Author Archives: Laney

Staring at the Harbour

Sydney Harbour is possibly my favourite place to just sit and be. I love the smell, the air, the peace. I visited Susannah’s Place Museum in the Rocks earlier this year and stood in a room that I suspect my … Continue reading

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New Horizons in New Tiers

Once upon a time in a classroom far away, a classmate of mine explained how Adelaide was superior to the eastern states as it had not been colonised by convicts. Kim being Kim, I couldn’t let this pass without comment … Continue reading

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Uncle Boop Boop

My great uncle, let’s call him Chuckles, died on Nov 23rd this year. If one was to search the internet for a hint of the man, you would be left with the distinct impression that his only achievement in life … Continue reading

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Racing at Kedron Park

It seems fitting today, Melbourne Cup Day, to write what I know of my 2nd great uncle, James Rylatt. James Rylatt, the son of my great, great grandmother by her second husband, was a jockey in the 1920’s. He died … Continue reading

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Trying to Make Sense of it All

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A Notorious Gang Member

On 4 June 1870, The Manchester Times summarised a court case that had reached a verdict on the previous Monday. The detail of the article is here. It details the chequered criminal history of my 3rd great grandfather, Thomas Butterworth, and … Continue reading

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Letters to “Gentlemen”

I have been busy trying to find details of an illusive ancestor George Brown in Durham when I randomly began searching for Reuben Miles at the British Newspapers webpage. Voilà! Reuben was a writer!! Better still, so was his wife, Elizabeth. … Continue reading

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