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Friday, August 14, 2020

Long Family

Nothing Without Labour: Chapter 4

By 1874 James Long was a well-known identity in Ballarat East, and through his interest in the community he was approached to stand for local government, to which he was elected. The following year he became Mayor, serving two more terms in 1877-78 and 1878-79. It is recorded that while officiating: “The business of the Council

Nothing Without Labour: Chapter 3

James Long started making ginger bread in the shapes of animals, using confectionery pastes or currants for eyes. His diversification into other confectionery lines found a readysale. It grew to such an extent that in 1864, James Long purchased a delicensed hotel, the Golden Gate, situated on the eastern corner of East and Victoria Streets,

Nothing Without Labour: Chapter 2

One of James Long’s brothers was William Long, born at Borris O’Kane, County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1827. He was the third son of James and Eliza Long. Shipping records state that a ‘William Long,, 26 years, single from Tipperary’, arrived in South Australia on the Lysander on November 20, 1851. It appears that James arrived in South

Nothing Without Labour: Chapter 1

It was 1851. James Long, then 21, was working the family potato fields at Mountshannon in his native land Ireland. Friendly gypsies approached and offered to tell his fortune. The offer brought some comic relief, for times had been difficult for Ireland suffering the ravages of a potato failure over the past two years. Potatoes

Wilcock Family History

My father Jim Long’s middle name ‘Wilcock’ came from the maiden name of his paternal great grandmother, Mary Jane Wilcock. Mary Jane was second wife of James Long (1830-1916). In December 1986, Christine Pullman (nee Wilcock) penned notes of the early Wilcock family history. James Wilcock is described on his death certificate as a miner, but in

Lucas Family History

Generations that follow James Long (1830-1916) can claim a connection with Australia’s First Fleet (1788). James Long married Olivia Lucas, who was the grand-daughter of First Fleeters Nathaniel Lucas and Olivia Cascoigne. (Note that our family’s direct generational line comes from James Long and his second wife, Mary Jane Wilcock.) Nathaniel Lucas was born in

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