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Wreck of the Meridian

The prompt for 52 ancestors this week is “large family”.  No problem there, most of my ancestors managed an average of 11 children. As John and I are planning our next cruise my thoughts turned to my 2x Great Grandmother Margaret Henderson (nee Crosby). Now there was a woman with some “spunk” and a lot of kids. When her husband decided that a better fortune awaited them in the colonies she agreed to pack herself and their eight children up and take a ship to Sydney. The children ranged in age from the oldest girl of 15 years to a six-week-old baby. I would not recommend a sea voyage even today for parents with those many children in that age range, you would have to be insane. The conditions onboard ship in that century were less than ideal for travel and add to the fact that eight weeks into the voyage they were shipwrecked on a deserted island. While on the island her husband was shot and Margaret would have carried the burden of care for all the children as well as an injured husband. Thankfully they did survive the experience, established themselves in Australia and have more children … just as well or I might not be here today. The story of their journey can be read by clicking here.

Reseaching the family

It is so easy to be distracted from the main family line while trying to research family history. Thought I would check on a few details about Thomas and Margaret Henderson’s children and I have become totally caught up in the life of Betsy Deane … more to come once I have put it all together

The Henderson’s Life in Australia

Well I have just finished the next section of the Henderson family saga and I would have to say thank God for the strong women in our family and especially for my great, great grandmother Margaret Henderson – undoubtedly the rock of the family through all its trials and tribulations. To find out more read about their life in Australia

St Leonard’s Shoreditch

You come across many strange thing while researching family history. I love the BBC series “Rev” about an anglican minister who moves from a rural parish to the dysfunctional inner London parish of St Saviour in the Marshes. All the church scences were filmed at St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch the parish church of my 2xgreat grandmother’s family, Margaret (nee Crosby) Henderson – so I have had both an inside an outside look at where they used to worship in the early 1800’s thanks to the BBC!

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As we listen to the search for the lost Malaysian airline flight MH370 in the vast Indian Ocean my thoughts turned to my ancestors who were shipwrecked in this area in 1853. Thomas Alfred Henderson and his wife Margaret along with their eight children sailed on the English Barque “The Meridian” on her voyage between Sydney and London. On the 24 August 1853 the vessel hit rocks on the south west end of Amsterdam Island and disintegrated leaving passengers and crew stranded on this isolated, desolate island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Click here to read more about their experience

Emigration to Australia

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So much information but where to start …… The Hendersons seem to be the best point. I was fortunate to have a considerable amount of information already collected by another family member and this provided a sound basis to start. Thomas Alfred and Margaret Henderson are my 2 x great grandparents who left England behind to start a new and better life in Australia. Their story is so amazing and I feel proud that I have descended from them . To read more…