The Colonial Diaries


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Researched, collated and compiled by Evelyn Bancroft and
Diana Hacker – Queensland Women’s Historical Society 2000

Recording the strength of Family and Faith of the Jones women.

This manuscript gives a brief insight into the lives, loves and surroundings for three colonial women – All of the name Jones, who pioneered New South Wales and Queensland from 1825.

Part 1. A Colonial Wife – Mary Louisa JONES.
Getting settled, Changing Fortunes, Moreton Bay, Wedding Bells, Mary Australia, Tom Jones, Widowhood, Changed Circumstances.

Part 2. A Victorian Wife – Frances Sophia JONES.
A Colonial Child, The Voyage, London, Miss Jones/Mrs Jones, The Reverend Tommy Jones, Family Life, A Family on the Move, Frank, Come to England, Home Again, The Return Toowoomba, Bunya Bunya Cottage, Harold, Europe, Miriam, Oswald.

Part 3. A Nomadic Wife – Cecilia Mary JONES.
C.M.B., Childhood, School Days, A Taste for Travel, Goodbye Bunya Cottage, Frances Smiles Again, Hobart, Le Grande Tour, Homeward Bound, Pleasant Times, Marriage, Dr Thomas Bancroft, Deception Bay, On the Move Again, Stannary Hills, Jean Lumsden, Eidsvold, Palm Island, Wallaville, The Final Years, A Love Lost, Shared Pleasure, War Years, Gracemere, The Grand Old Lady of Queensland.

84 x A4 pages with historical B&W photos and maps.

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