Wordless Wednesday

A photo from my Nan’s album.

photo taken on the Lewis property at Moyhu, Victoria

photo taken on the Lewis property at Moyhu, Victoria


Heartbleed Security Update

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed.  OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites.  This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed , allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and encryption keys.

Was WordPress.com vulnerable to Heartbleed?

Yes. WordPress.com servers were running the latest version of OpenSSL, which was vulnerable. We generally run the latest version of OpenSSL to enable performance enhancements, such as SPDY, for our users. The non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL were over two years old.

Has WordPress.com fixed the issue?

Yes. We patched all of our servers within a few hours of the public disclosure.

Has WordPress.com replaced all SSL certificates and private keys?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we have replaced all of our SSL certificates, along with regenerating all of the associated…

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New Zealand street photo

Recently Su from “Shaking the Tree” blog did a “Wordless Wednesday” post that street photography was alive and well in New Zealand too.  “Wordless Wednesday” is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers. My post isn’t wordless but it made me remember my New Zealand Street photo of my maternal grandmother’s aunt, Emma Dorothea Davenport nee Hulme and her daughter.   I don’t know where or what year in New Zealand it was taken and I am not sure which daughter is in the photo as she had two, Elena Victoria and Emma Davera. My grandmother’s Aunt Emma was born on the 16th of January 1876 in Oxley, Victoria, Australia, the first daughter of Joseph Hulme and Anna Dorothea Bartsch.  She married Louis Davenport on the 10th of June 1896 also at Oxley. Their first three children Elena Victoria (1897), Emma Davera (1899) and Clarence Louis (1902) were born at Everton in Victoria but their last child, Frederick William was born in New Zealand in 1904.   emma davenport and daughter

Sarah Harman – From Country to City


I am reblogging Merron’s wonderful and informative post about Sarah nee Harman who was the second wife of my great great grandfather, George Adams.

5 and 7 Brixton St Flemington

5 and 7 Brixton St Flemington

Originally posted on Western District Families:

I knew all about the brothers of Sarah Harman before I knew anything of her other than she travelled to Sydney with her parents Joseph and Sarah Harman aboard the “ Queen of England ” in 1855.  Finally I decided the time had come to find out more about Sarah.

I quickly discovered she had married George Adams in 1885 and they had one daughter in 1886.  For some time I thought that was Sarah’s story.  It was while searching the Victorian Pioneer Index 1836-1888 using only “Harman” in the “Mother’s name” field,  that I realised there was more to Sarah than I first thought. I have found this method of searching to be very successful over the years and has unearthed many unknown children and marriages of  the females on my tree.

In the index I found children born at Byaduk to Sarah Harman and a Walter Oakley.  I…

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Private William Arthur Edmonds

One of our family’s brave soldiers.

Private William Edmonds, my second cousin once removed,  was born in 1898 at Barwo (Kotupna/Nathalia), Victoria and was 18 years and 1 month old when he enlisted in the 38th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces on the 1st of March 1916.

commemorative plaque Bendigo

Plaque in remembrance of all who served and those who paid the supreme sacrifice between 1916 -1968.
Photo taken by Nancy Alford for http://monumentaustralia.org.au/australian_monument/display/100982

The 38th Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. It was raised in 1916 as part of the First Australian Imperial Force for service during World War I and formed part of the 10th Brigade, attached to the 3rd Division. It fought during the Western Front before being disbanded in 1919.[1] The 38th Battalion was reraised in 1921 as the 38th Battalion (The Bendigo Regiment) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/38th_Battalion_(Australia)

William enlisted at Bendigo and  his occupation was given  as Mill Hand.  His application was submitted on the 23rd of February 1916.  He was given regimental no. 4803.

application to enlist.

He was 5 foot 5 and a half inches tall, weighed 120 pounds and hard a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.  Religion was Church of England.

Consent of parents  was needed for anyone under 21 years to enlist.

consent wa edmonds

It is interesting that in his records it said he was not to be embarked until 19 years of age.

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His date of embarkation from Australia was the 21st of June 1917 on HMAT Suevic A29.  Disembarkation was at Liverpool England on the 26th of August 1917.


On the 2nd of September 1917 he marched into the 8th Training Battalion based at Hurdcott Camp near Fovant in Wiltshire.  From the 28th of August until the 18th of September 1917 he was in hospital with mumps and later for Laryngitis.

In December 1917 he proceeded to France with the 38th Battalion where he saw action at the front at Rouelles.

Private William Arthur Edmonds was killed in action on the 29th of September 1918 at Bony, France.

killed in action

Some differing reports from mates were given to the Red Cross.

red cross mia

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red cross mia 7 red cross mia 3 red cross mia 4 red cross mia 5 red cross mia 6

It seems his parents had separated as William’s father, William Henry Edmonds, was living at Picola West, Victoria and his mother’s address was 4 Vale Street, North Melbourne.   A letter was sent to his father c/-  Mrs E. C Edmonds (aunt?) at Picola Post Office regarding William’s medals but this letter was never answered and not returned unclaimed.  As Williams mother, Blanche Edmonds was sole beneficiary of his Will the medals were then sent to her.  Later a letter was written to the Base Records by Blanche that “the father” had deserted his family more than once.

William’s mother, received contradictory information as to where her son was buried.  In 1922 the Returned Soldiers League wrote a letter to Victoria Barracks on her behalf.

burial query

Eventually it was sorted.  He was buried in France.


wa edmonds awm honour roll

We will remember them

Private John Michael Crooke

John Michael Crooke enlisted in the A.I.F at Victoria Barracks, New South Wales on the 11th of September 1916.   He joined the 36th Battalion.

John had served for 6 months in the Citizen Forces.  His postal address given was 56 Taylor Street, Annandale, Sydney, NSW.

John was 21 years and 1 month old and 5 foot 6 inches tall.  He weighed 121 pounds his complexion was sallow and he had blue eyes and brown hair. His occupation was listed as labourer.  Next of Kin was his father, John Crooke of  481 City Road, South Melbourne, Victoria.

His mother was listed first as Mrs M Crooke and later as claimant of his pension widowed mother Mary Jane Reynolds.  Her address was 116 Napier Street, South Melbourne and later 116 Pearce Street, South Melbourne.  John’s foster brother, Henry Maxwell Reynolds, was rejected as a claimant as he was “not a dependant”.

On the 15th of September after a medical examination he was appointed to Dubbo Depot Battalion and embarked at Sydney on the 10th of February 1917 per R.M.S “Osterley”.  Disembarkation was on the 11th of April 1917 at Plymouth, England.  On the 29th of April John was transferred to the 63rd Battalion.

On the 23rd of August 1917 he was sent overseas to France to reinforce the 36th Battalion.  As part of the 9th Infantry Brigade in Belgium, John was killed in action on the 18th of October.

Witness accounts were given to the Red Cross:

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red cross 2

red cross 3

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Personal effects belonging to John returned to his father were a razor, a razor strop, badges, buttons and 2 handkerchiefs. Two Discs, a wallet, a bible, photo, unit colours.

Three Lost Children Daylesford


Jennifer’s story caught my attention with mention of Daylesford in Victoria which is near where my husband’s mother was born and raised (Koorweinguboora) When I told him of this story he said he could well imagine how easily children may become lost in that countryside as he nearly did so himself as a child.
Thanks for sharing the sad story about these poor lost boys Jennifer

Originally posted on Tracking Down The Family:

On June 30 1867, three small children from Daylesford wandered from their home,  while playing and looking for goats near the Wombat Creek, close to their home. The children were William Graham (age 6), his brother, Thomas (age 4) and Alfred Burman (age 5). The alarm was raised when the children didn’t return home and a search began immediately. The search was called off when it became too dark and was resumed early next day. The day was a typical sunny winters day but the severest frost of the year was reported that night.

July 1, 1867: The search continued with locals and mounted police also involved. Again there was no sign of the boys.

July 2, 1867: Again the searchers gathered to continue in their determination to find the young lost boys. There were more than 100 horsemen and miners and other locals on foot. Two small footprints were…

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FRIDAY FUNNY: I’m My Own Grandpa…


Thanks to Catherine for sharing this rather confusing but funny song

Originally posted on Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family:

ENJOY!!!  Cheers, Catherine.

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The Saxon boys – by Harold Shipston

Cousin Harold Shipston has been doing an amazing job of researching and recording information about the Saxon boys of Euroa.  They were the grandsons of our common ancestor, Isabella Pike – Harrison – Garrett (nee Beaton).  Isabella was my ggg grandmother and she was Harold’s gg grandmother.

Harold writes so well and I was thrilled when he agreed to write a guest post for my blog and I’m hoping he will do many more, especially some of the poetry he has written.

Over to Harold …………………

Kerryn has kindly let me tell the story of The Saxon boys she has mentioned here.
They are listed here with many others of our Family’s that served and in some cases died in the Great War to end all wars. The Four Saxon boys each worked in a Newspaper Two of the boys had bought just prior to the commencement of WW1.

William Saxon( Shinner) and Thomas Abraham Saxon acquired the “Violet Town Sentinel” and went to work to build their Newspaper business and increase sales. They employed their younger brother Herbert Saxon (Bertie) as a type setter. In time, they purchased the Newspaper “ The Euroa Advertiser” and commenced to improve this papers circulation. Joseph Stanley Saxon (Joe) had just commenced some work here when war broke in Europe.

Now the boys were sent to fight and their loved paper was left behind leaving their father to oversee its operation and the original owner of their first Paper, “ Violet town Sentinel” being employed to run it.

Each of the boys, now soldiers, Wrote back to their father who printed their letters in their Newspaper. Each letter told of life in the trenches and on the battlefields. When printed , these letters soon became known throughout the district as “Letters From Our Boys”. In time many of the Euroa boys wrote, and had printed, their letters. Euroa thrived on their information and many a parent got to hear of their own sons and how they fared in battle.

Saxon Brothers L-R Joseph, Bertie and Thomas

Saxon Brothers
L-R Joseph, Bertie and Thomas

As with many of our Family’s Boys, Joe and Bertie did not return. They lay with their mates, in graves on foreign shores. Their brothers returned home, both with life threatening injuries.
But all had recorded their time and lives on the battlefields and those of their Cousins and townsmen.

On their return, William and Thomas spent time in convalescence and eventually returned to their Newspaper. They both married and had children. One of these children is Tim Saxon, his father Thomas had taken the time to have all the original prints of “Letters From Our Boys” cut from each edition of the paper they were printed in, they were rolled into small reels and stored in a briefcase since 1919. They were passed onto Tim for the safe keeping of his fathers, and Uncle’s times.



Tim is my father’s cousin, and for many years I was not aware of my history, until, like Kerryn, I began my search, and eventually that search led me to Tim. He is now 90 and we have become great mates, he has told me many stories of family and our history and he gave me the briefcase passed to him by his father.

In this case I have found other interesting pieces on Morgan and Saxon family. And this too we can share.




Private Edward James King (Edmund James AhKing)

Born Edmund James AhKing in 1889 at Wirrumbirchip, (now known as Birchip) Victoria, Australia.

The seventh of eleven children (fourth son) of Thomas AhKing and Euphemia Mason.

He married Caroline nee Penny in 1911.  They had no children

Private Edward James King, of Warracknabeal, Vic enlisted in the 22nd Battalion on 1 March 1915 and was killed in action on 5 August 1916 at Pozieres in France.

private edward james king

Studio portrait of 1155 Private (Pte) Edward James King


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