Descendants of William Alcock


 Catherine McNamara


Welcome to my new website.

My name is Hector Alcock and William Alcock was my second great grandfather,who was born in Staffordshire, UK around 1802 and it appears most likely he arrived in Australia in 1827 aboard the convict ship "Morley". Suffice to say, it was not of his choosing! Am still trying to validate this.

After my father passed away I found a slip of paper that showed I was the 3rd HFA and my Great Grandfather was named Thomas. This started me on the search, at the start I knew only three other Alcocks, and now there are nearly 1000 names that are connected to us.

As well as the descendants of William Alcock  I have also included some of the Burrows family. My mother, Ina Emily Burrows has Emerson, Cornish and Henderson ancestors. Her line goes back to the first and second fleet that saw Elizabeth Cole and Richard Burrows arriving to Australia.

So our Grandchildren can see their heritage from both of our ancestors I have detailed briefly the Campbell line of my wife, Lorraine on our database

Please contact me for more information or if you would like a photo without the watermarks .

Hec Alcock

heca@iprimus.com.au Latest news

Update. World War 1 story of HFA has been uploaded

 Another Generation
Our First Great Grandson, Alan Alcock was born on 30th January 2015 to Ashley and Cynthia in Hong Kong.
Wonderful News Dad rowing My father (No. 2) rowing on the Yarra River, probably taken in the early 1930's
GD 1916 Photo of my Grandfather H.F.Alcock (found by my Cousin, Bruce) taken 1916 in Egypt after Gallipoli.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The “War to end all Wars” was finally over. The war started with the assassination of one man. In the end about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians were killed! 8700 Australians and 2500 New Zealanders of the ANZAC’s lost their lives. On this day 96 years ago, Grandad was on board the HMAT Runic returning to Australia on leave, he left England on 23 September 1918, The war was over when he reached home. He had been overseas for over 4 years! rem day 9/11/1914 Near miss for the ANZACS A shore party from the German cruiser Emden attacked the cable and radio station on the Cocos (Keeling) Island. A distress call was picked up by the convoy (which was just below the horizon), the HMAS Sydney was despatched which left only the HMAS Melbourne and the HIJMS battlecruiser Ibuki to guard the convoy. After a battle lasting for two hours, the Sydney destroyed the Emden. Emden 's commanding officer, Karl von Müller, was later asked what he would have done had he sighted the fleet. “I was 52 miles away from you that night” was the answer.” if I had got up to you I should have run alongside her (indicating the cruiser on the port bow of the convoy) and fired a torpedo. Then, in the confusion I should have got in amongst the transports. I would have sunk half of them I think before your escorts came up. I should have been sunk in the end, I always expected that” Emden 4/11/1914 Life on the Ocean was not too good for these Aussie ANZACS. The ocean swells of the Indian Ocean played havoc with the soldiers with a high proportion becoming seasick. Many of the Aussies hailed from the country, most had never seen the sea, let alone be on board a ship. They were to be on board for another month and swaying around in a hammock below decks was not appealing for them. Hundreds stayed on deck until they overcame the nausea seasick1/11/1914 100 years ago today: As the convoy leaves Albany headed north into the Indian Ocean they were met by two troopships from Perth plus the Japanese cruiser Ibuki. The convoy strung out over 10 miles comprised of 28 ships from all states of Australia , 10 from New Zealand and 4 naval escorts. The cruisers HMAS Melbourne and Sydney, HMS Minotaur and the Japanese cruiser Ibuki.


26th Oct 2014

100 years ago today: The first contingent of ANZAC's ( including Grandfather Hec on the Geelong, A2, pictured) were pulling into Albany W.A. the convoy consisted of 36 troop ships and 3 naval escorts a2

20th Oct 2014

Thanks for the comments received about this site. They are appreciated. It was worthwhile learning Expression Web to build the site.

6th Oct 2014
Visit from Phill and Julie Lewis, my second cousins. Great to finally meet them after swapping emails for some time.
We share the same Great Grand parents, Alice Taylor and Alfred Lewis, pictured here

1st  Oct 2014
 I have added several pages of photos of unidentified people that are probably relatives. Would love someone to claim them!