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First Time Member - Hello to the Forum

Greetings from Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. I have been researching my family history for many years now both ancestors in Australia and Ireland and my research is now moving into the UK so I may need some help!

The UK families that I am researching their surnames are Quelch and Gentry.

My Quelch family came from Oxfordshire and the family then resided at No. 10 Holks St Middlesex (don't know where the street is) and then immigrated to South Australia in 1864. My Thomas Charles Quelch was a cordwainer (I knew he was a shoemaker - but cordwainer is now my "word of the month"!). The family came to Australia as "Remittance Passengers" and I'm not too sure what that actually means. So if anyone out there can clarify this for me that would be great. I had read somewhere that maybe they were "told to leave" or maybe they were "sponsored" to Australia. Not sure about the fact or fiction.

Briefly, the other family I am researching is the Gentry family from Munden in Essex, being Robert Gentry and his wife Mary Wright. The family came to Australia in 1854.

So that you for your forum and I look forward to being part of your community.

Kindest Regards to Allredf)

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