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Creer and Playfair Family History

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Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family history. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we live far apart.

This site is devoted to the link between the Creers and the Playfairs, my maternal great grandparents. The Creers were a seafaring family, from their roots in the Isle of Man, to their service in the Pilots , Merchant Marine and Australian Navy. Thomas Playfair came to Australia with the Royal Navy, but decided to remain here, and set up with Edmund Bailey in the Butcher trade, establishing a huge family business.
The common link is Watson's Bay, where Joseph Creer was the commander of the Pilot Service, and Thomas Playfair company would have operated butcher boats, both meeting incoming ships. Edith Miriam Creer (Mimmie) caught the eye of Thomas son, Edmund John Bailey Playfair, and the link was forged.

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Acknowledgments and Thanks

I cannot publish this site without recognising the fantastic effort of my second cousin, Ross Playfair, who has put together an amazing book detailing each member of  the family of (John) Thomas Playfair. With help from Sylvia Gronwald, Aldyth Jones, and every one of Thomas' descendants, Ross has spent many hours putting the family history together, when many of us just gather information. Thank you, Ross.
For the Creer side of my family, my deepest thanks go to Brad Smith, who is relentless in his never ending pusuit of John Henry Needham Ferrers. Brad has shared all his research and pictures with me, for which I am very grateful. Of course input has come from many family members, for which I also say thank you.
Thanks also to John Anthony Creer, from Cheshire, whose Ballacreer web site has helped me to trace my Creer ancestors further into the past, and has connected me with other family members who are as hooked on family research as I. John has been generous with his own research, his web site providing a core of Creer information for all the Creer families around the world.
I also thank John McAllister Creer, from Western Australia, whose diligent research into wills has found a link between our families, and proved that we are, indeed, related!
To see the Ballacreer and the Creer Wills websites go to the links page.

Edith Miriam Creer

Edmund John Bailey Playfair

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