It begins…

Check out re Whitfields and Christisons.

How did the Whitfields get to Australia? As Barry Allan notes in his family story Black Sheep and Gold Diggers, “Bill never mentioned that his own father had been a convict as well. It was socially unacceptable to have criminals in the family, and most families who had one invented all sorts of fanciful stories to explain how their ancestor came to Australia. These stories survived, often being embellished over the years, until the stigma faded and the truth was eventually discovered generations later.”

March 2017 exiting

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Now “Bye-bye Jim” — presses the “Empty Spam” button…

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In March 2017 this blog has averaged 50 hits a day, down on last month but better than last March’s 43.

The most visited posts have been:

Home page / Archives  897 views in March 2017
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay” 29
Ian 24
Ian Thorpe, Bullied, USA insight  15
Tom Thumb Lagoon  14
Proud of my old school/workplace 14
Fascinated by Catherine McKinnon’s “Storyland” 13
Yesterdays — 1944 and March 2017  13
What was I up to in March 2002/2007  11
About  11
Two on Trump  11
Coniston  11
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong 10
Mapping disadvantage 10
All my posts 10
Nobel prize winner’s obituary triggers memories 10
Hard to ignore the weather…  10
London 10

February 2017 summary

But first a replay:

Signs of autumn

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Leaves are beginning to turn… It is generally exotics rather than native trees that do this in Australia.

The most viewed posts in February 2017 have been:

Home page / Archives  795 views in February 2017
Restoration Australia: Keera Vale  134
Friday Australian poem: #NS4 – A B Paterson “The Old Australian Ways”  24
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay”  21
What was I up to in October last year? 20
All my posts  20
Some things watched lately  20
Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames”  20
HSC syllabus gets overhaul  15
On keeping one’s head  14
Family history–some news on the Whitfield front  14
Body language, cross-cultural communication, Trump etc…  13
Tom Thumb Lagoon  13
Just a side-note on recent events  12
So this is what I was up to today…  12
Random Friday memory: 1 – John Mystery, my brother, Illawong  12

The blog has averaged 60 hits a day in February, up from 51 in January.

So, February again!

And January 2017 was the hottest calendar month ever recorded in Sydney! Lovely pic from News.com:

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Now for the fortunes of this blog in January. Visits are up: January averaged 51 per day compared with 37 in December 2016.  When you look at the most visited posts in January you can see one in particular explains that gain.

  1. Home page / Archives 743 visits in January 2017
    2. My 1947: Shellharbour 179
    3. Baby HP may be moribund, but there is hope… 23
    4. The landslide that wasn’t, plus more on Baby HP 22
    5. Bicentenary of Dharawal massacre in Appin area 19
    6. All my posts 17
    7. Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 17
    8. What a treasury of family history! 14
    9. L’état, c’est Donald 13
    10. Body language, cross-cultural communication, Trump etc… 13
    11. Bad news on computer 13
    12. Tom Thumb Lagoon 12
    13. About 12
    14. Sic transit: Lee from the Albury; TIGS ex-student 12
    15. My 1977: Alexandra Road, Glebe 12

Still using Wollongong Library computers, by the way. HP Junior should arrive soon. I am not entirely looking forward to the setup process though…