I was thinking that it was about time I drew a line under the Townsend saga, when out of the blue came an email from David, brother of Simon. This has set me off again, looking into the life and times of Brewa Haly's grandfather, Charles Robert Haly, What an interesting character - arrived in Sydney in1838, and well established in Queensland by the 1840s. Member of the early Queensland Colonial parliaments, and it seems a principled man who said what he thought and to hell with the consequences.
The email has also set off a flurry of checking, with some new information found about some of the Captain's descendants (there's always something new on the internet when you go looking).
Anyway, this blog is still alive, despite the long break between posts.