My ancestors weren't always that good at holding onto money, especially during the difficult days of economic crisis in the outback town of Bourke in NSW in the 1880s and 1890s. That's why I've chosen
B for Bankruptcy
as the second step in my A-Z of quirky ancestor antics.
Ancestors from a few branches of my family tree, including some the NORTHCOTEs and RILEYs, lived in Bourke, NSW in the 1870s-1890s. It must have been a very remote, hot place to live in those days.
In 1886, my great-grandfather, Walter Stafford NORTHCOTE (the name he was using at the time), was recorded as being bankrupt in Bourke, NSW. He attributed his insolvency to pressure by creditors and an inability to obtain permanent employment. He owed £77 and 10 shillings to various businesses in Bourke - mainly butchers, bakers and landlords.
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