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Saturday, 23 May 2015

The process of finding Caroline Williamson's nee Munro illusive obituary :: Genealogy

Progress is slowly being made as I slowly search for Caroline Williamson's obituary, but hopefully I will be able to access the newspaper archives of the Sydney Morning Herald by the end of the week if my new SLV library card arrives in the first few days of the week!

The process of finding Caroline Williamson's nee Munro illusive obituary :: Genealogy

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Returning from the Wilderness

It’s been almost 2 years since I last wrote an entry on my Blog, and as I open up my computer I wonder where I should begin as the last article that I published was 2 years ago in Apr-2013. It was the same month that I began my new job in hospitality working full time in hotel reservations at the Ramada Encore Hotel Dandenong.
Ramada Encore Hotel Dandenong
The oldest person in the organisation and an outsider - not something that the feint hearted should try, the experience has been eye opening however I will be finishing up Friday 10th April and am looking forward to returning to world of words, research, history, and ancestral mysteries. 
But the question as always is where do I begin? I have so many projects on the go, some almost complete, some driven by unknown time lines as interviews with family elders slowly creep along. Photos are sorted, stories are recorded and corrected. Trips are made to track down remnants of buildings and/or the owners of elusive family photos. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Day 21 - Family History Writing Challenge

This post may not look like much but it took a great deal of head space to put together
How did John Ebbott acquire this wealth of Mining knowledge?  and is an effort to understand home John arrived at being a mine manager after beginning a career as a butcher, still alot more reading and work to be done!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Day 16 - Family History Writing Challenge

Understanding the environment someone lives is essential to understand why they got involved in something and what opportunities were available.  How did John move from butcher to mine manager if only we knew!  I've written up what I think might have been motivating forces and environment circumstances hope it all makes sense  Understanding John Ebbott's foray in the world of mining, its certainly taken me quite sometime to understand what's going on!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Photo 14 - Workers at the Garfield Mine

When I first started studying mining in relation to my mining ancestors who include both maternal lines (John Bassett) & my paternal Lines (John Ebbott) I heard about how the miners were sent over to Australia to set up English mining companies however those back in England were slow in getting organised so the miners took things into their own hands and pushed so that it would be more difficult for large companies/monopolies to come in and push the little miners out.
It  made for a great story but it wasn't until today that I found a reference to the events in the newspaper talking about the surveys taken in 1845, 25 years earlier.
"SURVEY - A few days ago we extracted from one of our country contemporaries an account of intended operations to develop resources of the estate known as the Tungkillo Special Survey, purchased by an English company in 1845" (1870 'THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS OF VICTORIA.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 29 June, p. 5, viewed 14 February, 2013,
and later in the same article refers to a similar report commissioned from the Argus Reef that was sent to Messrs.  Johnson & Matthey, assayers, of London.

Argus REff is in Chewton, Victoria, Australia and is where the very profitable Garfield Mine was built and the one, amongst other mines, that John Ebbott was heavily involved in.
Workers at Garfield mine
Note John Ebbott standing in amongst the men near the middle
The above photo was given to me by Silas Ellery, one of John Ebbott's decendants when I went to Chewton to visit him many years ago, Silas has now passed away.

Day 14 - Family History Writing Challenge

It has taken me a few days but I finally have some sort of coherent Time Line for John Ebbott it still needs some tweaking but it is well on its way.
I've colour coded the events in his life 
Blue lettering - births of children
Red Lettering - death of family members
Yellow shading - indicates activities involving mining - this can be misleading as there needs to be some contextual notes added to explain why some of the events in mining happened as they did eg changes in legislation etc.