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Can everyone update me on BDM`s since 2009 please? I`m sorry about the Pictures with no names, the last upload mucked up.
About Hill's of South Australia and Beyond
The HILL family originated from Somerset in England, but emigrated to South Australia in 
1854, on board the ship "THETIS".

The family consisted of Joseph and Maria HILL (nee Downton) and their 8 children: 

  • Caroline 1826-1896 (married SWEET)
  • Kitty 1827-1827 (in Somerset)
  • Sydney 1830-1914 (married SIMCOCK)
  • Inder 1834-1896 (married DENMAN)
  • Samuel 1835-1909 (married JOHNSON)
  • Ruth 1837-1929 (married HAIR)went to Victoria
  • Henry 1838-1875 (married MILLS)
  • Jestina 1839-1917 (never married)went to Victoria
  • Jane 1841-1926 (married BONE) The family first settled in Nairne, South Australia, where Joseph and Maria are buried. After marriage, the children branched out to Hawker, Snowtown, Strathalbyn, Mt.Gambier, and Victoria. The ABBOTT family came from Little Addington, Northamptonshire, England. The first to arrive in South Australia was Giles ABBOTT jnr onboard the "BUFFALO" in 1836 with his wife Sarah (BEWS) and 5 children. 5 others were born here in South Australia. The next to arrive onboard the "JOHN RENWICK" 1837, was his father,Giles snr, his wife Hannah (FROST) and several other of Giles siblings, including Jacob ABBOTT, soon to become a prominent Pastor of South Australia. My 4x gr grandparents were William ABBOTT and Elizabeth (HAMMOND). They were the first of the family to come to Australia. They arrived in Tasmania (then Van Dieman's Land) on 6th of October 1827 onboard the "ORELIA". They then came to South Australia onboard the trading brig "BLACK JOKE" in 1838, along with their children.
    I would like to hear from others researching these names, and if anyone has any corrections. It is a work in progress, I'm adding to it all the time. Please feel free to send me any info I've missed or if you have any photos you would like to add, that would be FANTASTIC!!! Help needed to make sure tree is accurate!! Contact me with any details that are wrong and if you want anything added........ Newsticker: GENEALOGY:WHERE YOU CONFUSE THE DEAD....AND IRRITATE THE LIVING
    Thanks go to all the people I've gotten info from in the past: Delys Wright from WA for lots of info and photos. William Gambling from ENGLAND Info from The ABBOTT family History book of South Australia Laraine Abbott from SA Lorraine Waters of SA Joy WandeL of SA for lots of lovely Rattew photos Mandy Conlan-Jones from Tasmania for the Leah Hill line. Stephen Ditchfield for letting me use his info and photos from his Heritage site. Matthew Phillips for all the PHILLIPS photos and info from his Ancestry site. Thanks to all the people that send in info of newly born family members to be added!! Keep them coming!! Will think of more to say thanks to and add them as well. Also, if you use photos and info from this site on yours, please add link to my site, or add reference as to where you got the info....only courtesy...Thanks Photos are not connected to tree and now have no names attatched to them either! Will be trying to get TP to fix them all for me!! Soon, I hope!
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    I need help with Maria DOWNTON!!! Can anyone help?? She is my BIG brickwall.
    Can anyone identify any of the UNKNOWN photos?? Please let me know. More PHOTOS needed!! Can YOU help??
    Why do we research our Family History? We are the chosen. My feeling is that in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow those who went before know and approve. To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as if it were in our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us; Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told my ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us."? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting the facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference, and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us, that we might be born who we are, that we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation, to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what call those, young and old, to step up and put flesh on the bones. [Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]
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