About me

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in history and curious about where my family came from. Although busy working part-time as an academic Librarian and with 2 young children and hubby to manage, I try to spend as much time as I can piecing together the lives’ of my ancestors. This blog is an attempt to share some of my discoveries and my adventures along the way.

If you think we are related somehow, please say ‘hi’ via comments or email me at tanya (dot) stclairhoney (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tanya, Australia


9 thoughts on “About me

  1. I am the granddaughter of Rupert Wesley Simmons. My dad James Rupert Simmons WA his eldest son and also a veteran of WW2.

  2. Hi
    This is George Smede, great-grandson of George Thomas and son of George Athol.
    Thanks for your work! Have yet to read it all, but am very excited to have stumbled across your blog. Very happy to help if you have any questions etc..

    thanks again

  3. Oops, sorry! Grandson, not great-grandson. I’m not that old yet ;)
    I’m in contact with a lot of Smedes (obviously) so I’ll check with them if anyone knows about GTs bankruptcy.
    ps I was given GT’s fob watch by my dad, so there’s something else in common.

  4. I am the great great grand-daughter of Thomas Robinson who was the first land grant holder in Byron Creek, later Bangalow. If you go to the Bangalow Historical Society’s museum, you will find my book “Thomas and Charlotte Robinson and their famiies” which will tell you a LOT about the early days :-)
    Lyndy Cracknell

    • Hi Lyndy

      Thank you for your comment. I have a copy of your book and it has interesting details of early life in Bangalow. There is no doubt that Thomas’ family was very important in the formation of Bangalow.


  5. Hello distant cousin
    I also searched for years trying to track down the Smede family info but got stuck at the same place as you! We were always told they were Germans but that was it. I descend through James Frederick Smede who married Eliza Cook ( my grandparents)

    • Hi Susan

      Have you found any evidence of German descent? I’ve found nothing. The only think I have found is John Frederick SMEDES being listed in the 1841 Census as being “Foreign born”. Not completely helpful!


  6. I am a decendant of the sister of the two brothers who emigrated to Australia and who married and remained in uk.
    probably there is a german heritage as their father was a sugar burner and this was owned by germans and they brought their labour over from Germany. audrey

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