GenTraveling – From Shoeburyness to Sydney, Australia


Hello GenTravelers!

You all have your GenTraveling bucket lists, right? But do you have a GenTraveling minor-curiosity-small-pail list?  Today, I decided I’d start one of my own!  It’s not going to be a big bucket list. It’s a list of small research curiosities that I want to follow up on – just in case I find myself in a certain location where I could easily and conveniently do so.

I recently read “From Shoeburyness to Syndey, Australia” in the Essex Family Historian, No. 161, Issue 1 of 2017.  The editor wrote of how, while searching for her husband’s relatives in a cemetery in Shoeburyness, she came across a gravestone that read:

“Also of JOHN WILLIAM OUTTEN, PN, Who was drowned in Sydney Harbour, 5th January 1909 aged 22 years. Not lost but gone before.”

The author wrote about how she became intrigued as to why John came to drown in Sydney Harbour and went about researching the incident. (You can learn more about the tragic event HERE).  It didn’t sound like the author planned a huge GenTraveling trip to Sydney, just to learn more about this intriguing event, but she and her husband did happen to travel to Sydney in their retirement years to visit friends and relatives.  Since they were there, they decided to visit Rookwood Cemetery, where the drowning victims were buried. I’m sure it was a nice finale to the research she did which stemmed only from a minor curious inscription on a gravestone. So, what do you say?  Do you want to start your own ‘minor-curiosity-small-pail’ research list now?  Let me know what will be on it!


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!


4 thoughts on “GenTraveling – From Shoeburyness to Sydney, Australia

  1. I like this idea! It always bums me out to find that I’ve been somewhere with a history clue, but I didn’t know to look for it. Keeping a list might help prevent that from happening in the future.

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  2. I’d always heard that my great grandmother, whose family was from Ohio, had two aunts who taught at a school in Hawaii in the 19th century. When my daughter moved to Honolulu a couple of years ago, I decided to look into it more, and struck gold! It turned out that Maria Sheely (Aunt Ria), born in 1843, moved to Hawaii about 1880, marrying the son of one of the first missionaries to the islands. Her sister Margaretta and brother Brownhill joined her there. I found their graves, the house they lived in, and the Hawaiian Mission (now a museum) where Maria was active into her 80s. Such a thrill!

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    • That’s so cool! You never know if a passed-down story is factual…isn’t it great when you can track down the details to prove it!?! And sheesh! How nice for a good excuse to go visit paradise!


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