Joseph Jenkins, adventurer with a connection to Wales (Ceredigion)
Joseph JenkinsFamously emigrated to Australia because of a nagging wife and was 'The Jolly Swagman' of the popular song.
Connection: Born, lived and returned to Ceredigion.
Where's the evidence for this myth?
I'm from Mount Eliza Victoria, along with my late wife Lois, visited Frances Evans in Wales in 1995. She asked me to arrange for the diaries to be housed in Victoria which I did.
After a number of letters and phone calls between myself and Frances and Jock Murphy at the state library of Victoria the diaries were delivered during late 1997.
I was invited to and attended, the function on 8th December 1997, at the state library to officially welcome the diaries back to Victoria.
I was very pleased to have played my part in bringing this wonderful record of life in early Victoria, back home.
Joseph Jenkins born 27th February 1818 at Blaenplwyf Farm near Tal-Sarn Cardiganshire. I don't know if 'The Jolly Swagman' was written about him but can I recommend an excellent book by Bethan Phillips 'Pity the Swagman' the Australian odyssey of a Victorian diarist. This really should be made into a film.
My wife is a close relative of the Swagman and we have visited his grave nearby on a number of occasions. Through him however I have managed to trace around 1,000 members of the family, one of the most famous overall in Cardiganshire.
I too am a relative of the Swagman! My mother's maiden name was Jenkins and she lived in princes avenue Aberaeron. We recently had quite an interesting reunion of some of the Jenkins clan as a relative from Australia had got in touch with us! Would love to know of more relatives! My mother was Daniel Jenkins's daughter and would have been in her 80's by now.