About Us

Welcome to the Bush Family Society website.

The Bush Family Society are the descendents of two brothers, Arthur and Jeremiah, who arrived in New South Wales from Norfolk 175 years ago. The genealogy of the two brothers has now been traced to an astonishing ten generations. This site allows family members to provide details of any births, deaths, marriages or corrections to the genealogy, as well as providing access to the books and newsletters published by the Bush Reunion Committee. The committee was formed in 1984, when Nellie Feeney (nee Bush) of Goulburn, made the comment that the following year (1985), would mark the 150 year anniversary of the Bush family being in Australia and a celebration was warranted. A reunion was subsequently held at Jerrawa NSW and the gathering attracted more than 3000 visitors, mostly descendents of Arthur and Jeremiah Bush, from all corners of the continent as well as from overseas. If nothing else, the success of the venture demonstrated the existence of a strong sense of family and a keen interest amongst descendents to make and maintain contact. As a result, the committee stayed active with the charter of maintaining contact with all known descendents, while continuing to search for previously unknown ones. This is where the concept originated and the Bush Family Society came about.

The original founders of the society were Arthur James Holgate Bush (dec.) of Jerrawa, Noel (dec.) and Pat Bush of Jerrawa, Mona Lawton of Yass, Ed Hazell (dec.) of Canberra, Stan Bush (dec.) of Murrumbateman and Ray Bush of Rye Park.

Please use this site to keep in touch with the committee by using the form to report an event, correction, or contribution to the Jerrawa Newsletter. You can also contact members directly using the contact page.