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Davis Family

Seeking information about the Davis family who lived at 49 Richard Street. Ernest Augustus was a bricklayer and Elizabeth Clara his wife. Their 8th child Elsie was born in 1905 and this address is listed on her birth certificate. I can’t find a record of their births or deaths. They were my great grandparents.

Email: suellen.sellwood@gmail.com

Posted: December 18, 2018


North Newtown Public School Photographs

Searching for North Newtown Public School photos from 1970 to 1976 , as I’ve lost all my school photos.

My families names are Elliott, Tonks and Russell. We lived in Egan street and  Hordern Street Newtown.

Our families have lived in Newtown for over 60 years.

Email :  tonza_64@icloud.com
Posted : December 3, 2018


61 Newman St, Newtown – McGrath Grocers

From the 1930s to the 1960s my husband’s ancestors the McGrath family lived and/or operated a grocer from 61 Newman St (corner of Angel Street).   

We would love to see a photo of the building when it was operating as a grocery store and any information about previous and past occupants, any anecdotes about the extended McGrath family.

My husband’s grandmother Lucy Renehan (nee McGrath) lived at 61 Newman Street with her husband William from mid 1930s to mid 1940s.  They then moved to Hay St Randwick.

James McGrath returned from WWI minus a leg and lived in the area until his death in 1946, if this jogs any memories.

I believe Edward Vincent McGrath had the longest association with the property.  He was a bachelor   who died in 1962 aged approx. 60 years old.

Email : renehanbd@bigpond.com 

Posted : July 2, 2018


Emily Owens family & Mina Dowling

Seeking any information on Emily Owens, Delia and Mina Dowling mentioned in article in NSW Police Gazette page 379, Deserting Wives & families & c. 11th Dec 1889.

“Newtown.—A warrant has been issued by the Newtown Bench for the arrest of Delia Dowling, charged with deserting her infant child, Mina Dowling, leaving her without means of support for the last eight months. She is 20 years of age, 4 feet 8 inches high, medium build, dark hair, blue eyes ; dressed in black dress and jacket. Complainant, Emily Owens, of No. I, Agnes-terrace, College-street, Newtown.”

We have no history of our Great Grandmother Mina Dowling prior her marriage to Horatio Alfred Baglee in 1905 at Fairfield. Mina thought she was born in 1884, was told that she was an orphan and was in foster care with the Owens family. She had a brother (may have been a foster brother) who was in Melbourne. We would appreciate any help or suggestions that you may be able to provide in connecting our family.

Email: thomasbaglee@yahoo.com

Posted: May 21, 2018


GOODSELL Master Brick Makers of Newtown and St Peters.

 I would be happy to exchange information with anyone interested in the Goodsell family of Newtown / St Peters.

 I have done extensive research, about 25 years so far, and I am happy to share what I have.  

 Frederick John Goodsell was a Newtown Alderman for many years. 

 Is there an early photo of him??

 I’m also interested in anyone who wants to swap or share old family photographs or stories.

 Families interested in are……

Goodsell

Playford

Rootes

Tye

Howard

and the Tabrett & Draper saw mill

 ALSO, would you like an Original GOODSELL  BRICK??

 J.Goodsell

contact me via email.

Email: joraeus@hotmail.com

Posted: October 11, 2017


 Staples Family

I am seeking information about some of my family.  J T Staples, his wife Hannah and two children, Frederick and Constance. I know they lived at ‘Highlawn’, 94 Regent Street, Newtown (now known as Probert Street) in 1915.

Hannah Staples is buried at St Stephens Church in Newtown (her grave is close to the door of the church).

Email: Marg.hamilton@bigpond.com

Posted: April 28, 2016

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Rohan Family

I  am looking for any information (and possibly images) of my husband’s family The Rohan’s. They lived at 23 College street in Newtown around the time of 1880-1920 but this is an approximation.

My husband’s great grandparents were Patrick and Jane Rohan and some of their Children include John Clement Rohan, Thomas Rohan (my husband’s grandfather), Percy Rohan, Eva Rohan, George Rohan, William Rohan and Eileen Rohan. I know of  2 sons went to war:

  • Thomas Patrick Rohan – 7th Light horseman, returned married Martha Estelle Hannan (my husband’s Grandparents)
  • John Clement Rohan – 3rd Battalion – died on 14 April 1918 at the Battle of Strazeele in Villiers-Bretonneaux at 19  (thought to have been found in 2003 by a French farmer and interred in a ceremony as an unknown soldier in 2005 with a Lieutenant Champion, Corporal Corby and another unknown soldier)

I have managed to find some information from the War Memorial, and I have a few images of family members taken at a studio in Newtown called Tasma Studios located at 176 King Street Newtown, but I don’t have much more than that. Anything information about the Rohan Family would be appreciated beyond words. My husband’s mother (daughter of Thomas Patrick Rohan and Martha Estelle Hannan) is not well and we would love to share more of her family history with her while we still can. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.

Email: alex.mcelwee@finance.gov.au

Posted: February 24, 2016

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Lennis Family

We are seeking information about our great grandfather John Lennis b: 1860-1912 and great grandmother Alice Emily Lennis b: 1886-1870 and family

Elaine Lennis

Email: phonelinktas@bigpond.com

Posted: February 24, 2016

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William Pendleton – brickmaker

I am looking for further information about my great-great-grandfather, William Pendleton (1828-189), an itinerant brickmaker from Manchester (England) who migrated to Newtown with his wife Sarah and family ca. 1855. He is listed in the Sands Directories for 1867-69 (“Pendleton, Wm., brickmaker, Lord st., Enmore”; “Lord Street, Cooks River Road, Sydney”) and the births of several children are recorded…

NSW Registry search for births to parents William & Sarah Pendleton:

1855 Ruth Pendleton (reg.no. V18552574 42B/1855)

1857 Sarah J. Pendleton – Glebe (reg.no. V18577570 121C/1857 and 3318/1857)

1860 Esther H. Pendleton – Newtown (reg.no. 2868/1860)

1862 William Pendleton – Newtown (reg.no. 2571/1862)

1864 Emma H. Pendleton – Newtown (reg.no. 2832/1864)

1869 Mary H. Pendleton – St. George (reg.no. 4893/1869)

19th Century Baptisms Of Brickmakers’ Children: Brickmakers’ children baptised at St Peters Church, Cooks River https://stpeterscooksriverhistory.wordpress.com/

1/7/55 Ruth – William & Sarah Pendleton, brickmaker, Waterloo Estate

But the family seems to have left Newtown and returned to England (Manchester) ca. 1870, for reasons that are not clear. (There is a family rumour/legend of some criminal involvement, but this may well be just a myth.) I seem to have exhausted all the online resources that I can access at a distance (from the UK), so I would be very grateful for any further information.

Alan Cooper

email: alan.cooper@glasgow.ac.uk

Posted – 13 January 2016

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Shirley McDonald (nee Sullivan)

Looking for my mother Shirley McDonald’s (nee Sullivan) family history. Grandmother’s name on my mother’s adoptive birth certificate (1929) was Enid Mary Smith. Father’s name unknown. Since found out he worked at 71 Enmore Road at The Central Clothes Cleaners and Dyers. My mum may have had a brother called Bruce. Myself and my brother and sisters would love to know our heritage.

Email: cmcdonald@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or cathy.mcdonald@optusnet.com.au

Posted September 4, 2015

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Frank & Emily Rozea

I am trying to find information on Frank Rozea & Emily Rozea. They were issued a publicans licence in 1858 with regards to St Johns Tavern, O’Connell Town Sydney. Any information would be helpful. I look forward to your reply

Posted – 28 April 2014

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John and Rebecca Moon

Seeking information on John and Rebecca Moon who lived at 118 Denison St, Newtown in 1890 or so and later moved to 7 Regent St in Redfern. John worked as a Currier
Posted – 4 April 2014
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John Webster

I am researching the family history of John Webster who married Margaret Cuddihy in 1836 in Newtown. He is connected with the very early history of Newtown from the early 1830’s and lived his life in the Newtown area until he died in 1896.I would welcome any contact and information that can be provided, particularly about the early years and what he contributed to Newtown

Email: panddmurphy@gmail.com

Posted – 18 Ocotber 2013

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Information abour the Tapping Family : Arthur and Ivy Irene TAPPING nee Garbutt.

Arthur and Ivy married, Newtown, 1942,  Reg. No 15447.

Family ‘lore’ says they married in St Stephens, Newtown.

Does anyone have access to records that would either prove of disprove the family ‘lore’ please?

And needless to say if anyone can help with anything further it would be very much appreciated.

 

Email: steph-ken@bigpond.com

Posted – 13 September 2013

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John William Symons

I am seeking information about a John William Symons born 23.10.1856 (father – Sylvester Minards Symons and mother Selina nee Baldick). He resided at 5 Forest Road, Arncliffe up to 1890 and at Railway Parade, Arncliffe 1890-1930. Believed to be a carpenter or steeplejack involved in the building of St Stephen’s Church. He married Caroline Louisa Sleath on 10 March 1880 and they had 3 sons – Frewin, Ira and Penrose. John had 3 sisters – Amelia (married Francis Johnson), Annie Jane (married George Lorking) and Selina Margaret (married George Douglas). The information urgently sought is as to what building projects John was involved in and in what capacity.

Email: snpl@westnet.com.au

Posted – 13 September 2013

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H & H Solks – Newtown Carriage Builder

My name is Mrs Williams and I am looking for any details about a NEWTOWN Carriage builder H & H SOLKS whom I believe built a Sydney Sulky which I have just purchased.    I have no other Information.     Any further references would be much appreciated.

Email: brooke46@oceanbroadband.net

Posted – 14 August 2013

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The Robinson Family of 52 Darley Street Newtown

 

I would like to try and get some information on the property of 52 Darley Street Newton from 1946. The owner’s name, residents or anything, I know the family name was Robinson and I would like to try to contact anyone from that family. I am trying to make contact as these people looked after my fathers sister and my father is 84 and would like to try and make any contact if possible.

Email: ann-stevedorey@bigpond.com

Posted – 19 July 2013

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Allan or Allen Family History

I am seeking information on the Allan or Allen  family who lived in the Burwood area from mid 1840s to at least 1945 whom had a son Robert whom married Mary Chant in Nymagee NSW.
Robert and Mary had the following children:
Vivian Rudolph Allan  or Allan
Theresa Vera Clove Allan or Allen
Chistina Allan or Allen
Albert Henry Allan or Allen
William Allan or Allen
Please contact me if you can help with information about any of the Allan or Allen family.

Email: daniel_parsons1@hotmail.com

Posted – 5 June 2013

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Henry Robinson Smith and wife Emma nee Roberts or Richworth

I would like to hear from anyone who knows anything about my ggg grandparents Henry Robinson Smith and his wife Emma. They seem to have arrived in the 1840’s.

According to registers and newspaper articles Henry was the registrar of Births/Deaths and Marriages for Chippendale, Redfern and Newtown and was also the Census enumerator.

He died in 1879 and I am not sure where he is buried.

His wife Emma died just 2 years later in 1880 and was buried at Camperdown cemetery.

 

Email: Martyn.Smith@optus.com.au

Posted – 11 January 2013

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Andrews Family

News of the forthcoming sesqui-centenary celebrations of Newtown would seem to be an opportunity to indicate that I have in my possession a family Bible with strong association with Newtown’s earliest days  The inscription “John R Andrews of “New Town, Sydney. 20th April 1854” appears in this Bible. It contains information about this family’s background in England beginning with the marriage of John Roote Andrews of London and Sarah Dawson of Ingatestone Essex at St Mary’s Lambeth 17 May 1823.  Children included Sarah, Margaret, John, Isabella, Mary, Thomas, Ellen, Edwin, Joseph and Louisa.  Birth dates and marriages are noted.  It would seem there was a Wesleyan Methodist connection with the family. I would be pleased to pass this Bible into the hands of any person identified as a descendant of this family.

 

Email: alanlaurette@optusnet.com.au

Posted – 7 December 2012
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Response from Pam and Dennis Nutt to lan Laurette:

Greetings Alan,

Let me introduce myself. I am the Historian and senior archivist for Churches of Christ in NSW. I note with interest your posting on the Newtown Project Family Connections Page. I am extremely interested in the Bible you refer to.

 

While John Roote Andrews was indeed a Wesleyan Methodist, at least six of his nine children became members of the Churches of Christ through the Newtown/Enmore church. If you have not found a taker for the Bible I can find a place for it in the Churches of Christ archives. The Andrews family are highly significant for our movement. A friend and I are currently writing a volume on the Newtown/Enmore church for the period 1853 – 1935 and the Andrews family feature significantly in it.

 

If it has found another home, I would like to be put in touch with the new owner as I am very interested in the “information about this family’s background in England beginning with the marriage of John Roote Andrews of London and Sarah Dawson of Ingatestone Essex at St Mary’s Lambeth 17 May 1823.  Children included Sarah, Margaret, John, Isabella, Mary, Thomas, Ellen, Edwin, Joseph and Louisa.  Birth dates and marriages are noted.”

It is exciting to realise such a Bible exists.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dennis Nutt

Email: pdnutt@bigpond.com

Posted – 10/7/2013
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John Alexander George Thompson

I am desperately seeking information on JOHN ALEXANDER GEORGE THOMPSON (Jack)who was born in or around the area of Newtown in september 1919, 1920, 1921. I have found various newspaper articles relating to this man from the area. In 1946 he made his way to Collie, WA where he met Valma Dawes, over the next five years, they had four children,three of which were born in Newtown. Over those four years he travelled back and fourth with his family.I need to know who his parents were and any relevant information pertaining to this man. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Email – djoser@virginbroadband.com.au

Posted – 5 September 2012

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Dunn Family History

I am seeking information on the Dunn family who lived in the Newtown area from mid 1940s to at least 1971. Joseph Patrick Dunn was a council ganger and was married to Daphne Dunn who worked as a cleaner at RPA. They had 2 daughters and 3 sons. One of their daughters was Colleen Anne Dunn born on 31 December 1952. Colleen lived in Alice Street in 1969/1970 and worked in a match factory in 1971. Please contact me if you can help with information about any of the Dunn family.
Posted – 9 March 2012
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Butt Family of Newtown

Posted by Ronald Quiney
I am researching the wartime service of my uncle Ronald Albert Quiney with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
whbuttTwo of his crewmates were Australians from New South Wales, one being Warren Henry Butt RAAF of Newtown & Earlwood, and I am trying to find out more about him. Sadly, all of the crew including Warren were killed in January 1945.  The information I have about him is:·
Born February 1923 in Newtown.·
Parents were Amos Henry (“Harry”) Butt and Jessie Mary Butt.
Brother Kenneth (“Ken”) George Butt (also RAAF), born February 1925 in Newtown (Ken apparently married Vena Florence Crockford in Canterbury, New South Wales in1946) & sister Margery/Marjorie (who maybe married a William Edward Hawthorne 1937 in Newtown).·
Married Valerie Mavis Lane in September 1943 in Campsie, Sydney and they apparently lived with his mother and father at 98 Bexley Road, Earlwood.  After Warren’s death, Valerie apparently moved to 4 Augusta Road, Five Dock.
Nephew of Alec & Grace, cousin of Sid & Joyce.
Education – Cleveland Street Inter High School between 1934 and 1937.
I would dearly like to make contact with family or relatives of Warren (brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces etc) so that I could find out more about him & his family and pass onto them the information I have gathered so far about Warren’s crewmates & their wartime service together if they are interested.
Email – quineyr@aol.com
Posted – 17 February 2012
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Eliza Howell  and the Newtown Citadel

Posted by Paul Smith
My great grandmother, Amy Smith, lived at 8 Mary St Newtown from the 1930s to the late 1970s. The house was torn down in the 1980s and a car park now occupies the site. She died in the late 1980s. For a time her mother, Eliza Howell, also lived in Mary St. She died in 1942 but a death certificate was not issued for some reason. Eliza was a 20 year plus Salvation Army Member attached to the Newtown Citadel in Brown St, now the Library. Probably a long shot, but if anyone has any information on Eliza or possibly her death, and the Newtown Citadel, and would like to pass on info, please let me know.
Posted by – Paul Smith
Posted – 13 September 2011
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Sales/ Searles/Seals Family History Newtown

Posted by Gerald and Anne Sales
I am looking for anyone who may have information on my great grandmother Elizabeth (Eliza) Sales in the Newtown area from 1888-1905.
Grandmother was born on 28th October 1888 in Church Street Newtown to Elizabeth (Sales) Searles/ Seals.
Posted – 10 July 2013
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Smith Family History Newtown

Posted by M Jordan
I am doing family history on my Smith family from Co Meath Ireland. They lived in Newtown I don’t know what street they lived in. The family consist of Charles and Alice and their children. Mary Ann married Alexander Forbes. Alice  married Henry Grube, Charles,   William my grandfather married Jessie Lynch 1917, Elizabeth married William John Thompson. Kate was a lost soul ? James, Anne , Helena/Lena married Henry Grube. They arrived in Australian in 1880. My Smith family  seems to have had a lot of problems up to 1912 and then very little is known about them. I would love to hear from anyone that maybe related or knew them.
Posted by – M Jordan
Posted – 7 September 2011
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Vass Family History

Posted by Judith Barry
I am interested in finding any information relating to the Vass family who had a bakery in Newtown on Missenden Rd.
My Great Grandfather was Charles Vass. I think they may have had premises at various locations in Newtown, one I believe may have been No 14 as there is a mention of them in a newspaper dated 1951.
Posted by – Judith Barry
Posted – 25 October 2011
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