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Tagged With: Sturni


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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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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The “Penny” School

A privately run school, so named because (apparently) families could send their children there at the cost of one penny (less than one cent) per week. The Gibbs’ mud brick house was constructed with stone at the bottom five courses and corners and resisted erosion very well until the shingle roof collapsed about 30 years … 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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Elsie Vera Douthat (Henderson/Sinclair)

From letters written in 1985 to Milly Miles and Lynne Douthat (Elsie) Vera, born 1.11.1900, died Corryong, 1986 “I was born at Nuggetty Flat in 1900. My father’s name was Robert Douthat, he married Margaret Wilshusen. The Wilshusens lived near us at Nuggetty Flat. They were a very large family. My grandfather Hinerich Wilshusen had … 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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“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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