Hopes reunion will fill in gaps

Ruth Maddock is not a well-known Gladstone identity, but her legacy has lived on in some of the descendants in the Port Curtis region.

A family reunion is being held this Saturday at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens in Gladstone.

Descendant Carlea Visco said there are a few gaps in the family history, so it was hoped the reunion might help fill in the history.

Ruth Maddock was born in Dilton Marsh, England, in 1830, and married a local boy, George Millard.

By the time they arrived in Australia in 1852, aged 22, she had two children, Julia (Nash) and Mary Louisa, who died on the voyage.

After arriving in Australia, Ruth and George had three more children, George Jnr (married Ellen Walshe), Rose (Bowden) and Annie (Royston). Before Annie was born, George and Ruth separated.

George married Ellen Blissett in Rockhampton and had eight more children: Martha (Curran), Mary Ann (not sure if she married), Arabella (died at birth), Jeremiah (married Mary Rafferty), Harriet (Price), Charlotte (marriage not confirmed), Henry (married Emily Bianchi) and Ebenezer (married Ada Rolfe).

Ms Visco said history suggests Ruth had two more children, Rebecca and John, to Thomas McCrudden, an ex-convict.

'Old Tom' arrived in Australia in 1837, having received seven years for picking pockets. He made his way to Port Curtis, where he worked on various properties.

Ruth Maddock died at the age of 35, having been gored by a bull.

She is buried in Gladstone cemetery, with no tombstone or record to mark the spot.

George Millard died at 'Sunny Hills', Clermont, in 1880. Ellen Blissett died in 1920, near Barcaldine, where she is buried.

Thomas McCrudden died in 1886 at Warro Station, near Miriam Vale.

The Rebecca Millard/McCrudden family reunion will be held on Saturday, September 17.

For further information, please contact Carlea on 0411 017 966.

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