Tuesday, January 3, 2017

William Thomas Seabrook

Today marks the 103nd anniversary of the death of William Thomas Seabrook. William the sixth child of William John Seabrook and his wife Maria Sophia Mason was tragically drowned at Point Lonsdale in Victoria while trying to rescue Muriel May Hunter.

You can read what I wrote about William on the centenary of his death here.

This photo is available at the State Library of Victoria.

William Thomas Seabrook (1881 - 1914) Photo -  State Library of Victoria

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Sale of Pleasant Bank Estate

In 2012 I blogged about the family home of the Baumgarten family at Moolan Downs in Queensland.   The Baumgartens moved to Moolan Downs 1908 following the sale of their Victorian property Pleasant Bank Estate near Barnawatha.

Yesterday a comment on the post gave me a link to the sale of Pleasant Bank Estate.

Albury Banner and Wodonga Express 14 February 1908, p.  6.

What a wonderful find which gives specific details of the property and its stock. 

I've previously blogged about the Bumgartens here.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Seabrook Wines

For those of you who follow my blog and are Seabrook descendants you might like to take a look at Seabrook Wines website. I won't add any more here except to say that Hamish Seabrook is descended from William John Seabrook, the fourth son of William Henry Seabrook and his wife Sarah White. This branch of the family has been in the wine business since 1878.

William John Seabrook

Several of their wines are named after family members - The Chairman (T.C. Seabrook), The Merchant (Doug Seabrook)  and The Broker (Iain Seabrook).

I'm off to order some for Christmas.

An early Seabrook label given to me by Dorothy Seabrook,
granddaughter of William John Seabrook.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My DNA Results Are In

This morning I received an email from Ancestry saying that my DNA results were ready to view. I was surprised at the speed as I had expected to be waiting for a few more weeks.

Were there any surprises?

Well I was hoping to be a little more Irish! However, considering that some of my Irish came from Waterford and Vikings settled in the area in the 800s this may account for part of my previously unknown Scandinavian heritage. And of course a significant branch of my Irish ancestors were from England and were more than likely part of the Plantations of Ireland in Monaghan and Cavan in the 16th and 17th centuries.

I don't have many trace regions - just 4% from the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain) and 1% from Western Europe. I wonder where they fit in?

In my DNA matches there are 2 extremely high confidence matches - one a possible 2nd-3rd cousin and the other a 4th -6th cousin. Unfortunately he has a private tree so at the moment I am none the wiser. However, I have met the 2nd high confidence match and he is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Seabrook line. Shared DNA or a match via the information we have on Ancestry?

A quick perusal discovers about 3 matches on my Scottish McColm side. Unfortunately a more detailed study will need to wait until the Christmas break.

I now know what my mother and husband are getting for Christmas. Hope they enjoy the spit!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Trove Tuesday - The Man who Hanged his Wife

An article titled The Man Who Hanged his Wife was not a story where I expected to find some information about an ancestor. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a mention of Dr William Lee Dawson.

Last week as a whole barge full of mourners at the late Dr Dawson's funeral were returning from Franklin to Iron Stone Creek, on their way homewards, the attention of one of the many Hobart Town visitors was called by a Huon passenger to a figure sitting with head bent, and thoughtfully, as it smoked a black pipe in the bows of the boat. "That's the man who hanged his wife".

Dr Dawson's wife's family lived in Hobart Town so I wonder now which ones came to his funeral. A whole barge full of mourners - I wonder how many that was?

You might like to read the rest of the story. It's not what it seems!

The Mercury, Wednesday 5th July 1871, p. 2

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Franklin Reading Club

It always pays to try different search terms. I usually search for articles about my great great grandfather with his name "William Lee Dawson". This time, however, I tried just Dawson and Franklin.

I was fortunate and discovered this article about the first amateur dramatic performance of the Franklin Reading Club held on Tuesday, 29th August 1871. This performance and subscription ball was held in aid of the widow of the late Dr. Dawson. The evening raised about £10 for Emma Dawson (Seabrook).

Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), Wednesday 6 September 1871, page 3

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Fatal Accident at Callan Park

I have previously blogged about the death of 11 year old Rupert Dawson at Callan Park in 1898. This post detailed all the details that I knew.

The following details were based on family folklore.

In September 1898 a lot of construction work was going on at the hospital. Rupert and his friends were playing a game and jumping over an open sewer in the course of construction. He missed jumping over the gap and fell in the sewer.

A search on Trove now gives details from several newspapers including  The Australian Star and  The Goulburn Evening Penny Post. This confirms that Rupert was playing with other boys near the shaft before he fell. These papers have added to the known facts. Construction of the sewer was being carried out by Carter, Gummow & Co. James Hain went to the bottom of the 50ft shaft to recover Rupert's body and a boy by the name of Leonard Towns saw the accident.

The Australian Star, Monday 5th September 1898, p. 2

The Australian Star, Tuesday 6th September 1898, p. 3

The Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Tuesday 6th September 1898, p.  4

After reading these articles I want to know more about Leonard Towns, James Hain and Carter Gummow & Co.

Lawrence Leonard Towns was born in Balmain in 1889 (3834/1889). At the time of the accident he would have been 9 years old. It is highly likely that like Rupert he lived at Callan Park. When he enlisted in AIF in May 1916 his mother Sarah's address was Callan Park, Rozelle. Towns died in Randwick in 1926 (1729/1926).

James Hain, a sheet metal worker (from at least 1930) continued to live in the Rozelle district and died at Gladesville on 2nd August 1953.

Frank Gummow was an engineering graduate from the University of Melbourne. By 1998 he had fifteen years practical experience in the construction of water and sewerage works. His company had successfully tendered for much of the work to build the sewerage network in Sydney.

A 1993 submission for an Historic Engineering Marker from the Engineering Heritage Committee Sydney Commission provides information about Carter Gummow & Co.

An article written by Bob Jackson titled Sewage and heritage mix at Johnston's Creek from Engineers Australia (February 23 1990) is included in the submission and discusses the aqueducts that were built over Johnston's and Whites Creek and were the subject of the heritage committee.

The aqueducts were built as part of the extensions to Sydney's first major sewerage scheme which originally served the city, eastern and southern suburbs......The extensions westward of the Bondi Sewer completed in 1898 serviced the suburbs of Glebe, Annandale, Lilyfield and Balmain.

It would seem that Rupert Dawson fell down one the shafts being built as part of the extension to Sydney's sewerage scheme.