Texts with references to or records of particular ancestors:


“A Peculiar People - The Australians in Paraguay” Gavin Souter (1981)


“A Place of their Own, The Old Colonists’ Homes in Victoria” Frances O’Neill (2005)

“High Street Traders of Mansfield 1854-2000” Mansfield Historical Society (2004)

“Picturesque Charity: The Old Colonists’ Homes, North Fitzroy” Frances O’Neill (1991)


“The Good Old Days of Molong” J.C.L. Fitzpatrick (1912)

“The Letters of Richard Cobden”: - Anthony Howe and Gordon Bannerman (2007)

 “The Tradition of Free Trade”  Lars Magnusson (2004)

“The Life of Richard Cobden” John Morley (1908)

"Richard Cobden: the International Man” J. A. Hobson; Neville Masterman (1968)

“You know your father’s heart: the Cobden sisterhood and the legacy of Richard Cobden” Sarah Richardson (2006)


“Depraved and Disorderly – Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia” Joy Damousi (1997)

“Notorious Strumpets and Dangerous Girls – Convict Women in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1829” Phillip Tardiff

“The Women of Botany Bay” Portia Robinson  (1993)


“East Devon, People and Places” - Ted Gosling (2002)

 “Luppitt - Parish, Church and People” - John Sage (2000)

“Payhembury Millennium Book” - ed. Robin Stanes (2000)


 “History of the Lands and their Owners in Galloway” McKerlie (1878)

“A History of Our Family (Rogers of West Meon) 1451-1902” – Julian C Rogers (1902)


“Against the Odds – History of Maryborough from 1904” Betty Osborn (1995)

 “Bambra-Boonah” Ron Millard (1987)

“Ceres – A Brief History of the Village and it’s People” Ceres Community Association Inc. (1997)

“Education Gazette and Teachers’ Aid” (Aug. 25th 1931)

“Sir Victor Hurley: Surgeon, Soldier and Administrator 1888-1958” John Victor Hurley (1989)

“The School on the Hill – Bendigo High School 1907-1982” Janette Banford (1982)

“Vision and Realization” Education Dept. (1973)


“800 Years in Droxford” G.D. Hope (1980)

“A History of Our Family (Rogers of West Meon) 1451-1902” – Julian C Rogers (1902)

“Alexandrina’s Shore – A History of the Milang District” by Jim Faull (1981)

“Death in the Victorian Family” - Pat Jalland (1996)

“Hampshire with the Isle of Wight” Arthur Mee  - The King’s England series (1939)

“The Ghost Map” Steven Johnson (2006)

Annie M A H Rogers - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography September 2004 Jane Howarth


“Drowning of Two Persons in the Barwon River” Geelong Advertiser (Nov. 16th 1876)

“Steadfast Through Change - A History of the Wesleyan - Methodist - Uniting Church in Highton 1853-2006” Smith, Stainsby and Williams (2008)


“Skidmore Families of the Black Country and Birmingham 1600-1900” Linda Moffatt (2004)

“Stamford House” Jean Skidmore, (The Blackcountryman 2002)


Useful Web Pages:

Blunden, Box, and Fowles

Brixton history

History of Lambeth

Lambeth history and information

Workhouse history and records


Online Libarary of Liberty

Prosper Australia

These Dangerous Women 

Spartacus Educational

Centre for a Stateless Society


Devon County Council

Devon Family History Society

Luppitt history and records

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Scholes and Lumb

Morley Family History

Scammonden History


Black Country history

Black Country Towns

Historic Coventry

Old West Bromwich Photos

Sandwell Archives

Skidmore and Scudamore Family History

Staffordshire Working Lives

Tipton Civic Society

 Vining, Heron and Rogers

“A Brief History of Portsmouth” Tim Lambeth 

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online –entry author G A Rawlyk

Historic Hampshire buildings

“The Herons of Galloway Scotland”  James Heron

International Genealogy Index

Joseph Rogers and the Reform of Workhouse Medicine 

Joseph Rogers Blue Plaque

South Australian records

The Seven Years War Website

"The Women At Oxford A Fragment Of History” By Vera Brittain

St. Anne’s College, Oxford, Founding Fellows


“A Guide to the Alleys, Courts, Passages and Yards of Central London” Ivor Hoole

Charles Booth Online Archive

Genealogy and family history

John Snow’s London 1859

Mr Weller’s Knowledge of London


Australian War Memorial

British History Online

Great Britain Historical GIS Project, University of Portsmouth 

Historic maps

Historical directories

National Library of Australia Trove newspaper archive

Project Gutenberg ebook

Ryerson Index-newspaper obituaries

Topographical Dictionary of England- Samuel Lewis 1848

World War 2 Nominal Roll


Researchers whose work assisted me:

Allen, Toni -UK, Scholes descendant

Arthur, Julie -Australia, Cobden connection.

Barnett, Michael -Amber/Cobden descendant

Blunden, Bob -Vic., Blunden descendant

Bomford, Rodney- UK, Amber/Cobden descendant

Chidlaw, Richard -UK, Chidlaw descendant

Cottman, Diane -Vic., Skidmore descendant

Coulston, Jennifer -Quinn/McMurtery descendant

Creighton, Sue -Box descendant

Davidson, Dawn -New Zealand, Hurley descendant

Dysart, Marie -New Zealand, Hurley descendant

Ellis Jan -UK, James/Goff/Chidlaw descendant

Farquhar, Susan -Herts. UK, Glithero descendant

Foreman, Glenys -Vic., Rogers descendant

Frean Geoffrey -Vic., Box descendant

George, Richard -UK, Chidlaw descendant

Goddard-Haines, Kay -Qld., Quinn descendant

Grady, Eileen - USA, Cobden connection

Hall, John -Australia, Glithero descendant

Harrison, Kathie -Hawksburn School researcher Vic.

Hartley, Bob- Church Historian, Northants. UK

Hawkins, Cathy -Tas. Australia, Blunden descendant

Hurley, Mike- Tiverton UK, Hurley descendant

Jennings, Pam -Geelong Cemeteries Trust

Kelly, Robert -Devon, UK, Hurley descendant

Kelynack, Jenny -Vic., Tamplin relation

Lay, Susan -Amber/Cobden descendant

Lewis, Margaret- Researcher, Honiton UK

McAdam, N.S. -Vic. historian

McLean, Paul -Amber/Cobden descendant

McWilliam, Jan -Vic., Skidmore relation

Medlin, Elaine -Vic., Mulcahy descendant

Poulter, Doug -Florida USA, Lumb descendant

Powell, Janice -NSW., Box descendant

Prahran Mechanics’ Institute

Rawlins, Shirley -Australia, Blunden descendant

Redshaw, Bev -Australia, Cobden descendant

Richardson, Edward -Amber/Cobden descendant

Richardson, Ted -UK, Amber/Cobden descendant

Schahinger, Beryl -South Australian Genealogical and Heraldic Society

Smith, Monty -Port Pirie District Family History Group

Spence, Hazel -Vic., Glithero descendant

Stainsby, Marion -Highton Vic., historian

Stephenson, Barbara - Sorrento Vic., Hurley relation

Taylor, Christopher -Devon UK, Hurley descendant

Thompson, Michael - Murrumbeena Bowls Club Vic.

Tolmie, Heather -Australia, James descendant

Wilmott, Eril -Vic., Quinn descendant

Wood, Susan -UK, Lumb descendant


Historical Groups, Public and Church Records, Directories, Gazettes and Newspapers:

1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition, State Library Victoria

Adelaide Advertiser 1902 SA

Archives Office of Tasmania

Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1954

Avoca and District Historical Society Vic.

Bellarine Historical Society Vic.

British Birth, Death and Marriage certificates

Brighton Cemetery Vic.

Buckinghamshire Family History Society UK

Clunes Guardian newspaper Vic.

Clunes Historical Society Vic.

Descendants of Convicts Group Vic.

Dr.Williams Library records (non-conformist records) UK

Education Department of Victoria

England and Wales census records 

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations)

English Marine Death Register

Geelong Advertiser 1851, 1876 Vic.

Geelong family History Society Vic.

Genealogical Society of Victoria

Highton Cemetery Vic.

Ipswich Local History Library Qld.

Kyneton Historical Society Vic.

Manchester Archives and Local Studies UK

Marine Board South Australia certificate

Melbourne General Cemetery

Molong Historical Society NSW

National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868

National Library of Australia

Pallot’s Baptism Index for England 1780-1837

Portsmouth Cathedral UK

Prahran Historical and Arts Society Archives Vic.

PROV Immigration lists and shipping

Queensland Family History Society

Richmond and Burnley Historical Society Vic.

Richmond and South Yarra rate books Vic.

Shipping Gazette & Sydney General Trade List 1855

South Australian Marriage and Death certificates

South Australian Register 1839-1900

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Vic.

St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, UK

St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK

St Kilda Cemetery Vic.

St. Mary the Virgin, Weldon, Northants. UK

St. Mary’s Anglican Church North Melbourne

St. Mary’s Droxford churchyard burials UK

St. Michael and All Angels church, Great Oakley, Northants. UK, gravestones.

St. Stephen’s Richmond Vic.

Stoke Damerel parish registers UK

Swan Hill Genealogy and Historical Society Vic.

Terang and District Historical Society Vic.

The Argus newspaper

The Biographical Index of South Australians

The Moreton Bay Courier 1858 NSW

The New York Times 1881

Uffculme Parish Registers UK

Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage certificates

Victorian Digger-Pioneer Index.

Victorian Government Gazettes 1930, 1931, 1933

Victorian Journal of Agriculture Vol. 31 1933

Warrnambool and District Historical Society Vic.

Wesley College, Melbourne

WWI AIF Records

Yarra Rate Books for Collingwood and Richmond Vic.

Yorkshire parish registers UK

Yorkshire Trade Directories UK


Family interviews and anecdotes:

Alice Lilian Smith (1904-2001)

Bill Hurley (1921-2003)

Claire Weston (1927-2007)

Corinne Hurley (1930-2014)

June Hurley

Richard Hurley

Sandra Penny


Special acknowledgement to the following people:

Hurley/Glithero/Quinn research - Dorothy Hurley (1906 - 1990) and Barbara Stephenson

Hurley/Scholes/Lumb research - Marion Stainsby

Mulcahy research - Elaine Medlin (1934 - 2009)

Rogers research - Glenys Foreman

Rogers/Heron research - Julian Rogers (1841 - 1917)

Skidmore research - Linda Moffatt


Their extensive genealogical and historical research provided me with a great basis from which to begin.


Every effort has been made to seek permission to publish pictures included on these pages.

Thanks to all those who responded so positively.