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A Bushranger, Early Sydney and More …

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 1

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 2

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 3

DESCRIPTION: a 2 1/2 page letter from Abner Mark Robbins to his sister Phebe Robbins
DATE: 26 April 1864
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found this letter stashed in a tin full of all sorts of paperwork from Phebe Randell (nee Robbins) who was my great great grandma. This letter from her brother Abner who grew up in Findon, South Australia,  was sent while he was in Sydney and was about about to head off on a ship.
In it he talks about the streets and layout of Sydney in comparison to Adelaide, the tram, going to a wax work s show and even the bushranger Frank Gardiner, who was at that time in jail. As a side note, Gardiner was sentenced to 32 years hard labour, of which he served just 10 years, as his sentenced was then deemed too harsh.
This is proof that you just never know what info might be in the old letters! It just takes time to read them.

2 Responses to “A Bushranger, Early Sydney and More …”

  1. Alan Phillips says:

    Abner Mark was known as uncle Mark to my mother in law, your grandmother and her siblings. He worked for a time I believe for J.B. Randell, Phebe’s son (Mark’s nephew). We have a photo of him.

  2. Jenni says:

    So envious of the marvellous things that have been handed down in your family. It is fascinating looking at them and reading the words.

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