GSQ BlogMarinersDavid Brown of GreenockThe Next Genealogy Journey – Discovering an Adventurer.


The Next Genealogy Journey – Discovering an Adventurer. — 10 Comments

  1. Great story. I always think there are so many fascinating stories in our ancestors’ lives provided we can track them down as you have painstakingly done. You often don’t know where their story will lead until you get there.

    • So true, Sue. I also think that David’s wife, Matilda, must have been an amazing woman, too. She was raising the children alone most of the time, it seemed. Then to have been matron at the lazaret on Peel Island would not have been an easy job.

  2. As well as sharing an extraordinary story you have given us a useful lesson on how to research, the vast amount of information to be found in newspaper archives, and shown that persistence reaps great rewards. Thank you for a great story.

  3. Thank you, Rosemary. I’m new to blogging so am thankful for this opportunity through GSQ. My aim in my series of blogs is not only to tell a story but also to show how I acquired and confirmed the relevant information. I want to share my mistakes and my successes for the benefit of my readers.

  4. Thanks Ross, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Who would have thought that a newspaper from Tasmania would complete your research of family at the top end of Australia!

    • Hi Gayle. Sorry for late response as I was working on later blogs. Final one for this year is due to be published in November, I think. Thank you for your comments. Yes, thank goodness for Trove. There may have been other newspaper reports that provided that information but the Tasmanian one came up first.

  5. I really enjoyed your story Ross and how you were able to confirm the people and events. I travelled a lot through the Solomons and am interested in the black birding history of South Sea Islanders so reading about what happened to the copra traders was also very interesting

    • Christine, I must have missed your comment earlier, sorry. Yes, the blackbirding in the region was probably the reason the natives turned on the crew members on David’s ship. Since finding the story, I’ve often wondered if innocent trading was all they did on his ships. I have not found any evidence that the Elibank Castle was involved in the practice. I’d like to think they were innocent readers in the wrong place at the wrong time but not all findings on our ancestors’ characters are pleasant.

  6. A brilliant blog Ross. I enjoyed tracing the steps in your research and as for the story…what a nightmare! I can imagine your delight when you discovered the final proof of identity. After all that’s the wonder of family history research. I look forward to reading your next blog.

    • Hi Beverley. Sorry for my late response. Thank you for your kind comments. I think we often believe our ancestors were ‘just ordinary people’ but when we dig deep enough, some of them had extraordinary lives. My latest blog (August) was about three generations of William Lamberts with the first arriving in South Australia just a few years after settlement. I’m currently working on my final one for the year, a William Jones. Where from, you might ask. Why, Wales of course! I’ve had to leave this one a few times out of sheer frustration but I’ll get there in the end.

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