Peter Jones
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Peter Jones

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Peter F. Jones
Born 1960s.
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Brother of [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 8 Sep 2015 | Last significant change: 20 Oct 2021
00:56: Margaret (Gale) Haining posted a comment on the page for Peter Jones [Thank Margaret for this]
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...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.
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...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 Dad, Wilf Jones, was working on the Grahamstown Water Scheme near Raymond Terrace for the NSW Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission (WC & IC).
My Mum, Hazel Jones, hails from the Riverina. She met Dad 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 Dad was born and grew up.
Dad joined the WC & IC after the War, initially working on Glenbawn Dam near Scone. 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 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 lived in 'construction' villages, built to support the workers and their families. The site of our home there was several kilometres from where the Dam was being constructed.
Around 1974, Dad was offered the role of 'Officer in Charge' when construction was completed so we ultimately moved from the 'temporary village' to the 'permanent village'. Dad was in charge when the Dam was officially opened by the Premier of NSW, Neville Wran. 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.
My 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!.


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Hi Peter,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out our annual check-in to see how you are going in the project. We'd really like to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles over the past year! We think we've made great progress in 2020/21 with your assistance.

Please could you reply to this message, to let us know if you would like to stay on in the project and if you are happy with your current role and team involvement. If you would like to do something additional or different, take a look on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to get any feedback or suggestions that you have to improve the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator

Hi Peter,

Just added another new member to NSW team, Maree Evans. Cheers, Margaret

Hi Peter,

Just added another new member to NSW team, Doreen Matters. Cheers, Margaret

Hi Peter,

Just added another new member to NSW team, Luke Stewart. Cheers, Margaret

Hi Peter,

Just added another new member to NSW team, Greg Hayes. Cheers, Margaret

Hi Peter,

Just added another new member to NSW team, Callum Simms. Cheers, Margaret

Thanks Margaret, I will reach out to them and welcome
posted by Peter Jones
Hello Peter,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out a check-in to see how you are going in the project and especially to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles on WikiTree. We really value your participation.

Please could you get back to me by private message to let me know if you are happy with your current role and team involvement within the project or if you would like to do something additional or different. Currently we have you down as the Team Leader for the NSW team and a member of the Indigenous Australians team. If you would like a change, you can check on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to hear any feedback and any suggestions that you have to improve the project. On a practical note, if you are a member of the google group, are you receiving messages ok?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Gillian, co-Leader, Australia Project

posted by Gillian Thomas
edited by Gillian Thomas
Hi Peter

I just added another new member, MacLaren North, to the NSW team page. Cheers Margaret

Hi Peter

I just added a new member to the NSW team page. Cheers Margaret

Thanks Margaret, I’ll reach out and welcome them.
posted by Peter Jones
Hi Peter,

Thanks for the contact. I am still finding my way around Wiki. Have been researching for about 20 years though and can offer assistance to others on lots of things (other than how to use Wiki tree hehehe) Probably the only Australian project I'd be able to assist on is "Australian Convicts and Settlers FTDNA Project, Veronica WIlliams 18:01, 22 June 2016 (EDT)" Do also have a fair bit of info on early settlers in the Upper Hunter around Paterson Happy to have emails sent to me or messages via wikitree. Sue Brown

posted by Sue Brown
Hi Peter, not sure if I will have time as am pretty strapped at the moment. You can leave my name there if you wish.
posted by Joan (Bray) Gray
Thank you Peter for the message re Australia Project. I am really uncertain if I am doing things correctly and would love your advice if I am not. I don't really mind how you contact me in regards to the project what ever makes things easy for you. I am not really sure on what is expected of me with the project either.
Hi Peter,

I finally had a chance to read the rest of your bio. Interesting preface - I like it. And a great biography. Best of luck with your research here on WikiTree and may you find many more cousins (smile).

Mindy Silva Mentor/Mediator Leader

posted by Mindy Silva

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