Born, Janice Hume Chapman

The Sydney Morning Herald

20 October 1932  Close


Seventh generation of native-born Australians.

On October 6, Janice Hume Chapman, who, on her mother's side, is the first of the seventh generation of native-born Australians, was born at Manly.

Very few, if any, other Australian families can claim such a record.

The descent of the child is traced in the following way.

In 1792, a Bourbon refugee, Marie Gabriele Huon de Querilleau, fled from France to England during Robespierre's reign of terror.

His property was confiscated and he afterwards came to Australia in the regiment of which John Macarthur, of Camden, was the captain.

He obtained a grant of land and settled at what is now Fairfield.

In 1797 his daughter Ga Elizabeth Huon, was born and in 1813 she married Captain William Mitchell, a retired officer, who engaged in sheep-farming near Bungonia.

This Captain William Mitchell and Elizabeth Huon, his wife, were the founders of the well-known Mitchell family of Albury and the Upper Murray.

Among other children, Captain and Mrs. Mitchell had a daughter, Emma, who married Francis Rawden Hume, son of Andrew Hamilton Hume.

To them was born a daughter Mary, who married Robert Henry Kennedy, of Woonaminta. a member of one of the best known of the pioneer squatting families Mrs. Kennedy's daughter became the wife of J F Kenyon, once of Yass, and for many years a police magistrate in New South Wales Mrs. Kenyon, who is still living, with a son at Mosman, was therefore, the fourth in the line of Australian descent.

The fifth generation is represented by Mr. Cyril Kenyon, son of J F Kenyon (now manager of the A ML and F. Co.).

His third daughter. Phyllis Hume Kenyon (now Mrs. C. R Chapman), is the mother of the newly-born child Janice, who is, therefore of the seventh generation.

Mr. Chapman is a Sydney journalist.

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