Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week, the theme is Favorite Place: What has been your favorite place to research? Which ancestor came from there?
Probably my favourite place to research would be Tarnagulla. This was where my grandfather, John Ernest Whimpey, lived before he married my grandmother.
The first connection my family had with Tarnagulla was when my 2x great grandparents Joseph Whimpey and Margaret Price settled there, sometime between when their son Isaac was born in 1855 at Castlemaine, and when their daughter Sarah Ann died in 1861. At the time Sarah Ann died, the town was known as Sandy Creek.
Joseph and Margaret had five children who grew up in the Tarnagulla area: John, Elizabeth, Joseph (my great grandfather), Eliza and Isaac.
My great grandfather Joseph Whimpey married Sarah Jane Sharp, in 1872 at Laanecoorie.
Sarah was the daughter of Henry Sharp and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd. Sarah and her parents, with her older sister Elizabeth, had come to Australia in 1863. It is not known exactly when they moved to the Tarnagulla area, however they were there by 1 November 1867, when Henry and Jane’s daughter Hannah was born at Newbridge. Henry and Jane also had a son Mark who was born in 1870 in Newbridge.
Jane Oldroyd was the daughter of Mark Oldroyd and Elizabeth Sidebottom. Although her parents remained in England, a number of Jane’s brothers and sisters also settled in the Tarnagulla area in Victoria.
One of the reasons Tarnagulla has been my favourite place to research is that in 1993, my dad sent me some notes he had jotted down from the book:
Tarnagulla & District: The Way It Was, by Edna & Ken Arnold. Published by Crown Castleton, Golden Square, ca. 1992.
This book provided me with information about my family who had lived in the area, as well as a history of Tarnagulla. Another resource I have found helpful in researching my family in Tarnagulla has been the website:
For this post, I have only given a brief overview of my family’s connection to the Tarnagulla area, since I have already set up posts for my ancestors who lived in the Tarnagulla area: