About me and living-family-history

Some brief information about me, Geoffrey Aslett. I was born in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, just before the Second World War, and remember the 1940s and 1950s from school days to my first job, and the 1960s, when marriage, family and home were the focus of our lives. Looking back, one can't help marvelling at the changes that have occurred in just one small lifetime, and wondering what changes lie ahead. Jane and I have been married for 48 years. We have three children and seven grandchildren. We still live in Queensland, but moved from Townsville to Brisbane over 20 years ago. I have been interested in family history for over thirty years and have traced our forebears back to the days of Oliver Cromwell.

I am particularly interested in the things that affect peoples daily lives, and how lifestyles change from generation to generation. We are living family history day by day. The things we do today, the decisions we make, the things that impact our lives, all affect the courses our lives take and become part of our family history.

Postscript

After so many wonderful years together Geoff was taken from me in January 2015 after suffering the effects of cancer. Thankfully he did not have to suffer for an extended period.

During his lifetime Geoff wrote several histories covering different branches of our family.

"HATSELL" by Geoff Aslett 1999.

The story of Hatsell Garrard who immigrated from Suffolk to Port Phillip in 1841. A colonial family's struggle to survive in the early days of Victoria.

"HATSELL" is now available as an e-book, ready to download for $37.00. Just contact me if you would like a copy.

"200 YEARS 1800-2000" by Geoff Aslett 2000. A booklet commemorating the bicentenary of the Suttor family in Australia. The descendants of George and Sarah Maria Suttor who arrived at Port Jackson early in November 1800 with the remnants of a consignment of plants sent out to the colony by Sir Joseph Banks.

"HENRY FRANCIS - Gentleman of Cumberland Street" by Geoff Aslett 2001.

The story of Henry and Ruth Francis who immigrated to New South Wales with their three daughters and two sons in 1832. A fascinating account of life in the 19th and early 20th centuries, told through the letters and diaries of family members. Includes sketches of families associated by marriage - Grosvenor, Suttor, Simpson, Bowler, Griffin, Everett, Armstrong, Curry, Powell & Nairne.

"The Asletts of Benhall and Arcadia" by Geoff Aslett 2002.

A brief history of the descendants of Thomas and Emma Sophia Aslett from about 1880 to 1980. Includes a large number of photographs, mostly taken around Benhall, Suffolk, and Townsville, Queensland, as well as family letters covering people, places and events over half a century, leading up to the 1970s.

"HENRY FRANCIS - Gentleman of Cumberland Street" first published in 2001 by Geoff Aslett is now available as an e-book.

It's the story of Henry and Ruth Francis who immigrated to New South Wales with their three daughters and two sons in 1832. The book gives a fascinating account of life in the 19th and early 20th centuries, told through the letters and diaries of family members. Includes sketches of families associated by marriage - Grosvenor, Suttor, Simpson, Bowler, Griffin, Everett, Armstrong, Curry, Powell & Nairne.


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