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Monday, February 22, 2010

"Makes Me Happy" Number 8

Hello,

This week for "Makes Me Happy Monday" I have gone for something completely different again. I am Happy that I know my "Family History". I am a descendant of Robert Carter Convict Number 3180. Robert went on to become a relatively prosperous wheatbelt farmer. Robert and his wife's grave is at the local cemetery. Yesterday we drove out there to take these photo's. Now at the cemetery there is parking either right up at the top or in a car park beside the road before you go in. We decided to park there because the grave is along the first row of graves. We had a bit of a walk to get there. I knew where the grave was but Ian didn't. Luckily he stopped and asked if this was it. I replied no it wasn't. We started walking again and I stopped in my tracks. Just in front of me was a snake!!!! I let it pass on its way and quickly moved on myself. I don't know why these creatures appear in front of me, I just hate them.
Robert and Phoebe have a lovely resting place under the shade of a tree.

This book has been written about all the descendants of Robert and Phoebe Carter. It contains lots of information articles from newspapers and information on which ships people were sent to Australia on.


Late last year while browsing the tables at the Library Book Sale I came across this book called Reflections-Profiles of 150 Women who helped make West Australia's History. This book was produced by the Women's Committee for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations to commemorate the State's sesquincentenary. I knew there was a chance that a relative would be in this and I was right. Jane Adams another relative was picked to be one of the 150 women who had a massive influence on our State's history.
I am so pleased that I can look at these books and know that my family history has been tracked and is still being tracked.
I hope you all have a "Happy Monday".
Bev C

13 comments:

Lurline said...

Not nice about the snake , but the rest is a really lovely story, thanks!
Hugs - Lurline♥

teresa said...

Wow how amazing to have so much information on your heritage. Great post Bev, I really enjoyed reading it. Happy Monday to you!!

Julia said...

Lovely story...I love to read about history.
Oh, so glad the snake did not bite you..
Julia ♥

Anita said...

Wow Bev, lucky find with the book. I can't get over how much detail has been put into the headstone. I love the fencing around the grave too, there is a fair bit of that fencing around several of the older headstone up at that cemetery. Kind regards, Anita.

Sue said...

Isn't it fascinating to follow the family tree? I too have pioneer convict ancestors and it enthralls me. If the snake is your totem he will keep you safe.

retdairyqueen said...

Lovely to know so much about your ancestry

Bobbie Lynn said...

That is so interesting, I hate snakes too. Happy Monday to you too. Reason for my Happy Monday. A new computer : )

SHELL'S SHED said...

How wonderful to have such a record of your family history and what an interesting grave stone - wouldn't have liked the snake either. Happy Monday to you Bev and wishes for a great week too :0)
Shell x

Shiree said...

how lovely to know your family history & heritage and be able to trace it like that. Hmm I am glad that we don't have snakes here! Happy Monday to you also, although it is now Wednesday...

chris said...

Lovely post Bev, interesting that you have both sides of Nanna & Grandfather's Family included.
Cemeteries are such interesting places to visit - aside from the snakes that is!

Cybele's patch said...

It is wonderful to know so much about your family's history and to be able to visit a family grave that is so old.
Snakes don't have respect for cemeteries any more;-) Those creepy animals were one of the reasons I didn't want to stay in Australia.

Margaret said...

First I like your huge sunflower. I bought two packets of seed I think the birds ate the first packet and the second pkt I watched like a hawke and I havevery small flowers that are dying through the lack of water. Fmily history is great finding out about our forbears, you ae lucky to still have the headstones standing.

Pauline said...

I agree, Bev. Knowing your family history makes for happy days. I can't claim a convict but I believe there was an axe murderer mixed in there somewhere. My grandmother told me about it, then clammed up and wouldn't give me any details, just saying it was "alright, it was a crime of passion"!!