Moving the Goods

Sailing ships, railway and vehicular traffic at Newcastle NSW

At the core of any economic system is the transfer of goods and availability of labour. Our ancestors played their part in developing colonial Australia where great distances and difficult terrain limited apparent boundless opportunities. Duthie, Whitfield and Montgomery ancestors sailed and piloted ships which carried goods to Australia and in the coastal trade. Some constructed vessels in Newcastle and Port Melbourne and several ran vehicular ferries on major rivers. In the vital railway industry, Childs, Rumble, Adam, Boyd, Adams, Whitfield, Campbell and Scrivener  men laid the iron rails, drove the locomotives, were engineers in railway workshops, carriage builders, guards, signallers, station masters and worked in the Enfield and Darling Harbour goods yards as well as locomotive construction (such as 3801) at Everleigh in Sydney. The McCallums built the drays and other horse drawn vehicles that connected people with the railways and ports. Campbells and McAllisters were carriers in the horse drawn transport era in Queensland and northern NSW. Men of the McCallum, Scrivener and Campbell families, shod horses and manufactured goods and vital components for vehicles. All contributed to the national as well as their local economies.

Sunlight & Shadows


The Lives and Times of William & Mary Ann Adams & their descendants 1800-2012

First published 2000 Second edition 2003

ISBN 0 9578 150 0X

Third edition 2012  0978-0-9578150-7-0

The Adams were pioneers in the Shoalhaven and Alstonville districts. Migrating from Donegal, Ireland in 1838 as agricultural labourers, they became successful independent farmers in NSW facing immense challenges, traumas and ultimately financial failure. The legacy of the pioneering generations shaped the lives of their descendants.