Season’s greetings.

Hello all,

Thank you for all the lovely emails it really is great to get your feedback and very often your hints, tips and very generously shared information. I do apologise but I can often be quite slow in getting back to these.  I receive an amount of correspondence far beyond what I had expected when I first started this site. I was over the moon when I had achieved ’16 views’ back in the early days. Many of the queries I get do ask for more information and if I have it or can check, I’m always happy to do a ‘look-up’ and see if I can find something of use in among all my ‘squirreling’. With that in mind it does take me a bit of time to get back to everyone so please rest assured if I haven’t answered you yet I will get to you. In between work, uni and teenage kids this year hasn’t afforded me as much free time as I had hoped for. I’m heading off overseas in December for a few weeks so won’t be back until late January. I’ll do my best to catch up as quickly as I can. Happy Christmas and a safe New Year to all of us, whichever branch we belong too. Cheers. Darienne



Introduction to Family History, University of Tasmania.

This is my university (I’m an undergrad in another faculty) so I’m rather partial to University of Tasmania.  If I had the time I would definitely be doing this, maybe I can squeeze it in somewhere….  Thought this might be helpful for some.





New Page – Edward Mitchell and Elizabeth Coverley (Bidgood,Badgood, Lord, Mitchell, Overton).

If trying to keep a ‘name’ in your head is trying, then Elizabeth will be a real test of your memory.   Another chapter for our “Kurrajong” story.

Our TWO Wanstead ancestors.

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.  But here is the first time I have found two convicts who came on the same ship who have ended up having their families marry into each other in our connections.  Catherine Latimore who came out on the Wanstead in 1814 also traveled with fellow convict Maria Coverley from England to Port Jackson (Sydney) on the Wanstead.

 (1)Catherine Latimore would go on and marry John Riley and their daughter (2) Diana Riley married William London.  Diana and William had a son (3) William John London.

(1) Maria Coverley had a daughter Elizabeth Coverley with William Badgood/Bidgood. (2) Elizabeth married Edward Mitchell and they had a daughter  (3)Matilda Ann Mitchell.

William John London and Matilda Ann Mitchell married and went on to have a large family of their own.

So the Wanstead played quite the role in bringing these two families together.

Catherine Latimore England to Port Jackson (Sydney)

b.1797 – d. 1868

Sentenced 7 years

Wanstead (1814) 

convict ship

Maria Coverley England to Port Jackson (Sydney)

b.1792 – d. 1864

Sentenced 7 years

Wanstead (1814)

convict ship

Riley Family Reunion March 2016

I wondered if you might like to know that there’s a facebook group page called “Riley Extended Family” – & that they’re having a big family reunion for ‘Riley’ descendants in March 2016?
Kind regards,
Anne Cobcroft :))
I’m also a descendant of Susannah – but from her marriage to Robert Wells.