Research, which is still on-going, updates are occurring as more information becomes available and family connections are verified, for inclusion on this site. I have documented to a large extent, my paternal Grand-Mothers' Family Tree; being from Perthshire in Scotland. In addition to the Drummond family I have researched our convict past, the Saunders Family. Also my maternal heritage has been compiled by myself and others. Not forgetting the Patterson Family, my original name sake.
In 1843 Joseph Saunders was transported, in chains, to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) for stealing sheep from his Uncle Isaac of Weedon Hill Farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He had been sentenced to fifteen years as a convict. In 1852 he married Ellen Kent who had been transported from County Cork in Ireland for stealing shifts and a cabbage.
Three generations on we find amongst their descendants no less than five law enforcement officers serving as upstanding citizens in Victoria, Australia, very far removed from the tragic circumstances of the family's beginning in Australia. This book is a glimpse into the lives of two brothers, members of the Victoria Police, and descendants of Joseph and Ellen.
Part 1 Mick Patterson, a highly respected and decorated career policeman.
Part 2 Jack Patterson, the quintessential country cop, was stationed for over twenty years in Gisborne in country Victoria, later moving to Riddell's Creek.
Part 3 Family background, growing up in Prahran, an inner Melbourne suburb, the effects of the Great Depression on the family and their subsequent recovery.