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Welcome aboard the Australian!

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Welcome aboard the Australian. Yes, that's the name of the boat in the photo. Are you related to the people on the boat? The chap on the left is the patriarch of our family, William Webb Wagg (abt 1826 to 8 Jan 1905). Known as Bill Webb, "old Billy Webb" or Grandpa Webb to his grandchildren, he was 76 when this photo was taken.  On the boat are his four sons who survived to adulthood - left to right - Charles "Charlie", Albert Hayden "Hayden", William John "Bill" and Christopher Henry "Chris".  Four of Grandpa Webb's grandchildren are in the photo - William (son of William John) on the boat and left to right on the pier are Hayden Albert (son of Albert Hayden), Claude William (son of Charles) and Mabel Zoe Glencora "May" (daughter of Christopher Henry).   The fellow on the pier is Halway Harry Anderson - known to all as Harry Anderson. Charles and Albert Hayden married two sisters, Amy and Josephine Clancy. Harry mar

23 November 1831: George Turner and Mary Hand married on this day 190 years ago!

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George Turner and Mary Hand are our many times great-grandparents. They are the parents of Sarah, who married William Webb Wagg, and Jane, who married John Trickett.  George and Mary married on 23 November 1831 here in Sydney. The registration shows the marriage was a Catholic ceremony that took place in Parramatta. As they married before civil registrations, it was registered at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.  Mary arrived in the Colony as a convict and had not been granted a ticket of leave at the time she and George were intending to marry. So they had to seek permission to marriage. Here's the record showing that George and Mary were granted that permission on 12 October 1831. Six weeks later, they married. You can read an earlier post about George and Mary  HERE.

"Ma Webb" - Josephine Webb Wagg (nee Clancy)

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"The last dance" Ma Webb with son, Bob - May 1970 "Ma Webb" is my mother's mother's mother. My other great-grandparents died before my birth - between 1919 and 1950. Ma was the matriarch at the centre of Mum's family.  She died thirteen days after my twenty first birthday on Anzac Day 1974, aged ninety six. That was the first family celebration she missed! Her parents were born in New South Wales to Irish Catholic immigrants. Born on St Joseph's Day in 1878, it's no surprise she was named Josephine. Ma lived with her parents and six siblings at The Rocks.  A week after her seventeenth birthday, she married Hayden Webb Wagg, at St Thomas' Church of England, North Sydney. Her six children were baptised in the Church of England. Ma and Pa built their home at 14 Bray Street Mosman about 1902. Ma lived there for 72 years. Most of the family lived close by. We were 300 metres up the road.  Ma and Pa's approach to religion was "catholic&quo

Chris Webb in 1940

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You never know when you'll find a priceless treasure as you scour various sites.  Look what I uncovered tonight at the NSW State Library!  Yes, it Chris Webb photographed on 3 January 1940 at his home, 4 Euryalus Street, Beauty Point.  He was 74 and living with his daughter, May, son-in-law, George Ravell and their three children - Jean (20), Joan (18) and Keith (14). You can read more about Chris  HERE. Chris Webb - 1929 Bradleys Head Champion and his ever-present pipe Likely Chris with his 14 year old grandson, Keith Dalias - the family flower - at 4 Euryalus Street, Beauty Point  View of Middle Harbour from garden (  Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy ACP Magazines Ltd https://collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/digital/oj6kZDveNbKqD )

Minnie Daisy Webb-Wagg (1875 to 1911) - The eleventh and last child of William (Bill) and Sarah Wagg

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Minnie Daisy Neely (nee Webb Wagg) buried on 8 July 1911 - 110 years ago today! She died the previous day at her home at 46 Laurel Street Willoughby. Sadly, I don't have a photo but, if you do, I'd love to hear from you.   So it's time to put together the information I've been able to gather about Minnie and her family:- Only 36 when she died!   The eleventh and last child of William and Sarah.  As we know, 3 died as infants and 2 died as children.   Born on 28 February 1875 -  22 years after William and Sarah's marriage .   Born at Blues Point - probably at the family home at 54 Blues Point Road on the North Shore of Sydney Harbour. The first of the six surviving children of William and Sarah to die.  Her Dad had died 6 years earlier and her Mum lived for another 7 years.   I understand that Sarah was a small but formidable, no nonsense women. She was clearly the matriarch who was very much involved in the lives of her large family. Sarah was survived by her othe

Albert Hayden "Hayden" Webb Wagg (1870 to 1950) - The ninth child of William (Bill) and Sarah Wagg

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Albert Hayden Webb Wagg was the ninth child of William (Bill) and Sarah Wagg.  He was know as Hayden and is my maternal great-grandfather. It's taken me a long while to get to Bill and Sarah's ninth child.  It's over two years since I wrote about Chris Webb , their seventh child.  Alice was Bill and Sarah's eight child.  She was born on 30 March 1869 and died 3 months later on 30 June 1869.  A year later, on 1 July 1870, along came Hayden.  He was born at the family's home in Blues Point.  Sarah's sister Jane Trickett (nee Turner) was present at the birth. Only three of Bill and Sarah's children were still living when Hayden was born - Sarah Jane (11 days short of the 14th birthday), Charlie (8 years and 7 days) and Chris (3 years and 9 months).  William George died in 1855 aged 18 months.  Mary Ann died in 1861 one day short of her third birthday.  Adelaide died in 1861 at 8 months.  William John in 1868 at 3 years and 9 months. The fifth of their child

Colouring up our family!

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MyHeritage is a subscription sites for family history enthusiasts.  They've introduced a new facility to colour photos.  I've been giving it quite a work out! "Ma and Pa Webb" with Jack Lutge Hayden and Josephine - my great-grandparents Mum always told me that the red hair came from Pa Webb! Pa Webb's parents - William Webb Wagg and Sarah Turner Certainly some red hair there... A touch of colour added to one of my all time favourite photos! That WW family gathering with Sarah in the front row!

Are you a descendant of William John Webb-Wagg and Ethel Adeline Swanson?

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William John Webb-Wagg (1873 to 1933) We're looking for cousins in this line who'd be prepared to take an AncestryDNA test?  If you're interested please contact me at chrisw9953@gmail.com. Many of the Webb-Wagg cousins have taken DNA tests that prove our genetic link back to William Webb-Wagg and Sarah Turner.  Linda, a descendant of their son, William, has taken an AncestryDNA test.  William married Ethel Swanson in 1895 in Sydney.  Linda's keen to work with other descendants of William and Ethel to see if genetic genealogy throws any light on Ethel's parents - Swan Swanson and Susan Kelly.   I t's been hard to locate Swan (or Sven) and Susan's families in Sweden and Ireland, respectively.  Swan possibly arrived in Sydney as a seaman in 1871, the year before his marriage to Susan.  But little more is know about either of them apart from their marriage on 8 January 1872 at St Patricks Church Hill, Sydney and the birth of their two daughters - Ethel i