It reaches out to all who care.
Yet each of us are cells of you
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
I wonder as you lived and loved,
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Many many years ago
When I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow
Who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.
My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.
Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.
My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She is my grandma too.
If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Denis and Eliza soon moved to the Williams River area and were founding settlers in the town of Dungog. Denis worked there as a carpenter and undertaker. Dennis probably put his talents to work on the construction of the family home that is still standing in Mackey Street today.
When Eliza, aged 42, died in 1858 the Maitland Mercury reported - ' Death. At Dungog, on the 26th inst., after an illness of four weeks, Mrs. D. Tierney, leaving a husband and four children to lament their loss.'
Only two of the four Tierney children had a long life. Daughters Jane and Eliza both died of tuberculosis whilst in their twenties. My great-grandfather, John D'arcy Tierney and his sister, Mary both married and had families.
Although I have travelled to Denis' birthplace,Roscrea, Tipperary, and Eliza's birthplace, Templemore, Tipperary, I have not yet found any Irish cousins. Hopefully one day I will be able to locate someone who shares my Tierney heritage.
This precis of my Tierney family's history has been prepared for the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day parade, the 18th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture,
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Unless I make a huge raft of changes to the database I upload an update about oncer per month. The report from my latest update tells me that I have:
I am not trying to grow the number of individuals but rather to verify sources and add more information about those who are in my files. I am also slowly scanning old family photos and documents.
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will my website.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
My grandmother Ethel Jane Pusell had a new house in which to raise her family. When my grandfather, Frank Duncan, returned from the WWI he was able, through the Soldiers Settlement Scheme, to gain a grant of Crown land on which he built a house for his bride, Ethel.
In this first photo from the 1920s Ethel is pictured with one of the five daughters she had with Frank. I think it may be my mother.
The 32,000 acres of land on which the simple timber house was built on the property "Elsinore" was 40 miles west of Cobar NSW. In 2010 this is a remote area, nearly 90 years ago it was extremely remote. Cobar, the nearest town, was a long carriage ride over rutted, red, dusty roads. Sydney and the coast was 700 km away. Life was tough, there were droughts, bushfires and loneliness.
My grandmother never complained about her lot in life; the stories she told of her early life were laced with the good humour with which she would have faced life at "Elsinore".
This post was prepared for: Smile for the Camera, 21st Edition -Give Their Face A Place - Women's History Month
A new tool, Packrati.us, promises to "follow your twitter feed, and whenever one of your tweets contains URLs, we add them to your delicious.com bookmarks. Optionally, bookmark URLs in @replies to you."
I am going to try out this tool and hope that it adds some valuable links that I may otherwise have missed to my Delicious account.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I recently came across this short slideshow from the BBC, How the Web Works, that graphically demonstrates how a message gets from one computer to another. If you want to gain an understanding of this subject this is a good place to start.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Elders: Telling Your Story
11 March 2010 – 1 April 2010 Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn the ancient art of storytelling with John Hockney.This exciting course runs over 4 weeks, two hours per week. The course explores the experiences of Sydney's older community - uncovering life stories, as well as guiding you to develop the skills to shape a narrative.
John Hockney is an accredited member of the Australian Storytelling Guild and a member of the Oral History Association of NSW. He has facilitated the telling of personal stories in two publications and in many nations.
Light refreshments provided.
Proudly supported by the Australian Storytelling Guild (NSW) and the City of Sydney Library for Harmony Month & Seniors Week.
Thursday 11, 18, 25 March &
Thursday 1 April
10.00am - 12.00pm
Telephone: 9288 5688
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or pick up a flier at your local branch