Hurley and Scholes
Box and Blunden
Skidmore and Smith
Rogers and Mulcahy
In each story my direct ancestors are typed in bold when first mentioned
A 'shotgun wedding', followed by six children - Valdis' life wasn't exactly what she planned.
George's tirade about 'Bodyline' may have upset an English cousin. No such indulgences for Fanny - she had nine children to raise.
George was determined to emigrate to South Australia. Rebecca had fewer options and a rough start in Adelaide.
Leaving the slums of Whitechapel was a smart move for John and Sarah Mulcahy.
A widower at 35, alcohol and debts meant estrangement from his family, including his four children.
Richard and Thorald were progressives in their careers, but these brothers-in-law each suffered a terrible loss.
English cousins reunite, while two brothers emigrate to Australia, one successful, the other lost on the goldfields.
Changing the male dominated culture of Oxford University seemed impossible, but Annie Rogers didn't give up.
Joseph Rogers dedicated his life to reforming an unjust and dysfunctional workhouse medical system.
Married at 15 to an army surgeon, Mary Ann had 16 babies and outlived all but 5 of her children.
Running a school in Alton was one of the few options for these educated single women. Creating a 'respectable' reputation was all important.
What role did racism, religion and rape play in the early tragic deaths of Alfred and his wife Mary Ann?
An elopment and clandestine marriage, smuggled goods and escape to Nova Scotia, the dramas didn't end there.
Following an unhappy childhood,
Elizabeth Parry's marriage to an eccentric surgeon also had its difficulties.
Andrew Heron created the 'Bargaly Paradise'. But there was soon to be much trouble in paradise.
John and Elizabeth Vining are memorialized in the Portsmouth Cathedral.....why?