HAFS Journal Vol 13 No 3 – May 2016


Hungerford Houses of Ashfield, byBrett Harvey;

Listing of Hungerfords in the British House of Commons,  by Stanley Hungerford;

William Peter Hungerford  (‘Bill’) – [E.6.2a.1b.2c], by Peter and Chris Hungerford;

Merlin Herbert Hungerford [H.4a.5b / E.6.5a.5b], by Lesley Abrahams;

Thiawanda, The Slopes, Kurrajong, NSW, by Antony Guy Hungerford.


Houses in which a family lives for generations play a major part in forming relationships, habits, social attitudes, and approaches to life. In the previous issue, Brett Harvey and Pauline Tyrrell began to open this new line of Hungerford research, exploring a number of such houses in the Hunter Valley

Now Brett Harvey [E.1.1a.15b.1c.1d.1e=] takes the theme from the country to the city, exploring a number of houses with Hungerford associations in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield – a place of refined living in the nineteenth century. The information gathered is delightfully supplemented by a range of graphics and photographs old and new (which show up well in the colour web edition).

Lesley Abrahams [H.4a.1b.1c.1d/E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d] continues her research into Hungerford relatives with whom she has had close associations. Merlin Herbert Hungerford [H.4a.5b / E.6.5a.5b] is the subject of her article in this issue, supplemented by material about ‘Thiawanda’ , the house in which ‘Uncle Merle’ spent much of his life.

In similar vein, Peter (E.6.2a.1b.2c.1d) and Chris Hungerford [E.6.2a.1b.2c.5d] offer an insight into the life of their father, William Peter Hungerford (‘Bill’) [E.6.2a.1b.2c]. If some families ‘stayed put’, others moved around as wealth, work and interests demanded: Bill’s peripatetic life is perhaps more typical of recent generations than earlier ones.

Taking an even longer historical view is the work done by Stanley Hungerford [SH 1310] on Hungerfords in the English House of Commons. He uncovered a surprisingly large number of Parliamentarians carrying that name – and there may well be more relatives with other surnames who have served there.

On behalf of the Society, may I richly thank our authors for the care in research and writing which each shows. As a result, this Journal. continues to offer material that not only opens new dimensions of learning, but is also interesting!

Charles Sherlock

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