This site details the ancestry of my grandparents Robert
Austen Young (1910-1985) and May
Aroha Free "Maisie" (1911-1981). Who were married in Auckland,
New Zealand, in 1935 and have four children and ten grandchildren.
The initial purpose of my research was and still is to establish and
understand where the family name of "Austen" came from. In January
2004 a significant break through occured with the arrival of a copy of
Joseph Austen Chamberlain's "Notes of the families of Chamberlain
and Harben". This book, which is available for sale on this website
as an eBook, positively identifies Robert Austen, (1710-1786), as the
oldest 'Austen' found to date, his daughter, Mary Austen, is pictured
below. However, in the years leading up to finding this book I have amassed
a considerable quantity of family history from many extended branches
of the family - some of which has not been publicly available before now.
In particular the material on the life of William
Henry Free (1825-1919) is close to the level required for an entry
in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
and he is certainly a deserving subject for this publication (and was included in the 1950 edition).
This site does not provide details of any living person - other than some references to my great aunt Margaret Ruth Austin (sorry Margaret) and her cousin John Gillow (sorry John).
Last Update October 2009