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My name is Helen Seares, Helen Curnick by birth, and I live in Sydney, Australia.

I am researching my family history, and I am particularly interested in the Curnick, Thrower, Welch and Kelly lines.

I have information about these and other branches of the family in Australia and some limited information about ancestors in the UK. I would be very happy to hear from anyone with any information about these branches of my family tree and I am more than happy to share my information.

George and Maria Curnick were married at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street London on 11 July, 1831 and came to Australia on the Northumbria in 1853, with nine chilren, Agnes, Albert, Arthur, Caroline, Harriet, James, Lydia, Maria and Mary Ann to look for gold in the Victorian goldfields. I am descended from Arthur.

I believe that the first Thrower of my family to come to Australia was Thomas Thrower, and that he came from Norfolk. His son Frederick Palmer Thrower married Mary Anne Comerford on 12 July 1866 at Nowra. They had five children, Alberta May, Charles, Thomas Henry, Martha and Emily Rosina. I am descended from Thomas Henry Thrower who was a prominent trade union leader and member of Parliament. He died in 1917.

The first of my Welch family to come to Australia was Edwin James Vernon Welch (1839-1916), son of Captain Sir David Welch and Elizabeth Ann Horwood. An explorer, journalist and historian, Mr Welch had a very interesting life in Australia. He was married twice and had children from both marriages. Two of his sisters, Eleanor and Susan married two brothers called John and Alexander Morrow and moved to the United States where they held land. His other sister Lucy married William Collyns and remained in the UK.

John Frederick Kelly was an Irishman from County Cork who came to Australia with the English army. He married Mary Ann Watson and settled in Australia. He had two sons and two daughters. His eldest son, George Frederick Kelly was my great-grandfather. George was another adventurer who ran away to sea at an early age. He was in the UK when the Boer War broke out and joined the Scottish Horse Regiment there. He saw active service in the South Africa in 1901 in the Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony. He married Alice Donohoe on his return to Sydney and worked at a number of jobs, including operating one of the first taxicabs in Sydney.

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  • Mr Thomas Henry Thrower, MP (1870-1917) (45 KB)
    Member for the Macquarie (Labor) from 1904-1907 then 1910-1917. He was Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker. A cabinet maker by trade he was President of the Furntiure Trades Union, first President of the Trades and Labour Council and later its Secretary, secretary of the Eight Hour Day Committee in 1900.
  • Arthur and Ella Curnick (213 KB)
    My grandparents Arthur John (Johnnie) Curnick and Ella Curnick (nee Welch).
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