1997 Jewell Family Reunion

Following the sucess of the 1996 Jewell Family Reunion, a further one was held on Sunday the 20th April to allow those that could not attend the first an opportunity to meet up with other "Jewell" Family members, as well as a chance to view the extensive research conducted by both myself and my "cousin" Don Jewell. The reunion was open to decsendants of John Jewell and his uncle William Jewell who both settled in Bendigo to start their respective families. We were also fortunate to have representatives from 2 other branches of the Jewell Family.

Unfortunately the numbers were slightly down on last year, with about 40 people attending. Of those about half came for the first time. Despite the lack of numbers those that were able to attend had a fantastic day and were able to catch up with relatives, with two cousins seeing each other for the first time in over 30 years.

The moring seesion was similar to last year, with Don Jewell giving us a history of the Jewell name followed by a talk a gave on the history of the Jewell family in Cornwall. Visitors were also able to see the complete family tree of John Jewell commencing with his earliest know ancestor (George Jewell baptised on 24 December 1567 at Poughill, Cornwall), right down to all his known descendants. The family tree was quite extensive, with the last generation causing the chart to stretch nearly 6 meters. The chart was complimented by a large collection of photos of John and his familiy. Included in the display were maps, of both Bendigo and Cornawll, including a map of the area that John's parents were living in, around 1840's.

Don Jewell then gave a talk about his family and in particular his ancestors William and Jane Jewell.

I then talked about my ancestors John Jewell, before launching my long awaited book. History and Family Tree of John Jewell. I was pleased to say that my book was very well received, in fact all the families that attended purchased a copy.

After lunch there was a small presentation of gifts, to the oldest descendat (Frieda Lee - 92 yrs young), the youngest (Emma Jewell - 5), and to the person who travelled the greatest distance. This final award went to Keith Jewell who travelled all the way from Queensland.

Visitors then continued to view the many display, and swap family stories, in some cases with relatives that had not seen in over 30 years. Later I gave a brief demonstartion of what information I had published on the Internet in the form of this site. Following that we had a photo session, with descendants being grouped together in groups based on John's Children.

Descendants of Elizabeth Jewell Descendants of John Jewell (jnr)
Photo Photo
Descendants of George Jewell Descendants of William Jewell
Photo Photo

After photos were taken, visitors were invited to walk to the White Hills cementary to witness a commemoration of a plaque to mark the grave of William and Jane Jewell followed by a visit to the resting place of John and his second wife Sarah.

Photo Photo

It was an excellent day and a great opportunity to catch up with my new found relatives.

Bruce Jewell


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