The information contained on this web site has been researched and compiled by myself with the help and assistance of many people and various publications. I will endeavour to compile a comprehensive list of those contributors eventually, however, in
the meantime will concentrate my efforts to build the site so it is both informative to my Brickhill clan and have some interest for those who may enjoy the stories of early Australian settlement. I commenced tracing my family tree in 1994. It started out
as a project to assist me in coming to grips with the use of a PC and it has grown with the development of the internet. As I spoke with the older generations within my extended family a realisation dawned on me that I had a unique opportunity to build the
story of the arrival in Australia of the first Brickhill family in the early 1800’s through to the current generation and more importantly to be able to pass this story down to future generations. I became excited and immediately thought the best place
to start was with the arrival of John Brickhill (1817-1900). So little did I know then.
I commenced with current generation information and built from there, soon
a small network developed of other members of the family who were also researching our family history and much information was exchanged. One of the great mysteries was trying to establish the arrival details of John Brickhill upon which all else seemed to
revolve. Searching various vessel passenger lists proved fruitless and over the intervening years I worked out (via birth records) a window of arrival and concentrated my search on this period. My lack of progress on this detail was quite discouraging so the
project lapsed for some years.
Every opportunity was taken when traveling to search records at the National Library in Canberra, the Tasmanian Archives and also the internet with no
success. I began to ponder the possibility of John, perhaps, arriving at some other intermediate destination. The thought that he may have travelled to South Africa with his brother (James Brickhill 1809-1889) and subsequently on to Van Demons Land or that
maybe he landed in New South Wales, which led to my despair at the task of locating this vital fact.