1.   I have been searching for any family members of William Briggs who was born in Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire England in 1906. He was the eldest son of Frederick and Florence nee Norris and brother to  Abert and Frederick Percy Briggs
  2. I have found a passenger list which shows a William Briggs embarking the Hobson Bay in 1924 bound for Brisbane
  3. He is stated as being a dairy utensil worker
  4. If anyone knows of William or thinks they maybe related to him please contact me

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Comment by Amanda Neve on January 14, 2020 at 14:34

Hi Florence,

Looking at the arrival of the 'Hobsons Bay' in Brisbane in our online newspaper archives, we can see that 200 of the passengers were described as Dreadnought Boys. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article98042839 

Our National Archives provides great resources for the study of child migrants. It includes description of the Dreadnought Scheme. http://guides.naa.gov.au/good-british-stock/chapter3/dreadnought%20... 

The Ancestry trees with his possible details include WW1 Australian, US Burial and other dates of birth.  Using only the Staffordshire registration and baptisms gives a accurate date of birth.

Most Australian registrations of death include the parents full names, a quick search of the three Eastern States he is most likely to have gone to, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria did not produce any results.  This mainly due to the large number of William Briggs on the register, and without a middle name or known address, it is not possible to accurate match him as yet.

If a state of Australia can be accurately identified, then it would be worth posting everything you know in a State and/or national based Facebook group, eg: Genealogy in Australia or Victorian AU Family history https://www.facebook.com/groups/650071871717390/  

Hope this helps.  Let us know how you get on, and any further clues we can use to search state based libraries, archives and records offices.  

Comment by FLORENCE SWINTON on January 17, 2020 at 1:24

Hi Amanda

Thank you for your interest

I will certainly try and hope that soon I may find something out

Thabk you once again



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