Friday, September 13, 2013

Dear friends I have been neglecting by blog!
I do love my blog! And all the blogs I read!

So I promise  I will try to get back more often!
I have so much I want to share!

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went again to find some more family in the Cheltenham cemetery in Adelaide.
But before a write a little more about that I want to tell you a little about the lady I was looking for.
Grace Rutt was born in kempton surrey England to George and Ann Rutt on the 23rd Feb. 1823.
 When she was 16 and worked as a milk maid she came to South Australia on the Hoogley with her family in 1839.
She lived all her life in the Port Adelaide area and she married first captain Edward Dowsett having 5 children then after his death she married George Bell and had 3 more children.

She died on the 19th December 1899 in Portland port Adelaide SA. 
And was buried in the Cheltenham cemetery along with other members of her family.

She is  my second grand Aunt.
That is the only nice part of this post, my husband and I arrived there on a dull grey day and it got worst as the moments went on.
The workers were digging and cutting up soil and we took little notice at first then I found the ever present notice on graves one after another after another, because I like to help people with photos of graves I got a little scared they would be cleared away I took so many photos of them but there were so many we had to stop and try to find our Grace Bell "nee Rutt" and we found her, well we found were she rests........but some of the other photos are horrible and will shock some and others will simply shake their heads in disbelief.
Myself I could scream out loud "what are you thinking" how can you simply throw away a head stone and how can you simply deface a grave of anyone let alone those who first stepped off the sibling ships in a country way from home! Our true pioneers! If you come up with a true reason why this is happening let me know!

Funny it's a little bit like when my husband and I lived in port Melbourne and houses were being ripped down one after another and when we wanted to try to restore our old pup! Council wanted it taken took us two years to get a permit and happily it still stands and is saved for forever!

Will we be wondering WHY! Did we do this! Years from now Nd we cannot turn back time gone! Is gone! For forever!
Now I need to just add photo and let you see what we did see.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A very long time ago we bought a pub! In Port Melbourne for $27,000.00 yes I did say it was a very long time ago. was an amazing place and just today after all these years of keeping bits from there that we found in lots of interesting places, I took a look again... through the little case of treasures and you know it is wonderful how you can see things differently as the years go by.
Doing Genealogy I think does it to you! 
So I want to share..........

These two pictures which were amongst many we found there tucked up the chimney, or behind old furniture, even out in the old outhouse!

 The Arnotts biscuit factory was not far from our "old pub" and it was once called "Swallow & Ariell" biscuits.
Here are two very interesting parts of that history.
Photo 1:
2nd donation of 500 cardigan jackets for our men in the 1st world war about 1914
It reads on the back wall.European War 1914 Swallow & Ariell Ltd patriotic working bee 2nd Donation 500 cardigan jackets cutters preparing garments for voluntary workers.

Love the sewing machines girls. Old singers. How special are they and how special are all the volunteers. 

And the second photo is a true moment in time and we would love to know who it is.
Genealogy truly gives you a feeling of hope that you may find who this is or who's family it belongs to.

Here's hoping always.


On another note! today is my best friends birthday......Happy birthday my beautiful husband.
and what do you give a husband who doesnt want anything but loves genealogy? well you give them a DNA Test kit.....he loved it!

My Husband Rob Hamilton is 66 years old today!!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

"Fiery Creek" - Now called Beauford

Fiery Creek......
These two little words conger up all kinds of thoughts in your head but it is simply an wonderful original name for a Gold Rush town in Victoria Australia. And particular it is the Name of the Masonic Lodge that no longer meets.....but will never be forgotten.

The township of Beauford was originally Known as Fiery Creek and was first settled during the Gold Rush of the 1850's Following Gold discoveries in 1852 at the Yam Holes creek and a later rush to the main lead a short time after that. Fiery Creek saw over 60,000 people attracted to this "Rush" as the town was estableshing shops, and hotels and other esential  needs of a large population.

The town was surveyed in 1857 and town allotments were sold from 1858. By 1860, Beaufort had become a small but strong agricultural, pastoral and timber district. Beaufort's Court House was built in 1864 and the fiery creek Post Office renamed as Beaufort the same year.

So the town was re-named Beauford and this name was either taken from Rear-Admiral Francis Beaufort or a Welsh village in Monmouthshire, either could be correct but information is not available as to which is right.

Fiery Creek prospered and when it laid new "goldfinds in 1856 it kept alive the hopes that "Fiery Creek" would prove to be a second Ballarat.

The Fiery Creek diggings supported four townships, Beaufort, Yam Holes Creek, View Point and Southern Cross, during the 1850s. The population on the fields reportedly reached approximately 100,000 people at its height in the late 1850s and produced 450,000 ounces of gold over a two-year period, 1855–1856.

It is recorded that most Friendly societies and the Masonic lodge were well established in the town at this time, and at this time Cultural developments started to happen with churches, Free library,. Fire station and other needs of the town.
The Masonic lodge......while it is believed was well established during the 1870's we believe the lodge would have been under first the English constitution and in the 1890's came under the Newly formed Australian Constitution as per the records of "The victorian Masonic guide" which was first published in 1893.

Fiery Creek Lodge  at Beauford was closed down a few short years ago as the population got older and new members were needed sadly the lodge had to hand in its warrent and close its doors....but it does not end there see Our masonic lodge "Zetland Lodge no.25" which was established on the 21st of September 1859 was what we call Fiery Creeks Lodge no.157 established on the 15th Oct. 1890's Sister Lodge and Zetland helped to start the Fiery creek lodge and so always had a close affliation to the lovely small lodge in Beauford and friendship between the two lodges lasted until the very night it closed and continues in history forever.
when the lodge closed some photos were given to Zetland lodge and will be hung in "The South" to remind all of Zetlands members the need to treasure friendship and botherhood of lodges that have now closed.

This is my Sunday - Hello to all!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

PAUL MILNER'S Books.........Yippee!!

Yes was Great! finding these gems!!

To some these books wouldn't be all that interesting or important right?

BUT to us they are a little like a lifeline to the past........a way of finding who is who! and those unique records to add to our family tree........and it was not until we went on the genealogy cruise last February and listened to an amazing "lecturer" and found out Paul Milner co-wrote these two books.........full of the most valuable information people like us would need............But they were out of print Paul told us!!!!!

Well that would not stop me, It has taken me since the middle of Feb until today to get them both........We are so excited!!!!!!! Thank you Paul for telling us about your books they may not be new but they are wonderful! And now they are mine!!!!!!

With the winter season coming on here and a huge stack of fire wood we look forward to sitting by our open fire and read every word of these great books.

"Discovering your English Ancestors"

England for Rob!!

And "Discovering your Scottish Ancestors"

Scotland for me!!

This is my Wednesday and What a beautiful Day it is!

Friday, March 08, 2013



Today is International Woman's day.....and being a genealogy buff!!! what better way to share an old photo of my family tree then on this wonderful day..........woman of the world both from the past and into the future are the life of any family, and here are grandfathers mother (my great gran) Auntie Grew my grand fathers sister, Bertha Russell my great gran on my grandmothers side, my Mum who is 80 this year in her arms, Audrey, Joan and Marjorie (cousins)......and the men as well but some of the ladies I love.

There are Many, Many more woman in my family, like the milk maids that came to S.Aust in 1839, and their mother who brought herself along with her husband and 8 children only to see her husband and two of her children die before herself in 1840......leaving those to survive on their own, Or the Great gran I never knew who was forced to give my grandmother up to be taken in by a beautiful German family in Truro, they are all international woman of the my sisters, and sisters in law, and my beautiful daughters and their daughters......this family tree will continue to grow and with it the strength of our woman in various rolls be they as in the past.....follow their husbands to a distant land, or work the fields as good as any man could, or struggling to keep their family safe while their men during the depression walk for days and days looking for work.

Every woman in every part of this globe we call earth rejoice for we "ARE WOMAN OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD"

this is my day humbled by others - happy to know them all!
How is your day! 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

World Book day!!!

Yes today is world book day........

New glasses are needed and then I have a whole year of books to read!

 So does this cute thing! 
and this one!!!

Enjoy a book all you snowed in friends in USA....I could tell you how hot it is here but I won't! :)

This is my Thursday!!! how is yours!!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Paul Milner in Melbourne......great news!

Yes another wonderful day learning SO MUCH MORE!!! about tracing the family tree.

I know I can hear you saying enough already!!!
But there is so much to learn and to once again have the opportunity to hear Paul Milner speak was something Rob and I were not going to miss.
Our friend had booked in a week ago so off the three of us went....Now you all know we live in Central Victoria,a long trip to the city, but what we did not know was that the traffic and the road works would have us arrive at the venue at about 9.15am after leaving home at 6.45.....But so worth it for any geno buff!

Melbourne was the last stop on the Genealogy seminar tour for Paul so we simply had to be there. Not only to hear his terrific lectures again (4 of the best!) but also to show our support for this great man who came from America to give us all so much information to better our trees and to help find information in corners of the past we would never have looked before. Paul as you know, along with other fantastic speakers were on the cruise so this event today was a little icing on the cake for us. we were so pleased we went. 

Also could not make another comment until We thank this very special man as well. He has done a great job in putting together all these events So thank you so much Alan.

And being the winner today of a voucher from
I am sure I will enjoy contacting those on the website after I make a decision on just what I want with my winning ticket.....thank you again so much to all.

 The Celtic club was a hive of activity today with the seminar in thier upstairs rooms. It was quite warm but not enough to make you want to miss a moment of the day. So from 9.15am until late in the afternoon, wild horses would not have been able to drag us out of this historic building in Queen street Melbourne.
 And with parking at the Vic market only moments away from the Celtic club we were in the perfect spot.

Even if our car was parked on the remains of over 9000 deceased persons who were buried there in the very early 1800's when it was the Old Melbourne Cemetery which was closed to become the biggest open air market in the southern hemisphere (who would do that??).......but that is another story for another day. 

So here we are about to listen to our last lecture before Paul returns to USA I am sure, and Alan starts puts together another fantastic genealogical cruise,
so it is simply not goodbye but even simpler "As my old Scottish gran would say - Until we meet again" 

But the last words today have to come from my darling Husband Rob!

"That was a few weeks darling we will take with us all the rest of our days! because it is going to take all the rest of our days to finish "our family trees" now we have so many leads to follow!!!

And that is so true! Husband.

This was my Monday! TRULY hope yours was as much fun as mine!
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