They came of bold and roving stock that would not fixed abide
          They were the sons of field and flock since e'er they learnt to ride
          We may not hope to see such men in this degenerate years
          As those explorers of the bush - the brave old pioneers. 
          Banjo Paterson - The Pioneers 

     My inspiration for taking on writing bush poetry began with my love of Australian history and folk lore. In my thirties I undertook the task of tracking down my mum's family the Callaghans.  As my mum's dad died in 1940 at the age of thirty six, he left my grandmother with four little girls under the age of eight.  My grandmother remarried, so over the years contact with my grandfather's family waned.  The task of finding them all took some eight years, but proved to be very rewarding and built up in me a deep respect for all those early pioneers.  Since then, I have also researched the Sewell, Marquard, McDonald and Webster, Crump, Edwards and Newton families.   

    There were so many wonderful stories related to me and I felt there had to be some way I could keep them alive.  I began to listen to the larrikin bush yarns and poetry of Keith Garvey and thought, "That's it!"  and began to write my first poems, which became the contents of my first book,  'Tales of Uncle Jim'.  Since then I have written a collection of eight books and  it has been my goal to keep alive our wonderful heritage, the Aussie character and the Aussie bush humour,  recording in narrative rhyming verse, or bush ballad, and not only recording it on paper, but on albums and also live performances, which, I feel, bring the stories alive.  Today, I am one of a number of bush poets, who in John Laws words are ... keeping the dream alive.

P.S.  I decided to take a page out of Stan Coster's book and have taken the plunge and begun singing my ballads as well.  

      OTHER FAMILY INFORMATION AND CONTACTS FOR INFORMATION

CLICK ON FAMILY ABOVE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION

THE CALLAGHANS

     At the request of many family members I took on the task of rewriting the Publication 'Not Famous Just Battlers' written some years back and with all the modern facilities now available it made the job much easier.  Also for many years Michael and Catherine's first and eldest daughter Catherine had eluded me and I knew little of her life.  Recently I found a connection and I have now been able to include her family in the book.

I also included a section in the beginning of the book that gives details of Michael's sister Margaret [Nee Brophy] Baker, his half sister Catherine [Nee Callanan] Mullens/Summons, his halrf brother John Callaghan and his half sister Mary Jane [Nee Callanan] Stephens. I have also included their children down to the third Generation where available.  

The bulk of the book records Michael's family and his offspring down to eight generations.

I have finally completed updating the 800 page book and it is now available for order.

Mervyn John Webster
P.O. Box 8211
Bargara Queensland 4670
www.users.tpg.com.au/thegrey
Email: thegreyattpg.com.au

Ph: 07 4159 1868
Fax: 07 4159 1868

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                                                                   RE NOT FAMOUS JUST BATTLERS 


In 1890 while camped near Yetman, N.S.W., Michael Callaghan died from stirring his tea with a stick taken from an Oleander bush and though rushed to the Yetman Hotel he died within the hour. Michael left behind his wife Catherine [Nee Kelly] and ten living children and the memory of two deceased daughters. His death revealed that Callaghan was his stepfather’s name and the search for his Mother and Father turned out to be quite a task. My research shows that his father was in fact one William Brophy/Broggy and his mother was Mary White. William was sent out from Ireland as a Convict and served his time around Richmond, N.S.W. He entered into a defacto relationship with a Mary White and Michael came into the world in 1839. His sister Margaret came into the world in 1841/43. William Brophy died in 1844 and Mary White would then marry a John Callanan in the Maitland District in 1846. Mary and John would have three children, Catherine, John and Mary Jane. The book records the biographies of the latter and their descendants down to the third generation. After John’s death at Blandford N.S.W. in 1857 Mary would marry John Hearn in Wallabadah, in 1860, then on his death a James Caffrey at Moombi in 1872. Mary eventually passed away at Wallabadah in 1893. 
 
The biggest volume of the 800 page book Not Famous – Just Battlers follows the lives of Michael and Catherine around Wallabadah in 1859-60, then onto the Liverpool Plains from 1860 to 1878 and then north to Goondiwindi in Queensland in 1878 and then back to Willow Tree in 1880 and then to the far west of New South Wales and back into Western Queensland and Roma in 1882. Then back to Goondiwindi in 1889 and Michael’s death in 1890 at Yetman N.S.W. Catherine then moved to Beebo Qld. and eventually died at Silver Spur in 1908. The book then follows the lives of their twelve children and records their descendants down to the eighth generation. 


I have spent numerous hours researching these families and wish to thank the many family members for their contributions. For many, just sending for the birth, death and marriage certificate of one parent would cost $100.00, but I have been able to include the records and photos of Michael and Catherine and their children along with a listing of their siblings down to the eighth generation. 


If you would like to purchase a copy/copies of this historical research then send your order to the address above. The cost of each book is $70.00 plus $14.00 for postage and handling. If you wish to direct debit then please phone or email for details. It is indeed a unique book and something that each family member would be proud to own and keep updated. 
 
Mervyn John Webster

Author – Not Famous Just Battlers

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THE SEWELLS

           I have just completed an update of the old 318 page book on the Sewell family to a 409 page book [6 September 2011] and it is now available.  To date quite a few descendants of the Sewell family have taken the opportunity to obtain a copy of our unique family history.  Anyone wishing to obtain a copy can do so by contacting me by mail, email or phone.  Contacts below.

NOW TAKING ORDERS

Mervyn John Webster
P.O. Box 8211
Bargara Queensland 4670
www.users.tpg.com.au/thegrey
Email: thegreyattpg.com.au

Ph: 07 4159 1868
Fax: 07 4159 1868

                                             RE FROM SERVITUDE TO FREEDOM

     For young Joseph Sewell growing up in Chelmsford Essex in the early 1800’s without parents, this would lead to his being arrested on two occasions.  The latter charge of stealing a turkey in 1828 would change his whole life, as he would be sentenced to serve his time in the Penal Colony of New South Wales.

     Joseph served most of his term around Newcastle before earning his Ticket of Leave in 1838 and in 1840 he married a young eighteen-year convict girl from Scotland by the name of Jane Whittle.  Joseph and Jane had two sons, Joseph Jnr and Henry before Joseph’s accidental death in 1844, which left Jane with two sons under the age of two years and still serving her time.  Three and a half months later Jane would marry ticket of leave holder Richard Carpenter and have nine more children.  Through the course of research it was revealed that Jane had in fact had three children to Joseph Sewell, as she was carrying Joseph’s third child [Richard Carpenter Jnr.] when Joseph was accidentally killed.  It would seem that Jane then decided to give the child a living father’s surname rather then a deceased father surname.  Therefore Richard Carpenter Junior was in fact Joseph Sewell’s third child.

     From Servitude to Freedom follows the lives of Joseph and Jane in Newcastle and then Jane and Richard Carpenter as they journey north to Uralla where they purchase property in the 1860’s.  Learn more about Joseph and Jane’s children, Joseph Jnr, Henry and Richard and follow the lives of their children and their descendants for eight generations.

     I have spent numerous hours researching these families and wish to thank the many family members for their contributions.  For many, just sending for the birth, death and marriage certificate of one parent would cost $100.00, but I have been able to include the records and photos of Joseph and Jane’s, three sons, fifteen grandchildren and sixty-four great grandchildren along with a listing of their siblings down to our present day.

     Enquiries on how to purchase a copy/copies of this historical research can be emailed/phoned to the Author.   The cost of each book is $60.00 plus $14.00 for postage and handling. Money Orders/Cheques or Direct Debit for payment will be accepted.  If you wish to direct Debit then please contact me for information.  It is indeed a unique book and something that each family member would be proud to own and keep updated. 

Mervyn John Webster

Author – From Servitude to Freedom

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THE CRUMPS OF CUMBERLAND ENGLAND

NOW AVAILABLE

     To date quite a few descendants of the Crump family have taken the opportunity to obtain a copy of our unique family history.  Anyone wishing to obtain a copy can do so by contacting me by mail, email or phone.  Contacts below.

     The book is currently some 515 pages and is now available for purchase.

     Details below.

Mervyn John Webster
P.O. Box 8211
Bargara Queensland 4670
www.users.tpg.com.au/thegrey
Email: thegreyattpg.com.au

Ph: 07 4159 1868
Fax: 07 4159 1868

                                             RE THE CRUMPS OF CUMBERLAND ENGLAND

      Our story begins in 1777 in Cumberland, England with the birth of Thomas Crump.  Thomas grew up in the vicinity of Hutton in the Forest and an association with the Fletcher Dynasty.  Thomas married Deborah Simpson in 1794 and together they would have six children, Margaret, Jane, Elizabeth, Robert, Simpson and William.  The book shares information of these families.  Simpson would marry Jane Coulthard in 1824 and they would have seven children, Robert, Joseph, Jane, Deborah, Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret.  The book shares information on these families as well.  For the main part we then follow the line of Simpson and Jane’s first son Robert [Bah Gum] Crump who married Mary Robson in Penrith, Cumberland in 1845.  Their four children Mary, Elizabeth, William and Robert are born in Penrith and then Robert takes his family to Australia in 1852 arriving through Port Adelaide.  Their daughter Jane is born in Adelaide in 1853 and by 1855 the family had moved to the goldfields of Forest Creek [Castlemaine] in Victoria.  The author’s great, great, grandfather, Simpson is born there that year.  Little Jane would drown there that year as well.  The family then moved over to the Kingower goldfields where Jane, Joseph, Mary Ann Josephine and Ede [Ada] were born.  By 1869 the family had then moved to Mathoura, N.S.W. where the last child John Robson was born in that year.  Robert and Mary would live out their lives there and many of the children stayed in the area.

      Robert’s son Simpson would leave the district around 1877 and go to Cobar in Western New South Wales where he would marry Elizabeth Jane Eggleton and they would have three children in the area, Mary Ann Josephine, Elizabeth and Rose.  By 1884 Simpson would take his Carrying business and the family North into South West Queensland where their children Annie, Fanny, Scharlotte, Margaret, William, Ethel, Rebecca and Rose where born.  Their last son Simpson Robert was born in Bourke, New South Wales while on a visit there.  We then follow the children of Mary Ann Josephine [ Josephine Mary Anne] and Alfred Webster and their families.

      I have spent numerous hours researching these families and wish to thank the many family members for their contributions.  For many, just sending for the birth, death and marriage certificate of one parent would cost $100.00, but I have been able to include the records and photos of Robert and Mary and their children along with a listing of their siblings down to the present generation.

      If you would like to purchase a copy/copies of this historical research then send your order to the address above.   The cost of each book is $65.00 plus postage and handling of $14.00.  If you wish to direct debit then please phone or email for details.  It is indeed a unique book and something that each family member would be proud to own and keep updated. 

 Mervyn John Webster -

Author – The Crumps of Cumberland England.

         

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THE EDWARDS-KENNEDY CONNECTION

     I have now completed the 369 page book on the descendants of GEORGE and MARY [Nee KENNEDY] EDWARDS and their children, George, Mary, Catherine, James, Michael, Thomas, Edward and William John  and their families.   This is my wife Christine's family.  

    It is now available for order.

    Please contact me at any of the following contacts to order.

Mervyn John Webster
P.O. Box 8211
Bargara Queensland 4670
www.users.tpg.com.au/thegrey

Email: thegreyattpg.com.au

Ph: 07 4159 1868
Fax: 07 4159 186

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THE NEWTONS

I have completed a 391 page book on my grandmother Edith Amy Webster nee Newton's  family and our story originates in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.  Our story follows a George, John, Edward and A George Robert Newton and the latter immigrated to Australia.  He had three marriages and we trace all the families.  His three children to Ellen Lanagan, his son to Sarah Simpson and his twelve children to Avis ann Appleby.   We follow the Queensland Newtons through George Robert's son John Hector Charles and his children with Margret Maloney.  Albert John Charles, Elsie May, Vivian Rchard Claude, Hector Norman, Dolly Elizabeth Sarah, Grace Margaret, Amy Edith [my grandmother] Lillian Maude Newton, Robert Everead and Rita May.

If you would like a copy of the book for $50.00 plus $14.00 postage than please contact me.  

 

THE MCDONALDS

          For information on my mum's maternal great, great grandparents the McDonald family EMAIL: thegrey@tpg.com.au   

THE MARQUARDS

          For information on my mums's maternal grandmothers family the Marquards EMAIL: thegrey@tpg.com.au  

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VALE MERVYN LAWRENCE WEBSTER

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27th October 1930

At Peace

17th November 2006

 

MERV'S MUM'S FAMILY

DAD & MUM

MUM'S PARENTS

MATERNAL GRANDFATHER

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER

MUM'S PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS 

MUM'S MATERNAL GREAT GRANDPARENTS

MUM'S PATERNAL  GREAT GRANDMOTHER

MUM'S PATERNAL GREAT  GRAND FATHER

MUM'S MATERNAL GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER

MUM'S MATERNAL GREAT  GREAT GRANDFATHER

 

MERV'S DAD'S FAMILY

MY DAD'S FATHER

MY DAD'S MOTHER

MY DAD'S UNCLE HARRY

UNCLE BERT

UNCLE LES

AUNTY ANNIE

Bargara Beach.

 

Merv and Chris

Our Family

 

Children: Shane Christian, Meagan Marie, Amanda Megan and Nathan Lee.

                          Amanda                         Meagan                   Shane        Danielle

                                     Chris             Jamie       Merv  Brodie            Sara                      Nathan

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