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September 2020 ( GSV Members can access this journal when they login as a member. Then click on the "Members Area" link)

We have all become used to living with uncertainty. As I write this, Melbourne is in its second period of lockdown and what the future holds is by no means clear. Happily we can all enjoy another edition of Ancestor, with all its usual features, including some fascinating family history articles from our members.


At the age of twelve, in 1844, English lad Nathaniel Barton was sent to Geelong, for the crime of burning down a haystack. Transportation was being phased out and Nathaniel was one of the fi rst child ‘exiles’. His descendant, Noel Dix, tells us how he progressed from this unfortunate start to leading a successful life. For June Torcasio’s ancestors, their voyage to Port Phillip was more eventful than they could have foreseen. June details their ‘perilous journey’, which included a shipwreck and an extended stay in Brazil before the family’s safe arrival in Australia.


Three articles feature more recent forebears – two grandmothers and a grandfather. After coming across an interview transcript amongst family papers, Robin Randall set out to discover more about her grandmother Jess’s teaching career in country Victoria in the 1900s. Not only did Trove assist Leonie Last conquer her brick wall, it also opened up avenues that enabled her to uncover the story of her grandmother’s mysterious stepmother, Bertha Bonn. Read about her journey in ‘Breaking down my brick wall.’ I hope you will enjoy Florence Livery’s unusual way of introducing us to her Greek ‘Papou’ (grandfather), Michael Economides, with a poem. Beginning with his family on the Mediterranean island of Kastellorizo, Florence follows his life through migration to Western Australia to establishment in Melbourne.


Sophie Couchman, historian and founding member of Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria, kindly contributed a  ‘How to’ article for us on Chinese – Australian genealogy, revealing a world of genealogical research which is new to most of us. An extended Research Corner gives an outline of the new library catalogue system and introduces us to some of its advantages.


Barbara Beaumont
Ancestor Editorial Team


Date last updated: 20 August 2020 @ 08:58