HAFS Journal Vol 5 No 3 – May 2000


What does Heraldry Mean (Part I), by Ron Mathieson;

A Friend of the Family Hungerford: E.L. Davis Remembered, by Marlene Peterson;

Some Hungerford Skeletons in the Australian Closet, by Ron Prentice;

Two Early Australian Sisters: Ellen Johnson Winder & Mary Lister Dodds, by Peter Sherlock.


by Peter Sherlock

This issue of the Journal begins with Ron Mathieson, a long-time friend of the Hungerford family, providing a background to the study of heraldry. Future issues will continue this study, bringing his knowledge to bear on the many shields borne by Hungerfords over the centuries.

Another friend of the Hungerfords, E.L. Davis of Hungerford, Berkshire, passed away last year, and his personality, generosity and research is recalled for us by Marlene Peterson of the USA.

Next follow a series of items relating to the Australian Hungerfords and their associated families. First, Ron Prentice reveals some of the skeletons in the closet amongst the shady dealings of three of Captain Emanuel’s sons – dare we ask members for more such tales?!

Second, I have at long last written up some research completed in the mid-1990s on Ellen Johnson, wife of Tom White Melville Winder. Recently I have found some more information on Winder’s own background, suggesting that he was a coal merchant in London in the decade or so before he came to Australia, although this early venture foundered in bankruptcy.

Finally, various descendants of Thomas of Baerami tell us about the family of his daughter Florence and her husband James Kilpatrick. It is especially appropriate in our tenth year to recall Madge Kilpatrick, who died within months of the Society’s foundation. I never met this remarkable woman, but it is clear that she was both a fount of stories about the Hungerford and Loane families in Australia and back in Ireland, and a source of wisdom for many younger family members.

This issue’s ‘list’ completes the series on English probate records relating to Hungerfords. All that now remains is to finish the task of copying, transcribing, and distributing them!

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