Grahame Thom's family history

Grahame Thom

Mum and Dad 1963

Welcome to my family history site established in March 2006.

The purpose of my web site is to share information about my family tree. I have been researching my family history since 1968. I am a Fellow of the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc. I have lived in Sydney, Canberra, Hobart and Melbourne, and now live in country Victoria, Australia. I am married with four children and nine grandchildren.

The surnames in my family tree I am researching are :-

Allen - Cornwall ENG                                             McDougall - Lanarkshire SCT
Anderson - Oxfordshire ENG                                  Mahone - Hampshire ENG
Artus - Gloucestershire ENG                                   Manning - London ENG
Ashby - Leicestershire ENG                                    Martin - Lanarkshire SCT
Boyd - Dublin Co IRL                                             Miller - Somersetshire ENG
Brabyn - Cornwall ENG                                          Murphy - Co Durham ENG
Bullivant - Leicestershire ENG                                Page - Co Durham ENG
Buscombe - Cornwall ENG                                     Parker - Cornwall ENG
Butler - Glouctershire ENG                                     Phillips - London ENG
Butts - Kent ENG                                                    Reid - Lanarkshire SCT
Cock - Cornwall ENG                                             Reilly - Westmeath IRL
Cox - Herefordshire ENG                                        Rogers - Cornwall ENG
Donaldson - Lanarkshire SCT                                  Russell - Gloucestershire ENG
Flemimg - Lanarkshire SCT                                     Thom - Lanarkshire SCT
Hardy - Tyrone IRL                                                 Trainer - Westmeath IRL      
Harris - Cornwall ENG                                            Turnbull - Roxbugh SCT 
Hughes - Tyrone IRL                                               Walker - Tyrone IRL
Ikin - Shropshire ENG                                              Wardle/Wardell - Co Durham ENG
Jones - Monmouthshire WLS                                   Ware - Gloucestershire ENG
Kerr - Lanarkshire SCT                                            Warr - Scotland or England
Lane - Herefordshire ENG                                       Weir - Lanarkshire SCT
Little - London ENG                                                Whitelaw - Lanarkshire SCT
Llewellyn - Glamorganshire WLS                            Williams - London ENG
May - Cornwall ENG                                               Williamson - Lanarkshire SCT
McBride - Lanarkshire SCT                                      Wilson - Lanarkshire SCT
McClean - Tyrone IRL                                              Woor - Herefordshire ENG

Based on my 27 ancestors who arrived in Australia, my origins makeup is 51.5% English, 28.1% Scottish, 18.8% Irish and 1.6% Welsh.   I had my DNA evaluated in 2013 and on the male line it is highly Celtic, and on the female line, I descend from Jasmine. Since then I have my DNA tested by familytreeDNA, livingDNA, and in 2021 by ancestryDNA.


I have published four books about my Ikin ancestors, see below. Copies have been lodged with various libraries, including, National Library of Canberra, Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra, State Library of New South Wales, the Stanton Library, North Sydney, the Lane Cove Public Library, the Society of Australian Genealogists, the Nepean Family History Society, Penrith City Library, the 1788-1820 Pioneer Association, the Tasmanian Family History Society and the State Library of Tasmania.

Obadiah Ikin - The story of a Shropshire Soldier and his family in Australia, by Grahame Thom and Margaret Miller, 1986, Canberra.

Some Ikin Reminiscences - Ikin Family Gathering - Sydney June 1990, by Grahame Thom and others, 1990, Canberra.

Henry Ikin (1816-1900) - An Autobiography, edited by R Wesley Hartley and Grahame Thom, 1988, Canberra.

Ikin Newsletters Numbers 6 to 30, by Grahame Thom, Wallan 2003. Please note that Newsletters 1 to 5 are included in Some Ikin Reminiscences.

In 2016, my cousin and I published our book A Publican's Life in Early Sydney - Charles James Bullivant - Ensign 46th Regiment. Copies are still available - please email me as above.

Please appreciate that despite being as careful as I could about putting accurate and reliable material on my website errors can occur. Please let me know if you find any.

Click on the buttons below to see various articles that have been written about my ancestors. If you would like to contact me please click on my email address at the top of each page.


The stories, photographs, plans etc are copyright to the various authors or indicated in accordance with Australian law.

New web site

My original site was created using the proforma established by the "my connected community" (mc2) host, part of the State Library of Victoria. When mc2 ceased in 2011, I transferred my site, as is, to the other State Library host, VICNET, but it ceased in January 2014, except for historical societies.  I then establised this site, using a commercial host, but keeping the original mc2 structure as I am inexperienced in website desigh and structure.


In November 2013, the National Library of Australia, as part of it's Pandora project, asked for my permission to archive my VICNET site before it closed down in January 2014. After giving my permission, the site was archived on 9 December 2013. This then provides, into the future, a look at my website as it was on 9 December 2013. My new site <> has been archived four times by NLA . Click here to access Pandora, then click on a date to access my "old" site.

Rosslyn Marie-Therese Thom

In 2015 I created a section to publish my wife's family history, click on the bottom link below.

Last updated on 25 March 2021 

Charts, Indexes and Profile

Access to my family tree charts and to several indexes I have compiled


Tracing my ancestors' arrivals in Australia


Thomas Anderson


My Bullivant/Wardle connection


Obadiah and Sarah Ikin

Lane Generations

William Lane to Alfred Oram Lane, including related families Parker, Cock, Buscombe, Rogers, Allen


John and Margaret Manning


John and Ann Reilly


Thom, Weir and Fleming Branches


Mud Island, Hawkesbury River NSW


My Russell and McClean Branches

Lillian Merle Gibson nee Lane

Mum's Story

Rosslyn Marie-Therese Thom nee Devine

My wife's family history