Greetings to you all from Wellington, New Zealand!

On 1st February, Kate and I set off on our travels en route to Australia for the Annual Gathering in Orange, New South Wales less than three weeks away as I write (on 22nd February). We left England the day before the snow storms came – just as well – the following day we would not have been able to travel from Reigate to Heathrow let alone take off for the flight to Los Angeles! Our first week was spent in California, we then flew to Auckland stopping over in the Cook Islands for three days. We have been on the North Island of New Zealand for the past ten days and now take the ferry to South Island for a further two weeks exploring, before flying from Christchurch to Sydney and starting the Australian part of our adventure. More news of our travels will be found in a separate section of this issue of “Daltons in History” below. Before that here are the usual updates to keep you fully informed about all our various DGS activities.

Future DGS Events

Final plans are now in place for the major event for 2009, our Annual Gathering taking place in Orange, New South Wales, Australia over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 13th/14th/15th March 2009. Maureen Collins, Helen Smith and their team in Australia have worked very hard to put everything in place for what, I know, will be a superb event. I for one am much looking forward to it, and to meeting close on 50 delegates from Australia, from New Zealand and from around the world. It promises to be another memorable Dalton weekend.

Later in 2009 – on Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd August – we will hold the DGS Annual General Meeting here in England. It will be a weekend event, with the AGM itself taking place in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire on the Saturday morning and a visit to Queen Street Mill in nearby Burnley in the afternoon. There will be a dinner on the Saturday evening and the opportunity to visit Thurnham Hall on the Sunday and have lunch. For those travelling from further afield, and we hope there will be many of you, accommodation has been arranged at the Swallow Hotel, Samlesbury. Full details are published in the “Forthcoming Gatherings” section of this website and they have been distributed with Volume 49 of the DGS Journal (December 2008). Thanks go to John Dalton, Editor of the DGS Journal, for making the arrangements for this weekend. Please return your registration forms to John as soon as you can.

2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Dalton Genealogical Society and we will hold a special Gathering and Annual General Meeting in Surrey, England over the weekend of Fri/Sat/Sun 30th/31st July/1st August. Arrangements have now been made for the main events on the Saturday to take place at the Surrey National Golf Club, Chaldon, Surrey. These will include our conference during the day and a splendid celebratory dinner in the evening. The conference programme will include guest speakers and our AGM, and there will also be entertainment in the evening. The theme of the weekend will be Daltons in Surrey and we will arrange a programme of activities and visits for the Friday and the Sunday. Accommodation will be available locally. The Surrey National Golf Club is beautifully situated and has a modern clubhouse with excellent conference and dining facilities. Further information may be found at

More detailed planning for this 40th Anniversary celebration is now under way and further details will be announced here in “Daltons in History” in due course. In the meantime, please reserve the dates in your diary now. We hope that many members and their families will join us for this very special weekend, and that overseas members will use it as an opportunity to visit other parts of the UK as well.

For 2011 and beyond we have a number of suggestions already. If you have any particular thoughts about where you might like to meet, or a particular Dalton theme you think we should incorporate, we would really like to hear from you with your ideas.

The Dalton International DNA Project (DIDP)

Last month I reported that our consultant, Chris Pomery, has completed the draft of Issue 3 of the Dalton International DNA Project Progress Report. This includes all the new participants who have joined the project over the past few months, and whose results have now been made available by Family Tree DNA. There were 99 participants included in Issue 2 of the report published a year ago. Issue 3 has 128 sets of markers recorded and analysed. This represents an impressive expansion of the project in just a year. Additionally, many participants have extended their number of markers and this adds considerably to the value of the database as a whole to our Dalton family history researches.

The report is a landmark document and extends to 53 pages. During the past month it has been checked through, and editing and finalising of the document prior to its distribution to all participants is nearly complete. The distribution by email will take place just as soon as the report is ready.

The number of separately identifiable genetic families has increased from 10 to 13. The number of singletons has increased by just three, from 18 to 21. This reflects the high success rate that we are achieving, with nearly all new project participants finding matches with existing project members.

Now with 128 Y-DNA project participants, DIDP is one of the largest and most respected projects of its type internationally, but we still need to expand it further, particularly with individuals who have documented ancestral lines that take them back to known English or Irish Dalton origins. The strength of the database as a family history research tool lies in its size, and its continued growth is of paramount importance to us all.

Further information about material from Issue 3 of the report will be published in the “Dalton DNA Project” section of the website shortly. In the meantime, please do contact me by email if you would like to join the project, or if you have any questions which you wish to raise.

The DGS Journal

Back issues of the DGS Journal continue to be available. On this website you can access the DGS Journal Index from the homepage. Here you will find a full synopsis of the contents of the Journal of the Dalton Genealogical Society commencing with Volume 1 published back in 1970 through to Volume 41 published in December 2004. Lists of contents are available for Volumes 42 to 49 and the full synopses will be available in due course. Copies of all back numbers are available for purchase and these can be obtained from DGS member, Mrs Pat Robinson (address: Mallards, 3 High Street, The Green, Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5QX, UK email: Details of prices, including postage and packing, will be found with the index.


Enjoy this month’s issue of “Daltons in History”, your regular monthly update on everything that is happening in the world of Dalton family history. We will be back again at the beginning of April, with a full report from the Orange Gathering.

Thank you for your attention and best wishes to you all.

Yours very sincerely

Michael Neale Dalton
Chairman and Honorary Life President of the Dalton Genealogical Society

From Maureen Collins, Australian Secretary

You can imagine we are reaching the final stages of the arrangements for the Orange Gathering and I just hope everything goes ahead close to the way we are planning it!

News of our terrible bush fires and floods I am sure will have reached every part of the world by now. The State of Victoria has suffered an extreme drought and the resulting dry conditions plus excessively high temperatures led to dangerous conditions. Yesterday, Sunday 22 February, we commemorated 209 members of Victoria’s small towns and villages who died in the dreadful fires in a National Day of Mourning in churches and halls across the country and especially at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. This was attended by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce and by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, all of whom spoke with great feeling and added flowers to a wreath in honour of the victims. The generosity and kindness of Australian people has been overwhelming and many families who have lost loved ones, homes and properties due to the fires, are already speaking of rebuilding their lives. John and Lyn D’Alton, members living on the outskirts of Melbourne, report that the fires came within 5 kms of their home and they are remaining vigilant still. My Dalton cousins, Dorothy and Rod Hilbert are also in the thick of it – smoke is indeed one of the major problems – as they live in Whittlesea, which has been the centre for Volunteer Fire Fighters, State Emergency Services and the media.

The floods in North Queensland, also a declared disaster area, have almost been forgotten in the horror of the fires but again, Australians will rally and start again. Orange is one area that has not been affected by these disasters but it is dry there and in need of rain. However, this will not affect our weekend Gathering and the excitement and anticipation of this first international DGS event in Australia is building. The following map of the area will give some idea of where the event is to be held in 3 weeks time:”

Orange Guide

In addition, I am looking forward to John and Sheila Dalton’s arrival in Sydney from their tour in New Zealand on the 10 March. They will be staying in a B&B near to my home in Mosman and we will all head west to Orange on Thursday 12th where we will meet up with Michael and Kate, currently in New Zealand also, Karen and David Preston and on Friday, 13th March many of the other delegates arriving on Friday or Saturday for this first international DGS Gathering in Australia.

From Michael Neale Dalton, Chairman of the D.G.S

On 1st February 2009, Michael and Kate Dalton set off on a round the world trip to include their visit to Orange, NSW, Australia for the 2009 DGS Annual Gathering in mid-March. Here Michael reports on the first three weeks of their travels and highlights a few Dalton related activities and discoveries along the way.

We left England just in time before London and the south east became snowbound, flying first to Los Angeles and on to San Francisco, where we enjoyed three days of glorious sunny and warm weather. We then had the opportunity to visit DGS American Secretary Millicent Craig at her home in Palo Alto.

It was over two years ago, back in October 2006, when we last met Millicent at the very successful DGS Gathering which she organised at Hampton in New Hampshire, USA. Regular email and telephone contact had kept us in close touch during this intervening period as we dealt with DGS matters, but it was really good to be able to see Millicent again after so long, and to visit her in her home. As you can imagine, there was much to catch up on during our three hours together. We found Millicent on good form despite her continuing health problems and she was very interested to have a first hand update on the many DGS projects which she has been instrumental in initiating over the past 15 years or more.

From Palo Alto we travelled east for a one night stopover at Merced on our way to Yosemite National Park, where we arrived in sunshine around lunchtime at the Ahwahnee Lodge Hotel, right at the heart of the Yosemite Valley in the centre of the park. Meanwhile Karen and David Preston were driving from Las Vegas to meet up with us, and they arrived mid-afternoon. Heavy rain overnight turned to snow the following morning, and the closure of the main route into the park because of a snow plough coming off the road and going into the river. This made the decision for Karen and David that they had to stay another night – we were already booked for a second night – and so we had even more time together than anticipated, which gave us an excellent opportunity to discuss DGS matters very fully. Karen has been very busy taking up the reins as Assistant American Secretary and David has been doing sterling work on the DGS website, particularly the Dalton Data Bank and the Dalton Forum. Also, I was armed with the draft of Issue 3 of the DNA Project Report prepared by Chris Pomery and we were able to work on this as well, particularly Genetic Family “D”, for which Karen is the Group Co-ordinator. We also found plenty of time to enjoy the park with a guided tour of the Ahwahnee, and a conducted tour around the Yosemite Valley enabling us to see all the magnificent scenery and learn a little more about this fascinating place. We were also able to enjoy very fine dining in the superb setting of the Ahwahnee restaurant. This included the celebration of Kate’s birthday on the second evening.

Fortunately there was no more overnight snow and we were all able to get away the following morning, Karen and David back to Las Vegas, and Kate and I to Santa Barbara, where we stayed overnight and celebrated Kate’s birthday again! From Santa Barbara it was back to Los Angeles for a flight to the Cook Islands and a three day stay on the island of Raratonga. Idyllic and not a Dalton to be found!!

From Raratonga to Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island is a four hour flight and the most recent stage of our adventure has comprised ten days travelling the length of North Island from the Bay of Islands in the north through the wonderful land of geysers and mud holes in Rotoroa to the scenic beauty of Lake Taupo and the Tongoriri National Park. We then visited Napier where our stay coincided with Art Deco week. And what did we discover? Right in the centre of Napier is Dalton Street and we had to find out how this came about. Consultation with very helpful people at the Art Deco Centre and at the Museum unearthed a book about the origins of Napier street names, and it turns out that Dalton Street is named after the famous chemist, John Dalton. Napier was one of the places that saw some of the earliest English settlers, and they named their streets after famous contemporary English people. I wonder if John Dalton ever visited Napier – I suspect not!

Dalton Street sign in Napier

From Napier we continued our journey south to Wellington. The road took us through Waipawa and I was reminded that this is where a Dalton cousin lived – Donella Matthews (nee Dalton) was a third cousin of my father and a founder member of the DGS. We corresponded regularly back in the 1970s. She and her husband managed a farm and, as I recall, they had a daughter Judy. We enquired at the local museum and another very helpful person looked up the names in their records but was not able to identify any Matthews or Daltons from a generation ago. Back at home I have further details and will now have to follow this link up again.

When we were in the far north we visited the Kauri Museum, a fascinating record of the history of the massive Kauri tree and the Kauri timber trade that was so important in the area for many years. Yet another very helpful person looked up records for us to see if there were any Daltons connected with the timber business. It appears not, but what has been very encouraging is how helpful everyone has been to assist our quest for Dalton connections. A look at the New Zealand telephone directories shows that there are only a handful of Daltons in each region of the country, and this suggests that there were relatively few Daltons amongst those early English settlers, who came out to this wonderful country in the middle of the 19th century.

Kauri Tree

Finally, while in Wellington, we made contact with Joanne Looney. Joanne lives in Wellington and joined the DGS about two years ago. Unfortunately our respective schedules did not make it possible to meet up, but it was good to speak on the telephone and make our acquaintance with each other. Joanne is hoping to research her Dalton ancestry further and believes it may be traced back to Ireland.

Our travels continue – we are about to cross by ferry to South Island where we will spend two weeks travelling before flying from Christchurch to Sydney on 9th March in time for the Orange Gathering. More news of our travels next month.

From our Happy Travellers Tom Wood and Gerry Dalton

Tom and I arrived back at the lovely “Dalton Cottage” at Moss Vale, home of my older brother Chris Dalton, early in February 2009 after spending a hot and humid December and January in south east Queensland. The New South Wales Southern Highlands generally offer a relief from the heat and humidity of northern New South Wales and Queensland, however we were surprised to find the temperatures in the high 30’s (Celsius) and the normally lush and green area was parched and brown from the extended period of dry. The Wingecarribee Reservoir had a noticeably lower water level than on our last visit in November 2008. The heat wave came to a sudden end when a cool southerly change came through accompanied by wind, storms, heavy rain, and a sharp drop in the temperature that meant we had to unpack some cooler climate clothes.

Gerry Dalton at "Dalton Cottage" Moss Vale, February 2009

Shortly after we arrived at “Dalton Cottage”, an envelope arrived in the mail from an elderly gentleman named Vincent Duffy. Mr. Duffy had attended De La Salle College at Ashfield (a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales) with my father, Clyde Dalton. Clyde, as he was generally known, was baptised Christopher Clyde Dalton. The envelope from Mr. Duffy contained photocopies of pages from the 1937 and 1939 “Blue and White” which was the year book of the De La Salle College at Ashfield.

Mr. Duffy responded to a request for information that we placed in the RSVP column of the Sydney Morning Herald and the request appeared in editions in early January 2009. The initial contact with Mr. Duffy was by telephone and I was able to speak with him at some length about his memories of my father. While Mr. Duffy is in his 80’s his memory of his school days was exceptional. During our phone conversation, Mr. Duffy mentioned that he still had some of the high school year books and offered to photo copy some pages with photos and information regarding my father. These pages are a valuable addition to our ever growing Dalton family collection. Prior to receiving these photocopies, we did not have school photos of my father nor were we aware of his excellent high school cricket scores or his athletic ability.

With an A Grade cricket bowling averages quoted in the “Blue and White” in 1939 as 54 Overs, 224 Runs, 20 wickets and an average of 11.2 one would imagine a career in Cricket would be likely. 1939 was Clyde’s Leaving Certificate year.

A copy of page 62 of the 1939 Blue and White Year Book from De La Salle College at Ashfield, in New South Wales. Clyde Dalton is front row and second from right.

We are conducting further research into my father Clyde’s cricketing abilities. A family story says that Clyde bowled second to the great Ray Lindwall in NSW cricket – a claim we have not proved or disproved. It is very interesting to note that Ray Lindwall did attend Marist Bother’s High School (M.B.H.S.) Darlinghurst (Sydney) and his Leaving Certificate year was 1938 the year before Clyde.

Because of our travelling lifestyle, we often place requests for information in newspapers in areas where we will be visiting or staying. Thoughtfully worded requests in the districts that our ancestors or relatives lived can produce the most unexpected responses. We often are in a geographical position to be able to meet people or visit locations that are of relevance to our Dalton family.

The second response to the request for information about my father came from a chap by the name of Albert Lonergan, who attended not only primary school with my father at the Christian Brothers at Lewisham but also trained as a New South Wales Police Cadet with dad. We had arranged to visit Mr. Lonergan, however the weather was very poor and the Southern Highlands experienced much needed torrential rain on that day forcing us to postpone our visit to Mr. Lonergan until our next visit to my brother at Moss Vale.

In mid February, we said a sad farewell to Chris and “Dalton Cottage” and headed off for our next position, which is about a 50 minute drive out of Orange making us well positioned to attend the Dalton Gathering in March. We both dislike highways, motorways, freeways and traffic so we decided to go through the Crookwell area, spend a little time researching at the Crookwell Historical Society, and then take partially unsealed (gravel) road up to the Blayney area where we’ll be for several months. While we did not find any new information on my Dalton family at Crookwell we were able to locate on a modern map, some places my Dalton ancestors had lived in the 1800’s. Many of these place names have disappeared from modern maps. We have agreed to send the Crookwell and District Historical Society information on my Dalton ancestors. They currently only have very brief details available to share with members and visiting researchers.

My great grandmother, Mary Dalton nee Gray was born in 1839 at the Gray family’s “Cotton Valley” farm, Third Creek Road at Middle Creek, in the district of Pejar, which would be around 10 kilometers from the township of Crookwell. Mary was the daughter of the convicts Mary nee Connor and George Gray. Mary married John James Dalton in 1878 at Grenfell, New South Wales. As we drove along the Goulburn to Crookwell Road, we passed the Pejar Reservoir as well as Third Creek Road, but decided not to turn down Third Creek Road because we had our caravan in tow.

After we headed west from Crookwell, we also noted some other turnoffs to various places where my Dalton family lived in the 1800’s and we decided we would have a day trip excursion and explore those areas in the near future. Several of my great grandfather John James Dalton’s siblings were born in this general area and some of his siblings married and stayed in the area.

Once settled at our new position, we decided to go on a day trip to the Abercrombie River area. Abercrombie River is the place noted on the baptism certificate of Matthew Mark Dalton the son of convicts Jane nee Grier and Mathew Dalton, born on 17 June 1848. There is no actual settlement or village at Abercrombie River, just a few farms. We continued back up the road towards Blayney and turned down the road to the beautiful Abercrombie Caves. We chatted with the Park Ranger and asked him about the history of the area. He could not give us any further information on Abercrombie River, however, we mentioned another place of historical interest and received a pleasant surprise. We were looking for the geographical location of a place or property called “The Curragh”, which we knew was in that general vicinity. The Park Ranger told us that his grandfather had owned “The Curragh” and handed it onto his father but his father sold the property many years ago. Our interest in “The Curragh” is because of Ann Mary Dalton. Anne Mary Dalton, born 1854, was one of the daughters of convicts Jane nee Grier and Mathew Dalton. Anne’s occupation was a servant at “The Curragh” when she married Charles Henry Farrelly, a grazier, in 1875. “The Curragh” was Charles Henry Farrelly’s property. Anne Farrelly nee Dalton died in 1884 of a rupture of blood vessel and was just 30 years old. Anne is buried at Trunkey cemetery with is not so far from Blayney. We drove to the library in Blayney, which also holds the Blayney and District Historical Society’s records. We hoped to find some further information about Anne Mary Farrelly’s death or burial. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and we will return to the library next week and search the old newspapers for further information.

This past month has been full of discoveries and surprises, our travels make many of these discoveries possible, and there are often surprises just around the next bend in the road.

I am sure all the readers of "Daltons in History" would love to read how other members incorporate their travel and family history research.

From Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood

The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser

Saturday, 30 July, 1881

“The Detached Squadron.

(from the S. M. Herald.)

On Tuesday the crews of the Carysfort, Cleopatra, and Tourmaline were exercised in sending top gallant masts and yards down ; the Inconstant, which still remains closed to visitors, taking no part in the practice.

On Tuesday Professor Haselmayer received the following letter from Government House, with reference to his performance there on Thursday evening last:-

"Sir,--I am directed by his Excellency Lord Augustus Loftus to thank your for the entertainment you gave here the other evening. His Excellency and Lady Augustus Loftus wish to bear testimony to your great skill and talents, and have expressed themselves well pleased with your wonderful performances, and the consequent amusement which they afforded to the Princes and those who were present. I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant, REGINALD BLOXSOME, P.S."

In recognition of their satisfaction at the performances, the Princes also gave Professor Haselmayer their autograph signatures - Edward and George respectively-on two of Boyd's recently finished photographs.

Mr. A. Torning has received from the Rev.John Dalton, tutor to the Royal Princes, the following letter, which explains itself:-

"In reply to your request, that the two Princes would become patrons of the Royal Alfred Australian Fire Brigade No. 1 of Sydney, I have the honor to inform you that their Royal Highnesses will be very pleased to be enrolled as such, and they most heartily wish all success to the efforts of that fine body of men.

(Signed) JOHN DALTON."

Note to readers: S.M. Herald is the Sydney Morning Herald.

Copied from:

Can anyone expand on the Rev. John Dalton and his role as tutor to the two Royal Princes?

From Gerry Dalton and Tom Wood

In our search for anything Dalton on the internet, we have recently found several apparel manufacturers who have jackets with a style called “Dalton”.

None of the manufacturers seem to have a standard style for their “Dalton Jacket”. Rydale County Clothing in the UK have a men’s “Dalton Bomber Jacket” and Kammo UK Ltd. have in their men’s range a “Dalton Hunting/Shooting Jacket”. We emailed Kammo UK Ltd and they informed us that the Dalton name came from a brain storming session. That should make all us Dalton’s feel very special!

In the USA the manufacturer Powderhorn has a “Dalton Jacket” in its snowboarding range and another USA manufacturer has a snowboarding jacket in their range for women called the “DC Dalton Jacket”.

A further search found men’s pants titled “The Dalton” by Level Six. We also found Dalton flannel shirts, a Dalton style in men’s shoes, Dalton cashmere women’s sweater, just to name a few.

We think the topping on the Dalton range is a ladies watch “Juicy Couture 'Dalton' Watch.”

Gerry and Tom are issuing a challenge to all Daltons to send in information on "Anything Dalton".

We will publish the results over the next few months.

Happy Dalton hunting.

From Gerry Dalton

This is a further update about the Jesuit Priest, Father Joseph Dalton. Gerry keeps finding information about him, so keeps sending it in.

"Brisbane Courier Mail, Monday 22 April, 1878
Page 2

Melbourne (Reuters Telegram), 21 April, 1878

A presentation was made today to the Rev Father Dalton, of St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Richmond on the occasion of his leaving Melbourne for Sydney for the purpose of establishing a Jesuits' Mission in New South Wales."

From Gerry Dalton

I found the following snippet of information while searching for information of my Dalton family who lived in Maitland NSW for a few years in the early 1900s.

The Maitland Mercury, and Hunter River General Advertiser Saturday, 18 January 1845, page 3.



The late Dr. Dalton was the first and only Quaker upon whom the honour of Doctor of Laws was conferred by the University of Oxford.

He was installed at the visit of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1833."

We started February with a visit with Michael and Kate in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Michael and Kate Dalton in Yosemite

Our quick overnight visit was extended an extra day, courtesy of an unexpected snowfall. This gave us a chance to visit a little longer, and take some terrific photos of the Yosemite Valley with a dusting of snow.

PayPal Now Accepted!

We are pleased to announce that we can now accept payments via PayPal for the renewal of your annual membership dues, and for new memberships!

This capability went on-line on 12 February, 2009. I am hoping that this will make it easier for members to complete the renewal process. It should also make it easier for our Canadian members to renew, since PayPal will handle the currency exchange from Canadian Dollars to US Dollars. At the moment, we can only process payments in US Dollars since the amounts are deposited into the DGS North America bank account in the US. If all goes well with the PayPal service, and if there is a demand for this from the other Secretaries, then I will research the best way to do this.

The PayPal link is set up on the Dalton Americas web page, the sister site to the main DGS site in the UK. If we get a good response, this feature will be added to the main DGS site.

To renew using the new PayPal link, please go to You will see a "Buy Now" button, which will link to the PayPal site.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you have any difficulties with the payment process.

Member News

1. Please join me in welcoming back past member Barbara Dalton Jones of Keller, Texas. She was a member in the early 1980's, and has just rejoined after a being absent from our ranks.

Barbara is a descendent of the Pittsylvania County, Virginia Daltons, and has traced her line back to Berryman Dalton. Her Dalton line is from Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky and eventually, from Virginia.

2. Also noteworthy this month, member Rodney Garth Dalton of Harrisville, Utah has had his Dalton family history published on-line by the LDS Church. The 2 volume work is titled, "From Knights to Dreamers" by Rodney, with the help of Arthur Rexford Whittaker, another DGS member. This is part of the Family History Archives of digitized family history. And, the on-line, digitized version includes all the pictures and maps of the printed version.

To view the book, please go to - -- to view Volume 1, and to - -- to view Volume 2.

Congratulations, Rodney!

3. Finally, David and I are getting ready to leave for Australia shortly. We are quite excited at the prospect of seeing the friends we made at last year's Gathering in Birr, and meeting lots of members from Australia and New Zealand.

For those of you who won't be attending the Gathering in Orange, I thought you might like to send your greetings and good wishes to the meeting attendees. If you'd like to send me a short email with a "Hello" or a few words, I will be pleased to share your messages with the attendees at the meeting on Saturday. Please email me no later than Saturday, March 7, 2009 at

With best regards,

Karen Dalton Preston
Assistant Secretary for North America

Thank you to all who have contributed to the March 2009 issue of “Daltons in History”. Mel and I hope you are all keeping well.

As you can see, this issue, once again, has relied heavily on Australian content with most of the contributions coming from our two happy wanderers. We must also thank all the other contributors and would like to request contributions from all our members.

Please continue to send to me any ideas for future articles and also keep looking for any information to include in the Dalton Strays section.

Contributions for the April issue need to be with me no later than 25th March 2009. (e-mail: