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Brett Williams (#47234529)
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Bio Photo I live in Australia and have just seriously started to get involved in geneaology. most of my ancestors came from the U.K, trying to find where they all ended up. I used to work in the building industry, now I am semi-retired. Enjoy music, fishing and the outdoors.
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RE: Blair
Hi Brett, we aren't direct relatives. My ggg grandmother is Alexander Gray's first wife, Rachel Walker. They had a son, William Walker Gray who was 7 when his mother died. He went to live with his uncle and aunt in Gourdon, a fishing village down the coast, and became the Harbour Master and skipper of the lifeboat the Maggie Law.
Our common relative is Alexander Spence Gray, Robert's cousin, Margaret Blair's son. Alexander and Margaret only had one son. Alexander and Margaret and Alex Spence lived just off Union Street, the main street in Aberdeen. As a baker it would have been an intense life, long hours, feeding the industrial revolution.
Hope that is of interest to you!

Added by JujuMitchell on Feb 19, 2017 5:55 AM
Hi Brett, I have added the gravestone photo for Elizabeth and Robert Blair buried at John Knox graveyard in Aberdeen. My g g g grandfather was Alexander Gray and Rachel Walker is my g g g grandmother. Alexander's second wife was Margaret Blair, who is not mentioned on the gravestone. I hope this is of interest. Best, Juliette
Added by JujuMitchell on Feb 18, 2017 2:23 PM
Chinderah Cemetery, Tweed Heads
Hi Brett, I thought that this might be of interest to you and that you might want to add it to the Cemetery notes for accuracy.


THE Chinderah Cemetery is on the top ten list of haunted sites in Australia.

It's small wonder when you see the section afforded to a very special breed of people out the front of the Chinderah Golf Club.

Are haunted places not hounded by the spirits of tortured souls?

The little churchyard is really quaint, really old and really perfect for the setting of a ghost movie.

More importantly it tells a sad tale; a story of slavery, cruelty and hardship borne on the shoulders of a beautiful race of people, some as young as 12 years old.

"It's a truly sad story," said former Tweed Shire councillor Jennifer Pearson who was instrumental in passing a motion to construct a memorial at Chinderah to the workers.

The story of the Kanakas is a sad chapter in Australian history dating back to 1847.

"Blackbirded" from their homes in the Solomon Islands and the New Hebrides or brought to the country by deception, they were exploited as cheap labour in the sugar cane industry and on the cotton fields of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

It was Australians who eventually rebelled against the employment of Kanakas, not out of human sympathy but fearing that the South Sea Islanders posed a threat to their standard of living.

Those "slaves" were starting to make it good and maybe a threat to their jobs.

Under the government's Indenture Scheme, the Kanakas had been brought to Australia against their wishes, then by an act passed in 1901 they were largely forcefully repatriated.

Some were permitted to stay on after 1906, the year fixed for their departure.

Many of these moved southward to the northern part of NSW, settling as free men and women on the Tweed River at Chinderah.

Hard workers and good farmers, they began growing their own sugar cane.

Some of them are buried in this smallest of cemeteries, their original burial place being part of an estate owned by the undertaker.

On his death his heirs sold the property, including the cemetery, to clear the land.

The headstones were hauled out of the ground with chains, many of the monuments being broken in the process.

The stones were then transferred to the small patch where they now stand.

The actual graves were left unidentified.
Added by Shelo on Feb 06, 2017 6:25 PM
Mike McQuaid
Lusitania Casualty - Robert Cannon in Ford, Liverpool (#32675271)
Hello Brett
I've added a photo of the headstone and deleted the 'unmarked grave memorial"
It looked originally as though he was in an unmarked grave in section J. The section should read I (i), the record entry is written in such a way that the letter looks like a J.
Better late than never eh?

Added by Mike McQuaid on Feb 06, 2017 12:50 PM
Fayle Family
Yes that would be great thanks
Added by kisharm on Feb 05, 2017 4:24 AM
George Goding (1789-1882)
You have posted details of my 4xg-grandfather. I see you, like me, are in Australia. Do you have any further information or are you transcribing from databases?

If this is a relative of your I have a lot of information about George and his family.
Added by JulieBak01 on Jan 20, 2017 7:46 PM
Fayle Family
I was just wondering if you are related to this family Emily Jane Fayle (nee Harris) as you have put them in the O'Connell cemetery. and this family is related to my in-laws

regards Kim
Added by kisharm on Jan 19, 2017 1:54 AM
Peter H
Pvt John Francis Foreman
Brett, I have added photo of the 'Death on Shipboard' document to you record for Pvt John Francis Foreman (Find A Grave Memorial# 86735285) who died at sea in 1901 on route to South Africa. You might like to add cause of death as enteric fever (typhoid). Regards.
Added by Peter H on Jan 07, 2017 9:16 PM
John Winterbotham
Hester Mary Ivory
Hi Brett - Have emailed you with reference this lady.
She died and is buried in Dunwich Benevolent Asylum in an Unmarked grave.
Added by John Winterbotham on Dec 18, 2016 12:38 AM
Ted Smout
Find A Grave Memorial# 135920361
Added by gordonphilbin on Dec 13, 2016 2:42 PM
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