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Wilsons of Ayrshire

My ancestor was Frederick John Wilson. He was in Australia by 1859 when my greatgrandmother was born. He then went to New Zealand. There was a lot of movement bewteen Australia/ Melbourne & NZ,particularly Otago at that time. Do you know where he went to? I gather there are loads of Wilsons in Dunedin.What did he do?Shipping records are quite good one you start looking at them. R Dunk

BROOKS of Stratford

My great, great grandfather Philip Cannil Brooks was born in Stratford in 1831 according to the 1871 census. I do not know who his parents or siblings were. Any information would be gladly accepted. He married Elizabeth Annie Creed in London in 1850/1. They had 4 daughters.

This has been largely updated inn the interim to January 2014.
He married Frances Clark at St Pancras Aug 6, 1851 but there are not further records of her.
His first child was Rebecca Creed who always treated Phillip as her father. Elizabeth Annie Creed was the mother of the other daughters - hettie, Phyllis, Euphemia,Georgina, Caroline & Kate Louise.Georgina died as a child. Phillip died in 1876 with Elizabeth Annie by his side & not in different circumstances as the Australian descendants family legend has it. Rebecca married James Armond & was the mother of his children. She died & kate Louise became their stepmother. I do have further info obtained from England. Caroline Emma married Dugald McKenzie McLachlan at Liverpool in 1891 & migrated to Australia in 1913

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Holdaway of Titchfield, Hants, UK

James Walter Holdaway & William Holdaway, sons of Stephen & Sarah Holdaway, then living in Southampton left for Australia in 1869. Work was scarce for the waterboys so they decided to try for a better life at Moreton Bay , Queensland. The land allocated to them was not too good for vegetable growing (it later became the famous Gabba Cricket Ground) so they headed south to the Clarence River. Here they cut timber. Later they came to Sydney.Stephen snr ws a sawyer, which craft was taken up by his son in NSW. I am looking for past family history, some of which I have or contact fromfamily who stayed in Hampshire.
R Dunk
South Australia

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