The Stewart, Smith and Blade Families of Sydney, New South Wales

The convict word was never mentioned in my husband Geoffrey Rundle’s family and as far as he knew, his family were First Fleeters whose famous ancestor, Frederick Meredith, had arrived on the Scarborough, as steward to Captain John Marshall. Geoff’s father’s side of the family had no convicts, however, I discovered to my great interest and vast amusement, that his mother Valmae Rundle nee Patterson (1926-2016) had convicts crawling out of nearly every family branch. Previous generations had most definitely

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Mary Jones, convict of the Broxbournebury 1814 and George Faughtley Wright, convict of the Somersetshire 1814

Mary Jones, was a convict from Middlesex, London, who arrived in Sydney aboard the Broxbournebury on 28 July 1814. George Wright, also from London, arrived on the convict ship Somersetshire on 16 October, 1814. They are the 4 x Great Grandparents of my husband Geoff Rundle. Mary and George had one daughter, Mary Fautley 1815-1888, and four sons, George R. Faulty Wright 1817-1879, William F. Wright 1818-1872, Thomas Wright 1824-1885 and James Faughtley Wright 1826-1889. New South Wales and Tasmania,

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William Brown – A Proud Australian 1804-1864

William Brown was the Great-great-great-grandfather of my husband Geoff Rundle. I started my family research several years ago, and no part of our Rundle family tree has given me more interest than that of the Brown and Stewart line in my husband’s ancestry. I am pleased to be able to write up the story of William Brown’s life, relying on records, newspaper clippings, publications, websites and confirmation of his extended family from grave inscriptions at Camperdown Cemetery. I admire William

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The Robertson, Falconer, Duncan and Ritchie Families of Dundee, Scotland

Annie Robertson Kippax was my great grandmother, who married William Robson M.L.C. She was given the middle name Robertson and when I collected her death record I felt that it was probable that her mother’s maiden name was Robertson. I had never heard of the Robertson name in our family before my research into the family tree in 2011. Australia Death Index, 1787-1985: Name Annie R Robson Death Date 1920 Death Place New South Wales Father’s Name William Mother’s Name

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The Wise Family – Merchants of Cork

Family stories were handed down through the generations about our Wise family from Ireland. My father, Reginald George Robson thought that his grandfather George Edwin Wise was a native of Waterford, and indeed several 1930 newspaper obituaries mention this fact. The newspapers however were not correct, as George Edwin Wise was born in Cork, just a few months before his family migrated to Australia in 1851. George Edwin Wise, the son of William McOboy Wise and Ellen Frances Matilda Murray,

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The Robson Family of Sydney 1860-1930

My Great-grandfather, William Robson (1816-1920) Jnr. was the son of William Robson Snr. and Ann Veitch. He was a staunch Methodist, like his father, and he became a Reverend in the Methodist Church shortly before his marriage to Annie Robertson Kippax. I am sure that William met Annie in Sydney when he was attending Methodist gatherings and conferences. Reverend William Robson, J.P., M.L.C. Annie’s father William Henry Kippax was also a staunch Methodist and a Sydney City Councillor for many

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The Kippax and Howell Family of Sydney

My early family research had uncovered that William Robson, my great grandfather had married Annie Robertson Kippax, and this quickly led to the discovery of Annie’s parents as William Henry Kippax born on 29 March 1827 in Windsor, New South Wales and Elizabeth Whitton Robertson born about 1833 in Dundee, Scotland. The Robson Family of Wollongong are another family chapter that I have written up previously. Another chapter will deal with The Robertson Family of Dundee. The name Kippax was

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The Fuller Family Fortunes 1899 to 1904

The beginning of 1899 was marked by a decision to take the Fuller Myriorama Company to Australia, and Melbourne was picked as the first destination for the family. Ben and John were more business minded that Walter who was happy to let other members of the family make these decisions. He was a gentle and gifted musician who just wanted to play music and direct an orchestra. His brothers on the other hand were more ambitious and took on their

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The Fuller Family Myriorama Company 1895 to 1898

  John Fuller’s Myriorama Through Ireland on a Jaunting Car, image courtesy of Australian National Gallery and Trove Digitised Images. 1895 was the year when the rest of John Fuller’s children, Walter, Benjamin and Lydia arrived in Auckland, New Zealand for the family reunion that John Fuller Snr had so anticipated and longed for. Early in 1895 John Fuller went on tour to Australia with the Continentals, visiting both Adelaide and Melbourne. The South Australian Register 16 February 1895 Express

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