My father George Blinko was a Prisoner of War in WW2 so it was with some curiosity
that I researched what the POWs experienced in WW1 was in comparison. It seems it
wasn’t much different, discomfort, punishment and malnutrition common to both wars.
I n the blog Blencowes in WW1 , the most recent article deals with two Blencowe men
who were captured while fighting on the Western Front.
Leading up to the centenary of WW1 next year its our plan to add more Blogs, please
feel free to comment or add to them.
Members from outside NZ and Australia can now get a login and passwin action on the
Western front. ord just contact us .
Remember that Blencowe Family Association (BFA) members will have secure access
to information that the membership has worked hard to gather.
A unique feature of this site is the 1st Arrivals timeline and the Blencowes down
under map that plots the first family members to arrive in Australia and New Zealand.
Members Contributions to these stories are most welcome and two are already featured
The map based on Blencowes down under map could also be used by members to add their
own family locations on it. If you would like to add your location contact us for
Hopefully you are inspired to get out those old photos and create or add to an album
for your family line, assistance will be provided to post these.
But this web site is ultimately about what the members want to say , share and have
available, for this reason a forum, a blog (for news stories etc.) and feedback form
are features to encourage dialog and enrichment of the web site experience.
The website is managed by Roger Blinko and Anne Blencowe(Burton) please direct
any comments feedback to us so we can improve the value of the web site .
First Blencowe to come ashore in the region
John Blencowe 1798-1887
John a wheelwright from Brackley, Northants, arrived on 17 Feb 1831 with his family
in what is now Stanley Tasmania .
A painting by John Glover who arrived in Tasmania in the same year as John Blencowe
. Click on image to go the NSW Art gallery for more info.
On arrival John and wife Mary Drinkwater were accompanied by 3 children , George
(1824-1907), Thomasine (1827-1909) and John (1830 - 1898) all born in Brackley.
In Tasmania three more were born with Selinda possibly being the first Blencowe
birth registered on Australian soil in 1833. The three children Selinda (1833-1908),
Thomas (1835-1846) & Robert (1837-1913) were all born at Circular Head, Tasmania
and registered at Launceston.
John Blencowe and family moved to Adelaide, South Australia in March 1838 . After
arrival in South Australia Francis (1841-1864) was born in Adelaide and Mary Ann
(1847-1932) in Little Parra, South Australia.