“Retracing Chinese Australian family history and colonial settlement of regional New South Wales” by Luke Wong ABC Central West, now translated in Chinese.
Published by Kira Brown
My name is Kira Brown, I'm a 5th generation Australian; Anglo-Celtic and Chinese on my mother's side. On my fathers side Anglo-Celtic. I grew up in Coonabarabran in the North West of NSW surrounded by my mother's extended Chinese family. They had a great influence on my development and stimulated a growing interest in exploring my Chinese ancestry. This awareness of my Chinese cultural background combined with my father's strong interest in our family genealogy ignited my imagination and spurred me to investigate further. View all posts by Kira Brown
7 Replies to “Interview -Retracing Chinese Australian family history – by Luke Wong ABC Central West,”
HI Kira, My Great Great Grandparents lived at Tingha. My Great Great Grandfather is James SUEY, perhaps Lum SUEY who was s shepherd around the Wellingrove area. In 1860 he married Margaret BATTERSBY aged 15. James was about 34. He bought 30 acres in Inverell in the 1860’s, had most of their children there, including my Great grandfather (also James) before relocating the family to Tingha in 1870’s. James senior is noted as a landownder, labourer, wood carter and probably a shepherd. His two sons Arthur & James were miners in the Tingha area, as were many of James Snr descendants. James SUEY (c1826-1900) drowned in the Gwydir River in 1900 near Bora Creek while fishing with his two sons. He is buried in the Chinese Section of the Tingha Cemetery in a unmarked grave. My Mum is his last descendant still living in Tingha.
Hi Bronwyn, What an interesting story you have, thank you for sharing, do you have any photos of your ancestors? I can check my collection and see if I have anything that might be connected.
Hi Kira, no photos of James Snr as yet but we keep looking and hoping. We have photos of everyone else though. His wife Margaret as an old lady and all 6 of their children, 4 daughters and 2 sons. If you come across anything with the Suey name that would be fantastic. His land in Inverell was under the spelling Sewey. If you come across See Tie, a storekeeper who married Margaret Battersby’s sister Isabella, I would appreciate if you could let me know. Out of curiosity, all 5 Battersby daughters married men from China, a Guan, Suey, Hay, Loy and See Tie. Very interesting research which was started by some great relatives quite a while back. Discoveries continue, like the one I made about 2 weeks ago regarding the land at Inverell.
Hi Bronwyn – please see a comment from Russell
Russell Orchard says: Was Hannah Lucy Suey a daughter of James Suey and Margaret Battersby? If so didn’t she marry John Little son of Christopher Little and Maria Orchard?
Was Hannah Lucy Suey a daughter of James Suey and Margaret Battersby? If so didn’t she marry John Little son of Christopher Little and Maria Orchard?
Hi Russell, Perhaps Bronwyn can follow up on your enquiry, as I’m not familiar with the suey family – I’ll reach out to her,
Hi Russell and Kira.
Yes you are correct. Hannah is the 2nd daughter of James Suey and Margaret Battersby. Hannah married John Little, better known as Jack. Hannah is buried in the Tingha Cemetery near some of the Little family and not far away from one of her children who died just shy of his 1st birthday. Jack remarried and moved to Armidale with his new wife, where Jack is buried.
Hannah is the sister of my great grandfather James Suey better known as Jim.
Anything else I can help you with?