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Reginald Victor EATHER 1873-1946

The eldest son of John William EATHER 1845-1915 and Harriet Clark 1849-1928.
Reg married Harriet Maria COUSINS 1882-1924 at Singleton on the 30 November 1910. Harriet was the daughter of Walter Young COUSINS 1856-1898 and Sarah Jemima nee MCFADDEN 1860-1885.
The children of this marriage were:-
Jack Cousins EATHER 1912 ? 2002 Heather Jean EATHER 1913 ? 2003
Kathleen Mollie EATHER 1915 ? 1983 Wilga Elizabeth EATHER 1918 ?
Ian Finlay EATHER 1921 ?

None of the EATHER family had been fortunate enough to draw the homestead block of 'Henriendi' when land ballots had been held, but Reginald Victor, succeeded in coming to an arrangement with the man who had drawn it, and after the required residential requirements had been complied with, purchased it from him.
Reginald took his bride Harriet (known as Ettie) to live at 'Henriendi. She was 28, having been born at the Caledonian Hotel at Singleton on the 8 October 1882. She had ancestral roots in the English county of Wiltshire, where her paternal grandfather Walter COUSINS had been born at Heytesbury. Her uncle Alexander Munro COUSINS, was married to Reginald's cousin, Matilda Sarah, one of the daughters of his great uncle Charles EATHER 1827-1891.
Henriendi was their home for over forty years and where their children grew up.
Parts of the homestead had been modernised and there were additions, however the original kitchen remained for many years.
And what a marvellous kitchen it was. A very long room built entirely of cyprus pine with a very high ceiling which had white
calico tacked to the rafters which had been adzed flat. Every year just before Christmas the calico was replaced with fresh new calico.
On one side was a huge cast iron stove with two ovens on either side of the woodbox. In the corner was the copper for boiling the water and against the end wall were huge stone laundry tubs. In the winter the children would bathe in these tubs in front of the roaring fire. The walls were of upright logs split in halves with the flat sides on the inside. The scrubbed kitchen table seated at least a dozen. there was a huge pantry stocking all kinds of preserved fruits and vegetables. Big pottery jars of cauliflower pickles and tomato relish big bags of sugar and flour and other staples needed when living so far away from the nearest shop. The walk in fireplace had an iron bar across the top where the hams were smoked. Can just imagine the wonderful warm inviting aroma.

On the north west corner of the Henriendi homestead block was a small public school. In 1920 the Education Department realised that Reginald Eather could lawfully claim the school. They bought two acres of land from the stock route and set about moving the school building. Imagine the excitement of the children when a bullock team arrived to tow the school the ninety feet. They put round logs under the school and little by little they moved it without any trouble at all.

Much of this story has been taken from the book 'The Eather Family' Volune 5 for the Eather family History Committee by John St.Pierre.
Jack and Heather, Two of the children photographed below about 1915

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Canada Genealogy sites

Besides The Drouin Collection of Quebec Vital and Church Records. Which I believe can now be accessed through ancestry.com

give these following sites a go.

Library and Archives of Canada

Canada GenWeb Project

Newfoundland Labrador

For Cemeteries D'ADDEZIO.com and GenWeb Cemeteries

Gnalogie du Qubec et de l'Acadie

Canada GenWeb for Kids

Montreal records

Quebec Genealogy

Also Canadian Convicts to Australia 1839-1840
American patriots, convicted at Fort Henry, Toronto
and French Canadians, convicted at Montreal

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Florence Ada EATHER 1877-1966

Florence Ada EATHER, the youngest of the children of Peter EATHER 1831-1911,and Charlotte, nee WILLIAMS 1834-1918 was born at "Henriendi" in 1877. She grew up there and in 1895 married Robert Adam PROUDFOOT, The wedding was held at Narrabri, and subsequently the couple lived in the Boggabri district for at least fifteen years. Their three children were born there.
Robert Adam PROUDFOOT, son of James PROUDFOOT 1840-1889 and Sarah Ann nee CAMPBELL 1838-1905, Robert was born in 1873 in Warialda, NSW, Australia and died on 18 January 1923 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia at age 50. Robert was generally known as Adam.

Children from this marriage were:

1. Peter Stanley PROUDFOOT was born in 1895 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died on 11 Mar 1990 at age 95 at Mt.Isa Queensland

Peter married Florence (--?--)From Gippsland, Victoria (d. 3 Dec 1980).

2. Dorothy Alma PROUDFOOT was born in 1897 in Narrabri, NSW, Australia and died on 2 Jun 1961 in Narrabri, NSW, Australia at age 64.

Dorothy married Edward T CARTER on 9 Oct 1922 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia.

3. Ethel M PROUDFOOT was born in 1900 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died in 1912 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia at age 12.

4. Eve PROUDFOOT was born in 1902 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died on 23 Aug 1951 in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia at age 49.

Eve married Daryl William SMITH in 1937 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia.

5. Bessie J PROUDFOOT was born in 1905 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died on 1 Jun 1988 at age 83.

Bessie married Leonard H SHORT (b. 1904) in 1929 in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia.

6. Colin PROUDFOOT was born in 1908 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died in 1908 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia.

7. Henry Joseph PROUDFOOT was born in 1909 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died on 11 Apr 1985 at age 76.

Henry married Alice WOOLLEY (b. 1916, d. 17 Sep 2000) on 19 Apr 1939 in NSW, Australia.

8. Errol PROUDFOOT was born on 24 Mar 1912 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died on 19 Dec 1993 at age 81.

Errol married Mary Emma WALSH (d. 10 Sep 1993) in 1939 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia.

9. John Campbell PROUDFOOT was born in 1917 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia and died in 1917 in Boggabri, NSW, Australia.

The photo below is Peter Proudfoot and his cousin Robert Peter Milner1889-1997 whose mother was Eva Jane Milner nee Proudfoot 1893-1982

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Matilda Sarah EATHER 1858-1941

Matilda Sarah EATHER, the sixth child and third daughter of Charles EATHER 1827-1891 and Eliza nee HOUGH 1825-1870, was born at North Richmond on 28 April 1858 and baptised at St Peter's Church, Richmond on 9 June 1858. She was still a small girl when her family moved to "Henriendi". On 23 November 1880 she married Alexander Munro COUSINS at Muswellbrook. Alexander Munro COUSINS had been born in 1853, the son of Walter COUSINS and his wife Harriet (nee MUNRO).

Walter COUSINS had been born in 1829 at Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England and had married Harriet MUNRO at Bathurst, New South Wales in 1853. Harriet was the foster/adopted daughter of Alexander MUNRO 1812-1889 and his wife Sophia, nee LOVELL 1812-1889. Her 'father', Alexander MUNRO 1812-1889 , the first Mayor of Singleton, had been born at Campbelltown in Scotland on 18 July 1814, the son of George MUNRO and Isobel MAIN. He had arrived in New South Wales in 1831 and had purchased land in Singleton and had become an hotel-keeper. In due course he had engaged in a number of pastoral investments in the north-west of the colony and became quite wealthy. He built a fine home at Singleton and named it "Ardersier House", and by the time his grandson married Matilda Sarah he was involved in grape growing and wine-making on a large scale.

During the 1880's Matilda and Alexander had four sons: Glencairn, born in 1883 at Patrick's Plains (Singleton); Royston, born 1885 at Patrick's Plains; Alexander, born 1887 at Muswellbrook; and Ardarsier, born 1889 at Singleton. Patrick's Plains was the original name for the Singleton district, so from the birthplaces of their children we can gather that Matilda and her husband resided in the Hunter Valley until at least the year 1890. The youngest of their four sons was named after his great-grandfather's home Singleton.

In their later years Matilda and Alexander resided at Narrabri. They both died there, Alexander in 1923 and Matilda in 1941. Their son Royston had died in infancy. Sons Glencairn and Ardersier both married during the 1920's.
Children from this marriage were:

Glencairn Munro COUSINS was born in 1883 in Patricks Plain, Singleton, NSW, Australia and died in 1941 in Mosman, Sydney, NSW, Australia at age 58.
Glencairn married Ruby Ada Beryl DUNSTAN in 1924 in Quirindi, NSW, Australia.

Royston C COUSINS was born in 1885 in Patricks Plain, Singleton, NSW, Australia and died in 1885 in Newtown, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Alexander Munro COUSINS was born in 1887 in Muswellbrook, NSW, Australia and died in 1946 in Narrabri, NSW, Australia at age 59.
Alexander married Marjorie Agnes R TOWNSEND (b. 1907) in 1941 in Manly, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Ardersier Munro COUSINS was born on 3 Oct 1889 in Singleton, NSW, Australia and died on 10 Dec 1963 at age 74.
Ardersier married Gladys Elvina DENNE (b. 1892, d. 1961) on 12 May 1921 in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Harriet Munro's birth parents were Thomas and Catherine Phillips
Thomas and Catherine Phillips had two other children Thomas 1838 and Mary A 1839 I have not researched this Phillips Family

Alexander Munro had no biological children

Irish Naming Patterns

These are the Irish naming patterns.

These rules are generally followed.

The 1st son was usually named after the father's father

The 2nd son was usually named after the mother's father

The 3rd son was usually named after the father

The 4th son was usually named after the father's eldest brother

The 5th son was usually named after the mother's eldest brother

The 1st daughter was usually named after the mother's mother

The 2nd daughter was usually named after the father's mother

The 3rd daughter was usually named after the mother

The 4th daughter was usually named after the mother's eldest sister

The 5th daughter was usually named after the father's eldest sister

The Scots and English are similiar. This pattern may help when looking for possible forenames of ancestors.

In Ireland if the first wife dies and the man remarries, the first daughter born to the second wife is named after his deceased first wife.

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Elijah PLUCKNETT from Queen Camel to Wollongong NSW

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Doctor Frances DICK Australia

I'm seeking information about the family of Frances DICK

born between 1866 and 1870

Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women and the University of Ireland. She was not a graduate of Sydney University as written in pencil on the back of this photograph.

Her qualifications included: LSA (London) 1891 and MB Ba Surg, Royal University of Ireland

Appears on the 1891 Census of England and Wales, as boarding with James Main and family at Marlybone, London

1892. She was the first woman to practise medicine in New South Wales preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892.

1893. Practiced as a surgeon at 195 Elizabeth St. Sydney

Left from Sydney for Germany on the 'Gulf of Genoa' on the 18 December 1899

[Dame Mary Gilmore described her: "when everyone else was dressed in floral or other soft materials, Dr Dick wore tailormade tweeds as like a mans, without aping man, as possible.' It is thought she later went to Germany to become a specialist where she died." ]

According to the Loxtons Medical Directory of Australia in 1900 Dr Dick is not listed

The reference attached to the photograph below which was taken in 1892 by J Hubert Newman at 12 Oxford St, Sydney held by the State Library of NSW

Hutton Neve, M. This mad folly : the history of Australia's pioneer women doctors, Library of Australian History, Sydney 1980 p. 145
Dr Dick wears a bachelor's cap and gown with no hood

Contributing Creator
Photographer's stamp lower edge of mount
Signatures / Inscriptions
"Dr. Dick, / First Lady Doctor / Syd. Univ.?" -- in pencil on the reverse
General Note
Transferred from P1/Dick, Dr. (BM), January 2010

Copying Conditions Copyright expired - created before 1955

The missing 1890 US census records

In answer to an email I received yesterday.

On 10 January 1921 a fire and water damage from the subsequent efforts to extinguish the fire destroyed and damaged much of the 1890 US Census. Although several groups lobbied to begin salvage attempts, they could not get the money appropriated. From 1922 through 1932 there is little history on the storage and use of the 1890 census schedules.

[In 1932, the Chief Clerk of the Bureau of Census sent the Librarian of Congress a list of papers no longer necessary for business. The Librarian was not asked to report back with any documents that should be retained for their historical interest. On the Chief Clerk's list for the Bureau of the Census was "Schedules, Population . . . 1890, Original." The Librarian identified no records as permanent, and Congress authorized destruction.]

The actual date of destruction was probably sometime in 1935.

In 1942 during a move of the Census Bureau the National Archives came across a damaged bundle of Illinois schedules. It was thought that they were the only surviving fragments. However, in 1953, more fragments were found.

These fragments are from Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and the District of Columbia. There are no fewer than 6,160 names indexed on the surviving 1890 population schedules
If anyone can get hold of it, the National Archives in their quarterly magazine 'Prologue" in 1996 published the full details of this sad tale.

The surviving 1890 schedules which can be viewed on ancestry,com provide the address, number of families in the house, number of persons in the house, and number of persons in the family. Individuals are listed by name; whether a soldier, sailor, or marine during the Civil War; and whether Union or Confederate or whether the widow of a veteran; relationship to head of family; whether white, black, mulatto, quadroon, octoroon, Chinese, Japanese, or Indian; sex; age; marital status; whether married during the year; if a mother, number of children and number living; place of birth of the individual and his or her father and mother; if foreign born, how many years in the United States; whether naturalized or in the process of naturalization; profession, trade, or occupation; months unemployed during census year; ability to read and write; ability to speak English; if not, language or dialect spoken; whether suffering from acute or chronic disease (if so, name of disease and length of time afflicted); whether defective in mind, sight, hearing, or speech; or whether crippled, maimed, or deformed (with name of defect); whether a prisoner, convict, homeless child, or pauper; whether the home is rented or owned by the head or a member of the family (if so, whether mortgaged); if the head of family was a farmer, if he or a family member rented or owned the farm; and, if mortgaged, the post office address of the owner.

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Standards For Sharing Genealogy Information With Others

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