Monthly Archives: March 2016

Solving the Mystery No 3 – Fatal Fire

‘Wednesday, 3rd January 1894 – . . . A house at Hellesveor was burnt down and a little child burnt to death.’ Gordon’s diary entries are matter-of-fact but I do wonder what was in his mind when he wrote: ‘Thursday, 11th January 1894 – In the morning went up to Charlotte’s with some clothing for […]

Solving the Mystery No 2 – Sailing Away

Gordon sailed to England on 14 February 1886.  He was on board the Hesperus, commanded by his step-father.  Gordon’s mother had married Captain Thomas Row Harry two days before they left Port Adelaide, Australia for their new home in St Ives, Cornwall.  This advertisement for the Hesperus is from the South Australian Register, 7 January 1889: […]