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HANCOCK / GEORGE & SMITH / DUKE MARTIN / NUDD & CLARK / HALLSWORTH #### UPDATE TUES 18TH AUGUST ###### I HAVE TRIED CONTACTING TRIBAL PAGES ON 8 SEPERATE OCCASIONS SEEKING ANSWERS AS TO WHY MY SUBSCRIPTION PAYMENT MADE MID JUNE 20 HAS NOT BEEN ALLOCATED TO THIS SITE. I HAVE SENT MESSAGES FROM THIS SITE , VIA FACEBOOK , SENT THEM PMS AS WELL . STILL NOOOOOOOOOO RESPONSE. I AM NOW SEEKING PAYPAL TO INVESTIGATE TO REFUND MY PAYMENT. SOOOOOOO HUGE APOLOGIES TO EVERYONE USING MY SITE THX LESLEY SMITH ●●●●JUNE 20TH 2020 MY AUTOMATIC PAYPAL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE A WEEK AGO ....... IT JUST SEEMS TO TAKE TRIBAL PAGES FOREVER TO UPDATE MY SITE BACK TO BEING FULLY USABLE AGAIN M!!!!!!! GRRRRRH ●●●● TUESDAY 5TH JUNE 2018 Saddened to advise family members that on Tuesday we lost a family member my cousin: Michael John Smith in Geelong Victoria - aged only 49yrs. Michael fought a huge battle the past 8 months and was taken far too soon. Michael was supported during this difficult time by his wife Helen and his Smith brothers, Mark & Trish,Darren, Tony and Cathy and niece and nephew: Dan Smith and Amy Smith and his youngest brother Brett. Michael was an accomplished musician and over the years he was a member of many Victorian Brass Bands, Michael spent the last few years as a member of the Geelong West Brass Band. ~RIP WITH THE ANCESTORS~ SAT 24TH FEBRUARY 2018 On Saturday February 24th 2018, my eldest son James Degenkamp and myself (Lesley Smith) attended the Altona Football Clubs Centennial Gala Ball at the MCG Members dining room. I have been liasing with Eleanor at the club for the past 3 years sharing our families information and photos etc with the club. So it was great to be seated next to Eleanor and her husband at this momentous occasion to celebrate the clubs 100yr centenary which we had been invited to as descendants of: James Francis Duke (1863- 1941). (Additionally my grandfather was also a captain/coach of an Altona FC Premiership in the 1920's - David Ernest Smith) I am quite sure that James Francis Duke (a son of early Pioneers) who by all accounts was a godly and generous man would have wondered what all of the fuss was about: - a footy club he started in a paddock over 100 years ago??. However I am quite sure that he would have been delighted to know that this wonderful footy club that he had the vision to start in 1918 after his son George Duke was the first soldier who returned to the district injured after WW1 was not only still serving the needs of the local community but is thriving club with over 350 junior members!! James Duke was a man of vision and he knew that some of these often broken young men returning home after so long away needed not just the love of their families, but they needed to establish themselves back home, with that same sense of camaraderie and mate-ship to help enable them to integrate back into their world and life back at home. So a footy club was the first thing that James Francis Duke helped establish in the district. He later established the Altona Life Saving Club, the Cricket,Club, Cycling Club,the Altona Progress Association, the Altona Hospital and he also became the first JP in the local area and an active member of the catholic church. ~~~ VALE: "JAMES FRANCIS DUKE" (1863-1941) ~~~ It was lovely to meet up with another descendant of James Francis Duke at this Centennial Celebration: Robert Coombes who's grandmother was also one of Jame's daughters : Florence Duke, who was an older sister of my grandmother's: Ellen Josephine Duke (known as Nellie) September 2016 Sad to inform you that Uncle Bill passed away on Sunday 25th September 2016. (Bill)Ernest William Smith was the last surviving child of: David Ernest Smith & (Nellie Helen) Ellen Jospephine Duke Condolences to all of the boys and their families. NEWSFLASH June 2016: WE HAVE WELCOMED THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF THE NEWEST ADDITION TO MY FAMILY LINE: MY YOUNGEST SON ANDREW DEGENKAMP AND HIS PARTNER REBECCA CHAPPLE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SAFE ARRIVAL OF : SAGE GRACE DEGENKAMP ON 1ST JUNE 2016 ~ MILDURA (ALL ARE WELL!!) Goodday! My name is Lesley Smith, I am the administrator and creator of this website. 4 years ago I decided to create a website for myself and for other family members to be able to access without needing a subscription. To direct our family information into a single website seemed a logical step so that registered family members can access- free of charge.!!!! I have most of the books that are referred to in this website and happy to do look-ups. 100 YEARS CENTENARY OF ANZAC 1914-1918 If you have links to members who served during The Great War within our own branch of our family tree if you could please place their Service Record Number within the comments so that family members can also see and remember their efforts, You also may have been re-directed to our website from a link I've created at the Anzac Centenary Website for - ** Ernest Smith (15063) was my paternal GG Grandfather who served during WW1 1916-1918 OR **- Charles Peter Beckwith who was my maternal grandmother's first cousin. Unfortunately Charles aged only 19 was killed in action at Poziers, France, RIP. I have uploaded both of their service information and linked it to this our family website Who am I? I am now 62yrs old and I live in Rochester,Victoria, Australia. MY PARENTS ARE: DAVID ERNEST JAMES SMITH (1930-1975) & JOYCE MAY SMITH (nee HANCOCK) (1930 - ). Mum is still with us and is 87yrs old. THIS IS A LABOR OF LOVE AND I AM CONTINUALLY ADDING NEW INFORMATION, STORIES AND PHOTOS. BUT I CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP? IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE ADDED PLEASE CONTACT ME ON THE ABOVE LINK OR VIA MY HOTMAIL EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org PS - BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS SITE, COULD YOU PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO SIGN INTO TO "GUESTBOOK" AND LEAVE A BRIEF COMMENT OR SUGGESTION? ***************************************** ***************************************** ***************** """ E U R E K A """ *** DEC 1854 **** DISCOVERY - MY FATHER'S GREAT GRANDPARENTS: GEORGE & ANNE DUKE(NEE -GAYNOR) ARE RECORDED TO HAVE BEEN WITHIN THE EUREKA STOCKADE UPRISING OF DEC 3,1854. ANN HAS BEEN RECORDED AS ONE OF THE 3 WOMEN TO HAVE SEWN THE EUREKA FLAG. ANN'S BROTHER THOMAS WAS ALSO RECORDED TO HAVE HELPED PETER LALOR ESCAPE. REFER TO BOOK "THE EUREKA ENCYCLOPAEDIA"-2004. THEY ARE ALL NOTED ON PAGES 163 & 164. I RECENTLY ORGANISED TO HAVE THEIR GRAVE SITE IN THE ECHUCA CEMETERY RESTORED- JUNE 2014 ***************************************** ***************************************** ****************** ***************************************** ***************************************** ****************** I created this website so that we as family descendants will be able to view & share historical records,photos and family stories etc here for FREE! THERE IS NO JOINING FEE at this website!! To view this work, simply email me for permission stating your relationship to this website and I will get you up and running- YES IT IS THAT SIMPLE!!! WE ALL NEED TO CHERISH AND VALUE THE STORIES OF OUR DESCENDANTS- HOWEVER MOSTLY - WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO RECORD THEM FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO UNDERSTAND. NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW WHAT IS MEANT BY "THE OUTDOOR THUNDERBOX" IN THE YEARS TO COME!! Anyway the work I have uploaded here concentrates on my own ancestry roots, being Smith (my own maiden name)& Hancock-my mother's paternal side. The Hancock family,came to Victoria via Adelaide, South Australia. This site displays ancestors and descendants of these:“Collingwood /Abbotsford Hancock's”,and Smiths who came to Melbourne directly from England. Where I have stumbled over other Hancock family member's information I can link I have included them here also. Now my mother is Joyce May Hancock,(born 1930 and turned 80 on the 26th May 2010)- Joyce married David Smith(dec 1975). Joyce was the first daughter of CLARENCE JOHN HANCOCK and THELMA GEORGE-(who married as 2nd cousins!). As Joyce's paternal grandfather was: GEORGE WALTER HANCOCK & and her maternal grandfather was: WALTER EDWARD GEORGE who were 1st cousins. The Victorian HANCOCK ROOT starts mostly with WILLIAM GEORGE HANCOCK(christened in Adelaide in 1847)- who married EMMA LAVINA BOUCHER in Victoria in 1875 Record No:3593. However it seems that he was one of at least NINE "HANCOCK" children who were born in Adelaide South Australia. His father was George Charles Hancock (Joyce has the original glass photo of him). We believe that he was a Sergeant in the South Australian Police Force according to SA Police Records which we have a copy of. The folklore goes that he arranged to come out to Australia on the same boat as his brother who was being transported to Australia as a convict in order to protect him but he was born in South Australia,? - So not really sure about that story stands up now??? To take a peak click on the drop down menu under "Tree" then click on KIN then you can choose your HANCOCK PARENTS? GRANDPARENTS or other family member to see how you are related! (BUT REMEMBER YOU CANNOT VIEW LIVING FAMILY RECORDS UNTIL YOU JOIN) Where possible I have added source notes and photos for each person and recorded the type and number of the document I found to verify the information. Inevitably there are many gaps and most likely some errors in this brief family tree such as wife's maiden names, birth dates, spouse’s names , marriage dates and deaths. If yo can help fill the gaps it would be greatly appreciated. You can phone,text, write or simply email me at:email@example.com My Mobile is: 0428 281 451 my home phone is : 5484 2253 I got out of the "rat race" in Melbourne and moved to the beautiful country town of Rochester in Dec 2012. mY postal address is: 16 Northcote Street Rochester Victoria 3561. My email address remain the same: firstname.lastname@example.org Please request access to this website by following the links above to ask for permission to join. (Joining no $ needed - will allow you to view all of the LIVING family members as well!). I would love to hear from any other family members who are interested in the "Hancock/Smith" history,stories etc or if you can shed any further light onto "OUR VERY OWN REAL COLLINGWOOD HANCOCK/MARTIN: -AUSTRALIAN STORY" or my DUKE + CLARKE ANCESTORS . So please have a think about using this website to make a record of it for your grandchildren and their descendants to be able to share in the years to come. For those many 1st cousin's (Hancock side) of my mother's if you could please assist me with your own parents and partners names, birth dates, marriages or any ancestors names along with your own descendant's branch of the family that would be fantastic! This is a job that no one family descendant can do on their own, however if we all work together with a common goal and share our information here on this FREE WEBSITE then this will be a fantastic FREE ASSET for all of your descendants to use and continue on the family legacy.Now If you have any photos of family members, parents, or children etc you can either upload them yourself once I give you access, or send me a hard copy or email me a scanned photo and I’m more than happy to load it up for you. REMEMBER YOU will need to join to be able to enter data or upload photos or documents. Now sorry but on my own paternal side: ie: all of my SMITH/ DUKE relatives if you can you please help out I'd be really grateful? Smith is so darn hard to research conclusively so if you have any information then I'd love it if you could please pass it onto me. "Little Grandad" Ernest Smith came to Australia in 1883 with his mother 'Esther Jane Hallsworth' and his grandmother Isabella Smith. Ernest's father -"John William Smith" came over here a few months earlier on another ship to Australia but he died just a few months after Isabella, Esther and Ernest arrived in Australia from England in 1884. Their reason for coming to Australia is still a mystery though? Possibly due to the downturn in the textile and coal mining jobs in and around Oldham,Lancashire Endland during that period. Ernest's mother- Esther Jane Smith(nee Hallsworth) re-married in 1885 to a William Foley and they then had ten children together that I know of together . As Ernest was only around 18 months old when his father died,William Foley would have been like a father to him. William Foley was also present at Ernest's wedding as shown on Ernest Smith's marriage certificate dated 29th June 1903 to Matilda Maude Clarke (Clark). One of their children was David Ernest Smith born Jan 1904. He married "Nellie Helen Duke"(real birth name of:Ellen Josephine Duke) and they had 5 children one of which was my father David Ernest James Smith. As for his mother Nellie? well what I do know is that Nellie was NOT her real christian name but I think by process of elimination:matching , birth dates, electoral roll records she has to be:Ellen Josephine Duke!! She was one of 12 children of James Duke and Mary Duke (nee Bell). My paternal nana has used various first names, on electoral roles etc over the years including: Nellie , Ellen & Helen. My Uncle Bill (Ernest William) Smith born 26th December 1938 was the eldest surviving sibling of my father. PS: Could you please email any of your own family members and tell them about this website, so we can eventually get a family newsletter up and running if there is enough interest? And even if you are not interested yourself then would you please tell your children, grandchildren about this website as a source of information? If you have any questions about the website please email me both through this website and also via my hotmail address, that way I have access to your direct email address to make personal contact with you if you can help out or just so we can chat. Thanks for reading and I hope we can meet again soon with a reunion if we get enough interest?. Try looking at the descendants of "GEORGE WALTER HANCOCK SNR" or "John William Smith" to get an idea or simply click on the drop down list of names and select him to find yours or your parents names to see how far I have gotten on my own….. Please remember that: "OUR OWN STORIES" are a great resource that a family can have and really make family ancestry research much more interesting!! However over time we must remember that information can get muddled / changed or even forgotten...........so its easy to record your information or stories here for you and your own branch of this Hancock/Smith family to treasure. You are quite welcome to use this website for you own family tree ie: You and your partners family can be added as there is no limit to the size or space of this website, The only limit is photos and I am happy to pay the small fee once we reach the allowed maximum photo storage space!! So please think about helping me here at this website because I rrally do think our descendants deserve to know our stories too. How many times have you thought geez I should have asked him/her mother father uncle aunt? about that story you've been told and quite often it becomes too late? Its the STORIES we can put in this website that add character,& dimensions to our descendants lives,so please think about it ? Cheers Lesand give me a helping hnd with your own branch Lesley Smith -Daughter of Joyce Smith (nee Hancock)& Dave(David) Smith - NB:REMEMBER YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW ANY 'LIVING' RELATIVES DETAILS / PHOTOS ETC HERE, UNLESS YOU JOIN THIS FREE WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK: TOP RIGHT AND EMAILING ME TO GET YOU APPROVED. **TIP****TO ENLARGE THIS SCREEN TO VIEW PHOTOS OR SIMPLY TO READ MORE EASILY SIMPLY CLICK ANYWHERE ON THE PAGE AND HOLD THE CONTROL BUTTON DOWN ON YOUR KEYBOARD WHILST SCROLLING YOUR MOUSE FORWARD TO ENLARGE TEXT OR PHOTOS TO MAKE THEM EASIER TO READ!!. Looking forward to your help with names, dates photos stories and anecdotes to share with our family. Enjoy your viewing and please email me your name and how you fit into our familys tree, so if you wish to join here so you can carry on with your own family branch- you can do as much or as little as you like - its up to you?? I am also on Ancestry.com.au with a tree named: Hancock - Smith, George, Duke, Clarke, Hallsworth- Australia Family Tree however to view my work there you will need access to a subscription to view this BUT: - HERE ITS FREE!!! Any queries or suggestions feel free to contact me through my private email: email@example.com Cheers Lesley Smith 16 Northcote Street Rochester Vic, 3561