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Happy Easter!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter!  Easter this year for us was a very happy, relaxed, chocolatey affair, as the Easter Bunny really spoiled the grandchildren.  We are truly blessed to have this time with all of our children and grandchildren living with us.  We are making so many precious memories together!  The weather has been glorious here this Easter, which has been an added bonus, so much so that I even got in and had what will probably be my last swim for the season in our pool!  The water was freezing but the sun was lovely and warm and there was no wind, so it was very refreshing.  I love the water and we have had so much fun in it with the grandchildren this season, so I couldn’t resist one last swim!  

The holiday weekend ended on a high note as I received the two transcriptions that I had ordered from NSW Family History Transcriptions.  Yet again the service was outstanding and I am very pleased with both the process and the outcome!

The first transcription was for Mary Wilks who is my fifth great grandmother.  Mary who also went by Mary Turner is my First Fleet Convict connection and I have previously posted about her here, here and here.  This transcription did not contain a great deal of information (see below) which was what I had expected but it is a good resource to have.  My goal is to have all of the available certificates or transcripts thereof for my direct ancestors, so it is another step in that direction which I am very pleased about.

Mary Wilks in the Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985

Name: Mary Wilks

Death Date: 1808

Death Place: New South Wales

Registration Year: 1808

Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales

Volume Number: V18082270 2A

Source: Record for Mary Wilks. Retrieved from Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 at

Mary Wilks in the Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current

Name: Mary Wilks

Death Date: 1808

Cemetery: Old Sydney Burial Ground

Burial or Cremation Place: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Has Bio?: N


Source: Record for Mary Wilks. Retrieved from Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current at

More information about the Old Sydney Burial Ground, which is now the site of Sydney Town Hall, including recent excavations and archeological reports can be found here, here and here

Source: Trove. No title (1877, May 19). The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), p. 1 (ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT TO THE SYDNEY MAIL.). Retrieved April from

Source: Trove. Sydney in 1832. (1895, November 16). Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1919), p. 30. Retrieved from



The second transcription has proved to be way more interesting, as it has left me with more questions than answers and I will post about it tomorrow.


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