Rob Wood

My Great Uncle Walter Holliday

Walter Holliday was born on 23 December 1891, at home, in Schwanfelder Place, Beeston, Leeds in Yorkshire, England; the eighth of nine children born to William and Mary Ann (nee Ward) Holliday.  He was my paternal grandmother’s younger brother.

At the age of 21, he decided to leave England and come and live with my grandparents in Rockhampton, Queensland. Continue reading

From Beeston to Park Avenue and the opportunity for a better life

My Paternal grandparents, Eli and Elizabeth Ann “Lizzie” Wood

Eli, my paternal grandfather, was the 9th of 10 children born to William & Mary (nee Marwood) Wood, born on 1 May 1868.

Eli’s father died on 4 April 1872, when he was not quite 4 years old.  The cause of death, shown on his death certificate is “Phthisis”, a 19th Century term for Tuberculosis. Continue reading

My ‘elusive’ grandfather – George Frederick Davies

I started my own family history research some 25 years ago.  At the time, I was the Historical and Genealogical Officer with the New South Wales Land Titles Office, and had been assisting the general public for many years, through early land records research.  I only ever knew one grandparent, my maternal grandmother, Anna Davies (nee Wilson), who I adored, the others having died long before my birth.  I was one of her favorites. Continue reading