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Trove Tuesday: Stolen Horse

My Trove Tuesday article for today involves my Great Grandfather John Patrick Stevens and his stolen horse.  Source: GUNDAGAI POLICE COURT. (1907, March 19). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 - 1931), p. 2. Transcription: GUNDAGAI POLICE COURT. MONDAY, MARCH 18. Before Mr. Jamieson, P.M. STOLEN HORSE. John Patrick Stevens made application for the restoration of a horse, then in the possession of the police, such horse being supposed to have been stolen, and sold to John Keihone.  Mr. Fraser for Stevens.  Mr. Weekes watched the case in the interests of John Keihone, who held a receipt for having purchased the horse from a man named Gordon. John Patrick Stevens, laborer, residing at Gobarralong, deposed : The information is mine.  The horse is a dark bay, branded No. 2 on the near shoulder.  He purchased the horse from Richard Roche, of Nanangroe, about

Old Family Photograph: Stevens Family

This photograph is of my Grandfather Roy Thomas Stevens, my Grandmother Glennie 'Marie' Stevens (nee Battye) and four of my Grandfathers siblings. Back row from left: Roy Thomas Stevens, Robert Keith 'Bob' Stevens & John Raymond 'Ray' Stevens Front row from left: Glennie Marie 'Marie' Stevens (nee Battye) , Eunice Mary Price (nee Stevens) & Ada Josephine 'Josie'     McDonnell (nee Stevens)

Research update

A while back I posted about my husband's Great Grandfather James Harvey Murray (see here ) and how I was trying to confirm that his wife Helen was the daughter of Baron Raimund Von Stillfried-Rathenitz and his Japanese partner.  My research proved to be correct and Helen was indeed the daughter of Baron Raimund Von Stillfried-Rathenitz and Nishiyama Haru.  Helen and her two sisters Mary and Anna were left in a convent school in Singapore in 1883, prior to the Baron returning to Europe from Japan permanently.  I have found newspaper articles, shipping records and other records with regards to Helen and family and have shared this with other researchers and hope to find more in the future. One record of interest that I intend to follow up is here . An interesting family story that I have been told is that after the end of the second World War when Helen and her daughter Dorothy wanted to go to England to meet up with surviving family members at Barrow in Furness (her daughter Violet

Tangled trees

Well it has been some time since my last post as life has been rather hectic of late and my research has taken a back seat as a result.  Today I would like to acknowledge the lives of Robert Guymer and his wife Susan (nee Raison) who are my 5 x Great Grandparents.  I am descended from them through their son David but as a result of my research I have also found out that mine is not the only extended family connection to them.  My son in law is also one of their direct descendants through another of their children, namely their son Robert.  Thus making them my Grandchildren's 7 x Great Grandparents through my family line and also their 6 x Great Grandparents through my son in laws family line.  I found the family connection when I started tracing my son in laws trees, not suspecting that there would be any crossovers, but I have found over time that Australian trees can be more tangled than people expect and that you can be distantly related to people you know and not realise it.  F