Sunday, 21 May 2017
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Sunday, 7 May 2017
After arrest, they were held for almost 5 months before their case could be heard in the Launceston Assizes, on the 27th of March 1815. During the court case, no-one was particularly sympathetic or cared to hear their version of the events and all three men were sentenced to death.[ii] Once sentenced the trio were held in Launceston Jail. The Jail had been built in the grounds of what had once been the Grand Castle of Launceston. An ignominious place described 20 years earlier as follows - “The Prison is a room or passage twenty three feet and a half by seven and a half, with only one window two feet by one and a half: and three Dungeons or Cages on the side opposite the window : there are about six and half feet deep; one nine feet long; one about eight; one not five: this last for women. They are all very offensive. No chimney: no drains: no water: damp earth floors: no Infirmary. The yard not secure; and Prisoners seldom permitted to go out to it. Indeed the whole Prison is out of repair”.[iii]
This month's theme for my Blog Posts after a late start is going to be:-
Convict Ancestors & Relations
- William Carbis (Senior) my fourth Great Grandfather
- William Carbis (Junior / The Younger) my third Great Grand Uncle
- Francis Bassett also my third Great Grand Uncle
|Artist: Captain N Wallis, Engraving North and South Heads in Port Jackson, c.1818, digital image, Australian National Maritime Museum Collection 00000871 © Commonwealth of Australia 2006 Accessed 8 May 2017 http://emuseum.anmm.gov.au/code/emuseum.asp?id=48015|
One post a week for the next four weeks, including today.
These posts were originally created as part of my studies for the Diploma of Family History at UTAS in 2016 and have since been updated for inclusion on my Blog.
Saturday, 6 May 2017
This was my first A to Z Challenge. So I came to the task with no preconceived ideas. I have written this post in response to a request from the organisers of the Challenge, who have asked participants to provide feedback and thoughts on the Challenge.
Below are my answers to their questions:-
What did you like best?
I liked the feeling of camaraderie, of doing something with a larger group. It also encouraged me visit new blogs which is something that I don’t normally do unless they come up in a Google Search when I am on the hunt for something.
I have had a Blog for a number of years but have never really understood the mechanics of social media. The initial coaching emails for the AtoZ Challenge from the moderators were great as they helped me to learn the ropes quickly. From this base, I was then able to find other resources to supplement my learning which was fantastic.
What did you like least?
I didn’t do anything I didn’t like.
What worked for you and what didn't?
As this was my first time to participate, I will probably approach things slightly different next time but how I’m not yet sure. I wished I’d allocated more time to visit more blogs, I just ran out of time.
You can tell us about favourite themes you ran across during the Challenge.
Build a Better Blog by Shirly Conder
Romance Spinners which did a fabulous series on a tour of the universe, everyone should check them out.
Or tell us about some of your favourite posts.
There were so many I’m not sure where to begin
You can even tell us your favourite posts on your own blog.
A to Z Challenge - Z is for Zero is one of my favourite blogposts where I pull the whole challenge together into one place and can see what I’ve achieved, and where I need to go next.
Perhaps this would be good time to publish a singular list of all those who got through the whole month – excellent idea!
I belong to the wider genealogical community where there has been a lot of discussion about whether bloging is dead see a very recent post by Amy Johnson Crow her conclusion is Blogging Isn't Dead; It's Just Different.
Much to think about.
A big thank you to the organisers of the A to Z Challenge who did a wonderful job coordinating and supporting those who participated. Looking forward to participating next year’s challenge, once I’ve recovered from the 2017 Challenge.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.
Z is for Zero - no more 2017 A to Z Challenges left to do!
It had seemed simple enough 26 posts for the month of April 2017 with all Sundays except the last Sunday of the month off (how did I miss that?)
At the beginning of 2017, I decided to write a book about the life of Martha Sarah Ellis. Why?
Because women’s stories are often lost or not sought after as the victors of history write their stories.
So my quest began, to pull the data I had gathered over 25 years of research into some sort of digestible form suitable for reading.
Three months later with papers strewn all over my desk and my computer screen, I still hadn’t managed to pull together any stories suitable for publication of any sort. Then I came across the A to Z Challenge – a way to focus my writing and research.
And so the odyssey began the “Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.” A series of blog posts roughly charting the life and concerns of my protagonist, Martha, life.
Still no stories but now I have a much firmer foundation to begin my storytelling as a gift to my descendants.
Blogposts During the Challenge
A is for Addresses
B is Booths Poverty maps
C is for Census
D is for Daughter
E is for Education - Updated and revised on 10 May 2017
F is for Fremantle
G is for Getting employment as a new arrival
H is for Help Required
I is for Immigration
J is for January Weddings.
K is for Kate Ellen Ellis
L is Little Lottie
M is for Mortuary Photo
N is for Names
O is for Offspring – Martha’s not Walter’s for possible Walter Offspring read the entry for Y
P is for step-Parent
Q is for Quarrelsome
R is for the Rest, Relaxation & the Races
S is for the storm of 1909
T is for Ted otherwise known as Edward
U is for Unions and Marriages
V is for the Vicissitudes of Martha
W is for Walter Todman
X marks the spot
Y is for Y chromosome
To find find the links for the above posts scroll down to the end of this post
Blogposts involving Martha before the A to Z challenge
- · Applying to Emigrate to the Australian Colonies
- · An assault on a servant girl - poor Ellen Carey - Updated 7 May 2017
- · United British Women’s Emigration Association
- · Travelling on the SS Nairnshire in 1889
- · SS Nairnshire
- · Mrs Lucy Henry vs Mrs Martha Todman Prahran Police Court
- · The First Few years of marriage for Walter Todman & Martha Ellis
Blogposts involving Walter Todman Martha’s husband before the A to Z challenge
- · My Grandfather’s American Waltham Watch Fob Watch
- · Where was Walter Todman before 1890?
- · The Working Life Of Walter Todman
- · Finding Alma Dudley Todman’s baptism record
- · Searching for Christening records For Walter & Martha Todman's children
- · Immortalised in a Poem
Looking back over my blog, it seems I’ve been trying to do a version of this since 2013 when I wrote my a first blog post entitled “Converting research into stories is it possible?” on Sunday, 20 January 2013
Well, I’m glad to say that it is possible. Based in part on those 2013 blog posts a book has now been published Entitled “John Ebbott of Badharlick – Descendants in Australia 1852-2015” which I am one of the three authors.
|Photographer Sandra Williamson, front cover of the book, John Ebbott of Badharlick : descendants in Australia 1852-2015, compiled by William Barlow, Bob Ebbott, & Sandra Williamson published 2015. Available to read at the State Library of Victoria.|
I'd also like to thank those who were so kind to drop in and leave comments, it was very encouraging and help to fuel the desire to do a bit more.
Now to write the life story of Martha Sarah Ellis wish me luck!
To Read more about Martha's life for articles previously posted for the A to Z Challenges click the Letters below:-