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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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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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Roy Hungerford Wilshire

A Letter From the Front, 1916

Roy Hungerford Wilshire [E.6.13a.1b] was born on 12 July 1895 at Mooriwarra, Mosman, NSW. He served with the AIF in World War I, initially as a driver with the 8th Field Ambulance, Sec A. Roy was later attached to the Australian Army Pay Corps and made an Hon 2nd Corporal. His regimental number was 6678. This […]

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Poppies knitted by Lesley Abrahams

Hungerford Families in the Great War

In 2015, HAFS published In Remembrance: Hungerford and Associated Families in the Great War 1914-1918 which was put together for the Anzac Day 2015 Centenary. HAFS member D Evan Evans [E2.2a.5b.2c.1d.1e] has now extracted core information from this publication and made it available in the PDF file below. This file lists Hungerford’s who served in […]

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Ralph Robert Schulze (photo by The Northern Daily Leader)

Ralph Schulze AM

Following the news that John Knight is most probably the first son of Emanuel Hungerford, there has been a burst of effort to document the Knight line, with many stories emerging.  Ralph Schulz (husband of John Knight’s descendant, Merilyn) has been awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). (more…)

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Readers' Choice Award 2020 (NSW)

‘Cellarbration’ – A New Award for Tyrrell’s Wines

After having to scrap the 2020 vintage from its Hunter Valley vineyards due to smoke taint from the bushfires, Tyrrell’s Wines was thrilled to receive the Gourmet Traveller WINE‘s Cellar Door Award – Readers’ Choice Award. This award has been initiated by Vintec (makers of wine cabinets) in conjunction with Gourmet Traveller WINE‘s Cellar Door […]

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John Knight

John Knight DNA breakthrough

John Knight The family of John Knight (1812-1912) grew up with the story that he was the illegitimate son of Emanuel Hungerford [E]. Now, two hundred years later, we have proof. Who was John Knight? John Knight was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1812. He came to Australia in 1828 on the Alexander Henry […]

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A Pandemic Remembrance

Hard on the heels of drought and bushfire, we have been hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic which has us “social distancing”, taking our temperatures and learning to wash our hands like never before. Fortunately, it is really physical distancing that is required and most of us have been able to stay connected with our […]

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Bushfire burning at Cadelgo, Berambing, 15 Dec 2019

Some Bushfire Stories

Bushfire burning at Cadelgo, Berambing, 15 Dec 2019 Over the last few months, we have had record-breaking drought, heat and bush fires – their intensity and spread worse than ever. In other areas, more recently, we have had extreme wind and hail. Unfortunately, some of our members and their close families have lost buildings, trees, […]

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Some Sydney Hungerford Houses

Editor’s Note: These articles were written by Brett Harvey [E.1.1a.15b.1c.1d.1e=] and originally published in HAFS Journal Vol 13 No 1 (May 2015) and HAFS Journal Vol 13 No 3 (May 2016). Bramhall – Jersey Street, Strathfield – Home of Florence Edith Chapman [E.8.7a] and Charles Frederick Lindeman [E.8.7a=] In the late 1800’s there were many […]

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Pilcher’s Paddock

Pilcher’s Paddock is mentioned in the article Some Sydney Hungerford Houses. There is an interesting connection between the original owner, Charles Pilcher QC and the Hungerford family. Charles was the youngest son of Henry Incledon Pilcher and his wife Eliza Bradley. Henry was born 17 February 1799 in Barnstable, Devon, England. His father was Edward […]

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Sheldon Manor (entrance)

Sheldon Manor

(near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England) A study of the Hungerford family history from the time of Sir Thomas of the 14th century to the time of the loss of their estates through the excesses of Sir Edward (Spendthrift) Hungerford in the 17th century involves a study of English history from the end of the Crusades to […]

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Constance (Con) Muriel Evans (nee Burton-Bradley) c1930 (born 30 October 1909, died 15 April 1975)

The Water Colourist of Redcamp: Constance Evans (nee Burton-Bradley)

Constance Muriel (Con) Hungerford [E2.2a.5b.2c] was a descendent of the enterprising Hungerford (maternal) and the seafaring Burton-Bradley (paternal) families. Con was the second child of Muriel (nee Hungerford [E2.2a.5b] and Prowett Burton-Bradley (married 28 September 1906, St Paul’s, Wellington, New Zealand), and their older son was Robert Prowett (Bob) Burton Bradley (born 14 May 1908, […]

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Phillipa Shelly Jones

A New Role for Phillipa Shelly Jones

Philippa Shelly Jones [E.2.3a.6b.5c.2d.1e] was recently elected to the Board of the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is also the Editor of the publication ASSOCIATIONS at Associations Forum and has previously worked as a solicitor. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law, Grad Dip in Education and Certificate in Genealogical Research. Philippa brings with her a […]

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