Welcome to my website, I hope you find this useful. This has been created for the purpose of publishing my family history and Australian history research and to add links to photos, resources and the works of others. I also digitally colour photos and will be adding some of these and may have a go at sketching some portraits of family members if I get time. I eventually plan to list several generations of descendants of known Australian ancestors and to dedicate some space to honouring war veterans in different branches of my family.

*Please contact me or at least please credit me as “ErnestfromAus” if you decide to use photos on a publication or family tree website (I have already uploaded some onto ancestry.com). I believe that these should be for everybody to share and I do not like the idea of tainting a photo with watermarks. However, alot of time goes into sourcing and scanning these photos and I have seen alot of photos that are ‘re-uploaded’ onto ancestry.com and the like. I hate red tape as much as anyone, but people are hindering the rest of these from surfacing by giving themselves credit for photo that they have no idea where they came from. 

This is a hobby to me and has no attached financial motives. I do not support the genealogist websites or societies that are after ridiculous amounts of money for very little, such as those selling an index (non-records) on a CD for hundreds of dollars.

While it is mostly focused on my direct ancestors at this stage, it may contain useful information about their family members as well as photos. Links to photos and documents will be attached to this page:

Links to Shared Photos & Documents on Cloud Servers

Below are links to biographies and lists of descendants of my New South Wales and Tasmanian ancestors (Generations are numbered):

Many of these are incomplete or not yet started but watch for new links as well as updates to existing ones.

Edwards Family:

List of Descendants of Thomas Fardell & Ann Cook

 1. Ernest William Edwards (1895-1965) & Mary Elizabeth Donnelly (1900-1951) 

Donnelly Family:


Sutherland Family:


Pike Family:


Jordan Family:


Smith Family:


Richardson Family:

1. Mervyn Charles Richardson (1902-1982) & Grace Maud Stewart (1906-1993)

2. Norman Thomas Richardson (1878-1944) & Nellie Gertrude Ada Ibbott (1883-1966)

3. Isaac Simeon Richardson (1843-1919) & Mary Ann Walker (1849-1910)

3. Edward Henry Amos Ibbott (1857-1926) & Mary Ann Margarite Goodwin (1861-1950)

4. Isaac Richardson (1804-1873) & Matilda Borner (1804-1887) (From England)

4. Michael Walker (1813-1901) & Sarah Goss (1814-1888) (From England)

4. George Pirkis Ibbott (1817-1894) & Sarah Devine (1823-1896)

4. Edwin Walter Goodwin (1839-1923) & Margaret Isabel Chaplin (1845-1900)

5. John Ibbett (1765-1841) & Hannah Pirkis (c1791-1863) (From England)

5. Thomas Devine (1798-1884) & Ann Jane Easton (1802-1873)

5. Edward Goodwin (-1874) & Mary Ann (-1899) (From England)

5. Edward Chaplin (1801-1874) & Margaret McIntosh (1824-1911) (From England & Scotland)

6. Philip Devine (1791-1821) & Ann Doyle (1771-1822) (From England)

6. Thomas Easton (1779-1819) & UNKNOWN (From England)

Stewart Family:

1. Mervyn Charles Richardson (1902-1982) & Grace Maud Stewart (1906-1993)

2. John Stewart (1867-1955) & Charlotte Walker (1870-1959)

3. Robert Stewart (-1901) & Margaret Smith (c1841-1897) (From Scotland)

3. William Walker (1825-1905) & Mary Anne Bessant (1830-1915) (From England)


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J. Ernest Edwards, I grew up in North-West Tasmania in the 1990s. I am named after my Great-Grandfather, Ernest Edwards. I have a passion for learning about history and how it ties to my family. Roughly half of my family is from New South Wales, and the other half is from TJames Oldasmania, which makes this all the more interesting for me. Stay tuned, as I plan on writing short biographies on all of my known Australian ancestors (Great-Grandparents and beyond).

Other interests of mine include engineering, science, bush-walking and exploring in old Australian towns and national parks, kayaking, chess, basketball, tennis & table tennis, pool, gardening, cooking (and eating), painting, editing photos, woodworking, antiques, prog rock music, old video games and early electronic devices, documentaries and classic films.

Other Information and Websites:

I have made a tree on ancestry.com, you can access it via this link if you are interested. Note that you can view trees for free if you create an account (You do not need to pay for a subscription). Some information may be included that is not shown on this website, but note that this is not my primary family tree and mostly just includes ancestors at this stage.

There are many great free websites that can be used for genealogy. Remember that information from original documents is much more reliable than information on public trees such as those on ancestry (don’t be a sheep and just copy them without sources) or even what is found in family history books or other websites like mine.

You can click on the links below to find links and information for other photos and documents, resources and similar websites and titles of some good books:

Links to Shared Photos & Documents on Cloud Servers

My Favourite Websites for Gathering Information

My Favourite Australian and Family History Websites 

List of Family History & Australian History Books




If you are a relative to me (distant or close), I am interested in hearing from you. You can contact me on: ernestfromaus@gmail.com


Contribute to This Project:

If you have any photos, slides, negatives, heirlooms, documents, memoirs, stories, or any other interesting facts or information about members of families listed on this website, please feel free to contact me on the email address listed. I aim to preserve as much of this history as possible. I can scan slides and negatives as well as photos at a very high quality. I can receive these by post and then post them back to you if you do not have the tools to scan them. Even if they are not my direct ancestor, I would still like to preserve the history of other members of the family. I am setting up a cloud storage linked with my email where albums can be accessed for each family member. Links to these albums will eventually be displayed on this website. Stay tuned.

Note: If you contribute to this project, I will gladly list your name as a contributor if you wish. I am grateful for those that have allowed me to scan photos or have emailed me information so far.

Can I Help You? 

If you are conducting your own research and have basic queries about NSW or Tasmanian records, I may be able to give you some help or at least point you in the right direction.