About Me.

A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Ancestral Places Geneameme

Ancestral Places Geneameme

Elsie Minnie Ironside and Frederick Charles Sigrist. My husband's side.
Alona Tester from http://www.lonetester.com/2017 started this idea, that we look at where our ancestors places of birth or where they worked.

“It doesn’t have to be where your ancestors were born, but it does have to be a place that they were associated with. For instance they lived or worked in that place.” says Alona, in her blog.

This got me thinking and using my Brother’s Keep family tree program, I did a list of places, with events attached to them. Some were vague, like Sydney or Ireland, some were precise, like Denison Street, Woollahra.

So below is a list of some of the places, associated with both the Abberton, my side and the Magill, husband’s side of our family tree and the names that go with them. I didn't get the full A-Z.

A – Ayr, Scotland, (Galbraith). Arncliffe, Sydney NSW, Aus, (Abberton.)

B – Ballinaykill, Co Galway, Ireland, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

       Ballarat, Vic, AUs, (Grant, McKenzie/McKay, Cameron.)

       Benenden, Kent, England (Chasmar)

      Bromley, Middlesex, ENGLAND, (Sigrist, Hutson/Hudson)

C – Cowra, NSW, Aus, (Abberton)

        Clare, SA, Aus, (Jasper)

        Chartteris, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND, (Hutson/Hudson Dust/Doust)

D – Detmold, Lippe, Germany, (Jasper)

E -  Erskineville, Sydney, NSW, Aus, (Chasmar, Vaughan, Galbraith.)

F – Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic, Aus, (Galbraith)

G – Glebe, Sydney, NSW, Aus, (Chasmar, Vaughan.)

       Goulburn, NSW, Aus, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

K – Kootingal, NSW, Aus, (Magill)

L – Lippe, Germany, (Jasper)

M – Mummel, NSW, Aus, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)

       Middlesex, England, (Vaughan, Alderidge)

N -  New Zealand, (Abberton)

S -  Scotland, (McKenzie/McKay)

T – Tamworth, NSW, Aus, (Magill, Towers.)

W - Woollahra NSW AUS, (Sigrist)

Might find some more cousins!

Bye, Lilian.                         Thomas Abberton and Mary Torp(h)y.
                                              My Great-grandparents.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Trip Stastistics.

Thought you might like some trip statistics;...

 Air kilometres - Sydney to Uluru - 1340

                         Darwin to Sydney - 3149

 Road kilometres - Uluru to Darwin - 3461

 Total distance we travelled - 7950 (not including getting to and from the airports)

 Number of steps I walked - 133, 346

 Number of photos taken - 1672

 Trip days - 13

 Hotels - 7

 Helicopter flights - 2

 Cessna flight - 1

 Boat trips - 4

We had an amazing time.

Bird of Prey show, Alice Springs Desert Park, July 2017

The bird of prey show was wonderful but I'd taken all the good shots, on the phone and have only just worked out how to get them to the computer. These are some of the shots and you will have to look to spot the bird. They displayed Whistling Kites, Wedged-tailed Kites, Barn Owl, Magpie and the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Part 5 Kakadu to Darwin

Up early for a flight over part of Arnhem Land and Kakadu, before we continue on into Darwin.
The flight was a bit rough as the morning had started to warm up and caused  turbulents but with the amazing views, I put up with the bumps.

The East Alligator River.

The hotel we stayed at, is near the Ranger Uraniumn mine and we go to see it from the plane. It is an open-cut mine and the company has to re-generate the landscape, once they have finished mining. So if we suddenly start to 'glow', you know why.
Another stunning view of our vast country. From the air you can easily see how people go missing and never get found. Where would you start to look?

Once we were 'On The Road, Again.' we made a short stop at Cahill's Crossing, the causeway into Arnhem Land. All manner of vehicles cross, or attempt to cross, from police paddy-wagons, semitrailers, to ordinary cars. As you can see some people don't see the danger and end up in trouble. This accident happened in about June and the guide thought that it had been a fatality. Yes, there are crocs in the river!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PIW5czdpwo   have a look at this YouTube video, of this year, so far.
Our next stop on the road to Darwin was fascinating. An Aboriginal Rock Art site, called Ubirr. The little bit that Paul and I saw was incredible!

I also learnt that there were Thylacine's on mainland Australia and that when the dingos came they whipped them out. This is a drawing of a Thylacine, done 10,000s of years ago.

Into Darwin around 4.30pm, just enough time to grab some groceries and we were off to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. We had a brief walk around some of the stalls but it was so crowded that we bought ice-cream, walked away from the markets and found a quite spot to sit an watch the sunset over the Timor Sea.

Off to Litchfield National Park, for our last day of the tour.
Peter and Phil organised two quick side-trips on our way in. The first was to see the castle at Bachelor and the second to see the Rum Jungle recreational reserve. I wouldn't  want to swim in the 'lake', as it glows, when viewed on the satellite map! It is also reputed to be the place to dump things that you don't want or need to get rid off. The hill is actually the old tailings site. Unique in its own way.

Termite Mounds, huge termite mounds, some taller than the coach! Pretty impressive, very hard, like cement and built by tiny termites. 
This one is called a Cathedral Termite Mound and it is easy to see why. 

These ones are Magnetic Termite Mounds and they are aligned with its main axis running north and south. The genealogist in me, thought that they looked like headstones.

A stop a Florence Falls, then on to Wangi Falls for a spot of lunch and some swam in the pool, at the bottom of the falls. The water is so clear.

Back into Darwin, we had some time before our Farwell Cruise on Darwin Harbour, so Paul and I did a walk along the parklands, near the hotel. The cruise was great and sunset was stunning. We cruised all three bays that make up the harbour, Francis, Fannie and Cullen. A great way to end our trip.

Darwin is very pretty, very modern and very hot.

Tuesday and we were on our own, well not really as some of the group had also chosen to spend another day in Darwin. We did Crocosaurus Cove and met some very large crocs. Took the hop-on-hop-off bus and saw more of the city, getting of the buss at the Waterfront, enjoying a drink and an ice-cream and them meandering back, to the hotel.

Our last Darwin Sunset.
We joined some of the group for drinks in the bar before we had drinks and nibbles in our room.

Good-bye Darwin.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Part 4, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Kakadu

On the road as the sun began it rise, we have another long drive ahead. I've got my Kindle out and the iPad but wish I'd packed my knitting.

Good Morning World.

Where we've been and where we are headed.

Our first stop was Renner Springs Roadhouse, for a pit stop and a walk around. Then onto the Daly Waters Pub for lunch. Very well organised as we each pre-ordered our burger or wrap, Peter faxed the order through, from Tennant Creek and it was waiting for us. Such an interesting pub, with all manner of things, from bras, knickers, hats etc. attached to the walls, rafters and ceiling. After lunch, we played 5 pin bowling, in the main street! As one does. A bit of light hearted fun.
Part of the items, displayed in the Daly Waters Pub.

                                                         Five pin bowling!

Our next stop was Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never.' There is a replica of the Elsey Homestead, used in the movie, 'We of the Never Never.' There are also thermal springs, where some of the group took a refreshing dip. Paul and I settled for a refreshing ice-cream and a stroll.

We went to Rainbow Springs, where the water comes from, that flows into the big pool. You can't swim here but the water is so clear. I expected it to smell like rotten egg gas, but it didn't. on to the main pool and there were quiet a few people enjoying a dip.

                                                            The spring.

Back on board, we headed into Katherine. Once we were settled in our room, Paul and I decided to go for a walk, down to the river. The boat ramp was opposite the hotel and we walked down it. Didn't get to the river as it was isolated and we didn't feel safe.

Early start to the day, with breakfast at 6.30am and on the road by 7.15am. We have an 8.30am cruise on Katherine Gorge. Actually 13 gorges, we cruised on two of them and the scenery is stunning. The photos can show you size of the cliffs.  Spotted crocodile tracks, heading out, we actually saw the croc , lazily sunning itself and the bank, on our way back in.

A freshwater crocodile, enjoying the sun.

Our last big stop, for the day was the Yellow Water Billabong. Calm sailing on this peaceful waterway, gave us an opportunity to see the amazing range of birdlife, that this billabong attracts. With sightings of the Little Kingfisher, the smallest in Australia, several Jabirus, Darters, Cormorants, Whistling Ducks and Jesus Birds, also know as Lily Walkers because it looks like they are walking on water, to name just some of them.


But the best part was seeing eight saltwater crocodiles. Some were just whiling away the time but  two decided that a bit of 'push and shove' was in order, to keep their territory.  These magnificent creatures had the crowd, getting excited but we were all mindful that for everyone we saw, there were others lurking below.
Maxi, because he is huge.

                                           Sir Cumfrance, because he is very rotund.

Onto Jabiru, for our nights stop. The hotel was in the shape of a crocodile, with the legs being the stairwells and the rooms in the body. Actually called Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, this is a link, so you can see what it looks like. https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9616-mercure-kakadu-crocodile-hotel/index.shtml

Part 5 will take us to the end of our trip.
Bye for now,

Monday, 24 July 2017

Part 3 of Our Trip, Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Our first full day in Alice Springs and we were on the coach by 7.30am, to head to the Alice Springs Desert Park. Our guide, Renata, showed us around and explained the various plants and their uses. Indigenous People, look at the bush and think about how they can use the plants. They use them in one of three ways, for food - supermarket;  tools - hardware and medicine- pharmacy.

The park has several aviaries and a nocturnal house and this cute chap, an Australian Bustard was keeping and eye on us.

Part of the park.
We also saw a Birds of Prey show and using my phone I managed to capture the Wedge tailed Eagle 'catching' food. It is such a magnificent bird.

From the park we went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and listened to an informative talk on both the history of the service and how it works in the 21st century.  This is such a vital service for those living in outback Australia.

Next stop was the Old Telegraph Station , established in 1872. This line stretches over 3000kms from Adelaide to Darwin, a vital part of our history with the relaying of messages down the length of the country.
Peter took us down to the river bed and started digging for water. About a meter down he found some along with a couple of frogs. Tossing the first run of water, the next one is suitable for drinking, as it is clean.

Paul and I standing in the Todd river.

We had free time and Paul and I went into town and I visited the two quilt shops and the book shop. We had afternoon tea and then headed back to get ready for the evenings dinner, at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. The Falzon family run this and Dan gave a fascinating talk about the different constellations and used a laser pointer to show us where they were. I learnt how to work out where the South Celestial Pole is and can now find more constellations, than before. We also enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal.

The next morning we went to the School of the Air. This school covers and area of 1.3million square kilometres, servicing children in these areas and giving them access to public education. As it was school holidays, we watched a recorded lesson, viewed a video and saw how the children's lesson packs have changed over the years.
Peter and Phil gave us a quick stop at the Rev John Flynn's grave. He was the person, who started the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Today we said 'good bye' to 19 of our fellow travellers. Most were returning home, whilst some were flying onto Darwin. We are now down to 30 intrepid travellers, to continue the journey to Darwin.

First stop, the Tropic of Capricorn, 25kms north of Alice Springs, for photos.
Lunch was at Aileron Roadhouse and a chance to see the Aboriginal statues. Very impressive.
Then onto Wycliffe Well, where Paul and I made some new friends.
This area is the UFO capital of Australia and the roadhouse has displays of UFO things. A bit of fun.

The Devil's Marbles was our last stop, before arriving at Tennant Creek.
These rounded granite boulders are  scattered on an otherwise flat plain and are very impressive.

We also met a local, trying to keep cool.
 On into Tennant Creek, in time for dinner. Tennant Creek, established in 1872 as a repeater station, for the Overland Telegraph Line, with gold being discovered in 1930. There is still some mining in the area.

Bye for now,