Sunday, April 19, 2009


My Great-great Grandparents left Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, England with three children on the ex-convict ship "Duchess of Northumberland" on 25th February 1841, sailing from Plymouth with 229 other passengers on board and arriving in Port Phillip Australia (later New South Wales) on 3rd June 1841.

My Father's surname was first recorded in Britain in 1194 to a Robert de Hiwis of Devonshire (one of the many variants dating back hundreds of years, possibly influenced by the Nordic warriors).

Cheriton Fitzpaine Primary School (1642)

Cheriton Fitzpaine has many fifteenth-century houses, including the longest thatched house in England (the Primary School), its former use deemed to have been the church house. It stands next to St. Matthews Parish Church (14th century), a Grade 1 listed building.

Read more about Cheriton Fitzpaine at

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