Hope of The Vale


Sources for this Family History include information provided by individual members of the family orally or by letter; Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates; Church Registers; Wills; old letters; birthday books, tombstones, Return Thanks cards, newspaper files of the Bathurst Advocate, the Bathurst Times, the Bathurst Free Press, the Bathurst Post and the Western Independent; files of the Nashville Times, later called the Gympie Times, and the North Queensland Herald (Townsville), and The Methodist (official organ of the NSW Methodist Church); as well as personal reminiscences.


Much information has been found in the following books:




Ayscough, E WLinks: A Chain of Lineage: The Hamer LinkSydney, 2004This is a very full account of Michael Hamer (MH) and his descendants, with some early history of the Hamer family in Lancashire, containing a meticulous tracing of our ancestors



Baines, EThe History of the County Palatine of LancasterFisher,Sons and Jackson, London, 1831-2, 4 vols 



Barker, TA Pictorial History of BathurstRobert Brown and Associates, and the Bathurst Historical Society, 1985 



Barker, TA History of Bathurst, Vol 1, The Early Settlement to 1862Crawford House Press, Bathurst, 1992 



Barker, TA History of Bathurst, Vol 2, From Settlement to CityCrawford House Press, Bathurst, 1998 



Boyce, P JHonest and Unsullied Days – A History of Wesley CollegeVictor Publishing, South Perth, 2001Chapters 6 and 7 describe the period when Clive Hamer [AH478] was headmaster



Bradford WoolcombersMechanisation and Misery: the Bradford Woolcombers' Report of 1845  Republished by Ryburn Publishing, 1991, with commentary and introduction by J A Jowett, describing Bradford at the time



Burke, BThe General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and WalesHarrison, London, 1884 



Carroll, OPerthvilleDemonstrationSchool, 1873-1973  



Carrothers, W AEmigration from the British IslesKing, London, 1929 



Cobley, JSydney Cove, 1788Hodder and Stoughton, 1962 



Cobley, JSydney Cove, 1788Hodder and Stoughton, 1962 



Devon ReportOccupation of Land (Ireland)British Parliamentary Papers, Vol 19, 1846, and Vol 36, 1846 



Doust, R HAfter One Hundred Years: The Centenary of the Methodist Church, Bathurst CircuitG W Brownbill, Bathurst, 1932 



Family History Group of BathurstBathurst pioneers, A Register of Pioneer Families of Bathurst NSW and Districts before 1900Bathurst, 2007 



Farrar, W and Brownbill, J (ed)The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Lancaster, Vol5Constable, London, 1911Contains some early history of the Hamer family at Rochdale, chiefly in footnotes



Fishwick, HHistory of the Parish of Rochdale, 1889 This also contains some early history of the Hamer family, as well as drawings of the stately homes owned by early family members



Francis, J JBradshaw Chapel I and II Turton Local History Society, Society, Publication No 18 & 19, 1988 



Francis, J JLords of the Manor of BradshawTurton Local History Society, Society, Publication No 3, 1977This contains some history of the Bradshaw branch of the Hamer family, specifically including our direct ancestors.



Francis, J JBradshaw WorksTurton Local History Society, Publication No 4This also makes reference to the Bradshaw Hamers



Francis, J JBradshaw and Harwood CollieriesTurton Local History Society, Publication No 5, 1982This has some reference to the Bradshaw Hamers



Francis, J JAffetside, An Historical SurveyTurton Local History Society, Publication No 15, 1984 



Fry, KBeyond the BarrierCrawford House Press, Bathurst, 1993An account of the early settlement in the Bathurst district 1818 - 1848, with particular reference to the conflict with aborigines, and the establishment of the wealthy landowning class and the development of a middle class comprised chiefly of small farmers



Gaskell, EMary Barton Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel gives a detailed account of conditions in Manchester about 1840



Gibson-Wilde, D & BA Pattern of Pubs: Hotels of Townsville 1864-1914James Cook University, Townsville, 1988This gives some detail about the Buchanans' hotel operations in Townsville



Greaves, B (ed)The Story of BathurstAngus and Robertson, Sydney, 1961This gives a background history of Bathurst and district



Greaves, B100 Up: The Centenary of the PerthvilleMethodistChurch1963 



Gregarth, A M C & Cook, F GDownings of Europe and America, Vol 2Gregarth Publishing Company, Cullman, Alabama, nd. [1994] 



Hamer, GThe History of Hamer1994This is a family history of another branch of the Hamer family, emanating from the Bury Parish, including Tottington, in the neighbourhood where our family has its roots. It covers some of the material about the original Hamers, of Hamer, but somewhat differently from the way Hope of the Vale covers it. It has lists of Statistical, Court and Parish Records that could be useful in pursuing further research on the Hamer family. Interestingly, the author, Geoffrey Hamer, lives at Egerton, only a few hundred yards from where our ancestor, Thomas Hamer, lived, but no immediate connection has been established between his family and ours



Hammond, J L & BThe Age of the ChartistsLondon, 1930 



Herriot, JJames Herriot's YorkshireMichael Joseph, London, 1979Based on the television series, All Creatures Great and Small, this book contains delightful colour photos of the Yorkshire Moors and villages where the Peacocks lived.



Hill, A & JA Promise to Keep - From Athens to AfghanistanXlibris Corporation, USA, 2003A biography of Arthur Hill [AH4152], written by his wife Julie.



Holthouse, HGympieGold A history of the Gympie gold rush



Humphreys, RAllan Callaghan, a LifeMelbourne University Press, 2002 



Jeans, D NAn Historical Geography of New South Wales to 1901Reed Education, Sydney, 1972 



Kable, VThey Came By a RoadBraemar Printing Compant, Bathurst, no dateA very brief account of the extension of settlement following the building of the road to Bathurst and beyond



[Leland]Leyland's Itinerary A record of a tour through Tudor England



Lindop, RTurton Tales: A Collection of Historical Family StoriesTurton Local History Society, Publication No. 30, 1975Includes local history of Egerton and Bradshaw



Lindop, RTurton Tales: A Collection of Historical Family StoriesTurton Local History Society, Publication No. 30, 1975Includes local history of Egerton and Bradshaw



Madgwick, R MImmigration Into Eastern Australia, 1788 - 1851Longman's, 1937 



Maxwell, C FAustralian Men of MarkWestern District Edition, Sydney, 1888Brief articles on Andrew Hames [AH] and Ellis Hamer [AH4]



McKenzie, KThey Paved the Way1980A History of teh McKenzie Family [See JT231]



Meagher, PJoseph Bell 1848-1911 A History of Joseph Bell [AH7], his ancestors and descendants



Meredith, MrsNotes and Sketches of NSW During a Residence in That Colony From 1838 to 1844J Murray, London, 1844This includes an account of a visit to Bathurst about the time Andrew Hamer and William Peacock arrived there



Oakes, G SPioneers of Bathurst-Kelso, NSW1923Chiefly about Holy Trinity Church



Orange City CouncilOrange 1860 - 1960  



Page, W (ed)The Victoria History of the Counties of England: York: North Riding, Vol 1Constable, London, 1914 



Peacock, A JBradford Chartism 1838-1840Borthwick Paper No 36, Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of YorkThis gives details of life in Bradford at the time when William and Rebecca Peacock emigrated, including information about Walker's factory, where members of the Peacock family worked



Perry, T MAustralia's First FrontierMelbourne University Press, 1963A comparative study of the early development of the Bathurst and Goulburn districts



[Piccope]Piccope's Wills  A collection of Wills in England



Porter, G RProgress of the NationA Bohn, London, 1838-46Contains a study of the economic development of Bolton



Pugh, R BThe Victoria History of the Counties of England: Stafford, Vol 8Oxford University Press, 1963 



Reaney, P HDictionary of British Surnames, 2nd Ed.Routledge and Keegan Paul, 1976 



Roberson, A MThe Rockley Manner1989Outline histories of a number of Rockley and district families



[St John's Church]History of St John'sChurch, GeorgesPlainsNo date 



Scholes, JDocumentary Notes on the District of Turton1882 



Sloan, B PConvicts, Currency Folk and Change1993A history of Anthony Rope and Elizabeth Pulley and their descendants



Smith, GA History of Fitzgerald's Valley, Wimbledon ndNo dateContains information about George and Charlotte Shute [WP5]



Smith, GMy Back YardNo dateGives information about particular properties in Fitzgerald's Valley and some neighbouring areas, including Queen Charlotte's Vale