Snapshots from the Georgiana trail

Finding the details in a story that stretches across Europe and from Scotland to Western Australia has meant doing much of the research remotely, using the Internet and accessing digital files sent by email. Seeing something new on screen is exciting but by far the most wonderful times have been visits to explore the places in John and Georgiana Molloys’ lives.

Here are some photographic memories of our travels in Cumbria, Scotland, London, Warwickshire and Western Australia.

Ruins of the old pier, Kilcreggan

I knew that ferries took people and stock between the small villages on the Roseneath peninsula- there were few roads in the region at that time – and Georgiana drew a sketch of Kilcreggan in her diary. The pier there was a stopping off place for the ‘wherry boat’ and in 2014 we went there […]

Keppoch House

Georgiana was standing with Margaret Dunlop looking out from the front steps of the ‘portico’ when she saw John Molloy, her future husband, arriving in his carriage for their wedding.

Reception hall, Keppoch House

The impressive fireplace in the very grand hallway of Keppoch House. It’s not difficult to imagine this mantelpiece decorated with the wedding flowers that Georgiana picked from the flower garden early on the morning of the ceremony.

Augusta, Western Australia

The site of the Molloys’ first land grant in Augusta. Their small wooden cottage had a thatched roof and stood to the left of today’s road near the riverbank. Her first garden of vegetables extended across the photograph. Grain crops were grown in the foreground on the slope of the hill and the stockyard was […]

The Blackwood River, Augusta WA

Views in two directions from the site of John and Georgiana Molloy’s home: looking towards the sandbank that sits between Augusta and the Indian Ocean, and looking upstream over Seine Bay towards Molloy Island, with the East Augusta shore on the opposite bank. In the 1830s when John and Georgiana’s children were growing up here, […]