This site is dedicated to my parents ROY WILLIAM JAMES BAILEY and VALDA ISOBEL
It is a labour of love to my siblings and my children and granchildren, and all that
come after them. It is our ancestors story, it is your story and mine; it is our
story and one that is unique to us and I hope I can do justice in the telling of
There are many, many of our ancestors who have played a part in this wonderful family
tapestry of their lives and I am honoured to have been able to take a small peep into
what those lives were about and how they lived them.
Their lives were as diverse as the backgrounds that they came from: the times that
they lived in and the socio-economic structure that was part of their everyday
living,depending on the country and era.
Our ancestors came from such places as the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucester,which
conjures up romantic imaginations of royal hunters of the Cromwell era, the discovery
of gold, silver and bronze coins left there by the Normans predating Caeser Augustus
times, to the stark reality of everyday forest life from the 1500s where they logged
wood, mined iron and coal and lived in tiny shacks and cottages along the river
They came from many small villages such as West Winch in Norfolk and Wingrave in
Buckingham where many people were born and died, never leaving the town and attending
the same schools and churches as their forebearers did many generations ago.Our
ancesters were also from Cherry Burton and Beverley in Yorkshire and small villages
such as Chitterne and Tilshead in Wiltshire where they farmed or worked at the manors
or the horse racing stables in the district. They also came from Kent and London
where some of the more fortunate were able to marry and baptize in St Pauls Cathedral
which would have been somewhat grand.
Some of them immigrated to places such as Virginia, Peurto Rico, Australia,Scotland
France, New Zealand and other places that I haven't yet researched: we are scattered
far and wide, yet today we are able to reach them with just a touch of a key board.
Our ancestors were wealthy, poor, beggars, priests, royals, seamen, soldiers,
actors, matron/midwives, surgeons, lawyers, merchants, ladies in
waiting, convicts, drunkards, rascals and rogues; they were all of those things all
unique in their own right and I am proud to be part of it.
I have really tried to tell an accurate story here, I have used many,many resources
in compiling this family history. Most of the usual ones are listed under "SOURCES"
and I have a lot of people to thank for information that I have gathered diligently
over several years. Hopefully most of it is true, but as I have found over many years
of research, peoples' memories fade, or their slant on an event is completely
different to what you have been told.
With this in mind I have tried to get around family myths, legends, bad
memories,sometimes a reluctance to impart their knowledge of a person or event
fantasies and downright lies and cover ups.
This work will never finish and I apologise to those I have unintentionally omitted,
please feel free to contact me to correct this.
YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION NOT JUST ON THE HOME PAGE, BUT IN STORIES, LINKS AND
RELATIVES NOTES, WHICH I HOPE WILL BE USEFUL .
MY AUSTRALIAN PIONEERING FAMILIES
John Bailey and Mary Parsons ship "WESTMINSTER" 1841 child died on board.
Walter Gillbee and Hannah Catchpole and family ship "MOBILE" 1852 with William,
Hannah, George, Isabel, Mary, Deborah.
William Attewell and Mary Smith 1850 ship "MAITLAND" with Thomas and Mary Ann
George Tait and Grace Stevenson 1849 ship "JAMES GIBBS" with Robert
James Frederick Elmore 1868 ship "LUCIBELLE"
Joseph Humphrey and Frances Rodwell 1847 ship"CRESSY" with Rhoda, Elizabeth.
William Spencer and Maicy Cook on board the ship "FAIRLIE" 1840 with John,
Elizabeth, William, Ann, Cook, Jane, hannah and george.
Hellen Foyle and James Grant arrived on the ship "Lord Goderich" 15th april 1838
Esther Elizabeth Gillbee came on the ship "Marco Polo "28th May 1853.
Foyel/Foyle /foyal/ Fanny, Sarah, Charlotte nee Frankham and husband John, Edwin and
wife Mary Ann nee Price on board the "DAVID MALCOLM" 1848.
James Stewart.As far as I can be sure I have James Stewart arriving on the ship "BROOKSBY"from
Glascow at Port Phillip Bay 26th oct 1852..
JAMES KENDALL AND WIFE ELIZABETH TEAGUE ON THE SHIP ORLEANA 1842 TO TASMANIA
TAKE NOW THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOUR,
NOURISH AND GUARD IT WITH CARE,
FOR OUR YOUTH IS SPENT, AND OUR BACKS ARE BENT.
AND THE SNOW IS ON OUR HAIR.
-poem by Frank Hudson