I am the wife of
Robert Hindmarsh a great grandson of Alfred Byrnes and
Constance Rhoda Lovell. I first started my
interest in Family History in 2001 and shortly after
began my research into the Byrnes family.
I must thank my
Mother-in-law, Sarah Hindmarsh (nee Cruwys), who had
kept many of the keepsakes that her Mother-in-law, Ivy
Hindmarsh (nee Byrnes), had left in her care.
Items such as Ivy's postcard collection, her birthday
book and her love letters to her betrothed helped to
bring the family alive to me.
My research really took
off when I met Pat Curry. Pat had written a book
on the Byrnes family in 2000, focusing on her husband's
ancestor, Percy Byrnes - a young half brother to Alfred
Byrnes, and we spent many hours corresponding via email.
Pat generously shared her extensive research on the
Byrnes family with me. The next important events
were two family reunions held in 2004 and 2006 which
brought together many researchers of the Frederick,
Lewis and Byrnes families. We met at the old
Methodist Church at Castlereagh the site of some of the
ancestral graves and close to the land grants and former
homes of many of the people who feature in this history.
Once again I gained much insight from the generosity of
the other researchers. There were also many leads
that I could follow up and this has helped to fill out
the story. I thank all those who shared information and
mementos of of their family with me. Most of the
information for the more recent generations has come
from these generous people.
I hope this site
engenders an interest in Family History in more members
of these extensive families. Every new researcher
will make new discoveries which add to the body of
This is not a story of
the famous or wealthy, instead it is the story of
successful families who arose from the most humble
beginnings, from the outcasts of British society - the
convicts, and from those adventurous souls who came with
hopes and dreams - the free settlers.
Please feel free to contact me