra local public school for 30 years and retired in 1906.

Any information at all regarding any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

Nardia Murphy

FROM: Jill Kerr

For several years now I have been researching one line of my family, HAWKS/(HAWKES)and DAVIS. John Hawks was a convict from England sent to Australia in 1838. He was granted his ticket of leave in 1843 and married Mary Ann Davis in 1852.

They went on to have five children, the last two children William and Thomas (my Great Grandfather) were both born at Gundaroo.Their father was listed as Farmer and Shepherd on the certificates of the children at that time. Unfortunately William died very young at Gundaroo, 18 months old and was buried on the 29th July 1860 - possibly in the cemetery of St.Luke's Church.

Any information on the Hawk(e)s family would be appreciated.

Jill Kerr

FROM: Christina Hughes

I am searching for the Bye family living in Gunning/Scone areas in the early 1900s. I have photographs of the Bye children (who were extremely close to my family), and I do not have all the names and birthdates unfortunately.

I know there was a Dorothy Bye who had several brothers. They had horses I believe and were definitely near Scone in the early 1920s. I am looking to confirm all their names and birthdates so I can make sense of the old photographs my grandmother left me. I can of course copy the photographs for any respondents who may be related to the Bye family.

Christina Hughes

FROM: Sarah Borman

I am interested in information on these Surnames from this area: BORMAN, BENNETT, MARTIN and ALCHIN.
Each of these have married a BORMAN or lived at some point in the Gundaroo/Gunning/Yass Valley/Jeir/Canberra area.

Thank You.
Sarah Borman 0431 074 630

FROM: Kate Tytherleigh

I am researching the family of Alfred Armstrong of "Nanima", Murrumbateman, who married Mary Gambell daughter of the William Gambell on this website.

Alfred was my late husband's grt grandfather. I am slowly piecing together the life of Joseph, son of Alfred, who was in the Mudgee, Cassilis and Tamworth areas.


FROM: Sandra

Re Ryans of Burrowa and my connections at Yass, Binalong and Burrowa.

Names including O'Donnell, Shaw, Dwyer and Ryan.
Patrick Ryan married (Alice) Margaret Dwyer 16 May 1864 Burrowa.
I am trying to find out about his parents John and Mary Ryan née Costello. I think they were from Tipperary, Ireland. I am not sure when they arrived or what ship - probably around 1840. All I know is Patrick was born at Burrowa in 1842.

FROM: Lawrie Bool

I am researching my great grandparents George and Martha Bool and their descendants (Bool / Taunton / Bugg / Nosworthy / Walkom / Chaffey / Ferguson / Smith). George settled in the Parkesbourne area about 1854.

Any information or contact with interested parties would be most appreciated.

Lawrie Bool

FROM: Anne Case

I am a descendant of Anne HOWARD born 7 Nov 1841 at Lake George (Goulburn), daughter of John HOWARD and Bridget FINN.
Anne was baptised in 1843 at St Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Goulburn. She married Michael DOYLE in 1861 in Gundagai and died 1930 in Forbes.
I would be very grateful for any information on the Howard family.

Thanks - Anne Case

FROM: Michelle Johnston

Many years ago my grandmother gave me a very old photo of an eldery lady standing in a paddock looking at a sheep. There is a hand-made paling fence in the background and she is wearing a black dress, white apron and no wedding ring. The name on the picture says 'Geraldine Archbold 1917'. I was always told that she was some great-great-aunt but no-one really knew who she was.

Tracing my family tree recently I have discovered that she is indeed my Great-Great-Great Aunt, the daughter of Richard Archbold who came to Australia as a convict in 1814 on the 'Three Bees' for 'uttering words of treason against the King'. He was 22 years old.

Geraldine was the youngest of his 9 children and I am wondering how she ended up in the Yass area. The inscription on her headstone says 'erected by her friends' and I am wondering if anyone knows of any stories or information at all including my mysterious Geraldine Archbold.

She is buried at the Cemetery adjoining Mundoonan Methodist Church, on the Yass River Road between Gundaroo and Yass, and the inscription reads:

In loving memory of Geraldine Archbold
Died 15 January 1922
Aged 89 years
Erected by her friends.

Any information or leads would be most appreciated.

Michelle Johnston

FROM: Dianne

I am tracing my family history and would appreciate any info on the HAYLAN (has been misspelt on some docs as HAYLEN, HAYLON or HAYLIN) families who lived in the Bungendore district.

Patrick HAYLAN (b.1814 Ireland, d 1857) and his wife Bridget (b.1816 Ireland, d.1884) are buried together in the Bungendore cemetery. They had at least six or seven children - Bridget, James, Mary and Thomas (my lineage). The other children's names are not known.

Thomas married Elizabeth (Elisa) Long (b.1837 Ireland) in Goulburn in 1854 and had thirteen children from 1854 through to 1879 - Patrick, John, Eliza, Bridget, Thomas, Catherine, Agnes, Maria (my lineage), Frederick, James, David, Mary Ann (or just Anne) and Jane.

I am also interested in Louisa Mary HAYLAN, 7 years, died 9.10.1885 in Gunning and buried in Gundaroo. I think she could be related to the Haylan family buried in Bungendore Cemetery but I don't know the connection.

Any info please contact Dianne

FROM: Kerynne Sbrocchi

I am researching the Seaman family from either Taralga or Limerick (near Crookwell).

I am looking for information on Gertrude Seaman (known as Gertie) and / or Rita Seaman. Rita was born about 1933 and Gertie was her mother.

Any help it would be appreciated.

Kerynne Sbrocchi

FROM: Ross Gordon Johnson

My great-grandfather was Sam Johnson of Oldham who was later a convict at Gundaroo.

I have researched Sam from his beginnings in Oldham, his family background, his trial documents at Lancaster Castle, his imprisonment on the hulk 'Fortitude', his transportation on the 'Lady Nugent', his two years in Hyde Park Barracks, his assignment to Archibald Macleod, his time at Gundaroo, his movement to Gippsland across the Alps with Macleod, his marriage at Roseneath, his struggle for freedom and finally him setting up his carrier business in Stratford and having 11 children.

I also organised a headstone for his grave in Stratford and we had a dedication attended by some 70 of his descendants in Stratford in 2004.

I have written a book on Sam Johnson's life entitled 'Sentenced to Cross the Raging Sea'. Email me for details.

Ross Johnson

FROM: Linda McDonald

My Name is Linda McDonald Simmonds.

I have been trying to find my relatives Mills, Willoughby, Drury and Heycox. I have a document of a Christening stating parents John Mills, mother Native Black, in and around the year 1834. Mary Ann Mills was their daughter. The area was Charlies Forest, Little River, which was around the Mongarlowe area down South near Braidwood NSW.

This is my direct line: my Great Great Great Grandmother was Native Black, my Great Great Grandmother was Mary Ann Mills, Great Grandmother Ruth Rebbeca Drury, Grandmother Amelia Heycox. My Mother Janet Patricia Heyox. I am interested in viewing their property at Mongarlowe river this is before they flood it.

Below is who they married except my parents were not married:
Mary Ann Mills married John Willoughby
Ruth Rebecca Willoughby Married Matthew Dury
Amelia Drury married Jeremiah Heycox
Janet Patricia Heycox and William Simmonds.

Thanks, Linda McDonald.
0418 646 056.

FROM: Sam Partridge

My wife is a descendant of Mary Ann Jones, the daughter of Charles Jones and Elizabeth née Reid. He was a butcher at Yass in the mid 1800s and had I believe, 8 children; 4 sons and 4 daughters.

I am anxious to find out as much as I can about the Jones and Reid families and particularly if any Jones descendants are still in Yass and contactable.

Mary Ann married James Cowden and lived in S. Rhodesia and had 8 children. She died in the 1918 flu epidemic.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Sam Partridge.

FROM: Annette Wilkinson

Thomas and Margaret Robertson née Miller lived and died around the Bowning area.

Thomas died 21 Nov 1889 Margaret died 7 Dec 1891 - both died at Bowning. Before that they lived at the Woodbury Estate, Gundaroo.

John Pellow (2nd g-grandfather) married Margaret Robertson at Gundaroo on the 22 Jul 1862 and had five children, Thomas b: 1866, John b: 1867, Margaret b:1871, William b: 1874, Elizabeth b: 1876 at Gundaroo.

I am looking for the descendants of the names above.

Annette Wilkinson

FROM: Ian Baker

BUSHES are ancestors on my grandmother's side (EDMONDS).
They are:
Julie Esther (Phoebe) Bush m Henry Bunfield,
Elizabeth Tabitha Bunfield m Isaac John (Hope) Edmonds,
Alma Edna Edmonds m Clarence Alfred Baker,
Gary Baker m Joan Scott,
Ian Baker.

Ian Baker
P.O. Box 651, Tamworth NSW 2340.

FROM: 'Missy'

I am trying to find connections to Martha Cooper who married Thomas Millard in 1846 at Gunning. This is all the info I have.

FROM: William Collins

My grandfather was Dennis Joseph Murray who died in the Boer War and has a monument in Gunning.
My mother was Eileen Murray Howell, daughter of Ellen Howell and Denis Murray.
My grandmother was Ellen Howell, daughter of Richard Howell and Elizabeth Hurst.
Richard was the son of Richard Howell and Ann Elizabeth Amos, both convicts.
Richard and Ann both died at Gundaroo.
Elizabeth and Richard are buried at Young.

FROM: Pat Dugan

I am researching the family name of CORCORAN who lived in the Boorowa, Binalong area from 1859.

Thomas Hennessy CORCORAN died Boorowa 11/7/1904. Married Mary RYAN in Anarcarty Ireland, Mary died 1919 NSW. They arrived in Australia 1859.

Mother of Thomas, Ellen (née Hennessy) Corcoran also arrived with Thomas and Mary. I believe Ellen's husband THOMAS died in Ireland. Two daughters Bridget Ryan and Mary Cummins were residing in Australia upon her arrival.

Thomas and Mary had 5 daughters, Ellen, Hannah, Margaret, Winifred and Mary Teresa born 1868 died 1961, married Charles Hamilton in 1895. Resided in Wee Waa NSW, both buried in Wee Waa.

Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks
Pat Dugan

FROM: Lauren Temple

I am researching the Stevens family genealogy. My interest is in William Frances Stevens and Catheline McGuire Smith.
They had the following children:
William, Charles, Maude, Stanley, Nina, Jenny, James, Thomas, Laura and they lived around Cootamundra and West Wyalong.

Lauren Temple

FROM: Geoff Brown

My Great Great Grandfather was John Brown, the first white settler in Parkesbourne. He married Anne Armitage in England before migrating to Australia.

John Brown travelled to Parkesbourne in a dray from 'Sackfill Reach' on the Hawkesbury River in 1861. I suspect that over the years Sackfill became the present Sackville. As far as I know, the dray he travelled in is still in existence. It was some five or six years ago as was his original slab hut. Next to the hut is a lemon tree planted by Henry Parkes from whom the name Parkesbourne derives. He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church and the first services were held in his house.

I currently live in Bungendore which is only 45 minutes or so from Parkesbourne and every now and then I take a drive up there. The Weatherstones were the second settlers and a direct descendant lived just down the road from me until his death. The Rev Silas Bembrick was minister there at one time and as luck would have it, presided at my marriage.

Geoff Brown

FROM: Gail

Areas of interest: Gunning, Gundaroo, Yass, Tumut.

Names of interest: Buckmaster, Carpenter, Amos, Howell, Denny/Denney, Noble, Ryan, Wilkinson/Bowman.

I am seeking information on the following people and would like to hear from any other descendants:
Charles Buckmaster and Ann Elizabeth Carpenter;
Ann Elizabeth Amos and Richard Howell;
William Denny/Denney and Lydia Noble;
William Bowman Wilkinson and Catherine Ryan.

Any information would be appreciated.

FROM: Kellers

I am researching my GGG Grands, John and Catherine(Morgan) Weatherstone and am descended from their son John James and Lucy Louise (Dixon) Weatherstone, grandson George Henry and Margaret (Cormie) Weatherstone, and great grand daughter Iris Lucy (Weatherstone) Miller.

I have this on John and Catherine Weatherstone from here:

John Weatherstone
Tried at Worcester {AP?}
Date 4th March 1826
Sentence: 7 years
Offence: Robbing a waggon
Ship: Royal Admiral
Arrived in PJ 1830
TOF 11th March 1833
John spent time in Bermuda before coming to Aus in 1830. He married
Catherine Morgan in 1837 at Molonglo Plains; both
buried at Parkesbourne cemetery near Goulburn.

And this from the same site, different author:

John Weatherstone Arr 8 Nov 1830 Royal Admiral (2) 
B: 1806, Gloucester, Eng 
D: 18 Aug 1883 in Parkesbourne, Colony of NSW. Age 77
Married 1837, Molonglo, Colony of NSW.
Cathrine Morgan Arr 10 Aug 1832 per Red Rover 
B: Circa 1811 in Ireland
D: 25 Oct 1891 Goulburn, NSW Age 80

FROM: Peter McGrath

I am interested in the family of JAMES McGRATH born in Ballagh, Tipperary, Parish of Clonoulty approx 1813 -1829.

He came to Australia in 1855 on the GLORIANA, settled in BOOROWA and died 1910.
Had 5 children in Ireland with Cate Costello, M.1843 Ireland (John, Patrick, James, Mary, Ellen) then 4 more in Australia (William, Thomas, Margaret, Michael).
Had 3 in Boorowa with Catherine Cahill née Kane M. 1866 Yass (Francis, Joseph, Maurice...Francis trained Peter Pan to win 1932 and 34 Melbourne Cup).
Had 7 more with MARGARET JANE WEST in Boorowa M. 1887 Cowra (Elizabeth, Agnes, Ada, Catherine, Henry, Jessie, James William).

I have some info on 3 of the children but not much on the remaining 16.

Peter McGrath

FROM: John Venables

We're trying to find information on John Venables and Mary Sullivan who married in St Augustine's Church, Yass on 11 February 1863. The marriage certificate has no information other than his occupation (tanner) and usual place of residence (Langs Creek, Burrowa).

The LDS web site suggests he was born in Yass around 1839 but I can find no confirmation in the NSW BDM registry. It also suggests Mary was born in Yass around 1842.

If anyone has any information re birth, death, parents' names, siblings or anything that may help me get back a bit further I would be most grateful.

John Venables

FROM: Belinda Garfath

My Name is Belinda and I am researching my husband's family with him. He is a descendant of Lucy Alchin born 1860 in Yass.

Lucy had a mother called Emma(?) and her father was Ambrose Alchin.

She married a man called Frederick French.

If anyone has any information about Lucy or her parents we would love to hear from you.


FROM: Shirley Stirrat


GRANDPARENTS :              Evelyn's Parents.
Henry Hillier born : 1870
Sarah A Johnson :               Not married ( ? love child )
Child being a daughter :
Evelyn ( Lena ) Mary Johnson Hillier.
Born : 11 November 1899, Gunning NSW.
Died : 1966 Shepparton. ( Cancer ) Buried in Catholic area of Shepparton 
Married : 6th November 1920 Henty NSW.
Age : 21 Years.
Evelyn married :
Alfred Francis Denney / Denny.
Born : 3rd June 1889, Jerrawa NSW.
Died : 4th February,1928 Yass ( accidentally ), Buried Church of England 
Cemetry, Gunning.
Age : At death, 38 Years.
Age : At marriage to Evelyn 30 Years, bachelor ???? he was married to Ada M 
Clark in 1911, paperwork says this lady died in 1952 ( carcinoma ).

GRANDPARENTS.          Alfred's Parents.
George Henry Denny b:1860 NSW d : 1942 Gunning NSW.
Jane Bush married :1883 NSW
1.. William Denny b : 1883 NSW
2.. George Henry Denny b : 1884 NSW     married
     Florence McGraw m : 1906 NSW
3.. Edith E Denny b : 1886 NSW d : 1893 NSW
4.. ALFRED FRANCIS DENNY b : 1889 NSW ( twin ) 
     Ada M Clark m : 1911 NSW
     Evelyn Mary Johnson Hillier m : 6.11.1920 Henty NSW.
5.. Herbert T Denny b : 1889 NSW ( twin )      married
     Irene S George m : 1920 NSW
6.. Ethel Denny b : 1892 NSW
7.. Selsel J Denny b : 1899 NSW            married
     Claudine M Bawden m : 1922 NSW

William Denny and Lydia Nobel m : NSW

Connections that would be of great assistance :
BUSH : One in particular a WIN BUSH or this maybe
       Catherine Winifred Bush died 25.03.1989 aged 91 buried at the 
       Greendale Cemetry.

Thank you.

Shirley Stirrat

FROM: Jan Cherrie

I am looking for info on the Whyte family.

Parents William and Mary Whyte and children Andrew, James Ritchie, William George and Archibald Alexander arrived 1880 from Antrim, Northern Ireland. They lived at Sutton, Gundaroo, Gunning and possibly Collector. Their son, John Charles, was born in Gunning in 1881. Lizzie Whyte, Williams oldest child, born of an earlier marriage in 1855, arrived ahead of the family in 1879. She married James Williams, son of Francis James Williams and Margaret Lyons, and became the teacher at Sutton School. William Whyte, the father, died 1888 Sutton, buried Queanbeyan Riverside.

I am particularly looking for the death and burial of Mary (née Ritchie), wife of William Whyte.

Thank you

FROM: David Carpenter

I am attempting to establish information on my Great Great Grandfather, William Carpenter, and his wife and family. He was said to be born in Cape Town c1820.

William married Anne Finneder [ b - c1825 Tyrone Ireland] at Goulburn on 30 June 1845 at the "Parish of St. Saviour" by "William Sowerby - Chaplain".
William and Anne were both residing at "Gurrunda" ? at the time of their marriage. The witnesses to the marriage are noted as James Adams and Catherine Carter, both of Goulburn. Anne and Catherine signed the marriage certificate with their "X Marks".
There is some doubt on the spelling of Anne's surname, with Finnisteer also being mentioned.

William and Anne had six children, born at either Albury or Yass, as below:

  1.. William Carpenter 1844;  Albury [ No birth certificate, but noted on the death certificate]  
  2.. Sarah Carpenter 13/3/1849 ;  Yass [As per birth certificate] 
  3.. Elizabeth Carpenter 12 /1/1851;  Albury [As per birth certificate] 
  4.. Mary Ann Carpenter  5/10/1852;  Albury [As per birth certificate] 
  5.. Anne Carpenter 30/1/1855  ;  Albury [As per birth certificate] 
  6.. Thomas James Carpenter 10/12/1856  Albury [As per birth certificate]

William Carpenter [c1820] was apparently charged with robbery on 10 December 1856 at Albury [the same date his youngest child was born] and was transferred to Goulburn Gaol on 5 January 1857 and later charged.

The family later moved, I would imagine sometime after William's brush with the law, to the Goulburn / Cowra area.
The family finally settled in Cowra, which I have been able to confirm through the Cowra Family History Group.

William Carpenter [c1820] died in 1864 and was buried at Carcoar, a pauper.
Anne Carpenter [née Finneder], his wife, remarried to Daniel Harvey, however she died some two years later.

I would be most interested in any response and am keen to find any information anyone may be able to provide.


FROM: Jenee McCusker

My name is Jenee McCusker (née Withers) and I am trying to find out any information about my great great grandmother Catherine DELANY/ DELANEY who was born in Collector abt 1843. I believe Catherine had a brother called Martin and possibly one called Denis.

Catherine DELANY married John WITHERS (b 15.5.1830) in Yass on 3rd of September 1884. On the marriage certificate Catherine's parents are listed as Martin DELANY and Julia COLLINS. I would really appreciate any help with the DELANY and COLLINS lines.

I have lots of information regarding the WITHERS family and would be happy to share if anyone is interested.

Jenee McCusker

FROM: Rob Holman

My wife's heritage was all around the Goulburn area, especially Crookwell. Her relatives / ancestors established an Ayrshire Cattle stud at "Golden Acres" on the Crookwell river. Her grandfather had a bakery in Crookwell before moving to Parramatta. The family names associated with the area that I have researched (and have many gaps) are :


I would like to further the research and would be grateful for any help. I am also willing to pass on all the data that I have accumulated. I have family trees and some stories but need more as do all bitten by the bug.

I have traced the Gravolin line back to the early 1600s in France and a fishing village on the North West coast called Gravelines. I have traced the Parker name back to 1760 Edinburgh Scotland, and the Reidy name back to 1786 Tulligmacthomas Limerick Ireland.

Caroline DAVIS came from Deptford England UK b. 1830 and there is a lot more to research.

If anyone would be interested in swapping data then please contact.

Rob Holman.

FROM: Trish Jones

Seeking David Nicholas MAHER, born Goulburn about 1869. Butcher by trade. Moved to WA with Ellen (Nellie) WHEATLEY and had two children. No record of any marriage. Children were John Clive WHEATLEY b 1904 in Coolgardie WA (who later changed his name to MAHER) and Vera May WHEATLEY b1906 in Boulder WA. There is no record of death of David MAHER. This is my great grandfather who I have been seeking for many years and I would dearly love to find something more about him.

Trish Jones

FROM: Beryl Bauld

Here is a link to information about the Pollard family.

FROM: Marg Hyslop

My grandmother was Elizabeth Elliott. Her husband died when my mother was about 12 and my grandmother then married Harry Oldfield. They lived in Gundaroo.

My great uncle Arthur bought the pub after he retired from their property and lived there until his death. He didn't marry until about 75 years of age and married his childhood sweetheart Mary. Arthur's niece Masie lived with her husband (Robert Crust), daughter (Jan), and foster daughter (Grace) in one half of the pub and aunt Mary and uncle Arthur lived in the other half.

I would be very interested in any further information.

FROM: Margaret Luckie

I am interested in the Forbes Family - I am related through Jane and Patrick's son John (born Gundaroo 1849).

Margaret Luckie (née Forbes)

FROM: Michael Dwyer

For information on Charlotte Massy go here.

ANOTHER link to the Massy family of Gundaroo is

FROM: Christene

My BARRETT family arrived from the Parish of Drumragh onboard the Herald in 1841.
There were 
PATRICK aged 38 was a farm servant the son of Dennis and Hannah Barrett and
HANNAH aged 37 a house servant wife of Patrick dau of Neil and Hellen McCatherine. Both buried with 
son Dennis in Braidwood Cemetery
ANN 18
DENNIS aged 16
MARY 14 who married John McGrath who arrived 1839 onboard the Susan from Termonamongan Tyrone...
whose cousins arrived 1840 and settled in the Braidwood area (Bernard and Biddy )
HELEN 12............Edward McAvoy 1855 ?
MARGARET 10....Dowling
BRIDGET 7....I am hoping to prove that this girl married John McDonnell in Braidwwod 1854


FROM: Penny Baker

My grandfather was born in Yass 1894. He worked on Jeir Station and enlisted with the Imperial Forces 1915 (Goulbourn).
Fathers name: Joseph William Hall.
Mothers Name: Susannah Hollingsworth (who ran a pub in the Hall district for many years) - known as Granma Hollingsworth to all who drank there.

Married: Dora White of Yass after he came home from the war...

I am after more information on my family please.

Penny Baker (née Hall)

FROM: Grahame Bickford

I am interested in the Lees and Lawton families of Gundaroo.


FROM: Lesley Ford

I have interests in the FORD family of Boxers Creek/Towrang/Goulburn and would be happy to share my research - John alias Tonks Ford, a PJ Convict, came out per "Roslyn Castle" in 1834 from Staffordshire. He married Eliza Emily Clarke (née Hobbs) in 1840 in Bungonia.
Fords have been in Goulburn ever since.

Lesley Ford

FROM: Sue Gale

My Grandfather, Eric Hilton Gale was born at Crookwell on 17 Sep 1894. His parents were Charles Victor and Marion (née Hobson) Gale.

Marion died at the age of 47 after flames from a pot of boiling tar had burnt her from head to toe. At the time of her death I believe that Charles held the position of Inspector of Nuisances for the Municipality, and they resided at Wellington Flat.

Charles had died at the age of 78 at Goulburn.

If anyone has any further information on the family I would love to hear from them.

Sue Gale

FROM: Anne Wymark

I have connections with the Butt family and am trying to make contact with anyone from that family. My connection is Florence Mary James who married James Thomas Butt. Florence's father was James James and her mother was Elizabeth Frances McNamara (married 1879).

Anne Wymark
23rd August 2007

FROM: Robyn Muller

I am interested in finding information about the "Young man Wilmot who carted the bushranger John Dunn to the city for execution" and received 40 pound at the time.
My grandfather is Thomas and my ggrandfather is also Thomas Wilmot.
My grandfather was born in 1894 in Gunning as were many of his siblings and his father's siblings. If not born in Gunning then born in Yass or Young or Hay.


FROM: Kerrie Sheather

I am researching the following families from Murrumburah, Harden, Yass, Burrowa, Wheeo, Wallerawang, Piperds Flat, Sunny Corner, Hartley, Berrima, Bevendale and Picton.

Frederick and Fanny HINES. Arrived on Morayshire 1856. Fred Hines d. 1875 Murrumburrah
William Henry JOHNSON m. Rebecca Hines, 1871, Hartley.
Susan Johnson m. George Robert TWEEDIE, Pipers Flat, 1890
John TWEEDY b. Co Cavan 1843 m. Catherine Selmes b. 1844 Springfile d Wheeo. m. 1869 Goulburn
James and Maria SELMES m. Sussex, England; arrived on Bounty Scheme 1838 on Lady Nugent.
Maria Selmes née COOK b.1814 Guestling, Sussex, England
Descendents of James Daniel Cook and Sarah Harriet Edwards (Maria's siblings) who may have also migrated to Australia.

Any information would be appreciated and happy to share what I have.
Kerrie Sheather

FROM: William Apps

I am looking for information on my great grand parents 
Joseph Seales and Eliza Green.
Eliza Seales died 18.5.1931 aged 78, and her husband, 
Joseph Seales died 7.5.1929 aged 77  Breadalbane, NSW.
Joseph Seales born abt 1854. His father was William.
Married Eliza Green in Goulburn 1877.
Eliza Green born 1853, father Henry George Green, 
mother Susan (Sussanah Burton).
Henry George Green born 1820.
Susan Burton born 1831.
Henry George Green married Susan Burton in 1849 at 
Church of England Gundaroo.
My Grand Mother was Ruby Dora Seales sister to 
Maria Jane Maud Seales (married Curran)
Hilda Violet Seales (married Denney then Payne)
Joseph Edward Seales (married Bugden)
Cora Mabel Seales (married Smith)
Ruby Dora married in 1910 to Thomas Reuben Apps 
Second Husband Irwin - no children.
Ruby Dora died 18 Jun 1969.
Ruby and Thomas had 3 Daughters 5 sons.

FROM: Ian Nicholson

Donald Fraser and Isobella Fraser (McPherson) m: 17 Feb 1796, 
were the parents of Alexander Fraser (13 Jan 1810-24 Aug 1883) 
who married Margaret McBean (1811-02 Jan 1894) in 1829. 
Alexander died at Augathella in Queensland while Margaret died 
at Binda in NSW. Her parents were Duncan McBean and Isabella McPhee.

Alexander and Margaret had
1.                  Isabella
b: 1831
m: John Samuel Pitt Larkham 1848, d: 1853, 3 children
d: 11 Nov 1920 at Binda, NSW

2.                  Jane
b: 1833
m: William Cashmere 13 Jan 1863
d: 31 Dec 1863 at Binda, NSW

3.                  Henrietta
b: 1836
d: 1838 at Narrabean, NSW on arrival from Scotland

4.                  Sarah Elizabeth
b: 29 Oct 1839
d: 1840

5.                  Alexander
b: 20 Aug 1841 at "Narrawa" Binda, NSW
m: Martha Alice Marks 20 Aug 1861, 8 children
d: 09 Aug 1883 at Augathella, Queensland

6.                  Elizabeth Louisa
b: 12 Feb 1844 at Crookwell, NSW
m: William Marks 20 Aug 1861, 10 children
d: 26 Jul 1923 at Augathella, Queensland

7.                  MaryAnn
b: 12 Sep 1847 at Binda, NSW
m: John Robert McDonald 01 Aug 1866 at Binda, NSW
d: 1887

Alexander and Elizabeth married Martha and William Marks respectively. 
They were the children of William Marks and Ann (Lamb). 
Martha was born at "Markdale" and William at Mulgowie. 
William Marks (Senior) was born in England (I think) 
and died Binda and Ann was born in England and died Yass. 
I think Ann had multiple marriages.

Alexander Fraser and Margaret McBean are my great-great-grand 
father and mother. Their son, Alexander Frazer/Fraser and Martha Marks 
had a child Jane who married Kenneth Murdoch Nicholson in Charleville. 
They had a number of children, one of whom was my father.

Ian Nicholson

FROM: Gail Buswell

I am looking for info on the MAGUIRE family. Denis MAGUIRE and his wife Sarah (née SHALVEY) immigrated from County Cavan, Ireland in 1841. Either immediately, or a short time after, they appear to have been living in the Gundaroo area.

They had the following children:
Margaret (born 27 Feb 1850)
Hugh (born 27 Feb 1845 in Gundaroo)
James (born 1 Apr 1847)
Mary (born 18 Feb 1849 at Yass River)
Sarah (born 18 Apr 1852)
Denis (born 17 Apr 1854)
Ellen (born 24 May 1856)
Elizabeth (born 8 Aug 1858)
Margaret (born 25 Nov 1861
Ann (born 26 Dec 1862)

Denis' profession was described as a mason on the ship's papers and it was indicated that he could read and/or write. However, his profession was listed as "Settler" on his son, Hugh's birth certificate and since he was born in Gundaroo, I'm assuming he was a "settler" in Gundaroo.

Any further information appreciated.
Gail Maguire

FROM: Kim Suringa

I am researching the COLE family from around the area and towards Braidwood and Bungendore.

Their names are William Cole and Martha.
They had six children:
Martha (Gumm)
Caroline (Mulley)
Ann (Griffiths)


FROM: Gabriel (Gaye) Gurney

Searching for information on the following families who lived in the 
Binalong, Yass, Gunning areas from the 1850s.

James and Honora Shea (Nugent)
    Johanna married Patrick Fallon 1850
    Stephen married Catherine Kelly 1858 & Philadelphia Groves 1900
    Sarah married Thomas Pigrem/Pegram 1913

William and Ruth Slater
    William married Ann Cotter 1868
    George nothing known
    Susan married Charles Cole 1879

Thank you

FROM: Frederick James Davies

I would like any information on Isaac Davies who lived at Fish River railway line, Yass, about 1877.

FROM: Rick Constable

I am trying to trace details of a Roger Clayton who passed away in Gundaroo in May 1866 - aged abt. 23 yrs.

Any info or help would be very much appreciated.

FROM: Michelle O'Connor

Re H. Toohey

I am searching for information regarding the wife of Patrick White who arrived in NSW from Tipperary in 1860.

He married in the Catholic Church of Sts Peter and Paul in Goulburn, lived around Fish River and Jerrawa Creek, and registered most births of his children at Yass.

The marriage in 1863 was to Hanorah Toohey.
Her name appears in various records as Ann Nora, Hannah, Hanorah and Margaret which may have been her second name. I believe family refered to her as Nora. I can find no record of her birth.
On a birth registration for her child in 1870 her age is given as thirty, her place of birth is listed as fish river (Patrick was the informant). I cannot find anywhere on a map the place of residence listed for her on the marriage certificate, it appears to say: Willinuit.
She is described on the marriage certificate as a farmer's daughter.

The consent of Hovell MP for Patrick to marry is endorsed on the marriage certificate, I think because he was only 19.

Witnesses on the marriage certificate are John and Margaret Toohey - but they have not led to me finding a birth certificate. I calculate she was born in or either side of 1840.

Any one have info?
Michelle O'Connor

FROM: Paul Edney

After reading the Gundaroo convicts list, I find it only covers the years until 1837.

My direct ancestor was Robertson Edney. In 1837 Robertson Edney was in Yass N.S.W. His master was A. Mcleay who owned a property. General Return of Convicts in NSW 1938 indicates that the convict, Robertson Edney, was assigned to A Macleay's property at Yass. The property was described as 3,554 acres, 293 cleared, 173 cultivated, 9 horses and 24 cattle.

Robertson Edney gained a ticket of leave Passport on 17th February 1846. From this document I found Robertson was 'Allowed to remain at the Murrumbidgee in the service (the next word is difficult to understand but looks like (of Mr)) Wm Guise'. I have been informed that Wm Guise owned property around the Gundaroo Area, and the Gundaroo Convicts list also lists the name Wm Guise, as Master.

Robertson Edney gained a Ticket of Leave on 3rd October 1846. From this document I found Robertson was Allowed to remain in the district of Yass.

I am trying to fill in the time gap between the General Return of Convicts in NSW 1938 and the ticket of leave Passport on 17th February 1846.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Paul Edney

FROM: Narelle Triance

I am researching the NOYES family.

Elizabeth (Eliza) Noyes was born in Ireland. Her siblings were born in Australia and I believe that some them settled in the Yass/Gundaroo area. The names I have so far are Sophia (1845), Mary Anne (1846), George (1853) and Henry (1856).

Any help with this family would be appreciated.

FROM: Milton Alchin

My name is Milton Alchin, son of Matthew EDDIE Alchin and Grace Edna Thorn. My grandfather was Matthew Alchin 1857-1944.

I am looking for a John Parker - supposedly my mother's father - who is mentioned on her baptismal certificate of the Church of England. I am also looking for a photo of Margaret Medway (Thorn).

Any info would be appreciated.

FROM: Bruce Henderson

Thomas COLEMAN d. 1919

My research involves the family of a Thomas Henry Coleman (known as Henry) who was born in London circa 1850. I'm currently reviewing the NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages list and progressively eliminating those who do not match the information that I have collected during my research.

There are three Thomas Coleman deaths in the register for 1919 and all have an association with towns in what was known as the Queanbeyan Pastoral District.

I can rule out the first two in the register for that year however the third one may have some potential. Details as follows:

Register Number: 23566/1919
Name: Thomas COLEMAN
Father: Joseph
Mother: Catherine
Registered at: NYMAGEE NSW

Any further information on this gentleman would be gratefully appreciated.

Bruce Henderson

FROM: Darlene

I am researching my g.g.grandparents, John Holmes and Mary Ann Clark of Bombala.

Any information appreciated.

FROM: Patricia Dempsey

Does anyone have any knowledge of William (Billy) Gardner (c1845-1919)? Billy was born at Riverdale to William and Mary Gardner.

I think Billy owned a bullock team. He may have spent some years around 1862-1867 in Goulburn Gaol for horse stealing.

Billy was living at Reidsdale on 5 November 1868 when he and Annie Clarke were married at Christ Church (Church of England) Queanbeyan NSW. [Annie was a daughter of convict John Clarke and Mary Connell, and a sister of the Clarke brothers who were hanged in Darlinghurst Gaol in 1867.] On their marriage certificate, it was noted that Billy's mother, Mary Gardner, was deceased.

Billy and Annie Gardner had three children, John (b. 1868) who was my great-uncle, Eliza (1872-1948) and William Thomas (1874-1966), all born at Nithsdale.

Annie had a small maternity hospital in Elrington Street Braidwood. Their daughter, Eliza (Lizzie) - a well-respected midwife - later ran the hospital for many years.

William (Billy) Gardiner died at Elrington Street, Braidwood in 1919 and was buried in the Church of England Cemetery, Braidwood.

Also, can anybody tell me whether John Gardner (b. 1868) married? ... where he lived? ... when he died?

Please contact me if you have any knowledge of (or have even heard anything about) any members of this family - Billy and Annie were my paternal great-grandparents. My Great, Great Grandparents were Stephen Brown and Jane Stear. They were the parents of Anne Louisa Brown who was born in Dalton on the 22nd of April 1875.
Anne Louisa Brown's Birth Certificate states her parents were both born in England and married in Dalton.
Stephen would have been born about 1832 and Jane about 1834. From the birth certificate it says at the time of Anne's birth they had 5 male and 3 female children.

This is where I hit a brick wall as I am unaware of any further details and was hoping someone may be able to fill me in on anything they may have.

Lynne Hadley - please contact me for details of Mary Ann Clarke, b. Braidwood.

FROM: Donna Paterson

I am trying to find information on my great grandparents - Richard Howell who married Annie McInerney in Young, 1901.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Donna Paterson

FROM: Denise Marshall

I would like to make contact with any descendants of Tabitha Pickard, the Godmother of John Dunn the Bushranger please.
Although she is connected by the above event to Michael and Margaret Dunn, John's parents, she is also somehow connected to my Dunn ancestors who lived in Wolumla (near Bega), plus her son Samuel is buried in Wolumla Cemetery near my ancestors.
Considering the distance between Wolumla and Binalong, where John Dunn's family lived, the distance is too great and surnames too coincidental, not to be linked somehow.

Denise Marshall

FROM: Julie Newing

The family names I am interested in are:

MURDOCH (or MURDOCK) from Gobarralong, Yass, Gundagai districts
HIGGINS - Gobarralong, Yass, Gundagai, Mullengandra districts
KERSHAW, WILLIAM HENRY b. in Victoria around 1860, youngest son of James Kershaw and Ann née Buckley, Tumut district.

Julie Newing

FROM: Rob Fountain

I am looking for information on Ernest (Jack) Paskins b.1884 Nymagee NSW - died 1965 WA.
He lived on a property at Murrumbateman in the 1920s and married Pearl Turner - July 1918 Sydney.

Rob Fountain

FROM: Pam Pyne

I am looking for information on THOMAS AND MARY WOOD (née McInerney). The were married in St Mary's, Sydney. They lived their life in the Yass area -Currawang Creek. His occupation is listed as an overseer. They had 5 children:
Sophie J born 1846
James born 1848
Sarah Ann born 1949
Ambrose born 1850
Elizabeth born 1852

I cannot find their entry into Australia, nor where and when they died. Any help would be appreciated.

Pam Pyne

FROM: Mike Power

I am researching:
a.. George Frederick DIXON, farmer, Canberra
b.. Johannes BRUNING, farmer, Weetangera
c.. James E TINHAM, carrier and possibly farmer, Sutton
d.. William Edwin WELLS, hawker and farmer, Sutton and Goulburn

Further details are on my WorldConnect site:

Mike Power, Canberra

FROM: Lisa

I'm interested in obtaining any information about the Cooper family of Willaroo station, sons of distiller Robert Cooper.

If anyone is researching the family or has any interesting titbits for me, please email.


FROM: Valma Bush

I would be pleased to hear from any descendants of Simon HUNT, who was the 7th child of Mattinson and Elizabeth HUNT, who resided at Parkesbourne NSW.

Simon was born on 17.12.1862, died on 08.06.1928, and was interred in the Queanbeyan cemetery.

I am a great-grandchild of Mattinson and Elizabeth, my grandfather being named Robert, who was a brother to Simon.

FROM: Vicki Smith

I'm helping Terry Hilton of Geelong with his family research.

His ancestors, Joseph Hilton and Eliza Annie Cottam, are buried in Tarcutta Cemetery.
Joseph was born about 1873 at Goulburn, parents John Hilton and Mary Warren.
Eliza was born about 1882 and her parents were Henry (Harry) G Cottam and Elizabeth 'Sarah' Fifield.

Hoping to link up with persons researching this family.

FROM: Brian Pascoe

For information on the NEVILLE family go here.

FROM: Kanina Mackay

I am a descendent of the Gorham family in the Boorowa area.

A significant amount of research has already been done on the Gorhams (see Les Gorham 'On Gunnary Creek') and I am now interested in chasing the O'Neill ancestors which was my Grandmother's maiden name.

Kanina Mackay

FROM: Pat Pitts

I know my Hawkes family were in Gundaroo during the mid 1800s. The children were William born 27/1/1858 and Thomas born 6/6/1861 but I have not been able to find any other information regarding the family.

John Hawkes (convict Early Grey 2 1838) and Mary Ann Davis (born Cork Ireland) married in Seymour in 1852 and had 2 girls there - Sarah Jane and Mary Ann. John Hawkes was assigned to GEORGE PORTER and if anyone has any information on PORTER it would be appreciated.

They also had a son John (not sure where he was born but it would have been around 1858).

I know that William died and was buried at Gundaroo in 1860. I have never been able to find a death for parents John and Mary as yet.


FROM: Lyndsay Urquhart

I am trying to find and link up the information about my Nanna Mills, which led into the Willoughby, Drury and Urquhart line - they are my relatives, living descendants of my Nanna Mills - Mary Native Black.

I have no information about which tribe she was from, which is so so important to me - all I know is that she must have been a very special lady. Her daughter Mary Ann Mills was christened, and they were granted property in the Mongarlowe region, which was taken back from the family with no agreement, and is now Crown land.

I am very interested to share any knowledge of the area, and my family.

FROM: Melita Spackman

I am seeking information on

John Spackman d 19.5.1881
Mary Ann Spackman d 20.5.1882
Charles Spackman d 9.10.1885
Elizabeth Amor Apps (née Spackman) d 26.4.1931
Norman Cecil Spackman d 28.11.1939
Sarah Ann Amor Gillett (née Spackman) d 31.5.1932
Louisa Amor Anderson (née Spackman) d 28.11.1939
Walter Amor Spackman d 11.3.1865

and their families.

Melita Spackman
19 Lucinda Road
Eastwood, NSW 2122

FROM: Margaret Cousins

My grandfather Patrick Joseph Mitchell was born at Jerrawa near Dalton in 1869. His father was John Mitchell who married Sarah Murphy at Goulburn in 1861.

I would be very interested in any information regarding this family.

My mother was the daughter of Patrick Joseph and I have all our family information for anyone who is interested. He had 8 siblings in his family and he had 11 children of his own. My mother was Gladys Catherine, the third youngest.

Patrick Joseph's parents are buried at Gunning NSW.

Margaret Cousins

FROM: Sharne

I am tracing my family the Howards.

My g grandfather was William Henry Howard born about 1857 in Collector. He married Ellen Harrison in 1883.

If anyone has any info on my g grandfather it would be great.


FROM: Elaine Rogers

I am trying to trace the family of George WORLD and his wife Sarah. I think her maiden name may have been TUCKER.

Their daughter was Mary Ann World who married John Withers 1853 in Gundaroo. This was a first marriage of John Withers. He later married Catherine Delaney.

I would be really interested in being in touch with any one else researching this family.

Elaine Rogers

FROM: Julie Robinson

Names of interest are:- NIBLETT, PETTY, ROBINSON, HATELY.

I am related to Samuel Niblett and Mary Murphy through their daughter Sarah Niblett marrying John Robinson born 1825.

Through William Robinson born 1859 marrying Sarah Jane Hately, I am also related to the Petty and Hately family.

I would love to hear from anyone with information.

Julie Robinson

FROM: Steven Montgomery

I am doing some research for a family friend whose CROKER family seem to be centred around Windellama near Taralga, and also the Crookwell area.

Samuel Croker was married to first wife Mary Ann Scott mid 18 C.

Steven Montgomery

FROM: Kate Browne

For information on the DUNLOP/BROWNE family go here.

FROM: Diane Ashman

I and my sister are tracing our family tree. We are the great great granddaughters of John Grube who married Ann Allcroft in Yass in 1858.

John was a painter/decorator and photographer and painted a famous painting of Yass which now hangs in the Presbytery of St Augustine's Church in Yass where he and Ann were married.

Ann was a servant and I am trying to find out who she was a servant to. Does anyone have any ideas of how I could find out that information?

John and Ann had a daughter Lucy who was born in Yass in 1859 but after this they moved to Victoria where John had several run-ins with the law.

I would be very grateful for any information that anybody has.

Diane Ashman

FROM: Sue Ellis

I am looking for descendants of the SHEA / O'SHEA family, particularly Sarah SHEA who arrived in NSW on the Success in December 1849 with her mother, Honora (née NUGENT), sister, Johanna (aged 18) and brother Stephen (15). Her father, James, was working at Thomas BRASSEL's at Yass.

Johanna married Patrick FALLON in 1850 and Stephen married Catherine KELLY in 1858 at Tangmangaroo and Philadelphia GROVES in 1900.

In February 1852, Sarah married James MCDONNELL / MCDONALD at Yass. He died in December 1852 at Bendigo and their only child, James, who was my great grandfather, was born at Yass in May 1853. James married Ellen EAGAN in 1879 at Yass. For a time he was licencee at the Commercial Hotel at Bowning.

In 1858, Sarah married a widower, David PEGREM / PEGRAM / PEGRUM who already had 5 children from his first marriage, Thomas, John, Rebecca, Mary Ann and Elizabeth. David and Sarah had 4 children - Sarah (1859-1866), Honora, born 1861 who married William GURNETT at Yass in 1889 and died at Narromine in 1929, Johanna, born 1862, who married John KELLY at Yass in 1890 and died at Young in 1941, and David, born at 1864, who married Ellen Louisa GOOLEY in 1890 at Boorowa. David junior lived most of his life at Bowning.

Sarah PEGREM née SHEA died aged 77 at Bowning in 1913.

Other names I am researching in the area are WALL and HANNAN at Limestone Creek near Bowning.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

FROM: Beverly Burgess

I am looking for info on William Turner and Ellen Smith. I have them married on 9/8/1886 in Burrowa (Boorowa) at St John's Church Of England. Their usual place of residence is listed as Frogmore. William was born in England. Ellen was born in Boorowa area?

From what I can gather they had 4 boys:
Oliver born 1886 in Boorowa
William born 1889 in Boorowa
John born in 1892 in Carcoar (my grandfather)
Alexander born in 1901 in Carcoar.

I would appreciate any further info on these people.

Beverly Burgess

FROM: Lorraine Austin

The Calthorpe family of Merrilla

From the Pioneer Register of Goulburn & District 1861 - 1901 
compiled by The Goulburn District Family History Society:
Richard Calthorpe, 
 born 1835, Lincolnshire, England
 died 15th August 1913 in Goulburn, NSW
 married Harriett Fielding in 1859 in Methodist Church, 
  Merrilla, near Goulburn.
Christopher Calthorpe, Richard's father:
 born 1802 Lincoln, England
 died 11/5/1883 Merrilla
 buried 13/5/1883 Mummel
 Residence: Merrilla
 married Mary Todd (in England)
Also recorded in the Pioneer Register is the following information:
"Richard was Merrilla's first Post Master and was paid 18 pounds per 
annum for his mail run. In addition he was Superintendent of the 
Methodist Church first Sunday School. Richard came to live in Goulburn 
in the early 1900s."
Any further information on this family would be appreciated.

Lorraine Austin

FROM: Judy Bailey

I am researching the MULLIGAN family.

Margaret Farrell married Cornelius Mulligan at Thalaba in 1846.

Cornelius died in 1865 at Tangmanaroo, where they were both living. He is buried at Yass Cemetery.
Margaret Mulligan then married Richard Harden in 1873 at Yass.
Margaret Harden died in 1885 at her home in Rossi Street, Yass. She is also buried at Yass Cemetery.

Cornelius and Margaret had 11 children:
Mary Anne - Thomas - Eliza - James - Patrick - John - Ann - Cornelius - Catherine - Margaret and Martin.

I have all Mary Anne's information and all Patrick's line.
Ann was my GG Grandmother and I have all her information - my line.
Eliza died age 16 and Martin died aged 18.
I can trace Margaret's line and also Catherine's and Cornelius' but tracing Thomas, John and James has been a bit of a nightmare, as there are too many names with the name of Mulligan. I do however know Thomas's death date and where he is buried - with his brother Cornelius at Rookwood, but nothing else about him. John and James are my concern.

Judy Bailey

FROM: Lauren

I am interested in a Nicolls/Nichols family that seem to be centred in and around Goulburn.

I am looking for the parish records of St Saviour's in Goulburn. I am looking for the children of a Henry Nichols and an Elizabeth née Whitehead 1838-1860. Would anyone be able to provide help?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


FROM: Diane

I am looking for descendents of Patrick Lyons or John Joseph Lyons from around Gurrundah and Crookwell areas.

I'm also researching Henry and Bridget Woods: Laggan, Crookwell areas.

Thanks Diane

FROM: Richard Talbot

My great great grandparents were William Talbot and Alice (or Agnes) Bugden who were brought out to NSW by the Macarthurs on the "McLellan" in 1838.

William was a shepherd for the Macarthur's (and bonded labourer to pay for his family's voyage) and they first settled at "Richlands" Taralga. Eventually they took up a 'selection' of 40 acres in the 1860s on the Taralga to Crookwell Road (near Mt Rae). It was first called "Rocklea"? and later named "Talbot Park".

Both the properties are still there today and I visited them earlier this decade.

I don't know much more about my ancestors but I believe they came from Donhead in Wiltshire and their trip was arranged by the local vicar and Edward (?) Macarthur.

Richard Talbot
Cheltenham NSW 2119

FROM: Kelley Jackson

My great-grandfather was born in the Jindalee area (near Cootamundra); this is going by his service records.

His name was Charles Edward Wilson, born around Nov 1877. I believe his mother's name may have been Matilda.

Father's names and details are unknown. Charles married Alice, date also unknown. But had 2 children one being my grandmother Mary Isabel born 1913 as well as a son Bernard Charles born around 1915?? By 1920 both children were in some kind of foster care.

His service records show him returning in 1919; family folklore has him dying at around the age of 41, in 1920. If anyone has any knowledge, please don't hesitate to email.

Kelley Jackson

FROM: Gwenda Fuller

I am searching for any information on Mary Downey supposedly arrived on the Red Rover 1832. She married convict John Bourke in 1834.
He arrived on the Phoenix 111 in 1826. He died in Maitland Gaol 1839 after suiciding because he missed muster.
They had 3 children Mary Ann Bourke, John Bourke, and Michael Bourke.
After he died she married a Phillip Saywaker in 1840 and had another six children.
She is buried in Frogmore Cemetery. I am trying to find if she had any other family out here. I have found some info but have a some missing links. They seemed to be around Frogmore, Hovell's Creek, Boroowa, that general area.

Surnames I am researching are:

Gwenda Fuller
02 4574 0704

FROM: Janice Doughty

I am interested in Patrick Taafe and his wife Mary Burke, whose daughter Mary married Robert Cox of Limestone Creek in 1843. Everyone thinks that Robert and Mary had 8 children, when in fact they had 9. The one that is missing from all research on this family is Catherine Cox born 1856.

From St Augustine's Catholic Church - Yass:-
"...Catherine Cox, born 9 January 1856, baptised 13 March 1856, the daughter of Robert Cox and Mary Taffy of Throsby's Creek, which is in the Tangmangaroo posting area in Grevilles' 1872 Directory..."

It is Catherine that my sister and I are researching for our cousin's father's line. Catherine Cox married John Pegrum/Pegrim/Pegrem in 1875 at St Augustine's, Yass.


FROM: David Barron

I am chasing any information on James Barron or Barrow. He was a convict:

James Barron age 30, Lord Melville, 1830, Master was Barlow, Major M Morris of Gundaroo district - sent 11 Jan 1830, arrived 29 May 1830 on Lord Melville. Convicted at Warwick - 14 years.

The surname changes depending on which records you look at, it could be Barron or Barrow. It looks like James went East to Nowra after his release.

FROM: Gavin Foley

Reseaching FOLEY:

Denis Foley died 2 Sep 1892 at Gurrundah, buried 4 Sep 1892, aged 65. Son of Daniel Foley and Mary Reardon. Native of County Cork, Ireland.

Mary Foley (née O'Neill) died 9 June 1908 at Gurrundah, buried 11 June 1908, aged 67. Native of County Cork, Ireland.

Gavin Foley

FROM: Edna Dickson

I am researching Mary Ann Chilvers who died at Lareda Station via Gunning on the 7 October 1893.

Edna Dickson

FROM: Anne Willoughby

I'm researching Ellen Munday (my ggggrandmother) who married Thomas Lyons in 1868 in Bungendore. I think that John Leahy, Innkeeper, from Bungendore may be Ellen's brother and that William Boswell, also from Bungendore may be her nephew.

I'd be interested in contacting anyone with any information on these families.

Anne Willoughby.

FROM: Angela

My interests are as follows:

Samuel and Ellen Taylor; George and Mary Bailey .

Yass (Limestone Creek and Derrigullen Creek area):
John and Deborah Davis.

Bowning area:
The Stonham family.

Thanks Angela

FROM: Phil Bourke

James and Ellen Harrison are my great great grandparents. I have just started researching this side of the family and have very little information at this point.

I believe they were married in 1855 in Yass, had 12 possibly 13 children; Charlotte Isabella b 1856 Binalong m 1878 Thomas James Kelly d 1907 Boorowa, Mary, Eliza, Charles (all died in early infancy), Ellen b 1862 m 1883 William Henry Howard d ? maybe 1933?, Alfred Richard b 1874 m Harriett Dean 1900 d 1956 Orange, this is my link to these people.

Other children were John W, William Edward, Thomas Henry, James, George Michael, Madeline and maybe an Aubyn Sydney.

I would welcome any information on this family and would be willing to give details on Alfred Richard's descendants to interested people.

Phil Bourke
Blayney, NSW.

FROM: Helen Warne

I was born in Crookwell - my father was Colin Stanley Warne. His father was Wiliam born 11-4-1883 and mother being Johannah born 24-12-1883. I would like to make contact with anyone who can offer me help with my family tree.

My other grandparents also came from the area, Cotta Walla - Edward "Ted" and Alice Flint. I would appreciate any info concerning them also - especially any stories or photos for either family.

Helen Warne

FROM: Sharon

I am trying to find out information about a few people from Bungendore that were our first Scout Leaders with 1st Bungendore Scouts.
Their names are:
Nathaniel Henry Smith (I have some information on him but would whatever anyone else may have, especially a photo)
Myrtle Chinnery (married Bruce Emmett in 1939) moved to Dee Why died in 1984, would love any information and photo
Josie Hourigan (Johanna Hourigan) was still alive in 1999
Lloyd Daniels (joined the AIF in 1940)
Jack Vaughan from around 1938
Rev. E. Pickburn from 1941
1933 Reg Burton

Also any information about 1st Bungendore Scout from the early years. I know it was still going in 1941 but then there seems to be a big gap until 1975 and history anyone has would be greatly appreciated.


FROM: Kathleen Chalmers

Reseaching Ellen Mary DOOLEY / DOOLLEY / DOOLY

Born Lake George or Collector (documents vary) in 1846 (+/-) and married in Queanbean to Henry (Harry) QUINN 16 May 1870 possibly. Roman Catholics.


FROM: Robin Tam

My name is Robin Tam (née CUMMINS).

My parents names are Neville Gordon CUMMINS and Beatrice (Betty). Dad was the Baker/Pastry Cook and our place was next door to Mr Crowe's Shop/building in Gundaroo.

I believe my parents went to Gundaroo in about 1946 and possibly left Gundaroo around 1950.

If there is anyone in Gundaroo that may have a memory of my parents and their time in Gundaroo I would appreciate hearing from them.


FROM: Susan Abrahams

I am interested in contacting anyone who may know about Alfred Abrahams and Mary Ann Cowling from Goulburn, and John Hodge and Rachel Jones from Crookwell in around 1908. These are my great grandparents.

Also Alfred and Mary's son George Thomas Abrahams and John and Rachel's daughter Susan Hodge. These are my grandparents. They were married in 1908.

Lydia Elizabeth Abrahams and Frederick R Kendrew were witnesses at the above wedding.

My father was Victor George Stanley Abrahams.

Hope to hear from someone.

Susan Abrahams

FROM: Charles

I am seeking further information on the family and descendants of Patrick John Murphy who married Mary Ann Connaughton/Cunnertane and came out as a free person from Ireland in 1839 and settled near Murrumburrah, Young.

I have a lot of info already which I am happy to share.


FROM: Cheryl Staples

I am looking for a Bridget O'Hehir who married Robert Barnett/Burnett in 1841 in Boorowa.

I think she may have been related to Michael John O'Hehir (married to Anne Carmody) possibly his sister or niece. I cannot find any death for Robert although have found a death for Bridget in 1893.

They had 6 children - James, Elizabeth, Catherine, Catherine, Margaret and John. Margaret married Michael Kett, also of Boorowa.


FROM: Mark

I have been doing some genealogy on my Campbell ancestors.

Ann Lamb from Binda (Markdale) is my Great Great Grandmother.
Her second husband Francis is my GG Grandfather.
They had 3 children: Isabella, Kesty, and John.

John Francis is my Great Grandfather; born at Markdale, married at Rockley (Eliza Godden), lived at Caloola near Newbridge.
Isabella was born in Ovens in Victoria. She came back with Francis and Ann to Markdale and later married Josiah Eldridge and lived at Lost River.
Kesty died young at Markdale.

There are lots of Marks and Eldridge stories which I am interested in but the Campbell side of things (perhaps Isabella's decendents have some) is somewhat thin on the ground.

I am reasonably familiar with some stories about John Francis Campbell, his sons and daughters, etc but know very little about his father.

Ann Lamb's life is well documented (comparatively) by virtue of some good works on the part of the Marks and Eldridge lines.

Perhaps someone can help.


FROM: Kellie Warrington

I am interested in finding out any information about Mrs Polly James of Cootamundra. She is listed as the Aunt and next of kin for William Albert James when he enlisted in WWI. Her address is listed as PO Cootamundra.

William Albert James is my great grandfather. He was born on 23rd August 1895 and died on 14th August 1970. He enlisted in Dudley NSW in 1916 and returned to live in Newcastle. He had five children from his first marriage and later married again twice.

Any information on the James family would be appreciated.


FROM: Shirley Rudd

I am researching the Rudd family tree from the areas of Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Coolamon and Sutton Forest.

I am stuck with Albert Patrick Rudd (b. abt 1887). I don't know where he was born but I guess it had to be in Goulburn because all his children were born there. One of his children is Lionel Wallace Rudd who is my father in law. His mother's name is Myra Matilda (b. abt 1890, m. 1909 Goulburn, d. 29th Aug 1948 Sydney) but I don't know her maiden name. Their children's names are
Allan (nickname Jockey)
Glady (real name is Irene)

I think Albert's parents were John or James Rudd (d. 9.7.1924 Goulburn), and Alice or Martha Costello (b. abt 1858 Collector). The Costello family was living at Goulburn at the time.

I hope there is someone out there who knows about this family tree.

Shirley Rudd

FROM: Jennifer Hendry Jansen

I am interested in finding out more about the Delaney and Hendr(e)y family history. My GG grandfather was James Hendry who was born at Fish River in 1844. His partner Mary Delaney was born at Bogolong Yass in 1843/44.

Mary and James had approximately six children:

Charles - birth date unknown
John 1869 my GGG
Ellen 1872
Mary Anne 1874
Elizabeth 1876
Annie (Nappy?) 1878

We are most interested in finding out what happened to James and Mary as we have been unable to find a death certificate for either, nor a marriage certificate; perhaps this did not happen. We believe James was a labourer and then a farmer. We also hope to discover when the Hendrey and Delaney families first arrived in the colony and from where they came.

If anyone has any information this would be wonderful as we seem to have come up against a brick wall.

Jennifer Hendry Jansen

FROM: Janice Doughty

I am trying to trace information about Francis TAAFFE.

Francis Taaffe owned a store near Jugiong, which was held up by bushrangers in 1844. Edgar Beckham, Corp. Gord and an aboriginal lad by the name of Bobby, followed horse tracks from Taaffe's store for seventy miles to Wargeila near Yass, where they found the stolen goods hidden under a bush and returned them to a very grateful Taaffe. Francis Taaffe also owned a Run named Muttama, which was estimated to be 131,000Acres for Grazing and help 1,000 cattle and 23,000 sheep, this infromation appeared in the Government Gazette in 1848.

I believe that maybe Francis Taaffe could be the father of Mary Tafy, who married Robert Cox in 1843 in the Church of England church at Gunaroo, Gunning or Yass. Does anyone know anything more about Francis Taaffe, his family and did he have a daughter Mary?

Belrose - Sydney

FROM: Janice Doughty

William H HOWARD purchased a store from Miles Murphy in Binalong in partnership with Felix Murphy in May 1868. However, the partnership was dissolved in June 1871. William H Howard stayed on and ran the store; however he became insolvent in 1873 and Laurence Joseph Dargan purchased the store and ran it until 1900.

I am trying to ascertain if William H Howard was the father of John P Howard, who married Gladys Regan in 1924 at Bellingen, sadly Gladys died in 1925 in Bega.

Gladys Regan's family has a strong connection to the Yass District in the towns of Binalong, Bendenine and Boorowa, through her parents, on her fathers side James Regan, who was the son of John Regan Jnr and Jane Venables and her mother's side Mary Ann Pegrem, the daughter of John Pegrem and Catherine Cox.

John Pegrem's parents were David Pegrum (convict) and Mary Ann Higgins (Irish Bounty Immigrant). John Regan Jnr's parents were John Regan Snr and Honora McGrath.

Belrose - Sydney

FROM: Carol Scott

I would love information on Catherine Kelly who married George Williams at the Church of St Clement on 27 May 1852. George married Annie Marie Garry on 29th January 1887 at Cootamundra.

I would welcome any info re KELLY, WILLIAMS, GARRY from Cootamundra, Binalong, Yass, Murrumburrah etc. areas.

Phone is 02 98922970 or 0434195750.

FROM: Kerry

Names I am interested in are CARTWRIGHT, SMITH and SULLIVAN.

Just discovered some wonderful info. on my great, great, great grandparents, John and Eliza(King) Cartwright and would like to make contact with other descendents.

John and Eliza's daughter, Elizabeth Hannah Cartwright married Francis Louise Smith from Tuggeranong.

Elizabeth and Francis', son John Staunton Smith married Helena Elizabeth Sullivan also from Tuggeranong.


FROM: Ingrid Saywell

I am looking for information on Andrew RODROM [the Anglicised name]
Born either 1833 but probably 1844 in Oslo, Norway
Died 30 August 1911 buried in Gunning
Married in Australia 23 Oct 1876 to Martha VENABLES
Occupation - Ship's Carpenter - Jumped ship in Sydney or Melbourne, Australia - year not known but probably 1876.

He had a sister Celena of whom he spoke frequently; I don't know if she was still in Norway or in Australia.

He changed his name after coming ashore in Australia.

Andrew RODROM had much to do with building timber railway bridges (as a carpenter) throughout NSW but particularly the big one at Wagga Wagga. He died in Gunning from complications of a broken pelvis after falling from one of his bridges. Family legend has it that he met his future wife probably about 8 years previously when he was doing his National Service as a ships carpenter on a Norwegian sailing ship; when he visited Ballarat in Victoria during the late Gold Rush. Martha was said to be very beautiful, and Andrew handsome with a red beard. They fell in love and vowed to marry after he went back to Norway to straighten out his affairs. However he was too long in coming back, (seems there was a year when no boat sailed from Norway to Australia) and she was convinced to marry another. I don't know if he returned during this time but just too late. She had several children with her first husband (another good tale) but was widowed while still in her twenties when her husband (MCCONVILLE) was accidentally killed at the races in Melbourne. Andrew (Andreas?) Rodrom found out somehow and came out to Australia to find her and they married in Gunning in 1876 in the hotel that belonged to his new brother-in law. She had several more children- I am descended from Esther (my grandmother) who married John Henry SAINSBURY.

I have been told that Rodrom is not a Norwegian name but his mother came from Sweden so maybe it was hers that he took - a derivation of Rodstrom which is a name from around Gothenburg Sweden- but that is just my supposition. I seem to have hit the wall on this one. Can anyone help? Names of boats and dates would be great- but also ....what was his real name? And my own name - Ingrid - is supposed to be the name of a RODROM cousin in Norway.

Ingrid Saywell

FROM: Jan Skelly


We cannot find his death notice anywhere. He came out on the Lady McNaughten in 1836. His wife Mary Brown, with children Elizabeth and Rose, travelled ahead of him on the Canton, arriving 3 weeks earlier.

John was assigned to Mr Lawless, in the Goulburn district, but shortly afterwards Mary Brown was able to get her husband assigned to her. A male child born within months of their arrival, was sponsored on the B/C by Ann Lawless and James Dwyer. The property mentioned was Yellonglee near Yass.

In 1838 John and Mary squatted on a portion of land at Gunning bounded by the lands of the late Henry Dunhely and Mr John Kennedy, and they succeeded in clearing and cultivating 15 acres. John Skelly eventually became a publican, owning a hotel called Skellys Tavern in the main street of Gunning around 1858. Mary Brown died in 1857, and is buried in the Gunning RC Cemetery and her headstone, also covering the body of her son-law James SMITH (married Elizabeth), is in excellent condition.

As Mary died in 1857, and James in 1878, could Mary's body been buried elsewhere and moved? The reason that I ask, is that there is a tender message on this headstone, from John Skelly to his wife.

I would appreciate any assistance.

Jan Phinn Haywood SKELLY 0418292221

FROM: Karin Davis

I am tring to get information on Michael MURPHY (or any of his family), who married Francis Amelia Randell in 1874. They were living with Francis' parents at Bobbora Station. His parents are listed as James MURPHY and Catherine (née SMITH and WALTER). Her father is William RANDELL who is listed in the 1872 post office directory as a farmer at Bobbora, Binalong.

Karin Davis

FROM: Monica Schladetsch

My interests are my aboriginal family of BRIAR from Burrowa, Pudman, Blakney Creek and Yass.

I have failed to find out anything about James Briar, (and all spelling variations) first heard of in Yass area about 1870. I have searched all convict BMD and Immigration records for NSW and failed to find anything. He may have been a convict. Cannot even find a death for him.

Also anything on the WELBY family who were not aboriginal. They may have been landholders.

Monica Schladetsch

FROM: Jan Phinn Haywood Skelly

I am searching for YASS-GUNNING references to James SMITH and wife, Elizabeth née Skelly, daughter of convict John Skelly, and Mary Brown Skelly.

James and Elizabeth married in 1851 in Gunning, and had 10 children - John 1852, Mary 1854, Jane 1856, James 1858, Isidore 1860, Archibald 1864, Thomas 1867, Rose 1869, Throsby 1872, Charlotte 1874. All in Yass area, some registered in Goulburn.

James died 1876, aged 47, is buried in the Gunning RC cemetery, with his mother-in-law, Mary Brown Skelly, who died in 1857. His wife Elizabeth was left with 10 children to raise including youngest at 2 years, and 3 more under 10.

James named his address as Collingwood, in 1858, on his father-in-law's Publican's Licence, for the Rose, Shamrock and Thistle, in Gunning (London House building). Earlier records showed them living at "Alton". I would love to hear of this connection!

I do not know what James' occupation was. But am still searching. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Jan Phinn Haywood Skelly

FROM: Christine Harris

I am searching for information about William PALMER, his wife Annie PENNING, married at St Patrick's Church, Burrowa (Boorowa), in 1872. Their usual residence is given as Fish Creek.

The families seem to have been located in the Gunning, Boorowa and Crookwell areas. In particular my grandmother Emily, maiden name given as Penning/Pinning.

Christine Harris

FROM: David Burke

For information on John James Howell and William P Howell Jnr go here.

Any new information from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

David Burke.

FROM: Kaye O'Reilly

My main family names from the area are CARBERRY, CROWE, LUFF

Nicholas CARBERRY, Omagh, County Tyrone IRE
Nicholas married Bridget GERRAGHTY from Elphin, IRE in 1824.
They had 6 sons.
Thomas 1825 m. Catherine LUFF
Michael 1826 m. Elizabeth O'HEIR
John 1828 m. Julia FALVEY
Joseph 1833 m. Rosannah Monica BYRNE
Nicholas 1836 m Margaret Eleanor FALVEY
William 1842 d. 1842


John Michael CARBERRY m. Agnes Mary CROWE 1890
Eleanor J. CARBERRY m. Robert CROWE 1901
James CARBERRY m Ada LUFF 1907
Bridget Mary CARBERRY m. Edward DAVIS 1881 leading to GANNON

To exchange any information on Carberry and their extended family names please contact
Kaye O'Reilly
Email: macore at
Web Page:

FROM: Vicki Fuller

I'm looking for further information on the Bennett family from around Yass area. My grandfather, CLAUDE KENNETH BENNETT was born on 16 July 1905 at Humewood in Yass. His parents were Henry William Thomas Bennett (born at Murrumbateman and sometimes recorded as William Henry) and Margaret Ann HUMPHRIES. Henry died in 1917 at Murringo.

Claude's siblings are Muriel (aka Marcie), Dorothy, Alfred and Clarence. Claude married Bridget Ellen CLEE on 27 Dec 1938 and had four children - Judith, Pamela, Patricia (aka Ellen) and John.

I have only the bare details for Claude and would love more on him and his other family members. If anyone has photos of this BENNETT family I would love to have copies, if possible. I am more than willing to share what I have with others that are interested.


FROM: Duncan Hinton

I am currently doing a family history and I find there is some connection with this district. the surnames that come forward are:-


If anyone has any knowledge of these it would be greatly appreciated.

Duncan Hinton

FROM: Pam Richards

I am interested in any information on the Killalea Family who lived in Tumut Plains (Thomas and Emily) and the Lockyer Family (Major Edmund Lockyer and Sarah Lockyer née Morris)

Both Family Names/Descendants lived in the Yass/Tumut area in the 1800s.

Major Edmund Lockyer had a Lease on 'Cavon' - now owned by Rupert Murdoch and Family. His daughter Emily with Captain Potter were running the Property. Unfortunately the Captain was killed in a Horse accident. Emily remarried the manager of the property, Henry Killalea - finally moving to Sydney.

FROM: Sueanne

I am a descendant of John William Brown who married Rose Anne Waters on 20th January, 1879 at Jerrawa Creek. I am looking for details of descendants on either side of the family with names BROWN, WATERS, LEARY, CRADDOCK.


FROM: JimMcDonald

I am searching for records of a female with surname of Butt, that was supposedly an early settler in Murrumbateman area, in the company of a Mr Thomas(Thompson), whom she later married.

She travelled to the area from Bathurst where she had been a servant, and when given her leave, she travelled to Yass area where she supposedly gave birth to the first white child born in the region called the grasslands.

All or most of this could be urban legend, however someone may have come across some parts of the story.

Jim McDonald


FROM: Rhonda Brownlow

For information on the descendants of Patrick Dyce go here.

For information on Edward Culgan go here.

For information on the descendants of James Whittaker go here.

For information on the descendants of William Robertson go here.

For information on the descendants of George Boswell go here.

For information on the Rabjohns family go here.

For information on the descendants of George Lawrence go here.

For information on the descendants of John Daffarn go here.

For information on the descendants of Henry Larkham go here.

For information on the descendants of John Smith of Chelmsford, Essex go here.

For information on the descendants of Stephen Charles Plumb go here.

For information on the descendants of Thomas Woods go here.

For information on the descendants of Richard Lynam go here.

For information on the descendants of John Skelly go here.

For information on the descendants of James Payne and Charles Payne go here.

For information on the descendants of Charles Payne go here.

For information on Charles Payne go here.

For information on the descendants of Henry Sillis go here.

For information on the descendants of Robert Nolan go here.

For information on the descendants of Henry Evans go here.

For information on the descendants of Richard Weeks go here.

For information on the Christie Family of Wheeo or Lost River go here.

For information on the descendants of John Scoble go here.

For information on the descendants of Daniel Supple go here.

For information on the descendants of William Marmont go here.

For information on the descendants of James Booth go here.

For information on the descendants of John Little go here.

For information on the descendants of Thomas Leonard go here.

For information on the descendants of Thomas Painter go here.

For information on the descendants of Timothy McCormack go here.

For information on the descendants of Michael O'Shannessy go here.

For information on John Wells go here.

For information on the descendants of John Mills go here.

For information on the descendants of Samuel Taylor go here.

For information on the descendants of John Weavers go here.

For information on the Oldfield Family go here.

For information on the descendants of William Oxley go here.

For information on the descendants of William Nelligan go here.

For information on the descendants of Samuel Mortimer go here.

For information on the descendants of Charles Edward Peck go here.

For information on the descendants of Thomas M Joyce go here.

For information on the descendants of William and Martha Hills go here.

For information on the descendants of Descendants of John and Mary Deehan go here.

For information on Willian Jones, (convict) go here.

Rhonda Brownlow.

FROM: Maak Holmes

8th June 2010

My interest is the family of John CARTWRIGHT and Eliza KING who settled in Queanbeyan and had a large family. Also Richard GUISE and Elizabeth TIMBLETT who settled in Bywong. Also Edward CANTOR who married Richard and Elizabeth's granddaughter Hannah Guise. Also Catherine ALLEN who married Richard and Elizabeth's son William Guise.

I have a family deed relating to John's father James Cartwright, it mentions James's older brother William (as well as son William Ambrose Cartwright and step father Ambrose Brewin). If anyone knows of the older brother it might help to trace the family back further. I would like to know why James Cartwright and Rebecca Newill married in Derby.
I assume Rebecca's mother Catherine Newell lied about her age and birthplace in the 1851 census (out by 9 years)?

What happened to Elizabeth Timblett's younger half sister Hannah Timblett? I believe her daughter Hannah Guise was named after her. The burial of Maria Guise 2/2/1787 in Bristol St James is this Richard Guise and Elizabeth Timblett's first child? or an other possible relation of Richard? If so maybe Richard's mother was named Maria?

Could Catherine Allen be a daughter of Thomas Allen and Elizabeth Tavener? After Thomas died what happened to Elizabeth? None of the Elizabeth Allens in the early musters seem to fit. I have a couple of other possibles for Catherine she may end up being impossible to trace.

Has anyone found the marriage of Edward Cantor's parents Joseph Jacob Cantor and Rachel Barnett? I have found an Edward Cantor living alone in London in 1841 he must be ours. I also have the burial dates for Joseph and Rachel.

Any feedback welcome. Thanks.
Maak Holmes

FROM: Terence Dean

I am trying to research my family tree - I have a marriage certificate for a HELEN FORD married to ALONZO BURT DEAN on 28 January 1873 at Adelong NSW. This certificate does not give details of Helen Ford's parents or birthplace, but states that she is a Widow. Witnesses on this certificate are THOMAS WILLIAM CAPEL and WALLACE R PENNYCOOK.

I have then obtained a birth certificate for a child of theirs GEORGE BURT DEAN born on 21 February 1875 which shows her details as - HELEN FORD, formally HENDON, age 27, born Gundaro NSW. I am unable to find any birth record for her and would appreciate any assistance that anyone is able to give me.

Terence Dean

FROM: Deb Grooby

I am trying to trace any information about my partner's family, the OLDs of Collector and Goulburn. I started with Aubrey Donald OLD who was killed in 1917 in France, and I have found some information about his father Edward and his mother Amy, both of Collector.

I believe that their earlier ancestors arrived from the UK and settled in Goulburn.

Any information would be very much appreciated.

FROM: Liz Bye Humphrey

I am trying to get some history on Fish River in an attempt to learn more about my family.

John Bye and his wife Margaret Gorman came as assisted immigrants, sponsored by Alexander Campbell, according to his shipping records in 1841. They had about 8 children who were born and baptised in the area, with Fish River listed as the parents' abode for the first few children. John's occupation is listed on the baptismal register as "shepherd" so I assume he worked on one of the properties there. The family spread out to Junee, Wagga, Tumut,Yass etc but I am having a hard time getting any meat to attach to their names.

Does anyone know of an Alexander Campbell in the area?

How could I find out which property they worked on?

Any relevant information would be much appreciated.

Liz Bye Humphrey

FROM: Kate Tytherleigh

Please contact me to exchange information on the following


ALFRED ARMSTRONG who married William's daughter Mary

Other associated names

FROM: Anne Emery

I am related to the Gorhams from Gunnary Creek and would like some info on them.

Thank you, Anne Emery

FROM: Gail Esmonde

My name is Gail Esmonde and I would like any information on my ggg grandfather Charles Simpson or my gg grandfather Charles Albert or Chas. A. Simpson who were hoteliers around Yass, Gundagai and Gundaroo from 1843 to 1873 + .

I know Charles' wife was Ann and that Charles Albert was born at Reedy Creek, near Yass in 1843 but I don't know her maiden name. I can find him at the Rose Inn at Gundagai until 1850 when he wished to retire but I think he went back into hotels at a later date.

Hope someone may be able to shed some light on his movements because I recall something about the Royal Hotel in Gundaroo.


FROM: Lindsey Jobbins

I am starting out on my family tree search. My grandfather was Leslie Thomas Jobbins. I would be interested in any information people may have about his family.

Lindsey Jobbins

FROM: Elaine Wightman

I am trying to trace my family, in particular my g grandfather and gg grandfather. So far I have James Flood, my g grandfather, born in 1825 in the area and I believe his father was Patrick Flood who came as a convict from Cork to Sydney on the Tyne leaving Cork on 4 January, 1819. Any information that could possibly relate to this, and in particular to Patrick, would be appreciated.

Elaine Wightman

FROM: Kate Finn

Information on the Dyce family can be found at

FROM: Debbie Parkinson

My name is Debbie Parkinson (née Casey). My great great grandparents were John and Caroline Casey of Gundaroo. My great grandfather was their eldest son and my grandfather his eldest son.

I would like to know if anyone has any information on the Casey's of Gundaroo.


FROM: Craig Clarke

My great grandfather, George Robert Clarke (Clark) was born at Gundaroo 27 January 1849.

His father, also George Robert Clarke (Clark) was born in Leyton, Essex, in 1814 and transported for 7 years, arriving in Australia 2 January 1835 (ship: Henry Porcher, standing number 35-145, indent number 151). He was granted a "ticket of leave" 1 May 1839 after having been assigned to Captain (later Major) Antill of Molonglo Station.

My great Grandfather's mother was Sarah Jane (Browne), born at Inverary - Bungonia (Berrima) 28 April 1832, married "Convict" George 28 July 1847 at St Clement's Church in Yass. George Robert born at Gundaroo, was the eldest of 8 children born to them. Sarah died 4 February 1862. (She is buried at Queanbeyan) At this time Convict George was working at Charnwood Station for Sir Henry Hall as his groomsman. He later was granted land at "Boggy Creek" (Dog Trap Road). He died 25 April 1889 and buried in an un-marked grave in the Church yard at St Clement's, Yass.

In a list of convicts associated with Gundaroo there is an Alex Clark and a Henry Clarke listed. However Great Great Grandfather would have had his Ticket of Leave when he was there.

Are there any references to "other" Clarks or Clarkes for the area?


FROM: Pam Vayne

I am interested in learning more about the CULGAN family history. My great great grandfather Edward Culgan and Mary Wood settled in the area about 1840 and took up a position on the Hume property for Mrs Hume after her husband was shot by bushrangers.

The Hume family was so impressed with Edward as caretaker on their property that they helped him to purchase his own. I have been sent this photo and was wondering if this was the original land he obtained of thirty-one acres in the county of King at the junction of Boughton's Creek with the Yass River. It was purchased for eight pounds and twelve shillings. Later they had to move to higher ground because the property was prone to flooding.

This photo is of Charlotte Beattie, my grandmother, who married Francis Thomas Culgan.

They and the groom's parents are shown in this photo with James Culgan and Elisa Shaw.

I would particularly like to obtain a photo of Edward Culgan and Mary Wood if anyone can help.

Pam Vayne née Culgan

FROM: Sue Williams

I am interested in any information on William Williams and Emma Broome.

I have information that their first born was David Williams, born at Fish River in 1861. The second child, Frederick, was born at Gunning in 1865. This child is our ancestor.

The family apparently then moved to Murringo as that is where all other children were born. Then on to the Cargo area.

Any information on William would be appreciated as I have come to a complete standstill.

Sue Williams

FROM: Sharryn O'Shaughnessy

I am researching the DONNELLY family.

FROM: Gail White

For information on the decendants of Thomas Hannan go here.

FROM: Leah Goodall

I am looking into Mary Elizabeth May Gardiner, born Gundaroo abt 1876. I believe Thomas and Mary Gardiner are her parents.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Leah Goodall

For information on the descendants of John Casey go here.

For information on Herbert Edward Whiteford go here.

FROM: Melissa Turner

I am a direct descendant of the Affleck family, who were instrumental in developing Gundaroo in the late 1800s.

William Affleck was my great great uncle; his only sister Mary Ann was my g.g.grandmother.

Melissa Turner

FROM: Denise Wicks

I am looking for information about my great great grandfather, Joseph S Temple, who was sent out as a convict in 1834. He was then assigned to work for someone at Fish River, Yass.

On 21st July 1860 he married Mary Ann Croker and later went to Oallen to live with his bride and her parents, James and Dianah Croker, who came out to NSW in abt 1841.

It has been suggested to me that it was James Croker that he came to work for at Fish River.

Any information would be gratefully appreciated.

Denise Wicks

FROM: Daphne Bond

I am putting together our family tree and I had relatives by the name of Woods - Cecil (1924 - 2003) who lived on a property called The Elms - Binalong.

Any information or interesting stories to include in our tree would be much appreciated.

Daphne Bond

FROM: Melissa Hunt

I would be interested in any information anyone may have on the RODROM Family, as I am just starting out. My Grandfather Jack Rodrom was born in Gunning in April 1925.

Thank You

Melissa Hunt

FROM: Michelle Wheeler

I'm trying to find out information about my husband's great great great grandfather Edward James Wheeler born 1835 Goulburn. I'm trying to find particularly parentage information.

I know Edward married Mary Mackay 1867 Yass and he was a farmer at Wargeila Derrengullen.

Any information please on Edward or family from Goulburn Yass would be much appreciated.

I'm also looking for information on a Clarice Wheeler born Yass 1905 died 1906.

FROM: Lesley Brown

My name is Lesley Brown and I am the Great Great Grandaughter of Charles Parker of Golden Acres, Crookwell. I would be interested in contact with anyone with information, especially Rob Holman. My Nana was Elsie May Parker daughter of James and Emily Watman.

FROM: Tony Newman

I am interested in all NEWMANs in the area and Ernest Cooper DUNCOMBE.

FROM: Rhonda Gray

I am seeking information on JOHN VENABLES who married MARY ANN HOMER on 30 Decemember 1844 at Richlands NSW.

Rhonda Gray

FROM: Beryl Pittman

I am Currently updating 'FROM A LITTLE ACORN' a history of the DAVIS family of Gounyan and would like to hear from anyone who is, or maybe, a descendant of George and Mary Davis née Butt. The two hundredth anniversary of their arrival in 1813-14 is to be celebrated in Yass in 2013-14.

GEORGE DAVIS arrived on the "EARL SPENCER" 13/10/1813, and MARY LAWRENCE née BUTT arrived on the "BROXBORNEBURY" 28/7/1814. Land grant "Gounyan" received 1831 - They were recognised as the first family (Mum, Dad and children) to live in Yass district, and their youngest son, Thomas, was the first European child born in district.


Beryl Pittman

FROM: Keri Jones

I am looking for information on CHARLES JOSEPH JONES, especially his ancestors.

He was born in Queanbeyan or Gundegai and died at 61 Emma St, Eastgrove, Goulburn; buried in 1911 in the C of E section of Goulburn general cemetery. Married Sarah McFarlane / McFarling on 27 Jan 1865, Sts Peter and Paul, Goulburn. Remarried Annie Nevill, tailoress of Goulburn in 1899.

A report of Charles' death appeared in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post; I would like to know how I could obtain a copy.

Charles was a blacksmith and had a blacksmith's shop in Goulburn, on the site of the Salvation Army Barracks. His son, Bertrude my great grandfather b.1873, also was a blacksmith in Goulburn.

All I know of his ancestory is that his parents were Thomas Jones and Mary Ann Byrnes. I am a complete standstill thereafter.

Any persons who could help me, or if I could help them, please feel free to get in touch.

Many thanks
Keri Jones

FROM: Narelle Willis

I'm putting together McDevitt ancestry information. I've seen on the Gunning Catholic Cemetery lists a James McDevitt who died in 1896 and his wife Agnes née Potts, who died in 1863.

Any other information on James and Agnes McDevitt would be appreciated.

Narelle Willis

FROM: Peter Goater

I have read with interest the information on Gundaroo. My Gt. uncle, Noah Cheeseman, sailed to Australia September 14th 1857. He was born in Dorset October 19th 1840.

We have information re his parents and siblings in England and also cards which were sent from Australia - we think these must have been from his children or grandchildren. When he left England he had a mug painted with the above details commemorating his departure.

We also have a newspaper clipping re his death in Gundaroo.

As we are involved in family history we would be very grateful for any information anyone may have. We would be happy to send any information we have.

Peter Goater

FROM: Peter Robbie

I am looking for the birth details of MYRTLE FISHER.

Her parents were Alfred Ernest Fisher and Emma Hebeel, married in 1912 and lived in Gunning. Myrtle had 3 other siblings, Jean, Neville and Gavin. She married George Sibley from Gundaroo in 1929, and later died in Brisbane in 1983.

Any help with the birth dates of Myrtle and the other children would be a great help.

I am also researching the SIBLEY family.

FROM: Linda Moore

I am looking for any information on Wombey and Brown Families.

My great-great-great grandfather is John Williams Wombey, who apparently was mayor of Goulbourn for a term. He married Mary Ann Bill?, and apparently married one Gertrude or Harriet Saxby. While he is buried at Mort St, Goulbourn Old General Cemetery, none of his wives or children are to my knowledge.

His daughter, Martha Elizabeth, married William Isaiah,(OR Hosea, Josiah, or Joasah) Brown. One of their daughters, Amy Maude, married Percy Nagel from Sydney. Their son was Horace Nagel (Managing Director Of Greater Union Pictures), and a daughter Doris Amy Nagel who married a William Alfred Astley, whose third daughter, Diane Margaret, married Kevin John Norman. I am their eldest daughter. As we are trying to fill in as many gaps as possible,any information that you would have would be greatly appreciated.

FROM: Sonja Creary

I am a descendant of Thomas and Rose Bray who lived in Yass during the mid 1800s.

They had an only child, Thomas (b1852, d1911) who married (c1878 in Yass) Elizabeth Garan (aka Gavan).

Thomas and Elizabeth continued to live in Yass and had 9 children. Elizabeth, William (b1879 Yass, married Violet Ellen ? prior to 1910, 2 children William and James, d1962 Balmain), Rebecca, Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Una, Terence and Annie.

William and Violet Bray are my great grandparents. Their youngest son James Edward Bray is my grandfather and my mother Mavis Joan is his daughter. Because mum remembers these people it is easy for me to fill the rest of that line. We are not sure of Violet's maiden name or the exact date or place of her marriage to William - we believe it happened but may not have been registered accurately.

We have nothing prior to Thomas and Rose. Our information on most of Thomas and Elizabeth's 9 children is patchy and/or conflicting.

Any information sharing regarding the ancestors and/or descendants of Thomas and Rose Bray of Yass in the mid 1800s would be most welcome.

Sonja Creary

FROM: Meryl Naismith

Names I am researching:

I have information on NAISMITH, QUINN from the area.

Meryl Naismith

FROM: Beryl Whatson

I have an interest in the Billingsley family of Cootamundra, starting with William Billingsley, convict who arrived in 1826 "Phoenix", and his common law wife Caroline Kensey who arrived in 1827 "Harmony".

Many of their descendants still live in and around Cootamundra.


FROM: Josephina Newton


I have researched my family tree on my father's side. This family has roots in Mitta Mitta (near Young), Muttama, Bland, Harden, Cootamundra, Burrangong and Young.

Peter Simmonds* Woods* and Kitty (Catherine) Woods (nee *Riley*) were my great great grandparents. According to family history, Kitty was an Wiradjuri woman possibly from Mitta Mitta (near Young).

I am interested in exchanging information with people also looking at the following families in the region:

PETER S WOODS (Coote Town, County Cavan, convicted of stealing a pig, sentenced to 8 years in the colonies) arrived James Laing *1834 *

CATHERINE RILEY (later known as Kitty Woods) who married PETER S WOODS *1865* in Young (Star Hotel) (Children (14): Peter, Peter, WIlliam, Agnes, Bridget, Catherine, Catherine, Ellen, ? ? ? ? ? ?)

JAMES RILEY (Wiradjuri) father of CATHERINE RILEY (Muttama or MItta Mitta)

KATHERINE *KENNEDY* (Wiradjuri) mother of CATHERINE RILEY (Wiradjuri)

PETER J WOODS son of Catherine Riley and Peter S Woods lived in Young, Horse trainer *born 1870. Died 1932.*

ANASTASIA ELLEN *PEARSON* married PETER J WOODS in Young* 1901* (Children: Cecil, Peter, Leo, Anne, Anastasia, Agnes)


ANNA MIETA WATSON (from Cootamundra) married WILLIAM WOODS* 1916 at Greenthorpe. *

Josephina Newton

FROM: Patricia Eyeington

I am seeking any information on the Marshall family from Yass. The parents are Archibald Marshall and Evelyn Francis Elvin.
Children are
  William b 1844
  Ann b 1846
  George Mayers b 1853
  John b 185
  Archibald b 1856
  Frances 1858
  Charles b 1860
  Elizabeth b 1864

I am a descendant of Ann who married Shelton Smith.

Any information at all appreciated.

FROM: M Vernon

I am looking for family history info on Alexander William BODEL 1849- 1938 
and his parents, Robert BODEL and Anne MCADAM, his wife Hannah CLARKE 1851-1925 
and her parents etc and Alexander and Hannahs children, schools they went to etc. 
I know Hannah is buried at St Bridgets Mutmutbilly. Alexander is buried at 
The Cemetery Breadalbane. There are quite a few relatives in these cemeteries.
Alexander drove a bullock team in the 1870s.

FROM: Pam Scanlan

My name is Pam Scanlan and I am a descendant of these families.
I am hoping to find some information on these people 

Timothy RYAN son of Owen RYAN and Catherine WELSH born 1840, Limrick, Ireland.
Died 1881 at Swan Inn Hotel, Binalong, married 1864 to Mary R CONWAY daughter 
of Matthew and Ellen CONWAY.

Children of Timothy and Mary. Owen, Patrick, John ,Johannah, Michael,Eugene,
Mary Amelia,Dennis. All born Boorowa. Timothy's father, Owen senr and brother 
Dennis were well known in Wargelia/Darrengullen.

Timothy was the licensee of the SWAN hotel in Binalong from 1867 to ........
and died at the hotel. Mary was later the licensee of the hotel and died 1935, 
buried Binalong.

I would like information on this family or on the hotel.

JOHN NOLAN/NOWLAN born about 1797 in Limrick, Ireland, died about 1855 in Yass. 
Married MARY GLYNN in Ireland, born about 1797, died 1867 in Yass.

The children were BRIDGETTE (married WILLIAM WALES), MARY (m THOMAS HAYES),
Family came from Limrick, Ireland with their parents in 1839.
JOHN senr was a farmer and lived in the Yass/Wargelia and Darrengully areas.

FROM: Graeme Lanham

I'm seeking information on the father of my great great Grandfather, named John James Cecil Lanham, born 1865.

His mother Sarah was pregnant while working at Foxlow Station. John's father is believed to be an aboriginal named Cecil; possibly named John James Cecil (Apps).

I would like any info from that era.

Graeme Lanham

FROM: Helen Newman

I have hit a brick wall with Ellen Elizabeth Green, my great grandmother.

Ellen Elizabeth Green (née Jones) was born c1848 in Highgate, London. She married Thomas John Green 30 June 1866 at Yass, NSW. According to the marriage certificate transcription, Ellen lived at Dougella Creek, Yass, prior to marriage.

They had four children, Thomas James Robert, Edmund Charles Walter, Ellen Annie Maria Green and Catherine Emily Louisa. The family story goes that Ellen left Thomas and took her last child Catherine with her, to where is a mystery which I would like to solve. No parents of Ellen Elizabeth or Thomas John Green were mentioned, although I do know a little about Thomas.

The family lived in the Yass, Gunning, Goulburn, Binalong and Cootamundra areas.

Can anyone help please?

Helen Newman,
Perth, WA.

FROM: Elayne Bell

I am a descendant of Jack Bell and I am wanting any links that be traced back to my Aboriginal heritage.

I am aware that John BELL married Janet BUSH at Jerriwa, however I would like to have more information, photographs etc.

Additions to family. Renewing information

Sons of Elaine Bell
Shane BEAVIS father of Emily, Henry and Jackson
Jason BELL father of Seven Bell, Phoenix Bell abd one due in February 17
Caleb Gibson father of Keisha, Keenan, Kyan
Semisi Funaki father of Luisa, Malakai, Urijah and one due in Jan 17

Daughters of Elaine BELL
Melita mother of Tyrell Enriquez, Isaiah Enriquez, Dakota Duncan
Klarinda mother of Fabien Alegria, Hunter Browne

9289 5731
0432 106 478

Thank you
Elayne BELL

FROM: Susan Webb

I am seeking information on John Ward who married Elizabeth Chapman or Chaplin at Gundaroo 1855. They had at least two children, John and Ellen.

Ellen married Roberto Rodrigues.

Any info on his ancestry and the ancestry of Elizabeth and their descendants would be most appreciated.

Susan Webb

FROM: Chrissie Shaw

I would like to be in contact with descendants from Alexander Shaw and his wife Kirstine (née Ross) also known as Christina, who settled in the Yass district around 1838, (Shaw Street Yass named after Alexander), and are buried in Dalton Uniting Church graveyard. They are my great-great grandparents.

I am the great-grand-daughter of Malcolm Shaw (son of Alexander Shaw, married to Charlotte Martin).

Chrissie Shaw

FROM: Judy Arnold

My grandfather was Albert Wilde Thornton. He was the policeman in the local area from 1900 to 1930. He was stationed at Gininderra, Gundaroo, Bungendore and Yass.

I don't seem to be able to find any local info.

Any help would be appreciated.

Judy Arnold.

FROM: Louise

I am enquiring about the Wilsons in Crookwell.

I am trying to track where my great grandfather was born or buried; I believe he lived in Crookwell.

His name was CLAUDE WILSON and owned a butcher's there. He was married to LOUISA FERLOW and I think they had 5 children: MAXWELL, EDNA, ELMA, JEAN and my pop JOHN.

Any info it would be greatly appreciated.

FROM: Steve Friend

I am compiling information about the Friend family and I am looking for information relating to the Friends (Galong area). Especially in regard to Richard (Dick) Arthur Friend and his children but also the wider Friend family.

Steve Friend
02 4575 2258
0405 432 345

FROM: Pru Kempson

I am currently researching some of my family who lived mainly in Yass.

Moses Moses married Sarah Brown in Hobart and they are my ancestors. He then moved to Yass to become one of the earlier inhabitants, building inns and shops etc. leaving Sarah in Sydney. I have quite a bit of info on him but was interested in why he appears to have a connection with Gundaroo.

Moses Moses married his 2nd wife, Hannah Dray and lived in the Yass area in the mid 1830-1850s. I would like to find out if they lived in Gundaroo at all, or whether the Dray family, perhaps, lived there. He was a Reverend Dray. Maybe there are still descendants in the area. It's possible Hannah went home for her confinement, if her parents did live there.

I have it recorded that some, and maybe, all of their children were born in Gundaroo.

dau. Deborah E Moses b. 25.10 1845 Gundaroo, Gunning, Yass
son. Jesse Moses b. 1853 also Gundaroo

There are also other children whose place of birth was not stated:
Jacob b. 1843,
Sophia Jessie b. 16.7.1847-23.7.1909 Yass d. Gosford,
Elizabeth b. 1849,
Caroline b. 1851-92,
Hannah b. 2.8.1856.

Hoping someone has some information regarding the above.

Pru Kempson

FROM: Wendy Seymour

Patrick Leahey was born circa 1867 and his sister Millicent Leahey was born circa 1870. Their parents were William and Margaret Leahey née Mahoney/Marney. They were born Ireland - possibly Co. Cork or Co. Limerick. Patrick and Millicent came to NSW - SS Gulf Of Mexico 24th March 1885??? Patrick Leahy married Caroline Casey. It appears that their early children were born at Narrandera and the later children born at Redfern. When Patrick died his late address was Redfern. N.S.W.

One of the children born in Redfern was William Leahy who married Isabelle Margaret Sheridan at St. Mary's Cathedral Sydney 3 July 1926. They had one daughter that I know of. We have a photo of William and Isabelle with their daughter on her wedding day - don't have proof that it is them, but I was told this years ago. My husband felt that William managed a golf club in Sydney and his wife was a cook at the same club.

Millicent worked as a housekeeper at one of the Catholic Presbyteries in Sydney before she came to Melbourne where she married Thomas William Leishman in 1894. They had two children:
Cyril Thomas Leishman born 1895, died of illness at Mudros West Greece 12th Oct 1915; and
Millicent Eileen Leishman born Melbourne 1896 who married Arthur Charles Seymour in Melbourne 1924. She died in Melbourne 1974.

The Seymour family had contact with William Leahey in Sydney.

Any information on these families appreciated.

Wendy Seymour

FROM: Brent Knowles

I am interested in Jonathan Knowles and his family.

He was a shepherd in the employ of the Hon James Chisholm and was aged 70 years when he died at Parkesbourne NSW in 1870.

He was a native of Lancashire and transported as a convict on the Mary in 1832 after being convicted at Leicester Eng. There are a number of newspaper articles on Trove about his death.

Apart from Knowles, my other interests are the families of Hoad and Tozer.

Brent Knowles

FROM: Jill Beard

My name is Jill Beard, I am a descendant of George Hearne.

I have found a Birth record for a George Hearne born in Gundaroo in 1846 to parents John and Bridget, also a Marriage record from 1844 where John married Bridget in Gundaroo. I would be very interested to find out if anyone has any info on this family.

The George Hearne I am descended from moved to the Woolgoolga area in the 1880's but I'm not sure if this is the same George. I am able to provide info about George's descendants if anyone needs it.


FROM: Pete Harris

My interests are the Stephenson and Wood families in the Crookwell area.

My 3rd Great Grandmother was Elizabeth Stephenson 1821 - 1902, daughter of Mary L'Andre (Laundril) and William Stephenson.

The 3rd husband of Elizabeth was Henry James Wood. Their son William b abt 1857 and d Crookwell Aug 1931 married Susannah Elizabeth White in Goulburn 19/12/1878. One of their 10 Children was Sybil Isobel Wood b 1894 and married Walter Dennis O'Connell and settled in Cowra. The first child Viola Susan Mary Wood b 1914 in Cowra was my mother.

Any further info would be appreciated.

Pete Harris
Gold Coast

FROM: Michael Kennedy

My interest is in the family of William Carpenter and Catherine Bradley who must have lived in Gundaroo for a short time at least.

As far as I can work out William and Catherine met somewhere on the Wollograng property and most likely near Braidwood as Catherine father was a farmer working on the property.

William came from the USA and arrived in the late 1850 or very early 1860. They had 4 children of which the second John was born at Gundaroo on 17 February 1863. The other children Margaret born in June 1861 at Queanbeyan and William and Henry born at Wollograng in June 1867 and September 1868 respectively. I am a grandson of Henry Carpenter.

Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated, especially any information on John or William the son.

FROM: Peter Scott

My mother was Dorothy LANHAM who came from a big family of that name from Yass. I think her father (and my father Thomas Roy ANDERSON) were blacksmiths there.

Her father George Edward Lanham married Hannah HATTON whose father was John ("Jack") Hatton and it was said that the area around Hatton's Corner on the Yass River was named after him.

The families went right back into the local history and as a small boy taken to Yass for holidays enjoyed meeting distant relatives from Yass and the widespread Gunning region. They included the GARLANS (my mother's aunt? Liz Garland lived with her husband William on a small farm on the Wee Jasper Road and they had sons Mike and "Bubby").

My mother remarried after Thomas Roy's death and now I am interested in getting my family's history together.

I hope that someone can help me with any information about these families. I have been using the excellent Monaro Pioneers website but have drawn a blank past JOHN HATTON and I have little data about my natural father's people except that Henry Anderson came from Sunny Corner, near Bathurst NSW.

FROM: Olga Green

I am seeking information about Thomas John Green, his wife Ellen Elizabeth Green (née Jones) and their children Thomas Jnr, Ellen and Edmund, known as Charles. They lived in the Yass/ Gunning/Binalong area from 1860 to the 1890s. Thomas and the children moved to Cootamundra in the 1890s - no mention of wife going with them. Thomas died at Cootamundra in 1906.

I would appreciate any information as the search for Ellen Elizabeth has yielded no information, despite quite an extensive search.

Olga Green

FROM: Margaret Bradhurst

I am seeking information on WILLIAM and MARY PILKINGTON who were Bounty Immigrants from Ireland on the ship 'Herald' which arrived in Sydney on 15 July 1841.

William (aged 22) was listed as a farm labourer and I know they settled in the Yass area as they had at least three children registered in 1842, 1847 and 1850 in Gundaroo/Gunning/Yass.

I assume they lived in Gundaroo, however family information has it that William opened a small school somewhere in the Yass area. (He had been educated at Eton and Belfast University). His name is mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald in April 1850 among others who gave an expression of thanks to Dr. Strutt when he left the area. (Maybe he had employed one of Dr. Strutt's girls?) I believe that William and Mary left the area soon afterwards and moved to near Warrnambool in Victoria.

I would appreciate any information on WILLIAM and MARY PILKINGTON.

Margaret Bradhurst

FROM: Sarah Williams

I am researching my family tree and specifically the names GRANT and GORMAN. My ancestors Frederick GRANT and Ellen GORMAN were married in Yass in 1861 at St Clement's Church. Jane Mary HASSETT and Daniel GRANT were the witnesses at their wedding.

If there is any information available that could be sent to me that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

FROM: Craig G Smith

I am looking for any information about my grandmother, Maud Darby (maiden name). She is noted in a book about Gundaroo as doing the "Naughty Song". She could play the piano. I cannot find any marriage certificate. She married my grandfather Harry (Harold) Smith but not in Gundaroo? She was born 1886 and died 1975

Any help would be appreciated because search on and births deaths and marriages has turned up a blank.

Craig Garraway Smith



My 3 times great grandparents are Patrick Heffernan 1790-1860 and Elizabeth Whelan 1820-1860.

Elizabeth was found dead at Goulburn. In a newspaper article from 1860, she was described as being destitute. Patrick Heffernan had apparently left her some 15 years earlier.

Patrick and Elizabeth had a daughter, Julia 1836-1881. She married William Nugent 1803-1887.

Patrick Heffernan died at Gurrundah. William and Julia's children were all born in the Gurrundah, Gullen, Mummell, Goulburn areas.

I would like to make contact with anyone connected to these families.

FROM: Jacqui Brock

I am researching my great, great, great Grandparents William Randall and Elizabeth Harrogh who were married at Gundaroo on 7 July 1842 by Rev. W. Lisle.

Jacqui Brock

FROM: Chantelle Hardy

We are researching family history on last names DRURY and WILLOUGHBY who lived around Mongarlowe; particularly Mary Ann Willoughby and Philip, and Mathew Drury.


Mary Ann MILLS born 1834. Her parents were John Mills 1799 and Mary (aborginal).

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


FROM: Dannielle Dwyer

I am currently searching for ancestors and unfortunately have hit a brick wall. 

I am seeking information on a William Shaw who married  Jane Reed in 1838 in Bungonia, Goulburn, Goulburn Plains, Lake Bathurst area.

One of their children was Arthur Reid Shaw who married Mary Lucas of the Nathaniel Lucas line. I have their marriage and children, but no confirmation on William and Jane's birth dates and places, parents, or deaths.

Unfortunately I cannot track my family tree back any further without this info.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

FROM: Gabe McAreavey

I'm doing a little bit of family tree research and am interested in Frederick Fuller (1845 - 1926) and Emma Foulkes/Faulks (1856 - 1923).

They married, I believe, in Goulburn in 1879.

I think Frederick was born in England, and Emma in Australia, daughter of William Foules/Foulks and Maria Hislop/Heslop.

I'd be delighted if anuone could add any more details to this.

Gabe McAreavey

FROM: Pam Williams

I am looking for anything referring to a Maria Moran/Prestage/Hollingsworth.
She was living in the Gundaroo/Yass area in the 1830s.

Pam Williams

FROM: Cheryl Ouwerling

My interest is the Hines family, especially Edward Hines.

Initially, he and and his first wife, Hannah Clarke, lived in the Southern Highlands.

He later moved to Gundaroo after his marriage to his second wife, Isabella Jenkins.

Edward's first child, Sarah Ann, with Isabella was b. 3 May 1843 at Sutton Forest, and his second child Ellen (and subsequent children), b. at Gundaroo on 3 June 1845, so the move to Gundaroo was probably late in 1843 or 1844.

Further information on this family would be appreciated.

Cheryl Ouwerling

FROM: Sue Prosser

I am researching these families: MEEHAN, KENEALLY and KINNA.

Sue Prosser

FROM: Stephen Albert Chambers

Seeking descendants of William Anthony CHAMBERS and Madge HOLMES.  They married in 1949 at Queanbeyan and lived at 'Hillside' Gundaroo.  Would like to know where Madge Chambers is buried and her childrens' names for family tree purposes.  This was a second marriage for William Anthony Chambers.

Stephen Albert Chambers

FROM: Peter Marshall

I am researching my great great great gandmother who was buried at Collector. She was recorded as passing away on 17 march 1869. Witnesses to the burial were Isaac Poole andJohn Sheridan. Her maiden name was Mary Marshall, her married name was Mary Windibank and later Mary Hurst.

Peter Marshall

FROM: Graham O'Brien

I am a descendant of Matthew Thompson and Elizabeth Thompson (née Healey) of 'Run O Water' near Goulburn NSW. They lived there in 1873 when their 20 year old daughter Isabella married Charles Clarke on the 5th February 1873.

I think Isabella had siblings named Charles and Edward.

Charles married Ada Amanda Masters (my line).

Any information on this family would be gratefully received as I am struggling to go further with this search.

Graham O'Brien

FROM: Wayne Thorn

I am researching my family history. My grandfather was Alfred Stanley Thorn, born 1899, (married Julia Mary Agnes Feeney of Oolong/Gunning). His father I believe was Alfred Thorn, born 1862 (married Emily Bush in, I believe, 1895). My grandfather and his family (Julia, my dad Wallace Leslie Thorn and his brother Kenneth Stanley Thorn) lived at Coolalie before moving to Goulburn in 1943.

Possibly Alfred's father was a John Thorn who married a Julia Edwards but I am not sure if this is the correct information.

I would appreciate any information concerning the relatives of Alfred Thorn. I am unsure if he is related in any way to the Thorns who came from the Blakney Creek area. I am informed that there is a possibility of Aboriginality in the family and am very keen to learn more about this.

Thanks for any assistance.
Wayne Thorn


I am looking for any information on Ellen Hollingsworth who married James Loomes in Yass (Church of England) in 1856. I believe Ellen was born in Gundaroo. I am a relative of the Loomes family and am tracing my background.

Any information would be appreciated.


FROM: Elizabeth Ainsworth

I am descended from John WEATHERSTONE who came as a convict on the Royal Admiral in 1830. He married Catherine MORGAN in 1836 Molonglo Plains but the marriage certificate is very sparse!

We cannot locate her arrival in Australia (or was she born here)? There are many Weatherstones dotted around Gunning/Goulburn area and we are wondering if anyone else has any clues for us?

Also my mother worked in Gunning as the Bank Manager's Home Help in 1930 and I would like to know more about that. Her name was Muriel Attwater and she left Gunning to train as a nurse in Goulburn. Anyone have any info about her Please.

As children we lived for a few years at "Tolldale" and attended Gunning School. Both my younger brothers were born in the Cottage Maternity Hospital Gunning.

Elizabeth Ainsworth

FROM: Ian Freeman

I am researching the descendants of Edward Hinds who arrived Australia in 1835 on the "FORTH" and came to Yass. He received a ticket of leave and married Mary O'Neil in 1840. She was burnt to death on 15 /12 1881. Her death certificate states that she gave birth to 10 children. I have been given Thomas 1842, Bridget 1843, Hugh 1845, Margaret 1846, Sarah 1848, Edward 1849, Mary 1851 born Yass, Mary 1851 born Murrumbidgee, (that's 7 counting the 2 Marys as one) Other possibilities are Hannah 1841, Edward John 1857, Cecilia J 1860 born Wollombi?, Sarah 1845 and Catherine 1854. Hoping that someone knows this family.

Thomas born 1842, eldest son of Edward and Mary married Ellen Hallam they had the following children, Edward 1865 , Mary Josephine 1867, Winifred 1870 , Thomas ? , Sarah 1874 , John 1876 , Joseph William 1878, Catherine 1869, Ellen ? and Francis Joseph known as " Frank" 1882 The ones with the asterisk are listed by one of the family; the others I found and I am interested in which are correct. Of particular interest is FRANCIS JOSEPH, I can find no BDM NSW for him. He was supposedly born at Jerrawa according to family members. I don't deny that he was born at Jerrawa but I am questioning his parents. He died in Hackett ACT in 1967.His first marriage was to Ruby Muirhead and his second marriage to Gertrude Alice Ellen Pollard. His death certificate states his parents as Thomas and Ellen so there is no doubt that this family raised him. But I have reservations. I would appreciate any help.

Ian Freeman

FROM: Kylie Gardner

I have some information on the Ledger and Lucas family from the area: convict information, property, and family information in general.


FROM: Margot

My great grandmother, we think, was born Lucy GALE in Penrith in 1865. Her parents are listed as WILLIAM and MARY GALE. She had 2 sisters, Martha A and Emma. Martha married Arthur CREGAN in 1882 in Queanbeyan and died in Bungendore in 1893.

On my grandmother's marriage certificate she listed her name as being Louisa L Scott, not Lucy Gale. She was buried as Lucy McDonald (her married name). This is a bit of a puzzle to us and wondered if anyone knows anything about her family.

I also noticed that someone is interested in the FOLEY family. There seem to be many around. However, my grandmother was a Foley. She was born Alice Foley in 1895. Her parents were James (b.1866) and Alice (b.1871 née DARMODY). I think they lived in Victoria and moved to NSW around 1900. They resided for a time in Come By Chance. My grandmother married James LACEY from Tasmania (born in Waratah).

FROM: Trish Warton

I am interested in the HOLLAND FAMILY of YASS, namely William Holland and his son Septimus Holland.

I do not know where they came from and I am stumped to trace them any further than this district.

Trish Warton.

FROM: Carmel Peek

I am researching the Lawless/Lawliss family in Gunning.

Francis Lawless was transported to Sydney in 1809 on the Boyd. He married Catherine Kearns at St Phillips C/E in 1816. According to his death certificate they had 3 female and 3 male children. Francis (1817-1852) Ann (1820-1854) John (1825-1898) Elizabeth(1824) Susanna (1834) William Henry (1836)

Francis was granted absolute pardon on 2 March 1819. He is buried in Gunning Catholic Cemetery in a shared grave with his daughter Annie Reynolds.

I have no information relating to Catherine's birth or death and wonder if anyone can advise please. In the muster documents she is acknowledged as being born in the colony. There is no reference to her in BDM other than her marriage to Francis.

The first land grant for Francis was known as Yellongler.

The family name was originally Lawless however by the time of Francis' death in 1875 it was spelt Lawliss.

Would appreciate any information on this family but especially for Catherine Lawliss née Kearns.

Carmel Peek

FROM: Patricia Turk

My name is Patricia Turk and I am very interested in the Carroll Family as I am related to Thomas and Mary Carroll (née Mackin or Mackie).

Their children were
James born about 1840 - maybe Ireland
Catherine born 1842
Thomas born 1845
Edmond born 1849 - Snowy Mountain
Patrick born 1852 - Middling Bank
Mary born 1855
The children were Baptized in Queanbyann and lived at Goddeiuk or Godduiek.

James died 8-7-1921 - Leeton
Catherine married Charles Samuel Barber 19-10-1859
Thomas the younger died Coolooc Gundagai 19-5-1862
Edmond (Edward) married Celia Ball 6-2-1878
Patrick ?
Mary married William Bourke 7-4-1883 Narandera - My Great Grandparents.
Old Thomas died 19-6-1878 - Coolac

Any information on my Carroll Family or Mackie Family would be appreciated. Also I believe there is, or was, Carroll's corner Carroll's Creek and Carroll's gap, perhaps these places are connected to my Carroll Family.

Patricia Turk.

FROM: Jan Skelly

My husband is a SKELLY family member, with John Skelly being a convict(named Scally) from Kings County, who was convicted in Westmeath in July 1834 and sentenced to transportation for Life to NSW. He departed in 1835 on The Lady MacNaughten arriving in Sydney in October that year.

His wife Mary Brown Skelly also arrived in 1835 in the first Bounty ship The Canton; she arrived before her husband but the Canton was placed in quarantine for approx 11 days.

I am sure they soon connected, and he was assigned to Francis Lawlis(Lawless) of "Yellongla", 7 miles south west of Gunning. They had a son John who was baptised at this property 1836 or 1838 (records differ).

Mary died in 1857, and is shown on cemetery records, as she is buried in the Gunning Catholic Cemetery - the tombstone is excellent and clear probably due to the fact that Mary's irish born daughter, Elizabeth buried her husband James Smith in the same plot in 1876, and I guess the headstone was renewed or replaced.

John Skelly remarried in 1858, to Mary Ann (real name Margaret Foley,b 1836 at the Bathurst Female Factory, daughter of 2 convicts John Foley & Sarah Ann Bryant Foley, but she used Vouckes at her marriage - this is an ongoing mystery). Their first son was Francis born in 1861 after John and Mary Ann had moved to Binda.

Francis is the grandfather of my husband, Peter Lawrence b 1934 (yes turning 80 in November), and he and Bridget Ann McCormick(mack) had a family of 10 healthy children, mostly born in Laggan. Three other sons named James, Francis and Michael Henry plus a daughter named Annie May, all married members of the same Slater family, that of Thomas and Ho(norah) Foran - Catherine, Mary Ann(Minnie), Elsie Florence and John Thomas. This is the strong Slater connection, the children and their father Thomas were born in Taralga (Richlands).

The family of Chalker is of interest. They were neighbours of Sam Slater of Taralga. Quite recently the family of my husband's mother (Sbrocchi - they held the Hotel Laggan licence from 1930-34), were contacted by a member of the Chalker family of Taralga. who was trying to find her father, a John Sbrocchi. She had only been told of her undisclosed parent at the recent funeral of her late mother, and went on a search. She is indeed the daughter of my husband's uncle, John Sbrocchi who died in 1940.

Jan Skelly

FROM: Cassie Thompson


I am looking for more information about FREDERICK JONES (who married EVA BILLINGSLEY in 1917). His father is listed on his marriage certificate as WILLIAM JONES and his mother as SARAH HANS (or HAUS), his birth place is written as Goulburn NSW. However I can find no record of his birth, or any further information about his parents. Though his father was either a farmer or grazier.

They were married in the Church of England church at Cootamundra, and lived there for the remainder of their lives. He died in hospital just after his son returned from a Japanese POW camp (where he had spent most of WW2). I would like to know more about this family.


I would be very interested in anyone who could offer more information about LLOYD RUSSEL PAGETT, PAMELA VIOLET JONES (married 3 times but I am not sure who the 3rd husband was).

I am a direct descendant of all these people.

Cassie Thompson

FROM: Roberta Muir

The family names in my tree associated with Gunning and Gundaroo are: GALLOP, BOOTH, LONGLEY, STYLES.

These are all in-laws and my direct ancestors are: BELLAMY, RUMBLE AND TINDALE.

I¹m particularly interested in a property in Cunningham called either FAIRFIELD or FAIRVIEW.

And I¹d be very pleased to hear from anyone keen to exchange information

Roberta Muir

FROM: Kevin T. Farrell

I would like to contact researchers who are familiar with the convict James BARRON who arrived on "Lord Melville" in 1832 and was in the employment of Major M. MORRIS in the Gundaroo area in 1837. He obtained a Ticket of Leave Passport (# 42/0377) in Jan 1843, and obtained his Certificate of Freedom (# 45/877) on 7 July 1845. The latter document records his year of birth as 1804 and his native place as Birmingham, England.

Is he the James BARRON who with spouse, Mary had four children, James, William, Walter and Emma, and who died in the Shoalhaven District in 1884?

There is no record of marriage in the NSW Registry of BDM and Mary's maiden name is unknown. Many family trees on record her maiden name as FOOT or FLOOD but this is probably erroneous as that Mary married another convict named John BARRON/BARROW who arrived in 1837 on 'Norfolk'; he was several years younger than the James from Birmingham and, in 1837, was employed in the Paterson District (Hunter Region).

My connection is through the son, Walter BARRON (1846-1930) who married Emmeline ("Emily") HUGHES (1851-1923). They had a son, George Walter (1875-1945) who married Eleanor Mary ("Nellie") DISSON (1878-1959), a sister of my paternal grandmother, Annie Olive DISSON (1893-1966).

Kevin T. Farrell

FROM: Robyn Toohey

I am the grand daughter of William Joseph Davis who was born at Binalong in 1883, he had four sisters that I know of, Mary Jane, Rose, Sarah and Margaret. His father was William Henry Davis born about 1850 at Campbelltown. He married Mary Quin, from Gundagai, New South Wales in 1874 at Tumut, New South Wales. I believe William Henry Davis' parents are Thomas John Davis and Jane Dempsey but I cannot find and more information on the family. To use the popular expression, I have hit a brick wall and would appreciate any information in relation to my family.

Many thanks
Robyn Toohey

FROM: Michele Tick

I would like some help with my ANDERSON family history.

My great, great grandfather was Henry Anderson. Henry married Mary Burke & together they had the following children:

* John (b: 1865 at Paddington)
* Henry (b: 1866 at Ryansvale, Braidwood Rd, Goulburn)
* James (b: 1867 at Breakfast Creek, Boorowa)
* Edward (b: 1868 at Breakfast Creek, Boorowa)
* William
* Martin (b: 1873 at Blackman's Hills, Binda)
* George (b: 1878 at Mt Pleasant, Wheeo)
* Michael (b: 1883 at Mt Pleasant, Wheeo)
* Maria Bridget (b: 1880 at Mt Pleasant, Wheeo)
* Alice (b: 1882 at Mt Pleasant, Wheeo)
* Honora (b: 1875 at Mt Pleasant, Wheeo)
* Sarah Jane - my great grandmother (b: 1871 at Redbank, Laggan)

According to my family history book "From Shetland and Co Tipperary to Mt Pleasant
Henry and Mary Anderson Descendants - 1860 to 1988)" the family lived mostly at the 
property Mt Pleasant which Henry acquired in 1878. 
In 1880 Henry purchased the adjoining property "Spring Creek", the estate of the late John Crowe. 

Henry and Mary are both buried in Wheeo cemetery and I'm now looking into their history in the area.

I have met a significant challenge along the way however. 
Our family history book states that Henry was born around 1837 in Shetland Islands. 
He apparently arrived in Australia via Port Phillip Bay Victoria in 1860.

I can find no record of Henry arriving in Australia 
and some confusing information about his Shetland ancestry. 

I've been in contact with various genealogy groups in Shetland
and they have found records that suggest Henry was "lost at sea" in 1857. 
It's of course proving very difficult to convince genealogists that 
Henry actually come to Australia. The family history book does say 
that Henry worked on whalers in the North Atlantic so in my mind it seems possible
(some might say impossible!) that he made it to Australia.

I'm hoping that someone may have information on Henry Anderson's family in the 
Wheeo area and who knows maybe someone might be able to shed light on his Shetland ancestry too!


FROM: Lois Wilson

I am a descendent of William John Wilson aka John William Wilson and Mary Anne Good.

From 1840 to the mid to late 1800s they lived in Gundaroo/Gunning, Yass, Broughtonsworth Village ( or land portion) and Boorowa. William John Wilson died in Coobung Creek near Parkes in 1884.

I am trying to locate where his wife Mary Anne Wilson née Good died. The last recorded child, Mary Wilson, was born in 1858 in Burrowa and died the same year in Burrowa.

Lois Wilson

FROM: Michael J. Brennan

I would be most grateful to receive information relating to Michael Brennan/Mary Kelly who had lived on Baltinglass c1857 and perhaps as early as 1850. Their daughter Catherine was born at Baltinglass. I suspect Bridget was also born there.

I am also trying to assemble information re the sales associated with Baltinglass. Having researched this area for more than 20 years I've reviewed a great deal of information including Dr Tracey's PhD thesis and www posting of Flora Timms both of which are unreliable.

FROM: Leonie Fretwell

I have an interest in the Cooper family of the Lake George district on two counts. I first came across the Coopers in connection with the marriage with Victoria Cooper, sister of Robert Cowley Cooper, to Peter Mitchell Giles. One of their daughters married Jesse Booth Sharpley, one of the Sharpley family which was the subject of my diploma thesis.

Completely separate from this project, I again 'met' the Cooper family in connection with research on the Gannon family who lived in Goulburn for some considerable time. Two of the Gannon sons were directly involved with the Cooper family - Henry Shuttleworth Gannon, who for a time (before he 'did a bunk') was the family solicitor, and Samuel Middleton Gannon who with Robert Cowley Cooper was an executor of his brother James Volney Coopers' estate, and who also married Frances Cooper, one of the 4 children of RCC by Elizabeth Steph(v)enson.

FROM: Judith Quinn

Can anyone help with my family puzzle?

My great grandfather, Robert Allendale Campbell, and Mary Ann Good married 19/7/1883; had one child, William James Campbell born 15/1/1884 who died shortly thereafter. Mary Ann Campbell died 26/8/1888 and is buried at Enfield Cemetery.

Robert Campbell died 9/2/1939 in Queanbeyan and his death certificate shows his wife as Mary Anne Good. This has caused much confusion because the first Mary Ann Campbell died in 1888 but the second Mary Ann Campbell died in 1936. So it appears he had two partners, both named Mary Ann, and the second Mary Ann took on the identity of the first Mary Ann.

In an article in the Burrowa News (17 February 1939) it describes Robert Campbell as 'an old identity of Queanbeyan' ... 'native of Young but had lived in Queanbeyan for many years'.

My grandmother, Linda Gunning, was born 31/8/1893 in Goulburn. Her birth was not registered but confirmed through her baptism at Goulburn where her parents are shown as Robert Campbell and Mary Walshe. From her father's death certificate it shows his last child as Donald (born 2/11/1913) and a copy of his birth transcript shows his mother as Mary Ann Good (which couldn't be as she died in 1883).

There is a lot of confusion within my family. From my grandmother's marriage certificate, it shows her mother as Mary Agnes Wallace. From various baptismal certificates of her siblings it shows the mother as Mary Agnes Walsh(e).

So I think Mary Agnes Good was the mother to Robert's first child, William, but not to the other 15 or so children.

My brick wall: who is my great grandmother? Any assistance/information would be greatly appreciated.


FROM: John Mason

I am looking for anyone that would have any information on a Cecilia Mary RYAN born c 1877 in the Bland District area.

John Mason

FROM: Cheryl Davidson

Looking for people researching the family of Michael Nash who married Ann Marshall. They lived at Binalong and in the Cootamundra area. Connections to the Mullaly family.

Cheryl Davidson

FROM: Kathleen Pacey

I am looking for information on William George DAVIS from Lake George area. He was married to Martha ORME and they had 12 children all born around the Gundaroo area. William is my Great Great Grandfather and his daughter Ada Davis was my grandmother's mother.

I would like to get any photos or pictures of the family and especially more information on William's family and where he was from originally. He was Aboriginal so I am trying to track his ancestory and identify his right tribe/clan of his ancestors. If anyone has specific information about William George Davis I am interested in knowing.

Kate Pacey

FROM: Geoffrey Lennie

I am seeking any information on BENNETT - Margaret Emily, born Gundaroo about 1850. Margaret being my grandmother.

Geoffrey Lennie

FROM: Deborah Kelly

I'm researching my gggf Charles COE and I have a copy of his death certificate number 85/06792 that states he was buried on 20 August 1885 at Kippilaw by undertaker R. Craig on 20 August 1885 by Rev Canon D'Arcy Irvine, and witnessed by William A Chisholm (who was Charles' employer) and a W. Sites (that's what I make it out to be).

Charles was 82 yo when he died at Merrilla (certified by William A Chisolm Grazier Merrilla) and registered in Goulburn on 2 October 1885. He was still in William Chisolm's employ as a Labourer (hardy old man). I imagine he worked for the Chisolm family for many years so find it weird that he doesn't have any marking on his grave unless there is another reason?

Any further information would be gratefully received.

Deborah Kelly

FROM: Mary Gorman

I am trying to trace the Irish origins of my great-grandfather, Michael Carter ( and his arrival in Australia. He is proving elusive because it is a common name.

He died at Kingsdale near Goulburn on March 5 1903. He was married twice in Australia, first to Alice (Whelan) No marriage record found. They had two children:
- John Edward 1875
- Catherine 1877.

He married Sarah (Byrne, née Grooms) in 1884 in the Goulburn district. Sarah and Michael had six children together Daniel Valentine, Emanuel J, Elsie Gertrude, Felix M, Richard R and Beatrice M.

I will be grateful for any information anyone can send me.


FROM: Joy Jorgensen

My interest in the MEDWAY and TULLY families is via my connection to the COTTRILL family.

Both Edith Dorothy (known as Dot) and Gypsy Mary (known as Gyp) were the daughters of Henry COTTRILL, sometimes known as Harry (b. 30 Jan 1870, Temple Broughton, Hanbury WOR ENG and d. 29 Aug 1958, North Ryde NSW) and Annie Maria CURTIS (b. 22 Mar 1866 "Gundibri" Halls Ck NSW & d. 7 Sep 1953, Harris Park NSW) who were married 30 Jul 1893, King's School Chapel (C/E), Parramatta/Dundas NSW. Edith Dorothy was born 29 Dec 1899 and Gypsy Mary 13 Feb 1904, both at "Oatlands" Parramatta/Dundas.

Edith Dorothy had an occupation of home duties when she married Cecil Edward MEDWAY, grazier on 24 Apr 1926 at St. John's (C/E), Parramatta NSW. The parents of Cecil (b. ca 1855) were James Henry, grazier and Margaret Jane THORN(E).
Cecil Edward d. 4 May 1951 (reg. Sydney). He was late of Goulburn at the time. Edith Dorothy d. 14 Jul 1979. She was late of Goulburn and Gunning and formerly of Thirroul at the time.
The name of Cecil and Edith's property was "Neragundah" (not absolutely sure of the spelling).
Issue: Henry Cecil, Bonnie Jean, Margaret Ann and Jacqueline Dorothy.

Gypsy Mary had an occupation of saleswoman when she married Roy John TULLY, grazier on 31 Jul 1926 at St. Mary's Cathedral (RC), Sydney. The parents of Roy (b. ca 1899) were John, grazier and Rose Blanche MCAPPION. The name of John and Roses' property was "Byalla" ("Bialla"). This property became the residence of Roy and Gypsy. Roy Edward d. 29 May 1938, at Byalla via Gunning, from Intrinsic carcinoma of the larynx, Application of radium and Hemilaryngectomy operation. He was interred on 30 May 1938 in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Gunning. Issue: John Kevin (was and may still be residing at Crookwell), Rose Blanche, Noeline Mary, Mary Alacogue and Patricia (a Sisters of Mercy nun).

Joy Jorgensen

FROM: Robert Mitchell

I am researching my ancestor JAMES CARTER who was a policeman at BERRIMA
before  transferring  to YASS in 1839, he married ELIZA BOWRA there in
1840. Their children born in that district were:-

1840     George   born Yass

1841     Thomas   "       "

1843      Sarah   "       "

1844      John    "       " [handsome Johnny]

1846      Margaret"       " 

1848      James   "      Benalong    [buff]

1850      Richard "      Gunning


James Carter whist in the police at Yass  had moved to various districts,
Binalong, Gunning, & Gundaroo  before deciding to move across the Hay plains
where he may have joined the police at Oxley & Hay, before joining the
police at Moulamein & Balranald.

I am seeking information on the family whilst living in the southern

Robert Mitchell.

FROM: Kay Price

I am seeking information about my grandmother, Emma Francis Morgan who ran a boarding house in Boorowa around 1914. Her husband, Henry Morgan was a blacksmith who passed away after they had been in Boorowa a short time. My grandfather, Arthur Howell Wild, a farm worker, married my grandmother Emma after the death of Henry. He met her when he was a boarder at her home.

I am planning to visit Boorowa and am hoping that I can learn more of the family history of that time. My grandfather, Arthur, had relatives in the area on the property, known as "Arkstone Forest" which is now part of "Springfield" near Rye Park.

Kay Price née Wild.

FROM: Debbie McPherson

I am in the process of trying to trace descendants in both my grandfather (Stanley Hope Burns) and grandmother's (Dora Josephine Burns née Byrnes) families. I have been in contact with Rhonda Brownlow (a contributor) and am working through my grandfather's side with her. It is progressing very well. However, my grandmother's side is a little harder. I know my grandmother's mother, father and siblings. She was the daughter of Sarah Jane Byrnes and Thomas Byrnes who lived in Bradfordville Goulburn. They had 8 children:
Augustus; Marjorie Mary; Amy: Dora; Leslie; Esme; Freda; and Gregory.

My grandparents and my great-grandparents are both buried at St Patrick's Cemetery Goulburn. I know that my great-great-grandparents on my grandmothers side were Mary Davis and William Downes from around Boorowa, Rugby, Taylors Flat or Frogmore. Their parents were Anne Croker and William Davis and Mary Davis and William Downes. This is spelt as Dawnes on a NSW death registration transcription I have. I know nothing else. I would like to know more from both my great-great-grandparents on.

I have no dates other than the deaths of my great grandparents. Sarah Jane died on the 21/11/59 aged 74 and Thomas died on the 21/7/48 aged 73. Sarah was born in Frogmore around 1885 and Thomas in Balla around 1875. Sarah's mother Mary Davis was born in Frogmore around 1867.

If I could find out anything it would be appreciated. I can be contacted via email or phone (02) 4821 6241 or mobile 0400 216 241.

Debbie McPherson

FROM: Bev Wilson

I am endeavoring to compile a book on my Great Great Grandfather, William Winnell, a convict who arrived on the Waterloo (3) in 1833 and spent some time in the Gundaroo area. To flesh out his story I have been trying to work out when and how he might have arrived in the Port Phillip District where he married in Melbourne in December of 1841.

I have established he was assigned to James Hughes in 1837. He next appears in Sydney Gaol Description Books in 1838. (I'm not sure if he was actually in Sydney or still in the Gundaroo area.)

He was issued the following TOLs issued by Queanbeyan Bench: 7 October 1839 which allowed him to remain in the Queanbeyan area (No 39/1805). 5 March 1840 he was given a TOL Passport which allowed him to travel to the Maneroo District the service of Norman R McLeod 1 Oct 1840 allowed to proceed to Port Phillip District with Norman R McLeod

Looking at Norman's movements, there are quite a few articles on Trove, the dates of this journey appear to match the movements of both.

I imagine the journey with cattle in 1840 traveled over the mountains via Omeo?

My query (or one of them) is if there is any record of who Norman McLeod worked for or did he have his own property? Might it have been his uncle Donald McLeod of Barnsdale? I have since read Donald McLeod didn't spend much time on his property.

I was wondering if anyone might be able to fill in any gaps.

Bev Wilson

FROM: Emily Garlan

Garlan Family Information - Rye Park and Burrowa

I am researching my father's side of my family (GARLAN).

We are particularly looking for information regarding my Great Grandmother Ellen M. Garlan who married my Great Grandfather, Isaac Henry Garlan- Burrowa Presbyterian Church 31st August 1904. The marriage certificate listed her father as deceased (No first name, Surname- Newood? and no Mother's details). The Marriage was signed by her guardian James Noakes as she was only 17. Our suspicions are that she was half Aboriginal due to stories from local Indigenous children being told to my since passed Great Aunt that Ellen Newood was not her real name. Ellen never knew where she came from.

The family I know of includes, My Great Grandparents Ellen and Isaac who had 9 children, Reginald P., John H, Ethel V, Adeline M, Richard W, Beryl Ellen, Jessie E, Amy M and Eric C.

My Grandfather was Eric Clive Garlan, the youngest child. In the later years, Isaac and Ellen moved to Sydney with the youngest children. Eric Garlan married Elaine Reid and had 4 children. Ross H, Murray W, Luke T and Ruth who grew up in Lane Cove, Sydney. I am the youngest daughter of Murray William Garlan.

Emily Garlan

FROM: Maxine Pitts

I am seeking information on my great-grandparents William Dunn and Margaret Sinclair.

The only information I have is that they were married in Gundagai in 1877. Their dates and places of birth and parentage have been omitted.

However I did find information on Margaret Sinclair regarding the allocation of several hundred acres of land to her in the Cootamundra district the year before she and William married.

Apart from the above, I have drawn a blank on William's and Margaret's origins. In about 1911, their daughter and her husband - Wilhelmena Dunn and her husband William Pitts (my grandparents) - purchased a sheep farm called 'Colarado' in the Wallanbean district. My father Maxwell Allan Pitts was born there on 24 September 1912. Wilhelmena died in Sydney in 1946. William died in Brisbane in 1948.

If any one has any further information on the origins of William and Margaret I would be glad to hear of it and am willing to pay for research on their origins - in Australia and before.

Maxine Pitts

Additional Information

Additional information may be available from:

Braidwood & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 145
Braidwood NSW 2622

The Gunning & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 3
Gunning NSW 2581

The Canberra & District Historical Society
25 Blaxland Crescent
Griffith ACT 2603

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra
G.P.O. Box 585 
Canberra ACT 2601

The Queanbeyan and District Historical Museum Society Inc
P.O. Box 480 QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620

The Goulburn and District Historical Society
P.O. Box 396
Goulburn NSW 2580

The Goulburn and District Family History Society
P.O. Box 611
Goulburn NSW 2580

The Crookwell and District Historical Society
P.O. Box 18
Crookwell NSW 2583

The Yass Historical Society
P.O. Box 304
Yass NSW 2582

The Collector and District Historical Association
Email: Jeanette Sheridan (Treasurer)

The Harden-Murrumburrah Historical Society
P.O. Box 35
Harden NSW 2587

Boorowa Historical Society
PO Box 71
Boorowa 2586

Tumut Family History Group Inc.
P.O. Box 238
Tumut NSW 2720

Cowra Family History
P O Box 495
Cowra NSW 2794

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