JinnySpeake  replaces my former Jinny the Journeaux site, and over the next few months I will be including my earlier Genseek history indexes.

Content has been streamlined  via a menu tab above, which groups together main interests and storylogues.

Top stories are in the footer menu below, and latest posts are found in the right side-bar menu.

There is a search button also on the right, which allows you to search all of JinnySpeake. 

As time allows the earlier Genseek Indexes (1000+) shall be making their way back to the History Hub. These are THE original Genseek history indexes, not that copy-cat web style created soon after by anti-competitive practices of a genealogy monopoly.

The SheedySpeake and other family stories will be found at Kith n Kin.

The Liverpool Ships Musters 1772-1850 are an ongoing index project, mainly with the aim to find one particular sea man and his shipping employment history.

And my current project is to finish writing the Captain’s story, Armstrong of the Bay. Its an important story to both our local and our national history,  because we supposedly have an ancient ship of unknown origins lying buried in the dunes here between the sea-ports of Warrnambool and Port Fairy. 

The location site of our ‘Mahogany Ship’ is supposedly in Armstrong’s Bay, and yet the naming of the Bay and  the event that created its naming along with the identity of the man for whom it was named, have never before been published.

I have spent over 12 years particularly searching Captain Armstrong and his story is finally ready to be told, and it is a sequential follow up from my earlier publication on the European discovery and naming of Port Fairy – Captain Henry Wishart of Port Fairy Bay.

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CAPTAIN HENRY WISHART of Port Fairy Bay $15.00 rrp

Soft cover,72pps, Charts, Illustrations & Index.

“Don’t be misled by the implication that Captain Henry Wishart of Port Fairy Bay is a book exclusively about Victoria’s Port Fairy.The book explores the links between Van Diemen’s Land and Victoria through the sea and whaling. This book is likely to appeal to historians with an interest in early maritime developments in the Bass Strait sealing industry.Still, the detail Fawcett gives on the convict absconders who headed for Hobart will have wider appeal.” Christopher Bantick, Sunday Tasmanian, Feb.26, 2006.

Despite a decade passing since its publication, Captain Henry Wishart still stands as an unchallenged authority on the European discovery of Port Fairy which re-writes the history of this formative Australian port.  And yet so many resist discarding the accepted ‘James Wishart’ version and cling to this history myth with vigour, though it dis-allows Port Fairy accepting its true European settlement and deny’s the town the opportunity to grow tourist and niche markets based on Port Fairy’s growth from Indigenous homeland to its bustling merchant European identity.

“A well-designed booklet which comprehensively argues that it was Henry Wishart who named the port for his cutter, the ‘Fairy’ in 1828, rather than ‘James Wishart’, a non-existent figure to whom the naming has been attributed“. RHSV. April 2006

If you are interested in Wishart’s story you can still purchase a copy direct  via the submission box below.

“This is the first of the PioneerSpeake publications Discover Local History series and like many local History books contains material that both fascinates and informs….(the author’s) notes and sources are meticulously catalogued…“. Tony Ward, Agora – The History Teacher’s Association of Victoria.






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