This is my response to Pauleen’s Australia Day Challenge;
CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY’S GUM TREE
My first ancestor to arrive in Australia was: George James Hayward who arrived in South Australia in 1843. He’s probably also the person I know least about.
I have Australian Royalty (tell us who, how many and which Fleet they arrived with): I don’t have any Australian Royalty in my family.
I’m an Aussie mongrel, my ancestors came to Oz from: Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall, England, Prussia
Did any of your ancestors arrive under their own financial steam? Yes some did but I haven’t recorded how many.
How many ancestors came as singles? Three ancestors came to Australia single, George James Hayward, Captain James Welsh, and Thomas William Tyrrell.
How many came as couples? I don’t think there are any couples who came to Australia on their own.
How many came as family groups? There were eight family groups who came to Australia.
Did one person lead the way and others follow? I haven’t found anywhere where this happened with my ancestors.
Did anyone make a two-step emigration via another place? No there weren’t any two step emigrations.
In which state or colony did your ancestors arrive? South Australia
Did they settle and remain in one state/colony? All but two families stayed in South Australia.
Did they stay in one town or move around? Some stayed put and some moved around to find more work in mining.
Do you have any First Australians in your tree? No
Were any self-employed? Yes
What occupations or industries did your earliest ancestors work in? Agriculture, Postal Service, Brass Founding, Ship’s Captain, Copper and Gold Mining.
Does anyone in the family still follow that occupation? Yes there are still farmers in my family.
Did any of your ancestors leave Australia and go “home”? Yes only one family returned to England but their daughter remained here.
NOW IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
What’s your State of Origin? South Australia
Do you still live there? Yes
Where was your favourite Aussie holiday place as a child? Yankalilla, South Australia
Any special place you like to holiday now? Bendigo, Victoria for the history and all the research opportunities.
Share your favourite spot in Oz: It’s hard to pick one favourite, along the Murray River in South Australia, the Darling River in New South Wales and the River Torrens near where I live now in Adelaide and yes I do love rivers.
Any great Aussie adventure you’ve had? When I left high school at 17 I worked as a Governess on sheep and cattle stations in outback South Australia and New South Wales for a year and a half.
What’s on your Australian holiday bucket list? All the states I haven’t been to yet – Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
How do you celebrate Australia Day? When my children were younger we would go to the Australia Day BBQ Brekky (barbecue breakfast) which also had races and other activities for the children and then the official ceremonies. Now I’m more likely to have a quiet day at home.