"Our Ancestors"Family History Book

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First family lines in Australia

Our ancestors and their contribution to the growth of a new colony – Western Australia

Register your expression of interest in receiving progress reports and a summary of the long-awaited family history book - a 35-year process that will be completed in November 2022 in time for Christmas.  A newsletter giving order details will arrive by October 2022. It is a limited edition and orders will close by late October.

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The book will be professionally proofread, set up by a designer and professionally printed with a cover produced by a graphic designer. Most importantly of all, it will be fully referenced.

Take this opportunity to email me and ask for a printout of your family details to ensure they are accurate. 

The aim of this book

The aim of this book is to bring our ancestors’ stories to life, within the context of the social and economic conditions of the 19th century. Only then can we appreciate their fortitude in moving forward and overcoming severe hardship.

Only one of the lines can be called a true pioneer in the common use of the word. In the broader sense: A pioneer is a person who goes to a new, often uninhabited or uncivilised part of a country to live and work there.  Many of our ancestors were pioneers of the outback - now regional areas of WA. 

Why is our history important?

The Swan River Colony would not have flourished if it were not for our ancestors who include  an indentured labourer, several convicts, a pensioner guard, and a sponsored immigrant who came out within the first decades of settlement. Many went to remote and new areas to settle. They became pastoralists and graziers, and participated in the early pearling and timber industries. Some became gold prospectors, and can lay claim to finding the first gold in the Mt. Magnet area.  Others contributed to the building of the Swan River Colony's infrastructure and built private housing and places of worship for the growing population – generally, our ancestors provided the much needed skills and labour that enabled the new colony to grow.

When our ancestors arrived in the colony they had no wealth and many were illiterate, but their contribution to the growth of the colony cannot be denied.  Above all, they produced a new generation of Western Australians and fulfilled the early settlers’ criteria for a balanced and more settled colony. Therefore, the female lines made an essential contribution.

You ancestors have clearly provided a heritage you can be proud of.

Note: This book will not be lodged in a library or put online: Please use the form below to be added to the mailing list in order to register an "expression of interest" in the book, which I hope will be completed by mid-2015. The hold-up has been due to illness and lack of finances.  Moreover, new records, which have provided further information on William Bufton and other lines, have been indexed in the State Records Office. Substantial donations by family members have now enabled professional proofing, allowing me forge ahead with writing.

When will it be ready and how will I know it is relevant to me?

You will receive the summary of the book when it is completed. The price has not yet been fixed, and will depend on the numbers of orders I receive. It is therefore important to stay on my subscriber list.

There is no obligation to purchase. However, the subscription list is the sole means of communication. it will be not be advertised. Moreover, there will be only one print run.  Don't miss out, add yourself to the mailing list now, while you remember. If you change your details before you hear from me, just fill in a new form.

There will never be a more comprehensive, original publication of this magnitude examining all of these families.

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Edward Bufton, William Criddle, William Adlam, George Staples, Matthew Wallace / Wallis, Robert Thompson, George Leach Loftus, George Webb.