Thank you for the time and effort in responding to the previous message. What you have said is correct about the discovery of Australia. As I am a born and bred Australian I know that the east coast of Australia at what is now Sydney was settled by Europeans in 1776. The west coast (where I live) was settled in 1829. The first Europeans were dutch explorers and they named what is now Western Australia, New Holland. However, being a very barren coastline they thought that it was not worth venturing into the hinterland. If they had, they would have discovered a rich landscape ideal for farming. Not to mention the mineral wealth. My previous comment was pointing out the fact that European settlement didn't start in Australia until 1776 and therefore the Dow's could not have arrived in 1734. If the person who posted the original message is genuine, maybe he has the dates wrong? I hope it wasn't someone just trying to be funny. On a personal note, my family arrived from Scotland in 1911. Unfortately there was not much talk about our scottish heritage and any record of relatives has been lost. Maybe when they emmigrated they wanted to make a clean break. I have discovered that my GGrandfather was one of 10 children who lived in Aberdeen, Scotland. My GGGrandfather was James Dow who married Mary Ann Hobnell in 1854 in Aberdeen. They had the 10 children and anyone who can trace their family back to them I would appreciated any correspondence and info on what happened to any of the them. I have their names and DOB's if any one interested.