Genetic Baker?

In researching my family, I discovered that in the late 1700’s my family were bakers in Elgin, Scotland.  In the 1800’s and early 1900’s my Ggrandfather was a baker in Victoria and on the goldfields of Western Australia.  Initially it was a trade, but then became a source of funding gold prospecting.  Eventually the gold flowed.

I have always been a “foodie” and since my son introduced me to sourdough some 10 years ago, I have spent more time baking than cooking.  With so many food blogs available, I’ll only post recipes or opinions that I think are unique in some way.

History

Some years ago, I wrote a family history about the Crawfords from Grantown and Elgin and their descendants in Australia, Scotland and the U.S.A..  Since then, I have continued my research and also discovered a significant link to Ireland and much more about their lives.  I am therefore revising this history adding all the additional information and including much more about the times in which they lived, the social history of our family.

I will be posting one person at a time, starting with George Crawfords possible origin in Northern Ireland in the mid 1700’s.

Yindyamarra Winhanganha

The future of our country can only be improved by an understanding and appreciation of the culture of the peoples who have lived in Australia for some 80,000 years and respecting them and their culture.

They practiced Yindyamarra Winhangganha for 80,000 years and it’s time we did as well. “The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in … to show respect, to go slowly, to take care and to think before acting”

Yindyamarra Winhanganha

The future of our country can only be improved by an understanding and appreciation of the culture of the peoples who have lived in Australia for some 80,000 years and respecting them and their culture.
They practiced Yindyamarra Winhanganha for 80,000 years and it’s time we did as well. “The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in … to show respect, to go slowly, to take care and to think before acting”

Europe trip planning

From mid December, Cheryl and I will be traveling in Europe.  We begin with three days in Vienna, a river cruise from there to Nuremberg and then Christmas and New Year in Southampton and London.  Much of January will be in Cornwall, Devon and probably Wiltshire.  We finish with a week in Southampton to celebrated Drew’s birthday.  I will post daily trip reports here.

Country

Many people have no interest in their social or cultural origins, let alone their country or place. While I am first and foremost an Australian, and proud of my country, I am proud of it as country and people more so than a political entity.  I am also proud of my genetic origins and the cultural heritage I have inherited from ancestors from a number of European countries.  I am very much aware that my ancestors lived in various parts of Europe, emigrated within Europe and out of Europe.  For 2,000 years, my ancestors consisted of Celt, Anglo Saxon, Viking and Germanic peoples.

When I was born in 1947, my parents were living in Ningy Ningy country (Redcliffe, Queensland). They came from Boonwurrungm country (my father – South Melbourne) and Gadigal country (my mother – Vaucluse) The Ningy Ningy clan was the southernmost clan of the Undambi people. I was born in Turrbal country (Virginia Hospital), some kilometers south of Redcliffe , but lived in Ningy Ningy and Wakka Wakka country (Kingaroy) for the first two years of my life.

Around 1950, we moved to my grandparents (mothers parents) house in Birrabirragal (Gadigal) country (Vaucluse) and three years later to Courmangara (Watsons Bay). I

n 1966 I moved to the Kulin nations country, living in Boonwurrungm country (Beaumaris). Over the next 5 years, I lived in other parts of Boonwurrungm country (South Yarra, St. Kilda and Chelsea). For a brief time, I also lived in Boroondara (Camberwell) country, home of the Wurundjeri clan of Woiwurrung people, and was married there in 1970.

In 1971, I moved back to Gadigal country (Vaucluse and Bondi), where our son Kent was born, before once again moving in 1972, to Ningy Ningy country (Redcliffe) where another son, Drew, was born.

In 1978, we moved to Darramuragal country (St Ives) and in 1996 again to Gadigal country (Petersham). For over half my life I have lived in Gadigal country, and Cournmangara is my spiritual home. It is where my ashes will be buried.

2,000 years of European cultural history is important to me.  65,000 years of indigenous cultural history and it’s place in “country” is more important.

“The wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in … to show respect, to go slowly, to take care and to think before acting. Living with Yindyamarra, is living in harmony and respect with each other and country.”