A Place To Call Home

How grateful I am to my many ancestors who left all that was familiar to them, and travelled to this beautiful land, my home Australia.

Here is where I would like to share some of their stories.

I have set up this website to promote my One Name Study of the MARTYR surname, and to share their story.  Also to share the rest of my family tree and connect with others tracing the same lines.

While I have done my best to only document correct people, dates and places, it is always possible I have made some errors.  If you happen to locate one please let me know.

When I was a small child I had a fascination for anything old.  I remember my mother taking me into a small old thrift shop.  I would have only been six or seven years old.  She said I could pick out something and she would buy it for me.  I looked around and was drawn to this tiny leather bound book.  I did not know it at the time but it was a copy of the old testament.  I am not all that religious but I loved this little book.  It had an inscription written in faded ink, and I wondered about the people who had owned it, and how it got in this shop. 
I was born and bred in country Australia but now live in the city. The picture above a typical bush scene with a splash of colour from spring wild flowers .  How I love the trees of Aussie bush especially the gum tree and all its varieties.

The sight of gum trees and wild flowers, and
the song of the mudlark instantly remind me
of my childhood home. 

I remember the mudlark in summer diving
under our sprinkler to cool off and have a