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Married with one teenager. Love reading most genre, ok not scary stuff!!! Interested in genealogy. Have been tracing my family history since 1985. If you come across any errors or inconsistencies on this blog, please contact me so that I might look at correcting it or at least make a note that there are inconsistencies (which unfortunately happens)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Henry Barningham and Sarah Glew

Henry Barningham born about 1816, married Sarah Glew born 2nd July 1814,on the 27th May 1841 in Walesby, Lincolnshire, England.

Sarah's Parents were - John Glew and Sarah Elwick.

Henry Barningham Glews' grandfather Samuel Glew born 3rd February 1784, was a brother to Sarah Glew who married Henry Barningham (above), hence the middle name of Barningham being given to Henry Barningham Glew born 27th April 1863.

Henry Barningham and Sarah Glew traveled to Australia arriving March 1861 with 5 children (from Liverpool on the 'Donald McKay'):

Charles - age 16yrs a labourer. Married went to New Zealand (9 children, 7 living)

Charles Barningham was partner in brickworks at Brunswick, Victoria "Barningham & Lacey" and Sarah, was sister to the Glew's who ran the Glew Brickworks.

From the book "Melbourne: The Metropolis"

"Barningham and Lacey, Brunswick, are proprietors of the Brunswick Brickworks, Barkley street. The first consists of Charles Barningham and Joseph Charles Lacey. This brickyard is one of the oldest in the colony, having been originally the late William Gray's yard, and afterwards that of Mr Barningham, sen. The above firm started in 1870, both parties having been connected with brickmaking all their lives. At the time of starting they employed about six hands besides themselves, the works at the present time employing fifteen hands. Red and fancy white bricks are turned out to the extent of one and a half millions a year. Between twenty five and thirty State schools have been built with their bricks, ornamental white bricks in connection with about twenty five Victorian railway stations are also from this yard. The first received a first class certificate at the Brunswick Industrial Exhibition of 1879, also a certificate and silver medals for white and red bricks. Mr Joseph Chas. Lacey came to Victoria with his parents in 1849, and was for a time with his father on the diggings. At the age of thirteen he entered the brickyards and worked at various places till the age of twenty five, when he joined Mr Charles Barningham.  Mr Charles Barningham came to the colony in 1861, and entered his fathers yard, where he remained till starting with Mr Lacey in 1870. He has been connected with brickmaking all his life, having been at the trade previous to coming to the colony."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wally Lamb & Ben Elton

An unlikely pair I'm sure, but both amazing authors.

I have just finished reading 'We are water' by Wally Lamb. A tomb of a book, but so well worth the read. It tells the story of  Annie Oh. She was married 27 years and had 3 children with her husband Orion Oh, who is a psychologist.  There are the twins Andrew and Ariane and then the youngest Marissa. Annie is an artist whose art has been described as 'angry'.

She decides that she wants a divorce, before announcing that she is going to marry Viveca. A wealthy Manhattan female art dealer.

The story tells the tale from  Annie's child hood up to her marriage to Viveca. Each chapter is told from a different family members perspective. So well told and so riveting. An amazing story!

Prior to reading the above, I also sampled my first book from Ben Elton. 'Two brothers' starts in Berlin, Germany in the year 1920. Frieda Stengel and her husband Wolfgang are expecting twins. The story starts off with Frieda's water breaking and her husband putting her in a wooden wheelbarrow to carry her to the hospital.

At the same time in Munich the Nazi party was born, with Adolf Hitler as its supreme leader.

Frieda delivers two boys, one is still born. In another room a young mother passes away leaving her young son an orphan. When Frieda and Wolfgang leave the hospital they take home two boys. One is a Jew and the other is a 'bastard son of a dead Communist'. But neither of the boys know this as they grow up as twins.

This is an AMAZING story!! Very easy to read, though I was apprehensive all the way through. I did not want to put this book down, though eventually to my deep disappointment, I arrived at the end of the story. I loved it!!

Would recommend both of these books. Both are about the same size - huge tombs. But so well worth the effort.