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Welcome to Patsy’s Paddocks.

Here I tell my family stories and how I found them. I have been gathering stories about my family and the selectors whose paddocks I rode across as a child before I even realised what I was doing.

The thought of writing a full family history or the history of a pastoral run still daunts me. So here I share snippets. Together they may give some sense of the whole and there is always a story about the methodology I used or the discovery I made along the way.

Trees

My stories are about people and the things that happened to them.

Because I grew up with many of them, more often than not these people are members of my Baulch family. Nevertheless it has taken the contributions of many Baulchs and many, many years to make sense of how all the family fits together. It wasn’t until 2011 that I was able to create a four generation descendant chart for Charles Baulch and Ann Beddlecombe. With the advent of DNA testing this chart is my most valuable resource for the Baulch family.

Paddocks

My stories are also about the places people lived.

When I listen to farmers talking about properties they refer sometimes to the village or location that is given in the postcode book. Occasionally this is also the parish. But more often than not they speak of the properties, to the original pastoral runs.

To Ettrick, Ellengowan and Eumeralla. To Tahara. To Squattleseamere. To Dunmore.

These pastoral runs and more my ancestors have had an interest in at some time.  Sometimes in good times. Sometimes through droughts and bushfires.

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Ethnicity Estimates

When some of us started researching our family history we were advised to start with ourselves, then confirm our links to our parents, grandparents and so on up our family tree. Based on our family stories, photographs and the written records we had we developed our research plan, one that was often focused on looking …

My Desk

My stories are about people, the places they lived and what they did. How am I able to write these stories? I have spent my adult life in busy cities sitting at tables and desks searching archives, library and other repositories. I draft, write and rewrite the stories I have collected at my cluttered desk beside cluttered bookcases.

Credits for Main Images

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Carlton Gardens Elms in Autumn
P M Daly Private Collection 2017

Trees
Charles Baulch & Ann Beddlecombe
Four Generation descendant chart
Created using Turbocollage
P M Daly Private Collection 2011

Paddocks
The Loddon River in drought conditions on Strathloddon run
P M Daly Private Collection 2008

My Desk
Busy Brunswick Street looking towards St Patrick’s Cathedral
P M Daly Private Collection 2017