About me

I live in Brisbane, Queensland and have thought often about blogging. So, instead of just thinking about it, I thought, why not just do it.

While not an expert by any means in family history, I enjoy travelling the roads that my ancestors have traveled in the past.

I am retired and enjoy filling my days with family history, reading, desktop publishing, friends, family, music My music is omportant to me and and generally trying to be relaxed about life. This last doesn't always apply.

Tabitha aged 5
I absolutely love cats by the way and had the privilege of Tabitha (Tabby for short) for 19 years until she went to 'cat heaven' in January 2012. I haven't decided if I will have another cat to share my home as yet - that's a work in progress.

My friends tell me I have a wacky sense of humour - well I don't know about that but I certainly do enjoy the happiness that humour can bring.

Reading is an important part of my life and has been for as long as I can remember. My mother was a great reader as well and introduced me to books and their magic at a young age.

My favourite book from childhood was The little green road to Fairyland  by Annie Rintoul & Ida Rintoul Outhwaite. This was a 1932 edition that had been my mother's precious book. Fortunately my mother taught me to care for books, you know, don't dog ear a page, no writing in books etc. I get so cross when I borrow library books and see stains, underlining and dogeared corners. I was able to share this book with my son when he was small and he loved  it too.

My music is important to me and I usually have music playing on my computer while i work, write or design. At this moment i am listening to Peter, Paul & Mary singing Le Desertuer. Yes,  I am a child of the 60s.

What else about me? Well I have a few significant health problems from an illness in 2009-10 but choose to still get out and about. We all have choices about our life and I am so often reminded that life is precious and so fragile. 

Well, that's enough about me - I hope to explore the context of what was happening in the era my ancestors lived in this blog, why they traveled and where they went. I also hope this is an enjoyable experience.

Want to contact me: hpconnor47 [at] gmail [dot] com


  1. Leslie Proverbs (ddproverbs@hotmail.com)22 Jul 2015, 20:27:00

    Hello. I''m a PROVERBS from Barbados and I put a comment on your page ref John Proverbs I thought you might be interested to see. Sending this since not sure the other went through.
    All the best. Leslie Proverbs. (ddproverbs@hotmail.com)

  2. Hi Helen,
    I have started a support Facebook page for Australian history bloggers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1070035523030558/
    Wondering if you would like to join. Any questions contact me: jenealogy7@gmail.com