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WILLIAM SHIELDS born Waterford c. 1860

Thanks for the information on William Shields. I think the prison records are for him but I don't know when or where he died. His son came to Australia and apparently didn't have much if any contact with his family. My mother says that when her father had a few too many to drink he would want to go back to Ireland but my mother remembers her mother saying that he couldn't go back "or they would get him". Makes me wonder what he was up too before coming to Australia, ie did he desert again or was he Irish Brotherhood, or maybe IRA, he was a very staunch catholic There was never a reason given for this but I did find a prison record for him in 1915 for deserting the Connaught Rangers. My mother told me that her father, the son of the above William, had a severe head injury in the first world war and that he had a plate in his head which affected his eyesight in one eye and also affected him, again when he had too much to drink.

Genealogy Friends

Several months ago I advertised in one our Sunday newspapers that has a "Desperately Seeking" section. At 2.30pm the same day as the advertisement was run I got a call from a lady who it turned out lives three streets away from me. This lady had been researching her late husband's family and thought that I was related to him, mind you this is three generations back. The next day we met up for coffee and a chat at our local bakery/coffee shop and have been firm friends since then. We have been researching our common ancestors, both convict and free settler, in Tasmania and through the Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia have managed to even get photographs of our relatives so we are going to go into the city and see what other hidden gems we can find.

Another genealogy friend is Alan whom I had actually known for a number of years and it was only when I spoke to his wife, in the same bakery, that we realised that we shared a common convict ancestor who was transported for life from England in 1836. I have found several cousins on my maternal side that I didn't know even existed. Sometimes it is sad when I get the death certificates for all the babies that died in the 1800's and I realise how lucky I was to be born in the 20th century! In Australia it has become fashionable to have convict ancestors in your family. I have found threee definite convicts on my paternal side, one definite convict on my maternal side and possibly another two, needs further investigation.

Every time I get on the internet and start searching I am thankful that the English transported their so called criminals to Australia or I wouldn't be here writing this.


I am looking for more information for William Shields who was born in Waterford City, Ireland c1860. In particular I am looking for his birth, marriage to Margaret Twomey and his death date. Can any one help?


I live in Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia and I am researching Edwin Andrews & Eliza Legier Smyth who married in Castlemaine in 1857 in the local school house. Edwin and Eliza were my great-great grandparents. I have been unable to find definitive information on either of them. Their marriage certificate says that Edwin was born at sea but I suspect he may have been born in England and his parents were Richard Andrews and Hester Durbuy or possibly Durbin. Eliza parents were Robert Smyth and Margaret De St Leger. Eliza was born in County Limerick but I am not sure whether she was born in Limerick City or in Rathkeale where the family later lived. The marriage certificate has a number of crossing outs on it and is hard to read. I tried to get access to the original Church register but this has disappeared. The current register starts from the time the church was built.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.