Peter Jones
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Peter Jones

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Peter F. Jones
Born 1960s.
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My current favourite quote:

" can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t."
As stated by Jem to Alexandra in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee © 1960

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That said, please do alert me to anything that causes particular concern, or errors that I make. I am certainly not perfect.
However, please do not ask me to cease and desist simply because I am apparently unrelated to the subject of the profile or you. We are all related, even if we can't yet figure-out how! In any case, such a limitation is not mandated in our Honor Code and nor, in my view, is it in the spirit of the collaboration that enables WikiTree.
I could also rant about the importance of primary sources, unreliability of secondary ones and unsourced trees on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Geni, etc., but I won't.
  • If you want to know why I do what I do on WikiTree...
...then I believe that my passion for looking into family history seems to have been inherited. I have picked-up and built-on a great deal of work undertaken by my one of my older brothers in the 1980's. My paternal grandmother, Gert Jones, was also actively involved with the Scone Historical Society.
I am utterly fascinated by the extent of our connections to one-another and always pleasantly surprised when I find and add new ones.
I could also rant about the importance of primary sources, unreliability of secondary ones and unsourced trees on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Geni, etc., but, yet again, I won't.
  • If you just want to know more about me personally ...
...then please read on...
...... (tl;dr: I was born; I lived: I will die/ have died)



Early Life

I was born while my family lived at Raymond Terrace in the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia. My father, Wilf Jones, was working on the Grahamstown Water Scheme near Raymond Terrace for the NSW Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission (WC & IC).
My mother, Hazel Jones, hails from the Riverina. She met Wilf at Wagga Wagga while he was in training with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. They were engaged in late 1943, and married at Wagga Wagga in 1945, but settled at Scone in the Hunter Valley where my father was born and grew up.
Dad joined the WC & IC after the War, initially working on Glenbawn Dam near Scone. (There is also an interesting footnote to our family connection with Glenbawn[1].) After working on Glenbawn, and then at Grahamstown, our family subsequently moved to work on the construction of Keepit Dam (on the Namoi River near Tamworth), Wyangala Dam (on the Lachlan River near Cowra), and in November 1968 we moved north to Copeton Dam (on the Gwydir River near Inverell). I therefore attended three different primary schools (Wyangala Dam, Inverell, and Copeton Dam) although was fortunate to be able to complete my entire high schooling at Inverell High School. Sadly, I cannot state that I lived, "at every Dam place in New South Wales", although it certainly sometimes felt that way.
Until 1974 we mostly lived in 'construction' villages, built to support the workers and their families. The site of our first home at Copeton Dam was therefore temporary and relocatable, situated several kilometres from where the Dam was being constructed.
Around 1973 or 1974, my father was offered the role of 'Officer in Charge' when construction was completed so around May 1974 we moved from the 'temporary village' to the 'permanent village'. Dad was in charge when the Dam was officially opened by the then Premier of NSW, Neville Wran (1926-2014). (The house we lived in is no longer there but you will see where it once stood if you find the home on the very peak of the hill behind the office at the western end of the Copeton Dam wall.
The freedom afforded by basically living 'in the bush' in the 1970's was wonderful. I have many happy memories of roaming the scrub, building 'forts' and exploring new places. I also rode my bicycle a lot, including a couple of memorable day rides to Inverell and back (about thirty-five kilometres each way). Particularly in my late high school years, I spent much time with mates camping, bushwalking and canoeing. Our greatest achievement was walking, fishing, and canoeing the entire length of the Gwydir River from Copeton Dam down to the town of Bingara (around 50 kilometres). They were great times and I really came to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Australian bush.
Dad retired in the early 1980's and he and Mum then moved to the NSW Central Coast.

Adult Life

Although I still consider myself a 'country boy' this is hard to justify given that I have lived more than half my life in the 'big smoke' Sydney suburbs of Blacktown, Cabramatta, Doonside, Milsons Point, and North Sydney. I have also worked or volunteered at Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Chatswood, Mascot, North Sydney, Parramatta, St Leonards, although mostly in the Sydney CBD.
After finishing high school, I did some casual work at Copeton Dam and in the Copeton Dam State Recreation Area. I then attended Armidale Teachers College for three semesters before joining the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) in Inverell in 1979. I transferred to Sydney in the early 1980's working in the branches at Chatswood West and St Leonards before moving into the central training department.
In 1985 I joined QBE Insurance where I spent the bulk of my career and moved into human resource management. I later worked at Sydney Airport, Calliden Insurance, Parramatta Mission, and Tyndale Christian School.
I am married to a wonderful wife who I met while we were jointly leading a youth group at Cabramatta Anglican Church. We have two wonderful adult sons: one having recently completed a double-degree in environmental management and leadership; the other a PhD in computer science in the United States.


It may seem morbid, but I fully accept that I will not live in this world forever. Thank God!
However, I want to be sure that none of my hard work on WikiTree is deleted.
Therefore, in the event of my untimely demise or incapacity, and my consequent inability to arrange an orderly transfer of management, I hereby give this prior permission for any or all of my private profiles to be transferred to any interested WikiTree user.
I am a passionate believer that no-one owns or should be allowed to become the sole holder or trustee of a family's genealogical information. Everything here on WikiTree that I have created is shared to the maximum extent possible and with no expectation of acknowledgement or reciprocity. I will not condone or preauthorise any user subsequently restricting access to any information that I have collated or shared. DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!.


  1. It is noted that some of the area covered by part of the Glenbawn Dam wall and immediately down-stream was originally taken-up by Wilf's great-grandfather, Charles Jones (abt.1814-1878), (Portions 1 and 2 in the Parish of Macqueen) totalling 96 acres, in 1857. This identifies the Jones clan as the earliest legal settlers of European descent in that location
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Interesting Relationships

Individual LifespanRelationshipComment/s
Mary Ann (Hipwell) Gosper 1765-18374th great grandmotherMary was a convict who arrived on the 3rd Fleet in 1791. She was born in England and sentenced to transportation for seven years in 1790. She gave birth to a child, Edward Beale (Hipwell) Reynolds, with Richard Beale Reynolds. Mary died at Upper Colo in 1837.
Richard Beale Reynolds 1769-1837 4th great grandfather Richard was a convict on the 3rd Fleet. He was born in London, England, and sentenced at Chelmsford, Essex, in 1788. He died at Wilberforce in 1837. Richard fathered Edward Beale (Hipwell) Reynolds to Mary Ann (Hipwell) Gosper.
William Singleton 1752-18354th great grandfather William was a convict who arrived in New South Wales in 1792. Born at Bowdon, Cheshire, England, he was sentenced to transportation in London in 1791. He died in the Hunter Valley. The town of Singleton was named for his son Benjamin Singleton.
John Riley aka Royle 1803-1873 2nd great grandfather John was a convict. Probably born around Manchester, Lancashire, he was sentenced to transportation for life in 1822. He died at Brushy Hill, outside of Scone.
William Hampton 1791-1859 3rd great grandfather William was a convict. Born in Kent, England, he was sentenced to seven years' transportation in 1836. He died at Maitland in 1859. In the 1840's and 1850's five of his children migrated to Australia, one daughter migrated to the United States, and one of his wife's brothers migrated to New Zealand.
William Quinton 1832-19023rd great grandfather to my wife William was born in England and convicted to transportation at Gloucester around 1849. He died at Mendooran, between Gilgandra and Dunedoo.
Elizabeth (Fearn) Robinson 1783-abt.1845 5th great grandmother to my wife Elizabeth was a convict. Born at Liverpool, Lancashire, she was transported to New South Wales in 1805. The year and place of her death are not known for certain.
Timothy Hector 1773-?5th great grandfather to my wife Timothy was a partner or husband of Elizabeth (Fearn) Robinson. He was probably from County Limerick, Ireland, was convicted of seditious practices and transported to New South Wales in 1800. After being further convicted in the Colony a death sentence was communted to life and in 1819 he was in Newcastle. His year and place of death are unknown.
William Tisdell 1812-1885 4th great grandfather to my wifeWilliam was a convict. He was baptised at Brierley Hill, Staffordshire. Convicted of robbery he was sentenced to transportation for life and arrived in the Colony in 1834. From around 1838 he was assigned to Port Macquarie. He died at Taree.
Ruben Jones 1859-1914 Great grand uncle Ruben was the second husband to Catherine (Riley) Jones. Their complex marital and divorce proceedings found themselves before the supreme courts in both New South Wales and Queensland. His third wife, Selina (Riley) Jones was a sister to two of his brothers' wives and also to his step-mother.
Catherine (Riley) Jones 1853-1917 1st cousin three times removed Catherine was the first wife to Ruben Jones , although he was her second husband. Their complex marital and divorce proceedings found themselves before the supreme courts in both New South Wales and Queensland.
Richard Boyton 1811-1853 2nd great grand uncleRichard is the only known member of the extensive Boyton clan to have been transported as a convict. He was convicted of poaching and arrived in New South Wales in 1830. He died at or near Goulburn.
Lydia Winter Boyton 1843-1885 1st cousin three times removed Lydia is the only known child of Richard Boyton. Around age 15 she married almost 70-year-old highwayman Joseph Watt aka Watkins aka Jones. He almost immediately found himself arrested and convicted and Lydia then came together with Alexander Hamilton with whom she appears to have had a deeply loving relationship and a large family before passing at age 41 at or near Goulburn.
Samuel (Furlong) Forlong 1832-1857 2nd great grandfather Samuel may have come to the Victorian Gold Rush from Ireland via America. He died of an unknown ailment alone in the bush near Kyneton, Victoria, in late 1857. The circumstances of 'The Skeleton in the Bush' were widely reported throughout the Australian press in 1858. 'Jews Harp Creek' near Kyneton seems likely to memorialise Samuel as it was by this waterway that his body was found, along with his belongings which included a jews harp.
Ada Jane Boyton 1882-1903 1st cousin twice removed Ada was a daughter of William Boyton and died at age 21. The inquest into her death found that she had been poisoned but returned an open verdict and highlighted the 'great negligence' in the care of her by her step-mother Katherine (Brown) Boyton.
William Boyton 1845-1903 Great grand uncle Father of Ada Jane Boyton and feeling himself somewhat responsibile for her death, William committed suicide around a week after she died. The jury at the inquest into her death later laid the weight of responsibility burden on his second wife Katherine,
Mona Mary May Beacher 1905-1925 2nd cousin twice removed Mona was born at Mayfield in Newcastle. She was brutally killed at Toronto by, Arthur Augustus Oakes, 'The Honeymoon Murderer'.
Jennie (Deck) Niklas 1871-1921 2nd cousin twice removed In the summer of 1921, Jennie and her husband plus another man and two children were killed in a major car accident with a train at a level crossing in South Chicago, Illinois.
Natalie Imbruglia 1975- 3rd cousin once removed Refer to Natalie's Wikipedia profile: Natalie is also a second cousin three times removed of famous Australian cricketer Sir Donald George Bradman AC.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Peter or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Peter Jones: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R-M269, FTDNA kit #513739
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Peter Jones: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup U5b2a2b, FTDNA kit #513739
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