About me

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.


Libby White and Patsy Trench

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.

(Doris) Barbara Lamble (nee Smith) img052

Barbara Lamble (nee Smith)

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



3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Patsy
    My name is Deborah Hallam (nee Pitt) and I attended the reunion with my two sisters and a niece. We are descendants of Robert of “Trafalgar” via his son Henry. Henry spent many years of his life and also died at a property in Kurrajong called “Goldfinders” which is now my home. Having grown up around the Kurrajong area I was lucky enough to have a father who was interested in his history and started me on the journey. My husband and I have been researching the historyof “Goldfinders” Also as a member of the Hawkesbury Branch of the National trust I did some workl on George Matcham Pitt Jnr I would of course like to have a copy of yourbook and anything else around as I am trying to put together a package to give to each of the new generation of our children.
    Yours Deborah

  2. Hi Again
    With regard to the Rose family in one of your other posts they are still very active in the Hawkesbury with regard to Rose cottage I may be able to find you a contact if you want
    deborah Hallam

    • Hello Deborah – good to hear from you. I would be very interested if you could find a contact with the Rose family – I did try a few years ago but didn’t get anywhere. Thanks in anticipation.

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