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This work covers the part played in the settlement and development of Australia by the extended family of my mother, Clova Williams, born Toowoomba 5th April 1927.
Her great great great grand parents were Ann Forbes who arrived in Australia as a 16 year old convict on the Prince of Wales in the First Fleet in 1788, and another convict, Thomas Huxley who arrived on the Third Fleet.
The Huxley family first settled on the Hawkesbury River eventually spread by the 1870's to the Warrego River and settled in what became Cunnamulla.
In 1874 James Williams, born on the Murray River in 1845, but who moved to the Warrego with his father in 1859, married Annie Elizabeth Huxley, recently arrived in Cunnamulla and so begun Clova's family line. James' father Henry Thomas Williams also arrived in Australia as a convict.
Other families involved in the work are the Watsons from northern England who were graziers on the Darling Downs, the Tunnies from Scotland who helped establish Port Douglas and the Jenkins family from Kent in England, who settled the Murrumbidgee and the Murray in the 1830's and developed vast pastoral empires.
The work has been developed chronologically and is a diary covering from 1788 to 2018.
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The book covers the early life of Ann Forbes in England and her arrival in Austrlaia on the First Fleet in 1788. She had a remarkable life and left an amazing legacy as one of the foundation stones of this nation.
It also covers the life of Eliza Jane Jenkins, who arrived as a 6 year old in 1824 with her mother and brothers to join their convict father. She and her family also played a major role in the early development and pioneering of Australian pastoral life.
Over two volumes, the lives of various family members are tracked and their roles in the development of Australia are explained. They are written chronologically so take the form of a diary running from 1788 to 2018.