My Great great grandmother was Lucy Jane Banks – born in Bootle, West Derby, Lancashire in February 1839. By the time she died, she had migrated firstly to New Zealand and then to Australia and settling in Footscray, Vic.
Amongst the family treasures are photographs of her family in Liverpool, examples of her needlework and her own school book all of which she had brought with her from England. The journey from England to New Zealand was uneventful until the ship neared the Southern Ocean where its masts were damaged in a storm. The master of the ship continued to sail to New Zealand, where reports of near wrecking were recounted by the grateful passengers when they finally made landfall in Auckland harbour. The ship was so overdue that little hope of their survival was held. To still have these precious items is quite remarkable considering just how difficult the journey had been.
Lucy, her husband William and their two surviving daughters (including my great grandmother) relocated to Footscray in Melbourne in the early 1880’s. Two of her sons joined the family at a later date. One remained in New Zealand for the rest of his life.
Lucy Jane Banks: born 21 Feb 1839 in Lancashire UK, married William Dixon 17 Nov 1857 at Walton on the Hill, UK and died 22 February 1910 at her home, 22 Charles Street, Footscray, Vic and was buried the next day in the Boroondara General Cemetery, Kew.
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