Sunday, 27 September 2015

Our Beautiful World

is the theme this week at OBW 116
Thomas Alexander O'Donahoo my 3rd Great Grandfather died in 1831 in Tasmania, Australia.  This is what remains of his grave alone on a hill on land he used to farm - huge dead tree and all, it overlooks Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania. I visited the site two years ago and was amazed how I felt about our first English relative to arrive in Australia.
Thanks for stopping by....


  1. Nice picture and I especially loved the story about it!
    Thank you for sharing this with us :-)

  2. It's amazing that is still there. Do you know why he went to Australia?

    Hope you have had a nice weekend. Sue

    1. I was amazed to find the grave Sue, the family emigrated after his army stint in India in the early 1820s. I love tracing our family roots. Have a fab week yourself Robyn

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  3. WOW, that is something Robyn, thanks for sharing with us, good to see you here at OBW!

  4. Oh my goodness, how poignant! So lucky to have this and there are extraordinary views to Maria Island... on the East Coast! What a beautiful spot he farmed! Beautiful photo and keepsake for generations to come!

  5. Oh Robyn so understand why you feel that way, just looking at it was very touching and Maria island can be a very unforgiving Place at that time and even weather wise as well. At least he was overlooking it not on there.

    I found the graves of my three and four great grandparents too when driving through in Uralla, near the grave of Thunderbolt the bushranger. It was that which I went to see... Only worked about my family when saw there was a map of old graves and knew they were in the area...
    Just maybe I thought and yes there they were!!
    They too were farmers on the northern tablelands of NSW and elder relative came out in 1820's from Jersey in Channel Islands :)
    Shaz inOz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  6. Hi Robyn, wow your photo looks amazing, love the old an savaged look on the grave and what a great story behind. A beautiful place with this view.
    Yes, we keep in touch, and I am sorry I forgot your birthday yesterday! I wish you all the best and happy belated birthday wishes :-) Hugs Manuela

  7. Oh this gave me shivers! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!!

  8. You are so lucky to have this information and to know where the grave is located. That is a brilliant photograph, thanks for sharing it with us. Happy crafting, Angela x


Thank you for taking the time to comment, all encouragement and inspiration is very welcome. May your day be a happy and extra special one, cheers Robyn