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  • David Beswick's Home Page
    on this project see An Introduction to research on curiosity Management Implications of the Interaction between Extrinsic Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation and From Curiosity to Identity And a related paper Identity A Psychological Perspective Family History The history of the Tasmanian family of Thomas and Mary Beswick begins with the arrest of Thomas in London on Christmas Eve 1822 Related families include Peever Clarke Dick Jessup MacGregor Thompson Cummins Featherstone Newman Harris McIver James and Green For recent updates on Mary Ann Clarke and Henry Peever see Dromore and more on Mary Ann and Henry Peever s Family of Origin Birmingham On the Jessup side new work in England in 2004 gives the family of origin of Richard Olding Cummins and two reports on John Thompson his military discharge and his birth and service record and see John Thompson s family in Tasmania Of my late wife Joan s family see her Green family origin in Birmingham There is a new report on the burial and possible birth of Thomas Beswick the London publican Photos from Beswick 05 gathering Basic Christian Beliefs A straightforward account of what is taught about the Christian faith in the mainstream churches Issues in the Uniting Church in Australia The unity of the Uniting Church which was established in 1977 by union of the Congregational Methodist and Presbyterian Churches with an agreed Basis of Union has been tested by controversy in recent years Some of my contributions to the debates mainly in the 1980s and 90s are available here Hobbies and Interests My interests in addition to things theological educational and psychological include native plants and photography see Australian wildfowers gardening camping bushwalking poetry and classical music Local interests in the Upper Yarra Valley include the vineyards the bush the church and artists see for

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  • Worship and Preaching
    USA Bruce Prewer s Home Page Lectionary resources from the author of Australian Psalms etc First Thoughts on Passages from the Gospels in the Lectionary by William Loader Murdoch University Western Australia Old Testament Lectionary Resources by Anna Grant Henderson of Parkin Wesley College Adelaide Lift up Your Hearts Worship Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Deacon Sil s Homiletic Resources Page Catholic Community of Saint Mary of the Lake in Lakewood New Jersey USA Liturgy that Works New Zealand Anglican resources prepared by Bosco Peters See also the section on Worship and Preaching in my General Information Links page where there are links to other types of material including music children s talks alternative liturgies and sermon illustrations Some topical sermons are listed elsewhere on this site It has been my aim to post a sermon for the following Sunday at least by Tuesday each week and usually a week or two ahead An archive of previously posted material is maintained Resources posted from mid 2003 come largely from the archive Material provided here is offered for general use with the expectation that preachers and worship leaders will be selective and adapt it to their own situation and purposes On preparation of worship in general see Preparing for Sunday Worship The resources made available here come largely from those developed in my last parish 1994 97 although I will often have drawn on notes from previous cycles of the Lectionary Most of the sermons have been revised and new sermons have been written in different circumstances since The sermon is usually the written version which was made available in the narthex for those who wished to take a copy for further study but what was actually preached would normally have been more informal in language and shorter Local asides and illustrations might have been included If anything is republished please acknowledge the source and respect any other copyrights that may be involved otherwise there is no restriction on the non commercial use in Christian worship of my original work Permission is required for commercial reproduction The doctrinal standards which I have observed have been those of the Uniting Church in Australia as I understand them That is in a combination of traditions that is catholic evangelical and reformed without any strong denominational emphasis and with a commitment to membership in the one holy catholic and apostolic church I have normally sought to give a straight forward biblical exposition having regard to the fruits of scholarship and the need to address the present situation Many of the sermons were preached at Templestowe Uniting Church in an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne They might have been changed for my present situation in which I preach occasionally Some sermons and liturgies are quite new while others draw on notes from earlier times Sometimes an alternative is offered For the most part I have avoided commenting here on the controversies in the church keeping to basic biblical interpretation and the

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  • Beswick Family History
    wife of Thomas II She was the daughter of two convicts Edward Henry Peever c1815 1890 transported in 1831 and Mary Ann Clarke also known as Ray 1823 1888 born in Ireland transported from Liverpool 1841 arrived 1842 For recent research see Mary Ann s Tattoo on how we found Catherine s mother and Catherine s namesake Thomas Beswick I 1805 77 was born at Seven Dials in London the son of a publican also named Thomas and his wife Margaret We have REVISED NEW INFORMATION on his mother Margaret Hopperton and the possible families of both his parents When Thomas was transported to Van Diemen s Land Tasmania in 1823 he was assigned to work at first for Anthony Cottrell who had land on the Nile River South of Launceston and who had an interesting history in relation to the Aboriginal people and the early settlement of Victoria On a ticket of leave when working as a shoemaker in Launceston in 1834 Thomas the convict or Thomas I married a young widow Mary Peck nee Mackenzie who was born at Sydney in 1813 the child of Ann Clarke c 1792 1840 who had been transported from Liverpool in 1810 and Alexander Mackenzie c 1770 1819 a soldier in the 73 rd Regiment who arrived with Governor Macquarie at the end of 1809 They lived at Paterson s Plains near Evandale just South of Launceston on land left by Mary s father where their children were born and later at Quamby near Westbury The story of their backgrounds and descendants is told in the family history The Family of Thomas and Mary Beswick which was written for the reunion in 1992 That work which is out of print is being posted in linked pages in a revised form including some

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  • General Information Links -- DB Home
    Entry Point Parliament of Australia Parliamentary Library The National Library of Australia WWW Australian Bureau of Statistics World Wide Web Information Service Welcome to the National Archives of Australia Australian Electoral Commission Home Page Vicnet Contents Victorian State network Ticketek Australia Entertainment booking service The Village Movies Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Address Searches International E Mail Directory Four 11 Email Addresses InfoSpace Welcome to Bigfoot Welcome to WhoWhere Switchboard White Pages Yellow Pages Email addresses and Web Sites US Family history genealogy International and General FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service Search the IGI LDS international data base Family Tree Searcher Free search of several data bases with preset data on individuals Genealogy Advice for Effective Searches Cyndi s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet The SurnameWeb Ancestry com Home Limited free access US based Genealogy Today Mainly US with some free and some commercial data bases Family History section of Ninja J particular families and resources The Genealogy Home Page Genealogy Gateway To The Web by Steve Lacy Genealogy Online by Cora Num FreeBMD MyFamily com Your free private family web site Its quick easy and free Family Tree Maker s Genealogy Site The FamilyFinder Index Brother s Keeper Other Genealogy Links Particular Families Beswick Family History featherstone society com MacGregor Despite Them This is The Clan Gregor World Home Page Jess p Home Page Jessup Jessop and Jessep Australia esp Victoria and Tasmania Australian Family History Compendium The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc Victorian GUM Genealogists Using Microcomputers Public Record Office Victoria Home Page Tasmanian genealogical resources Tasmanian Archives Taslink Page 2 Tasmanian Archives Pioneer Index search Browne Tasmanian Genealogy Tas Roots Web Sydney DPS Indexing Project Sydney Dead Persons Society project Convict Ships to Tasmania 1812 1853 Immigration to Victoria 1852 79 Indexed arrivals by ship UK and Ireland Public Information GENUKI Home page General information on genealogical sources in UK and Ireland Public Record Office UK NAI Transportation Records National Archives of Ireland Westminster Libraries and Archives Homepage Corporation of London Homepage Literature Text on line The Modern English Collection at the Electronic Text Center UVa On Line Literary Resources U Penn The On Line Books Page CMU Scientific Research Arts and General Knowledge Wonder Directory Shopping for books Australia Angus Robertson Dymocks Booksellers McGills Website OzBooks The Australian Online Bookstore Koorong International Books com Amazon com Earth s Biggest Bookstore Amazon co uk Barnes Noble The World s Largest Bookseller Online BarnesandNoble com Worship and Preaching SERMON SERMON LECTIONARY RESOURCES World s best links David Beswick s RCL sermons and lectionary resources on this site see it for other links Stepping Stones A Guide to Lectionary Based Resources for Worship and Preaching from Doctrine and Liturgy Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria prepared by John Maynard Lectionary Based Liturgies by Moira Laidlaw Uniting Church in Australia good liturgies not sermons The Liturgy Planner Outline Catholic resources US and Canada ozsermonillustrations Illustrations compiled by Scott Higgins Baptist pastor Newcastle NSW Seekers Liturgies In the tradition

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  • Basic Christian Beliefs
    the life and energy of the church What is baptism What is the Lord s Supper What is a sacrament What sacraments are there What is confirmation How does the Holy Spirit come to us Is the Holy Spirit at work in the world apart from the church What are the fruits of the Spirit What is the communion of saints What do we mean by the resurrection of the body How do we know what God is like Why is God called Father What is meant by speaking of God the Holy Trinity Many of these subjects are developed at greater length in sermons linked to the Worship and Preaching page The doctrinal standards of the Uniting Church which I have followed can be taken up as a current issue though I think they are clear enough from the Basis of Union and our received traditions so I have included a paper giving my understanding under that heading When the Congregational Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Australia united in 1977 to form Uniting Church it was not intended to make a particular emphasis in doctrines which would be characteristic of our branch of the church catholic but to teach

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  • Family History
    marriage and more remote ancestral branches such as Featherstone and MacGregor The Beswick link at this stage points back to besfam htm which will remain available for historic links on other sites but will be replaced here by a new index page for the Beswick material which is the only part which is developed in detail so far Jessup includes Thompson and Featherstone The history of the Tasmanian family of Thomas and Mary Beswick begins with the arrest of Thomas in London on Christmas Eve 1822 There is a new report on the burial and possible birth of Thomas Beswick the London publican father of Thomas the convict Related families include Peever Clarke Dick Jessup MacGregor Thompson Featherstone Newman Harris McIver James For recent findings see Mary Ann s Tattoo Anthony Cottrell Featherstone alias Blackmore Catherine s namesake and John Thompson Grenadier Guard Aso John Thompson s family in Tasmania For a recent update on Mary Ann Clarke and Henry Peever see Dromore and more on Mary Ann and Henry Peever s Family of Origin Birmingham On the Jessup side see findings in 2004 regarding the family of origin of Richard Olding Cummins in Devon and the origin of John

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  • Psychological Research
    process theory of how curiosity functions in creating maintaining and resolving conceptual conflicts and how as a trait it arises from the interaction of openness to novelty with orderliness For some early work on this project see Management Implications of the Interaction between Extrinsic Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation and From Curiosity to Identity and a related paper Identity A Psychological Perspective The last two of these are preliminary to the application of basic concepts of intrinsic motivation to higher level cognitive functions Generalisation of the cognitive process theory of curiosity at the micro level of motivation in a specific situation to provide a general model at the maro level of purposive integration and growth of the whole person in a social context is being advanced beyond that indicated in those papers Some other basic concepts have been introduced particularly in regard to the application of the general theory to aspects of agency identity purpose and meaning A book with the tentative title Cognitive Motivation is being completed see the link above Applications to education management science the arts and worship are indicated for future study in my current project Some of the more relevant of my earlier publications are listed with the introductory paper The cognitive process theory of curiosity was developed in my Harvard PhD thesis and tested further in some later work in Australia It was never possible to make it the main focus of my research but useful findings came from a few relevant studies and there have been some recent citations of those publications With Michael Hills I developed and used in a large scale survey The Australian Ethnocentrism Scale This and other work on attitudes including Attitudes to Taking Human Life have also had some attention in later years and the original publications of the

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  • Discussion of Public Affairs
    this essentially favouring a President with sufficient real power to provide a counter weight to executive government headed by the Prime Minister not in tasks of executive government but in regard to the framework within which government operates under the Constitution I oppose the argument that the President should not be directly elected because that would create a second centre of democratic authority but would see the President having important but strictly limited powers as an agent of the people especially in the appointment as the Prime Minister a leader who has the confidence of Parliament and not having the power to dismiss the Prime Minister who still has the support of Parliament and having power to call an election without the Prime Minister s recommendation The President might possibly also have powers in regard to the appointment of judges of the High Court and in other functions of government which affect the operation of the Constitution I think too that a President should be able to exercise in some effective way the ancient royal prerogative of mercy and have the traditional rights of the sovereign to be informed to advise and to caution executive government without fear or favour My inclination at the referendum was to vote No not because I preferred the Monarchy but because I think the ARM model was fatally flawed The main point of concern was that it did not come to grips with the constitutional issues which arose at the time of the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 Although I preferred a republican constitution previously I could see some merit in a monarchy which was detached from the day to day political struggle and I might have been persuaded to retain the present system but I became a committed republican on 11

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