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A Secret Realised, The Stratheden and the Journey of the Ballantyne’s Begins.

So this time we are indeed going to discuss the journey, David and Margaret’s journey on the Stratheden to Australia. But as always, you know I’m going to give you more, so strap in there is heaps of stuff to share. We left Margaret and David in the last post at the altar in Edinburgh, … Continue reading A Secret Realised, The Stratheden and the Journey of the Ballantyne’s Begins.

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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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