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TO BE AN AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN PILGRIM

If your ancestors were dispossessed, slaughtered and had their land and their children stolen, would you celebrate the date on which that all began?#changethedate Another Australia Day 26th January long weekend. It was the arrival of the First Fleet of British convicts.  200+ years later I discover my ancient rights and liberties are thwarted by the […]

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THE COLONIES 1

Happy Birthday Catherine Willett,  my grandson’s 3rd great grandmother. 1st generation born Glengallen Station, Allora nr Warwick, Queensland, Australia – August, 1871.   via Allora | Queensland Places    I’ve discovered a branch of my daughter’s ‘ in-laws’ ancestry comes from a long line of labouring, farming stock of Buckinghamshire, England. They were the white foundation Colonialists […]

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A Mariner sailed the Sea c1620. He was Hugh, my 12th Great Grandfather!

LINK TO CLAPPING/ROPE TRADITION – Children of Sailortown such as my Cannaday/Clark ancestors were more than likely to initiate their own entertainment. Clapping songs or a Rope are fulfil basic needs for developmental play: London Pool(Port). 1600 After a short, always treacherous merchant ship trip to Newcastle coal port in the year of our Lord, […]

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ARE YOU MY DADDY?

THE FACTS OF LIFE  Ned Kelly in the Bush by Sidney Nolan In Australia the immigrant Irish outlaw NED KELLY became a folk hero against the British Colonial administration. The standard bog-Irish prejudice transferred to the Colonies with it’s Protestant hierarchy. Sometimes you don’t even realise you are prejudiced until something switches the neuron lights […]

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Archaeodeath at Bede’s World, Jarrow

For locals and international visitors, Bede’s World, was an educational highlight for tourists to the North of England(like myself). I’m sure the school children would grow up with pride at how their town was home to the Venerable monk and scholar in Europe. A.D.735.  Jarrow was the source of shining enlightenment of human history, literature, […]

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