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Reply Karen Thompson
12:08 AM on July 28, 2016 
I am looking for descendants and stories of Margaret Thompson (my great grand aunt) born 4 November 1856 and died 27 June 1923 in Fremantle, W.A. who married Arthur Heeps in 1881. Arthur was born 16 June 1858, Bulls Creek, South Australia and died 4 May 1941 in Fremantle. They had 4 children - Herbert Stanley, Frederick Arthur, Jack Valentine and Gertrude Ethel Mary.
Reply Eileen Gorman
7:35 PM on January 9, 2016 
Our monthly meeting venue is changing please check later in January for news
Reply Cadillac
4:30 AM on April 13, 2015 
I am seeking information about the family of Frederick Henry Leech (m: Sarah Nicholls) with particular focus on their time spent in the Long Gully area (up to 1910's). Their daughter, Blanche Elizabeth Leech married William Hall (m2: 1905) also from LG. He was initially married to Sarah Blamey (d: 1904).

If any readers have access to BDM, I am also curious to hear of any extra detail about two births and subsequent infant deaths for Michael James Leech (1903) and Percy Leech (1901) in indexes listed as Long Gully and attributed to a Blanche Leech.

Also images or info on Long Gully Wanderers Football club circa 1901.

Many Thanks!
Reply vanessa anne markham
7:53 AM on October 2, 2014 
I am searching for information regarding my grandmother Jessie Louise McPherson who was born in Kyneton in 1905 and died in Bendigo in 1989 ?Came from a large family in Kyneton and Malmesbury Victoria. Name of Jessie's father, Hugh McPherson and mother, Helena Grace Hughes Seeking contact with any descendants thank-you Vanessa
Reply gwenjus
3:40 PM on November 7, 2013 
I am seeking contact with any decendants of edmund Cahill b at Goornong 1882 and died in Bairnsdale 1987. Thanks Gwen
Reply Michael Curtain
1:55 AM on July 23, 2013 
Hi Carolyn,

I am descended from that side of the family. Perhaps you could email me at [email protected] and we would exchange information.
Regards
Reply Michael Curtain
1:53 AM on July 23, 2013 
Carolyn Southurst says...
I am wanting any information on Ellen Agnes Curtain (b) c1856 she had a daughter Irene Daisy Crawford (B) 1888, father was not listed but an aunt Margaret Curtain was witness on the birth certificate. Daisy married in 1904 and listed her father as Jesse Crawford. I cant find a birth or death for Ellen, I know she died before 1904. I have a death certificate that kind of matches, a Ellen Agnes Curtain died 1902 in Melbourne Hosp, but no child is listed. Parents are noted as Margaret Moloney and father is John Curtain, also states this Ellen Agnes was born in Bendigo, I have all the diggers cd's but cant find anything.
Reply mwilson
9:49 PM on March 25, 2013 
Darren, Would love to hear from you, but unfortunately your email address isnt working.

I can be emailed at [email protected]


Darren Wright says...
I have research relating to Edward Garsed who operated the Castleton Dispensary, Sandhurst Drug Store, etc. Also I have a photograph and a few personal items relating to this individual if they are of any assistance.

Darren Wright : [email protected]


Thank you.
Reply Mal Roberts
1:35 AM on September 12, 2012 
Hi Diane, I am Chris's nephew, I also live in WA, Andrew is my father who is Chris's brother. If you are still on here and would like to make contact please email [email protected], myself and my wife moved over from Victoria 5 years ago, and ironically we now have a small business over here manufacturing products for the mining industry (keeping the family traditions going). I would be interested in information you have as a comprehensive history from dads mothers (Lachal) was done quite a few years ago. I have looked in to the Roberts side briefly but as my children are now of school age they are quite inquisitive of family history. I hope to hear from you soon. Kindest regards
Reply Lawsie
3:02 AM on August 7, 2012 
I was wondering if anyone has any information on John and Stella Cooke. They ran the Albert Hotel around the start of the 19th century. They also had their first child, Ernst whilst they were they.

Also, has does anyone have any information on Edith Rose Myers. She is buried at Old Bendigo Cemetery. She was living in Castlemaine at the time of her death. She is listed on the probate information, as being a Victualler. Her son, Harold was working at the Star Hotel in Castlemaine.

Any information would be greatly appreciated, you can contact me on [email protected]

Thankyou.
Reply Lawsie
2:58 AM on August 7, 2012 
Just a further bit of information. Rita is buried at White Hills Cemetery. With her are her daughter Thelma, and son in law, Kevin. An insignia is on the grave to mark the memory of her husband, Edward. The grave overlooks that of Thomas, who was killed in Deniliquin.

Lawsie says...
Rita Northway was married to my uncle, Edward Norman, who was killed at Rabaul. I am researching my family tree, and while I never personally met Rita, my Dad has often spoke of her, and quite warmly. I do know that she died in about 1975.

Laura
Reply Robin Patterson
11:14 PM on July 16, 2012 
In and or around 1954 I lived in Kangaroo Flat with my mother and Father Enid and Les Patterson. I was 8 years old. We lived in the old house then known as Milawa House. During that time, my mother is supposed to have had a boy baby and I was told he died at birth or not long after. I know nothing more than that and the matter was never discussed since. Both my parents have now passed away. I often wonder if this child was in fact adopted out. My parents were going through marital difficulty and the family was in financial difficulty to some degree. I went to Kangaroo Flat State School for the year that we lived in the area.
If anyone could assist in ascertaining where the birth may have yaken place and if records were kept regarding such matters, I would appreciate hearing from you. Regards and Thanks.
Reply Enrique
9:38 PM on June 26, 2012 
My wife and I both have Richards in our ancestors. My Herbert Richards was born about 1840 in England; married in Sandhurst in 1860; His son was born 1862 in Sandhurst, and one of his daughters, Clarice, was my paternal grandmother. The family looks like they moved to WA prior to 1917.

On my wife's side: Owen Richards was born about 1826 in Shropshire, England; may have travelled to Australia in 1849. His son was born in Sandhurst in 1853. Both died, and are buried, in Dunolly. My wife's maternal grandmother, Ellie Eliza Richards, was born in Dunolly in 1900.

Would anyone know these families? That would be very exciting. Thanks
Reply Carolyn Southurst
12:25 AM on June 17, 2012 
I am looking for any information on William John Lawrence (b) 1870, father Joseph Lawrence ,Mother Mary Ann Tingey,I have records that indicate he was married at least twice, and died in Omeo Vic 1953. I think I have a photo of him and his family. He took in my husbands grandmothe,r Daisy Irene Crawford, and she and her husband William Edward Law are in the photograph.
Reply Eileen Gorman
2:10 AM on June 16, 2012 
Please note new email address from 16th June 2012 - [email protected]

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Reply Kaye Hansford
10:57 AM on May 13, 2012 
Any info or photos of BOLAND
WILLIAM & FRANCES BOLAND - Bendigo 1859 to present day
James Boland - father to William
Josephine Boland, Andrew Boland, Thomas Boland, Mary Boland arrived by sea, they had a Mary Boland 8 years old
e: [email protected]
Reply Carolyn Southurst
3:17 AM on May 1, 2012 
I am wanting any information on Ellen Agnes Curtain (b) c1856 she had a daughter Irene Daisy Crawford (B) 1888, father was not listed but an aunt Margaret Curtain was witness on the birth certificate. Daisy married in 1904 and listed her father as Jesse Crawford. I cant find a birth or death for Ellen, I know she died before 1904. I have a death certificate that kind of matches, a Ellen Agnes Curtain died 1902 in Melbourne Hosp, but no child is listed. Parents are noted as Margaret Moloney and father is John Curtain, also states this Ellen Agnes was born in Bendigo, I have all the diggers cd's but cant find anything.
Reply Annabelle
5:23 AM on March 8, 2012 
I am searching for any relatives of either of Rita Northway or her late husband killed as POW during WW2 in order to return a photo of his son Thomas (Tommy) killed during training accident for the Air Force. His sister was Thelma Dixon (Northway) born April 1928/29 and was a nurse who lived in Black Rock after she married. [email protected]
Reply Lorikeet
7:27 PM on February 18, 2012 
Hi Terry,

Thank you for your comment.

I don't know if Bennett Street was named after Richard Bennett - it would be great to know.

I don't think Richard died in Bendigo. I think he died in a place where he wasn't known, which would explain why I can't find a death record for him with his correct details on it.

Kind Regards,

Anne
Reply Diane Penberthy
1:15 AM on February 13, 2012 
To Chris Roberts. Was your grandfather Arthur Lee son of Abraham Roberts? My grandfather was Charles, Arthur's brother who was sent over to Kalgoorlie W.A. by his father when A.E. Roberts & Son sold out. I have a reference written by Abraham from United Iron Works for Charles. I have done the family history back to Cornwall and visited Paul Parish. Would be great to talk. I remember Rita and Joan well. Do you live in Victoria? I have a daughter in Daylesford. Wish I had your email or even phone no. Rita gave me your family tree years ago, that is if your father was Raymond. My father was Leonard Charles, brother of Alma, Harold and Mary. Won't go too far in case you are no relation. Looking forward to hearing from you. Diane Penberthy (a real cornish name) nee Roberts.
Reply Lorikeet
9:24 PM on November 13, 2011 
Richard Mather Bennett / RM Bennett
I have been searching for several years for a death record for my gg grandfather RICHARD MATHER BENNETT who lived in Bendigo with his family from 1854. He migrated from Wigan, Lancashire, England. He was a carpenter / builder / contractor in Bendigo and was the building contractor for Bishopscourt, 40 Rowan St (now a B&B). The family lived "off Forest St" in 1858, and Barnard and Wattle Sts (? corner) in 1859, and Rowan St from 1864 to at least 1881. Richard was paying rates until about that time. Richard was listed as RM Bennett, Builder in the Sandhurst Directory for 1881/2 /3 but there was no record of him in the directories after that. His son, Samuel George Bennett was listed as a Builder, Wattle St, in the 1891-2 Sandhurst Directory but there was no mention of Richard. He often used his initials RM Bennett and I have seen his name misprinted as Richard Mathew Bennett and Richard Matthew Bennett. His son Samuel went to WA and was working as a carpenter in Geraldton in 1910. Samuel continued working as a carpenter in Perth in 1916 and died there in in 1939. Richard's wife was Maria Bennett and she died in Melbourne in 1896. Her death certificate said that she was a widow.
I have looked in all the BDMs, even New Zealand, but cannot find a death record for Richard. I am reasonably sure that he died by 1896. I am starting to wonder if he changed his name or died in a lonely grave. Does anyone have any information about his movements after 1881? I would be very grateful for even a small clue as to where he went and what happened to him. Could there have been a listing for him under a similar name in the Undertakers' Records?
Thank you, Anne aka Lorikeet
Reply eliz matthews
11:42 PM on November 3, 2011 
I am searching for my great aunt Elizabeth Matthews who was born about 1845 (no Birth Cert avaiable) and last known was released from Ballarat Benevolment Assylum in 1862 to a Mrs REID many marriage certs bought but nothing has appeared for her Father is John and Mother is Mary any info would be appreciated Thank You Lynne
Reply Darren Wright
10:10 PM on October 13, 2011 
Have been researching chemists, druggists and apothecaries in Victoria ( and further afield ) for many years now and am interested in any info that be provided. Anybody here have a chemist in the family ?
Reply Darren Wright
10:07 PM on October 13, 2011 
Have information relating to local chemist, Thomas Richard JONES who perated a business in Hargreaves Street and lived in Mollison Street, Bendigo.

sanz says...
Hi everyone,,,,I am still researching My Bendigo families from 1800s JONES George and Bella...Roderick, Reece and Morgan JONES,,,,,STOKES Myrtle and Tiny,,,,ELVEYS William. and Isabel DAVIES,,,,,,MATHEWS Joanna ....Is their any families out their that could help me THANKS SANDRA
Reply Darren Wright
9:57 PM on October 13, 2011 
I have research relating to Edward Garsed who operated the Castleton Dispensary, Sandhurst Drug Store, etc. Also I have a photograph and a few personal items relating to this individual if they are of any assistance.

Darren Wright : [email protected]

Matthew Wilson says...
Hello,
Looking for information or relations, connected to Edward Garsed b.1828, Elland Yorkshire. d.1885, Bendigo, Vic. Edward married Agnes Slee in 1855, Castlemaine.
Edward came to the goldfields in 1852 as Assisstant to Gold Commissioner Gilbert in Sandhurst. Later he started up a Pharmacy in Howard Place, he continued in that career untill his death..

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Reply Darren Wright
9:50 PM on October 13, 2011 
Hi Chris,
Have a few photographs and a bit of paperwork in the collection relating to Roberts's Foundry if it is of any assistance.
Regards,
Darren.
chris roberts]
any info on "A Roberts and Sons " and the family involved in it would be much appreciated
it was a big foundry and fabrication workshop and built among other things the winding engine at Central Deborah Mine and many of the poppet heads in the district
it will assist in a family history I am writing - thank you
[/chris roberts]
Reply sanz
8:35 PM on July 24, 2011 
Hi everyone,,,,I am still researching My Bendigo families from 1800s JONES George and Bella...Roderick, Reece and Morgan JONES,,,,,STOKES Myrtle and Tiny,,,,ELVEYS William. and Isabel DAVIES,,,,,,MATHEWS Joanna ....Is their any families out their that could help me THANKS SANDRA
Reply TERRY WATERS
7:49 AM on May 2, 2011 
I am related to the McCarthy family in Heathcote. I went to school with a Fullarton in Bendigo, he would be about 61 now