TISSINGTON TO AUSTRALIA AND BACK
In September I received an email from Shirley
Hardy Rix who was visiting the UK from Australia. Shirley’s great great grandfather was John Allsop who worked on the Estate for Sir Henry, the third baronet, and decided to emigrate to Australia with his wife Ellen in 1865, after their marriage at St Mary’s Church. Shirley had a letter of thanks written to Sir Henry in which John enquires touchingly of the family (Sir Henry and his wife had ten children!) and the Estate. Even more fascinating, Shirley and her husband Brian are motorbike mad and had shipped their BMW 1200 from Australia, picking it up at Harwich and driving all over Europe for two months before their trip to Tissington. They have previously even driven back to Australia overland through Europe, Iran and Turkey on a bike that had done 270,000 miles! A family of intrepid explorers, both then and now!
Shirley and Brian from Australia