20 April, 2006

Interesting people

Charles Phillips NEWMAN - master mariner, ship owner, marine surveyor for Lloyd's.
His father and grandfather, both named Richard NEWMAN - master mariners & ship owners. Richard NEWMAN I established a nautical school in Swansea, Wales. More...

Frank NEWMAN - son of Charles Phillips NEWMAN and Alicia KIRBY - was an electrical engineer, assistant to radio pioneer Guglielmo MARCONI during the early radio experiments on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Crookhaven, Co Cork, Ireland. More...

Alicia KIRBY - daughter of Irish immigrants to Liverpool, England, she travelled all over the world with her sea captain husband, giving birth to 7 children - three of them at sea! More...

Robert ALLAN - Scots immigrant to Australia, inventor of a brake for a safety cage used in the Ballarat goldmines. More...

Thomas F W S ALBAN - born in St Petersburg to English parents, was an artist  who designed an Australian stamp commemorating 150 years since the crossing of the Blue Mountains, NSW. More...

William Gore ALBAN - father of Thomas F W S ALBAN - was born in Ahmadabad, India, awarded the Khedive's Star in 1885 for serving in the Sudan, and attained the rank of a major in the British Indian Army, Bombay Staff Corps in various posts in India, Burma and Pakistan. His father was Deputy Judge Advocate General of the British Indian Army before dying at just 42.. More...

Kate NEWMAN - mother of Thomas F W S ALBAN - was born on board a ship in the Java Sea, lived in England, India, Russia, and Australia (New South Wales). More...

Kate's elder sister Emily Kirby NEWMAN - born at sea off South Africa, married a Prussian army officer, gave birth to a daughter in Prussia, and a son in England, bringing them both up as a single parent in England, and migrating to Australia with them after they had reached adulthood. More...

Christian Frederick Ernst THEEL - born in Prussia, came to Australia as a ship's carpenter where he jumped ship at Port Adelaide with his cousin and friend, Raynolt SCHEVINGER (later known as SWINCER). More on Swincer . Christian THEEL worked in Kenton Park and Gumeracha, South Australia for W B RANDALL, the father of W R RANDALL the Murray River pioneer. Christian THEEL told his family that he planted the Circle of Oaks on behalf of the Salem Baptist Church, Gumeracha. More...


Henry William WARDLE - went to sea as a young boy with his uncle Samuel Thomas LUGG, travelled the world and had many adventures, before he settled in Ballarat, Victoria and founded a timberyard. His grandfather and great grandfather were ship's chandlers at Shadwell Dock in the east of London. More...

Priscilla Isabel WARDLE - grand-daughter of Henry William Wardle, born in Ballarat, Victoria, joined the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service and served in France, after being trained as an anaesthetist in England during World War 1. More...

Terence Patrick KIRBY - Priscilla Wardle's son and Emily Newman's grandson, he was inspired by stories of the part played by his great uncle Frank NEWMAN in the early radio experiments of Guglielmo Marconi. Guided by electronics magazines, Terry KIRBY built a television in the garage of his home in Kilsyth, Victoria, completing it just in time to show his family the early black and white test patterns broadcast in the lead-up to the broadcast of the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

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