Letter J challenge

Had to think hard this week for a topic and then suddenly lots of J words appeared: judges, justice, Justitia hulk but I thought of my ancestors and what they had to do.

Carpentaria Lightship CLS4, and the James Craig

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Each person arriving in Australia had to make a journey including the indigenous landowners.

  • What were their journeys like?
  • How did travelling by ship as a convict differ to that of a free settler or a marine?
  • What did each of them bring with them on their journey?
  • How does the journey of the modern Australians differ to the earlier Australians?
  • How did they feel journeying to the other side of the world?

Many of my ancestors did not come of their own accord but had their journey paid for by the government of the old country England. They then worked hard to make better lives for themselves here in Tasmania. In fact for at least three generations they all remained in Tasmania.

But my troublesome ancestor William Smith took off on many journeys as the captain of a whaling ship. There would have been many special problems on a whaling journey especially when chasing and flensing a whale once it was caught.

I also have made many journeys to various countries around the world but have always come home to Tasmania.

Readers: Please leave a comment about my post or something beginning with J that relates to your family history or your research.

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12 thoughts on “Letter J challenge

  1. Jeffrey is the surname of my paternal g.grandfather. I’ve not done a lot of research on the family name. The family hailed from Stirlingshire, Scotland.

  2. J is for John or Jon or as he was finally known as Ion – apparently Ion is Welsh for John or so I have been told. This caused a problem when trying to locate him coming out as he was recorded as John.
    J is for the jumble I find myself getting into when I get on a roll, print out the sources or records then have to file them in some sort of logical order.
    J is for “Just a moment until I finish this, then I will do ….”
    Jokes from others about spending so much time delving into the past.
    J for jams with paper when the printer is working overtime.

  3. J is for JONES

    Jones is my married name and sadly I have not done a lot of research on it since my husband passed away 18 months ago. Maybe this is the impetus that I need to get back to Jones!

    The first of the Jones family to arrive in Australia was Charles William Evelyn Jones who was born in Greenwich, England in 1847. He went first to New Zealand where he married and arrived in Melbourne in approximately 1878. He had eight children before passing away in 1886.

  4. J is for Judges,

    If it wasn’t for the Judges. who sentenced my GGgrandpatents, to 7 years transportation, I would not be here!

  5. J is for Jewellery…each piece in my mother’s jewellery box had a story to tell. Sometimes she had to pawn a piece in the 50’s to feed her family. Mostly she managed to buy the pieces back. She inherited bits and pieces from her mother and aunts.

  6. J = January, and July. The months my paternal grandparents were born in.

    J = Joseph, one of the names that has continued throughout four generations

    Also J = John – the name given as my g grandfather’s father on his death certificate, which sent me in a completely different direction; his father’s name turned out to be William. This taught me always to obtain proof for info on certificates.

  7. When you think you can’t but know you Must, draw on the strength from the generations past. Just imagine feeding a family of nine or ten with ration books. Just imagine making children’s singlets from the bottom of their fathers worn ones. Just imagine separating from your husband with three or four children before the days of Centrelink payments. Your child has journeyed to Belgium and dies in a field and his Dad comes home to die in your arms. Leave the hunger and hurt behind. Create calm in the chaos and strive to be resourceful and kind that is the way to thrive..

  8. J is for JONES. Since I’m in the US that means LOTS of common names. Their Journey was from Georgia to Alabama to Texas.

    And J is for JOY, when you FINALLY find a little chink in that brickwall !!

  9. J is for juggling the moving forward in my daily life, while my research is taking me further back. And the Joys of finding a very informative obituary, or a mothers name – so often left off records.

  10. J is for Janyce . My eldest sister and my cheer squad. She encourages me with my Family History research and cheers me on with any new endeavour.

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