My Family & Ancestors
My name is Murray Mitchell. I was born in Te Puke, New Zealand in 1942 and have been interested in the family genealogy for a number of years, however stepped it up a notch in 2002.
My mother was a Browne and her mother was a Hickmott. My father was a Riley, his mother a Mitchell and her mother a Curgenven. I have been researching the Riley, Curgenven, Hickmott and Mitchell family genealogy primarily. I would like to look further into the Brown(e) family genealogy but have hit many road blocks in this area. My great grandfather’s parentage and arrival in New Zealand remains a mystery at this time.
I lived in Te Puke the first 17 years of my life before moving away to study Medical Laboratory Sciences. After graduating and living for a period of time in Rotorua, I felt the need to gain further experience overseas.
P& O Chusan
It was on the P & O Chusan that I left New Zealand January 1966 on the way to Hong Kong via Sydney, Darwin and Singapore. I worked in Hong Kong on the island of Hay Ling Chau at the Leprosarium for six months taking an opportunity to visit China and Macau while I was there. In August, I left for Canada on a cargo ship the SS Washington crossing the Pacific with only a short stop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to pick up cargo before landfall in Seattle and then Vancouver.
Crossing the Pacific on the S.S. Washington
I worked for a short time in Powell River, BC before moving once again, this time to Calgary, Alberta.
It had been my intention to travel around the world, however fate intervened and I met my future wife Rosemary Graham, a Physiotherapist, in Calgary while working at the Foothills Hospital.
Calgary has since become my home. It is here that I married and Rosemary and I have raised our children Ian & Neil who are now out on there own.
My interest in family origins stemmed from reading the history of my mother’s side of the family in New Zealand – the ‘Hickmott Centennial 1875-1975’, and later ‘The Hickmott’s in New Zealand’ which was published in 2002. Some of the material in these pages that relate to my family came from these publications.
It was from this that I decided to look into the other parts of the family tree, a project that has been both interesting and frustrating. I only wish that I had asked some of the questions I have now, when my mother, father, grandparents, uncles and aunties were still alive.
Family origins are from England – primarily from Cornwall, Lancashire, Kent, Sussex and Yorkshire. There are many surnames in the family which you will see in the family trees. Please feel free to look around, you may find a connection, OR, you may be able to provide one.
My wife Rosemary’s Family Tree is making a lot of progress. In the last two years contact has been made with family in England through the Genesreunited web pages and even more details of her ancestry have found on the UK census from the 1841 - 1901. The biggest stumbling block at this time is tracing her mother's sister (Rose Ann Reilly - married Ted Ward), and their children who left England for Australia in the 1959 and have lost touch with each other. WOW FOUND!!! Contact made with Miriam Ransom nee Ward the eldest daughter of Rose Ann and Ted 1st May 2009 ( 50 years!)
Her family origins are from Surrey, Lancashire, Ireland, Scotland with the names of Graham, Marshall, Tufnill, Reilly, Brooks. What there are can be found in the Dynamic Family Tree and the Complete Ancestry Database.
Go to the 'Family Genealogy Pages' for information on all of these family connections and stories.
If you can help with additional information or corrections my email is geneal05'at'shaw.ca (replace the 'at' with @)
UPDATED May 2009
Our Dog 'Rusty'