Author: lauriewilson

Margaret – looking better than we’ve ever seen

Thanks to Mike Wilson and Mike’s associate, artist Sue Hourigan, we are now able to see our forebear Margaret Wilson nee Williamson, so much clearer than ever before. Mike and Sue put their heads together and closely studied the two images we have of Margaret, the one here on the left believed to have been painted by her husband William when she was late forties, and the other a photograph taken much later when she was in her 70s (see below). William’s water-colour painting is unfortunately not as distinct today as it probably was originally. However Mike and Sue’s work has allowed an excellent and distinctive facial structure interpretation to be made of how she looked when about 50. Age 50 would date the painting to near 1846, about the time the family had moved from Sorrel to O’Brien’s Bridge. With Mike & Sue’s approval we are now able to present the results – a wonderful interpretation which we think you will agree gives a real life presence to her face. Margaret is said to have been of rather stern outlook in her later life and this image seems to capture that expression and maybe a touch of sadness in her eyes too. Perhaps a future step in this digital age will be to identify a programme which will allow us to ‘de-age’ her back to when she was in...

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Protected: Secure Research page – Stories of Connected Families

This is a locked page requiring password for access. Access is available only to Wilson family members engaged in research of the Wilson family. It includes various items of research which are in preliminary stages and not yet available for public release, or which contain information relevant only to family member researchers. Jeannie Vangraschepe  The Story of Jeanne Pauline Emilie Vangraschepe of Rouen, France   The Vangraschepe Images...

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Protected: Skelton’s Fellow Travellers – Stories of other passengers on Skelton in 1820

In his book of the voyage Captain Dixon lists the passengers, as well as describing some features of the voyage and events which occurred. As we approach the 200th anniversary of the voyage members of the Wilson families are planning commemorative events to take place in Hobart over the days before and after Skelton’s exact arrival date, November 27th, 1820. It is likely the descendants of other families who were fellow travellers with William and Margaret are doing the same, in fact the Headlam family are know to be so engaged. Others such as the Roadknight family have been made aware of the planned Skelton arrival commemorations and it is expected they too may participate in some way. The Roadknights – Contact and discussion with Roadknights has been underway since early 2018, and they have been kind enough to provide us with their family tree such as they presently have it. It has been interesting to discover that although the Roadknight family had carried out much discovery of their family roots, they had no awareness of the ship, Skelton, or of the fact as described elsewhere on this site, that their forebears in the 19th century had ownership of the alleged painting of Skelton. The Roadknight family tree charts are appended here Roadknight Charts for general information. Further information about the Roadknights will be posted as it...

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