Welcome to Patsy’s Paddocks!
Here I share my stories – family stories, stories from land records (hence the paddocks in my title) and methodologies from my genealogy toolbox.
I have been interested in family and local history it seems forever. 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.
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.

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  1. Enjoyed these stories no end even though I no longer live in Oz. A little hobby horse of mine though. Dont forget that this digital age is changing so rapidly that blogs may not last forever like a printed book. Think about having some printed copies made, you have already done tne hard yard!
    Regards ed

    1. Thank you Ed for your kind comments and I hope I continue to write stories that you enjoy. Maybe 2016 will be the year for a little more discipline in this area. The matter of how to preserve our family stories is indeed a pertinent one. I am trying to reduce the paper storage in my home collected over several years and which I have never really reviewed until now. In some part this is happening in writing my stories. But how to store things in the future? Certainly there is a risk in relying on just one medium. Capturing images on old slides is a task of the moment. And digital formats become unusable in a very short time. But there are also problems with paper too. My ancestors have lost their homes in South West Victoria and most things in the home on more than one occasion when a fire has swept out of the barrier stones in extreme conditions. Even though I now live in the middle of Melbourne my fire and preservation plan does need updating. So thank you for the prompt. The community of Wye River have shown us all that preparing and practising to preserve our property really works. I only have to start.

      1. Hello Patsy
        I was amazed and delighted to find your blog. I am just beginning my family history as a retirement project. I have a lot of information and photos but also a head (no, much more) full of questions! How easy it would have been to ask my grandmother who lived with us but when I was too young and foolish to be interested.

        Now here is the truly exciting bit…….My grandmother is/was Agnes Skene who married Jack (John Herbert) Salter, your grandmother Edith Salter’s brother. Grandma was very close to and fond of Noel and Edith and spoke so much of them (especially after visits to Victoria), and my mother also of Uncle Noel that I feel I met them. I don’t think I did but I did meet Don and Peggy Baulch who perhaps are/were your parents!?

        I live in Brisbane but by an amazing coincidence am flying to Melbourne on Sunday 17 January for 5 days. It would be just wonderful to meet you. Is this possible? I will be staying with a friend in Reservoir.

        This is so amazing. I know so little of Grandpa’s family, and just googled Charles Salter Royal Insurance Melbourne to be led to Patsy’s Paddocks!
        Look forward to hearing from you
        Warm regards
        Cousin (several times removed) Clare

      2. Clare, How absolutely lovely to hear from you. Yes, most definitely love to catch up with you for I remember Aunt Agnes’s visits to avoid the Queensland summers quite well. Now quite coincidentally the Brighton Cemetorians are writing an article about Charles Salter at the moment.

  2. Hello Patsy,
    I am wondering if you can help me with some information about 2 people you mentioned in your blog titled Assisted Emigration.
    I commenced my family search 2 weeks ago.
    The people I refer to are Lydia Watts and William Porter, I believe, they may very well be my Great Grandparents.
    Given that I had absolutely know idea of my heritage, you can imagine how excited I am to find members of my family in such a short space of time.
    If you are able to offer an information regarding when, where and how they came to Australia, parents, children, siblings I would be extremely grateful.
    If I have the right family, I’m pretty sure I do , then all I know to date is Lydia and William had Arthur Victor Porter b.28/03/1881. He is my Grandfather. I knew virtually nothing of him either until 2 weeks ago.Its all a little overwhelming.
    Meanwhile I will continue reading your blog.
    Kind Regards

    1. Lovely to hear from you Ro. My paternal great grandfather was Samuel Baulch. His second wife was Eliza Ann Porter – Arthur Victor Porter’s older sister. It is great to hear about relatives other than Baulchs! I shall send you some information privately.

  3. Dear Patsy

    I am Mary Boydell (was Salter). My father was Car Salter, the son of John Herbert Salter and Agnes Salter. I arrived at Patsy’s Paddocks through googling Charles Salter Royal Insurance Company. I think my sister Janet might have been in email contact with Kathy Baulch some years ago. Aunt Edith was Dad’s godmother and we often heard stories about Edith and Noel and the wider family.
    I would love to be in touch and was fascinated by the information about Charles Salter’s education. I had not heard that.
    I have an immediate mission in that I have a very old little red book titled ‘Our Grandpapa’s Chest containing a series of moral and instructive tales for the edification and improvement of youth’. It was given to me when I as born, my name written in my father’s handwriting. The earlier inscription reads ‘Charles Salter from his friend I T Pierce July 29th 1850’. I think it is ‘I T’ and it is beautifully written. From my relatively scant knowledge of Charles and now the information you have about his education, I am wondering if there is any chance we could find out more about the book. I think he was born in about 1840, so he would have been around 10 when he received the book; clearly a valued gift to have survived this long!

    I will put my email address below and would love to hear from you, and perhaps we might meet one day.

    With best wishes, Mary

    1. Lovely to hear from you Mary! I remember my Aunt Agnes well. I never did sort out when she was talking about her son Car and when she was talking about her brothers. One of them had a 10 goal handicap for polo I believe. Aunt Agnes used to come south in the summer spending some time in Melbourne before staying with my grandparents for a while. Grandpa Learmonth of course lived not far from the Skenes at Tyrendarra and Grannie Learmonth you will know about. I suspect the book was given to Charles when he went to Christ’s Hospital school. A quick look at the 1851 census and I couldn’t see any Pierces at school but there were quite a few in Wiltshire. Could the I be a J for John? Maybe it was a friend of Charles that give him the book. But it could have also been a schoolmaster or tutor. An interesting little puzzle. Another thought is that Pierce could have been one of the men who recommended Charles to Christ”s Hospital – as Joseph Neeld did.

  4. Hi Patsy

    Thanks for your very informative blog, including so much about our common ancestry. It’s wonderful to know someone is working on the extended family history. I’m very interested in keeping up with your research.

    I came across a reference to Squattleseamere when helping my aunt, Valerie Lhuede, with her memoirs. It turns out my grandmother, Katie Baulch, was born there. I believe either you or your sister Kathy may have corresponded with Val about our common ancestors some time ago.

    I think I saw somewhere the place where Francis Baulch and his brothers were given work after coming out as a bounty migrant on the Arab in 1841 but I can’t track the reference. Do you know? I’d be very interested to learn more of how they coped in the new colony in the 1840s, given the depression. I’d also love to learn what more you’ve discovered about Lydia Watts and William Porter, if anything.

    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Great to hear from you. My sister Kathy sees your name in Trove newspapers from time to time. It is interesting that you say Auntie Kit was born at Squattleseamere. This was just before our great grandfather Samuel Baulch bought Dunmore and when he was leasing what was then called Glengleeson. I always assumed that Samuel was living at what I knew as the Glengleeson West homestead. But you are saying this isn’t so. Something else to look for when I get back to looking at the history of Squattle (as we called it). Tom Browne held the squatting licences for Squattleseamere, Dunmore West and Snakey Creek at one stage. Squattle and Snakey Creek became Glengleeson a little later on. Yes, I wrote to Val I think about 1969 and did spend a great weekend staying with Auntie Kit at Rose Bay not long afterwards. I look forward to reading Val’s memoirs! Yes, we do know about Francis Baulch coming out as a bounty emigrant and a little about their life in Tasmania. Something, Kathy, for after looking at the Porters for Justin and, now, Elizabeth. As part of that, I do need to pull together what I have found (next to nothing) and what I haven’t (a great deal) about the initial DNA tests I asked for in relation to Eliza Ann Porter’s maternal line. Oodles of DNA matches for Baulchs that they have just swamped every other test.
      Agian, good to hear from you and regards to Val.

      1. Hi Patsy, Yes, I discovered Trove last year – what a treasure! In fact, only yesterday I came across a newspaper reference to the death if a Henry Lord, publican, on the way from Hamilton to Cavendish in February 1872, after falling intoxicated from his horse. I’m assuming he was the brother-in-law you mention whose pub Samuel briefly took over? There are a bunch of Lords listed as having come out on the Mary Ann in January 1857, including Catherine (same age as Samuel’s wife-to-be would have been that year, then 19 – quite a bit older than Samuel!) and a 15-year-old Henry, along with other who may have been their siblings and parents. Do you have more information on that period?

        If I read you correctly, you’re saying there was a separate Squattleseamere homestead, distinct from the Glengleeson one? If you have information that Samuel and Eliza were renting at Glengleeson West homestead the year Katie Louise was born, I’m sure you’re right. If the run (even a nearby one) had once been known as Squattleseamere, it would have been like Nan to use that name as her birth place, rather than the more prosaic Glengleeson, for the sheer joy of the word, She had a very quirky sense of humour.

        I would love to know more of your own history – especially about “Uncle Bert” and Annie, your grandparents. Val briefly mentioned their daughter Nance’s marriage to a “Reg” but little about where they were living or about Nance’s siblings. (Since you’re a Baulch, I’m assuming Nance had a brother?) Even snippets of information would help to fill out the picture – and I’m guessing for privacy reasons you may not want to go into too much detail here. Would it be too much trouble to correspond by email, or perhaps to arrange to meet up with you and Kathy some time, if you’re not up to pulling together what you have for a post? I’d very much appreciate it. My email is elhuede[at]gmail[dot]com.

        Thanks again for your very interesting blog. I’m really keen to discover more.


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