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Tagged With: Morton

Pearce’s

PEARCE FAMILIES   THE JOHN PEARCE FAMILY OF WAANYARRA Information from Clive Pearce, Sea Lake and from granddaughter of Charles Pearce, Lorna Beaton (nee Pearce) “There were fifteen children in our family, all but one was born at Waanyarra. Thomas Charles was born at Murphy’s Creek, but soon after came to Waanyarra. We were very much … Continue reading »

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Lockett Family

LOCKETT FAMILYJAMES LOCKETT Some Memories I Have Of My Grandfather, James Lockett By Nellie Grant “When James Lockett’s mother died the young James went to sea. At an overseas port he met this older brother who told him to ‘Get Back Home’, but James disobeyed and kept on with his life at sea. One of … Continue reading »

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Edward Morton & Mary Elizabeth Sturni

 TED & MARY’ Family Tree Chart.pdf  

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Bartolomeo Sturni & Amelia Thorp

BART STURNI and AMELIA THORP BARTOLOMEO (BART) STURNIThe name Sturni is a dialect form of the Swiss word Storni whose literal meaning is “starlings.” Bartolomeo (Bart) Sturni arrived in Western Australia in 1858 aboard the ship Winefred.” He was one of the many hundreds of Swiss people who came to Australia around this time, many … Continue reading »

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John Moten—His Crime, His Trial, The Verdict

Extracts from the “Nenagh Guardian” of the day.      

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Edmund and Isabella Thorp

 EDMUND & ISABELLA THORP Edmund Stephen Thorp The background stories of this man and his wife Isabella show them to be two of Waanyarra’s most interesting early pioneers. Edmund was the fourth child of John Robert Thorp and Mary Ann Stevens who were married on January 12th. 1821. He was christened on the 15th. of … Continue reading »

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Michael Morton’s amazing transportation journey to Australia

MICHAEL’S JOURNEY. Many interesting stories of how Michael came to Australia have been handed down through the various branches of his descendants. Each of these stories has been checked, but no records can be found to verify them. Ireland to Australia No ships carrying either assisted or unassisted immigrants to Australia listed a Morton from … Continue reading »

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Ireland for the Morton / Motens in the late 1840s

Ireland in the late 1840s To better understand the reasons for Michael’s lawlessness, we need to appreciate what conditions were like for people such as he in Ireland at the time. Most of the rural land in Ireland belongs to wealthy men, some of whom live on their properties, administering them personally. Others are absentee … Continue reading »

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The Cogswell Family – From Wiltshire to Waanyarra

Researched by Lynne Douthat and first published in her book “The Footsteps Echo” The Cogswells originated from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. The family has been researched back over many centuries and has branches in New Zealand, the U. S.A. and one or two in Australia. The Cogswells who came to Waanyarra began further back than shown … Continue reading »

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John Moten (Morton)

Brother John We mentioned earlier that Michael had an older brother John who had been transported for life to Van Dieman’s Land in 1845, two years before Michael. John, and accomplice Patrick Brien had attempted to assassinate a wealthy landlord, Mr. Theophilus Roe. Roe was on his way to a fair at Templemore when John … Continue reading »

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