"Henry Francis, Gentleman of Cumberland Street", a history of the Francis Family, was first published in 2000, and is now released as an e-book in response to requests for copies since the original publication sold out.
The book draws on family diaries and letters to reveal the lives of Henry and Ruth Francis and their family who arrived in Sydney as free settlers in 1832 and follows their descendants through to the early 20th Century.
It is of particular interest to those descendants of Henry and Ruth Francis who are interested in the early years of their family history in Australia. It includes references to members of the Francis, Simpson, Suttor, Griffin, Mackean, Bowler, Edols, Gillham, Everett, Armstrong, Bryant, Simmons, Williams, Sutherland, Mitchell, Hart, Curry, Powell, Nairne and other associated families.
Gentleman of Cumberland Street is also a rewarding insight into the lives people led in mid-19th century New South Wales. Personal letters and diaries reveal the social activities they enjoyed, as well as the triumphs and disappointments of their daily lives.
The book gives personal accounts of grand balls and family picnics, travel by coach over the Blue Mountains and sailing along the Queensland coast from Brisbane to Normanton, long before the days of steam trains or motor vehicles. The lives of squatters and townies, sterling gents and ladies, and currency lads and lasses all find a place.
A quote from Henry Francis Senior in January 1840: As regards men, manners and things in Sydney, changes are to be expected. Grosvenor and myself, as must be well known and acknowledged, have made Henry what he is, we have kept him what he is, and if we leave him he will surely fall. Henry is cunning enough to take advantage of any of his family's plodding and planning for him, this he claims as a right, but he can neither plan nor plod himself ...
November 1864: After tea Mrs Burnett sang a few songs. Fanny then played 'Home Sweet Home'. She had just finished the air when Mr Stiles said he thought he could remember the words to sing the song. Mrs Burnett offered to accompany him as Fanny could only play it as a piece. She played a little prelude and commenced the accompaniment, when Mr Stiles struck up in a most plaintive voice 'Those Evening Bells'. Mrs Burnett, as quick as thought, altered the music and he sang it through quite correctly. It amused us all very much. Fanny declared she would never play in public again as people could not tell what tune she was playing. Mr Stiles was perfectly unconscious of his mistake.
May 1869: I sit down with such feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to tell you of the Providential escape of my poor husband last night. On returning from church he was bailed up in the yard by three armed men. The first struck him with a life preserver, but he sprang away from them, dashed through the garden gate and jumped over the garden fence into the street. They fired two shots at him.
Your copy of Henry Francis, Gentleman of Cumberland Street, as an e-book is available now for $19.95AU and will be downloaded to your computer when you click the 'Add to Cart' button and follow the instructions.
When you purchase a copy of Henry Francis, Gentleman of Cumberland Street you will also be entitled to a FREE copy of its Companion - print this out and use it as a guide to all the Francis descendants mentioned in the book.