Marcel Safier - Brisbane, Australia

I grew up in Surfers Paradise, Queensland on Australia’s Gold Coast. My parents moved there in the 1950s, my father migrated to Australia from Krakow, Poland after WW2 and my mother came from Sydney being of Anglo-Scottish ancestry. I got interested in family history when I was 14 and spent many hours studying my mother's old photos and I visited Sydney where I stayed with my aunt Iris McCrohon (nee Perry) in Earlwood and my uncle Alex Perry in Parramatta. I looked through their family photos and heard many stories about my Perry and McMorran relations. I also met my mother's McMorran cousin Mary Mackay (nee Scott) during a holiday trip she made to Queensland and I in turn stayed with her in Lawson in the Blue Mountains and being the oldest of her generation, she had many recollections to share and in fact Mary gifted her family photographs and some documents to me. I wrote to my grandfather's Perry relation in Cornwall and Devon and my grandmother's McMorran relations in London and Poole and subsequently have had several opportunities to meet and stay with them. I made copies of many of the photos in their possession and further increased my knowledge about our ancestors through their stories and along with numerous hours of research, writing away for certificates and visiting many institutions and repositories along the way, a substantial family history has evolved. My Safier ancestry was somewhat harder to trace due to the paucity of records and my not speaking Polish but the internet has been a great boon in overcoming my initial difficulties as has contact with various members of the family scattered to the USA, Israel and South America.

The internet has led to many contacts with various first, second and third generation cousins and revealed amazing stories that parallel with my interest in history and my substantial interest in photographic history.

Family History:

My Safier family history is available at Marcel Safier's Family History Page

I have also set up a SAFIER History site for anyone interested in the Safier surname

My maternal grandfather's family tree is available across several sites:

PERRY Family of Somerset & Australia

ANDREWS Family of Cheddar & Cleeve, Somerset

BUSH Family of Wrington & Cleeve, Somerset

SPRAKE Family of Netherbury, Dorset
THOMAS Family of Amroth, Pembrokeshire & Pembrey, Carmarthenshire

JOHN Family of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire

My maternal grandmother's family history is covered on these sites:

McMORRAN One Name Study Home Page is devoted to the surname worldwide 

WATSONs of Lamington, Lanarkshire

PORTEOUS Family of Lamington, Lanarkshire

FALCONER Family of Edinburgh

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