Tuesday, 11 July 2017

John ADAMS death and funeral notices

I only recently found the death and funeral notice of my great grandfather, John ADAMS who was born in North Melbourne on the 28th of February 1858 to parents George ADAMS and Catherine nee BARRY.

John married Mary Agnes MORGAN on the 7th of November 1887 at Essendon then they moved to Sydney where their first two sons were born.  
Alexander born 13th October 1888 may have been stillborn or died soon after birth.
John "Jack" born (1889-1983) married May Maude McGee.

John and Mary went on to have five more children all born in Essendon and Kensington.
Alice Agnes (1891-1960) married Bertie CROWL.
Morgan (1895-1923) married Isabel O'BRIEN.
Catherine "Kit" (1896-1973) married William GOODWIN.
Brenda (1905-1999) married 1. Eric DANIELS.  2. James FORSYTH
Frank (1906-1979)

I do wonder who put the death notice in the newspaper as I have gleaned from family stories that John was estranged from his children.  
Perhaps they reconciled in the years before his death.

John and Mary's battle over maintenance of their youngest two children played out in the newspapers.  It was rather confronting when I found the story.  I wrote about it in this Trove Tuesday Post back in 2012.

Those articles and family stories pointed to estrangement within the family but this death notice doesn't give that impression.

Family Notices (1937, April 12). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 1.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205613023

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Kelly conundrum

When I began researching my Kelly ancestors from Tipperary, Ireland I was extremely lucky to have been given transcriptions from the Parish registers of the Catholic baptisms of my great great grandmother and her siblings as well as the marriage of their parents.

My 3rd great grandparents Cornelius KELLY and Mary nee MOLOUGHNEY had 6 children.  These baptism images are now available online at the National Library of Ireland so I have been through and found the originals which pretty much agree with the transcriptions I received.

Margaret "Alice" KELLY (my great great grandmother)
Baptised 10 Dec 1834, Dualla, Sponsors were Laurence Mockler and Judith Dwyer (vicc Judith Mulloughney) which I am told means "standing in for"  So it seems that Judith Dwyer was standing in for Judith Mulloughney. Or was her maiden name Mulloughney?
Alice emigrated to Australia and married John MORGAN in Melbourne in 1858.

Michael Kelly
Baptised 18 Sep 1836, Dualla, Sponsors were Patrick Molloughney, Mary Mahony.
He arrived in Australia in about 1897 only six months before his death from TB and was living with his widowed sister Alice.

Edmond Kelly
Baptised 16 Sep 1838, Dualla, Sponsors were Thomas Ryan, Julia Kelly.
No further information found as yet on Edmond Kelly.

John Kelly 
Baptised 20 Jun 1840, Newpark, Sponsors were William Mahony, Mary Ryan.  Emigrated to Australia in 1858 with his two younger brothers.  He married Mary Ann FRANCIS in 1869.

Thomas Kelly 
Baptised 1 Jan 1843, Dualla, Sponsors were Thomas Quinlan, Catherine Mulloughny.  Emigrated to New Zealand from Australia in 1861 where he married Juliana Bassett.

William Kelly 
6 Jan 1846, Dualla, Sponsors were Michael Kelly, Mary Ryan Dualla.
I am fairly certain he died a bachelor in Queensland in 1899.

Australian marriage and death certificates for Alice name parents as Cornelius Kelly and Mary Moloughney as does the New Zealand death certificate for Thomas.

Edmund I haven't yet found.

Michael's parents are listed as unknown on his Australian death certificate by his nephew John MORGAN Junior.

The death certificate that I believe belongs to William Kelly (can be seen on link on his name) names parents as Con Kelly and Mary O'Laughlin (a variant of Moloughney)

The conundrum is with John Kelly.  Why did he give this information on his marriage certificate to Mary Ann FRANCIS in Victoria in 1869?
He states he was born in Waterford, Ireland and his parents were Cornelius Kelly and Mary Brien or O'Brien.

John's death certificate in Victoria 1905 states he was born in Tipperary, father Cornelius, mother not known. The informant's names aren't familiar but they were present at the coronial inquiry into his death.

I do have the correct John Kelly as information in newspaper articles about his death connect him to his sister Alice and brother Thomas.
Also I have DNA matches with some of his descendants.

Friday, 30 June 2017

David ADAMS - back to the drawing board

In my post last week on 'David ADAMS breakthrough - I hope' I was excited at finding mention of my great-grand-uncle David, living in Sydney, in the newspaper death notice of his sister Catherine McFadyen in 1946.

Up until then the last trace of him was a mention in the Will of his sister Margaret MANSFIELD in 1926 but that revealed no address for David.

I felt quietly confident that a David ADAMS who married Juanita Agnes ADAMS was the one.  He was a builder, as was his father.

But alas, on purchasing his marriage certificate this David ADAMS was aged 37 and born in Manchester, England about 1870 to parents David and Jane Ann nee Holloway or Halliday?
parents of David ADAMS and Juanita HERRICK
Our David was born in 1866 in Victoria, Australia to parents George ADAMS and Catherine BARRY.

The next David to look at is one who died in Narrabeen, NSW in April 1951.  He also was a builder.  In the electoral rolls in 1943 & 1949 a David and Evelyn Maude Adams were living at 56 Wimbledon Ave Warringah, Narrabeen.  

Family Notices (1951, April 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18210317
The only David Adams deaths listed in the NSW BDM website in 1951 are: DAVID ADAMS #8490/1951 father DAVID mother ANN registered at MANLY and EDWARD DAVID ADAMS #28008/1951 father EDWARD GEORGE mother DOROTHY MARY registered at PETERSHAM.

There are no NSW deaths for just a David Adams from 1946 onwards with father George nor even just a David Adams from 1946 with no father listed.  Sigh.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Edward LAND'S Letter to the Wangaratta Chronicle June 1915

My Trove Tuesday post for this week is a letter to the editor of the Wangaratta Chronicle newspaper written by Mr Edward LAND of Oxley.


Wangaratta Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 
Wednesday 16 June 1915, page 2

THE RECRUITING QUESTION. (To the Editor of "The Chronicle,") Sir,- I see by the newspapers that recruiting is getting slack and the Defence Department is urging compulsory enlistment of all single men from 18 to 45 years. It is very hard on the Defence Department to have the whole responsibility of working out a scheme while the country, is making no practical movement to assist them. Australia was never at any time in history in as serious a position as it is at present, and it is the duty of all to assist in every way according to their power and means to overcome the great struggle over the seas, and to assist without crippling the producing community of Australia. It is as great a necessity as recruiting for Australia to keep her farmhands to harvest the crops that are promising to be good so as to have plenty of flour for our soldiers while this great and dreadful struggle lasts. What I suggest is for every municipality to form a committee and a fund, and for the police to send in the names of all available and eligible men who are not connected with farming and other production and necessary Industry. The police of every district know, or should know, the whereabouts of men who have no regular employment and are absolutely useless to a farmer, Those are the men who should be compelled to enlist. The pay is very good and it takes a lot of money and a lot of getting to pay them all. As regards the fund, I would suggest that every man who is on the roll and has a vote for the making of laws should be compelled to subscribe to a monthly fund according to his means, no matter how small, Any defaulter to be removed from the roll. Our Parliamentary member and the Mayor of Wangaratta might convene a meeting at an early date at Wangaratta, and to my mind it should be the biggest ever held here as we never were placed in such a serious position as now. It is the duty of every farmer to protect his own sons and the good farm hands to assist in taking of the great harvest we anticipate. Our soldiers cannot fight without food and it is our bounden duty to keep the good, reliable farmers' sons and farm hands until the very last. We are not taking the position of ourselves as seriously as we ought, but it may not be too late to make a start in the right direction. Let us realise the terrible tortures of our poor brothers who are suffering day and night and are being killed and wounded while we are getting all the necessities of life, Now, let us be up and doing and use self-denial. Give up football and all other amusements that are a drawback to our welfare and turn our minds to this one burning question. I venture to say if England had taken the good advice given to her some years ago the war might have been over long ago, or might not have started. We are practically doing the same. I know we can do a lot If we pull together and set an example that will be followed throughout the whole of Australia so as to secure plenty of soldiers and plenty of producers to feed, pay and clothe them. We can then say when this dreadful war is over that we did all that lay in our power. Unity is strength, and I hope at an early date to see it used. ln conclusion, Mr. Editor, I thank you for the valuable space that I have taken up in your journal, and I hope to see far more abler men than myself take up this matter and make it the practical burning question of Australia, -Yours truly, E. LAND, Olive Lodge, Oxley.

I have several Edward LANDS in my tree.  My best guess is that this Edward was born at Oxley in 1864, the second child and eldest son of my 3rd great-grand-uncle, Arthur John LAND and his wife Charlotte nee FRANCIS.

An earlier newspaper advertisement by Olive Lodge shows it was a horse stud.
Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 
Saturday 15 September 1906, page 2

 The Stud.— It is notified that the half Suffolk Punch stallion Gallant Lad, will stand this season at "Olive Lodge" Oxley and travel the surrounding district. His pedigee appears in an advestisement elsewhere. Further particulars from Mr. E. Land, Oxley, owner, or S. Hulme, groom In charge.

The groom in charge, S HULME, was a relative as two of Arthur John LAND'S sisters married HULME brothers.  Hephzibah LAND married William Cluff HULME.  They were my 3rd great-grandparents.

Jemima LAND married William Cluff HULME'S brother, Edward "King" HULME.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

David Adams breakthrough - I hope

Trove comes up trumps again!

Our mysterious David ADAMS, born 1866 in Hotham, Victoria to George ADAMS (builder) and Catherine nee BARRY,  had seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth.  

Until now.

Our last known record of David was a mention in the will of his sister Margaret MANSFIELD in 1926.  Unfortunately, no address was given for him in that document.

In my most recent visit to Trove, a death notice for another of his sister's appeared with the words "Loving sister of David ADAMS, Sydney"

So now we know that David was still alive in 1946!

Family Notices (1946, September 7).
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 9.
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206366530
I went through every David ADAMS in Sydney electoral rolls.  
There were only about four probables.

The one I feel is most likely our David married a Juanita Agnes HERRICK in Victoria in 1907 marriage registration number 7751.

They were living at 51 Carr St Crows Nest Sydney.

Electoral roll entries
1913 at Crows Nest Road. builder. 
1930, 1933, 1943 & 1949 they are living at 51 Carr Street Nth Sydney no occupation.  
1958 Juanita is still at 51 Carr Street, no David.

Juanita died in 1959 death registration number 15980 in North Sydney.

RE the estate of JUANITA AGNES ADAMS, late of (1960, May 13).
Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001),
p. 1470.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article219905814

I then found the following probate notice for a David Adams also in Trove.
Executor was a Henry Herrick EDWARDS.

Advertising (1953, July 6).
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 11.
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23254192
This David died on the 21st of January 1953 in Sydney but it seems that a copy of his Will is also at the Public Records Office of Victoria. Perhaps because his lawyer was in Victoria.  And .... David was a retired Builder.
Another hopeful clue is the link to Victoria.
His Will file number - 468/443
VPRS 7591/P3 unit 16, item 468/443
and Probate - 468/443
VPRS 28/P4 unit 609, item 468/443

Unfortunately, the only New South Wales death I could find for a David Adams in North Sydney in 1953 was registration number 1564 listing parents as David and Jane Ann which don't fit.  
Another David Adams?

There isn't a Victorian death for a David Adams in 1953.

But I still have a good feeling about this.
Next steps are to obtain the relevant certificates to confirm or not.

Fingers crossed.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Our Amazing new family DNA discovery

DNA for genealogy has been a huge learning curve but I have enjoyed the brain exercise.  I still have lots to learn.  It is a lot of fun learning from and along with like-minded cousins and friends.

At the end of 2016, I had done an autosomal (family finder) DNA test with the company FamilyTreeDNA.  Uploading those results to GEDmatch led to discovering the name of a maternal 3rd great-grandmother and breaking down a brick wall in my KNIGHT family history.
It has also confirmed the findings of a lot of collaborative family research on many branches of my family tree.  My Dad tested for me too which meant I was able to sort many of my matches into paternal and maternal lines.  I have made some lovely new friends/cousins.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to do another DNA test with AncestryDNA.

The results came through when I was away from home and my computer. I could access the site on my phone with limited views.  
My second closest match, a shared DNA amount of 221 centimorgans shared across 12 DNA segments, was a known 2nd cousin. 
He is the son of one of my Mum's first cousins. 

My closest match though, a shared DNA amount of 431 centimorgans shared across 18 DNA segments, was a complete mystery.
As is often the case there was no family tree attached so I couldn't see where our close connection may be.
All the available charts for predicted relationship ranges put this match above that of a 2nd cousin but a bit below a first cousin. 
I only have first cousins on Mum's side as Dad is an only child.

Denys in New Zealand was perhaps a first cousin once removed?
I sent her a message.
I had read so many comments by people who didn't receive replies to their messages that I was surprised and thankful to get one the very next day.
Denys had only just received her results and said she was also interested to find where our connection lay.  I gave her my direct New Zealand surnames of Musson and Forsyth.

The next email I received blew me away even though I guess I should have been a bit prepared for the outcome.  I have read of many family surprises, uplifting stories and sad stories but never really expected one of my own.

Denys wrote "Umm some information you may not be expecting..
My father's name was Malcolm (I have left out surname for privacy reasons).
He was born in Rangiora in 1932.
My grandmother became pregnant to a son of the house while staying in Rangiora with her sister and working at the Musson house.  I believe that is how they meet. My understanding is that he was 'sent' away to Australia but that is all we know.
My Dad has his mother's maiden name. His father left for Australia around the time he was born.
We have no details of his Dad although he remembers going to school with his cousins, unknown to them, at one point.
My Mum never told me Dad's father's name and although he knew himself, he did not discuss it.
In those days, being illegitimate was very much a slur.
However, my Mum did tell my sister the name on one occasion and she remembered the name because it was unusual and because she knew someone of the same name. When I informed her of the surname Musson she immediately exclaimed that this was the name of our Dad's father.

Therefore it may seem that my father and your father may be brothers?"

Yes, it seems my/our grandfather DID do what he said he didn't do.

To better understand that statement please read my first ever blog post, WHAT STARTED MY GENEALOGY JOURNEY?

I now have a very lovely newly found paternal half-cousin.
Actually, three newly found paternal half-cousins and more.

Our grandfather James Musson and his son Malcolm.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Arrival of the William Stewart May 1848

My 3rd great-grandparents Andrew and Ellen FLEMING (nee FINDLAY) and their six children, originally from Scotland, arrived from Plymouth Sound into Port Phillip Bay on the 15th of May 1848.

Port Philip Gazette and Settler's Journal (Vic. : 1845 - 1850),
p. 2. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223152685
A large vessel, supposed to be the William Stewart with emigrants, was in the bay last night, but in consequence of the head wind she had not come up when our reporter left Liardet's this morning.

ENGLISH NEWS. (1848, May 17).
Port Philip Gazette and Settler's Journal (Vic. : 1845 - 1850),
p. 1. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223151527
English news.
The "William Stewart" brings news on the 22nd January, from England,
having left Plymouth Sound on the25th. The news is of little importance to us having had fully as late accounts by way of Singapore. By, private accounts we hear that business continued very bad, and Scotland was feeling the pressure. Mr Leadbetter, the chairman of the Glasgow, and Edinburgh railway having failed.in addition to many other merchants in Glasgow.

Port Philip Gazette and Settler's Journal (Vic. : 1845 - 1850),
p. 2. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article223151526
 The William Stewart made a good passage of 110 days but experienced severe westerly winds since she left the Cape. On the passage, three infants died and there were seven births; the majority of the emigrants are from England, there are a few single women from Ireland and Scotland, the emigrants are in a very healthy condition. There are 47 single men and 54 single women.

Local Intelligence. (1848, May 17).
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Vic. : 1845 - 1848), p. 2.
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article226355017
 Boat Excursion Extraordinary. — Yesterday afternoon, two gentlemen came to the " Beach Hotel," requiring a boat to put off to the William Stewart, but could not be accommodated, as the boat used for that purpose was then in use, and alongside the vessel, they were desirous to reach. They expressed great disappointment at this and said they would, with Mr Liardet's permission, take the dingy which was at the jetty, and pull off without other assistance. Seeing their anxiety in the matter, Mr Liardet consented, when the youths, desiring to reach the vessel in quick sticks, jumped into the dingy and pulled out manfully. They had not, however, proceeded very far, when a stiff northerly breeze sprung up, and, despite the most energetic endeavours, the dingy and her cargo were carried out of sight. After struggling to make way against the wind, they both gave it up as a bad job and lay down in the bottom of the boat. It is not improbable that they will be stranded somewhere about Arthur's Seat. Mr Liardet has, we believe, sent a boat after them.

SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 20 (1848, May 20).
Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1847 - 1851), p. 2 (MORNING).
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91458443
EMIGRANTS.- Mr Commissioner Addis proceeded to Melbourne, shortly after the announcement of the arrival of the William Stewart, to adopt such measures as would be necessary to secure a share of the newly arrived emigrants, to residents and settlers in the Geelong District. Of the last shipment of emigrants, scarcely one was engaged for the Geelong side, the Melbournites having taken them up before any one could have time to engage them. It is to prevent, if possible, a repetition of this, that Mr Addis has undertaken this journey.

THE Moreton Bay Courier (1848, June 10).
The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861),
from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3709926

On the 15th ultimo, the ship William Stewart arrived at Melbourne from England with 324 immigrants. This ship made rather a long passage, and of course, the news brought by her was anticipated. Loud, and apparently well grounded, complaints had been made by the public of the discourtesy shown by the officers of the ship to such of the inhabitants as had proceeded on board for the purpose of hiring the immigrants, and the obstructions thrown in the way of their doing so a course of conduct which we should think the local Immigration Board might very speedily put a stop to. It is no doubt very hard that the colonists, who virtually supply the funds to bring out the immigrants, should thus be bullied and defied by the masters, or, as they call themselves, captains and other officers of the ships to whom the conveyance of the immigrants is entrusted. A recent instance has been made public in which betrayal of trust the most base, and conduct the most flagitious, has been proved to have existed, and we hope that an adequate punishment may yet overtake the parties guilty of it. We know of nothing connected with the subject of immigration on which it appears more necessary to insist than that the duty of conveying the immigrants to these shores shall be executed with honour and good faith. This is a condition strenuously to be insisted on, and to connive at any breach of it is to become accessory to the introduction of vice and immorality into the colony.

Thank you for reading my Trove Tuesday post for this week.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Private William James FORSYTH

William James Forsyth was born on the 16th of August 1888 at Coutts Island, Canterbury, New Zealand.
He was my Great Grand Uncle, the second youngest son of my great great grandparents, Robert and Jessie Forsyth (nee Farquhar).
We are yet to find out when and where he died.
William enlisted in the Auckland Military Rifles NZEF on the 15th of June 1915.  He was single and 27 years of age.  Next of kin was his mother, Mrs Forsyth, widow, of  Waitoa.
William Forsyth
‘ Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19170823-41-34 ‘
His regiment embarked for Suez, Egypt on the 14th of August 1915 from Wellington onboard HMNZT 28 vessel Tofua.  They arrived on the 19th of September 1915.
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On the 3rd of October 1915 William was posted as a trooper to the Auckland Mounted Rifles at Mudros and in early November he was admitted to hospital with Typhoid.  This must have affected his health as from that time he spent many of the coming months in various hospitals.  They embarked to Alexandria on the H.S. Delta on the 27th of December where William was admitted to hospital again on the 28th with enteritis and transferred to the NZ general hospital at Cairo on the 24th of January.  From there he went on to a convalescent camp in February then back to the hospital at Cairo.  On the 15th of March, he was admitted to a convalescent home at Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo and was finally discharged to duty on the 29th of March 1916.
On the 16th of April 1916, he was posted to the Mounted Rifles Training Regiment and then on to the second infantry brigade at Tel-el-Kebir on the 2nd of May.  From there he proceeded to France where some time was spent at √ątaples training depot before joining the 2nd Battalion, 4th Coy of the Otago Regiment on the 27th of June 1916 at Houplines.
At the end of July William had to forfeit 7 days full pay for falling out from a parade without permission!
Nothing further was written on his record for ten months.
In France he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to the left shoulder on the 26th of May 1917.  He was evacuated to hospital on the 28th.  The 10th of June that year saw him sent to England and various convalescent hospitals over the next 5 months.  During that period he apparently overstayed leave.  One record says he had to forfeit ten days pay,  another says one days pay.
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On the 30th of November 1917, he was attached to the NZ command depot at Codford.
It is mentioned that he took a railway journey from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh.  William had relatives there, had he gone to visit them?
Again from January to June 1918, he was in and out of the hospital.  June 1918 found him at Sling and then by the end of that year he was back at Codford.
In January 1919 William went A.W.L (absent without leave) and had to forfeit 28 days pay, did 28 days detention and another 48 days pay RW, whatever that means.
On the 18th of March 1919, he embarked for New Zealand per Tainui.  William was discharged on the 28th of May 1919.
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In January 1920 William was employed in the medal engraving section and promoted to Corporal.
On the 14th of July 1921, he was discharged.  We have yet to find further information on William Forsyth.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hart and Mason family shared DNA

Over the last few days, FamilyTreeDNA has been showing a few new matches in my results.
Many of those are quite small matches, so would be very distant cousins but one, in particular, showed a range of 2nd - 4th cousin with 87 shared centimorgans, the longest block being 29.
This was amongst my highest matches so I felt it would be fairly significant.
I sent an email and received a reply from Jen who said she had done the test mainly out of curiosity about her ethnic origins and that she knew very little about family history research, so didn't feel she could offer much help as to where we connected.

I explained we could be 3rd cousins and asked if she could let me know any of her family surnames.

She replied with 5 surnames, 2 of them being JACKSON and BELL.
I went to my family tree program and Bingo!
I found that a maternal great-grand-aunt, Rose May HART had married John Thomas BELL in 1913.

Rose May HART, born in 1889 at Echuca, Victoria, was a younger sister of my great grandmother, Margaret FLEMING nee HART.  They were daughters of Agnes nee MASON and Peter HART.

John, known as Jack, and Rose had 2 children.  Amelia Agnes BELL born 1914 at Wangaratta and John Desmond BELL born in 1921 at Wangaratta.

Amelia Agnes BELL had married Charles JACKSON and they were Jen's paternal grandparents!
Sadly Amelia had died in childbirth so her son never knew her but Jen says he remembers the HART surname.

I look forward to meeting Jen and her Dad sometime later this year.

FTDNA's "In common with" tool and chromosome browser produced 2 other matches on the same chromosome as Jen although probably further back. (I have privatised the results in the screenshot below)

The 2 other matches are American and on contact with their kit administrator, I was told their ancestors had all been in the United States since the 1800s.

A bit of a mystery somewhere it seems.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Allan FLEMING interviews Felix VON LUCKNER

Trove Tuesday

Von Luckner Tells His Story (1938, June 22). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40982719

Jack-of-all-trades (from Wikipedia)
Arriving at Fremantle, Western Australia, Luckner jumped ship and for seven years worked in a bewildering array of occupations: he was a seller of the Salvation Army's The War Cry; an assistant lighthouse keeper at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in Augusta, Western Australia, a job he abandoned when he was discovered with his hotelkeeper's daughter by her father; a kangaroo hunter; a circus worker; a professional boxer (due to his exceptional strength); a fisherman......... read more at Wikipedia

Allan Fleming, a first cousin of my mother, was, amongst other occupations, a journalist for the Brisbane Courier Mail.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Allan FLEMING - V.I.P. Security

Before his retirement, Allan FLEMING was appointed to take care of V.I.P security.

Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Tuesday 28 September 1976, page 3

The Government has appointed a former intelligence officer to mastermind security for VIPs, Government sources in Canberra said yesterday.
Mr Allan Fleming, a former Member of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Chief Parliamentary Librarian before his new appointment last week, will be responsible for co-ordinating security
arrangements for the protection of VIPs.
He will play a major role in ensuring the safety of the Queen when she visits Australia next year.

Security cars (1978, January 19). The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), p. 7.
Retrieved from

Friday, 28 April 2017

Ossie Maxwell Joffre GRANT - WW2 war service

Continuing on from my earlier post on the 6 March 2017 about 

Ossie's mother Jessie Anna HULME died when he was 3 years old.

His paternal Aunt, Ethel Grace GRANT helped his father Walter raise him. She died in 1939.

Ossie joined the Citizen Air Force in March 1941 at the age of 26 years.

He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force at Armadale, Melbourne on 17 September 1942 as a trainee radio operator.  

On enlistment, his employment was given as a factory manager for R. B. Shankey Pty Ltd of Bourke Street for whom he had worked for 8 years.

National Archives Australia - NAA: series no. A9301 control symbol 118601

Next of kin was his father Walter, address 11 Moodie Street, Carnegie.

Ossie used a reference given by P. Langford, Headmaster of Dandenong High School dated 16 December 1932.

He was first posted to No. 1 Recruit Depot at Shepparton, Victoria where he passed the radio operators course.  

His next postings were to:
No. 1 radio school at Richmond 2 October 1942
No. 1 Embarkation Depot at Ascot Vale 7 November 1942
No. 55 Operational Base Unit at Birdum NT 14 December 1942 

On the 25 January Ossie was promoted to Radar Operator.

He was then posted to:
No. 39 Radar Station at Port Keats NT 30 January 1943
No. 44 Radar Wing at Adelaide River NT 20 March 1943

Ossie was promoted to Leading Aircraftman (LAC) on 25 April 1943.

later postings were:
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 31 July 1944
No. 14 Radar Station at Wilson's Promontory 11 September 1944
No. 1 SD at Port Melbourne 12 October 1944
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 6 January 1945
No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool at Townsville 30 January 1945
No. 331 Radar Station Tami Island New Guinea 28 March 1945
ADHQ at Madang 29 November 1945
No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool at Townsville 6 January 1946
No. 1 Personnel Depot at Ransford 7 January 1946

No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool was disbanded on 15 April 1946. Over the life of the unit a total of 133,606 personnel were moved though the unit, 66,804 personnel coming into the unit and the same number leaving the unit. - ozatwar.com

Ossie became ill several times during his service but the nature of his ailments wasn't recorded in his file.

He was in the 52 Operational Base Unit SSQ in Darwin from the 17th to the 24th of October 1943.
Then at the Fighter Sector Headquarters SSQ in Darwin from the 6th to the 20th of December 1943.
Final sick days were at 119 hospital Madang area from 29 May 1945 to 8 June 1945

Ossie was discharged on demobilisation on the 9th of February 1946.
His father Walter died in 1947.

From 1954 until his death in 2000 Ossie lived at 8 Haslemere Avenue, Mitcham.
He was more generally known as Max and devoted many years of service to the Mitcham Repertory Company.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A story of Anzac by Allan FLEMING

THE LIFT-OUT SATURDAY SECTION (1953, April 25). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 7.  from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23240875

Many writers and orators have tried to express what is meant by "the Anzac spirit" but few have succeeded.
"The Argus" believes this simple and unpretentious short story, written by an Australian soldier fresh from the Battle of Greece in 1941, does express the meaning of the term.
The story appeared in "Active Service," published in 1941, the first of the series of 20 Services books published by the Australian War Memorial.
It is reprinted by permission of the Memorial Trustees.
Originally, it was published above the initials "A.P.F."
Its author is now revealed as Mr. Allan P. Fleming, an Assistant Secretary of the Defence Department.

HE wasn't a fast thinker.
When he was home, in the hills of Victoria's Great Divide, milking cows and mending fences earned
him enough to live on.
So there was no cause to think too hard. Not about -those things, anyhow.
Perhaps he thought about other things. He never
mentioned them. He didn't think too much about the war.
He'd done that before he enlisted ......

Photo captions:

Left:  THAT mountain in Greece . . . saved you from thinking. It expressed itself . . .
Right:  THE HILL he'd tackled with his pony . . . back home.


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