Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your “Where I’m From” Poem

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1)  Write your own “Where I’m From” poem – you can see a sample format at  But make it unique – yours!

2)  Share your poem on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your poem.

Here’s mine:

I am from a suburb of Melbourne,

From Mitcham of its orchards and later a busy suburb

From the Australian bush, with bellbirds and kookaburras,

From four seasons in one day


I grew up in a weatherboard house with no porches,

With plenty of backyard to play in

Swinging on a swing my dad welded together

A backyard with plum, lemon, apricot and nectarine trees


From Weetbix and porridge, vegemite and toast

Irish stew on a Thursday, meat and veg the rest of the week

Fish and chips on a Friday night,

Ice-creams and lollies from the corner store


From Mitcham Primary and Mitcham High School

A year at Frankston State College

Working as an insurance clerk at T&G/National Mutual and Australian Eagle

And then a mother and home maker, and a payroll clerk


From Collingwood Football Club, my team (and my dad’s)

Football with the boys at school, and cricket on holidays

Netball and swimming, and later ice-skating

Walks in the bush and playing with friends.


I am from Whimpeys, Harleys, Sharps, Russells and Oldroyds,

Marrs, Docwras, Reeveses, Olivers,  and Campkins.

Hardworking, brave, pioneering, who started a new life

In a country far away from their home


I am from Melbourne, Tarnagulla, Myrtleford, Woolamai,

Many other country towns in Victoria

Somerset, Cambridgeshire, West Yorkshire and Northamptonshire

Scotland, Ireland, Wales and  Sweden


I am from the boilermaker, the grocer, the shoe makers,

The many farmers, the miners, the French Polisher, the minister,

The carpenters, the teachers, the silversmith, and all the dear mothers.

Homemakers in a difficult land


I am from Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Anglicans,

Wesleyan Methodists, Primitive Methodists

And later Uniting Church

I am a child of God


I am from towns in the bush,

And a large bustling city,

From a family apart, but still bound together

Loving, generous and hard-working.

Note: I had forgotten to include the link to Randy’s blog when I first wrote this post, and only just realized and added this information today (Friday 8 May 2020).









4 thoughts on “Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your “Where I’m From” Poem

    1. My Docwras were from Bassingbourn in Cambridgeshire. My 2x great grandfather Alfred Docwra came out to Australia in 1848. He was the illegitimate son of Tempest Sell and Jane Docwra.


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