Category Archives: Burden Ancestors

Tasmania to the Transvaal

The change room at the Western Mine could hardly contain those assembled. With much hand shaking and back slapping, the group of men wished their two colleagues the best of luck – give it to them warm, stay alive and … Continue reading

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Skildergat (Peers) Cave

Victor and Bertie bent over their task, clearing away the sandy earth from their latest discovery. With each, painstaking brushstroke a blackened skull began to take shape. Victor Peers stood up, and with hands on hips he pushed his shoulders … Continue reading

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The Burden Riflemen

It has been interesting to discover that some of the Burden ancestors of Chris were involved in volunteer military groups. The first part of this blog post is an imagined scene – but based on facts. Philip Burden woke early … Continue reading

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The Little Grocer’s Shop on Brompton Road (#3)

After the Burdens left for Australia in 1853, No. 8 Middle Queen’s Buildings had some new occupants. Charles Harrod and his family moved into the house above the little grocer’s shop. Charles Henry Harrod started business as a wholesale grocer and … Continue reading

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The Little Grocer’s Shop on Brompton Road (#2)

With much pomp and ceremony, Queen Victoria declared the Great Exhibition of 1851 open to the cheers of thousands and the firing of a canon in Hyde Park, that surely would wake a baby at Middle Queen’s Buildings. It was … Continue reading

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The Little Grocer’s Shop on Brompton Road (#1)

A modest house attached to his one-roomed grocer’s shop in the Knightsbridge area of Central London was the place where Philip Burden brought Mary after they were married in early 1850. Mary may have paused at the entrance taking in … Continue reading

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