Friday, September 11, 2009

Family History

Pictured here are my Grandfather and Grandmother (left hand side picture), with my very suave Great Grandfather. This shot, I am advised, was taken at Fawkner Cemetry.
This lovely image is of my Grandparent's wedding. My Grandmother had the full rainbow of colours in her bridal party. I just love her bouquet.

Finally, this image was taken in the 1930's. My Grandmother and Grandfather were at Luna Park here in Melbourne at the time.
I love the way my Grandparents dressed. Well, my grandfather still dresses lovely to this day. My Grandmother, she also dressed very well up until she passed away. Also, every time we went out she would have the nicest shoes on, and the best pressed pleat skirt with blouse..and of course a matching bag to go with those shoes. Some people could really take a leaf out of her book these days you know.
The reason my Grandmother dressed stems from her Great-Grandfather William Pepper who came to Australia from Northern Ireland on the ship named the "British Trident" in 1854. They landed in Williamstown in Port Phillip. After some time the Peppers moved to Sydney for business. The Peppers were in the linen trade and were tailors aswell. There was a business in Oxford Street Darlinghurst, Sydney called "Buckingham and Pepper". Buckingham and Pepper had a disagreement and so Buckingham bought out Mr Pepper and he subsequently moved to Wauchope on the North Coast of NSW and ran a business on the Hastings River.
My Grandma's Dad was born in 1888 in Paddington NSW. I have to speak a bit more to my Pop, and get some more information on my Nan's side of the family.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Family History...

Above is an image my Grandfather obtained from the Portland Maritime Museum. In it you can see quite a few Dusting's. This is my Grandfather's Mother's maiden name. Here is also another list of the rescuers of the shipwreck SS Admella..the men pictured above and below.
The SS Admella collided with rocks at Carpenter Rocks, 6 August 1859. 89 lives were lost, including 14 children. There were 24 survivors, thanks to the courageous men on this lifeboat (named Lady Bird). Perilous seas thwarted attempts to rescue the injured passengers of the vessel. It is amazing that anyone survived.
I have a full story, or account of what occured in a small booklet. I might scan it when I have a day off of work and publish it here. It is the account by Bridget Ledwith, the only female survivor from the SS Admella.