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21 thoughts on “Important Info.

  1. Thanks for the link! I appreciate it. You have a wonderful blog. I wish you every success in finding and writing about your ancestors.

    1. Jess says:

      You’re most welcome! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I’ll be sure to check out your blog and best of luck to you too. πŸ™‚

  2. Mary Ellen Aube says:

    Very interesting. I used to work at the Pineland Center for retarded people in Maine. Some children/adults spent their whole lives there. It was a very difficult place to work because of the way they were treated. But it was set up much like this place with mens ,womens and childrens buildings. Also an administration building. It closed in the late 1980s – 1990s.

    1. Jess says:

      Thanks for stopping by Mary Ellen. Knowing what my Great Great Grandmother went through I can’t even begin to imagine what it was like for people who worked in places such as these. I think it would take a great deal of strength and kindness!

      1. Mary Ellen Aube says:

        It hurt to go to work every day. I was ready to fall apart when I quit. It was quit or have a breakdown. They pulled bad teeth without anesthesia ro one thing. I couldn’t believe it. So many other things. I’ll never forget the experience. It gives me nightmares. I was only 19 when I worked there.

  3. Mary says:

    Hi Jess. I came across this blog today when researching my Carty ancestors from Cloughjordan. I would be very interested to hear if John Carty and Mary Connors had any other children besides Patrick? Thank you.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Mary. I have a Stephen Carty/McCarthy as another child to John and Mary (nee Connors). He was born around 1833 and I believe also came out to Australia. How are you connected to the McCarthys?

  4. Veronica says:

    Hi Jess

    Just found your blog and been reading through some of your posts. I have been researching our WA ancestors and have been enjoying your site. I was just reading the post on 12th July about Esther Digby and the cause of death. In case you haven’t got any further on what it is, I believe it says Scarlatine which was another name for Scarlet Fever.

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Veronica! I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying my blog posts. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the additional information on scarlartine/scarlet fever. That cause of death had me stumped for a while – I’d never heard of scarlartine before. You learn something new every day! I’ll definitely check out Trove too. Thanks for the comment. πŸ™‚

  5. Veronica says:

    forgot to add this comment – look on trove for “scarlet fever” and see articles about outbreaks in 1853.

  6. Kim Carwardine says:

    great site – well done

    1. Jess says:

      Thanks Kim! Glad you like my blog. πŸ™‚

  7. Penny says:

    Hi Jess, My daughter Grace is doinga study and report on The Swan River Colony and featuring John Septimus Roe as her Biography. Very interesting information you have collected, Well done to you!! Do you have anything else that may be of help ?

    Thank you Penny and Grace

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Penny and Grace,
      I’m glad my blog has been helpful for Grace’s assignment. πŸ™‚ You may like to read the biography on John Septimus Roe on the Australian Biography Database ( Otherwise, I highly recommend searching through the newspapers on Trove ( You should be able to find quite a few articles about Roe and perhaps some from the early days of the Colony.
      Best of luck to Grace. Hope she gets top marks. πŸ™‚

  8. Natalie Humphry says:

    Hi Jess,

    Wow! What a terrific web site. You have done a magnificent job of the early Masters pioneers in Western Australia. What a sad story about Samuel though.


    1. Jess says:

      Thanks Natalie! Glad you enjoyed the post on the Masters family. πŸ™‚

  9. Mike Slaney says:

    Hi Jess,

    My grandfather seems to have worked for the GSR as a casual labourer during the harvest c1909-1912 at Albany, Pingelly and York.

    The online records only cover permanent staff as far as I can tell. I was informed that the casual employee records are not yet digitsed.

    Are you aware of such records covering that period?

    Mike Slaney

    1. Jess says:

      Hi Mike,

      The Western Australian Government Railways records are digitised and available on Ancestry. ‘Temporary Workers’ records are online but I’m not sure if that title includes casual workers.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  10. Jessie Howell says:

    I am trying to find details of my grandfather who was an hydraulic engineer who was seconded by W.A. rail in 1913 when line was built south to Wagin. He was Willism Charles Samuel Bloomfield. His wife and children lived in Jolimont, no idea where he lived in Wagin, or there abouts. He died in 1918 and b uried at Karrakata. He was only supposed to be in W.A. for 5 years. Can you please help. Regards to one Jess to another Jess. They came out from UK

  11. John Townsend says:

    Hi Jess, I’m trying to find out about my great grandmother too, a Mary Hannah Bradshaw (nee Sandford), who was admitted in about 1904 to Claremont Mental Hospital. I am led to believe that she developed mental illness following infection after child birth of my grandfather, John Bradshaw. By strange coincidence, her son John Bradshaw would discover his own mother there when he started work at the hospital as a storeman after the first world war! He went on to be Superintendent of Sunset Hospital.

    Some of the references you listed about Claremont Mental Asylum would be the first point of call, so thanks for the head start.
    John Townsend

    1. Jess says:

      No worries, John. I’m glad they were of help. If you get stuck I’m sure the people at the State Records Office of WA would also be more than happy to help.

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