Gold digging

I just got an advert in my emails for a subscription to the British Newspaper archives and would you believe it included this a comment from someone researching the Victorian goldrush and a section of a newspaper article that mentions the ship the Lady Head. These men were on the same ship that Joseph travelled on!

What a coincidence! So not all gold seekers from the ship were unsuccesful. Thankfully Joseph wasn’t or I may not have been here!

Joseph Chisholm, the builder

My great great grandfather Joseph’s story is one of migration, of taking opportunity as it arose and becoming a builder, not only as a tradesman but also in building a strong family foundation for the Chisholm’s in New Zealand. For myself as a descendant of one of his children, that like his father looked for more opportunities and made his life in Australia, I am thankful to my great great grandfather for his courage and resilience and proud to be descended  from such a gentle and caring man. I must also thank Audrey Barney, one of Joseph’s New Zealand descendant, who so generously allowed me to use her research and writing as a foundation for this story. To read more click here

Writing the family history

I love doing family history (I guess that’s pretty obvious) but sometimes you just want to yell at your ancestors and this post from of says it in a nutshell:


It seemed to give other genealogist the chance to vent and I have to agree with them.

Only ancestors could confuse a computer software program by intermarrying to the extent that Ancestry can’t even work out your relationship to me not to mention in some cases it would have been a better idea to expand the gene pool. Did I mention that I am a Shepherd with lots of interesting relationships in the family?

I can make a pretty good guess at why you ran away but did you have to change your name multiple times and then leave no record at all. Did you spend all your time on the long boat trip working out how you would disappear. I will find you yet Nellie!!!

It is great you had such large families, or I might not have been here but could you just stick to two wives maximum and maybe no more than four kids! You know who I am talking about Daniel Chisholm.


I do love naming patterns, especially if you are Scottish, but hey enough! In some townships there are just too many of you all with the same name, married to women with similar names and having kids with the same name. I love a challenge but that is ridiculous. Why did I marry a McGregor?


And of course that drunk census taker that gets everyone’s names wrong not to mention todays record transcribers that just take their best shot at translating it to modern day English.

So I have added my rant but be assured I am not planning on giving up genealogy any time soon.

My Great Uncle, Frederick Biggs

I have finally been able to find a will that definitely confirms that the Frederick Biggs that I had researched is my great uncle. I have added a partial copy of his will that provides the evidence. In it he leaves his estate to his two sisters Emily and Alice. As he died about 12 months before the birth of my Uncle Frederick it is more than likely that he was named for him, so his memory must have been treasured by the family.

Finding Frederick Biggs

I have spent the last few months trying to find my Grand Uncle Frederick. I have written the details I have found so far but it is difficult to definitely confirm if he is my missing Grand Uncle. If anyone is travelling through Colac and has time to visit the cemetery, hopefully there would be an epitaph on his gravestone. If you have a little more time a visit to the historical society in Colac it might also help to shed a little more light on this Frederick Biggs and if he is my missing grand uncle. Any information would be gratefully received with a very big hug from me. Click here to see what I have found so far.