Subscription Renewals for 2022

HAFS subscriptions for the year to 30 September 2022 are now due. Prices remain the same as last year: Basic digital membership $30Printed journals and newsletters $60Printed newsletters only $45. For international postage: please add A$10. Payment Options: Please press a button below to pay with a credit card or debit card or PayPal account. […]

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Windermere - home of Tomw Winder and Ellen Johnson

The Winder Johnson DNA Project – the background

Two of the most enduring genealogical mysteries in the Winder and Hungerford families are the parentage and ancestry of Tom White Melville Winder (c1788-1853) and his wife Ellen Johnson (c1803-1887). They had one surviving son, Thomas Jr, while three of their daughters married three of the sons of Captain Emanuel Hungerford. Family legend handed down […]

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Front cover for Hungerford Heraldry

Hungerford Heraldry: Inheritance Charts 1160-1711

Author: Lesley Abrahams Cover page of Hungerford Heraldry Explore the relationships of the past and discover links to ancestral history in Hungerford Heraldry: Inheritance Charts 1160-1711.  Trace the origins of the 143 different Coats of Arms of members of the Hungerford family from 1160 to 1711 through the unique graphical inheritance charts for 47 ancestors. Introductory […]

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Tyrrell Family Donation to Pokolbin Rural Fire Brigade

On Thursday afternoon, 8 April 2021, the Tyrrell family from Pokolbin were proud to present the Pokolbin Rural Fire Brigade with a donation of $5,000. This amount was generated from the proceeds from the sales of one only 2020 wines produced by the family. The 2020 grape crop across the Hunter Valley was largely lost […]

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Hungerford Coat of Arms

Origins of the Irish Hungerfords: New Evidence

This article was extensively researched and written by Peter Sherlock [E.4.1a.6b.5c.1d.2e], and initially published in HAFS Journal Vol 15 No 4, November 2020. One of the greatest mysteries in the Hungerford family history is the origins of the Hungerfords of Ireland, and how they are connected to the medieval English Hungerford family. The ancestor thought […]

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The HAFS Library

Our President hard at work at one of our working bees Members may not be aware that we also have a significant volume of printed resources available for members’ use and research, housed at Tyrrell’s Vineyard, Pokolbin in an area of the Winery which HAFS is able to use for this purpose, thanks to the […]

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HAFS Print Resources

Our print resources list is shown below.  Remember you can search for a title or author to quickly find an entry and also sort the table by the various columns by clicking on the sort arrows in the heading row.

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HAFS Library Resources

Research Library, Pokolbin Our research library at Pokolbin contains a huge collection of information on our Hungerford ancestors in Australia, including: various books pertaining to the Hungerfords and related information, printed copies of births, marriage and death details, probate packets etc, newspaper articles, photographs and letters – all held in folders in the research room […]

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Athol Gordon Townley

“A pretty ordinary kind of bloke”

Athol Gordon Townley ~ 1905-1963 Athol Townley [E.2.7a.1b.3c=] described himself as “a pretty ordinary kind of bloke”. His demeanor may also have belied this image. In fact, despite his self-deprecation, he was quite extraordinary and led an, at times, exciting and successful life that could have been out of the pages of a Boy’s Own […]

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HAFS Journal Vol 16 No 1, May 2021 - cover

HAFS Journal Vol 16 No 1 – May 2021 – Forebears ancient and modern

Contents Editorial by Charles Sherlock Everard de Hungreford: The quest for the first Hungerford ancestor by Peter SherlockEnid – a legend in her own lifetime by Pauline Tyrrell“A pretty ordinary kind of bloke” Athol Gordon Townley – 1905-1963 by Lesley GreenwoodWilliam Jacob Watriama (1880-1925): an advocate and his family by Lesley Abrahams Please login to […]

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Journal 15-4 cover

HAFS Journal Vol 15 No 4 – November 2020 – The varied records of history

Contents Editorial by Charles Sherlock ‘An Authentic Tale’ by Pauline TyrrellOrigins of the Irish Hungerfords: new evidence by Peter SherlockHAFS Letters: 1896 – 1916 by Lesley Greenwood & Pauline Tyrrell Please login to continue reading. Not a member? Subscriptions support our research costs. Find out about joining us at our Membership page.

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April Update

This month our HAFS president Lesley Abrahams released her new book on Hungerford heraldry so we have an article about the background for her research, and we have republished some articles from earlier years about Ron Mathieson, one of the key people who contributed so much to this field. Many thanks to members for their […]

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Drawings of the effigies of Walter & Catherine Peverell

Launch of “Hungerford Heraldry ~ Inheritance Charts 1160-1711”

Our President, Lesley Abrahams (née Hungerford) [H.4a.1b.1c.1d/E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d] has spent much of the last decade researching the heraldic history of the Hungerford Family in England. The launch of Hungerford Heraldry: Inheritance Charts 1160-1711 is set for 3 May 2021, and will coincide with the anniversary of the investiture of Walter, 1st Lord Hungerford on 3 May 1421, […]

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Judith Fitz-Henry and Ron Mathieson

Ron Mathieson 1921-2006

Death of an Honorary Life Member – Ron Mathieson by Judith Fitz-Henry1 It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of our valued Honorary Life Member, Ron Mathieson, in Salisbury, England, where he and his wife Anne had retired in 1981. He had been ill for a long time, and it was […]

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Salisbury Cathedral - Photo by Ross Donald, 2013

One Week in Salisbury

There’s nothing quite like an interest in family history to discover all sorts of interesting places and people on one’s travels; and from previous brief visits we knew there would be no place quite like Salisbury, in Wiltshire, for finding out more about the Hungerfords. Thus, my husband John and I spent a memorable week […]

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