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This surname of MALSEED is found in County Donegal; the name probably came from Holland, although its origins are obscure. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. Dutchman William Janus was the first European to land in north Australia (Cape York) in 1606. Abel Tasman approached from the south and landed on the island that now bears his name, Tasmania, in 1642. Captain Cook reached Australia on the 28th of April, 1770. The first Fleet from England arrived in 1788, and dropped anchor in the mouth of the Parramatta River, and the British Home Secretary of the time, Lord Sydney, founded the first settlement of the new colony, now a suburb of the city of Sydney. January 26th 1788 is considered the official dale of the colony's foundation. In 1851 the gold rush in New South Wales hit the region, and the effect on the whole of Australia was so great that it heralded a new era. Ships carrying new prospectors arrived daily from continental Europe, America and China. During the 1920's, life in Australia was good, and from Italy there came a huge wave of immigrants, fleeing from poverty in their own country. They grew fruit and vegetables in Victoria, and cut sugar cane in Queensland. Commerce flourished in the cities.

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