FAMILY LETTERS FROM THE PAST
FAMILY LETTERS FROM THE PAST




LETTER FROM W.MACKLEY OF UK TO GEORGE WIGZELL IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA



The following letter, submitted by Graham Mason, is all about George Wigzell's relatives (which may account for this one page surviving). George came from Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, in Kent, and arrived in South Australia, withhis wife and children, on the 'Ascendant' on 21 Nov 1849. He almost immediately went to live at Little Hampton (now called Littlehampton) in the Hills, (genarally refered to as "the Adelaide Hills" but correctly called The Mount Lofty Ranges), near Mount Barker. Graham says that from his research it is apparent that the letter was written circa 1851 He has researched (and traced) almost all of the people mentioned.You can contact Graham at gramas@riverland.net.au
"ContinuationFrances Wigzell was staying with us when your letter arrived, shehas sent a copy to her Father, he has left the Farm on the hill 12 monthsago and is now living at Hever Ham., he has got part of the land that MrsBennett (at the Chequers) had, his daughter Elizabeth am sorry to say diedrather suddenly with brain Fever. William is at home with them. Frances hasgot a situation near London and goes to it next Tuesday. My Mother is nowwriting to Aunt Peckham and we shall send your letter to her tomorrow. Sheis now very feeble and not able to leave her room, has not done so fornearly a Year. Her sons and daughters are all about as usual. Tilts andfamily are now pretty well. James Tilt copied your letter and it is sentoff to Uncle Stephen he is living at Seven Oaks and is tolerably wellconsidering his age and infirmities.Aunt Wigzell at Chelsea and Maria, her husband and children are ingood health. Mr and Mrs Ellwood, Mr & Mrs Holden and their families aremuch as usual. We have not heard anything very lately of your daughter MaryAnn Reeves, we believe they are living at Dunton Green. I hope Mr Chapmanwill continue to find his Music answer, as a Tailor's Business does notappear to be a good Trade with you and hope Mrs Miller and her infant aregoing on well also her husband. We were sorry to hear of your accident andthat Aunt had been so ill, hope that long before you receive this that youwill all be in the enjoyment of good health and that you may long continueso. We're pleased to find Eliza was so comfortably placed, hope she isstill so, should not be very much surprised to hear she was married whenyou write again. We shall be glad if you or any of your family will writeas often as you can and now we know where to address you we shall send anewspaper every now and then, also letters. Was much pleased to hear youraccount of the beautiful country you have experienced what we only canread about, I think I should like to be over there, but it is not in anyway I should be of use, must keep to the old Country. I suppose before thisreaches you, your harvest will be over. I trust it may be a productive one.We have had a moderate one in this County and we have not heard so much ofthe Potato disease. The Cholera has scarcely been felt this year, but lastyear it was very bad all through August, September & October. I shall sendthe next letter in about a fortnight or 3 weeks I expect and can then writeyou again if I have much to communicate. I have sent a newspaper by thesame post you will receive this by.I will now conclude with our united love to you and all yourfamily. I remainDear UncleYour affectionateNephewW. Mackley.I am happy to say that my Mother, my Aunt Jane and myself continuein tolerable good health."Return to Letters Home Index