James Rixon and Amelia Goodwin

James Rixon and Amelia Goodwin

"So you must be James, the blogger?", I was asked today at the Anglican Church at Windsor. The question took me quite by surprise. Though I've been keeping this blog for over a decade, and I've met several readers, and I see from the statistics that people DO read what I have to say, it … Continue reading James Rixon and Amelia Goodwin

The Appin Inn, later renamed the Union Revived and licensed for a while by one of my ancestors, William Rixon

The Old Appin Inn

If you have an eye for history or architecture or hotels, and you've visited the town of Appin (near Campbelltown in Western Sydney), you will have probably noticed an old derelict building not far from the church. Though in a poor state of repair, the old Appin Inn is a lovely building which I had … Continue reading The Old Appin Inn

James Patrick Terence O’Brien

At this stage, I don't know for sure if I'm related to James Patrick Terence O'Brien of Lismore, NSW but his story fascinates me, nonetheless. It's a story I discovered quite accidentally, searching for family history connections using the Trove newspaper database. The many newspaper reports clearly indicate James had a really, really serious long-term … Continue reading James Patrick Terence O’Brien

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Jenny Kee and Me

On the weekend I finally got around to watching the brilliant television program "Friends Of Dorothy" by William Yang. William is a really important Australian photographer whose work documents, in particular, Sydney's gay and lesbian scene in the last forty years. I have met William on a few occasions and have concluded he's a very … Continue reading Jenny Kee and Me

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Now Hear This

I didn't expect to, but ended up telling a story at the "Now Hear This" story-telling night in Sydney tonight. I told the story of my great-great grandmother who had a relationship with her first cousin (no, I don't have two heads). After the birth of their fourth child together, he married someone else and … Continue reading Now Hear This

Liverpool Cemetery

Searching for Ellen

In stark contrast to some of the impressive mausolea at Liverpool Cemetery (in Sydney's west), my great-great grandmother, Ellen Lang is buried there in an unmarked "pauper's grave" (as they were called then). She died 15 years before I was even born, so I don't know very much about her. I don't even have a … Continue reading Searching for Ellen