My grandmother was Emily Phillips, nee Basing. Her father was Frederick...
My grandmother was Emily Phillips, nee Basing. Her father was Frederick Basing, and her mother was Ellen nee Fry
the Basing family lived at various times in the Ballarat area in the 1800s, and came to Northern NSW when they had some children, Frederick at one time worked at Bolivia Station, a cattle property about 20km south of Tenterfield, and later the family moved to Hillgrove, and he worked in the gold and antimony mines there, and that is where Emily Basing met and married my grandfather Francis Phillps. His family lived at Dorrigo, and we have a photo of Frederick Basing with some other men sitting on a large cedar log they had felled, so we know that the Basing family lived at Dorrigo for a while and Frederick was involved in cedar and rosewood cutting.
we do not have as many details as we would like to have about the Basing family, and there do not appear to be many Basing family members in Australia, that could be because most children born appear to be females, so the family name Basing is uncommon now. A search of the Telstra white pages finds very few, and those that are there must be related to me, but so many of them either know stuff that they wont share with me, or just arent interested in sharing.
We have found lots of information on Charles Basing, a brother of Frederick. He was an artist who moved to the USA in about the later 1800s and he painted the huge murals on the ceiling of Grand Central Station in New York, plus murals at the Columbia University Club and the Carnegie Institute, he also did murals at many high schools in New York, the most controversial being the one two murals 20 feet high at Bushwick High School that included the images of nude females and the Board of Education refused to pay him for them as they said they were indecent, and he sued them for the payment and before it even got to be resolved in court he went to Morrocco to paint, was kicked by a camel and died from the blood poisoning that resulted from the kick. My grandmother Emily Phillps nee Basing was given some money by her mother Ellen Basing nee Fry from the estate of Charles Basing, and it was used by her and her husband Francis to buy a house at Burleigh heads in about 1936 that they sold after the war for about 500 pounds, land that is now worth probably millions of dollars - what a pity he did not keep it.
We would welcome any contact with any other person doing research into the history of the Basing family and will check back here frequently for any contact
on 2010-04-11 16:59:17
My husband and I are interested in tracing the roots of our family and have been doing so since 1956, so we now have about 15+Gb of info on our computer about the families of both of us, and we are interested in making contact with any member of any of the families we are researching to share information, looking also for photos and certificates for any family member to add to our huge files on those families. After all these years they are still a "work in progress" and we would like more please