The Hungerford & Associated
Families Society Inc

The Hungerford & Associated Families Society Inc is dedicated to researching the history of the Hungerford family in Australia and New Zealand, including families associated through marriage and descent. We’re a not-for-profit association incorporated in New South Wales, Australia. 

Emanuel Hungerford and Catherine Loane migrated to Sydney in 1828 on the Alexander Henry, bringing their family, animals and equipment, soon settling in the Hunter Valley. Emanuel’s cousins followed, creating various other lines of Hungerfords. Unusually, three of Emanuel’s and Catherine’s sons married daughters of Tom White Melville Winder and Ellen Johnson, so they are shared ancestors for many Hungerford descendants today and a pre-dominant associated family. 

The Hungerford family has its roots in medieval times in England, evidenced by the coats of arms and tombs of Salisbury Cathedral, and the ruins of Farleigh-Hungerford Castle. Emanuel’s more recent roots were in Cork, Ireland where Hungerfords had married with wealthy Anglo-Irish families like the Daunts, Bechers and Boyles.

Today, our family members number in the thousands, from many backgrounds, on the land and in the city, in New South Wales and around the world.  We welcome you to join our Society, whether you’re associated by birth or adoption, marriage or friendship.  We have thousands of transcripts and photographs to assist members with their family research and we will be returning to in-person events in 2022. You can connect with cousins and continue the heritage for future generations. ‘

Portrait of Catherine Loane

Catherine Loane and Emanuel Hungerford

Read the story of Emanuel and Catherine arriving in Sydney with their family and moving to the Hunter Valley, where wine-making and farming families became established.
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Emanuel Hungerford
Emanuel Hungerford

Hungerford descendant lines

Read about the children of the first two generations in Australia to start your family research. HAFS has extensive records of each generation, so get in touch if you need more, or have documents or photos to contribute.  

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Ellen Winder

The Winder family

Three of Hungerford sons married daughters of Tom and Ellen Winder in the first generation in Australia, so they are shared ancestors for many. If you are a Winder descendant, so please join us or send an email.
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Find your family

Are you a descendant?

Is your surname in our list of descendants of Hungerfords and associated families? 
Start your family research today then contact us for assistance.

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Featured news and posts

Garth Hungerford Awarded!

Garth Hungerford (the son of our past patron, the Hon Barrie Hungerford) is a vital member of the Wagga community as a health advocate and advisor.
He was recently honoured with the Volunteer of the Year award at the 24th Annual NSW Health Awards.

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Oscar Oberg [E.8.6a.4b.4c.2d.1e]

For Oscar, a country kid from Yass, NSW, who went to Shore on Sydney Harbour, a life back on the farm after graduating school in 2002 just wasn’t for him.

Instead, a five year degree in Business and Law at the University of Technology Sydney was where he wanted to be, although he admits at 18 years of age you don’t really know what you want to do.

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Sir Walter Hungerford

Recently our American cousins put out a request for additional information about a painting of Sir Walter Hungerford that had been spotted in a Christie’s auction catalogue. The question was:
“Question for Lesley Abrahams or other heraldic experts. See the photos of the pertinent pages of a 2012 auction below. I see the Hungerford shield and scythes. I am aware that at least one English Hungerford was a falconer (but I can’t remember the name on the print I saw somewhere). Anyone know who this man may be? He is no doubt a Hungerford.”

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Anglo-Irish History

Anglo-Irish Heritage

The Irish Hungerfords are descendants of the English Hungerfords who once ruled from Farleigh-Hungerford Castle, where a museum remains.  See how they are related.

Hungerford Heraldry

Lesley Abrahams published this beautiful new book in 2021. See how the heraldry of the Hungerfords reflects their marriages with noble families over 600 years. 

The Jackson Papers

The Rev Jackson spent many years researching the history of the Hungerfords in England and Ireland.  We acquired a digital copy of part of this collection which is now being indexed and transcribed. 


Have some fun and satisfaction with one of these projects. Work from home or meet up with other members.  

Planning a website

Website 2.0

We’re renovating our website. Five years since we started it, we’ve uploaded over thirty years of journals, created pages of research links and reference tables. We have a growing list of people receiving our monthly email and recently we started a HAFS facebook page too.

But now we have more than 50 pages and 255 posts and too many categories. And our journals are still hard to search and navigate. 

It’s time to re-organise and include new features for members. Your feedback and ideas are appreciated.

Unlock the past

We have over thirty years of our Society’s journals stored in PDF files on the website, but Google doesn’t search their contents and it’s hard for a web user to get straight to what they search for.  Past journals contain fascinating stories and research by earlier members on a range of topics, so you’ll go on a discovery tour.

You can retype the text or edit text which we have scanned.  In many cases we have the original Word documents sent to the editor and just need a proof read of the versions.

Pick your favourite journal article from the Table of Contents or we can pick one for you.

DNA Testing

We’ve had some interesting discoveries with DNA analysis and now we’re trying to solve two longstanding mysteries. 

Was Tom White Melville Winder really the illegitimate child of the Duke of Wellington? And was Ellen Johnson the daughter of Margaret Mooney or a different woman in the colony of Sydney around 1800? 

If you’re a descendant of Ellen and Tom, and not a descendant of Hungerfords, then you can be a big help. 

Follow the stories as they unfold. Perhaps you have a mystery to solve?