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Prison hulk record for William Bell

After his conviction at Chester on the 28th August 1828, my 4th Great Grandfather William Bell was received at the Prison Hulk Justitia moored at Woolwich, England on 18th September 1828.  Other posts involving him can be found here , here , here and here . UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849  Transcript: No. 3204 Name: William Bell Age: 14 Offence: Stealing boots and shoes from a shop Where and When Convicted: Chester 28th Aug 1828 Sentence: 14 years Remarks:  Transported 30th. Mar. 1829 Source:  UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849  [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Retrieved from View of the Justitia Hulk, with the Convicts at Work, near Woolwich. New Newgate Calendar or Malefactor's Register

William Bell: Certificate of Freedom

Today’s post concerns my 4th Great Grandfather William Bell.  Other posts concerning him can be found here , here  and  here . Convicts Index  1791 to 1873 BELL William America 1829 43/0216 7 Feb 1843 Certificate of Freedom [4/4380; Reel 1013] TL 39/38 Source: Convict Index 1791-1873.  NSW State Archives & Records.  Retrieved from Certificate of Freedom for William Bell No. 43/216 Date, 7 February 1843 Prisoner’s No. 29/1474 Name: William Bell Ship: America Master: Donal Year: 1829 Native Place: Bury, Lancashire Trade or Calling: Laborer  Offence: Burglary Place of Trial: Chester Date of Trial: 28 August 1828 Sentence: 14 years Year of Birth: 1815 Height: 5 feet 6 1/4 inches Complexion: Sallow Hair: Brown Eyes: Darkhazel General Remarks: Scar under the right eyebrow Another on chin Scar inside right thumb Source:  New South Wales, Australia, Certificates of Freedom, 1810-1814, 1

Thursday's Titbit: Mervyn 'James' Phillip Donnelly

 Today's post involves my Grandfather Mervyn James Phillip Donnelly (known as James).  I have put a list together of all of the addresses for him that I can verify through the Electoral Rolls.   He rarely appears on the Electoral Rolls as he was a bigamist, hiding from his first wife and the law.  His bigamy was finally uncovered in 1938, when his first wife and the law caught up with him.  My grandmother stayed with him and they had two more children together.  Sadly he died in 1943. More of my posts mentioning him can be found here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here , here  and here . 1943 6 Russell Street, Cardiff, NSW  - Clerk Source: Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Retrieved from

ANZAC Day Trove: Europe Unanimous - War Can't Last Long

With ANZAC Day being today I thought that I would post something today with a military flavour.  I came across this article and found it quite fascinating. Tragically the war lasted until 11 November 1918 and killed and injured millions of people on both sides.  Lest we forget. Source: EUROPE UNANIMOUS—WAR CAN'T LAST LONG (1915, October 3). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 22. Retrieved from Transcript: EUROPE UNANIMOUS ---WAR CAN'T LAST LONG Leaders Differ Widely, However, on Time, Victors, and Reasons THE most famous statesmen, militarists, educators, political economists, politicians, writers and other leaders of thought in the warring nations of Europe were asked 'How soon do you think the present war will end, and how do you think it will end?'  Here are some of the replies.  Practically all admit that the war cannot go on much longer, as all the Powers involved are t

Death of Herbert Walter Worldon

On the 21st April 1884 my third great uncle Herbert Walter Worldon died from bronchitis at Spring Flat, Gundagai, he was only 10 weeks of age.  The son of James Baker Worldon and his wife Margaretta Jane nee Bell, he was the second of their children to die.  Unfortunately he was not the last as only three of their eight children survived infancy.  He was buried on the 22nd of April 1884 at North Gundagai Cemetery. Source:  NSW BDM Death Certificate for Herbert Walter Worldon.  Copy received from another researcher.

Sunday's Obituary: Mr. Frank Twemlow

Today's post involves the husband of my 4th Great Aunt Tamar Twemlow nee Guymer.  Francis (Frank) Twemlow was the son of William Twemlow and his wife Jane and was born on the 28th March 1835 in Yorkshire, England.  He married Tamar in 1862 in Goulburn and together they had a large family. Frank was a school teacher from 1885 to his retirement in 1900 in New South Wales at various locations. He died suddenly at home on the 30th June 1913 and was buried at the Old Goulburn Cemetery.  More information on Tamar and his family can be found here , here , here and here . Source:  AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH. (1913, July 1).  Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) , p. 2 (EVENING). Retrieved from Transcript: AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH Mr. Frank Twemlow, of Garfield, died suddenly at his residence, Garfield on Monday morning at the age of 78.  It appears that shortly after breakfast Mr. Twemlow, who apparently was in the best of health

Saturday's Newspaper Snippet: Cottage for Sale

In order to finalise the estate of my 4th Great Aunt Tamar Twemlow nee Guymer an auction was arranged to dispose of a cottage that she had in Victoria Parade, Goulburn.  Another post of mine involving Tamar can be found here . Source:Advertising (1925, April 18). Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), p. 6 (EVENING). Retrieved from Transcript: AUCTIONEERS' ADVERTISEMENTS PROPERTY SALE FRIDAY, 1ST MAY, 1924, At 3 p.m. sharp. R.D. GRAY AND SONS Will sell by auction, At Their Rooms, 370 Auburn-street, THE FOLLOWING TOWN PROPERTIES: 1. PROPERTY NOW OCCUPIED BY A. LANSDOWNE AND SON as Florist's Shop and Residence, situated in Auburn-street, having frontage 24ft, 6in. and depth 330ft., lane at rear.  The buildings are substantial and well built of brick ; six rooms, lobby, bathroom, and large balcony upstairs ; two rooms, kitchen, large shop with double windows, hall, with independent entrance off

Wednesday's Wedding: Beer/Twemlow and three more

Today's wedding involves my 1st cousin four times removed Olive Marion Twemlow.  Olive was the daughter of Francis (Frank) Twemlow and his wife Tamar nee Guymer (see here for more information on this family).  While Arthur was the son of Benjamin and his wife Rhoda nee Jones.  Olive was Arthur's third wife; his first wife who he married in 1892, Emeline Elizabeth Beer nee Blackshaw died in 1903 and his second wife who he married in 1907, Martha Jane Beer nee Burgess died in 1923.  He was to marry one more time after Olive's death in 1943 when he married Marjory J Sutton.  Arthur Benjamin Beer died in 1945 at Goulburn. Source: WEDDING (1925, January 6). Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), p. 3 (EVENING). Retrieved from Transcript: WEDDING BEER-TWEMLOW. A quiet wedding was solemnised at 'Almea,' Parramatta, the residence of the bride's sister, on December 29, when Olive Marion, youngest daughte

Update on James Harvey Murray

After recently finding a death notice for my husbands Great Grandfather James Harvey Murray (see post here ) through the  Singapore Newspaper Archives my husband got in touch with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission with this information and after an investigation they have updated the date of death for James Harvey Murray in their official files (see here ).  It is wonderful for us to know that his date of death is now the correct date rather than what had previously been recorded, which was ‘Between 01/03/1943 and 31/03/1943’.  More of my posts mentioning him can be found here , here , here , here , and  here . Source: Commemorative Certificate for James Harvey Murray.  Retrieved from,-james-harvey /

Trove Tuesday: Car Overturned

Today’s post involves my 1st cousins four times removed Charles Twemlow and his sister Ada Rigelsford nee Twemlow.  They were the children of Francis Twemlow and his wife Tamar nee Guymer.  Another post involving this family can be found here . Source:  CAR OVERTURNED (1931, April 13).  The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950) , p. 2. Retrieved from Transcript: CAR OVERTURNED Two Injured A small motor car in which were Mrs. Ada Rigelsford, of 2 Clifford-Street, Parramatta, and Mr. Charles Twemlow, 64, of Heydon-street, Mosman, overturned on the Rookwood-road, Bankstown, on Saturday afternoon.  Both were injured. The Canterbury-Bankstown Ambulance took them to the Auburn Hospital, to which Mrs. Rigelsford was admitted suffering from a fracture of the left arm and probably a fracture of the left leg.  Source:  CAR OVERTURNS (1931, April 13).  Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1