Thursday, June 10, 2010

Great-grandpa was born 5 years before this continent was named Australia

In 5 mins I (Philip Elton Hillis Wilson) very easily found on the Aussie National Archives site the enlistment papers for my grandfather's 1902 Second Tour of Duty in the Boer War He, George Hillis, a dairyman of Parramatta, was born in 1878. His own father, my great-grandpa, was born in 1819, two years after Napoleon died and 5 years before the name 'Australia' was adopted for this continent -- 31 years after European settlement. On my paternal side, my family is 8th-generation Australian.

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