This database contains details of Irish convicts who were transported to New South Wales in the period 1791 – 1831. It is very good.
Whitfield, Jacob Ship: Isabella I  1820 Tyrone Co Sentence: Life Occupation: Ploughman.
I doubt he would have made much use of the family crest I showed you yesterday.
What a different Sydney he arrived in!
His first accommodation was here:
And he slept in these:
I have been in that room, and you can hear the ghosts! Well, that could be the atmospheric sounds they play for the tourists…
Apparently for a while he worked on the Great North Road.
Where his son lived in the 1830s and 1840s really was within 500 metres of where I live today. This is Strawberry Hills, and the X marks the spot. Actually it is the building centre just over the road, but you get the idea.
Here is where I live. That big tree, a Port Jackson fig, on the right may well have witnessed that ancestor of mine. It certainly is an old tree.
Sorry about all those pics you had to wait for, but it’s not a verbal day today.
Hope you found it interesting.