Author Archive: ancestorchaser (Kerryn Taylor)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Lucky – Crusader to New Zealand

 In December 1874, Captain Renaut sailed his ship The Crusader into Lyttleton Harbour, New Zealand with 374 passengers on board. The Crusader departed from Plymouth on the 25th of September and made the passage in 97 days with very little illness reported. The surgeon-superintendent was Dr. John Guthrie who settled in Christchurch. On the voyage Dr …

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Strong Woman

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Strong Woman There are plenty of strong women in my family tree even though they may not think so. Some of their stories are heartbreaking, all are inspiring. Most inspiring to me at the moment is my first cousin Denys in New Zealand. Denys and I didn’t know …

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Herbert Hulme’s Will

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 9 – Herbert Hulme’s Will Herbert Joseph Hulme photo from the album of my maternal grandmother Daisy Fleming nee Morgan. The theme for week 9 of the 52 Ancestors challenge is “Where there’s a Will”. My grandmother’s maternal Uncle Herb was born Herbert Joseph Hulme at Oxley, Victoria …

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Heirloom

Click on the link below to read my contribution to Week 8 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge. 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8: Heirloom

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Fine record of service

My maternal Great-Grand-Uncle Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN and his wife Sarah MCNAY were married in Victoria in 1894. Thomas was born at Euroa in 1868, Sarah at Moonee Ponds in 1873. They had eleven children born between 1895 and 1918, eight boys and three girls who, all except one of the girls who died of Meningitis at the age …

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Mystery photo of unknown gentleman possibly solved?

Recently, after a discussion with a cousin, I had cause to revisit an old mystery photo from New Zealand. This discussion jogged my memory of an email I had received in June 2015 after a query to the Alexander Turnbull Library about the photo. Fancy forgetting about it for that long. My only excuse is …

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Kiely family of Edi Upper

My Mum’s paternal grand-aunt Amelia Agnes “Millie” HART married Edmund Wills (or Wells) KIELY in Victoria in 1901. Millie was born in 1879 at Echuca, the sister of my Mum’s grandmother, Margaret HART.  They were daughters of Peter HART, originally from Huntingdonshire, England, and Agnes MASON. Millie and Edmund KIELY had 7 children all born …

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Knight family Wiltshire to Australia 1842

Update to my post of 29 September about My first foray into DNA for genealogy When Karen told me she hadn’t been able to find Martha KNIGHT’s arrival in Australia I began searching.  According to her newspaper obituaries Martha’s sister, my great-great-grandmother, Ann Jane KNIGHT, was said to have arrived in Australia in 1847 from Gloucestershire. …

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Peter Webster MASON

A further confirmation of the details and death of my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Webster MASON, was found this week by his great-great-grandson Steve Wakely. Thanks Steve. (1892, April 4). The Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 – 1918), p. 2. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article174510836

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A nasty experience for young Elizabeth Mason of Myer’s Creek

Elizabeth MASON was born about 1845 in Cupar, Fife, Scotland. She was the second eldest daughter of my 3rd great grandparents, Peter Webster MASON and Margaret Leslie nee CARSTAIRS. Peter and Margaret Mason sailed from Plymouth, UK aboard  the “Cheapside”  on the 21st of May 1848. They reached Port Phillip on the 18th of August …

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