Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

Dear Thomas, I write to you from the year 2016. We’ve never met but I hope you know that I think about you all the time. Your sister, Kitty, is my Great Grandmother which makes you my 2nd Great Uncle. As I write this letter, the anniversary of your disappearance steadily approaches. On the 16 September 2016, it will …

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Christmas of 1893 must’ve been a fairly trying occasion for Tilly. Heavily pregnant with her third child, she arrived at her parents’ farm ‘Greenwood’ in Collie Bridge on Christmas Eve. Accompanied by her husband, Thomas Crampton, and two small children, Daisy and Thomas Junior, the family stayed with the Hursts throughout Christmas and onto the …

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Fine day. Tilly had a little son. Rossie called. With these few words one of the Hurst brothers (either Abraham, Thomas or John) announced, on 11 September 1891, that Thomas Lisle Crampton had come into the world. Born in Collie to Thomas Crampton and Matilda Maria Hurst (my Great Great Grandparents) it’s likely that the …

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Basil Hurst and Maria Gardiner were both a part of the early pioneering families in the South West (see earlier post here) and both were children when they voyaged from England to Australia in the 1840s.  With the families growing together and experiencing the same hardships as well as happiness, it’s not surprising to find that …

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