Are you interested in joining the Australia Project? [closed]

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The Australia Project is an overarching project which encompasses a number of sub projects listed below.  Would you like to join us?  If you would, add an answer below with how you might contribute. We will add the Australia Project Badge to your profile.

  • Anzacs
  • Bushrangers
  • Cemeteries
  • Convicts and First Settlers
  • Data Doctors - who fix known errors
  • Earl Grey's Irish Famine Orphans
  • Eureka Stockade
  • Explorers
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Notable Australians - adding and improving profiles
  • and much more!

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Veronica, Co-Leader Australia Project 

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Veronica Williams G2G6 Pilot (143k points)
closed by Veronica Williams
I commented just a minute ago but think it may have been in the wrong place.. I descend from three convicts and hope I can contribute with this project.. Still getting to know my way around..
Hi Raewyn, thanks for wanting to join the Australia Project. I'll follow up with you by private message.
Thank you Gillian
Hi  Weeding-93 here.

 I’d like to help. I have convicts cousin love and prominent Tasmanian’s from toffee English stock that settled in the midlands and have a tree that is huge. I also have gold miners of Bendigo.

I am finessing my source adding methods lol

It would be great to help ☺️
I've ten direct convict ancestors, some of whom are already on Wikitree. Would like to be in on this project.
Regards, Jill
Thanks Jill and great effort on the Wikitree challenge today!!  I'd add you to the project.


This question is now closed - if you are interested in joining the Australia Project please refer to the new question post -

I am an Australian living in France and I take occasional trips to the Somme region and other WWI significant areas. Perhaps I can;

Translate, if needed French documents  

Visit graveyards or conduct other research.

(Novice level family historian but learning by the day!)
Thanks Luke - sounds like a great offer!  Looking forward to working with you!
I am very interested in joining the Australian Project - German Australians Team Project. My fathers relatives are located mostly in Gympie Queensland (Drescher) and were from Pimpama Island, including Schwenke, Kropp and Burow.

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Yes, I would like to join the project. Am a direct descendant of 5 convicts.  Also interested in Anzacs and cemeteries.  I haven’t joined a project on wiki-tree before, so will have my L plates on, but very willing to chip in.
by Kerri McCarron G2G6 Mach 1 (12.2k points)
selected by Kenneth Evans
Thanks Kerri.  you can be active in all these areas through the project as we have several sub projects focussing on those issues!
I love the L-plate comment.  Some of us don't seem to get beyond them.
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Yes, not very active, but will follow.
by Michael Dufty G2G1 (1.2k points)
Thats great Michael!
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I will happily assist. Currently in my spare time I am creating profiles for women who joined the convent here in Australia..
by Rionne Brooks G2G6 Mach 5 (58.6k points)
Thanks Rionne thats great.  Are you using categories for them?  You might like to have them all grouped if thereis a common theme?
Yes Veronica, I am categorising them.  One of the first nuns I did was  of a jewess who changed to Catholicism, her story was so interesting I did a great number of her relatives.  It would make a good movie, if I was smarter I would write a book on this family.  Her story can be found at Zahel-19   As I go off on tangents , and am a bit of a 'Dorrie Evans'  it will take me a month of Sundays to  get through the nuns , this is the pdf
All sounds good.  I was wondering because I have a few of my own - I've attached them here  I will link this one up to your broader Nuns category
Very worthwhile project.  Being without descendants I'm sure many of them get missed in family histories.  

It looks as if the categorisation project is doing a bit of work on religious.  You might want to collaborate with them.  I've added all the Catholic Sisters I could find to the nun category so they don't get lost.
Not having descendents was my  original thought! I got a little excited when I saw you had Daley relatives  but alas not my line.

I found your two Cassidy nuns and they have O'Halloran  for Bridget's Surname (mother) and were born at Riverstone, which would mean they were registered at Parramatta.

According to the nuns list, Catherine entered the convent on the 4 March 1859  she was born 1 Jan 1841. ( I always like to check the vitals, as typos can occur- but you know that). Catherine died 20 May 1915.
Thanks I've updated her profile!
I have a few graves of nuns from Field of Mars Catholic to upload when I get a chance.
I recently found one of my missing relies on that list of nuns

@ Amanda .. that is so cool!  surprise

I have a few nuns in my families. I’ll add the category to each.
That is great.
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I will happily help.  I may even have a story to contribute.
Thats great Catherine!
Catherine, I tried to award you the badge but I don't seem to be able to access your Wiki-ID.  Can you tell me what it is, thanks!

I believe it is Anderson-36473 (hope I'm right!).

Best wishes,

Thanks - done I think!
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I am descended from at least one convict. While currently working on other lines, I am surprised how many people I assumed went to NZ direct from England/Scotland actually took time in Australia, some a few months, some a few generations!! I think making the family links between the countries is very important and relevant to today.
by Lynlee OKeeffe G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
Exactly - look forward to working with you to improve Australian profiles!
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I have a couple convict ancestors, so I might be able to add more people to the tree and this project, so I guess I'll join. :)

by Logan Gavin G2G6 Mach 1 (18.2k points)
Thanks Logan!
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Yes I am interested in being a volunteer in this project. I may be able to help someone and get help in return
by Susan Ritchie G2G Crew (410 points)
Thanks Susan, collaboration is the key here at Wikitree!
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I haven’t volunteered before, so will require guidance. Have convicts, Anzacs in my family tree. I live in Ballarat the home of the Eureka Stockade rebellion, of which I also have an association. Love Australian history. So if I can assist in any way am happy to do so.
by Denise Lay G2G Crew (860 points)
Thanks Denise - check out the project page for some ideas.  I will be in touch as well soon.
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I have several convict ancestors,  I will observe and add comment if it is useful.  I am not able to spend time helping.  


Bronwyn (6th generation Aussie)
by Bronwyn O'Brien G2G3 (3.1k points)
Thanks Bronwyn - any contribution you can make helps!
Sometimes a comment can be all the help you need!
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I'd be happy to assist where possible. I have ANZAC ancestors and a convict connected to one branch. I've also used cemeteries for some of my research and have many ancestors dwelling in them.


by Norm Gray G2G5 (5.5k points)
Thanks Norm!
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I am a First Fleet descendant and have 3 convicts and 1 marine in my direct line and a few other convict connections.
by Kirsty Harris G2G Crew (470 points)
Thats great Kirsty - looking forward to working with you!
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so, I'd like to join. Interested in Rockhampton area, and German immigration to Queensland my wife is part of the Scafferius clan who emigrated to the Wide Bay district)
by Peter Kane G2G1 (2.0k points)
Great to have you with us Paul!
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Im not sure what i can do as im still learning but i have a couple of cronvicts in my tree  i can add, i also have my grandfather who was in the Anzacs.
by Judy Still G2G1 (1.2k points)
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I have two known convict ancestors and possibly a couple more. I would like to join your project.
by Heather Eyers G2G Crew (800 points)
+8 votes
I have eight known convicts in my ancestry and also have interesting information on some in the legal database.
by Stuart Bayliss G2G Crew (440 points)
Thanks Stuart, looking forward to seeing your convicts added to Wikitree!
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My wife is descended from the early settlers in Sydney, including Ferdinand Meurant and relatives of "Surgeon" John Harris.  She has a relative who was a German immigrant to New Jersey, and another who lived in San Francisco during the 1906 quake, and survived!

My own ancestors are from England and Scotland, including one convict who was an "incorrigible" and sent to VDL.  Also Thomas Hebbert Boykett, who was active for the Nonconformists.  One family was traced back to the Wallaroo Mines.
by Doug Laidlaw G2G6 Mach 1 (14.9k points)
Sounds like some interesting stories Doug!
It just goes to show that everybody has interesting ancestors.  T.H. Boykett emigrated to Adelaide.  By then, he was a fairly ordinary solicitor.  Research in the 1970's got no further.  The Internet opened up his background, and explained a lot of details that didn't quite fit his image.
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I have at least 9 direct convict ancestors, my husband similar. I am busy with Derbyshire England cemeteries (where the other side of my family are from) and will get back to Field of Mars cemetery when I get a chance and upload some photos.
by Julie Rourke G2G6 (9.2k points)
Wow, thats a lot of convicts.  Look forward to seeing your contributions soon!
Yes, I have added many already.
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When I first started researching my family history in Australia I only knew of 2 relatives who had been in a war.  1 in WW1 and 1 in WW2.

After researching I have now found over 100 relatives, who were in WW1 alone.

It is amazing how much information you can find out.

I now feel that I have an obligation to ensure their stores are told and they are not forgotten, especially as a lot of them were young and single and have no descendants.

by S Boz G2G1 (1.1k points)
edited by S Boz
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you - I've awarded you the badge will be in touch soon!
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Hi Veronica

It's time for me to get in touch with my Australian colonial side. May I join the Australia Convicts and First Settlers project, please?

See you Saturday, Sandy Gamble.
by Sandy Gamble G2G Crew (410 points)

Good to see you here Sandy! I've awarded you the badge will be in touch soon!

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Not completely sure what I am getting into, but I would like to join this project. Like many others I am Australian with, Irish, Scottish and English ancestry.
by Craig Grant G2G1 (1.0k points)

Baby steps are Ok!  I've awarded you the badge will be in touch soon!

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