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Well before I started on the ancestor road, I loved learning about our history and always thought it’d be nice to have an Australian explorer ancestor.
I had no idea where my family roots came from except for Prussia or Poland or Germany. And that was because of my long surname that ended with ‘ski’.
I realised that I wouldn’t’ be able to find out much because of the ‘iron curtain’ in Europe so I did feel like a bit of a drifter.
You can read more about that in the link here.
During my early travels around Australia, I’d met some interesting people. And, there were 2 individuals who knew clearly of their roots in Australian history.
During a discussion on the topic of family trees, one fellow said that he had ancestors who were connected to discovering gold around Cairns which was back in the 1800’s. I thought how lucky he was to know that.
Just to have roots in Australia even if it isn’t an Australian explorer ancestor.
When I’d met a family who had some interesting pieces of silverware which was a cutlery set that was approximately 200 years old, I was in awe!
They had a brilliant bit of history attached to the silver about an Australian explorer ancestor.
This family had the explorer William Landsborough as their ancestor!
Who is William Landsborough you ask?
He’s an Australian Explorer who mapped out quite a lot of Outback Queensland and NSW. Wow!
There’s a Queensland town called Landsborough which is half an hour drive from the Sunshine Coast area of Caloundra that was named after him.
In NSW, Queensland and Victoria there are areas named Landsborough as well as a highway.
Plus I’ve seen a cairn (monument) along the roadside in Caloundra so he must have been someone important!
How lucky were these people to know that some of their ancestors came from a gorgeous place like the Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast?
To have an Australian explorer ancestor was fantastic as far as I was concerned!
William Landsborough had bought and sold land in both NSW and Queensland. He arrived into the area around of what is now Bundaberg in the mid 1850’s.
Burke and Wills
Because William Landsborough spent a lot of his days thoroughly mapping his own property and surrounds, he had developed a reputation as an excellent explorer.
So, when Burke and Wills went missing, the Victorian Government asked William Landsborough to search for them.
During this search he and his group became the first to completely travel across the continent of Australia North to South.
Unfortunately, Landsborough didn’t find Burke and Wills.
But, he was awarded a silver cutlery setting for his efforts as well as mapping a lot of new regions.
The Queensland Government voted to award William Landsborough £2000 (2020 equivalent is £250,000) in 1882 for his efforts in exploring and mapping the state.
Made my day
The family that had been left the cutlery after being handed down to them, used it on special occasions.
I being able to join them, was a privilege.
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