This is me, Patsy Trench. If you attended the family reunion we may have met then.
I was born and bred in England to a mother born and bred in Australia who emigrated to the UK, where she trained as an actress, married, had children and remained for the rest of her life. My mother Nancy was the eldest of the three daughters of Muriel Pitt, who married SA Smith. It was her sister Barbara, Libby White’s mother, who started me off on this adventure into family history.
I emigrated to Australia around the same age my mother emigrated to England. I was a ‘ten pound pom’, like my mother seeking to advance, or enhance, my career as an actress. I lived in Sydney for three years before returning home again, where I met and married and had children and remained until I began researching for this book in around 2007, since when I have been virtually commuting between the two countries.
My cousin Libby has accompanied me on much of my researches and it was she who organised the family reunion in 2009. Libby’s mother Barbara, who was too frail to attend the reunion at the house where she spent much of her childhood, died in 2010 at the age of 99, in Sydney. Barbara spent many of her retirement years researching the Pitt family history (her booklet the Pitts of Dorset and Richmond is available to read in PDF form here). It was she who alerted me to the story in the first place and provided so much information about our earliest forebears, and to whom my book is dedicated.
The book, titled The Worst Country in the World after a comment by Major Robert Ross (Governor Phillips’s second in command) has been published in e-book and print form. If you are interested in acquiring a copy please let me know.
If you want to get in touch for any reason, about this website or the book or anything to do with the Pitt family history, I’d be very pleased to hear from you on