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Do you have a relative who was entitled to the Anzac Commemorative Medallion?
Every Anzac soldier who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of operations there - or his family if he did not survive until into the late 1960s - was entitled to be issued with the Anzac Commemorative Medallion.
The medallion was issued in 1967, and as a result
MANY HAVE NEVER BEEN CLAIMED.
For Australian Soldiers' Medallions
If you are the descendant of an Anzac soldier, you MAY still be entitled to claim the medallion.
Mailing address for all Medals applications
Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence
PO Box 7952
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Toll-free Medals Inquiry Phone line:
1800 111 321 (Operating Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday to Friday)
Include as many details as possible regarding the soldier on whose behalf you wish to claim the medallion.
Full name, rank and unit, and service number
are generally required
For New Zealand Soldiers' Medallions
For claiming the Anzac Commemorative Medallion for a New Zealand soldier,
Staff Officer Medals,
New Zealand Defence Force,
Private Bag 905,
Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
OBTAINING A COPY OF THE SOLDIER'S DOSSIER (New Zealand)
For a copy of a soldier's WW1 service dossier, contact the Personnel Archives of the New Zealand Defence Force (Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa). The cost for this service varies depending upon how much material must be photocopied, up to a maximum of $28.00 NZ.
All Requests Must Be In Writing (letter or fax:  527 5275) to:
Personnel Archives / Enquiries & Medals
Trentham Camp, NZDF
Private Bag 905
Include the following information in your request:
Supply as many of the following details as possible
Full Given Names:
Any other names known by:
Date and place of birth:
Living or deceased:
Period of service:
Next-of-kin at time of enlistment:
Address at time of enlistment:
Occupation at time of enlistment:
REMEMBER - This is to receive a copy of the soldier's service file - NOT the Medallion.
DIGITAL COPIES OF SOLDIERS' DOSSIERS (Australia)
If you would like more information on the soldier, digitised individual's service dossiers are available from
National Archives. You will need to log in and then conduct a Search.
A little background reading...
Statement by the Prime Minister [of Australia],
the Rt. Hon. Harold Holt,
in the House of Representatives
16th March, 1967
The Minister for Defence announced that it had been decided by the Australian Government, in consultation with the New Zealand Government, to issue a medallion and lapel badge to the veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign.
I am glad to be able to announce that arrangements have now been completed for the production of the medallion and badge. The Minister for the Army will be arranging distribution to those wishing to receive them as soon as possible.
The Government hopes that production of the medallion and lapel badge will be sufficiently advanced to permit at least some of them to be distributed by Anzac Day.
The medallion (with the name of the recipient inscribed) will be issued to surviving members of the Australian Defence Force who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off-shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April, 1915, to the date of final evacuation in January 1916. Next of kin or other entitled persons will be entitled to receive the medallion on behalf of their relatives, if their relative died on active service or has since died.
For surviving members, a lapel badge will also be available for wearing. This will be a replica of the obverse (or front) of the medallion and will be about 1" high and 2/3" wide, the same size as the R.S.L. badge.
The medallion is the work of Mr. Raymond Ewers, the well-known Australian artist, based on a suggestion by Mr. Eric Garret, a staff artist with the Department of Army. It has been endorsed by both the Government of New Zealand and ourselves. It will be approximately 3" high and 2" wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It will be bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse (the back) shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half will be bordered by New Zealand fern leaves.
The medallion will be cast in bronze and the lapel badge will be a metal of bronze colour
Sarah Smith, the daughter of William SMITH 1752 - ? and Esther TURNER 1755-?. was baptised in Holborn, London on the 3 December 1772.
At just 17, Sarah was one of a small group of women and their children who arrived on the Neptune transport on 28 June 1790. She had accepted a government offer of a free passage to the colony for the wives or de facto partners of convicts on the 2nd. fleet.
In the colony she lived with John Frederick COBCROFT who had been born on 9 August 1756 in Keighley, Yorkshire and was onboard the 'Scarborough', (John together with 2 others, had been tried at the Old Bailey in 1788 for highway robbery on Edgeware Rd, London).
For some unknown reason, John and Sarah did not marry until the 24 December 1842, When Mary was 70 and John 86.
It seems almost certain that she embarked as Cobcrofts de facto wife. According to the records of the Neptune she embarked using the name Sarah COBCROFT Two of the other free women who embarked on the Neptune the wives of John WOOD and William FIELDER, having been convicted with COBCROFT were legally married.
The couples children born in the colony were:-
1.Richard William COBCROFT b:3 Feb.1793 Parramatta.d: 24 July 1866 Ebeneza. m. (1) Charlotte SMITH 1794-1828 on 2 November 1812 Windsor 8 Children m(2) Mary Ann Cross 1806-1906 on 27 October 1829 Wilberforce. 5 Children
The Sydney Morning Herald , Thursday 23 August 1866
COBCROFT July 24th, at his residence, Wilberforce, Richard W. Cobcroft,
aged 73, leaving a very numerous family and circle of friends and
acquaintances, by whom he was much respected.
2.Elizabeth COBCROFT 1795 Wilberforce. d:1795, Wilberforce
NSW.BDM DEATHS 515/1795 V1795515 148 COBCROFT ELIZABETH INFANT
3.John Frederick COBCROFT b:15 May 1797, Wilberforce d: 7 February 1881 Charlton. m.Mary CREW 1798-1887 at St.Matthews Windsor, on the 29 December 1817. 12 Children
The Maitland Mercury, Thursday 10 February 1881
Deceased, at Charlton, John Frederick Cobcroft,
83 years and 9 months on the 7th inst.,
at his son's residence, Four mile Creek.
4.Sarah COBCROFT b:13 Sept.1799 d:19 July 1872, Mudgee. m. William BLACKMAN 1801-1854 on 25 Sept 1821, St.Matthews Windsor. 5 Children.
NSW.BDM DEATHS 5066/1872 BLACKMAN SARAH JOHN DIED MUDGEE MUDGEE
5.Mary Ann COBCROFT b:1801 Wilberforce d: 5 September 1877 Sackville Reach m. Michael FORD in 1820
The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 21 September 1877
FORD Sept. 5, Sackville Reach, Mrs. Mary Ann Ford, 75
6.Susanna COBCROFT b:6 March 1805 d:5 September 1868 m.John MCMANIS/MCMANUS 1797-1873 at St.Matthews, Windsor in 1823. 10 Children
Empire , Wednesday 9 September 1868
On the 5th instant, at her residence, Western Road, Parramatta,
Susannah McManus, aged 63 years.
7.James COBCROFT b:1807 Wilberforce d: 9 Feb.1830 Wilberforce James who died at 23 in 1830 suffered from a condition described at the time as paralitic insanity (epilepsy) from childhood.
NSW.BDM. DEATHS 416/1830 V1830416 14 COBCROFT JAMES AGE 23
8.George COBCROFT b:24 July 1810 Wilberforce d: 14 August 1874, Wilberforce m. Mary MCGINNES 1818-1903 on 14 December 1835 at St.John's Wilberforce. 13 Children
Empire, Thursday 20 August 1874
The Hawkesbury Times is sorry to record that
Mr. G. A Cobcroft, senior, an old and respected residant
of the district, died at 8 o'clock on Friday morning at
his residence, Wilberforce, through injuries received by
a cow falling upon him three months ago.
9.Eliza COBCROFT b:15 Dec.1812 Wilberforce d: 30 July 1894, Wilberforce m. John ROBINSON 1808-? on 27 March 1834 at Pitt Town. 9 children.
Windsor and Richmond Gazette, Saturday 4 August 1894
We have to chronicle yet another death from
influenza. Mrs Eliza Robinson, an old and
respected resident of Wilberforce, passed over to
the great majority on Tuesday morning, at the
advanced age of 81 years. Deceased was the wife
of Mr John Robinson, and leaves a large family of
sons and daughters, all of whom occupy respectable
positions in life. She lived nearly the whole
of her life-time in Wilberforce, and was related to
several families around the district. The interment
took place on Wednesday afternoon in the
Church of England Cemetery. The service for
the dead was conducted at deceased's late residence,
prior to the cortege leaving, by the Rev B. Dinning,
among the mourners from Sydney was
Mr. Corner, a son-in-law of deceased's.
The duties of undertaker were carried out by Mr. R. W. Dunstan, of Windsor
10.Matilda COBCROFT b: 8 December 1815 Wilberforce.d: 24 March 1860 Parramatta. m.Thomas DUNN 1813-1867 at St.James CofE Sydney 2 children
Empire, Tuesday 27 March 1860
On the 24th March, at Parramatta, Mrs. Matilda Dunn, the
beloved wife of Mr. Thormas Dunn, Balmain.
John Cobcroft received a conditional pardon in December 1794 and a 30 acre grant on the left bank of the Hawkesbury river at Wilberforce Reach in July 1795. He was granted another 40 acres in the same district in June 1797. By July 1800 Cobcroft had 17 acres sown in wheat with seven ready for planting Maize, owned 9 hogs and 7 goats. Two years later he had 20 acres in Wheat and barley, 6 in maize and increasing numbers of hogs and goats. His holdings were increased by a 50 acre land grant in September 1802. Cobcroft mustered in 1806 with 120 acres ( nearly 33 cultivated in wheat, maize, barley, orchard and garden), 4 horses, 57 sheep, 40 goats and 15 hogs and 15 bushels of grain in store and supporting his wife and 3 convict workers. While many farmers were suffering from indebtedness and flood damage, his prosperity seems to have continued unchecked. In June 1820 Cobcroft petitioned and received a further 60 acre grant at Kurrajong. Sarah, a midwife, bore a total of ten children. In 1828 Cobcroft was described as a farmer of Wilberforce, living with his wife and their younger children; his older sons and their families were established on farms nearby. As a successful and properous farmer, he held 485 acres in 1828 (130 cultivated) and owned 7 horses and 300 cattle.
He kept the "George and Dragon" public house, at Wilberforce, from about 1822-1846 and was actively involved in the public life of the local community.
Throughout her working life Sarah acted as a midwife to the women of Wilberforce district and delivered the children of convict women free of charge.
[The portrait (below) of her painted in her old age shows a determined and indomitable matriarch.
She was reunited with her sister Susannah after a separation of 50 years when the latter arrived in the colony in 1839 (dying 1844),]
John Cobcroft died in Wilberforce on the 4 June 1853. Sarah died on 31 May 1857, aged 85, and was buried with her husband in the family vault in Wilberforce Cemetery. Their descendants are estimated to number well over 8,000.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 12 July 1853
At his residence, Wilberforce, on the 4th
June last, Mr. John Cobcroft, aged 90 years,
an old and much respected colonist, leaving an
aged widow, three sons and five daughters,
fifty-eight grand-children, and forty-seven
great grand-children to deplore their loss.
Empire, Tuesday 2 June 1857
At her residence, on Sunday, 31 May ultimo, Mrs Sarah Cobcroft,
after a long and painful illness, aged 85 years, relict of
late John Cobcroft, Wilberforce, leaving a large family to lament
their loss, having lived to see the fifth generation.
Notes: See D. Bowd, Hawkesbury Journey p98; Sarah Smith was unable to write her name; some publications have incorrectly identified her as a female convict of this name who arrived on the Neptune; Sarah stated in her 1825 memorial (AONSW 4/1840C, p777) that she had come free to the colony together with six other females sent out by Government for the purpose of practising midwifery per ship Neptune; although she undoubtedly became a skilled midwife in the colony
there is no evidence that the Government sent free women to the colony for this specific purpose; her statement is more likely a slight distortion of the circumstances of her arrival in an attempt to
give her position and services a more official appearance; some details contibuted by W.J. Luxford, P. McIntyre & A. Needham.
Source: The Second Fleet, Britains Grim Convict Armada of 1790; Michael C. Flynn, 1993 ISBN 0 908120 83 4; pp 541-2
Decendant Research Source: janilye tree in Ancestry.com.au
Early Spelling- Cawcroft, Cocroft, Cockcroft and Cobcraft. The name was changed to COBCROFT in 1756.However, in Australia the name was presented as both Cobcraft and Cobcroft in the early days.
The painting below
Creator Backler, Joseph, 1813-1895
Sarah Cobcroft, 1856 / oil portrait by Joseph Backler
Level of Description Collection
Date of Work 1856
Type of Material Graphic Materials
Call Number ML 169
Issue Copy Digitised :
Physical Description Paintings : 1 oil Paintings ; 91.2 x 71.1 cm
Presented by Lady Colin Davidson, a great-great grandaughter of Cobcroft's, Nov 1962
Access Conditions Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian.
Copying Conditions Out of copyright - Artist died before 1955
Please acknowledge: - Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
Signed at lower right: J. Backler 1856
This is a photograph of Edward Murray's sons, taken on Bruny Island. I'm not sure who is who but I do know the two in the middle would be John (Jack) and Walter both Tasmanian champion sawyers for 12 years.
Bruny Island is an island off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, from which it is separated by the D?Entrecasteaux Channel. Both the island and the channel are named after French explorer Bruni d'Entrecasteaux.
Edward David MURRAY was born on the 10 September 1852 at Spring Bay, Tasmania. The son of Thomas Murray and Maria DENISON/WRIGHT.
In 1871 at Esperance, Tasmania, Edward married Mary Ann PRICE 1855-1934 the daughter of Daniel PRICE 1823-1906 and Hannah Crow 1833-1927
The children of this marriage were:-
Male Murray 1876 ? ?
Sarah Ann Murray b:15 August 1879 Esperance d:22 July 1900
John (Jack) Murray b:21 Aug.1881 Esperance d:28 Oct.1961 m. Angelina HANKIN 1886-1972 on 23 August 1911. 5 children
Male 'infant' Murray 1883 ? 1883
Walter Murray b:6 July 1884 Gordon d:16 July 1955 m.Beatrice Elizabeth HANKIN 1887-1957 on 2 February 1913
Maria Jane Murray b: 1 Jan 1887 Gordon d:11 January 1962
Albert Daniel Murray b:18 July 1889 Gordon d:7 November 1924
Elizabeth Jane Murray b:5 Feb.1892 Gordon d:16 October 1966 m. Lars Edmund HANSSON 1892-1973
Lionel Henry Murray b: 3 May 1895 Gordon d:6 October1950
Percy George Murray b: 5 January 1897 Gordon d:27 October 1945
Sydney Earnest Murray b:27 October 1899 Gordon d:28 December 1900 m. Irene Mary HANKIN 1901-1972
When Edward David MURRAY died on the 6 March 1922 at Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, Tasmania he left a family of six sons and two daughters.
Mary Ann died on 2 November 1934 at Adventure Bay, Bruny. Tasmania and was buried at the Adventure Bay Cemetery on the 3rd.
From the Archives office in Tasmania http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/
More than one database number for same convict = more than one record.
Database # Family Name Given Names See Surname See Given Names Date of Arrival Ship Name Date of Departure Port of Departure Remarks
66442 Smith William 2 09 Nov 1844 Agincourt 09 Jul 1844 Woolwich
66443 Smith William 3 09 Nov 1844 Agincourt 09 Jul 1844 Woolwich
66242 Smith William 21 Oct 1823 Albion 17 May 1823 England
66413 Smith William 07 Jun 1848 Anna Maria (1) 13 Mar 1848 London
66389 Smith William 1 04 Feb 1844 Anson 01 Oct 1843 Plymouth
66390 Smith William 2 04 Feb 1844 Anson 01 Oct 1843 Plymouth
66239 Smith William 06 Nov 1822 Arab (1) 13 Jul 1822 England
66301 Smith William 30 Jun 1834 Arab (2) 26 Feb 1834 Portsmouth
66254 Smith William 1 07 Dec 1827 Asia (3) 16 Aug 1827 Portsmouth
66255 Smith William 2 07 Dec 1827 Asia (3) 16 Aug 1827 Portsmouth
66256 Smith William 3 07 Dec 1827 Asia (3) 16 Aug 1827 Portsmouth
66257 Smith William 4 07 Dec 1827 Asia (3) 16 Aug 1827 Portsmouth
66344 Smith William 06 Aug 1840 Asia (5) 27 Apr 1840 London
66350 Smith William 1 21 Aug 1841 Asia (6) 17 Apr 1841 Portsmouth
66351 Smith William 2 21 Aug 1841 Asia (6) 17 Apr 1841 Portsmouth
66381 Smith William 1 23 Sep 1843 Asiatic 28 May 1843 Sheerness
66382 Smith William 2 23 Sep 1843 Asiatic 28 May 1843 Sheerness
66305 Smith William 22 Jan 1835 Augusta Jessie (1) 29 Sep 1834 Portsmouth
66414 Smith William 1 14 Jul 1848 Bangalore 11 Apr 1848 Bermuda
66415 Smith William 2 14 Jul 1848 Bangalore 11 Apr 1848 Bermuda
66312 Smith William 1 12 Jan 1836 Bardaster 16 Sep 1835 Portsmouth
66313 Smith William 2 12 Jan 1836 Bardaster 16 Sep 1835 Portsmouth
66314 Smith William 3 12 Jan 1836 Bardaster 16 Sep 1835 Portsmouth
66352 Smith William 13 Jan 1842 Barossa (1) 30 Aug 1841 Sheerness
66399 Smith William 1 06 Sep 1844 Barossa (2) 17 May 1844 Downs
66400 Smith William 2 06 Sep 1844 Barossa (2) 17 May 1844 Downs
66401 Smith William 3 06 Sep 1844 Barossa (2) 17 May 1844 Downs
66261 Smith William 10 Aug 1828 Bengal Merchant 25 Mar 1828 Plymouth
66325 Smith William Moth William 10Jul 1837 Blenheim (1) 15 Apr 1837 Woolwich
66326 Smith William 10 Jul 1837 Blenheim (1) 15 Apr 1837 Woolwich
66418 Smith William 1 24 Jul 1850 Blenheim (3) 10 Apr 1850 Plymouth
66419 Smith William 2 24 Jul 1850 Blenheim (3) 10 Apr 1850 Plymouth
66272 Smith William 18 Jan 1830 Bussorah Merchant 06 Oct 1829 Downs
66218 Smith William 3 01 Jan 1804 Calcutta 24 Apr 1803 Portsmouth
66217 Smith William 2 01 Jan 1804 Calcutta 24 Apr 1803 Portsmouth
66216 Smith William 1 01 Jan 1804 Calcutta 24 Apr 1803 Portsmouth
80325 Smith William Dixon William 01 Jan 1804 Calcutta 24 Apr 1803 Portsmouth
66232 Smith William 17 Nov 1820 Caledonia (1) 10 Jul 1820 Portsmouth
66238 Smith William 06 Nov 1822 Caledonia (2) 19 Jun 1822 Portsmouth
66362 Smith William 1 21 Jul 1842 Candahar 02 Apr 1842 Spithead
66363 Smith William Priest Thomas 21 Jul 1842 Candahar 02 Apr 1842 Spithead
66364 Smith William 2 21 Jul 1842 Candahar 02 Apr 1842 Spithead
66365 Smith William 3 21 Jul 1842 Candahar 02 Apr 1842 Spithead
66341 Smith William 2 12 Jan 1840 Canton 22 Sep 1839 London
66452 Smith William 1 12 Jan 1840 Canton 22 Sep 1839 London
66374 Smith William 24 Nov 1842 Cape Packet ex Waterloo (2) Sheerness & Cape of Good Hope
66246 Smith William 2 27 Jul 1824 Chapman (1) 06 Apr 1824 England
66245 Smith William 1 27 Jul 1824 Chapman (1) 06 Apr 1824 England
66252 Smith William 07 Oct 1826 Chapman (2) 10 Apr 1826 London
66289 Smith William 1 15 Feb 1833 Circassian 14 Oct 1832 Plymouth
66290 Smith William 2 15 Feb 1833 Circassian 14 Oct 1832 Plymouth
66280 Smith William 1 18 Dec 1830 Clyde 30 Aug 1830 Portsmouth
66281 Smith William 2 18 Dec 1830 Clyde 30 Aug 1830 Portsmouth
66240 Smith William 1 16 Aug 1823 Commodore Hayes 26 Apr 1823 England
66241 Smith William 2 16 Aug 1823 Commodore Hayes 26 Apr 1823 England
66335 Smith William 26 Oct 1838 Coromandel (2) 12 Jun 1838 Sheerness
66379 Smith William 20 Aug 1843 Cressy 30 Apr 1843 Plymouth
66215 Smith William 31 Oct 1850 Deslandes
66230 Smith William 1 10 Jan 1820 Dromedary 11 Sep 1819 England
66231 Smith William 2 10 Jan 1820 Dromedary 11 Sep 1819 England
66378 Smith William 18 Jan 1843 Duchess of Northumberland (1) 02 Oct 1842 Sheerness
66391 Smith William 12 Mar 1844 Duke of Richmond 23 Feb 1844 Norfolk Island
66348 Smith William 1 18 Apr 1841 Duncan 16 Dec 1840 Sheerness
66349 Smith William 2 18 Apr 1841 Duncan 16 Dec 1840 Sheerness
66323 Smith William 22 Dec 1836 Eden (1) 07 Sep 1836 Plymouth
66284 Smith William 29 May 1831 Eliza (2) 06 Feb 1831 Portsmouth
66212 Smith William 03 Apr 1850 Eliza (3) 24 Dec 1849 London
66287 Smith William 15 Feb 1832 Elizabeth 18 Oct 1831 London
66318 Smith William 24 May 1836 Elphinstone (1) 30 Jan 1836 Downs
66213 Smith William 12 Oct 1843 Emerald Isle 30 Jun 1843 Sheerness
66370 Smith William 1 24 Nov 1842 Emily (1) 28 Jun 1842 London
66371 Smith William 2 24 Nov 1842 Emily (1) 28 Jun 1842 London
66372 Smith William 3 24 Nov 1842 Emily (1) 28 Jun 1842 London
66373 Smith William 4 24 Nov 1842 Emily (1) 28 Jun 1842 London
66294 Smith William 1 12 Aug 1833 Emperor Alexander 12 Apr 1833 Downs
66295 Smith William 2 12 Aug 1833 Emperor Alexander 12 Apr 1833 Downs
66296 Smith William 3 12 Aug 1833 Emperor Alexander 12 Apr 1833 Downs
66293 Smith William 31 Jul 1833 Enchantress 13 Apr 1833 Portsmouth
66394 Smith William 1 02 May 1844 Equestrian (1) 28 Jan 1844 London
66395 Smith William 2 02 May 1844 Equestrian (1) 28 Jan 1844 London
66396 Smith William 3 02 May 1844 Equestrian (1) 28 Jan 1844 London
66397 Smith William 4 02 May 1844 Equestrian (1) 28 Jan 1844 London
66383 Smith William 1 12 Oct 1843 Forfarshire 27 Jun 1843 Spithead
66384 Smith William Stiles William 12 Oct 1843 Forfarshire 27 Jun 1843 Spithead
66385 Smith William 2 12 Oct 1843 Forfarshire 27 Jun 1843 Spithead
66306 Smith William 1 12 Apr 1835 George III 14 Dec 1834 Woolwich
66307 Smith William 2 12 Apr 1835 George III 14 Dec 1834 Woolwich
66288 Smith William 01 Feb 1833 Georgiana (2) 16 Oct 1832 Portsmouth
66336 Smith William 1 24 Jan 1839 Gilmore (2) 05 Oct 1838 London
66337 Smith William 2 24 Jan 1839 Gilmore (2) 05 Oct 1838 London
66380 Smith William 2 20 Aug 1843 Gilmore (3) 16 Apr 1843 London
80014 Smith William 1 20 Aug 1843 Gilmore (3) 16 Apr 1843 London
66387 Smith William 1 19 Nov 1843 Henrietta 13 Jul 1843
66388 Smith William 2 19 Nov 1843 Henrietta 13 Jul 1843
66322 Smith William 15 Nov 1836 Henry Porcher 14 Jul 1836 London
66228 Smith William 19 Oct 1812 Indefatigable 04 Jun 1812 England
66297 Smith William 1 14 Nov 1833 Isabella (1) 28 Jul 1833 Plymouth
66298 Smith William 2 14 Nov 1833 Isabella (1) 28 Jul 1833 Plymouth
66357 Smith William Stokes William 21 May 1842 Isabella (2) 29 Jan 1842 Woolwich
66299 Smith William 01 Dec 1833 John (2) 06 Aug 1833 Spithead
66302 Smith William 11 Aug 1834 John Barry 04 Apr 1834 London
66356 Smith William 06 Apr 1842 John Brewer 05 Dec 1841 Sheerness
66279 Smith William 11 Apr 1843 John Renwick 07 Dec 1842 Spithead
66412 Smith William 20 May 1846 Joseph Somes (1) 14 Jan 1846 London
66265 Smith William Yeates Charles 28 Jul 1829 Lady Harewood 26 Mar 1829 London
66208 Smith William 28 May 1851 Lady Kennaway (2) 05 Feb 1851 Portsmouth
66427 Smith William 09 Dec 1852 Lady Montagu 09 Aug 1852 Plymouth
66321 Smith William 12 Nov 1836 Lady Nugent 12 Jul 1836 London
66317 Smith William 2 17 Mar 1841 Lady Raffles 02 Dec 1840 Portsmouth
66346 Smith William 1 17 Mar 1841 Lady Raffles 02 Dec 1840 Portsmouth
66347 Smith William 3 17 Mar 1841 Lady Raffles 02 Dec 1840 Portsmouth
66233 Smith William 27 Jun 1821 Lady Ridley 04 Jan 1821 England
66285 Smith William 19 Oct 1831 Larkins 18 Jun 1831 Downs
66253 Smith William 09 Oct 1827 Layton (1) 17 Jun 1827 Portsmouth
66340 Smith William 10 Dec 1839 Layton (3) 26 Jul 1839 London
66398 Smith William 10 Jul 1844 London (1) 23 Mar 1844 Portsmouth
66402 Smith William 1 15 Nov 1844 Lord Auckland (1) 20 Jul 1844 London
66403 Smith William 2 15 Nov 1844 Lord Auckland (1) 20 Jul 1844 London
66234 Smith William 26 Dec 1821 Lord Hungerford 01 Jul 1821 England
66319 Smith William 1 19 Aug 1836 Lord Lyndoch (2) 24 Apr 1836 London
66320 Smith William 2 19 Aug 1836 Lord Lyndoch (2) 24 Apr 1836 London
66345 Smith William 05 Feb 1841 Lord Lyndoch (3) 11 Sep 1840 London
66229 Smith William 17 Dec 1818 Lord Melville 01 Jul 1818
66211 Smith William 1 26 Aug 1838 Lord William Bentinck (2) 14 Apr 1838 Portsmouth
66332 Smith William Cummins William 26 Aug 1838 Lord William Bentinck (2) 14 Apr 1838 Portsmouth
66333 Smith William 2 26 Aug 1838 Lord William Bentinck (2) 14 Apr 1838 Portsmouth
66334 Smith William 3 26 Aug 1838 Lord William Bentinck (2) 14 Apr 1838 Portsmouth
66291 Smith William 1 16 May 1833 Lotus 13 Dec 1832 Portsmouth
66292 Smith William 2 16 May 1833 Lotus 13 Dec 1832 Portsmouth
80012 Smith William 28 May 1845 Louisa
66309 Smith William Wright (1) William 01 Aug 1835 Mangles 21 Apr 1835 London
66310 Smith William 1 01 Aug 1835 Mangles 21 Apr 1835 London
66311 Smith William 2 01 Aug 1835 Mangles 21 Apr 1835 London
80251 Smith William 3 01 Aug 1835 Mangles 21 Apr 1835 London
66263 Smith William 2 09 Nov 1828 Manlius (1) 29 Jul 1828 London
66262 Smith William 1 09 Nov 1828 Manlius (1) 29 Jul 1828 London
66274 Smith William 1 12 Aug 1830 Manlius (2) 06 Apr 1830 London
66275 Smith William 2 12 Aug 1830 Manlius (2) 06 Apr 1830 London
66276 Smith William 3 12 Aug 1830 Manlius (2) 06 Apr 1830 London
66420 Smith William Scroby William 09 Aug 1850 Maria Somes (2) 06 May 1850 Portsmouth
66421 Smith William 09 Aug 1850 Maria Somes (2) 06 May 1850 Portsmouth
66392 Smith William 1 04 Apr 1844 Marion (1) 09 Dec 1843 London
66393 Smith William 2 04 Apr 1844 Marion (1) 09 Dec 1843 London
66259 Smith William 2 08 Mar 1828 Marmion 07 Nov 1827 Portsmouth
66258 Smith William 1 08 Mar 1828 Marmion 07 Nov 1827 Portsmouth
66339 Smith William 23 Jul 1839 Marquis of Hastings (1) 18 Mar 1839 Portsmouth
80013 Smith William 08 Nov 1842 Marquis of Hastings (2) 17 Jul 1842 London
66273 Smith William 10 Apr 1830 Mary (2) 18 Dec 1829 London
66250 Smith William 14 Sep 1825 Medina 26 Apr 1825 Sheerness Downs
66300 Smith William 09 May 1834 Moffatt (1) 29 Jan 1834 Plymouth
66330 Smith William 1 01 Apr 1838 Moffatt (2) 27 Oct 1837 Woolwich
66331 Smith William 2 01 Apr 1838 Moffatt (2) 27 Oct 1837 Woolwich
66375 Smith William 1 28 Nov 1842 Moffatt (3) 14 Aug 1842 Portsmouth
66376 Smith William 2 28 Nov 1842 Moffatt (3) 14 Aug 1842 Portsmouth
66407 Smith William 1 17 Jun 1845 Mount Stewart Elphinstone (1) 07 Mar 1845 London
66408 Smith William 2 17 Jun 1845 Mount Stewart Elphinstone (1) 07 Mar 1845 London
66409 Smith William 3 17 Jun 1845 Mount Stewart Elphinstone (1) 07 Mar 1845 London
66329 Smith William 18 Jan 1838 Neptune (1) 07 Oct 1837 London
66214 Smith William 23 Aug 1846 Palmyra 01 May 1846 Portsmouth
66277 Smith William 1 07 Nov 1830 Persian (2) 28 Jun 1830 Falmouth
66278 Smith William 2 07 Nov 1830 Persian (2) 28 Jun 1830 Falmouth
66411 Smith William 30 Dec 1845 Pestongee Bomangee (1) 22 Sep 1845 Plymouth
66426 Smith William Wright (1) William 31 Jul 1852 Pestongee Bomangee (4) 18 Apr 1852 Plymouth
66236 Smith William 1 20 May 1822 Phoenix (1) 05 Jan 1822 Portsmouth
66237 Smith William 2 20 May 1822 Phoenix (1) 05 Jan 1822 Portsmouth
66244 Smith William 2 21 Jul 1824 Phoenix (2) 29 Mar 1824 England
66243 Smith William 1 21 Jul 1824 Phoenix (2) 29 Mar 1824 England
66271 Smith William 3 10 Jan 1830 Prince Regent (1) 14 Sep 1829 London
66270 Smith William 2 10 Jan 1830 Prince Regent (1) 14 Sep 1829 London
66269 Smith William 1 10 Jan 1830 Prince Regent (1) 14 Sep 1829 London
66249 Smith William 3 09 Nov 1824 Princess Charlotte 09 Jul 1824 Downs
66248 Smith William 2 09 Nov 1824 Princess Charlotte 09 Jul 1824 Downs
66247 Smith William 1 09 Nov 1824 Princess Charlotte 09 Jul 1824 Downs
66338 Smith William 24 Mar 1839 Pyramus 22 Nov 1838 London
66416 Smith William 1 12 Nov 1848 Ratcliffe (2) 29 Jul 1848 Spithead
66417 Smith William 2 12 Nov 1848 Ratcliffe (2) 29 Jul 1848 Spithead
66327 Smith William 08 Oct 1837 Recovery 01 Jun 1837 Downs
66283 Smith William 2 25 Mar 1831 Red Rover 18 Nov 1830 Portsmouth
66282 Smith William 1 25 Mar 1831 Red Rover 18 Nov 1830 Portsmouth
66235 Smith William 30 Apr 1822 Richmond 06 Dec 1821 Downs
81318 Smith William Webster William 20 Dec 1851 Rodney (2) 24 Sep 1851 Queenstown
66428 Smith William 12 Feb 1853 Rodney (3) 24 Nov 1852 Queenstown
66264 Smith William 08 Dec 1828 Roslyn Castle 19 Aug 1828 Downs
66343 Smith William 2 28 Mar 1840 Runnymede 20 Dec 1839 London
66342 Smith William 1 28 Mar 1840 Runnymede 20 Dec 1839 London
66324 Smith William 29 Mar 1837 Sarah 22 Dec 1836 London
66406 Smith William 1 27 Feb 1845 Sir George Seymour 21 Nov 1844 London
66405 Smith William 26 Dec 1844 Sir Robert Peel 09 Sep 1844 London
66358 Smith William 1 13 May 1842 Somersetshire 19 Dec 1841 Plymouth
66359 Smith William 2 13 May 1842 Somersetshire 19 Dec 1841 Plymouth
66360 Smith William 3 13 May 1842 Somersetshire 19 Dec 1841 Plymouth
66361 Smith William 4 13 May 1842 Somersetshire 19 Dec 1841 Plymouth
66429 Smith William 26 May 1853 St Vincent 24 Nov 1852 London
66268 Smith William 2 14 Dec 1829 Surrey (2) 11 Aug 1829 London
66267 Smith William 1 14 Dec 1829 Surrey (2) 11 Aug 1829 London
66369 Smith William 11 Aug 1842 Surrey (4) 05 Apr 1842 London
66328 Smith William 21 Nov 1837 Susan (1) 05 Aug 1837 London
66366 Smith William 2 24 Jul 1842 Susan (2) 24 Apr 1842 Plymouth
66367 Smith William 3 24 Jul 1842 Susan (2) 24 Apr 1842 Plymouth
66368 Smith William 4 24 Jul 1842 Susan (2) 24 Apr 1842 Plymouth
66386 Smith William 1 24 Jul 1842 Susan (2) 24 Apr 1842 Plymouth
66266 Smith William 20 Nov 1829 Thames 31 Jul 1829 London
66410 Smith William 04 Jul 1845 Theresa 01 Apr 1845 London
66355 Smith William 3 19 Feb 1842 Tortoise 26 Oct 1841 Plymouth
66354 Smith William 2 19 Feb 1842 Tortoise 26 Oct 1841 Plymouth
66353 Smith William 1 19 Feb 1842 Tortoise 26 Oct 1841 Plymouth
66377 Smith William 19 Dec 1842 Triton 17 Aug 1842 London
66404 Smith William 20 Nov 1844 William Jardine (1) 11 Aug 1844 London
66425 Smith William 3 14 Nov 1850 William Jardine (2) 12 Aug 1850 Portland (Dorset)
66424 Smith William 2 14 Nov 1850 William Jardine (2) 12 Aug 1850 Portland (Dorset)
66423 Smith William Jackson (1) William 14 Nov 1850 William Jardine (2) 12 Aug 1850 Portland (Dorset)
66422 Smith William 1 14 Nov 1850 William Jardine (2) 12 Aug 1850 Portland (Dorset)
66304 Smith William 2 04 Sep 1834 William Metcalfe 23 May 1834 Portsmouth
66303 Smith William 1 04 Sep 1834 William Metcalfe 23 May 1834 Portsmouth
66251 Smith William 29 Apr 1826 Woodman 06 Dec 1825 London
66210 Smith William 09 Sep 1867 Born Tasmania. Tried Hobart
66432 Smith William 21 Sep 1846 John Calvin 09 May 1846 Woolwich Died Norfolk Island Nov 1846
66308 Smith William 3 12 Apr 1835 George III 14 Dec 1834 Woolwich Drowned
66209 Smith William 01 Jan 1864 Harriett Nathan Free to colony. Tried Hobart Jul 1864
66437 Smith William 01 Jan 1871 Free to colony. Tried Launceston Dec 1871
66438 Smith William 1 09 Nov 1844 Agincourt 09 Jul 1844 Woolwich Off Norfolk Island per Lady Franklin Dec 1846
66431 Smith William 16 May 1846 China 04 Jan 1846 Woolwich Off Norfolk Island per Lady Franklin Nov 1849 66439 Smith William 1 08 Feb 1844 Maitland 26 Aug 1843 Plymouth Off Norfolk Island per Pestongee Bomangee Apr 1847
66440 Smith William 2 08 Feb 1844 Maitland 26 Aug 1843 Plymouth Off Norfolk Island per Pestongee Bomangee Apr 1847
66441 Smith William 25 Aug 1845 David Malcolm 13 May 1845 Downs Off Norfolk Island per Pestongee Bomangee May 1847
66430 Smith William 19 Feb 1845 Hyderabad 21 Oct 1844 Downs Off Norfolk Island per Tory May 1847
80928 Smith William 2 27 Feb 1845 Sir George Seymour 21 Nov 1844 London Sent on to Port Phillip per Sir George Seymour
66226 Smith William 01 Jan 1815 Governor Macquarie To NSW per Baring
66286 Smith William 11 Feb 1845 Waterlily To NSW per Charles Kerr
66225 Smith William 1 01 Dec 1819 Admiral Cockburn To NSW per Fame
66224 Smith William 2 01 Dec 1819 Admiral Cockburn To NSW per Fame
66220 Smith William 27 Jan 1818 Emu To NSW per Fanny
66219 Smith William 30 Jul 1815 Emu To NSW per General Hewitt
66222 Smith William 01 Dec 1819 Admiral Cockburn To NSW per John Barry
66316 Smith William 06 Jun 1844 Lady Franklin 18 May 1844 Norfolk Island To NSW per Morley. To Norfolk Island 1837. Tried Launceston 1855
66227 Smith William 04 Mar 1820 Castle Forbes 03 Oct 1819 Ireland To NSW per Prince Regent
66221 Smith William 28 Sep 1817 Elizabeth Henrietta To NSW per Sir William Bensley
66223 Smith William 28 Sep 1817 Pilot To NSW per Sir William Bensley
66260 Smith William 08 Jan 1849 Governor Phillip To NSW per Strathfieldsay
66315 Smith William 18 Nov 1845 Governor Phillip 01 Nov 1845 Norfolk Island To NSW per Surrey
66434 Smith William 20 Mar 1852 Aboukir 07 Dec 1851 London Transported as John Bryan. Tried Launceston May 1874
66436 Smith William 16 May 1846 China 04 Jan 1846 Woolwich Transported as William Lee
66435 Smith William 17 Feb 1847 Pestongee Bomangee (2) 25 Oct 1846 London Transported as William Reece66433 Smith William 01 Jan 1865 Tried Launceston Jul 1865
66444 Smith William Charles 01 Jan 1865 Harriett Nathan Free to colony. Tried Hobart Oct 1865
66445 Smith William George 10 Dec 1835 Layton (2) 29 Aug 1835 Sheerness
66446 Smith William Harris 01 Jan 1871 City of Hobart Free to colony. Tried Hobart Jul 1871
66447 Smith William Henry Charles 01 Jan 1836 Maria To NSW per Othello. Tried Hobart Oct 1836
66448 Smith William Jenkin 20 Nov 1844 William Jardine (1) 11 Aug 1844 London
66449 Smith William Jones 15 Nov 1836 Henry Porcher 14 Jul 1836 London
66450 Smith William Sale 10 Jan 1820 Dromedary 11 Sep 1819 England
66451 Smith William Samuel 23 Aug 1846 Palmyra 01 May 1846 Portsmouth
80015 Smith William Sydenham 01 Aug 1845 Louisa Tried Sydney Feb 1845
John 'Jack' Simpson KIRKPATRICK was born at South Shields, Durham, England on the 6 July 1892. He was the son of Robert KIRKPATRICK born 26 Nov. 1837 in South Leith Scotland and his wife Sarah SIMPSON born 14 September 1885 in Glasgow. As a child during his summer holidays he worked as a donkey-lad on the sands of South Shields.
After his father died on the 10 October 1909, Jack took on the role of bread winner for the family.
In 1910 he joined the crew of the SS Yeddo as a fireman and sailed for Newcastle, New South Wales, always sending money back home to his mother. (His mother passed away on the 9 March 1933 at South Shields).
On the 30 May 1910, When the Yeddo arrived in Newcastle, Jack deserted and for the next few years he worked a lot of different jobs. He tried coal mining in Newcastle, went cane cutting up in Queensland and drove cattle on the Liverpool Plains.
Sometime around the end of 1913 Jack joined the crew of the SS Yankalilla which was headed to Western Australia with a shipload of coal from Newcastle. Once it docked in Fremantle, on the 3 January 1914, Jack again took off. He managed to pick up plenty of odd jobs around the place.
On the 25 August 1914 at Blackboy Hill, 35 ks east of Perth in Western Australia Jack enlisted as John SIMPSON a ship's fireman, dropping the surname KIRKPATRICK, thinking they may not take too kindly to a merchant navy deserter and quite possibly would arrest him. He gave his mother as next of kin, calling her Sarah SIMPSON of 141 Bertram St, South Shields, Durham.
Jack was chosen as a stretcher bearer with the 3rd. Field Ambulance. This job was only given to strong men so it seems that his work as a fireman in the Merchant Navy had prepared him well for his exceptional place in history.
The strong, fair haired John SIMPSON became Australias most famous, and best-loved military hero without ever having to fire a shot.
On the 25th April 1915, he, along with the rest of the Australian and New Zealand contingent landed at the wrong beach on a piece of wild, impossible and savage terrain now known as Anzac Cove.
[Out of the 1500 men who landed in the first wave, only 755 remained in active service at the end of the day. The sheer number of casualties necessitated that stretcher bearing parties be reduced in the size from 6 to 2. Simpson then decided that he could operate better by acting alone. He spied a deserted donkey in the wild overgrown gullies and decided to use it to help carry a wounded man to the beach. From that time on, he and his donkey acted as an independent team. Instead of reporting to his unit, Simpson camped with the 21st Kohat Indian Mountain Artillery Battery - which had many mules and nicknamed Simpson "Bahadur" - the "bravest of the brave".]
From that day on Jack became a part of the scene at Gallipoli walking along next to his donkey, forever singing and whistling as he held on to his wounded passengers, seemingly completely fatalistic and scornful of the extreme danger.
He led a charmed life from 25th April 1915 until he was hit by a machine gun bullet in his back on 19th May 1915.
In just 24 days Jack rescued over 300 men down the notorious Shrapnel and Monash Valley. His prodigious, heroic feat was accomplished under constant and ferocious attack from artillery, field guns and sniper fire.
Quoted from some of his officers:
"Almost every digger knew about him. The question was often asked: "Has the bloke with the donk stopped one yet?"
"he was the most respected and admired of all the heroes at Anzac."
Captain C. Longmore, in 1933, remembered how the soldiers "watched him spellbound from the trenches... it was one of the most inspiring sights of those early Gallipoli days."
Colonel John Monash wrote "Private Simpson and his little beast earned the admiration of everyone at the upper end of the valley. They worked all day and night throughout the whole period since the landing, and the help rendered to the wounded was invaluable. Simpson knew no fear and moved unconcernedly amid shrapnel and rifle fire, steadily carrying out his self imposed task day by day, and he frequently earned the applause of the personnel for his many fearless rescues of wounded men from areas subject to rifle and shrapnel fire."
Every year on April the 25th, Australians and New Zealanders remember our ANZACS. A promise made in 1915 which we have passed on down to our children. And The Band Plays Waltzing Matilda as we reflect on the tragedy of war.
Not Only A Hero adapted from the book by Tom Curran is an illustrated life of Simpson, the Man with the Donkey, part of the Spirit of Anzac website.
The inscription on John SIMPSON's grave reads;
KIRKPATRICK SERVED AS
AUST. ARMY MEDICAL CORPS,
19TH MAY 1915 AGE 22
HE GAVE HIS LIFE
THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.
LEST WE FORGET
Frank was the son of Joseph Hiorns Rutter EATHER 1861-1884 and Clara RIDGE 1860-1941.
Early in life Frank EATHER displayed considerable musical and artistic talent. Around the turn of century he was amongst the art exhibitors at the annual Hawkesbury District Agricultural Shows. Some very famous artists were amongst the judges in the fine arts section around that time. They included Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Sid Long.In one year when Tom ROBERTS was the judge, Frank's prize-winning entry consisted of sketches of a number of the officials of Show Society, including one of the first secretary, Charles S GUEST. When the Society produced its history, "The Hawkesbury on Show" on the occasion of its hundredth Show in the 1980's, it featured a selection of sketches from Frank's prize-winning entry on the cover.
About 1902 romance blossomed between Frank EATHER and Blanche MORTIMER. She was 24, having born on 15 June 1878, the youngest of the ten children of Yarramundi farmer Henry Francis MORTIMER and wife Philadelphia CHANTLER. Henry Francis MORTIMER was one of the younger sons of George MORTIMER who had arrived at Richmond age 21 years and had received a grant of 100 acres of land. George MORTIMER hailed from a family of farmers in Wiltshire, England.
Henry Francis MORTIMER had died unexpectedly on 5 July 1878, not quite a month after Blanche's birth. When Blanche was ten her mother succumbed to pneumonia and she was left an orphan with three married sisters and six young siblings. There were a number of CHANTLER relatives in the Hawkesbury district and it was there that she grew up and in due course became close friends with Frank EATHER, who was six years her junior. They shared a common feature in their backgrounds. Neither of them could remember his/her respective father. On 17 April 1903 a son was born to Blanche and Frank in Wheeler's Lane, Sydney - a short street that no longer exists. Recorded originally as Eugene Allan, his name eventually became Alan Eugene because he didn't like the name Eugene.
At that time Frank's mother, Mrs Clara EATHER, was residing in George Street, Windsor and she was the organist at St Matthew's, Anglican Church. Residing with her was her elderly mother, Mrs Charlotte Margaret RIDGE, who had been a widow since the death of her husband John RIDGE. A descendant of the well-known COBCROFT family, she was a well-informed and interesting old lady until she was stricken with paralysis. Grandson Frank was one of the mourners at her funeral in 1906.
During the festive season of 1906, Frank EATHER nearly lost his life. Fanny RIDGE, an elder sister of Frank's mother Clara, had married William RICHARDS, a son of Benjamin RICHARDS and Elizabeth Eather WILLIAMS. They and their children lived at Port Hacking. Frank and his sister Mattie were holidaying with them and were out in a boat on the bay when a mishap occurred. Frank was almost drowned and was unconscious when pulled from the water by one of his cousins. The incident received mention in the Windsor newspaper of the day.
On 19 July 1908 a daughter was born to Blanche and Frank and named Enid. This daughter was only a small child of five when her mother died from what later became known as deep vein thrombosis. Frank went to his aunt Emma MORGAN of Abercrombie Street, Sydney, and Enid to her aunt Sarah GORNALL who lived at Chatswood. World War I broke out in August 1914 and on 3 November that year Frank Hilton EATHER enlisted in the Australian Army. He named his mother as his next-of-kin. Allocated to the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade with the number 1462, he did his initial training and less than two months later was promoted to the rank of corporal. Sent overseas with reinforcements to the Mediterranean early in 1915, he was taken on strength at Gallipoli on 7 May, just a fortnight after the historic landing that made the name ANZAC famous. On 20 June 1915 he was promoted to lance-sergeant and saw further action on Gallipoli until 20 October 1915, when he was evacuated to Mudros on the island of Lemnos, suffering from diarrhoea. On 25 November 1915 he embarked for England on the "Aquitania" and on 4 December was admitted to the London War Hospital at Epsom.
After six months in England, Frank departed with the 35th Draft to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, and reported to the 1st ADBD at Etaples on the following day. He marched out of this Unit on 20 December 1916 and rejoined 1st Battalion three days later. On 8 January 1917 he was absorbed from the supernumerary list of non-commissioned officers to replace Corporal BRADSHAW who had died of wounds, and on 29 January he was promoted to Temporary/Sergeant. In action on the western front, T/Sgt Frank EATHER was reported missing on 5 May 1917.
A court of inquiry found that he had been killed in action some time between the 5th and 8th of May. He left two children, Alan Eugene, then age 14 years, and Enid, age 9 years. His mother was duly notified of the death of her only son.
The name Sgt Frank EATHER appears on the honour roll inside St Matthew's Church at Windsor, and his name is also recorded on the headstone of his maternal grandparents John and Charlotte RIDGE in the churchyard.
For the honour of Australia, our mother,
Side by side with our kin from across the sea,
We have fought and we have tested one another,
And enrolled among the brotherhood
We are ANZACS
Remember the Anzacs
LEST WE FORGET
Location on the Roll of Honour Frank H Eather's name is located at panel 29 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan below).
Talking about Quinn's brought back a memory of a funny story. I was at a roadhouse in the Northern Territory called Threeways,just north of Tennant Creek, back in 1988 and in the bar(where else?) This bar is 24 hours and attracts tourists, truckies,miners,ringers desperados and the locals. The walls of the bar are covered in all sorts of things including car number plates notes to and from people passing through etc. and one wall has money stuck on it from all parts of the world.
In walk two aboriginal boys from a community the other side of Phillip Creek . They barely speak english and are catching the bus to see the doctor 560ks south in Alice Springs.
They see the money on the wall and pay particular attention to the Irish pound note.
They point to the picture of the queen on the colourful note and ask me, "Who That?"
I said, "That's the Queen.
"Yes" I repeated
I said, "She's the boss"
"Where quin live" they ask.
"Oh, she lives a long way away. In England"
"We can go see Quin?"
" NO no no it's too far."
"How long way?" they asked again.
"A very, very long way, on the other side of the world." I explain.
after confering together for a minute, they both said,
"Ahhhhhhh Near Kalgoorlie"
"Yes" said I. " Near Kalgoorlie."
For those of you who don't know. Kalgoorlie is in Western Australia and a short cut is down the Gun Barrell highway from Alice Springs
William ROWLAND the son of William ROWLAND b:1806 Luckenfield, Cheshire d:11 March 1847 Stepney, London and Esther Ann GARRETT orn 13 June 1808 Clapton, Surrey and died 1872 at Muswellbrook, NSW
William was born at Tower Hamlets, Middlesex and baptised on 15 July 1836 Stepney St.Dunstan and All Saints, London died 24 August 1918 Quirindi, NSW
On the 29 November 1855, married the daughter of Peter NOWLAN a settler from Sugar Loaf and Mary nee HONOR. Mary Ann "Annie"NOWLAN born 25 October 1838 at West Maitland baptised 7 January 1839 at East Maitland NSW and died on the 1 June 1877 in East Maitland, nsw
The children of this marriage were:-
Samuel ROWLAND 1857 ? 1902
William Henry ROWLAND B:1857 Maitland NSW D: 1902 Inverell
Alfred J ROWLAND b:1859 Maitland, nsw 1859
Annie ROWLAND 1862 Maitland, NSW
George Frederick ROWLAND b:1864 Maitland, NSW d:1932 E.Maitland
Florence Ada ROWLAND b:1867Maitland, NSW d:1938 Quirindi, NSW
Sarah E Anne ROWLAND b:1871 Muswellbrook, NSW
Amy Lillian ROWLAND b:1873 Murrurundi, NSW
Edith Ethel ROWLAND 1876 Singleton, NSW
plus Jennie 1876-1950 by unknown mother raised by William
William ROWLAND's second spouse was
Jane DOWNEY the daughter James DOWNEY 1815 d:1882 Merriwa, NSW
and Margaret GORDON 1824 d:1891 East Maitland, NSW
born on the 6 May 1848 at Page's River near Singleton NSW.
Her first husband was William J CROTHERS the son of John CROTHERS 1805-1853 and Bridget RICE 1811-1878. William was born 19 December 1843 at Armagh, Ireland and died 13 March 1873 Merriwa, NSW. they were married on 1 January 1868 at Murrurundi, NSW
The children Between William CROTHERS and JANE were:-
Emily Jane CROTHERS b: 19 October 1868 at Colly Blue, NSW. d:1948
Alicia CROTHERS b:15 July 1870 Llangolen NSW d:28 Feb. 1874 Moredevil
William John CROTHERS b:7 Sept.1872 Llangolen d: 26 April 1919
William ROWLAND married Jane CROTHERS nee DOWNEY on 23 June 1879 at the residence of Mr.James RUDD Murrurundi, NSW. by the rites of the Wesleyan Church by Reverend B WATKINS.
Witnesses John Hughes and Annie CASSIDY
The children of William ROWLAND and JANE were:-
James ROWLAND b:1878 Newcastle, NSW
James Felix ROWLANDb:1880 Murrurundi d:1947 Granville, NSW
Margaret Alice ROWLAND b:1880 Murrurundi d:25 Sept.1951 Balmain
Jane Esther Eveline ROWLAND b:1883 Gunnedah d:1909 Quirindi, NSW
Myra E D b: 1885 Gunnedah, NSW
Celia R ROWLAND b:1887 Quirindi, NSW
Nellie A Rowland b:1892 Quirindi, NSW
Jane ROWLAND nee DOWNEY formerly CROTHERS died on the 17 October 1915 at Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales
*Source for this journal-janilye tree in ancestry.com.au
The photograph below QUIRINDI about 1911
Anyone can be a genealogist!
These days it seems, to call yourself a genealogist, all you have to do is learn to spell 'genealogist', or find an old photo of your grandfather when you moved the fridge.
If you're thinking of hiring a 'genealogist' note that Certification and accreditation are not a requirement for genealogists who wish to accept clients.
Of course certification or accreditation does help you to know that these individuals have had their competence as genealogical researchers thoroughly tested by their peers and not just any individual who knows how to find the Mormons Family Search on the internet. Which is the first online site we all find during our first steps into trying to find where the rellies all hailed from.
Professional Genealogist: - This title generally applies to any genealogist with knowledge and experience of proper genealogical research methods and techniques, and who supports and upholds high standards in the field of genealogy. People who call themselves professional genealogists are usually either certified or very experienced, but this is not always the case. Anyone can use the title "professional," so be sure to inquire about their education, experience, and references.
Do you think that the genealogical profession is one that you will enjoy? Follow these simple steps to see if you have the necessary skill, experience, and expertise to offer your services to others on a fee basis.
Below I've added some tips by Kimberly Powell for those thinking they may be able to earn a bit of extra change in the field of genealogy.
How To Become a Professional Genealogist
By Kimberly Powell, source- About.com Guide
1. Read and follow the code of ethics of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
2.Consider your experience. A genealogist must be familiar with the various types of genealogical records available and know where to access them, as well as know how to analyze and interpret evidence. If you are unsure about your qualifications, enlist the services of a professional genealogist to critique your work and offer guidance.
3. Consider your writing skills. You must be knowledgeable of the proper format for source citations and have good grammar and writing skills in order to communicate your findings to clients. Practice your writing constantly. Once you have it polished, submit an article or case study for possible publication in a local genealogical society newsletter/journal or other genealogical publication.
4. Join the Association of Professional Genealogists. This society exists not only for practicing genealogists, but also for people who desire to further their skills.
5. Educate yourself by taking genealogy classes, attending seminars and workshops, and reading genealogical magazines, journals, and books. No matter how much you know, there is always more to learn.
6. Volunteer with a local genealogical society, library or group. This will keep you in touch with a network of fellow genealogists, and help to further develop your skills. If you have the time, start or join a transcribing or indexing project for additional practice at reading genealogical documents.
7. Make a list of your goals as a professional genealogist. Think about what types of research interests you, the access you have to necessary resources and the profitability of doing research as a business. What do you want to do? Professional genealogists don't all do client research - some are authors, editors, teachers, heir searchers, bookstore owners, adoption specialists and other related fields.
8. Develop your business skills. You cannot run a successful business without knowing about accounting, taxes, advertising, licenses, billing and time management.
9. Get a copy of Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. This book by Elizabeth Shown Mills is the bible for genealogy professionals and those who want to become professional. It offers advice and instruction on everything from abstracting to setting up a business.
10. Consider applying for certification or accreditation. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) grants certification in research, as well as in two teaching categories, and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists offers accreditation in specific geographical areas. Even if you decide not to become certified or accredited, the guidelines offered by these testing programs will help you objectively evaluate your genealogical skills.
If you are in Australia,The Society of Australian Genealogists has a formal course and examination, resulting in a Diploma in Family Historical Studies (Dip. F.H.S.).
1.Practice your research skills every chance you get. Visit courthouses, libraries, archives, etc. and explore the records. Get as much experience as you can before working for others.
2.Don't stop researching your own family history. It is most likely the reason you fell in love with genealogy in the first place and will continue to provide inspiration and enjoyment.
Kimberly Powell is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and several local genealogical societies. She has been writing about genealogy for About.com since 2000, and her work has also appeared in several genealogy magazines.
Better make sure it's a goodie.
Eye have a spelling chequer,
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss Steaks I can knot sea.
Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write oar wrong
It tells me straight a weigh.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your shore real glad two no.
Its vary polished in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.
A chequer is a bless thing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right all stiles of righting,
And aides me when eye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The chequer pours o'er every word
Two cheque sum spelling rule.
The original version of this poem was written by Jerrold H. Zar in 1992. An unsophisticated spell checker will find little or no fault with this poem because it checks words in isolation. A more sophisticated spell checker will make use of a language model to consider the context in which a word occurs.
Most word or office programs are pretty good these days.