Mat Healey

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Hugh Capet – Loyalty and Politics

Firstly, my apologies for the extraordinary length of time that it has taken to complete this post.  It is mostly due to being very busy, but partly due to wanting to make sure that I had something fabulous to say about Hugh Capet.  After all, he is the first ancestral King that I get […]

Welcome to the Airey Family

 Welcome to the Airey Family of Lancashire
Allen, and at least the last five generations of the Airey line, came from Lancaster, England.  I have spent a bit of time trying to understand their story and what I love the most is that, in all likelihood, there have been very few people (if anyone) that […]

Building Foundations for the Capetian Dynasty

Source – unless otherwise referenced, the facts in this post have been sourced from Reference 18.

Last time we talked about the decline of the empire of Charlemagne (or Charles the Great), through Louis the Pious to Charles the Fat and Charles the Simple.  Unfortunately for our story, however, I missed Charles the Bald – […]

Allen’s Convict Life

We know that Allen was transported to Van Dieman’s Land in 1850 and arrived in Hobart to a none-too-welcoming reception from the local “Hobartonians”. As I mentioned in the last post, when Allen’s ship arrived, a local agricultural society suggested that “…the indignation of the Hobartonians is great: utter detestation of the government is […]

Three easy steps for starting your own dynasty

Ever wondered how you could create a dynasty of kings that last (with a couple of minor breaks) for over 900 years?  Hugh Capet did exactly that.  Heres how he did it.
Step 1 – Live at the time of an imploding reign

In 768, Charles the Great (or Charlemagne) took over as King of the Franks […]

To the Hero

The best place to start is with the hero of our story, Allen Airey.   Forgetting the drivers for Allen’s unfortunate life for a moment, he is solely responsible for bringing the family to Tasmania (and to me).  He may not have been the model citizen, but he was strong enough to survive years in […]

Let’s start this journey!

“The power of the powerful relies on the powerlessness of the powerless” (unknown).
How then can Kings of France turn into convicts?  How can the most powerful families of Europe evolve, over time, into the ordinary family of Lancashire that includes a 13 year old child forced onto a convict ship and transported half way […]