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
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
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
I was recently asked to try and trace the ancestry of a mixed race Australian whose grandmother was half Indigenous Australian and half white Australian, born in 1920. This was the first time I'd been tasked with researching Aboriginal ancestry and I was somewhat daunted by the thought of so little recorded information being available.… Continue reading Tracing Aboriginal Ancestry
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 […]
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…
I came across an old occupation I'd never heard of before when I was researching the background of Thomas Gibson from Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. Like his father and grandfather before him, Thomas's 1841 census information stated he was a Whitesmith. "Whitesmith: specialised in crafting items from tin, lead, silver, pewter and the like, or… Continue reading From Whitesmith to Photographer in 1855.