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This is a list of enquiries submitted by the community. Can you help?

John and Elizabeth, (Betsy /Betty) Hardy

Hello I would like to enquire about a John and Elizabeth, (Betsy /Betty) Hardy fire wood gatherers in early Narwee.

John Hardy (B 1806)came to Australia from Sheffield as a convict on the Surry4 in 1823. On the 1828 census he was assigned as a servant to his Uncle James Wild who ran the "Horse and Jockey Inn" on Macquarie street Sydney. In the 1841 census John was situated on Angle Grove farm in Peakhurst with James Pithers. The land was just above the Pickering plot on Hebblewhites land grant. (next door to George Tyrell and Mary Parrott). John Hardy's wife was Elizabeth Ibbotson who's father had a plot of land in early Hurstville next to Peake and Dent (Ibbotson sold this land in 1882) This land became the Hurstville Park Estate with Park Road running through it. Elizabeth Ibbotson's sisters married into the Collis,Pickering (who was a fencer) and Gardiner- Whithall families of early Peakhurst. Elizabeth Ibbotson's sister Margaret Ibbotson married Thomas Samuel Gardner in Enfield 1855 who was the adopted son of Robert Gardiner and Jane Gray who lived on Sunnyhill farm (modern day Narwee). John and Elizabeth Hardy's son George Robert Hardy (fencer) had an address of Park Rd Hurstville on his death certificate 1905 (his daughter Isabella Ethel was also born there 1887), his wife Louisa Rosina Anderson also has Park Rd Hurstville listed as her residence on her death certificate dated 1907. In 1882 George Ibbotson moved to Newtown and built a coach building service but his daughter Elizabeth may have remained near the land in Hurstville which he had sold in 1882,(Old Illawarra Road). In 1861 John Hardy appears as a farmer on the Bankstown census. By 1870 he had moved to Batemans Bay and died there (whilst working his plough) aged 97 in 1895.

Any information appreciated. Kind Regards Sandra

Thomas Bennett and Sarah Ricketts farm on the Cooks River in the 1840s

We are looking for information about:

  • Thomas Bennett (1782 - 1867)
  • Sarah Ricketts (1787 - 1860)

They had a farmhouse along the Cooks River in the 1840s. Can anyone help with identifying where on the Cooks River the farm was located?