Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tribute to John Forsyth - by his granddaughter, Anne-maree

John FORSYTH was the brother of my great grandmother, Margaret Ann Hay FORSYTH.

Below is a guest post by Anne-maree Osborne about her granddad.  

John FORSYTH (10-5-1879 - 27-1-1973)

After spending 3 years in the Boer war with lice infested uniforms,I am certain by the time WW1 started he was thing ..not again..Grandads 2 brothers James 13/2773 and William 13/2189 also enlisted..3 brothers went and 3 came home..amazing really.
WW1 Egyptian Expeditionary Force..
Auckland Mounted Rifles (AMR) Machine Gunner Squad..Imperial Camel Corps..
Grandad enlisted on March 8th 1916 at 37 yrs old,he was made corporal on the 29th April 1916 and was part of the 17th regiment. On the 23rd July 1916 he then went to the 20th Regiment and then onto the 20th Mounted Rifles as a corporal. He was then promoted to sergeant on the 8th Dec 1916, all of this was at Featherston Camp, Lower Hutt, Wellington NZ during Training.
On the 14th Dec 1916 Grandad left on the Moaraki along with 112 other troops of the 20th Mounted Riffles. There were no celebrations or parade for these men on board as Queen Victoria had died and out of respect for her they were sent off very quietly. Grandad knew what he was in for but the younger ones must have to some degree been a little disappointed by this. He sailed to Sydney Australia where they were transferred to the Mooltan and from there sailed to Egypt, arriving in Cairo on the 24th Jan 1917. On arrival as a sergeant with the Mounted training regiment, they were taken on strength to the 20th reinforcements in Moascar, Cairo, Egypt. They went to school of Instruction Zeitoun on the 28th Jan 1917 and on detachment to school of instruction Grandad was then moved to back Corporol and they were here til the 17th Feb 1917. Between 7th January and 31st May 1916, 1,166 officers and 5,512 other ranks attended and passed in the various classes at the School of Instruction at Zietoun, Egypt - Besides the ordinary courses, for officers and non-commissioned officers, it holds machine gun, Lewis gun, signal and telephone, artillery, Stokes gun, and grenadier classes.
For some reason only known to him he reverts to Trooper at his own request.
For some reason only known to him he reverts to Trooper at his own request.
25th Feb 1917
The 20th Mounted Rifle Squadron was a sub-unit of the New Zealand Military Forces during the First World War.
It was part of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, and served with them in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign from 1916 to 1918.The squadron was formed in Egypt during 1916 by amalgamating three machine-gun sections, belonging to three separate regiments, the Auckland Mounted Rifles, the Canterbury Mounted Rifles and the Wellington Mounted Rifles. Each section was initially equipped with two Maxim guns but following their experience in the Gallipoli Campaign, where the value of the guns in attack and defence was realised, their strength was increased to four guns.
This is where conditions were not great cleanliness wise, he has developed dysentery from either bad water or contaminated living conditions and lack of bathing etc or all of them and after being in the field at Tel el Fara near Gaza March 1917, it was not long before he and many others suffered from dysentery. He was in hospital for 3 weeks and a convalescent home for another month. After this you would think things would have improved but no, back out in the field. On the 5th May, he was again admitted to Aotea NZ Convalescent Hospital in Heliopsis, Cairo, Egypt.
June-July-August-September and October 1917
Grandad was part of the NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade machine gun squadron in Egypt 31st July 1917 and then was transferred to 16th ( ICC ) Imperial Camel Corps as a machine gunner. There was a lot of moving around of men to different units. This squadron primarily fought against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish Empire, first in Egypt during 1916, then in Palestine and the Jordan Valley in 1917 to 1918. For the rest of 1917 the New Zealand, Australian and British Cameleers fought against the Ottoman Turks. From April to October 1917 the Ottoman and British Empire forces held their lines of defence from Gaza to Beersheba.
Dad tells me a funny story where they used to steal chickens and bury them in the sand with just their heads sticking out, food shortage maybe?
The cameliers of the Imperial Camel Corps would ride their mounts to the scene of the action but once there they were expected to dismount and fight on foot – as infantrymen.The Machine Gun Section consisted of one officer and 14 other ranks and was equipped with three Lewis Guns.
The Imperial Camel Corps
The Imperial Camel Corps (ICC) operated in Egypt and Palestine in the Middle East theatre of operations during WWI. While many view it as a
British unit, its ANZAC personnel out numbered its British personnel. In 1916 the Imperial Camel Corps consisted of 18 companies,10 Australian, 6 British and two New Zealand.
The possibilities of the camel had been foreseen by General Kitchener who engaged Colonel L.C. Smith. Smith thought that anyone who could handle horses could manage camels, so he asked for volunteers from the yeomanry regiments then in Egypt, and from the Australian Light Horse and the New Zealand Mounted Rifles.There was no shortage of volunteers and 18 companies, each of 150 men were raised. Most of the volunteers came from the Australian Light Horse and the New Zealand Mounted Regiment.
150 Kilos was the weight carried by each Camel of the I.C.C. The equipment of this fine body of men included the ‘Dhurra’ bag carrying five days grain for the camel, and a cylindrical five-gallon tank holding the rider’s five days water supply. Food for five days and spare clothing, were carried in a canvas ‘‘Pikau’’ bag slung over the saddle. Strapped over all were blankets, overcoat, rifle and all, including the man.The whole of the Imperial Camel Corps was mounted on camels, of which well over three thousand were required to mount the men, and carry the transport. These animals, if following each other head to tail, would make a column over eight miles long. No wheeled vehicles of any sort were attached to the Corps. Three hundred and forty-six officers and men of the Imperial Camel Corps died during the Sinai Palestine campaign. Killed in Action, Died of Wounds or Died of Disease.
Grandad once again had dysentery in October. After staying in the field for a week he was admitted on the 5th November 1917, to No 2 Australian General Hospital Abbassia, Cairo and then again on the 17th Nov 1917 to Aotea Convalescent home, Heliopolis. He was still there on the 8th Dec 1917 and it was stated "condition still the same". By this time I am sure he would have been pretty fed up and they had a cheek to ask him if it was hereditary, his reply was he suffered from the same thing in the Boer War, he never went back into the field and was on his way home to NZ (lucky for me smile emoticon He was discharged with the A.I B (Auckland Infantry Battalion) on the 28th Dec 1917 Suez, Embarked for NZ on the Tofua.
I'm Guessing this was a very good chirstmas compared with the one before in 1916 when on the way to war.
He was discharged in NZ on the 29th April 1918 as no longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted in active service.
MEDALS : The British War medal and the Victory medal

LEST WE FORGET - our family's brave soldiers

To commemorate 100 years of ANZAC.

1915 - 2015

poppypicverseanzacday




LEST WE FORGET

As I gradually find information to add about each soldier you can click on their name to read their story.
Please let me know of any I don't have or if you would like information added.
Our family's soldiers were predominately ANZACS          
(Australian and New Zealand Army Corp).
ANZAC DAY is celebrated on the 25th of April each year.
Alona from the Lonetester HQ  blog  has written a great post about 21 ANZAC Day facts.


Boer War

FORSYTH, JOHN -  returned home to NZ - Trooper - Service No. 3836, enlisted in the 6th New Zealand Contingent, known as the "Silent Sixtth", on the 18th of January 1901 at Wellington.

World War 1



ADAMS, Charles Nightingale - Serial No. 50972: Private, 27th reinforcements (second draft) New Zealand Army Nursing Service, embarkation 16 July 1917, N.O.K  Mrs A.M.S Adams (wife) 3 Rixon Grove, Wellington, NZ - returned home 1919.

ADAMS, Morgan - Private - 7th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements A.I.F - returned home 1919 - SERN 1903 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Mother) M Adams

AH-KING, David Alexander -  died of wounds Kantara, Egypt 29 April 1917 - King, David Alexander : SERN 727 : POB Birchip VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Brother) King, Arthur.

AH-KING, Edmund James - Private - 22nd Battalion A.I.F - killed Pozieres 5 Aug 1916 - King, Edward James - SERN 1155 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Warracknabeal VIC : NOK (Wife) King Caroline

BEATON, Peter Francis (Frank)  - Private 24th Battalion, 10th reinforcement, later 51st Battalion - Returned to Australia 10 September 1917: SERN - 3015: Place of birth - Euroa, Victoria: Place of Enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria: Next of Kin - Father, Mr Peter BEATON, Euroa, Victoria.

BEATON, William John - Private 14th Battalion: killed at Gallipoli 27 Aug 1915:  SERN - 1912 : Place of birth - Euroa VIC : Place of enlistment - Euroa VIC : Next of kin -  (Father) BEATON, Peter

CROOKE, John Michael -Private - 36th Battalion A.I.F - killed in action France 18th October 1917 - SERN 7226 : POB South Melbourne VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Father)  Crooke John

CROWL, Bertie Leslie - Private - 7th Battalion, 12th reinforcements AIF - returned home 5th April 1919. SERN 3712 - Enlisted 8th July 1915.

EDMONDS, William Arthur - Private - 38th Battalion A.I.F - killed in action in France on the 29th September 1918 - SERN 4803 : POB Nathalia VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Father) Edmonds William H

FINDLATER, Nicol Thomas - Died France 20 May 1915 - Regimental No. 29440 -  Private in No 3 Coy, 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

FLEMING, Albert Henry Percival - Sergeant Major- 5th Battalion, A Company A.I.F - returned home - SERN 24 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Wife) Fleming Marjory

FLEMING, David Claude - Private - Divisional Signal Company 2, Reinforcement 17 - SERN 15896 - Returned to Australia 16 June 1919 - NOK - mother Mrs Jessie Fleming, King Valley, Victoria

FLEMING, John Henry - Private - 37th Battalion, C Company - returned home - SERN 868 - POE Melbourne, VIC: NOK - Father, Moses Fleming, Billy's Lookout, West Wyalong, New South Wales

FLEMING, Leslie John - Private - 8th Battalion, A company - SERN 125 - Returned to Australia 20 May 1919 - NOK - Uncle, John Knight Fleming, Edi via Wangaratta, Victoria

FLEMING, William Finley - Private/Gunner - 8th Australian Light Horse, 12th Reinforcement, enlisted 4th August 1915 and returned home - SERN 1561 - Place of Birth: Whitfield, Victoria - Place of Enlistment: Seymour, Victoria - NOK mother Mrs F. Fleming, King Valley, Whitfield.

FORSYTH, Edward  - Gunner - killed France 4th March 1917 - Service No. 144186 15th Division  Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery - buried St Sever, Rouen
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FORSYTH, George - Private - 47th Battalion A.I.F - killed Pozieres 9 Aug 1916 - SERN 1654 : POB Fraserburgh Scotland : POE Charters Towers QLD : NOK (Mother) Forsyth Jane

FORSYTH, James - Sergeant - returned home to New Zealand - Serial No.13/2773 - 9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted Rifles, A Squadron. 

FORSYTH, John - returned home to New Zealand - Serial No.17561 - First Known Rank Corporal - Embarkation Unit 20th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade, Mounted Machine-gun Section

FORSYTH, Robert - killed Flanders 20 Nov 1914 - Private 817 in the 1st Battalion - Gordon Highlanders

FORSYTH, William - returned home to New Zealand - enlisted as Private 15 June 1916 - 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment New Zealand - Serial No.13/2189 - First Known Rank Trooper - Embarkation Unit Auckland Mounted Rifles. Discharged a corporal.

HARRISON, Maurice - Lance corporal - 14th Battalion A.I.F - Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery & devotion to duty - died of disease France 22 Oct 1918 - SERN - 1952 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE- Euroa VIC : NOK - (Father) HARRISON George.

KINGSBURY, Albert Henry - died 25 Oct 1918 - Trooper - Service No: 43735  - Regiment/Service: Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. - Grave Reference Q. 14. CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

MCROBBIE, George - Corporal - returned home - enlisted to 3rd Company 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment.  Service Number 28360. N.O. K  father, William McRobbie. Enlisted 26 June 1916.

MELVIN, Arthur Davidson - killed in action Vimy, France 8 April 1917 - Service no. 446966 - Sergeant Canadian Infantry, "C" Coy 31st Battalion

MORGAN, Archibald Thomas - returned home - 7th Battalion A.I.F, C Company regimental number 370 : Place of Birth - Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment - Seymour VIC : Next of Kin - MORGAN S A

MORGAN/WAKENSHAW, HERBERT JOHN - Private 22nd Battalion 3rd reinforcements - enlisted 19 July 1915 - Died of wounds, France  5th August 1916 - SERN- 2037 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE- Melbourne VIC : NOK  - (Mother) COWELL M

MORGAN, Thomas Fitzherbert - Private 24th Battalion 20th Reinforcements - Service Number - 6842 : Place of Birth - Hilston NSW : Place of Enlistment - Euroa VIC : Next of Kin - (Mother) MORGAN J

MORGAN Thomas Fitzherbert : Private 7th General Victorian Reinforcements -Service Number - 55670 : Place of Birth - Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment - Euroa VIC : Next of Kin - (Father) MORGAN Thomas F

MORGAN,  William John Pike  Private 14th Battalion A.I.F - killed Lone Pine 8 Aug 1915 - SERN - 893 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE - Broadmeadows VIC : NOK - (Mother) MORGAN S A

RATTRAY, John - killed France 1916

SAXON,  Bertie Henry- killed France 6 Oct 1918 - SERN - 2708 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE - Melbourne VIC : NOK - (Father) SAXON John Thomas

SAXON,  Joseph Stanley - killed Pozieres 4 Aug 1916 -  SERN - 1564 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE- Euroa VIC : NOK - (Father) SAXON John Thomas

SAXON Thomas Abraham- returned home - SERN - 485 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE - Euroa VIC : NOK - (Father) SAXON John Thomas

SAXON, William Frederick - returned home - SERN - 694 : POB - Euroa VIC : POE - Seymour VIC : NOK - (N/A) SAXON John Thomas SAXON

Click HERE  to read a guest post about the Saxon boys written by their sister's  grandson Harold Shipston

World War 2

ADAMS, Frank Francis (Francis Edward)  First enlistment - Private - VX 26047 - 8 Division petrol company- DOB 12 July 1906; POB Kensington, Victoria.  POE - Caulfield 15 June 1940.  NOK - Catherine Goodwin - sister.  Date of discharge 23 October 1940 "medically unfit for service not occasioned by his own default"
second enlistment - Private - VX 114516 - HQ 2 Aust Army - POE Parramatta NSW 19 October 1942 - NOK - Florence Adams - wife.  Date of discharge 30 October 1945.

MCCOOMB, George Alexander - Sergeant - Service Number - VX58426 : Date of birth - 08 Sep 1915 : Place of birth - EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment - ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin - MCCOOMB HENRY (father) - Enlisted 24 Jun 1941 2/8 Aust Armed Regiment - discharged from A.I.F. 29 Mar 1946.

MCCOOMB, Thomas Neil - Service Number - VX30770 : Date of birth - 07 May 1912 : Place of birth - EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment - ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin - MCCOOMB HENRY killed 6 July 1945 - buried Ambon War Cemetery, Maluku, Indonesia.

MORGAN,  Benjamin Robert - Private - Official No VZ 7184 - 2/7 Australian Inf Bn - Army.  Taken prisoner of war in Crete.  Died in Germany, result of injuries.  He is buried at Lamsdorf War Cemetery, Grave 5, Row 5, Field 3.  He was 34 years old and brother to Private William John Pike Morgan killed on Gallipoli (14th Bn G Coy) at the age of 18 years.  Second son lost to Thomas Fitzherbert and Sarah Morgan of McGuinness Street, Euroa, Victoria, Australia

MUSSON,  Ivor Forsyth - Sapper - Serial No.  22597 - second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 7 Field company.  N.O.K (sister) Mrs. A. W. Ford West Belt, Rangiora, Christchurch.

MUSSON, William Robert - Private - Serial No. 21707 - 21st Auckland Battalion, N.O.K (brother) E. M. Musson

SHIPSTON, Donald Saxon - returned home - SERN - VX32651 : DOB - 28 May 1919 : POB - ELSTERNWICK VIC : POE - ROYAL PARK VIC : NOK - SHIPSTON GRACE

We Will Remember Them.

LINKS


This post is my Week 17 contribution to  52 Ancestors Challenge 
  by Amy Johnson Crow at "No Story Too Small"

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

52 Ancestors Week 16 - Live Long - If only she had


Tomorrow is the third anniversary of the day my mum left this life.  

Amelia "Joan" OSTER, nee FLEMING
5 September 1937 - 23 April 2012
I miss her dearly and wish she had Lived Longer





Thursday, 16 April 2015

52 Ancestors Week 15 - How do you spell that?

BARTSCH OR BARTSH?


My maternal great-great grandmother, Anna Dorothea BARTSCH was reputedly born in 1855 on board the Danish ship "Acmel".  Her parents, two older sisters, grandparents, cousins and Uncles and Aunts were bound for Australia from Prussia. 
Another family researcher has claimed Anna was not born on the ship.  I have yet to look further into the claim.

The Bartsch/Bartsh family, Johann Heinrich (John Henry) and his wife Anna Dorothea nee NEBEL, settled in the Beechworth area of North East Victoria.

Anna's maternal grandparents, Georg NEBEL and Anna Dorothea nee SCHULTZ, settled in Westgarthtown (Thomastown) near Melbourne where there was a large Prussian community.

Anna Dorothea BARTSCH married Joseph HULME on the 16th of March 1865 at Beechworth. They went on to have ten children who all lived to adulthood.

Anna pre-deceased her husband by twelve years.  She passed away on the 5th of August 1908 at Oxley, Victoria.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

52 Ancestors Week 14 - Favourite photo

My favourite photo is of my maternal grandmother, Daisy Marion MORGAN 
and her sister Clarice May MORGAN.
Clarice was born in September 1905 and Daisy in August 1908.
I think this photo would probably have been taken in about 1910 or 11.



Clarice and Daisy were both born at Moyhu, Victoria, the eldest and second eldest of four daughters of William Thomas MORGAN and Ada May HULME.  All four daughters had boys nicknames.

Clarice, (nickname Tod) married David JONES in 1930.  They had two children.  Clarice died at Wangaratta, Victoria in January 1998.

Daisy, (nickname Billy) married Archie FLEMING in 1932.  They had four children.  Daisy died at Shepparton, Victoria in December 1998.


 52 Ancestors Challenge 
                                         by Amy Johnson Crow at "No Story Too Small"

Saturday, 4 April 2015

When I was Young


Lately, I have suffered terribly from bloggers block so this sounds like fun.





Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)  
My mum kept my hospital  card and infant health centre book. She also kept the plaits (no longer plaited) that I had cut off at about 11 or 12 years old along with 2 lots of her own childhood hair, in a crushed ice bag.  I have them now.


















Do you know if you were named after anyone?
My Dad's name is Kerry and mum was Amelia Joan but known as Joan.  I was named Kerryn Joan.

And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
None that I remember hearing about.

What is your earliest memory?
I remember being at a large open grounds with family friends, for some reason car races come to mind.  The grass was dry and I must have got a grass seed in my knickers.  I  complained a lot (probably kicked up a hell of a racket) as I remember being in the back seat of our car while mum was trying to fish it out. I was perhaps around 3 or 4 years old.  Every time I look at the photo below I am reminded of that day so perhaps it was taken then.


Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?
I don't remember being read to, but I'm an avid reader now.  My mum sang a lot generally but not to me specifically.  My maternal grandfather often told "tall stories" I can remember being enthralled with them.  I wish I could remember them now.   

When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?
A teacher

Did you have a favourite teacher at school?
Mr Murray in grade 4 at Gowrie Street primary school.


How did you get to school?
In early years, Mum drove us to school along with a number of other neighbourhood children.  I can't remember the make of car, but it had wheel arches in the back seat on which mum laid a plank of wood.  That made a two tier seat for probably eight kids.  No seat belts or fast driving in those days!
Neighbourhood friends that I have caught up with in recent years still remember being driven to school in mums car.  

What games did playtime involve?
Hopscotch, swap cards and elastics are the main ones I remember.

Did you have a cubby house?
Yes Dad made me a cubby house out of two wooden fruit bins (we lived in the Goulburn Valley) one on the ground the right way up and the other turned over and secured on top to create a big box in which he cut a door and a window.  At one stage I also took over the garden shed.

What was something you remember from an early family holiday?
The Currumbin bird sanctuary and all the rainbow lorikeets landing on my brother's head.

What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?
I remember the year I got a bike for Christmas and Dad holding the back of the seat running along behind me down the street while I learned to balance.  
Each birthday I would get a new outfit to wear to the annual Shepparton agricultural show which was always on a few days after my birthday.

What childhood injuries do you remember?
A very badly bruised and skinned knee. I landed full leap on the concrete at school during a game of high elastics. Also concussion after being thrown from my horse at 13 years old.  I spent days in the hospital.  I well remember the huge lump on my head.  My helmet must have come off mid-fall.

What was your first pet?
Jigs the dog and Tom the cat.  I used to dress Tom the cat in baby clothes and wheel him around in my pram.  I remember one day visiting the EDGE family over the road with Tom wrapped in a bunny rug and draped over my shoulder just like a baby.  Mrs EDGE was sure he was a real baby! she couldn't get over how he just hung there, such patience. 

me with Jigs

me with Tom who we had for a long long time.


I can't not mention our very amazing Lassie the red Alsation.  She wasn't our first pet but I was always told she was the same age as me.  I think she may have belonged to my paternal grandparents first.  If my little brother tried to get out our side gate, Lassie would round him up and herd him back into the backyard.  Lassie died on my grandfather's farm at thirteen years of age.

Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”
Not that I can recall, but they were all very close-mouthed.

What was entertainment when you were young?
Playing with the other neighbourhood children.  There were a lot of us around the same age and we always managed to keep occupied. It was a wonderful environment to grow up in.

Do you remember what it was it like when your family got a new fangled invention? (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, microwave, computer?) 
I remember getting a TV and a record player. In those days, you had to have a TV licence and I remember Dad putting a huge aerial on the roof.  On hot nights they TV would be put at the window facing outside and we would all sit on the front lawn on a blanket in the cool to watch. I think some neighbours who didn't yet have TV also joined us.

Did your family have a TV? Was it black and white or colour? And how many channels did you get?
Our first TV was black and white, I don't think we got colour until I was a teenager.  In our area, we only got one channel which was GMV6 (Goulburn-Murray Valley I think) Now Win TV.  GMV 6 was a fun channel for children as they had a GMV6 Juniors club with a clown named Joey.  It was called Joey and the juniors.  Also, a local identity was Nancy Cato who is fondly remembered from her show The Magic Circle Club.

Did your family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?
We moved when I was about one-year-old to another house not far around the corner.  Then again, when I was 12 or 13 Dad bought a farm. When I was 17 my parents separated and Mum and I moved back into town.

Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood (ie.fire, flood, cyclone, earthquake etc) 
I can remember two floods, the first in the mid-1960s.  Our street was so flooded that we were riding down it in boats.   Then in 1974 our farm flooded. Mum sent us to our aunties place to stay until the water receded and things were cleaned up.

Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?
Slim Whitman and Jim Reeves.  My mum sang along with their records that she played on our new record player.

What is something that an older family member taught you to do?
My maternal grandmother taught me to knit, crochet and bake scones.

What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?
Sunny boy ice blocks, Peters Icecreams and Kellogs cornflakes when they had little toys included in the packet.

Did you used to collect anything? (ie. rocks, shells, stickers … etc.)
Swap cards.  I still have some of them.

Share your favourite childhood memory.
Spending holidays at my maternal grandparents house.  They lived in Melbourne a lot of the time and I fondly remember when they were living at the Northern Golf Club at Glenroy where my gramp was a greenskeeper.  
The couple who ran the kitchen had a daughter about my age and we used to use the stage tp put on pretend shows. I can still remember the wonderful smells that came from that kitchen.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

52 Ancestors Week 13 - My different Morgan ancestors.


My maternal grandmother's maiden name was MORGAN 

Daisy Marion MORGAN (1908-1998)
She married Archibald William Finlay FLEMING in 1932 at Moyhu, Victoria.
Daisy's parents were William Thomas MORGAN and Ada May HULME.
William (Bill) was the son of Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN and Mary Ann PIKE.
He was born at Euroa, Victoria in 1872.
His grandparents, John MORGAN and Sarah BLOUNT came to Australia from Wales in 1842.

My paternal great grandmother's maiden name was also MORGAN.

Mary Agnes MORGAN (1864-1933) married John ADAMS 1887 Essendon, Victoria.
She was the daughter of John MORGAN and Margaret Alice KELLY.
John MORGAN came to Australia from Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1855.
He married Margaret Alice Kelly, known as Alice, at St. Francis Church, Melbourne in 1858.
Alice came to Australia from Dualla, Tipperary, Ireland, date unknown.
  52 Ancestors Challenge 
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