The Fullerton Family Research Project

What is the project?

I have been researching the story of the family and descendants of William and Mary FULLERTON since 2004, and have been collecting any information about their lives that I can find: certificates, documents, photographs, newspaper clippings and family stories, for example. I have also been researching general histories of places, occupations and people to help place the FULLERTON story within its historical context.

Ultimately, I hope to compile all the information I have collected into a book, though publication of this book will probably not be for a few years yet.

A reunion of the descendants of William and Mary Fullerton was organised in Elmore, Victoria, on 16 October 2010, to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the arrival of William and Mary FULLERTON in Australia.

Why did I decide to research this family?

I have been interested in family history since about 2003. William and Mary FULLERTON were the earliest of my ancestors to arrive in Australia. I wanted to learn more about what motivated them to leave Ireland before the famine and come to the ‘new’ settlement of Melbourne. I knew a lot more about my other ancestors than I did about William and Mary. As I began looking into their story, I became very interested and eventually decided that I should preserve their story for future generations.

What information am I seeking for the project?

Contact with other descendants of William and Mary Fullerton

  • Are you a descendant of William and Mary?
  • Would you be interested in contributing to this project?
  • Do you have any photographs, documents, letters or other memorabilia related to the FULLERTONs or connected families? Would you be willing to have these photographed or scanned?
  • Do you know any family stories that have been handed down through the generations?
  • What sort of a family history book would you be interested in? I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I would be very happy to hear from you. Every small piece of the jigsaw puzzle is helpful for discovering the full picture. That is, even the smallest piece of information can make a big contribution to the project and help us all to understand the lives of our ancestors better.

Contact with other family historians

  • Did your ancestors also arrive in Melbourne on the 1840 voyage of the ‘Himalaya’?
  • Were your ancestors Irish Catholics in 1840s Melbourne?
  • Were your ancestors also from Clane, County Kildare, Ireland?
  • Do you have any information about the DUNNE and/or FULLER/FULLARD/FOLLIARD families from the Clane/Naas area of County Kildare or Dublin/Meath/Offaly?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I would love to hear from you. We may be able to help each other with our research.