We have been farming continuously in Australia for 160 years. Our ancestors had been at it – farming that is – for several hundred years earlier in Normandy (France) and then Kilkenny (Ireland). Edward Travers, 21, arrived in Adelaide, on the Storm Cloud on 28 April, 1858, the family having ‘Anglophiled’ its Catholic Gallic ‘Traverse’ after leaving France earlier in the 19th century. Edward, although a labourer, got a start working as a shepherd at Mintaro Sheep Station, near Clare. He promptly met and married Ellen Doran at St Michael’s in Clare and they had 11 children (it’s that Catholic thing again). Their first child, a son, was born in Clare on 1 March 1860. Travers tradition dictates the name of the first born boy in each generation was to alternate between Edward and Nicholas.
So he was called Nicholas.