Rob Bleckly
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Rob Bleckly

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Rob S. Bleckly
Born 1940s.
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England Orphan Team
Rob Bleckly has completed the England Project's Orphan Trail.

I was born In Port Pirie, South Australia on the Queen of England's 21st, an unacknowledged gift to the empire from my parents.

I grew up on the Woomera rocket range, an RAAF base in outback SA, which may explain my interest in Science Fiction.

At 18, having just failed intermediate (year 10) for the second time, I had to leave school and get job or face the prospect being in a class of 15-year- old classmates. English was a compulsory. I kept failing English, which is why I became an awarding winning and published writer - what do teachers know? Did I say how I lost another year earlier? No? Well during my first attempt at year 7 (In Australia at the time this was called the The Progress Certificate, the final year of Primary School) I spent second term in the Woomera hospital and the final term convalescing with my grandparents Eva and Henry Bowley in Adelaide. (To be precise 2 Lyons street, Brooklyn Park, Adelaide SA. Phone LU 8289 - )

Those were the days, On leaving school I was offered three jobs and became a technician like my father because despite failing I had A's in Math and Physics. A 5-year technician-in-training course with the then PMG Dept.(Postmaster General's Department). The first year was full time classwork, no different from High School, except I was being paid.

In 1969 I married and moved to Darwin NT (Australia's Northern Territory ) administered at the time from Adelaide South Australia. Being trained in Telephony section, naturally I was posted to the Radio Section, specifically Radio Australia's HF broadcasting project, where I was introduced to and started learning about computers. Tape loaded computing adjusted with program patches input by teletype in hex - this was the early 70's. Both my children were born in Darwin. We escaped the year before cyclone Tracy (Xmas 1974.)

Like a boomerang I'm back in Adelaide. I lived in Morphett Vale for the next thirteen years. At first our view Include paddocks of sheep and vineyards, My wife went to Uni and earned a degree, I helped start a scout group as its first scoutmaster, my wife as Akela to the cubs. Then Gough Whitlam was elected Australian PM and Tertiary education became free, In 1984 I started a Maths degree as a mature age student, with help from Telecom (study leave). It took eleven years, part time. My degree morphed from Maths with a computer major into an IT degree with a Maths major as computers swallowed everything. My marriage failed in 1988 (mid-life crisis) I had met someone at Uni.

That turmoil, precipitated by me, continued for a decade, I owner built a kit house in Ironbank, (Adelaide Hills) found my true calling as a writer and went from Technician to Computer System Officer just ahead of being made redundant by Telstra. (Aside: I had worked for the same multi-named company PMG, Telecom, Telstra for 27 years.) But nothing lasts. My new partner left for America to pursue her dream, later deciding I wasn't a necessary part of it.

I was 50, had a lovely self designed and built house but nobody to share it, a fresh IT degree but no job. Of all the jobs I applied for I only got interviews for technical positions for which I was overqualified; for IT jobs I was too old. Ageism. That was never said of course. At my lowest I sold door to door (for Telstra would you believe.) My dream had always been a bookshop, (I've owned three in my time) so I applied for a NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) grant and opened a internet-cafe bookshop (without the cafe) in Blackwood. This first bookshop lasted 12 months but is still the one of the highlights of my chequered career. During this period mum (Marj Bowley) died Xmas eve 1995, Dad (Stan Bleckly) six months later.

The reason the bookshop was a highlight is I used it as a venue to found the Blackwood Writers Group in late 1996. The group took off They have been meeting in various venues ever since for 3 hours every week, have won numerous prizes and are widely published. I made a lot of new long term friends to invite to my marriage to Felicity on 6th march 1999.

In conclusion the opening years of the 21st century despite advancing age and associated health problems have been the best of my life; exciting rewarding and stable.

A final note on genealogy

I started delving in family trees with my aunt Edna in the bowels of the B, D & M building in King William Street Adelaide, at the time doing research for myself (Bleckly Bowley & Duncan) and my first wife (McPharlin). An enigmatic entry in a family bible led to a McPharlin reunion on Lysander farm in Balaclava,mid-north South Australia named after the ship "Lysander" that brought them to this Australia. The ship's bell was on the farm.

My second tree led to a 90th birthday/Peterson reunion in Ironbank, South Australia, Behind my desk I have 10 large boxes of genealogical material: trees, photos, certificates, personal recollections, correspondence, newspaper clippings and the researches of several genealogists, to upload. I'll be here a while.


  • Bio: First-hand information. Entered by Rob Bleckly at registration, updated several times and as time permits, to be continued ...
  • Birth: E 107433 Adelaide, S.A. stamped 11 Nov 1964
  • EXTRACT FROM BIRTH REGISTRATION Book No. 607a page 5074.
  • Name Robert Stanley BLECKLY
  • Date of Birth 21st April, 1947
  • Place of Birth Port Pirie, S.A.
  • A. W. BOWDEN, Principle Registrar

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Hi Rob,

Your England Leaders are completing the six monthly check in with all team members. I wanted to thank you for your work on English Profiles. These are unprecedented and difficult times, and we understand as Project Leaders that your situation may have changed somewhat in the last few months. What we are all able to/ wish to contribute on Wikitree has changed. Please let me know if you are happy with your current role and team choice or if you wish to do something additional or different. Thank you again on behalf of all the project leaders for everything you do!

Kindest Regards, Amy Utting

posted by Amy Utting
Thank you Amy, I'm perfectly happy with my role, I just wish I had the time to do more but life keeps disrupting my plans. ooroo Rob
posted by Rob Bleckly
Hi Rob

I have just surfaced from Dec 2019, when you sent a message about a signature you found, re: the Clarksons. Been too overloaded and stopped work on the tree, but hope to catch up next month, when grandies go back to school. Must think I'm a dinosaur, which is true, of course. Bev Smith.

posted by Beverly (Bell) Smith
no worries Beverly

I'm not in any hurry, been a bit that way myself - hosting family evacuated from the bushfires

ooroo Rob

posted by Rob Bleckly
Hi Rob,

On behalf of the England Leaders, I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your contributions towards the project in the past six months as an Orphan Trailer. We've achieved a great deal during this time and we couldn't have done it without you.

What are we doing well, and what would you like to see us doing differently moving forwards?

Please respond to this message via e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Susie, England Project Leader :-)

Congratulations on making more than 100 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May!

We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be.

Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Shannon Thomas

WikiTree Appreciation Team

Hi Rob

On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?

We're looking forward to hearing back from you,

Susie, Gillian, Wendy and Amy

posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
Hi Rob

Regarding your tag USA - this currently leads to a short list not connected to a project. If you are interested in connecting with the United States project then you need to add a tag for US_HISTORY see US History

These will enable you to view all the different states and research links as well as adding categories into profiles.

To edit/ add tags go to editing your tags.

You can find more information about tags here:

If you need to contact me, click the link to my name above this message.

Janet ~ Volunteer Coordinator

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Rob, Have added you to a number of the Duncans. Also changed the name Cook to Crook. Let me know if you wish to be added to any more. Cheers Joan
posted by Joan (Bray) Gray
Hi Rob,

It's been a year since the England Project was re-ignited. Thank you for being part of this exciting journey!

We really appreciate all your contributions and hard work :)

We would love some feedback from you please. :)

Are you happy contributing with the team you are on, or would you like a change, or even add to another team?

If you are not already on a team, which one would you like to be on?

If you are not sure what is available, just ask, we are here to help :)

Are you still happy contributing to the England Project?

Please PM me through my profile and let me know how you are doing :)

Thank you :)

Wendy Leader England Project.

posted by Wendy (Ling) Sullivan
posted by Andrew Field
Rob, Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, thus coordinating with others is essential.

The England Project seems to fit your Bleckley ancestors seems to fit your ancestors. Leaders are Susie MacLeod and Wendy Sullivan. Click the link to read how to join.

Or use the Pre-1700 Projects list, at the top of your page, 4th topic on right, under <Find> and <Projects>.

If you have questions, just ask!

Mary ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

PS If "Page Not Found" error occurs in your email, check your page for this message.

posted by Mary Richardson
Thanks for joining us! I’m Cindy, a WikiTree Mentor. Hope you're enjoying our site.

I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Mentor

PS To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

Hi Rob

As you have been a member of WikiTree for about a week now I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To  been helpful or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.

 Sometimes links don't work in emails.  If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Karen ~ WikiTree Messenger

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