About this blog: it’s where I talk about Nicholas Delaney, United Irishman, transported convict, Sydney roadbuilder, NSW farmer, publican and ancestor. And…

About the book my mother and I wrote about Nicholas’s life and our descent from him, A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798: From Ireland to Australia. Plus…

About extra topics, people and stories that won’t fit into our Nicholas Delaney website, like the mystery of Sarah Marshall or the adventures we had researching our ancestors. As well as…

About the social and historical background to the stories of Nicholas, Sarah, her ‘husband’ John Simpson and another convict, James Thomas Richards.

About me, in case you’re interested: I’m Frances Owen, Nicholas’s great-great-great granddaughter.

4 Responses to About

  1. Stan Langlands says:

    hi we are related to the Delaneys through my grandmother Amy Beatrice Delaney who married Thomas Langlands and live in the Lithgow Little Hartley area have been trying to track down information on the linage for my grandson who is not only doing his history but the connection to the first settlers I know I have the right starting point now thank you
    Stan Langlands


    • rebelhand says:

      Hi Stan, thanks for getting in touch! I’m glad I’ve been able to help. It’s great when young people take an interest in family history.
      I’m working on something quite exciting about Nicholas’s family at the moment which I’ll post about soon, I hope. I want to be sure of my facts! So do drop in again. The great thing about having a blog is that I can add information which we didn’t have when my mother and I wrote our book about Nicholas.


  2. Robert Burke says:

    Hi Frances, Love your work. I wait each blog with great anticipation. My connection to Nicholas is through my great grand mother, Lucy Eliza Giblett and her Mother Jane Delaney, to Thomas and Lucy Delaney.
    Warmest regards


    • rebelhand says:

      Hi Robert,
      Thanks for your kind words. It’s always great to ‘meet’ another Delaney cousin. I’ve just looked up Jane Delaney on our family tree. I’m descended from her younger brother Thomas (always called Tom). Her mother, Lucy Simpson, was the daughter of two convicts, as you probably know.
      I always hope to find someone who knows what’s happened to the house Thomas and Lucy lived in, Moyne Farm. One day perhaps I will!


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