I'm so lucky I started this journey when I did, while my parents and parents in law's generation are still here, because those memories are worth bottling. Sadly now both my Mum and my Dad are gone, but Mum's passing has given me a reconnection with her cousins and more, which is wonderful.
I've learned that my husband's family in Western Australia dates from the very earliest years of the colony - these are the SHAW's, LOGUE's and BROAD's. My father in law, Tom has a great memory for family going ons and has told us great stories and potted histories. Our family roots have led to some very interesting places. My Dad's family and my husband's lines are very intriguing and there have already been wonderful books written about some of them.
Between my husband and I, family lines come from Scotland, Ireland, and England. One really amazing discovery was that my LEASK and CORSTON family ancestors on my Mum's side were seafarers from the Shetland and Orkney Islands. They emigrated to South Australia in the early 1850s. Also, I think I've found a link in the OTTER family through an internet cousin. Thank you Margaret. I sincerely thank the family historians I've personally been in touch with and who've been so very generous. You are wonderful people.
I first got interested in genealogy a few years ago, when my Mum and I had conversations about her family. I knew very little then about my Poppa, and nothing about the rest of his family so it was a huge surprise when Mum said that he'd come with his family to Western Australia when he was about ten, from Wales. Since then we've had many talks about those fascinating times, and each time I'd go away and uncover something else, which in turn snowballed with more memories.
If you have any information - including photographs - about the family or any
member of it, that you would be willing to share, please either contact me via the
link towards the top of this page - or use this link to
email Hazel Wood
Also, if you have any questions, please don't be shy about asking.
JULY 2014 View the very precious Everitt family photos from cousin Denise Haines' collection. Denise, thank you very much for sharing these.
JUNE 2012 New photos celebrating and commemorating the many facets of my Mum's life. R.I.P.
AUGUST 2011 See the beautiful family photos just uploaded, from Kim Broad.
MAY 2010 Some of the promised CARMICHAEL images are now up on the site.
The latest EVERITT information is the result of a collaboration with my friend and internet cousin, Jo from the UK. Jo's 5x great grandmother Catherine Wadsley born Aug 1798 is 1st cousin 2x removed to Phillip Albert E. Wadsley. Phillip is husband of Fanny Everitt 1858 (daughter of Ekin Everitt). We've been corresponding and sharing information and leads since July 2008, and continue to do so, so my sincere thanks for the huge amount you've contributed Jo.
JANUARY 2008 By accident or maybe that should be serendipity, I came across information about the CARMICHAEL family in a book "A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identities Since the Eighteenth Century" Editor: Angela McCarthy, in a chapter written by Professor Ian Richards of Flinders University, South Australia. They were one branch of the family I'd struggled to find much about. I have since been very lucky to receive, courtesy of the History Faculty of Flinders University, copies of many of the letters written in the nineteenth century, by Mr Andrew CARMICHAEL, which were published in the Fifeshire Advertiser, his hometown newspaper in Scotland. They give a detailed account of life in South Australia during the period of Andrew's correspondence.
AUGUST 2007 A cousin in the LOBBAN family has just contacted me, and we're corresponding, which is really wonderful. Thank you very much Syd for your interest and kindness. There will be updates to the LOBBAN connections on these pages very shortly.
FAMILIES WE'RE RESEARCHING
This is a work in progress and will keep growing. Here are just some of the families which are part of our Family Tree.
(1) My direct lines starting with the most immediate linkage, SMITH and EVERITT:
SMITH from Ayrshire, Scotland arrived South Australia 1853 and descendants Western Australia.
EVERITT in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Cheshire, England, and Flintshire, Wales migrated to Western Australia 1911
CARMICHAEL from Fifeshire, Scotland, brothers Lawrence and Andrew arrived South Australia 1851, and descendants Western Australia.
HOUNSLOW from Buckinghamshire, England arrived South Australia 1849 and descendants West Australia.
CLARK, BROOKS, REEDS, in South Australia.
OTTER from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire, England to Western Australia (1911)
LEASK from Shetland Islands, Scotland to South Australia and Western Australia.
NEIL from Ayrshire, Scotland to South Australia.
SMITH from Tipperary, Ireland to South Australia.
STAVELEY in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, England.
PIGGOTT in Lancashire, England.
CORSTON from Orkney Islands, Scotland to South Australia and Western Australia.
REID from Scotland to South Australia.
(2) My husband's direct lines, starting with the most immediate linkage, WOOD and BROAD:
WOOD, ARUNDEL in Western Australia.
BROAD from Sussex, England to Western Australia.
LOBBAN from Banffshire, Scotland to Western Australia and Queensland.
HARVEY from Glasgow, Scotland to Western Australia.
STOKES from Kent, England, Ireland and the Falkland Islands to Western Australia.
LOGUE from Londonderry, Ireland to Western Australia.
BRITTAIN, BURGES from Ireland to West Australia.
HOWIE, BREMNER, CAMPBELL, STEVENSON, MCHARDY in Scotland.
SHAW, STOCK, STRAINS, O'NEILL, COOPER, MATTHEWS in England.
MEADE, GOODWIN in Ireland.
BOOKS OF INTEREST
History / Sociology
A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identities Since the Eighteenth Century Editor: Angela McCarthy Published: 2006
From Sail to Satellite A Family Story
Author: Beth Davies Published: 2010 by Stramongate Press Ltd
Salt Bush Shepherds A History of the Broad Family in Western Australia 1852-1988 Author: Nan and Trudy Broad Published: 1992
Smith Family History 1848-1972
Author: Max Smith
From Ireland to South Australia : The descendants of Benjamin Smith Author/ Compiler: Cora Num Published: 2002
To Be Heirs Forever
Author: Mary Durack Published: 1976
The 'Caroline' 150 Years in Western Australia of the GEE and TRUSLOVE FAMILIES 1829-1979
Author: Iris Aamot
Local District Histories
West of The Arthur
Author: John Bird Published: 1990
A Life Of Its Own: A social and economic history of the City of Geraldton and the Shire of Greenough, 1846 - 1988
Author: Sister Mary Albertus Bain Published: 1996
The Old North Road
Author: W.J. de Burgh Published: 1986
A Millennium History of Great Gidding
Author: Patrick Ellis and David Shepherd
The Golden Grain and the Silver Fleece: A History of Quairading from 1859-1930 Author: Frances Eaton. Published: 1979
THE BIG Q. A history of Quairading and its surrounding districts. Author: Ludbrook, Juliet Published: 2003
Bruce Rock: A Revised History
Author: Avon Lovell
The Veterans: A History of the Enrolled Pensioner Force in Western Australia, 1850-1880
Author: F.H. Broomhall
Little But Great: The saga of the Silver Chain, 1905-1965
Author: Noel Stewart
A Chain of Care: A History of the Silver Chain Nursing Association, 1905-2005 Author: Jean Chetkovich and Deborah Gare
PRIVACY AND REFERENCING
In keeping with today's privacy precautions, I've kept details of living individuals concealed. I offer these pages as a celebration of our families and for the people who may have links or otherwise be interested in what I've found. If you see information here that you're not happy with, please email me and I will make amendments.
I'm working on providing references for the sources of all the facts I have included in these pages. I want to provide for someone following in my footsteps to see where I looked and what evidence I had for these family tree relationships. The information comes from many places, and I've endeavored to use it in the right way.