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09 March 2008 @ 06:47 pm
Ned Kelly grave found
Updated: 18:22, Sunday March 9, 2008

The final resting place of Australia's most infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, has been located amongst remains excavated at the site of Melbourne's former Pentridge Prison.
more below

Just thought it was interesting to those into bushranger history etc.
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When I was a child there was always this myth in the family about "bad blood" being inherited. So that when any child did anything wrong (minor or huge)someone always hinted at some dark perhaps evil thing that had happened in the past, and that if you were not careful to improve yourself you would be tainted with it - or worse be already tainted. As a child the idea of it sounded quite ominous. My father would often say the family was cursed and relatives would mention one becoming "Chevalier d'Industrie" meaning "one who lives by his wits, specially by swindling", and more hints about convicts but nothing ever concrete. It was very mysterious to me. When I was a child, barely anyone admitted to having convict ancestors.

There were also hints of stories of the evil twin - and it also became known to me at a later date that twins ran in the family. My father was a twin (he didn't know till he applied for a new (full) birth certificate after losing his copy of an extract),(his sister's daughter had twins) and his father (my grandfather) was a twin. Anyhow the general supposition was that the twin/evil line ran though my grandfathers line. Over time I've managed to track down the twin mystery and it stems not from my grandfather so much as his father's wife's line.

My great grandfather Marcus and his wife Sarah Lawrence

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27 January 2008 @ 10:41 pm
Sorry for 2 in one day!.

This one is for velveau she posted a photo for my birthday that she took in Bath of the most amazing tree carving HERE

Well I couldn't believe it, she's psychic or something because I've been in love with the idea of tree carvings for some time. Ever since a relative sent me this picture of a tree carved a few years back found in St. Catherine's Wood which borders on the property of Rozel Manor in Jersey, Channel Islands. (below).

I think the one in Bath is incredible though.


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one of my favourite stamps!

Jersey stamp - * In the Channel Island of Guernsey, there are two named dogs. One, Tchico (Tchi-coh two Norman words for dog, from whence cur), is headless, and is supposed to be the phantom of a past Bailiff of Guernsey, Gaultier de la Salle, who was hanged for falsely accusing one of his vassals. The other dog is known as Bodu or tchen Bodu (tchen being dog in Dgèrnésiais). His appearance, usually in the Clos du Valle, foretells death of the viewer or someone close to him. There are also numerous other unnamed apparitions, usually associated with placenames derived from bête (beast).

* In Jersey folklore, the Black Dog of Death is also called the Tchico, but a related belief in the Tchian d'Bouôlé (Black Dog of Bouley) tells of a phantom dog whose appearance presages storms. The story is believed to have been encouraged by smugglers who wanted to discourage nocturnal movements by people who might witness the movement of contraband. It seems the Channel Islands are full of folklore.

Can't tell you when I started collecting stamps, but as a child became fascinated with the images and begged people to save their stamps for me, and now just save ones I particularly like. Don't buy them like collectors do. But have to admit it's still fascinating.

We have a friend holidaying over in Sark one of the Channel islands sending us letters etc, this has caused my stamp fetish to resurface. She took a quick trip to the UK and then to Chernobyl and sent us mail from Chernobyl...they still haven't arrived but waiting patiently for those stamps, taking a while so worrying they might be radioactive and won't get through customs. ;0

and don't tell me stamp collecting is geeky, even Bart Simpson collects stamps.

And well they are just so pretty.
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Been meaning to update in here for some time, life speeds ahead so fast.

One family branch on my father's side goes back a long long way, to the Channel Islands and prior to that France. That branch arrived in Australia around 1850. Due to the weird inheritance laws and suchlike in the Channel Islands, we no longer have claim to the manor (below). Looks more like a castle to me!. (well there would need to be a lot of people in line before us expiring before we could lay claim to it.) I like day dreaming about being Lady of the Manor.

The rear view of Rozel Manor, Jersey, Channel Islands.

Anyhow, I've done a few posts about Rozel Manor before, but they should be more rightly here.

Here are the links though will eventually re do them in this journal.

Rozel Manor. Jersey, Channel Islands. & some history

More views of Rozel, Jersey Channel Island

dolments jersey

Inside Rozel Chapel, Jersey

Rozel Chapel, Jersey, - Millais & his stained glass windows

I have more info, interesting stories and photos about the Channel Islands and our French line, which will post in due time. (won't leave it so long to update here in future.)
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Current Music: N Sync - Sailing
27 April 2007 @ 12:00 am
Vincent 14yrs old,
one of my great grandmothers sons
lest we forget we sent our babies to war

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I wasn't going to do anything for Anzac Day as I'm against fighting in general. I think Vincent was the youngest ever in our extended family to go to war. Some more boys, men and women in the collage below. When you start following the lines of your family tree it's surprising how many lives cut short through war that you discover. I've uncovered quite a few more relatives who went to war, I just don't have photos of them at present.

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It just goes to show how valuable and amazing the internet is, in researching family history. I began this lj with Tess (Teresa), rather randomly. I could have started anywhere really, the branches go everywhere. Sometimes on www you can find nothing and sometimes you can find gold - ie something you didn't know before.

I did know Tess married the son of Major Henry Colden Antill (who came out to the colony (AU) as Aide de camp to Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1809. Major Antill settled in Picton.
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Part of their family estate (above) has now become the Picton Golf Club.

I also knew the son, Henry Colden Antill II had a rather colourful history (turning to robbery and bushranging) sometime after marrying Tess & becoming bankrupt in 1859, and spent time in Darlinghurst Goal with his sentance being remitted to exile to New Zealand for years. Samuel Shumack in his book Tales and Legends of Canberra Pioneers state that Henry the (II) went later to live with Tess's father William Hatch in Ginninderra after paying his debt to society & was for a time a correspondent to the Queanbeyan Age under the nome de plume of "Working Bullock".

What I didn't know was the American connection of the Antill family. Just a brief google now and I came up with tons of info going back to 1693 in England originally, later settling in New York. So there is now a whole new country to sift through to find connections.

Antill family tree (america)

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Info about Henry Colden Antill (aide de camp)shown above
Antill, Henry Colden (1779-1852)
father of Henry Colden Antill 11 who married Tess (Teresa Hatch).
more info at;

More strange co-incidence when watching Antique Roadshow the other day saw a snuff box featured that was beautiful. I discovered that a similar snuff box was presented to Major H C Antill by Governor Lachlan Macquarie

I wonder if Tess ever saw that snuff box and I hope that I can find out more about Tess, and other women of the family. I find it irritating that women's history is so easily lost, one can often only track the husbands or sons, and it's just left to imagination what the women were doing.

Tasmania connection Tess was born in Tasmania in 1835 (the first stopover in Au for her parents Robert and Mary Hatch from Ireland before they moved on to NSW). While I haven't found terribly much on their Tasmanian stay, I did find the following site interesting:
Their Significant Tasmanian Women pages are interesting and worth checking from time to time. here; http://www.women.tas.gov.au/significantwomen/
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I will be posting in here sporadically, when I have time about historical things I dredge up from my scryings and scratchings into the realm of geneology. Specifically my ancestors, but sometimes just about interesting things I find along the way.

One of the first family photos that got me hooked on researching the past. That's Tess with the umbrella - a direct ancestor of mine, and the image reminded me of Thomas Hardys' Tess of the D'Urbervilles
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Tess Hatch at Ginninderra, "Rosewood" ACT NSW Australia. Roughly 1860's
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