Hands Upon The Anvil
Background to Characters:-
Characters like Rev Mr HH Bobart are historical, but I have woven a story around them. the Storm that occurred in Dec 1841 did actually happen and the Church was severely damaged. It took years to repair adn when St John's was finally repaired the changes were astounding. He died in class at Kings school aged 42.
Rev Clarke is also another Historical Character (as is his wife Maria). He comes into books two and three. He is one of those characters that Australian History has forgotten, but he should be rmembered. Look him up! Rev William Clarke. What a man!
From State Library Marsden’s Mill and Cottage, 1820, J Lycett, SLNSW PXD41F1
The Lockley Family of Parramatta is loosely based on John Ellison and his family. John arrived as a convict in 1791 on the 'Albermarle'. He helped 'put down' a Mutiny on board and was awarded with a 'Ticket of leave.' As part of that, John was eventually made "Keeper of Government Stores" in Parramatta and also ran the "Jolly Sailor Inn" just up the street. Bill Miller is loosely based on Joseph Huff, whose two daughters married two of the Ellison boys. Joseph was transported for 'stealing a lamb' but was at work when this occurred. He was transported and later given a conditional pardon.
John Ellison married Sarah Watkins and had 9 children (plus Sarah's son) their 2nd son was John Thomas Ellison and he became a Blacksmith. The history of how and why he was educated are scant, but of he somehow he ended up at Cape's Academy in Sydney. Sir James Martin (Martin Place) and Hon George Thornton(Sydney Mayor 1853), were both school friends and they travelled together from Parramatta to Sydney weekly. John had a boat and it's possible that he transported them. However, there was also a ferry and this is also a means of transport.
in 1903 Thomas Ellison's Obit read:- (he died in 1902)
This was started as a Covid project in September 2020! Somehow I don't think it will stop there.
2 years later - 16 novels are complete!