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Hotel's families sought

Friday, 25th February, 2011

DESCENDANTS: The old Tintinallogy hotel. Mary Wilson is hoping to find the descendants of the families who once lived there. DESCENDANTS: The old Tintinallogy hotel. Mary Wilson is hoping to find the descendants of the families who once lived there.

By Kurtis Eichler

For three-and-a-half years, former Menindee resident Mary Wilson has been trying to trace families from the old Tintinallogy settlement.

Tintinallogy was a hotel and staging post on the banks of the Darling River between Menindee and Wilcannie.

Ms Wilson said she and another researcher Phillip Treweek were seeking the descendants of William Thomas Rogers (circa 1828 to 1876) and Elizabeth Irvin (nee White, circa 1830- 1880); as well as Heinrich Christian Freidrich Geyer (1822- 1891), his first wife Frederika (nee Knippert 1822-1857) and his second wife Anne nee Coghlan (circa 1835-1922).

The families lived at the Tintinallogy Hotel, 73km north-east of Menindee on the Darling River.

Ms Wilson said the families left in about 1923, and the building was torn down in the 1930s.

"There's nothing there now," she said.

But the trickiest part of the research was finding out which family members were buried in the unmarked graves behind the old settlement.

So far, 14 of the 29 graves have been identified, and Ms Wilson hopes to place a plaque or sign on the site in memory of the family with financial assistance from the Central Darling Shire council to honour all the people who are buried there.

The Council has donated $1,000 towards constructing a fence, gate and sign around the graves.

Both Mary and New Zealand resident Phil (who is the great-great-great grandson of William Rogers) have launched a Facebook page titled 'Friends of Old Tintinallogy' and close to 20 people have joined.

Anyone interested in making contact with Ms Wilson or Mr Treweek can log onto www.nzcranes.org/genealogy/index.html.

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