Welcome to these pages of family history and stories. 
In the beginning this land, Australia, was inhabited by the indigeneous people who in their turn (many thousands of years before) had been immigrants from places far and wide. In 1788 their world was invaded by the men and women sent by the British Government to establish a colony. The British Government had wanted to "rid" themselves of those whom they deemed 'undesirable' to their community. In the early days most came unwillingingly accompanied by the soldiers as the overseers. Times, thoughts and conditions changed as the years passed. By the mid 1850's men and their families came seeking a new life. We "Aussies' consider ourselves to live in "The Lucky Country". A land founded on hardship rewarded with 'gold'. The "undesirables" left us a heritage of strength, courage and determination to succeed - The Gold with which Freedom is established.
from Gaele Arnott nee Moore
These pages stemmed from an idea presented to me by my then, 10 year old grandson, Jack Arnott. Jack asked for information on some family members about whom he could speak for his Anzac Day (25th April) morning talk. He surprised me by saying that no one else in his class (about 22 children) had any relatives who'd been involved in service to their country through the military services.

Our family has many. many military experiences in generation after generation. We have ancestors who served in the Napoleonic Wars, The Americn War of Independence, Crimean War, Boer War, both World Wars, Vietnam and those who still serve in Afghanistan. I'm sure there are many more family representatives in other conflicts in days gone past with whom  I'm yet to meet.  Some stories are more honourable than others, some funny, some have happy endings and some end in grief. Not everyone received a Victoria Cross medal, but each in their own way showed strength, courage and the determination to leave for future generations a better place to be. All help to create who we have become as individuals and as a family. The Circle grows ever wider as we meet and greet relatives from all over the planet. These pages are not about war, but to honour those who within the culture of their times had the courage to fight for something in which they believed. It is a story about peace, for I'm sure each person came home longing, for peace without further conflict. The women who waited and held together home and family also longed for peace. They too had a courage and strength often left unrecognised within society. Today, if we choose,  we have the opportunity and the knowledge to stop all wars and create peace. These pages support the idea of peace and harmony for all humanity.

One of the most memorable moments of my childhood was being chosen to represent the school I attended, Glen Dhu Primary, in Launceston Tasmania to lay the wreath at the memorial  on Anzac Day 1957. Proudly I stood with my grandfather, Thomas Stephen Lanham who lead the Anzac parade as the Flag bearer for the 12th battalion. As the 12 year old child I was proud to be the represntative. As the grandmother I am today I have a greater understanding of the sacrifice everyone made to bring about a peaceful resolution where freedom to be ourselves is the greatest gift of all.

A few pages put together lead to other family members being interested in the information I had gathered, which in turn lead to the 'discovery' of more stories and of previously undiscovered relatives. If you are connected to these people please enjoy the stories as I have heard them. if you have additions or corrections please let me know.  I would love to receive your photos, data or any other information you think may help us understand From Whence We Came

As time progresses it's anticipated that more family members will particiapte and share, photos, mementos and their stories of family and the friends of family. Come back and visit again and read the stories of relatives and friends as they too join our pages in honouring those
From Whence We Came taking us into a future of "We Are More".
From Whence We Came
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email: gaele.arnott@gmail.com

The graphic background is a scene at Sunset at Bridport Tasmania, Australia
photo taken by Gaele Arnott nee Moore April 2007
inserted: Albert Edward Moore 1889--1977 ,
Rose Moore nee Jenkins 1887-1951 with grandson Geoff Shearer
Albert John Moore 1919-1987
at an Anzac day march with fellow members of the 2/17th battalion
Please note that only the blue buttons are linked (working)  at this time. For other pages (the white buttons) are still under construction
There are more ancestors to appear on these pages as time progresses.  The World Connect  Project button leads you into the pages of family names currently held in my data base. Additions, omissions, errors are 'fixed' and updated regularly
“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came"

John F Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963),  35th President United States of America