January Family Notices

The First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay on 24 January 1788 and is shown entering Port Jackson two days later,

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Reviewed and updated: 1 January 2020

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We celebrate the following January birthdays of family and close friends.

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11th Jan: Neil, best wishes and happiness to you on your birthday. We hope that your special day is full of fun, happiness and everything that you enjoy.


News of Past Births

Our past significant events are remembered each month. This January we recall the births of the following direct ancestors from Ron and Colleen’s family tree.

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Clarabell Cowan

On 11th January 1881, at Ryan Street, South Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, to James Cowan and Isabella Smail the birth of Clarabell Cowan, a daughter, prematurely.

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Stanley Lloyd Hall

On 12th January 1919, at 137 View Street, Annandale, New South Wales, Australia, to Stanley Loftus Hall and Elsie Johnston the birth of Stanley Lloyd Hall , a son.

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15th Jan – Eva Veronica Williamson

On 15th January 1924, at Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, to Reginald George Williamson and Lucy Jane Cleary the birth of a daughter, Eva Veronica.

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17th Jan – Charlotte Robinson

On 17th January 1777, at St Mary’s Parish Church, Woodkirk, Yorkshire, England, Charlotte Robinson was baptised. Charlotte was born in 1775 in Yorkshire.

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January – Mary Brough

In January 1760, at Lymington, Hampshire, England, Colleen’s 7th great grandmother Mary Brough was born. See Her Story


Marriage News

As shown below, this month heralds the wedding anniversaries of our descendants and direct ancestors.

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Alice Urpeth to George Hindmarsh

On 3rd January 1791 at Alnwick, Northumberland, England, George Hindmarsh son of Andrew and Eleanor Hindmarsh of England married Alice Urpeth daughter of Christopher Urpeth of England. A marriage of Colleen’s 4th great grandparents, they lived their entire lives in England.

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Austina Mary Bruce to Thomas Johnston

On 11th January 1911 at Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Thomas Johnston, son of David and Margaret Johnston of Tenterfield, Australia married Austina Mary Bruce daughter of John and Wilhelmine Bruce of Queensland. A marriage of Colleen’s 1st great uncle, they grew even closer together with each passing year.

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Mary Conlan to Thomas Flanagan

On 16th January 1855 at Ballymore, Westmeath, Ireland, Thomas Flanagan son of James and Maria Flanagan of Ireland married Mary Conlan, daughter of Francis and Bridget Conlan of Ireland. A marriage of Colleen’s 2nd great grandparents, they arrived at Sydney, Australia on 27th July 1855.

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Jessie Cumming to James Smail

On 18th January 1833 at Selkirk, Scotland, James Smail son of Robert and Isabel Smail of Scotland married Jessie Cumming daughter of Thomas and Janet Cumming of Scotland. A marriage of Colleen’s 3rd great grandparents, they arrived at Sydney, Australia on 20th May 1839.


News of Past Deaths

The Death of our ancestors are not forgotten, we remember them each month on the anniversary of their death.

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Mary Fallside

In fondest memory of Mary Fallside, Colleen’s 2nd great grandmother, who passed away at Edinburgh, Scotland on 2nd January 1904. She is in our thoughts and not forgotten.

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Ernest Howard McFarlane

In fondest memory of Ernest Howard McFarlane, Ron’s uncle, who passed away at Queensland, Australia on 6th January 2015. Every goodbye is the birth of a memory; you remain in our thoughts and are not forgotten.

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Lucy Jane Cleary

In fondest memory of Lucy Jane Cleary, Colleen’s paternal grandmother, who passed away at Randwick, New South Wales, Australia on 8th January 1933. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on.

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James Cowan

In fondest memory of James Cowan, Colleen’s 2nd great grandfather, who passed away at Ryan Street, South Grafton, New South Wales, Australia on 15th January 1881. He will always remain in our thoughts.

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Ann Malone

In fondest memory of Ann Malone, Colleen’s 2nd great grandmother, who passed away at Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia on 25th January 1890. What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.

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Michael J Hindmarsh

In fondest memory of Michael J Hindmarsh, Colleen’s 3rd great grandfather, who passed away at Gerringong, New South Wales, Australia on 25h January 1867.  Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us you are in our thoughts and not forgotten.

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William Rutter

In fondest memory of William Rutter, Colleen’s 6th great grandfather, who passed away at Lymington, Hampshire, England on 28th January 1776. What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.

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Isabella Smail

In fondest memory of Isabella Smail, Colleen’s 2nd great grandmother, who passed away at Grafton, New South Wales, Australia on 29th January 1916. A memory is a keepsake of time that lives forever in the heart.

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Eva Veronica Williamson

In fondest memory of Eva Veronica Williamson, Colleen’s aunt, who passed away at Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia on 29th January 2011. We walk down memory lane because we know you’ll be found there, always in our thoughts.

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John Graham Cummins

In fondest memory of John Graham Cummins, Peter’s father-in-law, who passed away at Auburn, New South Wales, Australia on 31st January 1994. Subject to verification.


  • By default  the ‘In Memoriam’ or ‘Death’ sections of this page use the maiden name of women instead of the husband’s family name or surname.
  • Sometimes the maiden name is not known, in this circumstance the married name will be used.

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