Box and Blunden Families
In each story my direct ancestors are typed in bold when first mentioned
The War and the Home Front
Marie Frances Box 1891-1973 Horace Leopold Hurley 1891-1927
Leo returned home from the Great War with a terrible secret. Everything changed for Marie from then.
A Drowning in Cundletown
Henry Cecil Blunden 1832-1878
Elizabeth Ellen Fowles 1834-1914
No luck in the gold rush, Henry returned to his old trade then
disappeared, freeing Elizabeth to start again.
William Fowles 1805-1858
Mary Ann Gatton 1805-1876
In the 19th century, William and Mary witnessed Brixton evolve from a rural retreat to a thriving suburb.
Preachers, Publicans and Performers
The Chidlaw, Goff and James Families
Welsh pastors, the debtors' prison, a Scottish nobleman and the music hall - where do they fit in this family's story?
George Henry Blunden 1855-1947
George Blunden was full of optimism and ideals when he set out with his family to establish a 'New Australia' across the Pacific Ocean.
Crafts and Trades
Frances Annie Blunden 1867-1952
Ernest George Henry Box 1868-1913
Ernest and Frances made their living in the crafts and trades, working in the suburbs of Prahran, Windsor and South Yarra.
John Skinner Box 1829-1912
Eliza Chidlaw James 1836-1926
A death at sea brought John and Eliza together. But why did John become a 'missing person'?
Tough Life of a Tailor
George Blunden 1800-1886
Emblin Curnow 1793-1841
Searching for a better living brought the Blundens from Hampshire to London, but eventually to the workhouse.
'The Musical Wonder'
Sarah Maria Welchman 1839-1890
A child star of the music hall in England, Sarah Maria found a new musical career and marriage in Australia.