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* "The Brian Hurst Family Page"*

Updated December 13, 2010

With the invaluable help of my cousin,Angela Edmonds,I started researching the Hurst family,originating in the village of Leckhampstead,Buckinghamshire England.Since starting this project, I have discovered that several other people were doing the same thing in England,America,Australia,Canada and I am sure that there are many other countries throughout the world where the Hursts have taken root.If you are a Hurst or have Hurst connections,particularly from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire,England,I would be pleased to hear from you.I am just starting research into other branches of my family,namely,Jinks(Jenks) and Housden(Housdon)from Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire,England.
My special thanks to Maurice Loaring for his encouragement to June Reed for keeping the ball rolling and special thanks to Roy and Don Hurst for their untiring research.
My first introduction to Roy Hurst,came about by replying to an article that he had submitted to regional newspapers asking for Hursts wherever they may be to contact him. He was particularly interested in Hursts from Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire at that time. You can read the original from 1993 in my family photos section.

The name Hurst or Hirst was given to many families who lived in or beside a "hyrst", a small wood or wooded hill. One of the earliest recordings is Thomas de Herst, listed in the Doomsday Book of 1086.
The name is occasionally found conjoined with the type of trees it refers to, e.g. Elmhurst, Hazelhurst etc.

ARMS OF HURST- Recorded for a family of that name:
"Argent, the sun in splendour gules."
On a white shield, a red sun with a human face.

CREST: Upon a mount vert a hurst or group of trees proper.

MOTTO: Pro Deo et Rege. For God and King.

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  • The Descendants of Samuel Hurst 1794-1886 (268 KB)
    This tree contains the names and other details of the many hundreds of individuals who make up the extended family of Samuel and Elizabeth. Most of the detail has been supplied by his living descendants. Are you one of them?
  • Descendants of William Hurst 1794-1859 (25 KB)
    This file contains many of the descendants of William Hurst and Mary Keep in Tasmania. Later generations moved to mainland Australia, to the Victoria region. Many families living there will be able to trace their ancestry back to this couple.

Family Photos

  • The Roebuck, Priors Marston (13 KB)
    The Roebuck, Priors Marston, now a private residence, was the place of Samuel's arrest and was mentioned in his trial. The Roebuck had always had a bad reputation and was considered to be 'seedy' by the locals.
  • My father Fred and his siblings Doris and Alec (47 KB)
    This photograph was taken outside the family home in Camden Town about 1926.My father Fred on the left was about 19 his sister Doris 16 and Alec about 18.Their dress shows that they were fashion conscious and 'with it'.
  • My father Frederick George Hurst Junior 1907-1970 (39 KB)
    This is the earliest photo that I have of my father and is a studio photo taken about 1923 when he was 16.At that time he was working as a Post Office messenger.
  • Brian and Marie, Australia 1999 (52 KB)
    Going whale watching
  • Leckhampstead Parish Church (119 KB)
    Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The scene of 500 years of worship of the Hurst family. The resting place of many hundreds of Hursts,rich man and pauper.
  • My Dad's baptism card (80 KB)
    This was found in Dad's army demob papers.
  • My Great Grandfather Alfred Hurst 1855-1921 (219 KB)
    This is the only photo that I have of my great grandfather Alfred Hurst and was taken in about 1893 at Maples Furniture warehouse where he worked as a Wheelwright. Alfred is on the left of the back row. His two sons Will and Fred are in the front of the picture on the floor to the left and right respectively. Alfred and his colleagues made the first Pantechnicon to be used by the Company.
  • My family group (70 KB)
    My two daughters Tina and Linda with their husbands and some of our granchildren in our garden.
  • Roy Hurst OBE our respected leader. (116 KB)
    This photo of Roy,a distant cousin to me,was taken at the Hurst picnic 1998.
  • My Dad's siblings (12 KB)
    This photo was taken at my wedding in 1956. Now all sadly passed on, with the exception of Betty on the right.
  • Arms of Hurst (91 KB)
    Recorded for a family of that name.I do not claim any right to use it as my family Coat of Arms.
  • The Hurst family gathering Leckhampstead 2001 (68 KB)
    This group photo contains many of the Hurst family who attended the 'get together'at Leckhampstead,16th September 2001.
  • William Keep Hurst 1837-1927 courtesy Lee Bowers (31 KB)
    WKH with daughter Mary Keep Abery, seated to his far right with her daughter Mollie next to him and what is thought to be his two middle sons, George and Ernest, standing at the back with their families. Taken shortly before William's death in 1927.
  • The Grave of Samuel and Elizabeth Hurst. (16 KB)
    Samuel and Elizabeth are buried together at St.Stephen's Church of England at Kurrajong, NSW. Photo courtesy of Tom Wynn, descendant.
  • My grandfather Frederick George Hurst,1879-1941 (86 KB)
    This photo was taken at the beginning of the Great War 1914-1918, shortly before his departure for active service in France.
  • Elizabeth Hurst 1822-1900 (4 KB)
    Elizabeth Hurst nee Berwick, the wife of Samuel Hurst. Elizabeth was born free in NSW,the daughter of John Barwick, himself a convict.
  • The Herts and Essex Observer article (73 KB)
    This is the article that I happened to read by chance which was my introduction to Roy Hurst. It was to lead to the discovery of cousins that up until that point I had been totally unaware.

Related Files

  • William Hurst 1794-1859 (4 KB)
    A new life in Tasmania for William Hurst and Mary Keep.
  • Samuel Hurst 1794-1886 (41 KB)
    A brief narrative of the life and times of one of Australia's early pioneers. From humble and troubled beginnings in England, to a respected ancestor to many Australian families.

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