Family Tree Research – Taree December 2016

I took my mighty black corolla up to Taree for two nights from 11th December to 13th December (Sunday to Tuesday) 2016. Three goals; research my family history, secondly visit the Ellenborough Falls and finally see my parents and my sister and her family.

Sunday 11th December

On Sunday, it took me 3.5 hours to get to Taree. I visited my campsite, Twilight Caravan Park at 146 Manning River Drive, Taree South and then I visited CundleTown Historical Society from 3pm. I worked with a lovely lady, Pat. She was able to give me copies of Council records of my Parkers and McKinnons.

In the night, I went to see my parents and my sister and their kids for dinner at Diamond Beach.

Monday 12th December

On Monday, I went to Manning Wallamba Family History Society from 10am until 12. It was a wonderful event with two lovely people, Gloria and X.

James and Catherine Parker farm at Glenthorne

Ellenborough Falls



In the night, I went to see my parents and my sister and their kids for dinner at a Tavern not far from Diamond Beach. I had fish and chips. Yummy dinner!

Tuesday 13th December

On Tuesday,  I went to Manning Historical Society at Wingham and I worked with a lovely researcher, Kaye. I looked at Parker timelines – there are two Parker families in Taree in the late 1800s. The first family (my heritage) is from Purfleet and the other family is from Marlee. I also looked into McDonalds (my Euphemia McKinnon comes from Neil Mc Kinnon and Flora McDonald).

What was interesting about this Dena lady. Her original name is Murdena Harding (nee Parker). Her dad was Murdoch Parker who was a business man and a Mayor of Taree in the 1920s.

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5 Responses to Family Tree Research – Taree December 2016

  1. Cathie bennett says:

    Hi. Murdena Parker was my grandmother. Her father was Murdoch Parker. There were other brothers and sisters. They all moved from Taree with their mother to Hornsby after Murdoch died

    • deafdave says:

      Hi there Cathie.

      This is fantastic. Murdena Parker is my 2nd cousin 2x removed.
      It looks like we are related to James Parker and Catherine Parker. Dena’s father Murdoch’s dad’s brother is George which is my great great grand pa.

      Can I get in touch with you via email please so I could share more information if you are interested.

      Many thanks

  2. Toni Carew says:

    Dave are you related to Murdoch Parker as he was my great grandfather as Murdina was my father’s mother .

    • deafdave says:

      Hi Toni,

      Yep I am related to your Murdoch Parker. Technially he is my first cousin three times removed. His grand pa was James Parker d1889 and Catherine Perry d1913.
      I am directly descended from James Parker d1889.

      James Parker d1889 had 5 kids
      1. James Parker junior -> Murdoch’s dad
      2. Thomas Parker
      3. George Parker -> My great great grand pa
      4. Anabella Parker
      5. William Parker.

      To my understanding, Murdena Edith parker b1910 d2001 lived on Blaxland Road Ryde and I am living on Blaxland Road Denistone East. Amazing!

      Nice to get your message. I am hoping if you have more information on Murdoch Parker and his family. What about Murdoch’s parents? I am hoping to see photos?

      Take care,

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Dave, my name is Karen , and I’m Cathie Bennett sister…murdena Parker is our grandmother…her daughter maree lauree was our mum

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