Well this is as good a place as any to start. I am now retired and suposed to be taking it easy so my wife Jill says. Well I 'm not taking it easy yet but are still doing those little things you know like potting the orchids, mowing the lawns, painting, fix'n things and so on. In a way I could stand a little time off, perhaps I could get in a little wood carving again, see the kids or even see more of Australia. For the last few years I have been doing a little research on the family ancestors, perhaps spurred on by the interests of some of the relations with their stories of the old people and the old times. As a child I would sit and listen to the stories of my grandparents in their old stone house at Aldgate, there in the kitchen with the wood stove going and the old copper kettle puff'n away. Then later there were the relations of my wife at Murray Bridge who used any opportunity to gather for a get-together, all the aunts the uncles and her cousins. It was those occasions, those times when the crops were discussed, the state of the Murray and the rain that began to interest me in the stories of the family, not then to record them but just to listen as a new son in law would to the stories of my wife's family.
Some years later I realised through the questions of our children that the things I took for granted they did not even know about. I looked back on the stories of my grandparents and tried to remember those stories but the gaps were there, some to the stories were gone. It was at this time that I purchased a thick book with lined pages and took it to my parents with the request that they write in it any stories that they may remember from time to time. My father took little interest but my mother took it up and resolved to write in it her story. I am most grateful for her efforts in recording those little things that she recalled. In a way this is my effort to record those and other family stories that will fade in time.
So I took up genealogy as an interest. Now that's what I call a different thing to do, it was certainly different to woodcarving anyway. Well I started to collect some names and some dates and as soon as I did that everyone thought that I was writing a book, so one of them organised a get-together and brought their little bits of paper with their names, their kids and some dates. Before long I was copying out pages of names, reams of them and entering data on an old Amiga machine that gave up years ago. It was expected that if I was there then I would have my sheets and would accept any new information that was offered. Now genealogy is a project of a simple line or of immense complexity. Where to stop is a matter of who do you leave out, so it became somewhat complex to cover the various branches of the family. I have drawn one line to limit the expansion at this stage, that being the emigration to Australia. So for any of those hardy ancestors who managed to get to Australia and survive I will endevour to trace their descendants and include them in the family.
This is the email address to contact me at.
It is in a graphic so that the little webspiders dont find it and I start getting spam mail. You will have to write it down and re-type it in your email message, which is not such a difficult thing to do really but will mean that I only get your email and not everyone elses.
For all you who have looked at the site and found that you are listed then I would like to hear from you if you would like to have details up dated or have your story added. For those of you who have found a connection to the ancestors arriving in South Australia then I invite you to contact me so that the descendant line you are representing may be included. There are many descendants of those emigrating ancestors who are unknown to me and I would love to hear from you.
For any of you who have your own site, whether it's a family or special interest site or a family business site then I would be happy to include a link to your page with a brief description.
The site is driven through the "home page", thats the one you just came from, with its links to the family genealogy pages and buttons to those and other pages with specific information on them. The background image is a photograph of Beatrice Olive Sweeney (nee Brown) at about age 19 years. The pages have been provided with a back button, a miniture of Olive's photograph, in the upper left corner of the screens. It will take you back to the home page. At the present the pages with the family names, Allengame, Baldwin, Brown, Cox, Hansen, Reed, Smith and Sweeney direct you to sub groups of pages which provide genealogy details, while the other pages are:
Your Hosts Family
In these pages there are a few portraits of the immediate family with some short details relating to them. Scan the main group photo with your mouse pointer and see the portraits appear.
Provides a chart detailing the relationship of persons in a family, their ancestors, descendants and cousins.
The page provides links to family stories. At the present there are two stories. The first is the story of Trix McConnell who never married was born at Gawler in 1901. The story has photos and dialogue written by her prior to her death. Trix worked in a solicitors office in Gawler, headed the Gawler Girl Guides for many years, was tireless in her work for the Transfiguration Church, worked as a missionary in Borneo and was a local identity of Gawler. The second is by Sam Sweeney who retired from the South Australian Railways in 1948 and shortly thereafter went on several holidays with his wife Olive to Tasmania, Western Australia and Port Lincoln in South Australia.
The ancestors of our families came mostly from the United Kingdom in the 1800's by ship, taking 3 or 4 months, experiencing severe conditions, dangers and deaths on their quest for a better life. The "Emigrant Families" page details information on those ships and families.
The "Birthday Book" page is searchable by months and lists all the dates for each month of the year, with the respective birthdays to be celebrated on each day of the month.
Family Portrait Photo Album
This is the famiy photo album which is sorted into pages by family surname. Each page contains portraits by surname, maiden and married so the lady members of the family get two listings, one for their maiden name and one for their married name for ease of finding spouses. Only those family portraits that are available to the webmaster have been posted with new additions made from time to time.
I expect that the Sweeney and Baldwin Families of Australia, site to always be in development. The life of a family is never static that is one reason for a site like this to exists, to provide some cohesion to assist the members to communicate. There are family members that are not incuded, photos and accompanying thumb sketches of their life to include and family stories to record. At the present there are three ways for family members to contribute to the betterment of the site.
Checking the Entries
When you are perusing the data on your family and notice some error or omission then please let me know at the email address , I would appreciate the note and will undertake to make the changes. All care is taken to ensure accuracy of data but errors can occur.
Providing digital or hard photographs
Any photographs of family members will be accepted and published with links to the family tree pages, to a photo album as in the Photos page if a short life description is included with the photo, or to the Birthday Books pages. Group photographs will be accepted if the family members are identified so that the photograph and the names can be published at the same time.
Where you have some family stories that you want to be recorded, whether they are current or early colonial stories that have been handed down, with or without photographs, then I will accept these and they will be published in the section under Stories. It would be appreciated that the stories be in an electronic word format if possible to assist in publishing but I will accept them even scribbled on a piece of paper.
There a growing number of photographs in the collection which is growing all the time. Mostly they are now digital or scanned copies of originals. The format is bitmap to ensure as much as possible the integrity of the original and to allow accurate copies to be made. All the photographs in the Sweeney and Baldwin Families of Australia site are published in jpg or gif format which allows them to be stored using less memory. If you would like a copy of any photograph then contact me and I will forward you a copy of the original bitmap file. Copyright considerations will apply. Ownership source of photographs will be found with digital copy.
In regards to the collection of family information I would like to acknowledge the encouragement of one of my wife's aunts, Louis Wegener who is on the Hansen side of her family and my wifes mother who organised the first get-together. Louis also, together with Val McClure provided some invaluable initial data on the family structure. Another member of the family Ronald has provided documents, interest, some family photos and checked some hard copy family data sheets. Additional Baldwin family data was also provided by Merveen Baldwin whom I have lost contact with, Richard Hansen of Mildura for family information and a photograph. In addition to these people there are those who have provided stories, one of which, Trix McConnell who is now deceased in her 100th year, my mother Kath for her jottings and my grand father Sam for his diary. Access to photographs for the purposes of scanning have been provided by Joan Thompson, Kath and Michael Slow (Trix McConnell photos) Zillla Cameron for those of Baldwin origin. I would like to thank John Burford for his invaluable assistance in guiding me through the html, xhtml and css code I have had to learn in creating the site.
The stories in these pages are protected to the site webmaster to whom all requests for permission to re-publish must be directed. Request to re-publish where financial gain to the re-publisher is likely to occur must be made in writing to the site webmaster for consideration prior to re-publishment.
Digital photographs appearing anywhere within the site are also copyright. Original photographs are held by different family members, whose general consent to publish has been obtained. Republishment may be treated otherwise where any financial gain to the re-publisher may result, therefore permission will need to be obtained for re-publishment of any digital photograph. Where financial gain is likely to apply and where permission is granted a full bitmap file of the photograph will be supplied. Where the full photograph has been supplied then either the thumbnail of the particular photograph (as appears in this site) can be used, or the whole of the original must be used without manipulation or cropping of the original bitmap file.
Permission to use digital picture of "Bussorah Merchant" sailing vessel cannot be provided. Original of picture is held by the State Library of Victoria in the Latrobe Picture Collection", from whom permission must be obtained.
Your privacy is protected in Australia by "The Privacy Act" 1988 and its amendment "Privacy Sector Act" 2000 which came into effect on 21 December 2001. Several exemptions in the "Private Sector Act" would be relevent to activity conducted by family researchers. For example there is an exemption for an act done by an individual in a non-business capacity and an exemption for personal, family or household affairs and particularly for persons conducting research into their own families for non-business purpose. They will not be affected by the "Private Sector Act". A reading of the information available indicates that the collection, storage and publishing of genealogy data for non commercial, family history purposes is not prevented. Much information is on public record such as births, deaths, marriages, engagements, obituaries, newspaper articles, notices, probate records, etc. Regardless of this where any living individual has any concerns or object to any of their personal information appearing on this site then I will remove the offending material at their request.