Australian woman seeks help in tracing Lisburn ancestors

LOCAL people are being asked to help an Australian woman search for her ancestors. Cynthia Hull, who lives 'down under' in Victor Harbour is searching for the family of her ancestor, Samuel Hull and his wife Agnes (nee Smyth).
Samuel and Agnes had 13 children. They were John Willard Hull, Elizabeth, William, Mary, Anna, Louisa, Robert, Harry, George, Alfred (Fred), Samuel Edwin, Emma and Agnes Sarah.
John Willard Hull retired to either South Africa or North America. He had a daughter Melissa Stodart Hull and a son Frederick George. However, Cynthia doesn't know if there were any other siblings.
George is buried in Melbourne and Samuel Edwin died as a baby.
Cynthia hopes to find relatives of Melissa Stodart Hull who received the OBE in Rio de Janeiro in 1941 and returned at some stage to Dorset, England. She died in Milbrook House, Dorset on November 5 1970 at 89. Melissa was a Professor of the University of Brazil - she had a Ph.D and an M.A. as part of her credentials.
She also knows that Elizabeth was married as in an old letter Emma wrote: "Eliz had a grand daughter who was a doctor in Ballymena." Fred is also thought to have married as he had a son Dr. Eric Randall Hull who died at just 48..
The Hull family originally moved in the early 1830's from Limavady to Lisburn and their address is thought to have been 21 Seymour Street although the house no longer exists.
Samuel was a teacher and according to Emma, was very artistic. John Willard was a mill manager before his retirement, which is thought to have been in the late 1890's.
Anyone who is from the family or anyone who knew them should contact Cynthia by writing to: Mrs. Cynthia Hull, unit 2 / 47 Canterbury Rd, Victor Harbor 5211, South Australia or you can e-mail

Close Window