Sunday, 25 April 2021

ANZAC Memorial Numurkah

I've been in nearby Numurkah quite a lot lately and I am always drawn to the "Saluting Their Service" Mural along the side wall of the IGA building at the corner of Melville and Saxton Streets.

Unfortunately, I forgot to get a full-length image but will remedy that and add one later.
It is certainly impressive.

Done in separate sections for each theatre of war it commemorates those from Numurkah who served.

Facing Memorial Park the mural includes over 151 individual and 34 background images, and a list of the names of Boer War soldiers.

World War 1 - Gallipoli
Portraits - Left to Right
W Williams, W Lineham, W Little, J Lineham

World War 1 - Middle East
M Bourchier, A Devine, A Price, A Waser, W Cumming, W Lynch, T Lineham

World War 1 - Western Front
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - W Sharp, J Miller, L Reynoldson, E Reynoldson, J Cope
Middle 1 - T Lumsden, S Betts, J Cumming, C McKenzie, W Sutton, L Caygill, 
D Henderson, T Lynch, V Nelson
Middle 2 - D Bristol, H Tyers, G Burkitt, E Holmes, A Cumming.
Bottom - E Eddy, W Sutcliffe, E Suttcliffe, H Green, W Stratton, A Cope, G Cope

World War 2 - Australia
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - G Patterson, G Saxton, A Gribben, J Gribben, I Gribben, W Crozier, K Phillips.
Middle  - G Heard, W Learmonth, I Powell, R Thomson, E Patrick, K Harris
Bottom - W Webb, W McCaskill, J Henderson, E Morris

World War 2 - Europe
Portraits - Left to Right
W Hunkin, D Mann, H Dyson, E Visser, F Green, A Vickerman
I Learmonth, G Hunkin, K Moss

World War 2 - Middle East & North Africa
Top - B Beverley, R Mackay, J Laidlaw, H Gray, B Saxton, F Brown, H Hill, J Christie
Bottom - J Thornton, A Staggard, H Gribben, R Robinson

World War 2 - Pacific - New Guinea
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - V Lee,  A Browne, E Curtis, C Newman, R Ladgrove, T Rose, A Wellington
Middle - C Flack, R Harris, B Betts, R Kennedy, K Laidlaw
J Wearne, R Laidlaw, A Aldridge, J Lumsden
Bottom - C Sharp, W Sharp, E Cowan, W Saxton, C Tweddle, A Campbell
F Rowe,  D Wilkinson

World War 2 - Pacific - South East Asia
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - L Stewart, J Gray, K Tyers, J Sharp, C McPherson
Middle - R Cowan, G Shannon, L Venables
Bottom - G Dickie, S Gainey, R Haynes, C Moss, F Christie, A Miller

World War 2 - Pacific 
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - V Love, B Morris, W Dudley, K Jenkins
Middle - S Thomas, R Monk, C Heard, G Campbell, A Boase.
Bottom - G McArthur, L Reynoldson, G O'Brien, K Paternoster

Korea, Far East, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan
Portraits - Left to Right
Top - B Tremellen, L Bristol
Middle 1 - P Dealy, R Bensley.  Middle 2 - G Monk, J Campbell
Bottom - R Hayllar, J Stanyer
Top Far Right - B Swann & Afghan Boy.  Middle Far Right - T Learmonth
Bottom Far Right - R Learmonth

Across the road, the memorial park is also impressive.


Brimming with youthful enthusiasm, the images of the 15 local soldiers who adorn this memorial were largely captured on their enlistment day in Melbourne on June 28, 1940, immediately following their respective wheat crops being sown.
Mostly the sons of district farmers, an inseparable bond of friendship had earlier been forged, when they and their magnificent horses were the first to join the Numurkah troop of the 20th Light Horse Field Regiment in 1938.

Following the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 and news that mounted regiments were being disbanded, the decision was made to enlist in the Australian Army as a group.  In full Light Horse uniform, 14 members of the 20th made the train journey to Melbourne, arriving at the Town Hall recruiting depot where Lady Mayoress Cole was waiting to meet them.  Later pictured marching side by side up Bourke Street, their story was featured in the Herald that afternoon and The Sun the following morning.

After their initial training at Royal Park, Melbourne and Benalla, where "The Numurkah Mob" name was appropriately coined, Jack Thornton and Jack Laidlaw were sent to Officer Training School, and Jim Sharp, on request, joined his father in the Field Ambulance Corps.  Completing infantry training at Wangaratta, the balance of  "The Mob" went to Puckapunyal for artillery training, joining the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment on February 4, 1941.  On parade, one member was ordered to volunteer for this regiment and with the call, "One in, all in" the other 10 stepped forward in unison.  Col McPherson, of the Numurkah Platoon of the 59th Infantry Militia Battalion, enlisted on August 18, 1940 and transferred to the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment on April 10, 1941 becoming the final member of "The Numurkah Mob".

On June 9, 1941, all 12 disembarked from the SS Zealandia in Singapore and were soon dispatched inland onto the Malay Peninsula.  Intensive training on their two-pounder anti-tank guns was soon put to the test following the massive Japanese invasion on December 8, 1941.  Facing overwhelming odds they fought bravely, retreating with the allied forces to Singapore Island, prior to the surrender to Japan on February 15, 1942.

Mob members Frank Christie, Reg Cowan, George Dickie, Stan Gainey, Johnny Gray, Ron Haynes, Col McPherson, Allan Miller, Cliff Moss, Barry Shannon, Keith Tyres, and Les Venables had remained intact, immediately becoming prisoners of war where separation was soon to become inevitable.

For the next three and a half years their bond of mateship and resolve to survive would be tested to the extreme.  During this period they were forced to endure cruel brutality, near starvation, tropical diseases, and horrendous conditions in Changi Prison at camps along the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway and in the docks and coal mines of Japan.  Sadly, Keith Tyres died on Borneo's infamous Sandakan death march, Johnny Gray succumbed to beri-beri at Hell-Fire Pass, and Jim Sharp was killed in action as an Ambulance Driver during the bombing of Singapore.

Captain Jack Thornton fought Rommel's forces at Tobruk and El Alamein, returning to fight the Japanese in New Guinea and Borneo.  Lieutenant Jack Laidlaw served in the Middle East and was promoted to Temporary Captain for the New Guinea campaign.

The dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 led to Japan's official signed surrender on September 2, 1945.  This ultimately saved the lives of the 10 remaining Numurkah Mob prisoners of war, who after years of torment, finally returned home to their families and loved ones.

To a man, all of these gallant soldiers went on to be outstanding community-minded citizens, supporting each other and their fellow soldiers by holding annual POW reunions in the town for 50 years from 1940.

In Dedicating this memorial to "The Numurkah Mob" the families of the soldiers honoured, together with the entire Numurkah district, salute their service and sacrifice proudly remembering the unbreakable bond of mateship they shared.  September 7, 2014


Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Cornelius Kelly at Dualla, Tipperary

According to Griffith's Valuation record my 3rd great-grandfather, Cornelius aka Con or Connor KELLY, was leasing house, office and land on 6 acres, 2 roods and 9 perches, from Captain Matthew Pennefather at Fussough, Dualla, Tipperary in 1850.  Map reference number 8.

Property numbers 1 to 11 were all leased from the estate of Captain M Pennefather.

The land lease cost 6 pounds 9 shillings and the buildings cost 1 pound 4 shillings, a total of 7 pounds 13 shillings.

In 1851, Notice of the sale of RENTAL of PORTIONS OF THE UNSETTLED ESTATES of MATHEW PENNEFATHER, ESQ., situate in the County of Tipperary To Be SOLD BY AUCTION

In this document there were details for the 'Late Cornelius Kelly'

His land being classed as 'Yearly Tenancy, terminable 1st November in each year'.

Current Google maps

Current Google satellite view.

Just past the Horse and Hound Pub is the section of land he leased until 1851.

Currently situated on that land is the Tir Na Nog Bed and Breakfast.

In Irish mythology, Tír na nÓg or Tír na hÓige is one of the names for the Celtic Otherworld, or perhaps for a part of it. 

Tír na nÓg is best known from the tale of Oisín and Niamh.

Story of The Legend of Tir Na Nog on YouTube

I have not yet found when his wife Mary KELLY  nee Moloughny/Mulloughney died.

Searching for the death of Mary KELLY in Ireland is like looking for a needle in a haystack!

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Walter John HULME missing in Wangaratta in 1951

 Walter John Hulme was a first cousin to my maternal great-grandmother Ada May Morgan nee Hulme.  

Their mutual grandparents were William Cluff Hulme and his wife Hephzebah nee Land of Oxley.

Walter went missing in Wangaratta, Victoria in July 1951.

Poor cousin Walter, who lived previously at Milawa, met a sad end.

On a recent visit to the State Library of Victoria with my friend Jenny, she happened to spot the news articles about Walter's sad disappearance in the Wangaratta Chronicle news she was going through.  

A subsequent search of Trove found a couple more articles all along the same lines.

Only articles from 1914 to 1918 in the Wangaratta Chronicle have been digitised as yet.

MAN MISSING (1951, July 3). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.,

Wangaratta Chronicle July 10

Wangaratta Chronicle July 12

Wangaratta Chronicle July 17

Wangaratta Chronicle July 21

Wangaratta Chronicle July 31


Wangaratta Chronicle 2nd August 1951

Walter married Elizabeth Mary Skehan in 1913.  
It appears they had no children.

Walter and Elizabeth are buried at Milawa Cemetery.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Eric Daniels and Brenda Adams wedding anniversary

My paternal grandmother Brenda Mary Adams and her first husband Eric Daniels were married at St. Michael's Church, North Melbourne, Victoria on the 1st of September, 1928.

Information on the marriage certificate states that Eric was born at Buncle Street, North Melbourne and Nana was born nearby in Kensington.

Eric gave his parents names as William McDonald Daniels and Florence Mary Powell, yet his mother was named on his death certificate as Ethel Rose Stowell. (the informant was my Nana)

I had found Ethel and William divorced in 1912 and William married Florence Powell in 1913.

Witnesses were Nana's eldest sister, Alice Crowl nee Adams and L. Powell.

I haven't been able to find if  L. Powell was a relative of Eric's stepmother.

A couple of years ago I recorded in a post what I found about  Eric's parents in Trove.

The post is DANIELS family North Melbourne - Trove Tuesday

Brenda Mary Adams age 21 in 1926, two years before she married Eric.
A postcard she sent to her maternal Uncle, Alexander Morgan in New Zealand.

Eric and Brenda went on to have their little boy Ronald Francis Daniels in February 1930.  
They were living at 10 Molesworth Street, North Melbourne at that time.
Tragically Ronald died of Meningitis in December 1931 and Eric died of Hodgkin's disease in January 1932.  An earlier post in Eric's memory HERE

Friday, 21 August 2020

Morgan properties in Rowan Road, Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland

In my recent post Alexander Morgan and Ann Lennon of Rowan, Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland about working out through Griffith's valuations which house my 3rd great-grandparents, Alexander Morgan and Anne Lennon lived in I thought I'd hit the jackpot with my calculations. 

I was a little bit out.

Thanks to a Facebook post about my findings Caitriona McGinnity referred me to her brother Ronan McAdam who was very knowledgable about the Rowan Road properties.  I'm extremely grateful for their help.

Their Granny, Bridget Morgan had actually lived in the house I had pictured. (below)

Ronan wrote -

"The picture you have of the house along the road with the pink eaves was where my granny was reared no. 40 rowan Road. Plot 32. The lands differ today slightly with some of plot 33 in it. The long narrow field along the road on plot 33 is known as (Fayley's meadow) think it belonged to a Felix Morgan from plot 30. The house in plot 33 is no longer there no one remembers it being there. 

You're right there were quite a few Morgans about. My granny's family were (Art Morgans) there was also (Buck Morgans) and (Miles Morgan) whose family are still around too. 

You have a picture of their house as well, it has been knocked down since though. There was also another Morgan not sure their nickname will try and find out. Old House is still there but long out of Morgan name. Am sure they were all related one way or another down the line. You may be closer related to Felix Morgan. 

My granny's name was Bridget Morgan, she died 15th July 2001. Aged 86. Her brother John died 30th March 1997 aged 86. Another brother Francis (Frank) and a sister Mary (Minnie). Their parents were Thomas (Tommy) Morgan and Catherine (Cate) nee Murphy who came from Rowan as well."

Ronan pinpoints what is now 40 Rowan Road on the Griffiths map.

I'd love to know "Buck Morgans" real name.

Caroline Hughes, a descendant of Miles Morgan agreed with Ronan's calculation that Alexander Morgans plot was this one pictured from Google Maps, right on the bend, just a little further down the road from the above house.

The picture of what was likely Miles Morgan's house from Google Maps which Caroline says was further up at plot 27 on the Griffiths map.

I had also received this helpful information a few years back from the "Ireland reaching out" website.

"The property that Alexander Morgan had in 1864 was plot 33, in Griffiths Valuation, which was a farmhouse, outbuildings and 12 acres of land. (IT would be easy enough to locate today, should you wish to do so. Plot 33 is on the modern Rowan Road, a mile or two west of Keady. Just on the border with Co Monaghan.) Immediately beside him were 6 other Morgan households which are likely to be relatives of his. The revaluation records show the property changing to Francis Morgan junior in 1874 which normally indicates Alexander had died by that year. Francis acquired the adjacent plot 33 in 1887 increasing his property to just over 15 acres. The property changed to Bridget Morgan in 1901 and then again to Thomas in 1907. Thomas purchased the property in 1914 under the Land Act (prior to that it had been rented) and he remained the occupant when that set of records end in 1929."

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