This story is about the family background of Judith Parkes, and her siblings Helen and Barry. Judith was born in Sydney in 1931, the third and youngest child to Vic and Cob Parkes.
Jude was enormously proud of her heritage. Her father Cobden was the youngest child of Sir Henry Parkes G.C.M.G., longest serving premier of New South Wales, aka. the 'Father of Federation', and his second wife Eleanor Dixon.
Jude's mother Victoria was a country girl from northern New South Wales. The Lillymans were a large family of honest settlers from Narrabri, with links to the early days of European settlement. And there was also a story about a connection to First Fleet surgeon, Dr. Thomas Arndell.
What Jude hadn't learned before she died in 2005 was that her links to the early days of settlement included direct lines to the transported convicts Ann Forbes, William Dring, Thomas Huxley, and Elizabeth Jackson. And more's the pity, because Jude loved a bit of 'spice' in the family.