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Tagged With: Thorp

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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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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Impressions of the ‘Old Place’—Douthats—Waanyarra

By Sally Gourley (nee Douthat) daughter of Bohwen & Sarah Ann (nee Thorp) “Dad never talked much about his family, so we never knew much about our grandparents. But Granny Thorp, Mum’s mother, used to tell us about the ‘Spanish Lady’ (our Grandmother Douthat) who once lived on the round shaped piece of land over … Continue reading »

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Dick Douthat looks back

Eldest child of Bohwen & Sarah (nee Thorp) “We as kids never thought to ask about our family, but by the way the garden was set out around our place at Waanyarra, I think our ancestors must have known about growing things. There was an elaborate system for watering the many varieties of fruit trees … Continue reading »

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The Memories of Mildred Miles (nee Douthat)

“I was born in the family home at Waanyarra. My brother Dick, sisters Mary, Sally and Isabel were also born there. ‘Gran’ Strahan, a midwife and neighbour brought us all into the world. Brother Raymond was born years later at Dunolly. When I was very young Dad took the family to Koondrook to live for … Continue reading »

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Douthat Family

Researched by Lynne Douthat from family letters, interviews and the Public Records Office, Melbourne, 1988 “William Bowen Douthat was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1817. In 1848 he married a Spanish girl named Isabel Maria Fieri. Their son, Emanuel William was born in Vigo, a fishing village and port on the Spanish coast, in 1850. … Continue reading »

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“In Neptune’s Wake” by Ken Morton

                  Whilst written primarily as a family history for his children, Ken Morton’s book “In Neptune’s Wake” records the story of one of Waanyarra’s pioneering families, the Mortons, and their associated families. The family, established by Irish convict Michael Morton in the early 1850’s lived at Waanyarra … Continue reading »

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