My family history research journal (on Blogger from April 2012 to July 2017 and on WordPress from August 2017) expands the information in my family tree, telling some of the stories that go with the names and dates I have collected there.

The people I write about are mostly from the families of Boltz, Cavenagh-Mainwaring, Champion de Crespigny, Cross, Cudmore, Dana, Gilbart, Manock, Plowright, Sullivan, Way and Young.

If you and I might be related I would be delighted to hear from you (ay.familyhistory at gmail dot com). I am happy to provide records and other evidence to support my conclusions. I also might have something wrong and am happy to correct mistakes.

I record my family history at Wikitree, an online collaborative family tree. I also have a family tree at ancestry.com and it contains most of my evidence, for example records and images of certificates. I am happy to share my tree. You do not need a paid subscription to view.

I have also started an online research journal covering the history of Avoca during World War 1. Avoca is a small town in the goldfields of Victoria, Australia.

You can read a bit more about me from a 2015 interview at Geneabloggers: May I introduce you to … Anne Young by Wendy Matthias

I do not accept sponsorship for this online research journal, nor do I write paid articles, nor do I accept contributions of any type from any vendor in order to review any product, etc. In fact, I pay a premium price to prevent ads from appearing on this blog.

All posts on this website are my own thoughts and research unless another author is noted.  As such I have copyright in the content. I am happy for people to refer to my content provided they make note of the source. It is my aim to always provide the same courtesy to others. I hope that some of my research experiences and reflections are useful to others. Many thanks and happy researching.

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  1. Hello Anne, thanks for the follow via A to Z ! I visited your lovely genealogical blog, and I think it’s great! Sorry I can’t leave a comment there (no Google for me), so I hope you’ll see this one. I’m looking forward to reading your A to Z posts though, so I signed up for email updates 🙂

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  2. Hello Anne,
    Theresa Walker was my great, great aunt. Her sister, Martha, was my great, great grandmother. Martha’s daughter, Eva Caroline, married another Berkeley, Reginald Maurice, they had a son, Maurice Reginald, who was my father’s father. I have found your blog most interesting. Thank you!

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  3. Colin Hose said:

    Hello Anne, so pleasing to read about your family history. I am also writing a book about Charles Hose, who as you know took over the duties in the Baram District, Sarawak of Claude Champion de Crispigny 1829-1884, any information you can give me about Claude would be gratefully appreciated.
    Best Wishes
    Colin Hose

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  4. Caroline Ferguson said:

    Hello, I came across this site after looking at the Vivian/Crespigny links – Eliza C de Crespigny married Richard Hussey Vivian. There is also Crespigny House in Suffolk,which became a school in the 1800s. I note there are links with the Langhorne family – Claud Granville Lancaster marrying the niece of Nancy Astor/nee Langhorne.
    I am trying to trace an obscure branch of the Sykes family(Tatton Sykes’ cousins) -Violet Rose Sykes married Claude Raoul Crespigny.

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  5. I’m directly descended from Rev Francis Tuckfield. I’ve just discovered your blog and have enjoyed your writing. I’ve learnt a few things that I hadn’t previously known. Well done on your writing; I particularly appreciate your thorough referencing.

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  6. Caroline Ferguson said:

    I found a link with Valerie C de C(1883-1978) through the late Miranda Smiley/Guinness who was a 1st cousin of David Smiley – Valerie’s son. (I have previously left a comment about a link to the Sykes family)

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  7. Charles Finny said:

    36 ii Arthur William Magee Finny Died Wing Commander Royal Airforce 21 January 1943 Buried Stoke upon Tern St Peter Churchyard Shropshire (training flight that went wrong)

    Arthur never married nor had children.

    Thanks for the excellent work you have done on these families.

    I am the grandson of Arthur’s brother Edmund John Champion de Crespigny Finny

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  8. Winson Saw said:

    Hello Anne Young,

    I am doing a research about Col.Orfeur Cavenagh,Governor of Straits Settlements.I do have a lots information about him in the Straits Settlements.Are you interested?.Can you please share some group pictures of him with officials of which is taken in Singapore or Straits Settlements?.

    Seasons greetings,
    Winson Saw


  9. Ken Miller said:

    Hello Anne,

    I have been researching an ancestor of mine by the name of James Ware. He drowned when he fell off Point Lonsdale Pier on Dec 2 1906. Dr Champion tried to “reanimate” him but to no avail. There are numerous newspaper articles about this tragedy in the following week. I am trying to clarify if Dr Champion and Dr Constantine Trent Champion De Crespigny are the same person?
    Thank you in advance for your reply.


    • Dear Ken. Dr Champion was a different doctor to my great grandfather. The newspaper reports, for example,
      Point Lonsdale Tragedy. (1906, December 4). Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 – 1917), p. 2. Retrieved January 16, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199634774, all refer to Dr Champion and my great grandfather was always referred to with Crespigny in his surname.



  10. JANE MCMAHON said:

    Thank you Anne for the most enjoyable read. I like the challenge format and thoroughly appreciate the organised, well referenced and wide ranging focus of your blog … primarily family history and in time can take a lead from this example. Keep writing and I’m sure I’ll keep enjoying. Best wishes, Jane

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  11. James Hayward said:

    Dear Anne

    After having had the pleasure of meeting a direct descendant of Anne Champion de Crespigny (nee Fonnereau) at Christchurch Manison earlier this month (where I am one of the volunteer guides), I thought I would improve my knowledge of the family’s history by doing some research on line. In doing so, I stumbled upon your fascinating and impeccably researched blog. Are you writing up all your recent experiences in England? I do hope so. I have subscribed to the blog, and it may be that some of the other guides (who are equally passionate about the history of the families with connections to Christchurch Mansion) will subscribe, too. With very best wishes to you and your family. Kind regards, James Hayward

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    • Many thanks James. Yes I will indeed write up my visit when we get home. We had a lovely day in Ipswich and were so pleased to see the house and portraits 🙂


  12. Hi, Anne
    I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time reading your site! We have a couple of mutual surnames on our trees. A wonderful site and a lot of work! All the best, Bronwyn.

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  13. Trelubbas was once 99 acres there is a 1840 Tithe map with field numbers owners and tenants.

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  14. Jane Herasimenko said:

    Hello Anne, Greetings from Canada! I am presently working with Bill Norton in Cornwall on a Wikitree project……proving a tree done in 1863 and hoping by putting it out in the public domain we will find others to help with the brick walls. We have just connected to your de Crespigny line to Trent via the marriage of Eliza Julia to Charles Fox and I would love to touch base with you. I have tried to contact you via Ancestry but every time I attempt to send a message it tells me the page is not found. Could you contact me directly at victorj@sympatico.ca.

    Jane Herasimenko
    Ottawa ON Canada

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  15. Hi Anne, I came across your blog, which I have enjoyed reading, while researching my 3rd Great Grandfather, James Robinson, who was a stockman and in his obituary it mentions he worked on cudmore and Avoca stations. I was wondering if you might have any records of those employed on these stations? You are welcome to email me at deb.tiziani@gmail.com. Kind regards, Deb

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  16. Timothy John Breden said:

    Hi Anne,

    I have just stumbled upon your blog while researching one of my forebears & have just looked up after about 3 hours! Your writing and attached documents are fascinating!

    I have just started the genealogy journey so would love to connect & get a few tips.

    My forebears are Daniel Cudmore & Kenneth Budge, so I was delirious reading your passages about these two.

    My grandfather was Hurtle Morphett Cudmore, who was the grandson of James Francis Cudmore, who married Margaret Budge.

    I am delighted to have discovered you!


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  17. Wheeldon said:

    Hey Anne, I’m related to William Gunn & the Rankins too, have you seen the mural of him outside of the Wentworth IGA? I believe there’s also a book that’s been published about a Rankin priest, he was even turned into a character on an ABC show a few years ago! Lived on Cadell Street 2014-2018, I’m related to Maud Crang who just died at 101, her sister was my great-grandmother. We have extensive Gunn and Rankin geneology records somewhere if you are missing anything?

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    • Thanks for visiting.
      I haven’t seen and didn’t know about the IGA mural.
      I don’t know what happened to Ewan Rankin after his wife Margaret nee Gunn formerly Budge died. I would be very pleased to tie up that loose end.


      • Wheeldon said:

        Yes I believe it has William & Sarah Gunn’s graves in the painting. He built most of Wentworth, our relatives also designed the Wentworth lock & weir, I have the rulers that were used to draw the blueprint 🙃

        OK next time I’m at the folks house, I’ll see what I can dig up on Ewen & let you know!

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      • Many thanks


  18. i have sent a email, my grandfather was james cross eldest son of Frederick and Ann Cross. found your blog and the material on the Cross and Plowright side of the family. i just completed a family tree all the way back to Windle. Love to get more info on the goldfields days at Homebush where may father was born.

    Mike Cross


  19. Gary Allison said:


    Looking for any info re the following.



    Donald Gunn
    1670 – Unknown

    Margaret St. Claire (Sinclar)
    1666 – Unknown

    Margret Sinclare
    Event Type: Christening
    Event Date: 2 Feb 1666
    Event Place: Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
    Event Place (Original): Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
    Gender: Female
    Father’s Name: John Sinclare

    Donald Gune
    Event Type: Christening
    Event Date: Nov 1660
    Event Place: Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
    Event Place (Original): Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
    Gender: Male
    Father’s Name: Alexr. Gune

    Margt. Sinclar
    Sex: Female
    Husband: Donald Gun

    Other information in the record of Donald Gun
    from Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910
    Name: Donald Gun

    Event Type: Marriage
    Event Date: 15 Jan 1688

    Also have Budges/Sutherland but will post that to you later.


  20. william kenneth gillroy said:

    Hi Anne. Enjoyed your family history. We share Cavan, Kilbride, Mountpallas Townland history. My GGGrandfather is John Gillroy b.1799 wife Mary Smyth. John w/ sister Bridget b.1806 and John’s sons Edward, John, James, Patrick and dau Mary left for NY City 1850 for a new life.
    Cheers, Wm K. Gillroy, Marathon, FL, USA


  21. Hi Anne, I keep coming accoss your very well researched site when looking-up things to do with Chester. There is actually a bit of ANZAC history in Chester that is often overlooked: the bell on St John’s Hospital is from the Galeka, which landed the 6th and 7th Bns., Australian Imperial Force, at Anzac Cove on the morning of 25th April 1915. Here’s a link: http://chester.shoutwiki.com/wiki/St_John%27s_Hospital

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