Hollandia Nova (New Holland) was the original Dutch name for the Great South Land. Although mainly referring to the western half of the continent, with New South Wales or Botany Bay used for the east coast, it was also used generally for the continent that eventually came to be called Australia.
I chose this name for my family website as all my known ancestors came from either the British Isles or Denmark to Australia during the nineteenth century, where the vast majority of their descendants are still to be found. It seemed more appropriate than using any of a long list of possible surnames.
As all genealogists will know, this is an ongoing project, will be updated regularly, and I look forward to hearing from anyone else who may have a connection to my family and any of its branches.
Privacy of individuals is taken very very seriously, and visitors can only see some information about people, and then the individuals need to have been dead for at least ten years. Everyone else will show as 'Living' or otherwise not able to be read. However even the restricted information should give you plenty to look through!
If you are related to me then please get in touch, and we can discuss making you a member of the site, whereupon more detail is revealed. I also welcome any corrections!
I would remind visitors that this site is the result of many years work (going back to pre-internet days) and I would appreciate the courtesy of being asked before anything here is taken wholesale.
A suggestion on how to start on the site
Unless you're not living, you won't find yourself here, nor anyone else alive, nor anyone deceased in the last ten years.
I'd suggest that you select Lists in the control bar, then Families in the drop-down menu. The families are arranged under their initial.
Choose one relevant to you.
A chart then opens with individuals with this surname.
Find someone you remember, or know of, then work from there.
Once you're familiar with the layout of the site, there are many other reports and layouts you can use, but this suggestion will get you started!
It should also be obvious that, as I'm able to write this, you won't find me here! To see how we might connect, I won't give you my parents' names here, but please write to me (call me suspicious, but mothers' maiden names are used a bit too often elsewhere!).
A note on sources
Apart from personal information for people I actually know or have known, or from direct information provided by others, pretty much everything here has been established from original sources.
These include actual statutory certificates; original, scanned or micro-film copies of such documents as church registers, censuses, inquests, military records or wills and the like; and the various indexes to government and other records.
One remarkable source in recent years has been the National Library of Australia's Trove digitalization project (and similar projects in the UK and elsewhere). It's often the case that invaluable and extensive information about quite ordinary people is given at length in local newspapers; information that exists nowhere else, with all the people involved long gone from us.
As one of the points of this activity, for me, is to fit my family into the bigger picture of world events, sources like Trove add so much to fill out the story.
There are other sources I've used, but the foregoing are the main ones.
All sources used are given full references.
Occasionally I've used other people's information from that den of inaccuracy, Ancestry.com, and similar sites, but I've usually marked the sources as TBC ('to be confirmed'), and use the information as a temporary place-holder until I can see the sources for myself.