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Just the bare bones here so far folks - more to follow soon.

My Roots

No not the Aussie slang use of 'roots' (which is a bit rude - see definition) but the loins from which I sprang. I am a very boring mix of English and Scots without even a convict to liven things up! This not unusual in South Australia. Our state was settled only by free settlers - those that chose to start a new life in a far off clime. In fact SA transported a number of its own convicts in the early days. Then, like now, we don't tolerate any riff raff.

One branch of my family, the Hutchinsons, arrived with the first batch of settlers on the Buffalo in 1836. I guess that makes us one of the States founding families. On this side of the family I am a 5th generation Australian which is about as Aussie as you can get without being Aboriginal.

The Smarts were later arrivals, landing on these fine shores in September 1840. The most recent arrival in this country (apart from my sister-in-law Jayne) was my grandmother, Elsie Pretoria MacDonald (nee Morton) from Bristol, England who arrived in 1911 aged 11. Grandma was an Aussie through and through though - she hated being called a 'Pom'!

Resources

Most of the detail above comes from the books Kangarilla Historical Records and the Hutchinson Family in SA. Neither of these two are available on line however I did find a mention of William Smart and family on someone else's site. Guess that makes us cousins.

I also found this Smart Surname Community on Ancestry,com

Genealogy Links

There are loads of www resources available to research you family. Here are just a few:

bulletSA Genealogy  If you are interested in doing your own research on South Australian relatives, this site may be a good place to start. 
bulletGenealogy.com Search by surname and location.
bulletAncestry.com - you can even create your own free private website for your family which I have done. Unfortunately the Kangarilla Smart Page is only available for members but if you'd like to join, drop me a line.
bulletGenealogy Pages
bulletBeginner's Guide to Family History Research

 

 

 

 

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