Joe and May HOPPER – ’50 Wonderful Years’

The following is an article originally printed in the Dover Express & East Kent News on Friday 16th July, 1976. It was at her brother’s wedding reception that May Groombridge first met the man who was to be her husband.  The reception was at her parents’ home, and Joe Hopper arrived – in his cricket flannels!  He had been playing cricket …

Matthew Fagg (1822-1908) – transported to Tasmania for stealing a sheep

Between 1804 and 1853 the British Government transported around 76,000 convicts to the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (now called Tasmania). One of those was Matthew Fagg, a farm labourer and hop grower from Barham in Kent. Matthew was born in the village of Barham in 1822 and christened in the local parish church of St John on 14 April …

Captain Herbert Greenstreet (1851-?) – sailed the world!

NINETY TIMES ROUND THE WORLD – NEW ZEALAND COMMODORE’S RETIREMENT [The Times, Saturday, August 4th 1917] Captain Herbert Edward GREENSTREET (b1851) – who is believed to have made many more voyages round the world than any other man, has, after bringing into port this week one of the finest liners in the New Zealand service, retired from the sea. Captain Greenstreet …

The Benefields of New Zealand – a blooming business!

When William Benefield set sail with his wife and child from Plymouth in 1874, bound for New Zealand, he could not have foreseen that the roots he would plant there would yield such a rich harvest – both literally and figuratively!