This was from a 1996 google group post. No sources, but perhaps some useful clues.
My name is Mark William Peterson of Melbourne Victoria Australia.
I am after the Peterson family tree from the time before 21st March 1829
Arendal - Norway.
Charles Peterson was born in Arendal - Norway on the 21st March 1829,
and died in Rapanyup Victoria on the 23rd February 1895,at the age of
67.He married Ellen Cavanaugh or " Cavanagh " in Troy New York on the
22nd August 1855,U.S.A.
Ellen was born in Thurles County,Tipperary Island about 1839 - 40.She
died on August 1903 at Rapanyup Victoria.
Her fathers name was John and her mothers name was Mary.
Charles'could be the son of Peter Andreas Palmstrom and Elisabeth Marie
Their other childrens names are:
Gurine Laurette born 22nd April,1831.
Peter Martin born 21st August,1833.
Marie Cathrine born 21st December,1835.
Georg Nicolai born 18th September,1841.
Elise Mathilde born 5th September,1844.
Georgine Nicoline born 10th February 1847.
Elise married Ole Laurits Odegard on the 23rd February 1866,in the parish
TtGeorgine Nicoline( according to the birth/baptismal records it was
Nicoline Georgine ) Palmstrom married Iver Olsen on the 23rd August
1866,in the parish of Arendal.
Georg Nicolai Palmstrom and Hansine Andrea Aslaksen married on the 4th
April,1871 in the parish of Arendal.
Charles and Ellen arrived in Melbourne on the 24th January 1856.The ship
was named Gertrude and arrived from New York.
It was a 715 Ton ship and their were only 16 passengers on it.
Charles and Ellen's childrens names were:
Caroline,Dora,Ingebour-Josephine,Annie-Marie,Charlotte,Ellen,John,Thomas,Nelse Oscar,Michael-Albert,Gertrude,William ( died soon after birth ),
and Clement Neice ( also known as Carl ).
Clement Neice ( Carl ) Peterson born on the 11th February 1859 ,at Mount
Doran,Victoria. He died in 1932 in Fitzroy Melbourne aged 73 years old.
In 1902 he married Jameslea Louisa Hannett who was born in 1884 and died
in 1931 at Northcote Victoria.
They had 3 children:
Clement Charles born in 1903.
Albert John born in 1907.
Vincent Paul born in 1912.
These 3 children might be the best avenue to finding my Peterson family
Hope to hear from a relative soon!!!
regards Mark William Peterson.