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Shopping in Sydney and a Visit to the Mitchell Library

Day 12 - Wednesday 9 July 2014

The plan for today is for Di and Jan to go shopping in the city while David makes a visit to the NSW State Library. Di has had a David Jones gift card burning a hole in her pocket for some time, so a visit to DJ's, Myers and a few boutiques is in order. David has been chasing family history information for Samuel Rodman Chace, born about 1814, perhaps in Sydney, and is planning a trip to the NSW Library to search archival records.

Di and Jan spend a few hours in the shops and they both make a few purchases. Meanwhile David starts in the NSW Library, and is directed to the Mitchell Library where he spends several hours on a microfilm reader looking at Sydney birth records between 1808 and 1825. No luck however, and it seems that either the birth occurred in Sydney and was not registered, or the birth occurred overseas perhaps in America.

By way of explanation David's ancestor Samuel Rodman Chace, and American seaman born at Rhode Island in the USA arrived in Sydney in 1798 and married Marianne Letitia Collins in 1806. She was the daughter of David Collins and Anne Yates who both arrived in Sydney with the First Fleet in 1788. Samuel and Marianne had six children between 1807 and 1820, two girls whose births were registered in Sydney, and four boys, including Samuel Rodman Chace junior, whose births are not recorded in Sydney. As S R Chace senior spent most of his time on sailing ships moving between Australia, NZ, England and America, there is the possibility that the family travelled with him and the boys were born overseas. The search continues.

Mitchell Library

Mitchell Library

Public Reading Room at the Mitchell Library

Public Reading Room at the Mitchell Library

Back at Artarmon Di and Jan decided that after a tiring day shopping in the City that we should go up to Chatswood for Dinner. After trying one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Chatswood without luck we ended up at the Peking Duck. We decided that seeing that we were at the Peking Duck we should try the specialty of the house, which was carved at the table. We had an excellent meal!

Carving the Peking Duck

Carving the Peking Duck

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