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A Quick Glimpse: A Sad Departure

My Paternal Grandmother: Mary Agnes Macvean née Mercer. If you have read my previous post about my grandparent’s wedding, (Macvean Mercer Wedding) you will be aware that the details I know of their life are scarce. Certainly in comparison to my Nan and Pop, Kath & Norm, on my maternal line. My recent research on…

A Quick Glimpse: Kathleen Teresa Ashton and Joseph Henry Raymond, Part 1.

My Maternal Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather. Today is the 2nd of February 2023 it is the 55th anniversary of Joseph’s death date. He passed away in 1968 at the age of 75, just 13 months before I arrived in March of 69. Here is the most wonderful photo of my great-grandfather Joseph taken on…

A Not So Quick Glimpse: The Mercer & Macvean Wedding.

My Paternal Grandparents, Margaret Agnes Mercer and John Hugh Macvean. Today is the 8th of January 2023, and it is the 86th wedding anniversary of my grandparents, Margaret and John. This is the only photo I have of them together. It is also the only photo that my Dad ever gave me of his family.…


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About Me (2023)
Hi, I’m John, and pictured here with me is my beautiful family. Alex, my wife and best friend and Xander and Calan our sons.

Twenty years ago I basically knew next to nothing about my family history except for some vague story that the Macveans had money from running cattle and sheep properties down Albury way in New South Wales and that the Nicolls, my maternal line, were big names in the Steamship industry in Sydney in the late 1800s.

I had also grown up with the family lore that there was big money on both sides of the tree and that it had all dried up by the time my parents came along. And this was basically the extent of my knowledge.

Years later a chance discovery online put me in contact with a distant cousin, Sally, who so generously shared photos and information she had which opened the door to discovering where I came from.

Over the years, I have accumulated a considerable amount of information which has enabled me to piece together a lot of the lost history of my family.

I started this blog nearly four years ago to store all those lost stories, hoping my family and future family might find them as valuable as me in helping to discover who they are.

I hope you find something of interest in it too if you have found yourself here.

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