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My Mudgee Beginnings
John Woodrick
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John Woodrick pieces together his Mudgee background taken from many sources with help from Mudgee Museum and Historical Society and Kinder des Vaterlandes by Albert Grulke                                                                   

The maternal side of my family history in Australia began in 1823 when great-great grandfather Hugh McNulty arrived as a convict from County Leitrim, Ireland.  He was one of 179 convicts on board the Medina, which left Cork, in September and arrived in Sydney in December 1823, 4 convicts died en route.    

Originally assigned to Carters Barracks to help in the making of bricks for the building of Sydney town and then on road gangs.   

In 1828 his name appears in the census at Parramatta.

 He received his Certificate of Freedom in 1830 after serving his sentence of seven years for stealing a horse. He celebrated his freedom, and was charged in Sydney of disorderly house so a misdemeanour sheet says.     

The time between Hugh's freedom and movement to Mudgee is open to conjecture.    

His only son Richard was born in 1838. Richard became a blacksmith and saddler and settled in Mudgee.    

Richard McNulty married Anne Maria Kreamer (originally Kremer) in a dual ceremony with her brother George and Mary Marsh at Mudgee on 14 September 1870.                    

The Kremer family, with others, are part of Australia's settlement history.     

John MacArthur (the merino sheep man) helped originate a scheme to begin a wine industry in New South Wales ... Mudgee and the Hunter Valley. He needed people experienced in wine cultivation to begin it.    

German people from The Rhine areas volunteered as bounty immigrants. It took four days to sail down the Rhine to Antwerp;  they then travelled by steamer across the North Sea to London.   

The first boatload of 180 Rhinelanders left from London in the Beulah in early 1849.

At sea, somewhere off  The Cape of Good Hope, my great-grandmother was born (Anne Maria) to Johann and Elizabeth Kremer (now Kreamer). They arrived in Sydney in April 1849.   

The Kreamers eventually moved from Sydney to Mudgee together with 21 other families ... Buchhooltz, Drew, Feidler, Gardoll, Hoss, Huth, Muller, Kremer, Kuehner. Kurtz, Lynne, Orth, Rheinburger, Rohr, Schmiemer, Schipp, Schneider, Scifleet, Streher, Weis and Wurth.                       


Richard and Anne McNulty lived in Market Street, Mudgee in 1870 where he was a blacksmith and saddler.     

In 1878 the family were living at Budgee Budgee (originally Pipeclay) where Richard rented the forge at Budgee Budgee Inn owned by William Gossage. The Inn was an important staging post for teamsters travelling the then main road between Maitland and Newcastle.   

This area is now only a locality, and the small township that once was there is gone. The Inn was reputedly the site for Henry Lawsons very humorous poem, The Loaded Dog. The post office was operated by Henry Lawson's father.   

My grandmother Sarah Anne was born at Budgee Budgee in 1880, the youngest of three children.   

In 1883 the family were living in Lewis Street where at different times Richard rented C.N. Hanson Foundry and John Tarrant's blacksmiths shop.     

My grandmother Sarah Anne married Horace Arnold also from Mudgee, who was a coach painter, in 1904.    Horaces father George Henry Arnold had come from England in 1840 and had married Eliza Jane Shepherd in Mudgee 1864. Horace was their eighth child. George and Eliza are both buried at the Methodist Cemetery, Mudgee.   

My grandmother Sarah was a true country girl, she enjoyed keeping chooks and grew vegetables and fruit trees. She was the gentlest of people and maybe this is a reflection of growing up in Mudgee. She died in 1967.    

So my background consists of many people whose roots are in Mudgee and I am very proud of that heritage.


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