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Family History Connections in Ballarat, Australia
Links to a few Ballarat Family History Websites
Links last checked 1 Nov 2009

The following links are to web pages with some Ballarat or Western Victorian Family History connections. Some of the names connected with the area are listed after each link. If you have a page which you would like linked in this section, or if you know the address of the pages that have "gone missing", please email Daryl (Webmaster), details are at the bottom of the page.

BAIRD History & Genealogy
World wide BAIRD website with families from the Ballarat area.

BRYANT
The last entry in his family bible reads: "Left London for Victoria in the ship "Winifred" 1st January 1864, amidst the prayers and tears of our parents".

BURKE, Michael John (1812-1869)
Galway, Ireland, "Burke's Pass", Canterbury, New Zealand, Ballarat. Michael's wife was Maria MINCHIN who had siblings in Ballarat.

CHANDLER, CLOSE, EDDY, LEITH, MIDDLIN, SULLIVAN, TIMMINS, WHITEHOUSE & WILLIAMS
Ballarat connected names - Paul Chandler.

CLUGSTON Family History
Website researching world wide CLUGSTON families of which there are some in Ballarat.

COWARDS, KINGS & CROOKS
COWARD, CRAGO and KENNY family links with Ballarat - Graham COWARD.

COWLEY, Isle of Man > Ballarat
COWLEY article in the Isle of Man Family History Journal.

DENNIS Family History
Ballarat area, Victoria; Creswick, Victoria; Truro area, Cornwall, England pre 1854.

HANNAN, Paddy
Mention of Paddy HANNAN and his uncle William LYNCH in Ballarat.
"In Kalgoorlie, the famous gold-mining town in Western Australia, the main street is Hannan Street, the railway station is Hannan Station, there is the Hannan Hotel and in the local pub you can drink a pint of Hannan lager."

HARVEY
The Harvey family originated in Redruth , Cornwall. John Harvey was a miner and, by the time the family migrated to South Australia in 1840, Cornish mining was in decline. Free passage to the colonies, under the Assisted Migration Scheme of 1836-1840, would have looked very attractive indeed to this poor, devoutly Methodist, mining family. They set sail on the vessel 'Waterloo', London via Falmouth, arriving in Port Adelaide on the 9th of November 1840.
The family appears in the 1841 South Australian census, living in the newly created and still very primitive Adelaide on Currie Street, now part of the city's CBD. The population of South Australia at this time is only "15,485 persons".
At some stage after the census John and Elizabeth, along with their two younger children, Jane and William, disappear from South Australia. It is possible that the lure of gold during the 1850's Victorian gold rush saw John and Elizabeth travelling the lonely, dangerous bush tracks, with all the other hopefuls, to the bekoning gold fields of Victoria and Ballarat. Certainly there are tantalising hints of their presense in these regions, still to be investigated.

HEPBURN Family
For many years, a number of the descendants of James HEPBURN and Mary (nee GILLIES) of Fort Augustus, Inverness, Scotland, have been researching the history of the Hepburn family both in Scotland and Australia. A family reunion was held at Strangways near Castlemaine, Victoria, in 1992 at which members from all branches of the family were represented.

HOLLAND & CLARKE
The Holland & Clarke Family of Ireland, Cheshire and Victorian Goldfields.

JEWELL - Cornwall > Ballarat > Queensland

JUNGWIRTHS in Australia...
This page is under-construction - probably will be 'til the end of time - subjects may include:
* When did we get to Australia?
* The search for GOLD
* Ballarat - businessman!
* Fire in the mines!
* Tragedy strikes.

KIMBLE / KIMBALL / KIMBELL / KIMBRELL

McNEISH
McNEISH of Scotland and Australia - McNeish (Ballarat), Cochran (Beaufort), Cameron (Beaufort), Meiklejohn (Melbourne), Woolcock (Ballarat), Bossence (Ballarat)

MENNEN "All Roads Lead to Ballarat"
This site includes family histories, biographies, family photo's, birth, death, marriage, baptism and other certificates, gravestones, passenger lists and other information relating to the following names, all of which are names that feature in my pedigree. These names are:
HAYES, BARRETT, BIGGIN, CAHILL, CARTY, CREED, DOYLE, KANE, CLARK, McILVENEY, MULQUINEY, QUAILEY, PORTER, MORRISSEY, MITCHELL, McKEOGH, TIDDY, RYAN, O'DONNELL, NIHILL, CROCKETT, HALLIDAY, O'BRIEN, YOUNG, CASSIDY, MENNEN, JANSEN, ENGELEN, VAN BREE, de VET, TOERSCHEN, Van BELCOM, FRANCZAK, PIETRASZ, OLSZEWSKI, KARLIKOWSKA, PASTUCHIA, BANAS and KUSTZATAL.

OXLADE - "An Oxlade family of Victoria"
Benjamin Oxlade born 1827 London and Elizabeth Shelley born 1822 at Brighton Sussex, married 1848 at Newington in south Thames area where both were living. Ben was then apprentice waterman and lighterman having been bound 9 January 1845 at Pauls Wharf to master John Hasler. On 11 March 1852, he gained the freedom of The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. Lightermen operated light tidal barges steered by oar to carry goods and watermen carried passengers.
In January 1862, Ben and Elizabeth arrived in Victoria Australia with their children. It was time of great interest at Melbourne in rowing races. In 1862 Ben featured in a singles match race on the Yarra River. In November of 1862 and of 1863, he competed in professional events at Melbourne Annual Regattas. In 1862, he and partner won the paired-oars event for watermen. In 1863, he won the Watermen's Scullers' Race. Later in November 1863, he competed at the Ballarat and Learmonth Regatta.

PASCOE
Names : BARTLE . BLAMEY . BREMNER . CHRISTENSEN . CHRISTESEN . FREDERICK . HANSDATTER . HANSEN . JAGOE . KINSMAN . LITTLEJOHN . LOCKET . LOW . MADSDATTER . MARTIN . MCCURE . MICHEL . MORRISON . NIELSEN . PAINE . PASCOE . PENNEY . PENNY . RUTHERFORD . SHORT . SIMONS . SINCLAIR . SORENSEN . STEVENSON . WILLIAMS.

PAINTER and others in Australia, Britain & Ireland
Morris and Lewis (Ballarat), Walker (Carngham, Ballarat, Stawell, Smythesdale, Scarsdale, Linton) plus much more ...

PREECE, June & Max's Page
Isset, Lorimer, Merriman, Preece, Roberts, Sykes

PROSSER, Wales > Stawell
"Currently I have traced my Prosser ancestry back to John Prosser who married Margaret Phillips circa 1875 in Tredegar, Bedwellty Parish, Monmouthshire in Wales. John & Margaret had three sons Thomas Edward (b 10 May 1875), Edgar (b c1879) and John Arthur (b 10 Sep 1885) all born in Tredegar.
About 1886 the family emigrated to Australia and settled near Stawell in Victoria. Thomas and John A. went to the School of Mines in Stawell and about 1900 all three brothers went to the goldfields in Western Australia. Not long after this Edgar disappeared with out trace and family history has it that he was murdered, but his cannot be proved. Thomas and John A. spent many years in the goldfields with Thomas eventually becoming a battery manager."

PROUDFOOT, Alex
Cook(e), Duke, Jarvie, etc ...

QUINANE Genealogy Home Page
Welcome to the Australian Quinane Clan Home Page. The Quinanes emigrated to Australia from the Upperchurch and Borrisoleigh Parishes near Thurles in County Tipperary Ireland between 1845 and 1880. Most of the families arriving in Australia landed at the port of Melbourne in the State of Victoria and then headed to the Ballarat Gold Fields. After a number of years in the gold fields, the two main families moved to the Bellarine Pennisula near the city of Geelong in the State of Victoria. From here the family has spread throughout Victoria and the neighbouring state of New South Wales.

ROBSON - "Joseph Robson family of early Victoria"
Joseph Robson (1798-1879) and Jane nee Hudson (1800-64) arrived Victoria Australia in August 1853 on ship Bore with their six children and three grand-children (more below on children, descendants and relations). Alluvial gold mining had suddenly become leading industry of Victoria and with long experience in industrialised gold mining in Brazil, Joseph Robson became a leading worker in implementing large scale quartz gold mining. His employer, the Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Company, was controlled by the same British interests chaired by J.D. Powles as the Brazil venture for which he had worked. Established 1852, it opened a smelting and assay office at Melbourne April 1853. Its early mining efforts met resistance. By 1856, Joseph was engaged in erecting and working its crushing batteries. In 1857, the company under resident director Rivett Bland, shifted its main interest to Clunes, north of Ballarat. Joseph and Jane settled there 1857 with much of the family. Joseph was stamp manager of a large profitable mine and was still working 1864, having charge of the amalgamating department.

ROWLAND Family Tree Online
" The discovery of gold in Victoria in 1852 lured George, William's eldest son, who was now 17, across to the gold fields around Avoca. When he arrived only a small gully had opened by the prospectors Bell, Burns and Co. who were neighbours of the Rowland's in South Australia. George, who considered himself among the earliest prospectors in the Avoca area, decided that this was the place to be if he and his family were to make their fortune....."

SMITH / CHRISTIE
SMITH - Bothwell, Summerleas and other places in Tasmania; Melbourne and other places in Victoria.
CHRISTIE - Angus, Scotland; Tasmania and Victoria.

THOMSON Family - Thomson families in the Hamilton & Wannon areas of south-west Victoria,

THOMPSON, Alan - Hepburn, McDonnell, etc ...

TREWEEK
TREWEEK, Brothers Benjamin, Joseph and Nicholas from Gwennap, Cornwall joined the goldrush to Ballarat in 1854-55. Joseph and Harriet settled near Creswick, Victoria. Their children married Clarke, Davidson, Hutchins, Pascoe, Robinson, Stephens, Wallace.

WINNETT / VINET Family History
Our world wide research into the Family Name WINNETT began in the 1960's. There appears to have developed several "families" with the name Winnett, but with no common connection. We have found early families pre 1800 in Ireland, and several parts of England. Variations of the name (eg.Winnot, Whinnett Winet) were common, even within the same family. Irish and English Winnetts migrated to Australia, Canada, and North America, and we have been in contact with descendents of many of these families.
This site covers 12 generations of the Winnett (previously French Huguenot Vinet) family from England in the early 1700's to their immigration on the Nepaul in 1852 to the Australian Gold Fields.


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