On the Rails

Ancestors & Descendants of Edward Childs & Catherine Rumble

First published as ‘From Newtownards to Newtown’ in 1996 Second edition 2007

ISBN 0 9578 150 34

Escaping the poverty of rural England, the Rumble family left Clavering, Essex and took up the opportunities offered by the construction of railways in NSW in the 1850s, as did Hugh and Edward Childs from Newtownards, County Down in Ulster, Ireland. Hugh Childs’ son, Edward, drove locomotives on the western and southern lines from 1872 until 1911 and the same industry  provided secure employment for some of his descendants when rail travel was the primary form of transportation .