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.
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.