Author: badcock

John William (William) Chapman 1792-1852

William Chapman was born at Hatfield Broad Oak in Essex, England the eldest son of Isaac Robert Chapman (1761-1850) and Elizabeth Catharina nee Blandy (1770-1847). At the age of 13, he was convicted of stealing one sheep and two lambs and received the death penalty but was reprieved and transported to Australia for life. He […]

Ivan John Badcock’s U.K. Forbears to Australia

This article includes a list of Ivan’s British Forbears, including when they arrived in Australia and on which ship, along with other interesting information about each person. Many are featured in expanded articles on History Over Dinner. YEAR/SHIP NAME RANK RESIDENCE U.K. & NOTES 1788Scarborough (First Fleet) Herbert, John Alexander Convict London (1767-1846), tried at the […]

A history of mining at Williamsford, Mount Read in Tasmania

Williamsford was once a bustling and progressive community, with activities centering around mining which commenced in 1896 and continuously operating apart from several short shutdowns, till closing in 1986. There are now no residents. The town was located on the lower slopes of the heavily timbered 3,684-foot-high Mount Read, five miles south of Rosebery, on […]

ABT railway excursion between Queenstown & Strahan – 1963

In 1963, the Mt. Lyell Mining and Railway Co. Ltd decided to close their rail line between Queenstown and Strahan, due to the high cost of maintaining the line. Closure was scheduled by the end of June 1963. A group from our Rosebery Methodist Church decided to take the very scenic trip before closure and […]