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Projects and Profiles

Here are some of the projects and profiles that I have researched, commenced or improved (in no particular order):

Australian Army Generals: more than 150 men who have been generals in the Australian Army have been identified (leaving those men and women living and/or still serving for now).

Australia's Victoria Cross recipients: not only Australia's 96 Imperial Victoria Cross and four Victoria Cross for Australia recipients, but have also located the two men born in Australia who were awarded the VC after migrating to the United Kingdom, the eighteen who attained the VC whilst members of a foreign army but then migrated to Australia, and the three who spent time working in Australia after they had been awarded the VC.

The First Christian Weddings in Australia: were 'garden weddings', held under a gum tree beside Sydney Cove (Circular Quay) on Sunday 10th February 1788 and officiated by the military chaplain, Reverend Richard Johnson.

Aussies involved in The Great Escape: from Stalag Luft III on 24-25th March 1944 included nine Australians six who were amongst the 76 escapees and three who had helped in the preparations; the six were re-captured, with five counted amongst the fifty ordered to be executed – murdered – by Hitler.

Australian Army Chaplains: Chaplains are ordained Christian clergymen who minister to serving soldiers, wherever they may be found. Chaplains have served in every conflict involving Australian Army servicemen and colonial conflicts prior to that. They are non-combatants but share the same danger to see to it that our soldiers are cared for in a balanced way, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually in war and peace.

The Rum Rebellion: is Australia's military coup; when the military regiment and civilian instigators treasonously overthrew the vice-regal colonial government on Sunday 26th January 1808. This is a genealogical view of the key people involved.

New South Wales Sudan Contingent: is a project on the New South Wales Military Force contingent to the Soudan (Sudan) Campaign of 1885. It includes a list of the 770 officers and soldiers on the expedition.

Governors of New South Wales: a list of the 39 governors from 1788 with links to their profiles and a brief note regards their most-positive contribution.

Governors of Queensland: a list of the 26 governors from 1859 with links to their profiles and a brief note regards their most-positive contribution.

Paddle to Australia: George Paddle, aka Paddle, was the first of Ken's family to live in Australia in 1790 – as a convict of the Second Fleet. This page include's Ken's research into the family, including a list of the 125 family members who served in either (or both) The Great War and Second World War.

Operation Jaywick & MV Krait: honours the fourteen men of Operation Jaywick who, during the Second World War attacked and sunk Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour (once more proving that the 'fortress' was not invincible!) and returned home to tell about it.

Australia's Christian Heritage: Considering the many men and women who have contributed immensely to Australia's health and wealth leads us to many whose very existence is total dedication to their Lord and Master, Christ Jesus.

Queen's Men Honour Roll: more than 1,300 young Queenslanders have attained the highest award that The Boys' Brigade has to offer, including senators, soldiers and seminarians. This page looks at who they were / are.

Australian Nurses of the Vyner Brooke: 65 Aussie nurses evacuated Singapore aboard the Vyner Brooke on 14th February 1942. Two days later 16 died in the sinking of the ship by Japanese aircraft; two further days on and 21 were callously and criminally machine-gunned down by Japanese soldiers; and just 24 of 32 who became prisoners-of-war lived to be repatriated home at the end of the war. Profiles have been created for each lady, but several still require connection to the Tree.

Australia's War Correspondents have done immeasurable work on creating and building the 'ANZAC legend'. Am creating and improving profiles, ensuring they're connected to the Tree.

Profiles of Influential and Notable People

Below are some of the profiles of influential or notable men and women to which I have contributed (arranged alphabetically):


Christian Ministry

Art & Culture

  • Florence Austral, was an Australian operatic soprano renowned for her interpretation of the most demanding Wagnerian female roles.
  • Nancy Cato, Australian writer who published more than twenty historical novels, biographies and volumes of poetry.
  • Charles Chauvel, was an Australian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter in a period when the Australian film industry had virtually collapsed.
  • Frances Ridley Havergal, composer of Take My Life.
  • Ion Idriess, one of Australia's finest authors, known for his narrative, story style of writing.
  • Slim Dusty, Australian country music legend.
  • Louise Mack, Australian poet, journalist, war correspondent, newspaper editor, novelist, autobiographer/memoirist and public lecturer.
  • Joy McKean, known as the 'grand lady' of Australian country music, Joy is recognised as one of Australia's leading songwriters and bush balladeers.
  • Phillip Schuler, is one of Australia’s most significant First World War war correspondents and photographers; who died of wounds in 1917.
  • Nevil Shute, was an English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia.
  • Arthur Upfield, a veteran of Gallipoli and the Western Front, was an English-Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon "Bony" Bonaparte.



  • Artie Beetson first Indigenous Australian to captain his country in any sport and is frequently cited as the greatest post-war forward in Australian rugby league history.
  • Sir Jack Brabham, Australia's greatest car racing driver, the only person to win the Formula One World Championship in a car that he has built.
  • Teddy Flack, was Australia's first Olympic Gold Medallist, before Australia was even a nation, a sports administrator, a prominent accountant, and a successful dairy farmer.
  • Reg Gasnier, 'Puff the Magic Dragon' represented Australia in a then-record 36 Tests and three World Cup games.
  • Duncan Thompson, amongst the finest Australian rugby league footballers of the twentieth century and regarded as the father of modern coaching.


  • Ludwig Leichhardt, German-Australian naturalist and explorer of northern and central Australia.
  • Mike Leyland, was the older of the intrepid Australian explorers, adventurers and filmmakers, the Leyland Brothers.


  • Thomas Evans, stole some horses; arrived in the colony of New South Wales per the Countess of Harcourt on 8th September 1828; was drafted to work for Wm Hutchinson; as a groom for his horses.
  • Paul Lutherborrow, found guilty of grand larceny, arrived in the ten-year old penal colony of New South Wales aboard the Barwell on 18th May 1798; appointed the first schoolmaster at St Anne's church school and parish clerk of the church.
  • George Patfield, aka George Paddle, stole four donkeys (stop laughing!); arrived on the 'Death Ship', the Second Fleet transport Neptune in June 1790; after serving his time he built up a property of 120 acres, however, then fell foul of the Rum Corps and their trading monopoly.
  • Aaron Pearce, arrived in the colony of New South Wales per the Admiral Gambier in 1811 and assigned to the Government Establishment at Pennant Hills; purchased 600acs at the corner of the Lane Cove Road (Pacific Hwy) and the Pennant Hills Road (in today's Wahroonga), the intersection becoming known as Pearce's Corner; arguably Greater Sydney's best-known landmark.
  • William Pincham, court martialled for desertion from the Wiltshire Regiment of Militia; arrived in New South Wales on 26th July 1807 on the Duke of Portland; assigned to the Government Establishment, Pennant Hills.


  • Robert Campbell Snr, was one of New South Wales' pioneer merchants and ship-builders, loyal to the crown's representative, Governor William Bligh, during the Rum Rebellion; his home, Duntroon, is today the officers' mess of the Royal Military Academy.
  • Hector Crawford, one of the best-known and most respected names in the history of Australian entertainment.
  • Joe Hammond, arrived in New South Wales aboard Shackamaxam on 3rd September 1863 and established a butchering business on Sydney's north shore, later known as Hammond Bros. Butchers.
  • Wally Kennard, established W. Kennard & Company, now Kennards Hire and Kennards Self-Storage.
  • Thomas Sutcliffe Mort was an Australian businessman, entrepreneur, pastoralist and philanthropist who wore his Christian beliefs 'on his sleeve'.
  • Sir Leslie Thiess CBE, was a Queensland, Australia, construction and mining industries entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of Thiess Bros, later known as Thiess Pty Ltd.
  • David Webster, founder of Webster's Cakes & Biscuits.

Government & Diplomacy

  • Sir Samuel Griffith is credited with drafting the Queensland Criminal Code and the federal Judiciary Act, and played a key role in the drafting of the Australian Constitution.
  • Sir Thomas McIlwraith KCMG, was for many years the dominant figure of colonial politics in Queensland and three times premier; annexed British New Guinea, later Papua.

and Profiles of influential folk on which I am working

Outside my projects, I am improving the following profiles:

My Extended Family

And, finally, on what family profiles I am mostly concentrating:

  • Henry Evans, is my 2 x great grandfather. Filling out his life story. His father remains a brick wall.
  • Elizabeth Badgery nee Evans; continuing to build her family tree upwards to the present time.
  • Tyson Evans, my nephew; continuing to improve his profile.
  • George Patfield / Paddle, my 5 x great grandfather and the first of my family to arrive in the colonies, Second Fleet 1790. Whilst his name in both England and New South Wales was Patfield, aboard ship it was Paddle. He remains a brick wall. Also working on adding fellow Neptune convicts to WikiTree.
  • Alexander Barron, my 2 x great grandfather and my first Queenslander needs his Scottish life and heritage build-up.
  • William Waterhouse, my 4 x great grandfather; currently a brick wall.
  • Richard Worthing, is my 3 x great grandfather. His pre-convict life in England requires much research.

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