Well I did say that I would share some thoughts and photos of my trip,
and so I start ......
and so I start ......
This post may seem disjointed as I will be writing this in bits and pieces
Now, you should all know that this has completed a long held Bucket List wish
I have now visited every state and territory in Australia
Some only very briefly and one teeny bit of the state/territory
Others are repeated visits and much more extensive
Now while Tasmania has patiently waited for a visit from me, I have found that I have a very large and strong connection with this beautiful little state.
My family history research has turned up quite a lot of my ancestors from here.
So on my trip to Hobart, we spent a lot of time just looking and feeling the atmosphere
I know there are many things now that my ancestors would never have seen
But as Hobart has kept a large amount of their old buildings and historical attractions, I got a glimpse of what it may have looked and felt like
View from Derwent River and hidden in the clouds is Mt Wellington
Just to document my direct ancestors who started their families in Tasmania.
- Thomas DRISCOLL - Convict, arrived in Tasmania in 1852 from Cork, Ireland ; almost immediately became a Policeman in the Colony ; had two wives and a total of 22 children!!!! (g-g-g-grandfather)
- Mary LEARY/O'LEARY - Came free to Tasmania from Ireland ; wife of above ; had 13 children (g-g-g-grandmother)
- John CHEW - Convict, arrived in Tasmania in 1848 from Somerset, England (g-g-g-grandfather)
- Ellen QUILL - Convict, arrived in Tasmania in 1851 from Limerick, Ireland ; wife of John CHEW (g-g-g-grandmother)
- Mary QUILL - Convict, arrived in Tasmania in 1851 from Limerick, Ireland ; sister of Ellen QUILL (g-g-g-grandaunt)
- David RADLEY - Convict, arrived in Tasmania in 1845 from Essex, England (g-g-g-grandfather)
- Emma Jane ROBINS - Born in Tasmania in 1837. Wife of David RADLEY. Details are sketchy on exactly when her parents, William & Jane ROBINS (g-g-g-g-grandparents), arrived in Tasmania (c1833), but they were in Victoria c1840 (g-g-g-grandmother)
- John VICTORSEN - Came free to Tasmania from Germany via England (g-g-g-granduncle)
View from Mt Wellington of Hobart & north on a beautifully clear day