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June 2009

Welcome to the June issue of FTF Magazine which we devote to Antipodean research. 

 Australia was first discovered by Europeans in the early 1600s, however it was the late 18th century which saw the first convicts and troops arriving on its shores and establishing penal colonies, which were the origins of the major cities as we know today. Delightful Dukkie provides an insight into this period of Australian history, whilst dicole focuses on her home  ‘town’ of Sydney and its evolvement into a modern cosmopolitian city.

 It was gold and wool which were the economic making of Australia, and Sunny Kate and Val and George delve into these further. Sunny Kate tells the story of her ancestors who were lured by the prospect of gold. Val and George also looks into World War Two Prisoner of War camps in New South Wales, as well as telling us of how she, her husband and her family emigrated to Australia as ‘£10 Poms’ in 1964. 

 Yvonne from Oz, MacPanda and jenoco tell the stories of how their ancestors arrived in Australia, and Mary from Italy and KiwiChris provide excellent guides on how to trace your Australian and New Zealand ancestors. 

 Moving away from the Antipodes, we celebrate Father’s Day by bringing you stories from Rosi Glow and Little Nell, who remember their late fathers with fondness and affection.  

Research Guide: Australia

There is no country wide system for registering births, marriages and deaths (BMDs) in Australia. Each state keeps its own records. There are no surviving census records apart from the small New South Wales (NSW) census taken in 1841, as details of individuals were...

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Research Guide: New Zealand

New Zealand is a relatively young country compared to those where most genealogists are used to conducting their research. The country is young in terms of human settlement, but also geologically, with the more prominent natural feature in the largest city, the...

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New Holland to Australis

{xtypo_dropcap}E{/xtypo_dropcap}ighteen years after Captain James Cook discovered and mapped the Great South Land 'New Holland', 1400 Caucasians sailed into Botany Bay. In command was the ‘discrete naval officer’ Captain-General Arthur Phillip RN,...

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First, Second and Third Fleet Ancestors

My husband John's 4x great grandfather on his mother's side was Benjamin Cusley who was baptised on the 7th February 1762 in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Kettering, Northamptonshire. His parents were cordwainer, John Cursley, and his wife, Anne Parker,...

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The Explorer’s Soul

In the hunt for my family history I have followed the Hunt family from Measham, Derbyshire/Leicestershire, where my great grandmother, Annie Hunt, made her voyage to immigrate to Australia... Brisbane, Queensland to be precise. I also found my relatives in America...

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The Dunera Boys

The New South Wales outback town of Hay became a hive of activity during the Second World War when the government of the day commissioned a prisoner of war camp to be built there. The criteria for a POW camp needed to be followed:- 1. It had to be built on an area...

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Two kilometres out of Cowra, NSW, a POW Camp was built to hold incoming prisoners of war: Japanese soldiers captured in Borneo and New Guinea, Italians captured in North Africa, Indonesians who were activists against the Dutch, not actually prisoners of war, but...

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The Thorn family of Ipswich, Queensland

George Thorn was the nephew of my 4x great grandmother and the third son of agricultural labourer, Simon Thorn, and his wife Elizabeth. He was baptised in 1806 in Stockbridge, Hampshire. He became a colour sergeant in the 4th Kings Own Regiment, and when he arrived in...

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Gold, Glorious Gold!

On 22nd May 1851 the New South Wales government officially announced that payable gold had been discovered in an area near Bathurst to the west of Sydney. This would be the catalyst for a dramatic and long-lasting effect on the economic, social, political and cultural...

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We Wuz Ten Pound Poms

In 1964 we emigrated from London to Brisbane as ten pound Poms. My husband George and I had travelled and worked in Germany for about nine months during 1963 and when we got back to London we couldn’t seem to settle, as the travelling bug was with us. We both had good...

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Click Go The Shears

The Australian wool industry began in 1797 with the introduction of Merino sheep to the colony of New South Wales, and within 50 years wool was Australia’s main export. For the continuing 100 years, wool exports were crucial to Australia’s economic prosperity, giving...

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Gold Fever

As a child I often heard stories about how my grandmother’s family had been pioneers in one of the first gold-rush towns in New South Wales (NSW). Four years ago, when I decided to search for my ancestral roots, this family was my starting point. My journey of...

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My Town – Sydney

I think most people in the world know that Sydney was founded as a penal colony; a group of convicts and their gaolers, sent by the British Government to the far side of the world in 1788. Today, some claim the arrival of the English was an invasion, but it was not...

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Walls have been broken down

I was thrilled when I was picked in mid February 2009 for WDWTYA!! I'd been struggling for two or three years with huge brick walls on both sides of my ancestry. The opportunity that WDWTYA gave me to find out more was just great. With particular help from Mary from...

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Jessie was Isabella

When I “won” the draw for 'Who Do We Think You Are' on the 9th April 2009, I was really excited. Every week I’d make sure I was online on Thursday evening to see if I was drawn from the hat, so when I got a PM to say I had been chosen I was ready for the off! I had...

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My Hero

I lost my dad in June 2004. He was my best friend. He was one of 10 children and was born and raised in Hartlepool, Durham. All of his family were miners or quarry workers, as were his forefathers before him. He had also worked down the mines for a while before he...

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The Singing Conductor

My dad died 18 years ago. I miss him more every day. Yes, he was infuriating, but he had a fantastic sense of humour and introduced me to classical music and the beauty of the spoken word - he would quote Shakespeare quite naturally in conversation. Not bad for...

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