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A Quick Glimpse: The Gresham Hotel and the Nicoll Connection

My First Cousin 3x removed, Charles Bruce Nicoll You may recall from the quick glimpse we did on my 2x Great Grandmother, Janet Nicoll O’Connor, that Charles is her nephew, and he gave the speech at her second wedding. I mentioned that Charles is an interesting character and his story deserves its own post. Well, … Continue reading A Quick Glimpse: The Gresham Hotel and the Nicoll Connection

Discovering the Lewins, the Swanstons, the Faggots and the Aitkmans. Part Two.

My Three Times Great Grandparents, Janet Swanston, William Lewins and their families. Hello, welcome back, hope you enjoyed part one of William and Janet’s story. Now to pick up where we left off. As you might recall, I mentioned that I had been on to the British Newspaper Archive and found some information pertaining to … Continue reading Discovering the Lewins, the Swanstons, the Faggots and the Aitkmans. Part Two.

Thank You!

I know, it’s a bit unusual, but I just wanted to give a shout-out to these lovely people below for taking the time to not only read my scribblings but then to also send me a comment or like. I am very grateful to you. Ailish Sinclair Jenny Millen Rob TunnockWandering AmbivertscottatirrellOperation XSebastianthechristiantechnerdthecodedawgBasket CookingthefeministwriterwhogoesmehchelaChiddicks Family … Continue reading Thank You!

Discovering the Lewins, the Swanstons, the Faggots and the Aitkmans. Part One.

My Three Times Great Grandparents, Janet Swanston, William Lewins and their families. So I mentioned a few posts back that I knew next to nothing about my 3x Great Grandfather and nothing of my 3x Great Grandmother, a bit of digging and I now know a lot more. William Lewins, father to my 2x Great … Continue reading Discovering the Lewins, the Swanstons, the Faggots and the Aitkmans. Part One.

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About Me

Hi, I’m John. Fifteen years ago, all I knew about my family history was that the Macveans had money from running cattle and sheep properties in the Riverina.

That the Nicolls, my maternal line, were big names in the Steamship industry in Sydney in the late 1800s and that the money had all dried up by the time I came along. That was it.

Then a chance discovery online put me in contact with a distant Cousin, who opened the door to discovering where I came from.

Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of information and pieced together a lot of the lost history of my family.

I started this blog as a place to store all those lost stories, in the hopes that my family and future family might find them as valuable as me in helping to discover who they are.

I hope you enjoy it too if you have found yourself here.

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