Hi. I'm Caitie. I'm 23 & from Brisbane, Australia. I've been researching my family history since I was 18 in 2009. I've broken down many brick walls & in 2012 I solved a 100 year mystery. Oh, I'm half Texan too. I'm also a full time Criminology student.
Friday, 24 January 2014
Australia Day Challenge 2014
Earlier this week, Cassmob posted an Australia Day Challenge geneameme. I think most of you know by now that I love geneamemes, so of course I had to have a go! Anyone can participate, and you don't have to live in Australia. This geneameme made me do some real thinking and digging through my family tree - I even discovered two new siblings of my Great Great Great Grandmother Jane Walker.
CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY’S GUM TREE
My first ancestor to arrive in Australia was: William
Wright in 1823.
I have Australian Royalty: I have
two ancestors who were convicts – William Wright & Elizabeth Graham.
William was transported to Australia in 1823 on the ship ‘Surry’. Elizabeth arrived in 1833 on the ship ‘Buffalo’. It just so happens
that two years later they married.
I’m an Aussie mongrel, my ancestors came to Oz
from: Mostly Scotland & a little bit of England.
Did any of your ancestors arrive under their
own financial steam? William Gow in 1886, and David Croal & his family in
1883. The others were assisted.
How many ancestors came as singles? 3 –
William Gow, my Great Grandfather &my 2 convict ancestors.
How many came as couples? None.
How many came as family groups? 6
Did one person lead the way and others follow?
William Gow’s older brother was already in Sydney when he arrived.
What’s the longest journey they took to get
here? The longest journey I’ve been able to establish is 154 days which was traveled by my convict ancestor William Wright.
Did anyone make a two-step emigration via another place? Nope.
Which state(s)/colony did your ancestors
arrive? New South Wales.
Did they settle and remain in one
state/colony? Yup, New South Wales.
Did they stay in one town or move around? A
couple stayed, a few moved. Those that moved generally stayed within the general New
South Wales Mid-North Coast area.
Do you have any First Australians in your
Were any self-employed? Yes – most of them
What occupations or industries did your
earliest ancestors work in? Farming, the Police Force & the Railway.
Does anyone in the family still follow that
Did any of your ancestors leave Australia and
go “home”? Nope.
NOW IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
What’s your State of Origin? Queensland. However, when it comes to the rugby, I'm a Blues supporter. Dad's from New South Wales...
Do you still live there? Sure do. Brisbane to
Sydney Harbour, January '12
Where was your favourite Aussie holiday place
as a child? Sydney. My Dad grew up there, so we always visited my Grandparents
& Aunty 4 or 5 times a year. I’d pretty much done all the touristy things
by the time I was 15. It’s like a second home to me.
Any special place you like to holiday now?Mid-North Coast of New South Wales – Coffs Harbour, Macksville, South West
Rocks etc. It’s the area that my Grandparents grew up in, and it’s just a
beautiful part of Australia.
Share your favourite spot in Oz: Brisbane,
Sydney & the Mid-North Coast of NSW will always be favourites. I haven’t
really been anywhere else in Australia.
Road trip to Coffs Harbour, NSW, January '13
Any great Aussie adventure you’ve had? We went
to Coffs Harbour in January 2013 and spent a week there. Dad & I had a
father-daughter-genealogy-day, & we visited my Great Aunt who we hadn’t
seen in a few years. That was a pretty special trip for me.
What’s on your Australian holiday bucket list? So. Many. Places. I’m dying to go to Melbourne!! I’d like to go to the South Coast of NSW, The Northern Territory, Tasmania, North Queensland & Western Australia one day.
How do you celebrate Australia Day? We don’t really do anything too exciting. We just enjoy the
day, usually at home & watch the tennis. I also listen to Triple J’s