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. (1817-1888) and Ann Veitch (1816-1853). 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

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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 Wise Family of Avoca, Victoria

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The Wise branch of the family was amongst my earliest research endeavours. My paternal grandmother was Mabel Wise, married to William Elliott Veitch Robson, who died at Waverley Nursing home on 18 Sep 1971. I can clearly remember a phone call from my dad, Reginald George Robson, telling me that Granny Mabel had passed away. My sister, Lavinia Chrystal and I were at a skiing camp down at Perisher Valley during the September school holidays, and by the time we

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The Cranwill, Smith and Colley Families of Ballycanew, Wexford, Ireland

  This is the second chapter in my family history tracing the Cranwill line back from Australia and it includes Geoff and Virginia Rundle’s Family Trail of Ireland, August and September 2016. Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Dead in Ireland by Rev. Ffrench Page 246 In 2014 I came across an old book that had been uploaded to the internet, called the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Dead in Ireland by the

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The Murray Family of Limerick, Ireland

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I had a lot of trouble pinning down my Great Great Grandmother, Ellen Frances Matilda Murray, and my earliest research found only her death notice from The Argus newspaper and her Australian Death Index. At first, I wrongly assumed that Ellen may have been the daughter of early settlers to Victoria and I probably wasted a good deal of time searching Australian records at this time, and eventually came to a dead end. Death of Ellen Frances Matilda Murray, 7

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The Kilpatrick Family of Dublin and the Cranwill Family of Ballycanew, Wexford, Ireland

The Kilpatricks of Dublin, formerly Armagh, and the Cranwills of Dublin and Ballycanew, Wexford, have without a doubt been the most pleasurable and successful areas of my Irish family research. My paternal Grandmother Mabel Jackson Wise’s mother was named Agnes Amelia Kilpatrick. This information I discovered on Mabel’s birth record. I had never heard of Agnes, the wife of George Edwin Wise, however her oval photographic portrait and that of my Great-Grandfather Wise had hung as a pair above our

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The Robson Family of Wallsend and Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland England and Newcastle and Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Our Robson family were from Wallsend, Northumberland, a town 10 km east of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. This general area is where our family had probably lived for centuries. Border wars between Scotland and England would have occasionally disrupted their otherwise peaceful community. The Robson clan were convenient border hoppers, depending on where the war was being fought, they would make sure they were on the winning side of the wall, thus ensuring their family’s survival from the

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