George Edwin Wise and the Western Stores

George Edwin Wise (1850-1933) was my paternal Great Grandfather, the maternal grandfather of my father Reginald George Robson (1915-1980). George was born in Cork, Ireland on 22 October 1850, just a year before his family migrated to Australia in 1851. It is thought that business opportunities in a new land was the reason for the family migration at a time when Ireland was in the midst of the potato famine which caused a depression, increased crime and religious rioting. For

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Chapter Five – Fuller’s Earth – 1905-1909

My mother, Lavinia Robson nee Fuller, died in January 2016. I was feeling melancholy in the months after and searched through her photo albums and then moved onto her dad Johnny Fuller’s scrapbooks, finding his 1907 diary of his trip around the world. After all my family research since 2011, I found myself looking at the Fuller family history with different eyes, noticing things I had previously overlooked, or things that earlier didn’t mean anything to me, were now substantial

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John Fuller research trip to Auckland March 2019

Geoff and I visited Auckland in March 2019 and I imagined visiting the Fuller’s grave would probably have been our first destination, however as things turned out, it actually became our last, but no means least important place to visit. Scottie Fuller gave me excellent directions and also gave me a wonderful photo that he had taken on his visit some years ago. Waikaraka Cemetery Auckland, image courtesy of Scottie Fuller Email from Scottie Fuller March 2019: Hi Virginia, Onehunga

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The Lindsay Family of Montrose, Scotland

I have discovered so many interesting characters whilst writing up the family history, admittedly some have given me grief, after discovering their convict past, however I must add that they mostly redeemed themselves with the chance of new opportunities in a new land. Others have given me great pride in the way they lived their lives, some bravely migrating from their native homelands, only to be met with terrible hardships as they pioneered a new country, others were impressive business

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The Rundle Family from Newcastle, New South Wales

Preface I wish to acknowledge the support and encouragement of my husband Geoff Rundle in my writing up this part of the family history. Geoff vetted and supplemented my writing and in the main, our recollections coincided. He also thoroughly enjoyed recounting his childhood and family memories. I did offer to withhold some material, but he told me he was comfortable with it the way it was. Geoff has no expectation in life other than to be a loved, appreciated

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The Rundle Family of Kelly, Devon

This chapter about the Rundle family, is the second in a trilogy, that will take the Rundle family back to Kelly, Devon in England. The third chapter, The Lindsay Family of Montrose, Scotland will continue my family discoveries. Shortly, I will upload The Rundle Family of Newcastle, New South Wales, the first chapter in this series. I discovered that Catherine Rundle, my husband Geoff Rundle’s paternal grandmother had been married before and that her maiden name was actually Lindsay and not Moloney, which

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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 thought to be 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 Lenore Rundle nee Patterson (1926-2016) had convicts crawling out of nearly every family branch. Previous

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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 Wright 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

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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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