Month: August 2017

Sailing Ship Skelton – Is this Her

After many years of search we believe we may at last have an image of the Skelton barque on which William and Margaret voyaged to Van Diemen’s Land. This photograph was taken recently (2017) from the original painting owned by Mr Ian Brown of Sydney, who has very kindly granted us permission to display it here. Our thanks for this discovery are due to Mike Wilson and Jenny Brown, Mike for tracking down the existence of the painting and its possible general location, whilst Jenny focused us to a member of the Headlam family who was able to tell...

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Flo Bubb’s Travelling Trunk

For many years when the late Florence Bubb (nee Wilson) was living in the Mornington area she was very active in local affairs; she also had a keen interest in both the history of Snapper Point (Mornington) area, and in that of her Wilson family. Her father was Charles Bowman Wilson a noted Mornington resident and journalist who was also active in civic affairs having served for many years on the Mornington Council including terms as President of the Shire. Flo’s grandmother was Ellen Wilson daughter of John Bowman Wilson. Many years back Flo, was bequeathed a trunk filled with family memorabilia – many photographs of the old Wilson family and connections, newspaper clippings, postcards, letters from family members, and so on. The trunk was passed on to Flo by her aunt Amy McDonald Wilson, another lifelong Mornington resident and sister of C B Wilson. Images of Flo and Amy are shown here. Like Flo, Amy seems to have been an active collector and recorder of matters of family history during her lifetime. Flo also added many items of her own family’s memorabilia. Later she relocated with daughters Dianne and Robyn to Queensland, living in and out from Brisbane. After Flo’s passing the trunk of treasured memorabilia was retained by Robyn – but its existence was well known to many members of the broader Wilson family, and particularly to...

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A Wedding in the Clan in the Tartan of the Clan

Many people ask about our Wilson origins in the ancient history of Scotland and whether we have a tartan of our own – is there a Wilson Clan per se, and is there a Wilson Heraldic Crest or Shield. In fact, the Wilsons were never a Clan in their own right rather they are a Sept of the ancient Gunn Clan and this Clan has its own ancient tartan which is that on the right above. But there is also, what is believed to be the first tartan (the Ancient Wilson tartan) created about 1780 for the Wilson Sept, shown...

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Reminiscences – Stories and Letters of Times Past

A number of our contemporary cousins, some now passed others still with us, but all of the era of the 20th and 21st centuries, took the time and effort to write about our families of old – from the 19th century and even earlier. We are pleased to assemble these writings here for all to peruse and enjoy. Some of these tales are also featured within older site articles. Reminiscences of Mrs Nancy Black, AM – Nancy (nee Boulter) who passed on in 2001 was a great-grand-daughter of William Sorell & Eliza Wilson, via their daughter, her grandmother Elizabeth Wilson. She recorded her memories of family within the William Sorell/Eliza Wilson line during the last 10 or so years of her life. These were published as a series in the Newsletter of the Hastings Family History Society. To the right is a very nice image of Nancy as many of our researchers would remember her – she was indeed a most delightful lady. Nancy was awarded an AM for services to the Anglican community of Melbourne. Nancy’s daughter Jenny Brown today continues in Nancy’s stead as a member of our research group with research into our Wilson and related families’ history. Nancy’s reminiscences range across aspects of her early childhood life and the members of her family, and reach back to her grandparents and great-grandparents recalling stories passed down. See...

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Arthur and Edwin & Families – the Queensland Wilsons

Around the turn of the 19th century two brothers of the John Bowman family, Edwin and Arthur and their families, decided to try their luck in Queensland, and moved to Brisbane with their families. Hilda Brooks nee Troedson, a descendant of Edwin living in Brisbane, recalls her mother saying Edwin (seen here) suffered from a respiratory health complaint and his doctor advised moving to a warmer climate – that perhaps was the primary motivation for the move. We know contact was maintained between the Victorians and the brothers and their families up until at least the 1950s – our...

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