John (Jack) Blinman
Posted at 7:02 pm by heneker52, on August 1, 2014
John Blinman, known as Jack, was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Blinman. Charlotte (nee Heneker) was the daughter of James and Maryann Heneker Charlotte Heneker was born in 1865 and died in 1932. Her husband Thomas Blinman was born in 1857 and died in 1935. The couple had 12 children with John (Jack) being born on 2 July 1893 at Beltana, South Australia (according to the Australian Birth Index 1788 – 1922. The story of Jack’s demise is another sad story of the tough life of many who lived in the outback of South Australia. “SHOOTING FATALITY. Beltana, January 28. Mr John Blinman, aged 21, youngest son of Mr.Thomas Blinman, met his death under painful circumstances on Mon- day last. He was employed as shepherd by Mr. S. S. Lock, of Puttapa. Mr.Lock was in the township, and on arriving home about dusk found the lad dead, shot through the top of the head, the passing through the roof of the house. It is presumed he went inside to get a rifle to shoot some wild dogs, and in coming out slipped. Much sympathy is felt for his parents. From: The Chronicle Saturday 7th February 1914 page 41.
I previously worked as a Library Technician at the State Library of South Australia and then Noarlunga Library Services. I was lucky enough to work at the State Library in the Archives department, which is now a separate entity and housed at a suburban site. I've always loved English and Australian history, and began my Heneker family history in about 1980, before the advent of the internet, and now o with so many digitised records online there is a treasure chest of information out there, and it just keeps growing. One of the most wonderful treasures we have here in Australia is the Trove website, the free digitised newspapers of nearly every place in Australia, provided for free by the National Library of Australia. This has opened up so much day to day information for people searching for further information about their ancestors. I chose to write a blog as a way for me to put down a lot of information I had that wasn't necessarily easy to slot into a "family tree" as such. And I wanted to record some of the stories of the Heneker clan, and especially James Heneker (1826-1917) who arrived in South Australia as a 12 year old boy with his family. Like most of us in the genealogy community I have become obsessed and this is a never ending story. The community of bloggers, and also Facebook specialist pages has allowed me and many of us to learn from each other, and to use some of the many amazing tools that are out there now for us to use and enhance our research. My one wish?? dad Neville Laurence Heneker 1929 - 1987, this is for you, for all the things you told me, and the stories you related, often when we were up north in the Flinders Ranges, at Beltana, Hawker, Blinman and many other amazing places. I wish you were here, so I could share all this new information that has come to light. And of course for you Pa (Laurence Douglas Heneker), your stories were incredible and watching you sleep out under the stars at Arkaroola with a rock for your pillow is an image I will never forget. Oh if only we had digital cameras back then...I think of you both every time I write my words and read my books. I love you both.
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