Geoff Masters

Geoff Masters

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Geoff W. Masters
Born 1940s.
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I was born in Parramatta, NSW, Australia when the second World War still had 12 months to run. My Father had just been discharged from the army on medical grounds and resumed working with his father.He had married my mother in November 1942 prior to being shipped out to New Guinea . When the troops were gathering at Townsville to be loaded on ships Bert was taken off the list and admitted to hospital. He had severe dermatitis and spent two months there until they would release him. He was also given an immediate Medical Discharge from the army. He has had to be very careful of being out in the sun all his life. However, it got my parents together a lot quicker than they thought it would happen. I was born in August 1944 at Parramatta, I used to tell mum that I knew I was born in the Parramatta Girls Home. It always brought on a grin.

Not long after my birth the family moved from Sydney to Lake Macquarie near Newcastle, NSW, to a dairy in a more country type area and the Second Dairy farm they found suited them in all the things they wanted. It was located at the Northern end of Lake Macquarie and is now known as Munnibung Hill. By the time we settled onto the dairy I was two years old and into all the usual terrible two antics. At this time I was given my first pet A black retriever cross I called FOUR, It was the only word I could say clearly enough that the dog knew and recognised. All my growing up years were spent in this area even after we sold the dairy. My parents built their first home on the shores of the lake which was only about a mile from the dairy gates. Needles to say I and my friends spent a lot of time in the lake & on Munnibung, a lot of happy memories were created there.

Living 50 yards {sorry 55 meters} from the lake made for a great childhood, most play & group games took place either in or around the water. Probably the only thing you wanted to do by yourself was to have some quite time fishing. This was a pastime that didn’t require any money or any support at all. If you had a hand-line {everybody did} all you needed was some flour to moisten and make a dough, this was rolled into small balls the size of a pea and that was your bait, some of the best fish I ever caught succumbed to a rusty hook & a bit of flour.

During summer we would grab a sheet of corrugated iron, probably one that dad had put away to use for repairs to the chook house, bend & belt it into the shape of a boat then stick up the seams with tar that we would dig up of the road. That tin boat was paddled all over the lake until the day the seams came apart and it sunk. You would swim home & cadge another sheet of corrugated iron from somewhere and start again. There would be a lot of old tin boats on the bottom of that lake.

Sports I played included Soccer, first for Lake Macquarie & then Warners Bay when that club started up. Sailing, both for pleasure & with Speers Point VJ Sailing Club, I sailed with others as forehand until my parents bought me a second hand boat “MISS GWYNNE.” But probably my greatest love in sport was Swimming, I was a member of the Newcastle Premiere Swimming Club at Newcastle Ocean Baths. I would catch a bus to Newcastle every Sunday morning to compete. A lot of time was also spent with friends & as luck would have it, we lived in an area of great diversity, one side was the lake & on the other side was Munnibung Hill. It abounded in fruity orchards & dams that provided great fun and plenty of bellyaches.

I married at 24 years of age & I was 29 when the best two things that ever came into my life besides my wife arrived. First was my son and then my daughter two years later. I started my working life as a Butcher but after 16 years of hard work and very little reward I gave it up & started work in the Zinc Smelter on the other side of Munnibung Hill at what was then called The Sulphide Corp. I stayed there the rest of my working days until I was forced to retire early with FSH muscular dystrophy with complications. The complications of Central Line Pain commonly known as Central Pain Syndrome or (CPS}, This is a Chronic Neuropathic Pain that never stops and now I have developed Narcolepsy. That is all I'll say about that here!

What got me into Genealogy ? It was after I retired we took a trip to Tasmania and part of that trip was a couple of days at Port Arthur Penal Settlement, [1], While doing the tour of the old gaol I started to think & wonder how my family get to be in Australia. Was one or more of my ancestors a convict ? I had no idea. As soon as I returned home I started with what I knew which at that time only went back to my grandparents on both sides of the family. Knowing that was more than enough to get me started and in no time I had the basics of the original settlers that started my MASTERS family in Australia. Well the MASTERS weren't convicts but some of the people they married were either a convict or of convict stock.

That was years ago, it was 1994 to be exact, now I have nearly 10,000 people that connect to the MASTERS in some way. I will in time add them to my tree and place the text files I have for some of my relatives, by that I mean the ones that are important to not only me, but all the MASTERS family. There will also be an album of photos of both people & Documents. When it is complete I imagine it will be quite large, I do hope you enjoy it.


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With my mobility problems my help will be limited to assisting in research matters like where to find and what to look for. Plus using any of my purchased records I have. These deal with BDM in parishes of Co Durham and Somerset mostly
MY BEECROFT Family all originated in Hertfordshire, England. The spelling of their name can vary to all forms of Beecroft to Barecroft & Bacraft.
My BOULTON family are from the Pilton area of Somerset. However, my line moved to London for a period of approximately 25 years before coming to Australia.
My Maternal line, the CRICHTON family have been located in Alyth Perthshire for as far back as I have gone which is the Mid 1600's.
My CROSS family of Ely Cambridgeshire are another old family that are recorded back to mid 1600's as well.
My interest her is doing Orphaned Profiles by writing or editing the Biography in the details of their life. As well as entering Sources that will prove those life events really are true.
My 3x great Grandmother Maria HACKETT married her cousin and became a MASTERS. This was the MASTERS family that set out to come to Australia, but sadly Maria died just a couple of days before reaching Sydney Cove and was buried at sea..
My interests in Ireland have been very difficult to track down & still are.HENRY: a surname that is a pain to search for as every Henry on the planet becomes your 2X grt grandfather, Even the given names turn up. They came from Londonderry early 1800's to Durham.MOORE: Thomas and his wife Catherine FENNESSEY very confusing as to where they are or were some records indicate Waterford others say Tipperary. RYAN: Joanna of Tipperary born 1860. has been Found. .JOHNSON: Mary (Convict}
Maskey, a name that is a little bit of a mystery. Sentenced to 7 years transportation yet is given a Certificate of EMANCIPATION just after his arrival in the colony, Strange. To me emancipation means Freedom and my dictionary agrees, this makes John a bigger mystery than I thought he was. All solved, After being sentenced he spent 2½ years held on the Prison Hulk "CAPTIVITY" before he was transported out to NSW.
My Main line of interest. Anyone that has any Photo's or documents dealing with My MASTERS of parishes around Pilton & Shepton Mallet & Doulting of Somerset, ENG. Also from the St Mary's, Penrith & Parramatta areas of NSW, Australia, I would love a copy..
The MOON family come into my family in a few of ways by marriage the last one being my 2x great grandfather William Crichton married the daughter of Henry & Janet Moon nee Crichton after coming out to work for Henry again as he did in Scotland.
My NEWELL/NEWEL My main interest is in father and son, both named William the son being my NEWELL who travelled to Australia. He had recently been made a widower with a stepson and a daughter and met a young woman who was travelling out to marry, but on arrival she found that her intended had died. Six months later she married the widower and finally settled in Sydney where they raised their family of Newells.
My closest family here are from Perthshire, the CRICHTON family all seem to be at Alyth, My MOON family are at Blaire Athol, Blairegownie, Longforgan. Then I have the MacLeods & the McLeans from the Isle of Skye.
The names beside places are just the two principle names, but there are many others that connect to them.ENG; Somerset,(Masters + Porch) Dorset, ( Orchard) Suffolk,( Proctor) Cambridge, ( Cross + Forman) Lincolnshire,( Maskey + Harley ) Co Durham, ( Punshon + Fenwick ) WALES; Monmouthshire (Pritchard + Daniels ) Breconshire & Gloucestershire (Hill + Cox ) SCOTLAND; Perthshire (Crichton Taylor Moon ) Isle of Skye, Inverness, ( MacLeod + McLean.))


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On 3 Nov 2018 at 15:08 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Geoff ,

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.

On 6 Jun 2018 at 20:47 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Geoff

You have received the England badge for being an active member of the England Project.

Thank you!!


On 7 Apr 2018 at 20:40 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Geoff

I am just checking in to see how things are going.

I know you are busy beavering away on the Orphan Trail, and on behalf of the England Team, I wanted to thank you for all the TLC you are giving to the England Orphans.

Once you have finished the trail, I will get back with you and help you find your niche in the Project.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Wendy Project Coordinator for Welcome and Integration.

On 8 Mar 2018 at 01:13 GMT Alan Radecki wrote:

Re: your edits to John mentioned you wondered why the time delay between sentencing and transportation. Have you read the book Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes? If not, you can pick up a copy fairly cheap on Amazon. It's essential reading for descendents of convicts, and explains the politics going on in England at the time which created the delay.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 22:20 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Thanks for having a Big Heart and adopting Orphan Profiles. You will want to read this After Adopting Orphans to understand what to do next.

On 2 Jan 2018 at 15:22 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

On 25 Nov 2017 at 04:55 GMT Geoff Masters wrote:

Category:Australian Convicts and First Settlers Project

I'm starting into Projects and will start with the following this as it is a subject that I have a good interest in. My Tree contains quite a few of both classes of Immigrants. Could be very interesting.

It is interesting, as it's a non working project.

On 24 Nov 2017 at 10:35 GMT Butch Smith wrote:

Hi, Geoff

Thank you for self-certifying for the Pre-1700 badge! Participation in a project is strongly encouraged for those wishing to edit Pre-1700 profiles.

It looks like England or Scotland would be a good fit with the tags you entered. Adding the tags ENGLAND and SCOTLAND will help you get updates about activity for that project.

Do you have any questions? Let me know. I'm happy to help! :-)

Thanks,Butch ~ Wiki Messenger

On 21 Nov 2017 at 00:43 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Geoff, I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on becoming one of the newest Red Badged "Generous Genealogist", Your assistance to Wikitree members has been noticed and appreciated by others. Thank you!

On 28 Oct 2017 at 15:39 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:

Hi Geoff –

We are happy to have you as a member of WikiTree. I hope you’re enjoying being here.

I'm a member of the Mentor project, and I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can help you with?

Shirley – WikiMentor

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