janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.
The grave of Ben Hall, at Forbes is close to Ned Kelly's sister Kate who drowned in Forbes in 1898.
Did you say 6,000 documented Bushrangers?
Yes I did. averaging 60 a year. Of course anyone who absconded was considered a bushranger.
I obsconded from school once and went ranging in the bush with my air rifle ... and pretended to be a bushranger. But I never bailed-up any gold escorts. Those were the best days of my life.
I tried to abscond a couple of times but they always knew I was missing. One of my teachers went on to become the chaplain of Long Bay Gaol. She's told me since, her experiences with me at school were invaluable lessons for her future career move.
gives a new meaning to bated breath.
Oh yes. I sat on the tram today next to a man who definetly had bated breath and not the Jane Austin kind.
I just pulled this up. WAS eating a liver-mush sanswich. NOT now!! The dog tar-- and street p---po-- did me in. Excuse me uurp, have got to run to bathrooommmmmm......
The origins of surnames is an interesting topic. Many surnames relate to occupations, with this being pretty obvious in the case of Carpenter, Brewer, Archer etc. Two names whose more obscure meanings I discovered while reading novels are Fuller and Fletcher. Fullers washed clothes using urine which contains ammonia. Fletchers made arrows and I believe the feathers in arrows are still called fletching.
Most surnames were probably originally nicknames to distinguish two men in a village who had the same name and were probably preceded by "the", " son of" (as in Ben/ Bin, and son/sen suffixes)and "of/from" (as in van, de, probably used for a newcomer to the village.)As well as occupations, surnames arose from characteristics (Long, Short, Broad), colours, perhaps of preferred colours rather than complexion (Black, White, Green, Gray, Rudd meaning red etc.), Noble, Faithfull etc. I wonder how many family historians consider how, as well as where, their surname originated.Just for fun, here is my attempt at an A-Z of occupation surnames.
Abbott, Baker, Cooper, Docker, E?, Falconer, Goldsmith, Hawker, I?, Jewell?, Keystone (master mason?), Lockyer, Mason, Nutbean?, Officer, Parker, Q?, Reader, Sargeant, Tanner, Usher, Veal?, Wright, Yoeman.
In regard to bushrangers there's a song about Ben Hall called "Streets of Forbes" that begins:"Come all you Lachlan men, and a sorrowful tale I'll tell"
Streets of Forbes
Come all you Lachlan men and a sorrowful tale I'll tell,
The story of a decent man who through misfortune fell,
His name it was Ben Hall, a man of high renown,
Who was hunted from his station, and like a dog shot down.
Three years he roamed the roads, and he showed the traps some fun,
One thousand pounds was on his head, with Gilbert and John Dunn.
Ben parted from his comrades, the outlaws did agree,
To give away bushranging and to cross the briny sea.
Ben went to Goobang Creek, and that was his downfall
For riddled like a sieve was the valiant Ben Hall,
'Twas early in the morning upon the fifth of May
That the seven police surrounded him as fast asleep they lay.
Bill Dargin he was chosen to shoot the outlaw dead,
The troopers then fired madly and they filled him full of lead,
They rolled him in his blanket and strapped him to his prad,
And they led him through the streets of Forbes, to show the prize they had.
@itellya, A question asked of me yesterday, which I have no idea and thought you may, since it's your neck of the woods. What do you know about Tar Barrel Corner just down from Merrick's Store, (on Stanley St, I think). Is there any historical significance?
I thought there may have been a bit of spice in the old rels and I got excited for a moment when I saw one of them was a stripper. But not to be. I looked it up on the Index of Old Occupations ah well!
A lot of occupations I didn't know.
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