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!


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