Week 32 #52ancestors in 52 weeks Rose Elania Tilbrook COOPER was the youngest daughter of Charles COOPER and Ann WHALEN. Rose was born on the 2nd May 1880 at Robe in South Australia and was the youngest of 9 children. The family lived around the Robe, Kingston Wangolina area. While Rose was the youngest she... Continue Reading →


Week 31 #52ancestors 52 weeks When looking at this title I wondered should I write about the oldest person I have found during my family history searches. Although it is possible that is topic ha already been covered during my longevity stories. So I trawled through the Family Data Sheets to see what was the... Continue Reading →


Week 30 #52ancestrs 52 weeks In 1815 Thomas BELL was lost at sea. He was on the Providence as a mate sailing from Great Yarmouth to Newcastle. His wife Hannah's petition[1] provides us with information about Thomas that would be missing otherwise. Thomas was a sailor who first went to sea at the age of... Continue Reading →

Playing the Recorder

Week 29 - 52 ancestors 52 weeks Music Music wasn't a major feature in my early years. Nor are there any family stories of ancestors playing musical instruments. One person does stand out as playing a musical instrument. Phyllis Moira COOPER nee NOSWORTHY was the member of a recorder group. She joined the group when... Continue Reading →

Cruising on the MV Moonta.

52 ancestors in 52 weeks. Week 28 The Gulf Trip as it was known was a popular 6 day voyage from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, up to Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie. It would leave Port Adelaide on a Saturday and return the following Friday. SA Memory tells us that the Gulf Trip was one... Continue Reading →

Independence – week 27

Was it for independence from his family that Herbert George NOSWORTHY moved his family first to Cooke Plains and then to Lake Cargellico. Herbert George was born on the 1st of June 1874 at Black Swamp to George Drew NOSWORTHY and Grace DUFTY. He was the 6th child born into a family of 8. the... Continue Reading →

Same Name – week 25

Margaret Ann REED commonly known as Mary. was the second child of that name born to John REED and Mary Ann CHAPMAN. When first researching the family there was a moment of confusion, especially when viewing the shipping records for the REED family and the 1851 Census Margaret Ann Reed's age had deceased in the... Continue Reading →

Fathers Day – week 24

Although, for an Australian the date is wrong for Fathers Day, this week is a good time to reflect on fathers and my father in particular. Edward Waller LOADES known as Neddy was born on the 23rd March 1928. He was the second son of Edward Waller LOADES and Jessie May HALL. Neddy was one... Continue Reading →

Military – Week 21 52 Ancestors

Arnold Leland SIVIOUR the grandson of Mary Ann Harriet LOADES was killed in action on the 14th June, 1918 in Palestine. His grave is the second on the right in the featured image. Arnold was the second child of Thomas Moses SIVIOUR and Adelaide Lavinia MASTERS, born on 30th December 1897 at Redhill in South... Continue Reading →

So Far Away – Week 22

In my inbox this morning up popped a notification for a new DNA Circle along with links to two additional trees to further support the search With one of the members i share 13.8 centimorgans across 2 segments. With the other the match is higher 33 centimorgans across 3 segments. The common ancestors we have... Continue Reading →

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