A Geelong Mystery – I suspect it can only be solved in Geelong

Message posted by Marg O’Leary

Need help re a Geelong family around WW1.
The soldier is James Ingersoll HIGGINS
b 1891 Geelong. Died Fromelles 19 July 1916.
In looking up his birth he was born KIDDLE, mother Agnes Hicks KIDDLE and father James Williams.

So we are sorting out this relationship, because to identify the soldier, we ultimately need a rellie who can match DNA.
Agnes has a sister Mary Jane who marries Frederick James Guy Williams 1889 and we think hmmm.

So we need to find out about Mr FJG Williams. Most grateful for any help

kind regards

Marg O’Leary

Friend in Hand Hotel


Posted by Jo Mitchell:

Hi Everyone,

Over the years I’ve come across various stories of a ghost associated with  the Friend in Hand Hotel located on the Fyansford-Gheringhap Rd near Friend  in Hand Rd. I’m writing a blog post on the hotel and the “ghost” and would  love to know if anyone else has a version of the story.

I know who the”ghost”who was murdered in 1855 was and have found 3 versions of the story in addition to the fictional children’s novel by John Pescott called The Ghost at Friend in Hand.

Can anyone add more?

With thanks, Jo Mitchell

Mailing List – open for business

Barrabool InnI think I’ve got most of what I need working – there’s only one way to find out!  The beautiful image of the Barrabool Inn has little to do with this Mailing List except that:

  • It’s in our region
  • It’s a beautiful photo
  • It’s a beautiful building
  • I really dislike adding posts without an attractive image
  • Just because I wanted to!

Please start following our Mailing List which incorporates the former RootsWeb Mailing Lists for Geelong and District, and for the Bellarine Peninsula.

I’ll probably add a post incorporating the information from the Welcome messages on the RootsWeb lists – things like the towns / region covered and other hopefully useful suggestions.

Welcome everyone!