Welcome to Patsy’s Paddocks!
Here I share my stories – family stories, stories from land records (hence the paddocks in my title), how I found them and methodologies from my genealogy toolbox.
I have been interested in family and local history it seems forever. 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. On meeting someone for the first time I still have to explain where I fit in the family and where I lived as a child.
So, as I walked to catch my horse at the bottom of Irvine’s paddocks or rode home across Campbell’s and the middle Farie or listened to stories such as how Mary was bucked off into the daffodils in Davenport’s, I began to wonder about the original selectors – William Learmonth on Ettrick, Thomas Browne on Squattleseamere and Charles Macknight, James Irvine and William Campbell on Dunmore. I also wondered about those that followed – Robert Farie, Henry Davenport, Samuel Baulch and two of this older brothers – Henry and George.
I’m still interested in family and local history but with a focus on land selection. This interest hasn’t changed.
What has changed has the availability in source material. Consequently, with experience of many searches and new ways of accessing material my research methodologies as stored in my virtual family history toolbox have been refined and are still being refined.
With databases of DNA matches for family history purposes growing exponentially over the last few years until they have almost reached a critical mass, my DNA research methodologies finally seem to be coming together.
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. So here I share some of my family stories and some of my research methodologies. In short articles that are manageable. Like small paddocks but which, taken together, may build to my legacy of family stories.
I do hope you enjoy these stories which are not only mine but in most cases can only be told because of the stories told to me by my family and friends.


My stories are about people and the things that happened to them and are generally set in the context of the time and place in which they happened. My stories are gathered together in my family tree. Somewhere. If only I knew just where.

Family Tree for Charles Baulch and Ann Beddlecombe

 My Baulch Family Tree


Because I grew up hearing stories about my Baulch relatives who had lived in the area for many years  – including stories about those Grandpa Baulch remembered shearing in the Dunmore woolshed (just about everyone it seemed) and stories my Auntie Pearl told while teaching me to play Euchre. I also wondered about Uncle Henry as I stopped by his orchard on my way home from school to pick the blackberries as I walked my bike up the side of an extinct volcano.
It has taken years and years and the contributions of many Baulchs for me to get a sense of how all the individual Baulch family trees fit together. I’m not going to mention names here as I am afraid that I shall leave out more than a few of the contributors to the construction of the tree. Some have contributed a lot and continue to do so. Sometimes even just a little titbit was sufficient to scale an insurmountable brick wall. Perhaps should I forget about brick walls and grade my research problems in terms of the long hill up the side of the volcano on the way to school and the short steep hill on the way home?
About 2010 I was told it wasn’t possible to create one large chart of the Baulch family trees. It took me a year or so and more than one genealogy software package to create a four generation descendant chart for my great-great-great grandparents Charles Baulch (1767- abt 1816) and Ann Beddlecombe (1779 – 1860):

Of course, it was out of date as soon as I printed it! So please check any information you may use against original sources – more of which are still becoming available.


But more importantly enjoy!



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.


Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2020 – Patsy’s Paddocks

Jill Ball encourages us each year to reflect on the year just past. See http://geniaus.blogspot.com/2021/01/accentuate-positive-geneameme-2021.html .I have been thinking for some days now how to approach my reflection of 2020 when that reflection is of fleeting images. I think of distant paddocks of 640 acres or thereabouts and of the pastoral runs of ten thousand …

DNA Down Under – un alpabetising the cemetery list

Why Patsy’s Paddocks? I do like alliterations and I’ve always known fields as paddocks. Following Victorian land selections is one way of following my family history and this has often meant following the history of paddocks I rode across as a kid. Who was the elusive William Campbell of Campbell’s paddock? Why was Farie spelt …