(Return to "The 'Bierwirth / Beerworth' and 'Meers' Family History" albumn)


Correspondence with Margaret McDonald
daughter of Daniel Joseph and Kathleen Mary Meers (nee Victory)
Daniel was the brother of Eileen Veronica Meers, who was Tanya and Brett's Grand Mother

Judy Brookman (nee Sunman)..........The Hallett Historical Society


Page One ... and click HERE to go to Page Two


These notes refer to the following Families

James and Judith Meers
(nee ??)

Section #10 - HERE

Tanya and Brett's

John and Ellen McCabe
(nee Frost)

Section #09 - HERE

Tanya and Brett's

Daniel and Mary Meers
(nee McCabe)

Section #07 - HERE

Tanya and Brett's

James and Louisa Meers
(nee Beerworth)

Section #06 - HERE

Tanya and Brett's


From Geoff ... Tuesday 20th February 2007

Reference ... phone call from Mrs McDonald on Monday 19th February 2007 ... telephone 03 5236 2237
Living in country Victoria, south of Geelong ... interested in the MEERS family (is a relative)

Hi again, Mrs McDonald

It was nice to talk yesterday ... but there was a "spilt coffee accident" on my desk and my notes were "sorta washed away" !!
Fortunately your email address was still readable, but not your Christian name and that is why I am referring to you as Mrs McDonald !!

You will notice at the bottom of this email there are a number of web site links in our email signature, but to use these initially might be a bit confusing
As I mentioned yesterday, there are hundreds of thousands of pages in our site, and over 65,000 photos and files
To make it a bit easier, I suggest that you initially - CLICK HERE

The first place to look would be the links to the "Family History" and these are right at the top of the page
Just a note here ... these pages are on my "To Be Updated As Soon As Possible" list
They were put together a number of years ago when I was just learning how to build a web site, and I now want to redesign them and make them a bit easier to follow
Still, just read the pages and click on any of the links that you might be interested in

The next thing to do would be to click on the link that says "Dad and Mum"
This albumn is divided in to numerous easy-to-follow sections, and include lots of pics of both James and Louisa Meers, including the 'horse-and-dray' photo you mentioned

After that, I would suggest scrolling right to the bottom of the above page and click on the link that says "Memories of Gladstone"
This is a recent project I have started, and it includes numerous links to follow
There is also some great shots of our home - HERE - and then scroll towards the bottom of the page

Well, that's about it for a start
Enjoy looking through the pages, and I hope the info is useful to you
Send a note anytime if you wish

Regards ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Friday 23rd February 2007

Received the information with delight, and also your phone call last night (we were away)

I didn't know about the Beerworth ancestry so that is very interesting too but still on the Meers trail

For your reference, I am Margaret Veronica McDonald, the elder of Kathleen (your mum's bridesmaid) and Daniel Meers' family (and now the senior family member)

I was at The 50th Wedding Anniversary at Hallett - HERE - but when the grandchildren's photo was taken I was asleep as I was on night duty (Royal Adelaide Hospital nurse)
The unknown child being held would have been the second of Joe Meers' family ... I don't know their order
Incidently, I do have some contact with their son Daniel

Our family is spread around
....................Carliene (Edwards) is in Andamooka
....................John is in Murray Bridge
....................Robert is in Brisbane
....................Ronda (Casey) and Leonie (Yeo) are in Adelaide
....................Rose (Mills) is in Darwin, and
....................Joanne (Hawkins) is also in Adelaide

It is for John's grand daughter that I'm trying to get the Meers' history
It is for a school assignment and I have always been 'going to do something' ... now I have to ... so what you've sent is great
I'm not good with the internet and can't get enough information from State Libraries, etc

We live on a farm at Birregurra in the south south/west of Victoria ... near Colac and inland from Lorne

Ian amd I have:-
....................Sam is married to Kylie and has two boys Bryce (7) and Josh (4)
....................Mary (35) works with horses in England ... at present based at Scone in New South Wales
....................Gerard (33) is home with us on the farm ... lives independently, and
....................Emmalie married Clinton Cain and has Jim (2) and Amber (8mths) ... station managers near Arlethan in New South Wales

So that's us
Hope to keep in touch

Finally, Judith Broolman this week sent photos of Nanna and we think her parents

Regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Saturday 24th February 2007

Hi again

It is sometimes frustrating trying to get "info from the past" together !!

As I mentioned in my last note, I am going to revamp the pages that I sent, plus add anything new that I can get my hands on
And if I find new information or photos for the MEERS FAMILY, I will definately send it on to you

It will probably be too late for the school assignment, but I would think you would like to have it anyway

You wrote in your note ... "Finally, Judith Broolman this week sent photos of Nanna and we think her parents"
Hey, I would love copies of these ... I am not sure if you have a scanner, but if you do, would you mind sending them to me ??
I find it best if the shots are scanned at 600dpi at least, and this gives me a good and big size to work with ... thanks

All the best, and I will stay in touch


From Margaret ... Sunday 25th February 2007


This a copy of what I sent on to Rachel
For her exercise I've allowed some guesswork as she needs it this week and I'll put some photos in the mail for her

Now I am on the trail now to get the Meers' family as accurate as possible

I have tried to send you the grandparents photos but the email hasn't gone ... will retry later

Incidentally, I forwarded your data on to Daniel Meers and he was delighted ... hope that was okay

Regards ... Marg

From Margaret ... Sunday 25th February 2007

I don't have a good scanner so have tried photography ... can redo them if they're not suitable

The greyhaired lady is Nanna Meers (explains my hair too) - CLICK HERE
The others are, according to Judy Brookman, the Beerworth grandparents - CLICK HERE

Cheers ... Marg

From Margaret ... Monday 25th October 2010

Hello Geoff

I have just stumbled onto a Google Page about the Mt Bryan Church windows and a note from you that you had almost fallen from your chair ... likewise for me ... but with glee !! - CLICK HERE

Only two weeks ago I passed through Mt Bryan on a memory trip
I lived there with my parents Daniel and Kathleen and younger sister Carliene until about 1942 when we moved to Terowie
How I wish I'd known about the church windows then !!

At Terowie I can recall as a child hearing in the distance grandpa coming in with his teams of horses from damsinking and the excitement when they did arrive
So the sale of the plant would have been on his retirement - CLICK HERE

On my trip I also took a photo of the old home in Hallett, now derelict, and I'll send this later - CLICK HERE

I'm the family matriarch now and not very good at finding family history online nor visiting the resource centres

I have a stumbling block with great grandfather Daniel, born to James (mother not recorded) and buried at Carrieton
My dilema is that James and Judith arrived in Australia with John and Elizabeth, and if Daniel belongs to them, he was born in Drycreek
But in the first South Australian Census, there were a James and Johanna with two boys at Dry Creek but I cannot find any further reference to them
And as grandfather James went to school at Carrieton I'm assuming Daniel belongs to Judith and is buried within the confines of their plot with Mary
I have photos which I will send you - CLICK HERE

I see my photos of Mary and William are on site ... the originals are treasured here at home

Would love to hear from you sometime

Best wishes ... Marg

From Geoff ... Tuesday 26th October 2010

Hi ... and it's great to hear from you ... again !!

Yes, we had contact way back in 2007 and below are copies of a couple of emails that you sent during February of that year ... these followed an intial phone call contact (refer above for this contact)
I have written to you a couple of times since then, the last being in May this year
I was sending to this email address ... kingoonya@eftel.net.au ... but they were coming back undeliverable, etc

I have also included a copy of a Meers Family Tree you were preparing at that time for a School Project being done by Rachel

In the Family Tree, and from what I can establish, it appears that Daniel's wife Mary McCabe was the daughter of John McCabe and Ellen Frost and not Austen and Mary McCabe !! ... but everything needs confirming, eh ... and I wish they had computers and digital cameras back in those days !!

Now, this is only a "HELLO" email

At the moment, a local sporting club is having a working bee putting up a new fence around the fields ... and I was 'silly' enough to volunteer and am tied up most of the day, but once this job is finished I'll sit down and write a 'proper' note !!

The Leadlight Windows were a great "find" ... and it's a real pity that you didn't see them on your trip ... next time !! - CLICK HERE

As you would have seen at Section #10 on The Meers Family History Index Page - HERE - I also have a stumbling block when it comes to Daniel's parents ... but we'll get it all worked out one day !!
I have lots of bits of information mentioning him, but I have not uploaded it yet because I am not sure if it is right and/or accurate
More about that later

I also have other Meers details ready to include on the site ... more about the Windows, more on James and Louisa, etc

I will put you on the mailing list so that your email will be included on any future Update Newsletters

Also, feel free to send my details on to anyone you feel may be able to help in any way in this Family History search

Please, please send me any photos you have ... including the old Hallett Home and any other shots or info you have ... would love to have them !!
Could I ask that you scan these at a minimum of 600dpi ... this makes a large file and it takes time to sent but this size allows me to crop, adjust and highlight various sections of each photo

All the best and will write again very soon

Regards ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Tuesday 26th October 2010

Some photos for you

Firstly, the Meers' home at Hallett, taken on 10th September 2010 - CLICK HERE

And the headstones at Carrieton Cemetery - CLICK HERE

From Geoff ... Wednesday 27th October 2010


Hi again

Before going on, I want to check that you received my email yesterday ??
You did not mention it ... and I just like to make sure that they are transmitting properly and if you did not get it, I will send it again

I already had some of these headstone photos and you might like to check out my pages
Meers - CLICK HERE - this page also has a note about their "grave sharing"
Beerworth - CLICK HERE

O'Halloran Headstone
This is a new one for me !!
Are you able to give me a few brief notes about the people mentioned ??

The Meers Home - CLICK HERE
Fabulous !!
You mentioned in your first note that this is "now derelict"
What a shame ... a nice looking place and Sharon and I would love to live there !!
Another question ... do you remember the complete and full street address ??

As I said yesterday, there is still a few days work left to go on this sporting clubs fence but as soon as that's finished I will contact you about the other information I have on the Meers Family

Have a nice day

Bye ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Wednesday 27th October 2010

Emails have arrived ... thank you

The James and Judith Meers family arrived with Elizabeth aged two and John aged one
Elizabeth married Michael OHalloran
She died in 1907 and the death certificate has James OHalloran (friend) as informant

I feel that James Meers is within the plot too but no stone

Also, when having another look at your superb collection of information, I noticed you have listed Nanna Meers as Mary McCabe (titled ... two stages of her life)
The bottom photos are of her daughter in law, our nanna, Louisa Beerworth, wife of James Joseph Meers - CLICK HERE

I've sent your address on to my sister Leonie in Adelaide so she can see the windows at Mt Bryan ... again, what a find !!

The Hallett house ... no address
I haven't tried, but it would be the only house in the paddock from the first road (right) off the main road from Burra if you try Google Earth

Keep up the good work and have fun

Regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Thursday 28th October 2010

... and Good Morning again

Next week I'm going to be searching and searching to find and confirm as much detail as I can on this elusive and mysterious Mr Daniel Meers and his parents, etc, etc !!
Looking forward to the chase ... and will definately let you know of any results

In respect to the "McCabe / Meers" photos, I have updated the page - CLICK HERE
The initial information I received came from Tim McCabe and out of courtesy to him, I now have both lots of details on the page ... you will see what I mean when you click on the page

Another search .... find out more about the Meers' Home ... and again, will let you know what happens

One other note ... in your email above, you call Grandpa "James Joseph" ... I have always known him as "James John" and that is what is inscribed on his headstone - CLICK HERE
Is the "Joseph" like a confirmation name or ??

Have a nice day ... perfect weather up here in the tropics

Regards ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Thursday 28th October 2010

OOPS !! ... it is James John of course

Have you got this pic of Daniel ?? - CLICK HERE
The original is at John's home in Murray Bridge


From Geoff ... Friday 29th October 2010

WOW !! ... Fantastic !! ... and again, Thank You

This 'voluntary working bee' at the Sporting Grounds is getting close to being finished
We have put in all the posts and rails ... now comes the job of hanging around six hundred metres of 2.3 metre high fencing wire !! ... will be very glad when it's done !!

In the meantime, I was able to do a little bit of searching around about Daniel
In the Family Tree you sent over during February 2007 (I also included a copy in one of my notes a couple of days ago) it was stated that James and Judith Meers arrived in Adelaide on 5th November 1849 on the ship "Charlotte"
I searched for that ship, but had no luck at all
But I then started looking for the Family's arrival under a different search title/topic ... and found them !!
The date is right ... but the ship's name was "Constance"
I will get all the details uploaded next week, but in the meantime you can click - HERE and HERE - to see the complete Passenger List
Just scroll down until you see the name Meers ... and James is listed as a shepherd

Not a huge 'breakthrough' ... but it's a start ... and every little bit helps !!

Speak again soon ... Geoff

From Geoff ... Thursday 18th November 2010

The Very Elusive Mr Daniel Meers !!

Hi once again, Margaret

Firstly, this email is also being sent to Mary Fahey, who is a Member of the Hallett Historical Society
I have had a long telephone talk with Mary, and she offered to try and help us out

Following our conversation, I sent an email to Mary and she is going to take this to the Society's next meeting towards the end of this month
In this I mentioned that we were searching for information on James and Louisa Meers and also James' father Daniel
Maybe someone at the meeting will have some records or memories that will point us in the right direction !!

Mary also offered to take photos of the Meers' home in Hallett, plus shots of Uncle Jim's garage which is still standing - CLICK HERE

Thank you again, Mary, and I look forward to hearing from you after the meeting

In the meantime I have been searching ... and searching ... and searching !! ... and I reckon I have looked a "a billion" internet pages !!

Boy, I would give anything to find Daniel's birth certificate ... which hopefully includes both his father's and mother's names !!

You mentioned both a Judith and a Johanna, and this is where I have been concentrating
And as mentioned before, I found the ship that Judith and her family arrived in, but I cannot find where she then had a son named Daniel

Not much else to do except to keep looking ... and hoping that someone may contact us with the breakthrough that would confirm all our thoughts
Hey, there's got to be someone who knows !!

All the best to you both ... I'll contact again soon

Regards ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Sunday 21st November 2010


I have a copy of Daniel's Birth Certificate here somewhere
It doesn't give his mother's name ... only his father, James

Daniels' Death Certificate says he was born at Dry Creek

Regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Monday 22nd November 2010

Hi Margaret

Got to admit I had a bit of a chuckle over you saying "here somewhere" !!
Funny, because that is how our records and information was ... "somewhere" ... and it took days and days to get it sorted out into some sort of system !!

If you come across the Birth and Death Certificates, would you mind sending me a copy ?? ... would like them very much

Have not heard anything back from the Hallett Historical Society yet, but I am hopeful
Mary Fahey sounds very knowledgable, and she knew of the Meers Family including Daniel
I am really looking forward to hearing back from her after the meeting with the other Society members

Might be the "breakthrough" we are looking for !! ... Who was James' wife !!
And I'll immediately pass on any details to you

Have a nice week

Regards ... Geoff

From Geoff ... Saturday 11th December 2010

Hi Margaret

I have just sent you a copy of an email that I wrote to the Hallett History Group (below)
Here's hoping we are able to get some "new-and-exciting" information !!

Just wondering if you have come across the Birth and Death Certificates mentioned in the notes above

Have a nice weekend ... Geoff

From Geoff ... Saturday 11th December 2010

The Meers Family in Hallett

Hi again, Mary ... and also to you Margaret

Mary, in your note below you mentioned the November Meeting of the Hallett History Group
This note is just to see if we were lucky enough to have someone attend the meeting who knew all about the Meers Family !!
James John and Louisa Mary, and James' father Daniel, and the name of Daniel's wife !! ... and any other information about them

Also have you had the time to snap the "big" photos in and around the old Meers home in Hallett ?? ... plus any shots of my Uncle Jim's garage ?? - CLICK HERE

I am guessing that my original email from the 29th October was tabled at the Meeting

Please remember that your Members can copy and use anything from my site, and also don't forget that I would like to make the $150.00 donation to the Group but I need the Bank Name, BSB Number and Account Number

We will appreciate anything that you can send ... and look forward to hearing back from you

Regards ... Geoff

From Geoff ... Thursday 30th June 2011

And HELLO once again to you all !!

Yes, it has been a while ... but I've got a good excuse !!
As well as doing this particular Family History, I am also researching my Dad's side as well, plus also my darling wife's Dad and Mum's family histories as well ... and this is where the time has been spent
When you look at the Index Page for the Meers History below, you will see that it is divided into fourteen sections ... Sharon's Dad's name is Coudrey and if you check that albumn - HERE - you'll see fifty-eight sections, yes, that's 58 !! ... and it goes all the way back to the 1500's ... and that's over five hundred years ago !!
A massive amount of research over a long period of time ... please accept my excuse !!
Maybe one day we can get the Meers History back this far as well !!

Righto, let's get going

You've probably noticed that this is a very long email ... and it is !!
Lots of details along with over thirty links to click on
These include all the updates I've received along with the new information I have been sent and that I've recently found

But first, a few "Thank You's"

The Entire Fahey Family ... who live in Hallett and are members of the Historical Society
I've said it before but I'll say it again ... what a fantastic parcel that was to receive !! ... terrific information and photos !!
Still a bit more to do, but you'll see a lot of it included in the links below ... everytime I look at it, I want to buy the Meers' Home in Hallett !!

Margaret McDonald ... daughter of Daniel Joseph and Kathleen Mary Meers (nee Victory)
Really appreciated the information on James and Judith Meers
And the terrific photo of Daniel !!
If you ever find the copies of his Birth and Death Certificates, please, please send me a copy !!

Bianca Rowland ... grand-daughter of James Vincent and Margaret Meers
No, I hadn't forgotten nor was I ignoring you !!
Thanks for your photo ... and you'll see it below
Also you'll come across a shot of your great-grand-mother with your grand-parents which was taken on their Wedding Day
Plus, you'll see photos of the family home and the garage where your grand-father worked
And another plus ... there are contact details for Milda Fahey, who went to Primary School with your Dad !!

I hope you all enjoy looking through all this Family History
As usual, if I've made any mistakes or wrong assunptions, please let me know ... it is difficult to put all this together, and I really want it to be as accurate as possible
If you have anything new on our family tree, please also send that so it can be included on this site

Finally, there is a question right at the end of this note ... hope someone has the answer !!

Regards ... and hope to hear from you soon ... Geoff

'Bierwirth / Beerworth' and 'Meers' Family History Albumn
Main Index Page ... CLICK HERE ...... and then refer to the Section Numbers as detailed below

Section #10 ... James and Judith Meers
UPDATED ... all of the information in this section has recently been added
CLICK HERE ... passenger lists showing the Family's arrival in Australia during Nov 1849
CLICK HERE ... gravesite and headstone for Judith Meers who died during October 1907
CLICK HERE ... obituary for Elizabeth O'Halloran, their daughter, who died in October 1926
CLICK HERE ... burial details for James and Judith's son, John, who was buried in Sept 1929

Section #07 ... Daniel and Mary Meers
CLICK HERE ... Daniel won the 'Tilting Match' at the Carrieton Sports Day ... April 1906
CLICK HERE ... A 'severe' accident when driving home in a dog cart ... October 1906
CLICK HERE ... here is a portrait type photo of Daniel Meers ... date unknown
CLICK HERE ... a "Clearing Sale" on their property following Daniel's death ... March 1922
CLICK HERE ... added another Death plus a Funeral Notice for Mary Meers ... August 1942

Section #06 ... James and Louisa Meers
UPDATED ... added full names and birth / death dates for all of James and Louisa's children
CLICK HERE ... added thirty-two photos of the Family Home in Hallett
CLICK HERE ... added eight photos of their son James' Garage in Hallett
CLICK HERE ... James Meers fined after trying to get an after hours beer ... November 1921
CLICK HERE ... Louisa and daughter, Mary, assisting at a Strawberry Fete ... November 1926
CLICK HERE ... The Burra High School 1929 Annual Break Up ... mentions two of the Meers' children, Winifred and James, in three different sections ...... and these have been highlighted in yellow ... talented kids !!
CLICK HERE ... added another report on the Mt Bryan Easter Sports Meeting ... April 1931 ... and note there are now seven different reports on the above Index Page detailing Eileen Meers' athletic prowess during her school years !!
CLICK HERE ... James and Louisa Meers and here is a black / white photo ... date unknown
CLICK HERE ... James and Louisa Meers' son, William (Bill) ... from the late 1960's
CLICK HERE ... James and Louisa Meers with their children ... five photos from 1920 to 1964 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
CLICK HERE ... Louisa and daughter, Eileen ... two photos from May 1975
CLICK HERE ... Louisa Mary Meers ... three photos from May 1975

Section #04 ... John and Eileen Roneberg (nee Meers)
CLICK HERE ... Memories of Gladstone South Australia ... lots of recollections and photos during Geoff's brother, Brent, trip to Gladstone on Wednesday 31st January 2007 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
CLICK HERE ... added three photos of the Church where they were married ... March 1943
CLICK HERE ... here is a copy of their Wedding Certificate ... Saturday 6th March 1943 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
CLICK HERE ... the Birth Notice for their first child, John Andrew Roneberg ... March 1945
CLICK HERE ... John Roneberg advertising for mechanics for his business ... January 1950
CLICK HERE ... court appearance and fined for trying to avoid the tax man !! ... August 1950
CLICK HERE ... Birth Notice for their fourth child, Brenton David Roneberg ... November 1950
CLICK HERE ... given 'great credit' for assisting with building the new School ... February 1952
CLICK HERE ... a very serious car accident involving all the family ... 23rd December 1952 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History
CLICK HERE ... supporting the District and Bush Nursing Society ... July 1954
CLICK HERE ... an incident in Bishop Avenue ... "Girl Dies In Knife Fray" ... December 1969 ... NOTE - this was elsewhere on our web site ... now included in this Family History

EXTRA !! ... James and Louisa Meers' Great-Grand-Daughter
CLICK HERE ... Photo of Louisa, her son James and his Bride Margaret ... and there are notes and a photo from Bianca Rowland !! ... for future reference, this page is linked to Section #06 on the Main Index Page

QUESTION ... The Farm known as ... "Shannonside"
Can anyone help out with these newspaper articles ??
There are three notices below, referring to the farm known as 'Shannonside'
Does anyone know of this farm ??
And who is this particular "James John Meers" ??
If he is from "James + Judith", he would have been around one-hundred-and-ten years old when these notices were placed !!
And the James from "James + Louisa" did not die until 1967
And who might the "Mrs Mary Meers" that is mentioned be ?? ...... Daniel's wife maybe ??
Is this the same property sold by Daniel Meers' estate back in 1922 and listed above ??
I've got a blank spot ... just cannot work it out !!

From Margaret ... Friday 1st July 2011

I've found your email
WOW !!
It's 1.40am and I still haven't read it all ... looking forward to the remainder !!

What a relief from end of financial year tasks

Thanks ... regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Friday 1st July 2011

Good morning ... and hope you got some sleep !!

Lot of 'brainwork' but it felt good to get it done and sent out to everybody
Glad you are enjoying the read !!
Now I suppose I'd better start looking for more photos and information ... it never stops !!

Hear from you soon

Regards ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Saturday 9th July 2011

Daniel's portrait ... that is at my brother, not son, John Meers' home at Murray Bridge

Also, about the Trust photo of the two homes in Hallett
The closer one looks very like the one Nanna, Uncle Jim and then his wife Margaret and their son Andrew lived in ... opposite the railway station

Regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Sunday 10th July 2011

Hi Margaret

I have made the correction in respect to Daniel's portrait - CLICK HERE

In respect to the Hallett home ... what a terrific discovery !!
Have a look - HERE - at the web page I put together

From Geoff ... Friday 15th July 2011

Aerial Views of Hallett South Australia

Showing all of the Meer's Family "Places - of - Interest"
Homes ...... Garage ...... Railway Station


Please send me any details and/or photos and/or information that could be included in this
"Beerworth / Meers Family History"

... and also ... please send this note on to anyone who you feel may be interested

From Margaret ... Tuesday 27th September 2011

Hello Geoff

I'm having a "Celebrate the date ... 11/11/11" here at home (it is also my birthday but that's not the reason) and I'm wondering if anyone would be interested in a Meers family get-together that weekend

I have contacted Daniel who is keen, Judy Brookman will be overseas ... most of my lot will be here anyhow

Birregurra is about two hours from Melbourne airport
If there are any cheap airfares would it be a consideration ??
Accomodation is available in nearby Colac, motels and parks, which is about twenty minutes away
Locally there are share houses and bed-and-breakfasts
For the tourist we're close to Lorne and the Great Ocean Road
The volcanic plains are rather special too and the Birregurra.com website has information
We have a popular festival in October so that's taking up the time right now for most of us

Would love to hear from you

Regards ... Marg

From Geoff ... Wednesday 28th September 2011

Hi ya

Can you leave this with me for a few days
It doesn't look likely, but want to check on a few things ... there is always hope !!
My Opinion ?? ... A Fantastic Idea !!

Back soon ... Geoff

From Margaret ... Tuesday 27th September 2011


Could you please give me a contact for Bianca
The Adelaide family I'm sure would love to catch up with her too

John's granddaughter Rachael is eighteen and also into history


From Geoff ... Wednesday 28th September 2011

Hi again

The last contact I had with Bianca was on the 11th July this year
Bianca Rowland

Regards ... Geoff

From Judy Brookman ... Monday 25th June 2012

Hi Geoff

Spoke to Margaret Meers sometime ago ... she knows nothing about 'Shannonside'

Nana Meers most probably purchased Grandpa's house (bankrupt) with money from the Beerworth's
I don't know for sure, but Mum always referred to the Halley house as Mum's, and house in St Marys as Mum's even though Grandpa there
He always shared a bedroom with Bill for as long as I can remember

Kate Dann is on Facebook
She has a partner Ken Newton and has two daughters Rhiannon and Eloise ... Rhiannon has a son Miles
Phone 08 8381 4173
Address is 3 Calauria Cresent Trott Park South Australia 5158
Kate may have some family knowledge as she was aware of your Dad's previous marriage ... I wasn't

John Dann is divorced has one son Stuart
Phone 08 8322 5089
Address is 7 Balee Avenue Sheidow Park South Australia 5158

I don't know either email addresses


From Geoff ... Thursday 28th June 2012

Hi Judy ... and to you too, Margaret

This Family History research takes time ... lots and lots of time !!
I have recently been working on Sharon's side of the family ... have had a lot of success and have been able to trace her Dad's ancestors (Coudrey) all the way back to the early 1500's !! ... have a look - HERE

Now it's back to The Roneberg and Meers Histories for the next few months

#01 - Shannonside
Just below there are a couple of articles from The Burra Record ... dated 2nd March 1927
I reckon that these "confirm" that the farm was definately known by that name ... and do you agree with that assumption ??
Naturally I don't like to upload anything unless I am almost 100% sure it is correct !!

#02 - Nana and Grandpa Meers
I am not sure what your note above means and would you mind explaining it a little bit more for me
I guess "Halley" is meant to be "Hallett"

#03 - John and Kate Dann
I have left a message for Kate on her Facebook Page ... sometimes these are missed, and if I don't hear back from her, I will give a ring over the weekend
I'll also give John a call

#04 - Upcoming Research
Daniel and Mary Meers (nee McCabe) ... see Section #07 on THIS page
Starting now, I am going to try to finalise the details on this couple

BUT ... I also want to discover more information on their parents as below
James and Judith Meers (nee ???) ... see Section #10 on THIS page
John and Ellen McCabe (nee Frost) ... see Section #09 on THIS page

Have you any information and details that may help ??

#05 - Photos and Certificates
Hey, do you have any 'old' photos of our Family ?? .... or any birth, wedding or death certificates ??
I would really appreciate a copy of anything you may have ... anything at all !!

I have no idea how computer-savy you are, but if you scan anything, would you do it at a minimum of 600dpi as this makes an image that is perfect to be uploaded to the internet ... the files are a bit big when sending attached to an email, but that does not really matter at all
As an alternative, you could send everything up to here via registered post and I would do the scans and return it to you ... guaranteed !!

That's about it for now ... and here are the Shannonside articles mentioned above ... bye, Geoff

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