Basil Low 1: Childhood

[Basil Carlisle Low is Jim’s father. This is his early story, based on his own writing.] 2: Starting a Career ––> Basil Carlisle Low was born in “Tamora Cottage”, just above the old Princess Theatre in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 28 May,...

Was Alexander Low on the Friendship?

The Friendship, under the command of Captain John Wilson, sailed from Port Chalmers on October 10 1877 for Macquarie Island. It was carrying on board a replacement crew for those on Macquarie Island – Captain Donald Sinclair and a small gang engaged by Cormack,...

In Search of the “General Grant”

The Family Story “In 1866 the American fully-rigged ship, General Grant, with £50,000 worth of gold and a passenger list of miners bringing home their piles abroad, set sail from Melbourne to London. “For some unexplained reason, she passed away south of her...

John Lough and Christian Gordon

John LOUGH (aka John Locke) was born Berwick Upon Tweed in Northumberland, England c. 1797. His future wife, Christian Jean GORDON (aka Christina), was born to John GORDON and Christian BARRON in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 29 Sep 1800 On 15 Oct 1821, after the...

Sarah Ann Hughes

[Sarah Ann Hughes was my great-great-grandmother] Sarah was the daughter of Mary and brickmaker Thomas Francis Hughes. She was born in West Drayton on 29 March 1838. Sarah was under age and living in Essex when she married Benjamin HOPPING at St John the Baptist...

Benjamin Jacob HOPPING

[Benjamin Jacob HOPPING was my great-great-grandfather] Benjamin Jacob HOPPING was born in Bedfont, Chelsea,Middlesex, England. He was the 4th son of Hanna RACKLIFF and Daniel HOPPING (and grandson of Edward HOPPING and Jane FAIRFAX) . He was born on 18th September,...