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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