I had not planned to take part this year. I am still exhausted from February and if I am honest I am still writing and reading from that, but the question for today is
"Do you have a favourite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check."
|Drawing by Esther Bellasis nee King left |
in Australia in 1803.
Original located at the Mitchell Library
What started out as a name with a date on my family tree has become so much more. The main delight was finding a single piece of artwork left in Australia in 1803.
- Was that the only piece of work she did?
- Has anymore survived, in Australia, India or the UK?
- Where did she find her inner strength to deal with the issues she faced?
When I looked again at the life of Esther I wanted to write about her, I then looked to her sisters and realised as I researched that they are such an amazing family of women - 10 siblings of which 9 are girls.
How could I possibly leave their stories confined to the past?