Monthly Archives: October 2010

Family history

I am discovering a rich vein of family history after visiting Walhalla, Vic. with Dad and Paritosho. On my return a work colleague suggested I search the Australian newspapers online. What an amazing resource!. I found a court report in a 1904 newspaper about my great great grandfather James Douglas who sued Thomas Noble for 99 pounds for the “seduction” of his daughter, Mary Douglas (my great aunt)..and for the “loss of the girl’s services in consequences thereof”. Tom’s lawyer asked for the court to be adjourned, and when they regathered announced that Mary and Tom had just got married! The case was adjourned “sine que” and the judge wished the couple a happy life. This confirms the birth records we found at the Walhalla Museum that list Mary having a child Estelle, “father unknown”. Dad remembers his aunt “Stella Noble” but knew nothing about this fascinating story, surprise surprise. The times they were.

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