01 May 2011

Personal news (cruise, Robyn etc)

As you can see from the description above, this page will be used for personal news and personal genealogy. One of my goals for the coming year is to spend more time researching (and writing about) my own family. I will be visiting Yorkshire and London later this year, so I will start by writing about ancestors from those areas (Webster and Hudson).

On March 19th, when P & O's Pacific Dawn sailed out of Brisbane on a 7-night cruise to Noumea, Lifou and Vanuatu, I was one of the 2,000 passengers. This was my first cruise, and I loved it. A description of the experience is on Genealogy Leftovers (with a few photos).

Robyn is busily packing up and preparing to leave her flat and move up north to the new house. I will be visiting her there for a week in June. I've seen the block of land, but not the house.

It's time to cook dinner, so that's all for now, folks!

Freedom certificate, James WEBSTER

James Webster's freedom certificate (left side)

One of my family treasures is the original Certificate of Freedom issued to my great-great-great-grandfather, James WEBSTER, on 1 July 1823. James had been apprenticed to John PORTER, a stationer of Pall Mall, London, whom we believe was his uncle. (Thanks to Michael FLYNN for his help with the PORTER research.)

This certificate was entrusted to me by Rodney CARR. It was handed down through his branch of the family (descendants of James WEBSTER's eldest daughter, Sarah). The authenticity of this large document, only a portion of which is shown above, was confirmed by the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

WEBSTER and HUDSON graves, Helidon

I have two sets of great-grandparents buried in the General Cemetery, Helidon, Queensland -
James Campbell WEBSTER and Ellen WEBSTER nee BUTLER

George HUDSON and Mary HUDSON nee PEACOCK

(Photos © Judy WEBSTER, 2003)

George HUDSON (son of William HUDSON and Christiana MATTHEW of Barton-le-Willows, North Yorkshire, England) married Mary PEACOCK (daughter of John PEACOCK and Mary HUGILL) at Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England in 1863. George and Mary HUDSON emigrated to Queensland in the 1880s.

James Campbell WEBSTER and Ellen BUTLER were married at Coonamble NSW and later moved to Queensland.

Welcome and Explanation

Hello folks! I know that some of my family and friends are not familiar with this type of Web page (called a 'blog', short for 'Web log') so here is a brief explanation.

When I write something new, that article ('post') appears at the top of the page, with older posts below it. When the page fills up, you can click a link at the bottom to see older posts.

The right column includes a list of Keywords. Click a keyword to gather together one or more articles on that topic. (This will be very useful later, when there are many surnames, places and other keywords.) To go back to the main page, click the 'Home' tab.

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One of my goals for the coming year is to spend more time researching (and writing about) my own family. I will be visiting Yorkshire and London later this year, so I will start by writing about ancestors from those areas. Stay tuned!
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