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A Bit of History
“European explorers began arriving in what is now Australia in the 17th century. In 1770, Great Britain claimed Australia as a territory. The “First Fleet” of European settlers arrived in 1788 with ships of convicts. Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. English is the official language.” Mormon website
From 1788 to 1868 Britain transported more than 160,000 convicts from its overcrowded prisons to the Australian colonies, forming the basis of the first migration from Europe to Australia. When these first Europeans arrived they did not find an empty land as expected.
In Australia those of Irish descent are a higher percentage of the population than in any other country outside Ireland.
Australia Capital Territory:
Births Marriages Deaths
Prior to 1911 the area now known as the ‘Australian Capital Territory’ was administratively part of New South Wales. Between 1 January 1911 and 29 July 1938 it was officially known as the ‘Federal Capital Territory’.
Northern Territory: Births Marriages Deaths
Administration of the area now known as the Northern Territory was by New South Wales until 1863. For births, deaths and marriages from the beginning of Civil Registration in 1856 to 1863 see New South Wales.
Between 1863-1870 administration of the Northern Territory was from Adelaide, South Australia and civil registration of births, deaths and marriages for that period can be found in South Australian records.
- Queensland Cemetery Records
- Immigration Index to Queensland
- Maryborough Public Records
- History of the Albion Flour Mill, Melbourne – Gillespie brothers: John, Robert Winton, and George, sons of George from Scotland
1828 – no Gillespies in New South Wales
1841 (fragment) James Gilespie at Port-Phillip, Bourke, NSW
Australia Gillespie Family Histories
*The Gillespies of Killarney, Queensland, © Ken J. Gillespie 2000 – In library archives. Links to Ireland
John Gillespie, Co Armagh, Ireland to New South Wales
Robert Gillespie Family from West Lothian, Scotland
Thomas & Catherine Gillespie, Co Mayo, Ireland to Sydney, by Rose Warne
|Persons Lost and Found|
Burke’s Peerage : Helen Somerville, second daughter of Robert Gillespie, of Corny, Brighton Road, St Kilda, married John Nairne, b Jan 1, 1865. Helen and John m at St Kilda Presbyterian Church April 3, 1889 (see page 585, no further details about Robert Gillespie) Listed under ELDER, of Victoria, Australia.
Over 324,000 Australians served overseas in the War of 1914–18. Of these, nearly 60,000 died, 152,000 were wounded and 4,000 were taken prisoner.
World War II: 1939–45. Over 993,000 Australians served in the armed forces during World War II. Of those on active service, 27,073 were killed in action or died, 23,477 were wounded, and 30,560 were taken prisoner of war.
May 2019 (Great Lakes Advocate News)
Dr. David Gillespie has enjoyed a convincing win to retain the seat of Lyne at the 2019 Federal election. Dr Gillespie claimed the seat with a 3.63 per cent swing for the Nationals taking 65.49 per cent of the projected two candidate preferred vote ahead of Labor candidate Phil Costa with 38.37 per cent of the electorate’s support.
Of the 118,865 people enrolled to vote in Lyne, there were 81,545 formal votes and 7671 informal votes cast. There were nine candidates contesting the seat.
The electorate of Lyne was named after Sir William Lyne who was named Premier of New South Wales 1899-1901.
Dr Gillespie was elected to the seat in 2013.
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