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Posted by Bob Frewen on December 11, 1999 at 04:28:53:

In Reply to: Australian Frewens posted by John Joseph Frewen on December 11, 1999 at 00:57:21:

Dear John,
Many thanks for your posting. I have for some time been
aware of these "Wicklow" Frewens. The family history
records of the Church of Latter Day Saints detail
the family and the place of baptism for the children
is given as "Rathdramman parish, Co. Wicklow."
No such parish exists, although there is a
"Rathdrum." Annamoe is not far from Rathdrum.
I have a note made c 1960's by my father that
a Major (?) Andrew Frewen of Australia
had contacted him and maintained that his family came
from Wicklow. As a result of the unusual location
my guess has been that some Australian
descendent misread "Aherlow," (the region in Co. Tip.
where a sizable branch of the family settled pre 1800)
as "Arklow, one of the two principal towns in Co. Wicklow
and this gave rise to the misconception. The information
I have on Andrew is as follows:-

Andrew Frewen 1806 -
+Ellen Cullen
........ 2 Andrew Frewen 1836 -
............ +Mary Quinn
........ 2 Elizabeth Theresa Frewen 1839 -
........ 2 Thomas Frewen 1844 -
........ 2 Margaret Agnes Frewen 1848 -
........ 2 John Frewen 1851 -
........ 2 Ellen Frewen 1872 -

Curiously, Cullen is a very common County Wicklow name……..

A Michael Frewen arrived in Victoria in 1857; there
also is a Dennis Donovan in Australia who has Frewen
ancestors, Johanna, John, Kitty and Ellen. There also was
a Frewen convict, Wiliam, who was sent there in the late

One of my relatives Jack Frewen (died late
1940'searly 50's) has correspondence stored
in the Evatt Collection at Flinders University, and
a great uncle (died unmarried) lived and died (pre WW2)
in Sydney. Robert P. Frewen in Melbourne is a first
cousin of mine. Several of the other Frewens in
Australia are descended from Hugh Frewen who married
secondly (Nov. 1922) a Rosalind Louisa Jones. These are
the descendents of Stephen, a half brother of the Thomas
who came to Ireland with Cromwell in 1649. These
Australian grand and great grandchildren of Hugh
are planning a family reunion at Easter 2000.

There also is a town (village more likely!) called
Frewena in the Northern Territories, which always
has fascinated me. Do you know anything about it?
Best Regards,
Bob Frewen,
Ireland and New York.

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