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Researching Banks Family of Cumbria/Yorkshire UK

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Banks Family
In 1883 William Banks was born in Dunolly, Victoria, Australia. A Gold Miner, he became a coal miner on moving to Wonthaggi in South Gippsland, Victoria with his wife Rubenia Higgins as some of the very first settlers in the new Black Coal mining town.
His father, John Banks was born in 1845, in Dunolly while his wife, Mary Ann Parkinson was born in Bristol, England in 1845 and died in Dunolly, Victoria. Australia in 1923.John and Ann are buried in the Old Cemetery Dunolly. The family tree of the Parkinson family is well documented.
John Banks was the son of Joseph Banks born 1828 and Ann Ferguson and both are believed to have died in Dunolly or in Australia.
Linking any of this branch of the family to relatives (deceased) in Cumbria is difficult and it is believed many of the family are still living in Cumbria. There is ample evidence of a strong link to Cumbria.
Would it be possible to guide the way to further research, locating the family to which they belong or assisting in any way?

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by DorperL on 2013-05-17 08:48:01

Hello Piando,
My husband, John is a a member of the Banks family. We always heard that there was a branch of the family in Wonthaggi,as well as one we knew of in East Gippsland (Lindenow).
His great-grandfather, born in Kendall area, Cumbria lived in Dunolly before moving to Frenchmans Creek, near Woods Point, later to Toongabbie, Central Gippsland. His name was Joseph Ferguson Banks born 1828, but as far as we know he never had a wife called Ann Ferguson. His parents in Cumbria, listed at his baptism,in Plumland, near Kendall were John and Ann Banks(No maiden name for his mother). She could possibly have been Ann Ferguson. 2nd names were often taken from the mothers maiden sirname.A lot of the information we have is sketchy. He has a grand-daughter stll living in Trafalgar(very elderly now) Our information is a little different to yours, but there are similarities. Looking forward to your reply, Regards,LB

by Piando on 2013-05-18 01:09:27

Thank you for your mail LB
Yes, your husband John is almost certainly a relative. In my post I mentioned that John Banks, married to Mary Ann Parkinson was born in Dunolly. That is incorrect. Both were born in Cumbria and the Parkinson family is widely documented.
I am not at all sure who John Banks father was. I think (repeat think) his fathers name was Ephraim but he may also have had a brother names Ephraim.
I am a novice at this and do a lot of guessing. We are with My Heritage and it is the Banks family tree. I too have a sister living in San Francisco who is in her (how can I say it?) advanced years. She was born in 1908; now 105 years.
We can be contacted on e-mail [email protected] ( and will appreciate you letting us know if you come across something about the Banks family. There must be others with research far more advanced than ours. We will let you know if we come across something.
Peter & Olive Banks
PO Box 1232, RUNAWAY BAY, Queensland 4216

by Piando on 2013-05-18 01:22:15

LB & John
You can read the story on Captain Ducky; Reta Banks on
Just cut and paste this link into your browser.
All the best

by ngairedith on 2013-05-18 01:36:33

thank you Piando, great story
Amazing women: Captain Ducky by John Gavin
from the above site ...

... Australian born, Reta Banks is well known by the name Captain Ducky. Born in Rutherglen, Victoria on January 4, 1908, Retas family moved to Wonthaggi, a town in the south of Victoria in November 1909. Her father, a former gold miner, helped establish the Powlett Coal Fields for the State Coal Mines in Victoria. Reta was still less than two-years of age when with her infant brother and young mother, barely 21 years of age, took lodgings at the Dalyston Hotel for a time before moving to Wonthaggi, making a home under canvas

... But Reta Banks is an extraordinary woman; actually the 68 year old retired fashion expert is much more than a first mate on a fishing boat. Besides being a qualified deck-hand, she holds her ships captains papers and the rank of past-commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Not to mention swimming awards from her youth.

... Australian born Captain Banks, who is known around Fishermans Wharf as Lady Tyles began her 25 year career with I. Magnins San Francisco Store in bathing suit sales and modelling

... Captain Ducky is a title Reta carries with pride. When she qualified as a Captain, she found some of the boat owners and operators were reluctant to accept a female in their domain. They gave their female counterparts a particularly hard time. They would radio encouragement by making statements like go home and wash your dishes. That only made us more determined to succeed and we showed them a thing or three, Reta said

... On January 4, 2008, Reta Banks celebrated her 100th Birthday in San Francisco. She went for a tour of the bay with some of her other friends

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