In 1754 Horace Walpole introduced the word Serendipity. It means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. He wrote a letter to a friend, and to explain an unexpected discovery he referenced a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip.
Do you believe in Serendip? I do especially after this morning. I opened Facebook and the very first post was by the Irish Genealogical Research Society containing an item about the Hardimans. Why is this so noteworthy? Just two days ago I posted on several genealogical Facebook pages asking if anyone was researching the Hardiman name from Galway. My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Hardiman. The family came to Australia in the mid-1800s.
The following is from a post I listed on 31/01/2016.Eureka! I think I may have found the mass immigration mentioned in the document listed below. The Fulwood arrived in Australia in 1854. Now I have the task of identifying the 40 first cousins — What a find
The placid waters of Lake Boga know the savage with his rude bark canoe no more. The kangaroo cloaks and the jagged fish spears may be found in the museums, the reversible hut has been superseded, and on the rising ground where the native village stood there is now to be seen a large, handsome mansion, tenanted by the tall chieftain of another and a different ” tribe.” This is Mr. Hardiman, who, in the dark days of ’47, left old Galway far behind him, and, with no fewer than forty first cousins of his own in the same ship, sought a home in this country. In addition to those many ties of consanguinity, Mr. Hardiman is now the father of eleven strapping Irish Victorians. Thanks to his own industry, he has become the possessor of broad acres in this fertile region; but though fortune has richly favoured him under Austral skies, he still looks with an exile’s regret and an exile’s hope to the land of his origin.
 1893 ‘MURRAYANA.’, Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 – 1954), 14 October, p. 17, viewed 26 January 2016.
Twelve months have gone by and I have not had the time to delve into the Hardiman family research. I think the universe is trying to tell me something. This is the post – Interesting book free online 19th-century look at the history of Galway on galwaynet.
Now I have no excuse. I don’t know if this James Hardiman is any relation, but I guess there is a good chance. Stay tuned for the next update because somehow over the next month I will find the time to do some more digging into the Hardimans of Galway.