Letters to Australia

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Letters from a Broadwindsor man to his daughter written in 1850 have surfaced in Australia.

John Davy, who lived in Broadwindsor in the 19th century, sent letters to his only daughter, Lucy Anne (born 1816), when she and her husband, Benjamin Dening, emigrated to South Australia in 1849.

His great-great-great grand-daughter, Tracy Harris (nee Dening) from Cooper Pedy, Australia, contacted the Broadwindsor Facebook page to say: “In this letter (dated Broadwindsor 12, Sept 1850) he recounts of several fires which destroyed the following properties in Broadwindsor between 1849 -50: his own property Hays and Johnson’s shop; George Inn; Mrs Bugler’s Barn Stable and Cowshed at Honeycombe, Park Barn Waggon house and cowsheds.”

Tracy is now looking for help the history of these places.

She added: “The family have several letters Lucy kept from her father – they are very interesting as he obviously had a very strong relationship with her and was devastated when they emigrated.”

If you’re interested in knowing more, please leave a comment or visit the village Facebook page.

(photo for illustrative purposes only).

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