Sunday, 6 October 2019

Birth record of Anna Dorothea Bartsh "born at sea" found at last!


I have finally found the Marine register birth of my great-great-grandmother Anna Dorothea Bartsh.
I wish I could share this news with her grandson Joe Bradshaw, my 1st cousin twice removed, and his wife Nancy.  Sadly they have both passed away now.  Rest peacefully, Nancy and Joe. 

I think Nancy and Joe are helping me along somehow.  
It is one day short of 12 months ago exactly that I found the Prussian marriage record for Anna Dorothea's parents Johann Friedrich Heinrich Bartsch and Anna Dorothea Nebel

Digital copy of this photo was given to me by Nancy and Joe Bradshaw. 

There was some contention amongst family researchers about Anna Dorothea being born at sea onboard the Danish ship "Acmel".  

Many said she was, others said she wasn't.

In searching for her birth record I had to use very broad search parameters.
Anna Dorothea Bartsch was born en route to Australia from Prussia to Johann Heinrich Barts(c)h and Anna Dorothea Nebel.

This is the result my search turned up in Victorian birth death and marriage "events at sea"

The transcription of this document is terrible but I do admit it is very hard to read and transcribe.

  • The surname is Bartsh or Bartsch not Bartiht
  • The ship's name was Acmel not Climel
  • Her mother's maiden name was Nebel, not Nobels.
So, along with the fact that Anna Dorothea stated on her marriage to Joseph Hulme that she was born at sea, finding this record and having learned of the German naming pattern at  which shows that her elder sister known as Emma was named Anna Dorothea Emma, I am happy that this is all confirmation that my great-great-grandmother Anna Dorothea Bartsh was born at sea on the ship Acmel en route to Australia.

 Anna Dorothea's cousin Emile Nebel was also born on board the Acmel enroute to Australia.
His birth was recorded on the same page as his cousins.

The transcription of this document wasn't quite so bad.

  • The ship's name was Acmel not Climel
  • His mother's surname was Umlang not Unilang

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Peter HART'S final resting place at Echuca cemetery

Today we went to Echuca, a bit over an hours drive from home, so I took the opportunity to go to the Echuca cemetery to find the grave of my great-great-grandfather, Peter Hart just a few days past the 119th anniversary of his burial on the 4th of September, 1900.

I had visited Echuca nearly 12 months ago but when I went to go to the cemetery I found the road closed for roadworks that day.  So I emailed the cemetery and Jodie, the lovely office manager, gave me the location of his grave which is Section A (Church of England), row number 22 and grave number 21.  Today Jodie showed me the actual site.
Section A (Church of England), row number 22 and grave number 21
In the earliest part of the cemetery, there are many unmarked graves (the grey squares)

Peter, a farm labourer at Kanyapella, died of apoplexy at the Echuca hospital on the 2nd of September 1900.

The Riverine Herald, 4 Sept 1900.

Peter married Agnes Mason at Talbot, Victoria on the 18th of July 1870.
They went on to have eleven children, the eldest being my maternal great-grandmother Margaret Hart.

Peter's wife Agnes obviously held fond memories of Echuca.

Account of a holiday given to her grandson, George Rathbone, by Agnes Hart:
In 1883, after harvest time, Wlliam Rathbone took Elizabeth, Leah and George to Echuca for a holiday.    William who had taken his wheat to the Echuca flour mill, knew that this bustling town had the greatest inland port on Australia's largest river, the Murray, which with its tributaries the Darling, Murrumbidgee, Edwards and Goulburn were the highways for paddle-steamers carrying the squatters' wool and the merchandise for all the inhabitants of that vast area.

William put the cover back on the wagon which served as a safe sleeping quarters.  They loaded their bedding, cooking utensils (camp oven, black pots and a pan) as well as tent and hammocks.

Peter and Agnes were friends of William and Elizabeth Rathbone, in Talbot and they had travelled to Echuca in 1875 in a covered van drawn by one horse.  They carried their own goat for a milk supply for three little girls, Margaret, Hannah and Mary Ann.

Peter and Agnes conducted many tours during the Rathbones ten-day holiday in Echuca.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Hephzibah HULME nee LAND of Horseshoe Creek, Milawa

Hephzibah HULME nee LAND was my 3 x Great-Grandmother.

Hephzibah Land was born in 1814 in Norfolk, England, the eldest daughter and first born child of Mary Bush and Joseph Land. She was baptised on the 14th of August at Guist, Norfolk.

She married William Clough/Cluff Hulme on the 4 of  March 1841 in St. James, Westminster, London, England. 
They had eleven children in 18 years. 

Hephzibah died on 26 July 1887 in Oxley, Victoria, at the age of 72.

MILAWA. (1887, August 6).
Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918), p. 2

Transcription - On Thursday the last remains of Mrs Hulme, wife of Mr W. Hulme, of Horseshoe Creek, Milawa, were interred in the Oxley General Cemetery. Mrs Hulme was very much respected by a large circle of friends, and at the time of her death had almost reached the allotted "threescore years and ten." The funeral train was attended by a large number of persons, who thus testified to the great respect in which the deceased lady was held, the Rev. A. Macfarlane conducting the funeral

Milawa CemeteryMilawa Cemetery (from

"The cemetery at Milawa is often known as the Oxley Cemetery. It was established in 1864, after considerable discussion about a suitable site. It was expanded in area by approximately two acres towards the west within the first twelve months – Robert Snowdon being the first interment there. The different denominations have their own areas, and all the graves face the east. The cemetery contains a number of European settlers, Aboriginals and Chinese, although the burial places of the Aboriginals and Chinese are not known, many early records having been lost, damaged or destroyed.” from Memories of Oxley, p. 46

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Bible of Mary BIRD nee KELLAM

Jackie is my 4th cousin once removed and has shared with me some wonderful photos of the Bible that once belonged to my 3 x Great-Grandmother, Mary BIRD nee KELLAM.

Our most recent common ancestors are George Kellam born about 1772 at Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, England and his wife Catherine Gregg born about 1768 Lincolnshire, England.
Catherine died on the 22nd of March 1825 and George died on the 12th of March 1858, both at Waltham on the Wolds.

Mary and her husband Mark BIRD both died rather young in 1834.  Mary aged 38 and Mark aged 46.

The Bible has been kept safe all these years by members of the KELLAM family.

We had a discussion in Facebook about the transcription of the writing and it was agreed that it read "George Kellam Bird
He was Bourn (born) February 3 1820 (Month unreadable but gleaned from parish records) 
5 Minnits Bee Four 4 Clouck (5 minutes before 4 o'clock)."

George Kellam Bird was a Wheelwright as was his maternal grandfather George Kellam.  

Jackie said that most of the village of Waltham on the Wolds had belonged to The Duke of Rutland and villagers were renting from him. The houses in the village were sold off to cover tax after WW1 which is when her grandfather purchased the house known as Wheelwrights in Waltham where the family had lived for generations.

Mary and Mark's youngest son Mark BIRD junior went to live with his grandfather George KELLAM after his parents died which is likely where the Bible also went.  Mark also became a Wheelwright.

The list of children has confirmed our genealogy  paper trail research.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Alice Morgan 1900 License prosecution or persecution?

In a re-visit to our wonderful resource Trove  this morning, I found yet another Licensing Prosecution for my 3rd great-grandmother, Alice Morgan at the Cross Keys Hotel.

Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tuesday 20 February 1900, page 7

At the Footscray Police Court yesterday, before Mr. Keogh, P.M., Messrs. D. Mitchell, J. Cuming, and J. M'Phee, J.P.'s, Florence Horan, licensee of the Junction Hotel, at the intersection of Bunbury and Whitehall streets, was proceeded against by Inspector M'Gann with a dual breach of Section 129 of the Licensing Act, which forbids the acceptance for spirituous liquors of any pay-ment except money. Mr. Field Barrett appeared for the defence. On January 22 and February 9, a girl, aged nine, member of a family resi-dent in Bunbury-street, took to defendant's hotel each time a glass dish, which she gave to the licensee, who on the first occasion supplied the
girl with beer, on the second occasion with rum. The defence was that the articles were purchased by the defendant. Mr. Keogh, P.M., in an-nouncing his decision, said that in the opinion of the Bench the case had been fully proven, and the defendant would be fined £2, with 10/ costs, in the first instance. In the second case, in which practically the facts were the same, Mr. Keogh offered the opinion that the case was very gross, and inflicted the maximum of £10. Application was made for time to pay, which was acceded to. In the first instance a week was allowed, and in the second six weeks.
At the Essendon Police Court yesterday, before Messrs. Davies, Hollick, and Wilson, J.P.'s, Alice Morgan, of the Cross Keys Hotel, North Essen-don, was charged with having her bar door open
on Sunday, 4th inst. Sub-inspector Irvine prose-cuted, and Mr. C. J. M'Farlane appeared for the defence. On the date named the police on Sun-day duty visited the hotel. They gained admit-tance to the bar door in question through the licensee's bedroom, and found it only secured by a button, another door leading to the bar, which was the only one used for that purpose, being se-curely locked. The defence was that the offence was only a technical one, and since a proper lock, as provided by the act, had been placed in the
door. A fine of £5, with 7/10 costs, was im-posed.

LICENSING PROSECUTIONS. (1900, February 20). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 7. Retrieved May 11, 2019, from

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