First of all thank you for your information. I have not as yet
located any administrative history for St Helena Brisbane, a short
chronological history around the time of my ancestor's birth (1846-
48). St Helena, in Merton bay was named by Australian aborigines
Noogoon. Its name was changed to St Helena after an aboriginal named
Napoleon was exiled there in 1826. Merton bay Brisbane had received
its first (free) settlers 1840, and opened to free settlement 1842. 6-
7 years before Emma Beatson, was to have been born. A gold rush in
Queensland (1850) boosted migrants to the area.
St Helena, Merton bay was to become a quarantine station in 1866.
Subsequently it became a prison Island. This is vague, because it
could have been a prison for the colony, rather than for the UK, in
1867. The prison earned both a tough reputation for inmates, and
glamour's history in agricultural development, reportedly winning
several international awards. St Helena, Merton bay is now
thoroughly a tourist attraction for these settlers. I cannot find
any colonially based geographical or economic reason for the UK penal
system, or free settlers to have been drawn to Noogoon or St
Helena. It seems modern history did not start on this island accept
as settlement for the penal prison. I will continue to pursue a
definitive, answer from Australian archivists, family historians, and
historians around the possibility. Just on the off chance, there
were settlers on this Island, other than government bureaucracy.
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, "John Coyle" <jcoyle@...>
> Hi Mike - don't forget that there is a St. Helena Island here in
> Bay, about 10k off-shore from Brisbane!
> John Coyle
> Brisbane, Australia
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> Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Searching for Helen Emma Beatson
> Hi to you all, I am researching my ancestor Helen Emma Beatson.
> believe may have been born on St Helen around 1847, 1848. Her
> place was given in Australia, which I find fascinating that she was
> then, at 17 years of age. She must have made the journey from St
> to Australia in her early teens. Oceanic journeys back then, I can
> assume, was no cruise-ship experience. anyhow, I am very interested
> know of any information regarding Emma. Also in anyway, how I can
> contact with the Government Archivist for genealogical information
> St Helena?
> Many Thanx Mike
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