I have currently been given a box of old family photographs to scan by one of my Aunts and am having a wonderful time doing so. There are so many memories, stories and questions that old photographs stir up! In the process of scanning these photographs I have discovered new facts, been left with a lot of questions that I will probably never find out the answers to and taken a long happy/sad walk down memory lane. I have reached out and shared these precious family treasures with extended family members and will provide each of them with digital copies of our shared family history, as they are a part of all of our life stories. Photographs and family documents are real family treasures and I feel very privileged to be able to copy and share these particular ones with my surviving and hopefully future relatives. Modern technology has made copying and sharing these family history resources so much easier and it provides us with a wonderful opportunities to preserve the past for future generations. The truth is they may need preserving sooner than you may think, while old black and white photographs seem to stand the passing of time quite admirably, the same cannot be said of the coloured photographs from more recent times, as they are fading and degrading at an alarming rate and if we don't take steps to preserved them now they will be lost forever. So if you have the resources and available time I would suggest that you drag out the old family photograph albums and scan them in order to safeguard them for future generations. It makes them easier to store and share with other family members and you can even have them printed into wonderful customised family history photo books that would make wonderful Christmas presents!
These articles involve my 5th Great Grandmother Ann Puckeridge (nee Maund) and her son William Puckeridge (my half 4th Great grand Uncle). Ann was born in England and married her first husband Joseph Puckeridge around 1796. There are records of two children being baptised in St Marylebone, Middlesex, England for this couple Sarah (1799-?) and James (1800-?). Their lives took a turn in 1800, when Joseph was sentenced to death for stealing scotch ticking, this sentence was later remitted to transportation for Life. In 1801 Joseph, the convict and Ann his free wife arrived in Australia on board the ship Earl Cornwallis , their English born children's fate is unknown. They went on to have the following children in Australia: William (1802-1877), John (1804-1885), Ann Sawyer nee Puckeridge (1806-1882), Mary Ann (1809-1818), Richard (1812-1881), Joseph (1814-1857) and Henry (1817-1819). Joseph worked as a brickmaker in Australia and died in Sydney in 1818. In 1820 Ann married J