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Australian family in coincidence meet up

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Thursday 5th June 2014
The Moxons and their unexpected reunion

IMAGINE travelling more than 9,000 miles from Australia to Barnsley to research your family history, only to bump in to your cousin from Oz.

That is exactly what happened to Sydney's John Moxon, 75, and wife Margaret, 66, when they visited the Experience Barnsley museum to learn more about John's Barnsley roots.

He said: "My ancestors come from around Hoylandswaine, Silkstone and Dodworth and my great-grandfather, Joshua Moxon, emigrated to Australia in 1867.

"We wanted to find out a bit more about the Moxons and the museum was the best place to start."

He was doing research in the archives department when by coincidence he met his cousin who is also called John Moxon and from Australia.

"My wife and I were in the archives centre and that's when we spotted John and his wife, who are from Orange in Australia," he said.

"He was the last person I expected to see."