Posted originally on January 24, 2015 by Neil
This series of posts is the most comprehensive I have done on family history. I am doing them backwards here so that in due course they will appear sequentially.
I have long been aware of the existence of the Braidwood branch of the Whitfield clan but I don’t recall meeting any of them, nor have I travelled to Braidwood. But it is a good story, how they got there.
From Geological sketch map of NSW, 1880. 1. Picton; 2. Araluen; 3. Braidwood.
So this is about two of my father’s great-uncles, Jacob 2 and Richard Whitfield.
The information in Jacob 2’s entry is more evocative: “Jacob was farming in the Picton district of NSW until 1875 when with his wife, Eliza and five children, his brother Richard, his wife, and other family members, he left Picton to walk to Araluen NSW to the gold fields. They took with them a cow and horse and cart with their belongings. After three years in Araluen they went to Braidwood NSW where they set up their first blacksmith shop in 1879. Jacob died six years later on 22 Oct 1885…” His wife became a midwife in the district.
By the way my great-grandfather William Joseph John Whitfield, who stayed in the Picton district, and his brothers Jacob and Richard all married sisters from the Ratcliffe (Radcliffe) family, respectively Elizabeth, Eliza, and Mary Ann….
Araluen Ball 1867
And then there is Braidwood and tales I partly remember. Dad mentioned Quong Tart and the Nomchongs more than once.
Group portrait of the Nomchong family, Braidwood, N.S.W., 1902
Braidwood 1880 – image from Braidwood & District Historical Society
More at Stray stories of family and Australiana — 2. That entry was one of a 2014 series leading up to Australia Day. So it is with this series. More on that later.