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John Sellenger or Salinger 1832 – 1906 Convict No. 2400

John Sellenger (variants: Salinger, Sallinger, Sallenger) arrived in Fremantle on 31st. August 1853 on the ship Phoebe Dunbar, which had sailed non-stop from Kingstown, Ireland, taking 89 days. He was fortunate not to have been one of the 16 convicts and passengers who died during the journey, supposedly of Typhus but more likely of advanced… Continue reading John Sellenger or Salinger 1832 – 1906 Convict No. 2400

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John Richards 1823 – 1897 Convict No. 453

John Richards was convicted of burglary at Liverpool Assizes on the 9th December 1848 and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for stealing 2 hams1. This was the era of the potato famine in Ireland, which caused mass starvation, disease and emigration. John was about 23 years old, an ex soldier from Dublin, Ireland, whose parents… Continue reading John Richards 1823 – 1897 Convict No. 453

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George Ryder or Rider 1824 – 1889 Convict No. 972

Before George Ryder was convicted of breaking a window and stealing a watch from Timothy Wakefield's shop in Lancaster, he had been imprisoned a staggering 32 times in his young life1. It was the 1st. January 1849 and he was 24 years old when he was sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia for stealing… Continue reading George Ryder or Rider 1824 – 1889 Convict No. 972

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William Rhodes 1820 – 1891 Convict No. 1498

William Rhodes was born in Ferrybridge in the parish of Ferry Fryston, Yorkshire about 1820. He was baptised at St Andrews Church on 25 December 18201. His parents were Joseph Rhodes, a carpenter and Frances Wilkinson. He was the fourth born of seven children, who were all born in Ferrybridge. Ferrybridge, Bridge, Yorkshire. Completed in… Continue reading William Rhodes 1820 – 1891 Convict No. 1498

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Useful Australian Websites

Some websites to help you with your Australian research. If you can’t find what you’re looking for and would like my help, please get in touch via my contact page. AUSTRALIAN CEMETERIES – http://www.australiancemeteries.com AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS – http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL – http://www.awm.gov.au CONVICT RECORDS – https://convictrecords.com.au CORAWEB – http://www.coraweb.com.au FAMILYSEARCH – https://www.familysearch.org NATIONAL ARCHIVES […]

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How Sad…

Peru child sacrifice discovery may be largest in history. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-28/140-children-killed-in-ancient-child-sacrifice-in-peru/9706926 Video: Ancient mass child sacrifice in Peru may be largest in history (ABC News) Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world's largest single case of child sacrifice. Key points: The children may have been sacrificed in response… Continue reading How Sad…