Introducing the Killion and Nott Family History blog
Well, it seems like you don't exist these days unless you're blogging. I've resisted to this point but have taken the plunge mostly because I want to share the family history with you. Afterall, after nearly 40 years of dealing with dead people, it's probably time I started talking to some live ones!
I thought the best first entry would be to explain how my interest in the family history started. So, once upon a time.......
How did it all start?
It was the May school holidays in 1977. Mum (Shirley Killion nee Nott), Dad (Gordon Killion) and I travelled from Sydney to Lismore, as was tradition, to stay with Mum's mother, Lou Nott (Selina Louisa Nott born Brodbeck).
It was one night during that stay with Nana. Mum and I were sitting in the loungeroom of '71' (71 Avondale Avenue). Mum opened up a tin of Quality Street chocolates - but it wasn't full of chocolates but old family photos.
In amongst the collection were these two of Nana's parents:
|Elizabeth Brodbeck nee Stieger (1864-1920)|
|Jacob Brodbeck (1859-1936)|
From that moment in May, I became intrigued and so it was inevitable that in the August school holidays, Mum, Dad and I travelled to Barraba to see what we could find out!
From Tamworth one evening, we rang the first Brodbecks at Barraba from the phone book. This turned out to be Ted and Eileen Brodbeck in Henry Street - Ted was one of Nana's first cousins.
We visited them and they were so helpful referring to people with odd names like 'Gudlip' and 'Christy'. They took us on a 'tour' of the cemetery and to 'Millie Creek' (now called 'Calamondah') which was then owned by Mrs Muriel Crowley.
Here's a travel diary entry of mine from the time as well as some snaps of that memorable trip!
|Mum leaving Ted and Eileen Brodbeck's house - Ted & Eileen in the background|
|'Millie Creek' now Calamondah|
|Grave of Jacob and Elizabeth Brodbeck|
And the rest is history! I haven't stopped delving into the Brodbecks and all the German families of Barraba we are related to and, despite Mum's lack of enthusiasm, I also started research on Dad's side of the family in the late 1970s early 1980s.
It's been a passion and lifelong interest and one which I hope to share with you without ending up boring you!