The Woodbury Line: An Australian Convict Family
This is the third book in the trilogy about the Everingham – Woodbury dynasty. The first book in the trilogy was Matthew James Everingham – A Convict of the First Fleet. The second book in the trilogy was Elizabeth Rymes – A Remarkable Life.
When Matthew James Everingham and Elizabeth Rymes married under a tree on the banks of the Parramatta River in 1791 after arriving in New South Wales in chains, as part of the First and Second Fleets respectively, they had little idea that they were embarking on a life together that would be the foundation stone of an enduring dynasty — one that would live on, more than two hundred years later. Matthew and Elizabeth’s eldest daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Everingham would marry ex-convict Richard Woodbury, and would commence the Woodbury branch of that dynasty.
This book follows one branch of the Woodbury family as they faced challenges including murderous attacks by escaped convicts, severe droughts, economic depressions, mining booms and two world wars — all whilst trying to eke out a living in the Hawkesbury region and in the northern tablelands west of the Great Dividing Range, in the areas around Tingha, Inverell and Glen Innes.
Though name changes resulted as female descendants married and took the names of their husbands, all are part of the Woodbury line.