A family tree of colonial Australians, their forbears and descendants


As of 20 February 2020, there are 83,936 individuals in this database!


Why do I call this site Australian Royalty?  Jack Thompson, in the first episode of the Australian version of Who do you think you are? quipped that these day, unlike times gone by, having a convict ancestor gives you the status of Australian royalty.  My father, Leonard Charles Purnell and his father, Simon Peter Purnell would never have thought so. They 'swept it under the carpet'. I found out after my father died that he was the great grandson of William Purnell from Gloucestershire England who was sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a pig and arrived in NSW aboard the convict ship Larkins in 1817. 

My site used to be about just my close family and my convict ancestry. But as I developed the site I inter-connected many convict, free immigrant and indigenous families. It grew and grew until now I will include anyone who fits my primary focus, that of individuals who lived in NSW from 1788 until 1900.

If you want your family to be included or have corrections, photos or stories, I'd be very grateful to hear from you. You can email me using the link at the bottom of this page. I accept Gedcom files, word processed documents, images such as PDF or JPG or posted documentation. I always credit you the supplier of the information as my source.

You can browse everyone who is in the database by clicking the Lists button above, and choosing the family name that interests you. Or you can click the Search button.

Please be aware that as surely as there are fish in the sea, there are mistakes in this database, hopefully just not as many! Please check and verify any information you find here with your own original research using primary sources whenever possible

In the interest of privacy, all information about living people is suppressed.

If you find a family connection here, I hope that it might be a good place for your current family and your descendants yet to be born to come to - to find out about their heritage. I would like to see it grow as more people who are related make their individual contributions.

Marion Purnell 

19 February 2020 - 00:21:43

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