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Ancestral Places Geneameme

Ancestral Places Geneameme

Elsie Minnie Ironside and Frederick Charles Sigrist. My husband's side.
Alona Tester from started this idea, that we look at where our ancestors places of birth or where they worked.
“It doesn’t have to be where your ancestors were born, but it does have to be a place that they were associated with. For instance they lived or worked in that place.” says Alona, in her blog.
This got me thinking and using my Brother’s Keep family tree program, I did a list of places, with events attached to them. Some were vague, like Sydney or Ireland, some were precise, like Denison Street, Woollahra.
So below is a list of some of the places, associated with both the Abberton, my side and the Magill, husband’s side of our family tree and the names that go with them. I didn't get the full A-Z.

A – Ayr, Scotland, (Galbraith). Arncliffe, Sydney NSW, Aus, (Abberton.)
B – Ballinaykill, Co Galway, Ireland, (Abberton, Torp(h)y.)
Ballarat, Vic, …

Trip Stastistics.

Thought you might like some trip statistics;...

 Air kilometres - Sydney to Uluru - 1340
                         Darwin to Sydney - 3149

 Road kilometres - Uluru to Darwin - 3461

 Total distance we travelled - 7950 (not including getting to and from the airports)

 Number of steps I walked - 133, 346

 Number of photos taken - 1672

 Trip days - 13

 Hotels - 7

 Helicopter flights - 2

 Cessna flight - 1

 Boat trips - 4

We had an amazing time.

Bird of Prey show, Alice Springs Desert Park, July 2017

The bird of prey show was wonderful but I'd taken all the good shots, on the phone and have only just worked out how to get them to the computer. These are some of the shots and you will have to look to spot the bird. They displayed Whistling Kites, Wedged-tailed Kites, Barn Owl, Magpie and the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Part 5 Kakadu to Darwin

Up early for a flight over part of Arnhem Land and Kakadu, before we continue on into Darwin. The flight was a bit rough as the morning had started to warm up and caused  turbulents but with the amazing views, I put up with the bumps.

The East Alligator River.

The hotel we stayed at, is near the Ranger Uraniumn mine and we go to see it from the plane. It is an open-cut mine and the company has to re-generate the landscape, once they have finished mining. So if we suddenly start to 'glow', you know why.
Another stunning view of our vast country. From the air you can easily see how people go missing and never get found. Where would you start to look?

Once we were 'On The Road, Again.' we made a short stop at Cahill's Crossing, the causeway into Arnhem Land. All manner of vehicles cross, or attempt to cross, from police paddy-wagons, semitrailers, to ordinary cars. As you can see some people don't see the danger and end up in trouble. This accident happened in ab…

Part 4, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Kakadu

On the road as the sun began it rise, we have another long drive ahead. I've got my Kindle out and the iPad but wish I'd packed my knitting.

Good Morning World.
Where we've been and where we are headed.
Our first stop was Renner Springs Roadhouse, for a pit stop and a walk around. Then onto the Daly Waters Pub for lunch. Very well organised as we each pre-ordered our burger or wrap, Peter faxed the order through, from Tennant Creek and it was waiting for us. Such an interesting pub, with all manner of things, from bras, knickers, hats etc. attached to the walls, rafters and ceiling. After lunch, we played 5 pin bowling, in the main street! As one does. A bit of light hearted fun.
Part of the items, displayed in the Daly Waters Pub.

                                                         Five pin bowling!

Our next stop was Mataranka, 'Land of the Never Never.' There is a replica of the Elsey Homestead, used in the movie, 'We of the Never Never.' There are a…

Part 3 of Our Trip, Alice Springs to Tennant Creek

Our first full day in Alice Springs and we were on the coach by 7.30am, to head to the Alice Springs Desert Park. Our guide, Renata, showed us around and explained the various plants and their uses. Indigenous People, look at the bush and think about how they can use the plants. They use them in one of three ways, for food - supermarket;  tools - hardware and medicine- pharmacy.
The park has several aviaries and a nocturnal house and this cute chap, an Australian Bustard was keeping and eye on us.

Part of the park. We also saw a Birds of Prey show and using my phone I managed to capture the Wedge tailed Eagle 'catching' food. It is such a magnificent bird.
From the park we went to the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and listened to an informative talk on both the history of the service and how it works in the 21st century.  This is such a vital service for those living in outback Australia.

Next stop was the Old Telegraph Station , established in 1872. This line stretches ov…