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Cliff & Bunting, Melbourne

At the Worthing family history fair, yesterday, 20th April 2008, Richard Moore gave me a mysterious envelope, addressed to me with various scribbled notes such as "@ Beaconsfield Tasmania", "Taken in haste therefore did not photo complete company name", "DO NOT FOLD" and in a circle shape "C?LIFF &  BUNTING MELBOURNE".
As I was under pressure to set up my tables due to late admission to the Worthing Pavillion I put the letter on one side as there was no clue as to who had sent the envelope. But a big thank you to them anyway! Later in the day I opened the envelope to disclose three unmarked pictures of a pithead winding gear, a simple, four wheeled  steam engine which looked as though as though it might have been used for hauling trucks of something and finally an enlargement of a wheel boss inscribed ?C? LIFF & BUNTING MEL?? Richard Moore still could not remember who had given him the envelope.
Today I put "Beaconsfield, Tasmania" into Google and bingo, up came the Wikipedia entry showing the the very picture I had been sent of the Beaconsfield mine, head winding gear at "Grub Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum". Using that title on Google I was taken to a long shot of museum building facades in front of which and only just visible, was the steam engine. By this time I was on a roll and so searched for  "Cliff & Bunting Melbourne". Two of the options I had "cliff" gave a brief history of the company on http://ozwrenches.co/cliff.htm but "The  History of Cliff & Bunting", http://cliffandbunting.com.au/history.htm revealed the latter's full name as Johnathan Craven Bunting.
Checking the Society records for those christian names revealed that Johnathan Craven was the son of one of our more well known characters John Lantsbury Bunting and Sarah Craven. Jonathan was born in the June quarter of 1862, in Bradford, Yorks and died, aged 85yrs, 3/8/1947 in Victoria, Australia.
Now I could do with a bit of help to bring our records of Jonathan's Australian family right up to date. Beware though that from a data protection and privacy point of view you may have to content yourself by saying you have done it in this public domain and write to me separately with the detail.
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Cliff & Bunting, Melbourne
Authored by: Jerry Green on 11:09PM BST - Monday, 21 April 2008
More on Cliff and Bunting can be found in this story and comments. Members after logging in can see how Jonathan Craven Bunting fits in to our KEN New Romney family tree in our new Family Trees pages. Jonathan never married and had no children.

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Jerry Green Society Webmaster.

Cliff & Bunting, Melbourne
Authored by: Anonymous on 10:24PM BST - Sunday, 26 April 2009

Hello,

Are you related to any Buntings who originated from Belper in Derbyshire/ Thringstone, Leicestershire by any chance?  I am trying to do some research on my family history and my grandmother was a Bunting prior to marriage.  I believe her father was an Arthur Bunting and her grandfather emigrated to Australia.  The information i have is very hazy but i do remember my grandma talking about having family living in Australia. 

 

Many Thanks

Cliff & Bunting, Melbourne
Authored by: Jerry Green on 10:48PM BST - Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Bunting in Cliff & Bunting emigrated from Bradford, Yorkshire and his father was born in Spratton, Northamptonshire.

The Society has many records of Buntings in Derbyshire and your family tree may already be on this web site but only available to our members. Why not join us, our subscription is real value for money, if you have an interest in the Bunting family.

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Jerry Green Society Webmaster.

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