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Monaro Pioneers Newsletter


2015 Number 9






This coming November marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of Daniel French and Isabella Whitton and their two children, William and Daniel, at Brungle Station.


“Many family members know that the family came from Lanark Scotland,” said archivist and historian Robert French, ‘but few know of family origins that go back to Yorkshire in England and, before that, to Normandy.”


To mark the anniversary a family gathering has been organised at:

All Saints Anglican Church Hall, Tumut on Saturday 28 November.


Mr French will give a talk on “The Norman, English & Scottish Origins of the French Family of Brungle” at 11 am, to be repeated at 2pm.


For catering and other purposes, booking is advisable.

“Family members, and others who wish to attend, should indicate which lecture time would suit them” French said. “Tea and coffee and sandwiches will be available for purchase before and after each session, a time for family members to mingle.”


Those wishing to attend should rsvp to:



write to: 4 Ducros Street, Petersham NSW 2049


telephone: (02) 9568 1995 or 0427 105 675


Robert French

Mr French, a history graduate and a foundation member of the Australian Society of Archivists, was, before retirement, the Director of the Sydney office of the National Archives of Australia. He is also a former Deputy Archivist at the World Bank in Washington DC. In retirement he has spent time researching and writing history, including his own family history, and as an active member of several local history societies in Sydney.



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From: Terry
Sent: 6 October, 2015 2:57 PM
Subject: Newsletter 2014 Number 9

Hi Ian

In the newsletter on the 21st Aug 2014 Jon & Tracey McColgan asked about Emily Wilkie being aboriginal.  Also,  Linda Stapleton on the 23rd Aug 2014. I would like to contact them if possible as I think I can help. Please pass on my contact details.

Regards,  Terry

Hi Terry, 

Thank you for the offer, the email addresses for those folks are …

'Jon & Tracy McColgan' xxxxxxxxxxx

'Linda Stapleton'   xxxxxxxxxxxx

Regards,   Ian



On 06/10/2015 11:09, Jane Zyznik wrote:

Proposed Change: Trevanion,  Charles Henry (I51022)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I51022&tree=MP


Description: Charles Henry Trevanion is my GGGrandfather (my GGrandfather was George, my grandfather Arthur Raymond Leigh Trevanion.

On his Marriage Certificate to Sarah Groves on 2 Jul 1863, Charles states that he is 29 years old & was born at sea. I therefore use 1834 as his birth year, although I have not been able to trace a Birth Certificate or registration. He also states that his parents were Charles Henry Trevanion (an Officer in the British Army) & Lydia Francis. I have not been able to verify this information.


Jane Zyznik

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



From: Ian Harvey
Sent: 2015-10-05 9:59 AM
Subject: Grant Family Reunion

Hi Folks,


Just returned from the Grant Family Reunion in Wyndham, what an excellent event.  I had a great time talking to the descendants of Henry Grant and Janet Campbell and collecting lots of new information to update the database.  If you get the chance to participate in any similar events, I thoroughly recommend it.


The countryside was just spectacular and all the dams are full, let's hope it stays that way.


Just when I think there is light at the end of the Monaro Pioneers tunnel a whole lot of new opportunities present themselves.  Looks like I will still be busy into the new year.


Regards,   Ian Harvey

From: Ian Harvey
Sent: 2015-10-06 9:57 AM
Subject: New information regarding the lineage of Henry Grant b1814 Linlithgow, Scotland

Hi Folks,


As you have no doubt gathered by now, I attended the Grant Family Reunion on the long weekend in Wyndham.  A few weeks prior I received an email from Joy Franklin advising me that her sister Barbara had done a lot of research on the Grant family origins in Scotland and had established a different lineage for Robert Grant, the father of Henry Senior.  I was doubtful at first without seeing any supporting documentation but suggested to Joy that we meet and have a chat at the Reunion.  This we did and Joy very kindly loaned me her Sister's substantial documentation to support her conclusions.


I have examined the material and contained within was a copy of the death register entry for Robert Grant, husband of Catherine Ormiston, son of Henry Grant and Anne Hardie.  Robert having died February 5th, 1866 at Burgh Abbey, Paisley, Scotland.  This evidence was clear and indisputable (a copy of which is now attached to Robert Grant's record in the MP database for you all to see).  I have used the material provided to validate as best I could the findings of Joy's Sister Barbara and the new lineage is now in the MP database for you to use and evaluate.


Also revealed was a new sister for Henry Senior, Catherine Grant who married John Begg and whose son Henry Grant Begg is buried in the Wyndham Cemetery.  Again, this new information and all the connections is now viewable in the MP database.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Regards,  Ian Harvey



From: Dora Johnson-Smith
Sent: 4 October, 2015 11:51 AM
Subject: World War 2 Enlistees

Hi Ian

Could you please add my husbands father Harold Thomas Cooper to the WW2 Enlistees.

Photo is attached.

Kind Regards,  Dora Johnson-Smith


His details are as follows:







5 JANUARY 1921




29 AUGUST 1942








7 JUNE 1946






Hi Dora,

Yes we have him listed too.  No photo unfortunately.

Regards,  Ian



From: Dora Johnson-Smith
Sent: 4 October, 2015 11:34 AM
Subject: The 1st AIF Participants

Hi Ian

Could you add my husbands grandfather Arthur Thomas Cooper to the WWI 1st AIF Participants please.

His details are as follows:



Service Number: 1578

Rank: Corporal

Roll title: 2 Australian Remount Unit (November 1915)

Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Date of embarkation: 10 November 1915

Place of embarkation: Sydney

Ship embarked on: HMAT Orsova A67

Photo is attched.

Kind Regards,  Dora Johnson-Smith

Hi Dora,

Arthur Thomas Cooper is already listed among the WW1 Enlistees on our site but we had no photo of him so your photo is much appreciated.

Regards,  Ian



From: Susan  

Sent: 1 October, 2015 9:57 AM

Subject: Proposed Change: Byrnes, Martin (I148464)


Proposed Change: Byrnes,  Martin (I148464)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I148464&tree=MP


Description: Martin died 5-12-1889 in Leichhardt, Sydney.

The BDM is 2758/1889.

Martin drowned 10 days before his wedding, aged 20 years.




Regards, Ian



On 30/09/2015 13:57, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Coppin,  Arthur George (I164434)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers




Description: Arthur married Emily Jennings in Queensland, 1938/C3019







On 30/09/2015 17:35, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Abbey,  Alexander (I233435)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:  http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I233435&tree=MP


Description: might be another child too:


Name        Frances Abbey

Gender      Female

Birth Date   06 Oct 1851

Birthplace   New South Wales, Australia

Father's Name      Alexander Abbey

Mother's Name     Catherine Tully

Citing this Record


"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch

(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XT8S-3P5 : accessed 30

September 2015), Alexander Abbey in entry for Frances Abbey, ; citing

New South Wales, Australia; FHL microfilm 1,238,833.



Hi Warwick,

Well spotted, she must have died in infancy but I am unable to find any reference.  You might have detected I recently began adding the images of the convict records I can find to the database.  Just another way to add "richness" to the research process.

Regards,  Ian



From: Rhubee Neale
Sent: 27 September, 2015 10:38 PM
Subject: update contact info

Hi! Ian,

It’s been a few years, I just want to update my contact details. 

I changed my name legally to Rhubee Neale.  My sister Letty has passed away however I am still looking for family for my sister Linda Mahoney nee Gibson.

Thank you for you help.

Rhubee Neale

Hi Rhubee,

If your name appears on a webpage on the Monaro Pioneers site, you need to tell me which one and I will change it.

Regards,  Ian



From: fiona grove
Sent: Monday, 15 December 2014 10:26 PM
Subject: honeysuckle farm.

Dear Sir ,
             i went to a family reunion a few years ago and was told a lot of information about my paternal grandmother. Her married name was Freda Hill but  her maiden was Freda Donnely. Dad said she came from Pambula. He said she lived on a farm called Honeysuckle Farm.
                   Dad is dead now and was dead when i went to the family reunion. What i heard at the reunion , and some of this may not be true or i have remembered it wrong,. was that a relative of mine roberts? or robertson and a man named haore ? or hore? bought the righs to some cattle that had escaped from the government pastures and had gone wild. Haore and Roberts rounded up the cattle and took them to Pambula where they had Honeysuckle Farm.
                    Honeysuckle farm ended up a model farm and my cousin had a newspaper article where the cattle from Honeysuckle Farm had won prizes at the Bacchus Marsh, Heidelberg shows. in maybe 1901? This is just what i remember from the reunion.
             What i remember from childhood was that grandma Hill had married pop and they lived in Woonona Wollongong. When i was young, one Sunday morning everyone was excited because "Aunty Sylvie " was coming. She was some relative of my maternal grandmother,( who had died before i was born). Aunty Silvie was a child or grandchild of the original Roberts? robrtson  from Honeysuckle. ( must have been grandchild of daughter of Roberts family?) .
                 Do you know these names or events and if so could you send me any informastion about this . Pop Hill's name was Anthony Hill and the Hills were farmers out Cootamundra way. The family story goes that pop went to a dance at Pambula and saw Freda Donnely  and straght away said "im going to marry her." they had 10 living children whom my father was the 3rd oldest, Leo Patrick Hill.
                I hope you can help me put some pieces of the jigsaw together .
Thank you,  Fiona Grove.(Hill)

Hi Fiona,

"Honeysuckle Farm" is located on the road between Pambula and Wyndham.  Freda was Frederica Angela Donelly, the daughter of Frederick William Donelly and Alice Robertson.  Alice Robertson was the Gdaughter of John Robinson and Martha Hoare.  "Syvie" was Silvetta Donelly, sister to Freda and who married Adolphus William Henry Lewis and moved to Brisbane, Queensland.  You will find details of these families in our database, searchable via our website.

Regards,  Ian

dear ian, do you think the story of the first fleet cattle being the original honeysuckle farm cows is true. ? thank you fiona grove. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/16807532?zoomLevel=0.       this is the web site i found it mentioned in.


On Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM, fiona grove <fjgrove8@gmail.com> wrote:

dear Ian, i have only just found this reply . i usually use hotmail and dint even know to look for an answer. thank you for your reply.. it sorts some things. i found an article in the sydney Mail 1903 that was writing about honeysuckle . it said the cows from the first fleet were rounded up by john robinson and john hoare but later in the article it was talking about charlie robertson owning honeysuclkle farm. if john robinson and charley robertson related ??? this is confusing. thank you for your reply, fiona grove , ps freda donelly married anthony hill. and had 10 children and ended up in woonona near wollongong.

Hi Fiona,

I don't know the accuracy of the story but see no reason to doubt it.

You can see the interconnections between the families by using the MP database.

This email will appear in the next newsletter and that may bring forth comment from our readers to help you.

Regards,  Ian



On 29/09/2015 08:03, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Bliss,  James Stephen (I234804)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I234804&tree=MP


Description: Mr. James Stephen Bliss


The gentleman who was responsible for establishing the name of Bliss in Junee and district, Mr. James Stephen Bliss, passed away in Junee during Friday night. He was 78 years of age.

Mr. Bliss was born at Yass on 15th April, 1870, and came to Junee about 40 years ago to work on a number of district properties. For the most of his time he was associated with ''Eurolie' in the Junee Reefs district, and 'Clear Hills' in the Erin Vale area, properties owned by the Heffernan family.

Mr. Bliss was married twice and by the first marriage there are three daughters Mrs. Aitcheson, of Melbourne; Mrs. A. McRoberts, of Narandera; and Mrs. Doug Clark, of Narandera.

By the second marriage he is mourned by his widow and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. T. Mooney, of Lisgar Street, Junee; Harold Bliss (Narandera), Mervyn Bliss (Sydney), Mrs. O'Rourke (Sydney), Bernie Bliss (Junee), and Miss Marie Bliss (Sydney). Amongst the brothers and sisters who remain are Mrs. A. Hall (Narandera) and Mr. Farrell Bliss   (Yass).

The funeral look place at Junee on Saturday morning.('Junee Southern Cross.')

Narandera Argus and Riverina Advertiser, Tuesday 14 December 1948 page 2




Regards, Ian



On 25/09/2015 16:24, Alison Baker wrote:

Proposed Change: Bruce,  Eileen Mary D. (I198951)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I198951&tree=MP


Description: Eileen Bruce (known as Dot, and my grandmother) married Leslie Thomas Rice on 4 April 1925.  Dot died on 8 October 1978 at Glenfield.


Alison Baker


Regards, Ian



On 25/09/2015 16:20, Alison Baker wrote:

Proposed Change: Lenane,  Mary (I84785)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I84785&tree=MP


Description: The Lennane (Linnane) families William & Bridget with children Elizabeth, Mary and Fergus (Ferdinande)along with William's brother John Lennane (Linnane) and his wife Mary with children Patrick, Margaret and Elizabeth all arrived on the ship "Elizabeth" on 16 April 1850.


Alison Baker

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 25/09/2015 16:17, Alison Baker wrote:

Proposed Change: Lennane,  William (I202014)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I202014&tree=MP


Description: William Lennane's wife was Bridget Lennane (Conroy).

They had eight children, Elizabeth (1840-1912); Mary (1844-1915) who married Thomas Roach ; Fergus (1849-1908) ; John (1851-1896); Patrick (1854-1892); Ellen (1856-); Celia (1858-) and William (1860-1931).

William died 19 August 1860 and Bridget died 27 August 1892


Alison Baker

Thank you Alison,

That information cleared up a loose end.

Regards,  Ian



On 25/09/2015 15:57, Alison Baker wrote:

Proposed Change: Hayes,  Mary Jane (I187727)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I187727&tree=MP


Description: Mary Jane Bruce (Hayes) died on 7 May 1872 of typhoid, and only had three children.  Any children listed born after 1872 aren't the offspring of William Bruce and Mary Jane Hayes.


Alison Baker

Thank you for letting us know,

Regards,  Ian



On 24/09/2015 12:19, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Margules,  Dallas Lestrange (I122081)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I122081&tree=MP


Description: WEDDING BELLS.




A VERY pretty wedding was celebrated at the residence of the bride's parents, "Lindley," Wyangle, by the Rev. C. E. Burgess, on Wednesday, June 26, when Dallas L., second son of Mr and Mrs Louis Margules, of Tomorroma, was married to Selina Rose (Lennie), second daughter of Mr and Mrs John Whiteman Webb. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a dress of white silk trimmed with lace and true lovers' knots. She wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a bouquet of white roses and asparagus fern.

The bridesmaid, Miss Charlotte Margules, wore a white silk frock, with hat to match, and carried a bouquet of roses and daphne. Mr S. Margules was best man. The Wedding Hymn was sung by cousins of the bride, Misses Maud, Ciss, Annie and Ruby Webb.

After the ceremony a well-prepared wedding breakfast was partaken of, the centre of the festive board being adorned with a handsome three-decker wedding cake, made by the bride's mother. The following toasts were honored : Bride and Bridegroom,' proposed by the rev. chairman, the bridegroom making a happy response; 'The Bridesmaid,' by the bridegroom, Mr S. Margules responding; 'The Bride's Parents,' by Mr F. Margules, responded to by Mr Webb, who proposed ' The Bridegroom's Parents,' Mr L. Margules responding and proposing the health of ' The Rev. Chairman and the Ladies.' The singing of the National Anthem concluded proceedings.

Mr and Mrs Margules then left amid the good wishes of their many friends, per motor, to train for Sydney, where the honeymoon was spent.

The bride's travelling dress was a navy serge coat frock, with black velvet hat.

The Tumut Advocate and Farmers and Settlers' Adviser, Tuesday 9 July





Regards, Ian



From: Sandra Hope
Sent: 2015-09-23 12:13 PM
Subject: Michael Gilligan/Mary Burke Family mp271014

Hi David

I have been researching the Michael Gilligan/ Mary Burke family for a time, as  they were my Grandmothers Grand parents.


I have information of two more children of Michael Gilligan Snr / Mary Burke from Transcriptions and Marriage cert’s, also the complete family records of the Burke family, arriving in the Colonies 1841 found in ships log,Transcriptions, bdm, Braidwood Cemetery with personal photos of head stones from journey to Braidwood in early September 2015.


Would you like this information,  if so please let me know.

Regards,  Sandra Hope

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for the offer.  Can you please forward to Ian so he can add it to the database.

Regards, David Knox


From: Lloyd Eastgate

Sent: 23 September, 2015 5:03 PM

Subject: Thank you

Hi Ian,

I just want to say thanks for all the work that this group does. I am new at this and was tediously trying to find my wife's ancestors and by happy chance I came across the Monaro website, and there was all her Grand parents and Great Parents. Plus a whole lot of information about them that would have taken a lot of patience and effort to compile, something that would have taken me literally years at the pace I have been going.

Thank you so very much again


Hi Lloyd,

We are delighted that you have found our website useful, perhaps you can also add some information that may be helpful to others.

Regards,  Ian



On 21/09/2015 16:18, Janene Collins wrote:

Proposed Change: Coman,  Ellen Laura (I76671)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I76671&tree=MP


Description: Ellen Coman & Vincent Collins had more descendants than



Cyril died 31 July 1965


Leo (Tom) Collins DOB: 30 Aug 1916 Died: 16 July 1981 Nita Collins DOB:10 June 1918 Died: Yes; Buried Candelo NSW Joan Collins DOB: 7 June 1920 Died: 2013; Buried North Sydney NSW Phillip (Pat) Collins DOB: 6 July 1922 Died: 27 April 1964 Elizabeth Collins DOB: 7 March 1923 Died: Yes Buried Goulburn NSW John (Joe) Collins DOB: 6 Nov 1924 Died: 15 Dec 1982 Lismore NSW; Buried Lismore NSW Sheila Collins DOB: 10 Aug 1926 Died: Yes Buried Goulburn NSW Mary Collins Died at Birth


Janene Collins

Thank you,

Regards, Ian



On 21/09/2015 15:54, Janene Collins wrote:

Proposed Change: Ahkin,  R.J. (I148013)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I148013&tree=MP


Description: Roma June Ahkin DOB 1 June 1928 in Bega NSW; Died 11 December 2013 in  Brisbane Qld.

Married to John Joseph Collins; they had eight children:

David John Collins

Richard Anthony

Felicity Jane

Janene Mary

Mark Joseph

Anthony McKee

Louise Prudence

Justin Damien Collins


Janene Collins


Regards, Ian



On 21/09/2015 15:48, Janene Collins wrote:

Proposed Change: Collins,  Jean Joseph (I148017)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I148017&tree=MP


Description: This entry appears to be my father; his name was John Joseph Collins (known as Joe. DOB 6 Nov 1924. He married Roma June Ahkin in Bega NSW


Janene Collins

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 20/09/2015 19:01, Kerry Donaghy wrote:

Proposed Change: Caldwell,  Thomas H. W. (I50499)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I50499&tree=MP


Description: Name: Caldwell, Thomas Henry Wallace

DOB: 18 July 1892

Death: 1969 - Brunswick, Victoria (regn. 9313)

Married: Bresnan, Eileen Alice-1917-Victoria (regn. 5611)

Military: S/No. 5662 RAN 1916-1926


Kerry Donaghy

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 20/09/2015 05:49, Tricia Moon wrote:

Proposed Change: Bridle,  Daphne Jean (I357827)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I357827&tree=MP


Description: Daphne Jean Moon died in Foster Vic not Forster NSW. The date is correct but not the place. I am her daughter in law.


Thanks,  Tricia Moon

Thanks for letting us know,

Regards,  Ian



From: Warwick

Sent: 18 September, 2015 7:55 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Turk, Sarah Benn (I17457)


Proposed Change: Turk,  Sarah Benn (I17457)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I17457&tree=MP


Description: Name    Sarah Turk

Event Type    Christening

Event Date     22 Dec 1811

Event Place    Hartfield, Hartfield, Sussex, England

Gender          Female

Father's Name         Joseph Turk

Mother's Name         Elizabeth Turk

Citing this Record


"England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KG8K-WWY : accessed 18 September 2015), Sarah Turk, Christening, Hartfield, Hartfield, Sussex, England, 22 Dec 1811; citing 00747, West Sussex County Record Office, Chichester; FHL microfilm 1,067,264.




Regards, Ian



From: Warwick

Sent: 18 September, 2015 7:34 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Brown, Sarah (I17430)


Proposed Change: Brown,  Sarah (I17430)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I17430&tree=MP


Description: Name    Sarah Brown

Gender          Female

Christening Date       27 Jun 1841

Christening Place      Narellan, New South Wales, Australia

Birth Date      20 Apr 1841

Father's Name         Thomas Brown

Mother's Name         Sarah

Citing this Record


"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTC6-R5W : accessed 18 September 2015), Thomas Brown in entry for Sarah Brown, 27 Jun 1841; citing ; FHL microfilm 993,953.




Regards, Ian



From: Warwick

Sent: 18 September, 2015 7:31 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Brown, Henry (I17769)


Proposed Change: Brown,  Henry (I17769)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I17769&tree=MP


Description: Birth/Christening from LDS


Name Henry Brown

Gender          Male

Christening Date       24 Oct 1855


Birth Date      21 Sep 1855

Birthplace      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Father's Name         Thomas Brown

Mother's Name         Sarah

Citing this Record


"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTHK-CHB : accessed 18 September 2015), Thomas Brown in entry for Henry Brown, 24 Oct 1855; citing Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; FHL microfilm 993,965.




Regards, Ian



From: Sam Hutchison

Sent: 16 September, 2015 11:44 AM

Subject: William Hutchison


Just interested in information found on this site. I have found information on William Hutchison saying that he came out to Australia on the 'Undaunted' 1834-35. However the 'ship list' site says that this ship sailed once in 1857. Maybe I have missed something obvious.

Regards, Sam Hutchison

Hi Sam,

Yes that is the information we have and Ancestry.com shows the Hutchi(n)son family on the ship "Undaunted" arrived in Sydney February 3rd, 1835 as unassisted immigrants.

Regards,  Ian



On 16/09/2015 12:21, Lester Hamilton wrote:

Proposed Change: Graham,  Catherine Julia (I165753)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I165753&tree=MP


Description: Died 14 June 1870, Long Swamp, Bungendore Buried 16 June 1870, Long Swamp Parents John Graham & Catherine Brennan


Lester Hamilton

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 15/09/2015 21:18, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Dowling,  Robert William (I297148)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I297148&tree=MP


Description: GUNNING. (From our Correspondent.) FATAL ACCIDENT.- A sad case occurred at Dalton on Saturday by which a lad of 12 years of age lost his life. The name of the lad was Robert William Dowling, son of Mr. Robert Dowling, a sheep farmer, residing about three miles from Dalton. The youth had, in company with an aunt, been out for a load of wood for his grandmother, and on the way, when within sight of his grandmother's house, he fell off the top of the load, and the wheel of the dray passed down his face, chest and body.

Constable John Mara, seeing the horse and dray going rather rapidly past the police station, ran out and stopped the horse, and Miss Dowling, the boy's aunt, said she thought Robert was hurt. The constable ran to where the boy was lying and found a pool of blood under his head ; the poor lad gave one gasp and expired. Constable Mara came into Gunning and forwarded a telegram to the coroner, John Davidson, Esq, to Goulburn This is another instance in favour of a resident coroner for Gunning, as it is an absurdity for a coroner to reside 30 miles from Gunning, which is the centre of its own district.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tuesday 29 August 1882 page 4




Regards, Ian



From: pates
Sent: 15 September, 2015 7:47 PM
Subject: Peter Joseph William Pendergast


My name is Rebecca Pate, and I am the grand daughter of the above. I would like to point out that I have come across the above person on your Monaro Pioneer sight as Peter W Pendergast. There is a picture of a headstone with the entry at the Moonbah cemetery, however I can't remember who's site he was on (possibly a Powers' site).

I would like to inform you, and if possible ask if a note can be attached to Peter and the photo of his gravestone, that his correct name is Peter Joseph William Pendergast, and that the head stone is incorrect - it shows Peter W J Pendergast. I purchased the headstone as a present for my Mum (Gwenneth) Barbara Anne Sharp nee Pendergast, in about 2006. She had always wanted a headstone for her father. Unfortunately somewhere along the way, the 2nd and 3rd letters were transposed, I didn't have the money or time to have it fixed and it was placed as is.

I possibly have a receipt to verify this, which I may be able to find if needed to verify this. Also at the time we sought the grave information from Neen Pendergast and Brian & Doc Pendergast and a third  brother.

Hoping something can be done about this.

Rebecca Pate

Hi Rebecca,

I have changed our database record to show your Grandfather as Peter Joseph William Pendergast as you requested.  The image of his headstone we have does show his middle initials correctly.

Regards,  Ian

Hello Ian,

I'm very sorry, Granddad's name was correct as Peter William Joseph Pendergast on your data base, I should have double checked what I wrote, the headstone is definitely incorrect as it caused quite a concern with my mother (Gwenneth) Barbara Sharp nee Pendergast. I also have rang and double checked with my Aunt Joyce as to Peter's correct name.  My mother passed away on the 31st August 2015 in Mackay Qld if you would like to add this to your data base.

Again I am very sorry for the inconvenience.

Rebecca Pate

Hi Rebecca,

No problem, all fixed now.

Regards,  Ian




On 15/09/2015 16:41, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Dowling,  Robert (I27315)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I27315&tree=MP


Description: DALTON. (From Our Correspondent.) Mr. Robert Dowling, of "Colong," Dalton, who died on the 26th instant, at the age of 75 years and 8 months, was a fine old man, and the district will be the poorer by his death. It was an honour to know him. He took great interest in all public affairs. He was an Oddfellow, and was one of the oldest members in the district.

He was the father of a family of 17. His widow and 14 in family survive him eight daughters and six sons. Of the six sons four are married, and of the eight daughters six are married. The sons are Joseph, of Tumble; Asher, of Lismore; Laurie, of Bevandale; Philip, of Marengo; Thomas, of Omeo; Robin, of Coolong. Daughters are Mesdames H. Bunfield, Dalton; John Thorn, Blakney Creek; J. Pryke, Goulburn; Kracker, Omeo; Morgan, Crookwell; W. Kensitt, Wagga; L. Hallam, Dalton, and Miss Dot Dowling, Coolong. Mrs. George Merriman, Yass, and Mrs. Wilson, of Rye Park are sisters. Mr. John Dowling, Pearce Field; is a brother.

The funeral took place on Wednesday at Greendale, The Rev. Mr. Noake, C. of E. Rector, conducted a short service at the house, and officiated at the graveside, making a very touching address. The wreaths and floral tributes were beautiful. The cortege was the longest ever seen here. A large body of Oddfellows marched to the grave, and Mr. Stone read the burial service of the order.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tuesday 3 August 1920 page 1




GUNNING, Tuesday.Mr. Robert Dowlling, of Coolong station, Dalton, died last night, aged 75 years. Deceased, who was a native of the district, was a successful pastoralist, and took a prominent part in public matters. For six years he was a council for of the Gunning shire. He leaves a wife and a grown up family. His sister Mrs James Merriman, of Jerrawa, who went to see him last night died suddenly this morning, apparently from the shock, aged 78 years.

Young Witness,  Friday 30 July 1920




Regards, Ian



From: Gladys Faulkner
Sent: 13 September, 2015 1:24 PM
Subject: Charles Lewis Tingey

Hello Ian

I wonder if you would mind forwarding my email address to Christine Darlington please.

Charles Lewis Tingey was the grandfather of my husband Edward (Peter) Faulkner.

I would like to be in touch with her if she agrees.

Regards,  Gladys Faulkner

Hi Gladys,

The email address you need is …  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Regards,  Ian



From: Marg Roberts
Sent: 10 September, 2015 5:51 PM
Subject: roberts William and Margaret




Maude Elizabeth  died 26-8-1982


David llewellyn  died 9-9-1987


Ernest William  died  24 6 1986


Marg Roberts

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



From: Cridland, Nicky

Sent: 10 September, 2015 9:07 AM

Subject: Brotherton Family

Hi Ian


I'm hoping you may be able to help me with some information about the Brotherton family.


We are trying to organise a retirement gift for a friend and would like to find a historical parish map showing his direct ancestor's land. I have found a few maps but think there would be others bearing the Brotherton name.


Can you please tell me, or direct me to who might know, which parish the majority of Brotherton's lived in?  I have looked up Bombala, Maharatta and Coolumbooka. 


Kind regards, Nicky Cridland

Hi Nicky,

I suggest you try the Bombala Historical Society.


Regards,  Ian



From: Eva St-Amour
Sent: 9 September, 2015 2:48 PM
Subject: genealogy and families


I can’t tell you how happy I am to find your site – let’s not get lost now.


My McDonald family came from Islay to Duntroon in the 1800’s.  It is very difficult to find more detailed information.

so here I am......I hope to learn a lot from your organization.


There were two brothers Allan McDonald (married to Flora Patterson) and Alex McDonald (married to ? McGillivray.)  That is....if I am correct.


Now in 2015 –  Allen would be my great-great-grand father.


I live near Ottawa and just love genealogy....I am almost 81.....so I don’t have too much time to get the important information to terminate my research.

As far as I know the brothers lived on Lot 25 – concession 8.....


Please give me hope and answer this note as soon as possible.  We have been to visit the area several times in the past and just love it.  It’s so lovely in the fall.


Bye for now.  I will keep my fingers crossed. 

Thanks for reading me.


Eva Jeannette MacDonald.....................now Eva St-Amour

Hi Eva,

If by Duntroon you mean the area near Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia and now part of the Australian Capital Territory then sadly we have no information about Allan McDonald or his brother Alex.

Regards,  Ian



From: Helen Gray

Sent: 8 September, 2015 12:57 PM

Subject: Birth of Male in 1897 in Adaminaby to Family living there at that time

Hello Ian,

I am researching a Family members movements in the 1860 - 1900 who while living in Adaminaby gave birth to a son, William Charles Avery.  Fathers name Sextus William Avery, we are assuming was working in Adaminaby and had come from Colerairne Victoria.  The family moved to Goulburn in the last 1890s - early 1900's.


Could you please help in verifying those movements, and possible in what occupation Sextus Avery occupied while living there.  And did he occupy residence in the old township?


I would appreciate any help, and would even come to Adaminaby to further my enquiries.  I will be in Cooma this weekend and could come out if the Historical Society  will be open.

Thank you,   Helen Gray

Hi Helen,

We do have the family of William Sextus Avery in our database but we don't have any information on when he arrived in Adaminaby or when he and his family left for Goulburn.  The Electoral rolls for 1930 show William Sextus Avery was a Police Sergeant in Goulburn so it is quite probable that he was a Policeman while residing in the Monaro area.  If he was a Policeman in Adaminaby, he certainly would have resided in the Police station in the old township.

We have no connection with any of the local History Societies.

Regards,  Ian



From: Arlen Frank
Sent: 2015-09-07 9:20 PM
Subject: Re: Monaro Pioneers Newsletter

Dear David:

I would like to call the attention of your readers to the "Hugh and Isabella Ritchie" Public Member Tree I recently uploaded onto Ancestry.  One of the three Ritchie families of County Tyrone, Ireland that emigrated to NSW in the early to mid 1800s, that of John and Mary Ritchie, settled in Bega.  One of their sons, Robert Ritchie, has already been covered by the Monaro Pioneers website; the entire family can be found on my tree.

Thanks, Arlen W. Frank   


From: Harry Napthali
Sent: 6 September, 2015 1:51 PM
Subject: Contact wth Terry Irvine


Re the enquiry via the Newsletter from Terry Irvine of 15 August 2015.

Could you please forward me his address, or give him mine. I will then contact him direct re my book “Tjilbees Travels and History”


Regards,  Harry Napthali
Hi Harry,

Thanks for responding, the email address you need is  …   'Terry Irvine' <xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Regards,  Ian


From: Ruth
Sent: 5 September, 2015 7:20 PM
Subject: Book Search

Hello Ian.

Firstly, LOVE your newsletter!  Can’t imagine how I survived without it.


I am looking for a book entitled:


Queanbeyan Pioneers:  First Study by Rex Cross


I have the second study, but the first is proving hard to find.  I was pointed in the direction of the Book Store in Bungendore, but it has since closed down.  My enquiries to second-hand book shops in Queanbeyan and Canberra have been equally unsuccessful.   I am hoping one of your many readers may have a copy they no longer require that I could purchase or know where I could find a copy elsewhere.


Keep up the good work.

Regards,  Ruth

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for the kind words, your request will be in the next newsletter.

Regards,  Ian



From: linley walker
Sent: 6 September, 2015 11:54 AM
Subject: Contact for Lizzie Leech


Dear Ian, A person who receives the Monaro Pioneers Newsletter has emailed me to tell me that Lizzie Leech is looking for information on Minnie Amelia Feltis. I have some information that I'm happy to share with her. Please pass on my email address to Lizzie.


Kind regards,  Linley Walker
Thank you,

Regards,   Ian


On 02/09/2015 16:39, Linda wrote:
Proposed Change: Hutchison, Annie Florence (I5372)
Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Description: Have you got the photo of Annie Florence which was handed around at the Hutchison reunion if you haven't give me a line

Hi Linda,
No we don't have a copy of that photo but sure would like one.
Regards, Ian

The photo they handed around was when she was bridesmaid so its not a real clear picture some people may have already cut it down to the size that Irene Ramsay sent me I think most of the other pictures are already up there was just a few other ones that you may already have I will attach them here for you to have a look at or if any one has ancestry I have them all up on that site

If they dont come out when I have time on the week end I will scan seperately again.


Thank you Linda,

Regards,    Ian



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