Tuesday, 20 February 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 8: Heirloom

When my maternal grandparents Daisy Marion Morgan and Archibald William Finlay Fleming married on the 8th of October 1932 my Nana wore this necklace.


The wedding notice in the Wangaratta chronicle below described it as a "Necklace of crystal beads"

I don't actually know what it is made of.  
I must find out.

"A quiet but pretty wedding was celebrated at the home of the bride's parents "Willow Bank" Moyhu, on Saturday, October 8th, when Daisy Marion, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, became the wife of Mr. Archie W. F. (third son of Mrs. D. Fleming "Valley View", King Valley, and the late Mr. D. Fleming).

The Rev M.C. Day of Wangaratta officiated.  The charming bride, who was given away by her father, was tastefully gowned in ankle length white satin with a yoke of silk lace.  A fitting bodice and slender skirt with fullness given by inlet pleated flares.  Her beautiful veil of embroidered tulle (lent by her sister Mrs. D. Jones) was worn cap fashion, and held by a wreath of orange blossom.  She also wore a necklace of crystal beads, and carried a bouquet of semi-sheaf arum lilies, intermingled with maiden hair fern and white satin streamers.  The bride was attended by her sister Miss Mavis Morgan, whose pretty ankle-length frock of powder blue  satin, with puff sleeves, looked very attractive with her head band of satin and flowers.  Her pretty posy was of arum lilies, maiden hair fern and pink satin streamers.  Mr. H Fleming was best man.  Immediately after the ceremony satin horse shoes were placed on the arm of the bride by her little brother Bert, and little Graeme McLaren (nephew of the bridegroom) and Caroline Jones (neice of the bride).  After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.  The tables looked charming, the central decoration being a tiered wedding cake.  The bride's travelling frock was of maroon crepe-de-chene with hat to tone.  The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a travelling rug and that of the bridegroom to the bride a xylonite toilet set and to the bridesmaid a xylonite clock.  Many beautiful presents were received, including many cheques.  The future home of Mr. and Mrs. Fleming will be at "Greenfields" King Valley."

The necklace can only faintly be seen in Nana's wedding photo.

Different backgrounds change the stone colours.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 7 : Valentine's Day for Carstairs in St. Andrews.

The "VALENTINE" theme for week 7 of the 52 Ancestors challenge had me a bit stumped as Valentine's Day didn't seem to me to be celebrated much here in Australia until recent years. 
There are varying stories of how Valentine's Day came about.

I searched through my family tree for any ancestors married on that day and found my 5th great-grandparents, Thomas Carstairs and Janet Bell were married on Valentine's Day, the 14th of February 1772 at St. Andrews.

I don't know if it was celebrated in Scotland in the 18th Century but it has given me cause to set out and record some of the information I have on my Carstairs ancestors from St. Andrews in Scotland.

14/02/1772 CARSTAIRS, THOMAS (Old Parish Registers Marriages 441/ 20 163 Kingsbarns) Page 163 of 289 National Records of Scotland

Carstairs } January 16th, 1772 Were contracted, Thomas Carstairs in the Parish of Kingsbarns & Janet Bell in this, married 14th February.

Their son Andrew Carstairs, my 4th great grandfather, was born in 1780 at Kingsbarns.  There is a record for an earlier Andrew born to them in 1776 but he must have died and they named their next son, born in 1780 Andrew as well.

Andrew married Betty Stewart in 1812

12/12/1812 CARSTAIRS, ANDREW (Old Parish Registers Marriages 453/ 160 147 St Andrews and St Leonards) Page 147 of 187 National Records of Scotland

On 27th Nov 1812 were contracted Andrew Carstairs at Bonnytown of this parish and Betty Stewart in the parish of Dunino - proclaimed & married 12th of Dec by Mr Roger.

Andrew and Betty's daughter, Margaret Leslie Carstairs, my 3rd great-grandmother, was born at Cupar, Fife in 1823
10/09/1823 CARSTAIRS, MARGARET LESSLI (Old Parish Registers Births 420/ 40 37 Cupar) Page 37 of 395 National Records of Scotland

Margaret Leslie Carstairs married Peter Webster Mason on the 15th of November 1842 at Cupar, Fife.  They emigrated to Australia in 1848 on the ship "Cheapside". 

A death certificate in Australia has never been found for Margaret.

In 2002 my Mum purchased a book from the St Andrews University Library called "Living in St Andrews" by Catherine Forrest 
A history of the Carstairs family from the 15th to the 19th century.

As yet I can't with any certainty connect my Carstairs ancestors to specific families in the book but perhaps one day.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Joseph Hulme - Trove Tuesday

Obituary of my maternal great-great grandfather Joseph Hulme.

Benalla Standard (Vic. : 1901 - 1925), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155696868

Mr. Joseph Hulme
A very old identity of Milawa, in the person of Mr. Joseph Hulme, died at his residence, "Woodlands," Milawa, on Sunday. from an internal complaint, from which he had suffered for some time, and his death was heard of with expressions of regret throughout the district. with which he was honorably identified for very many years. He was 77 years of age. Born at Putney, England, the late Mr. Hulme came to Australia in the ship Kent, with his uncle, Mr. Arthur Land, of Carboor, and landed In Melbourne in 1860, after a voyage of 100 days. He went to reside at Milawa, where he carried on farming pursuits during the whole of his life, He proved very Industrious and capable in farm work from the time he left school. When 16 years of age he was a competitor in the boy's classes at one of the first ploughing matches held at Oxley, and amongst his opponents was Mr. W. R. Doig, of Laceby Estate, and now of Wangaratta. He also took an Interest in sport and was a playing member of the first cricket club at Oxley. He also owned several racehorses and trotters and won numerous events at district race meetings. Throughout his long residence in Milawa he never varied in the estimation of the public and was always regarded as a man of the highest principles, who Industriously followed his avocation in Iife, was honorable in all his business dealings and willingly assisted his neighbor whenever he could. His death ends a fine career as one of the early farmers of Milawa district, and the late Mr. Hulme's life was a fine example of a good living and Integrity. He was predeceased by his wife, who died 12 years ago, and is survived by six daughters, Mesdames A. Davenport (N.Z.), G. Wright (Wagga), W. Morgan (Moyhu), Misses Clara, Elsie and Nurse Pleasance Hulme (Milawa), and two sons, Messrs Sydney and Herbert Hulme, Milawa. He is also survived by three brothers, Messrs Arthur (Milawa), Albert and Jeremiah (Bowmans), and one sister, Mrs. M'Gregor (Milawa). He had 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The funeral took place on Monday, the remains being interred at Milawa. The burial service was conducted by Rev. A. R. Mace.

Joseph Hulme
Photo from the photo album of my maternal grandmother Daisy Fleming nee Morgan.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 6 : Favourite Name - Pleasance Hulme

A favourite name in my family tree is Pleasance Alice.

Pleasance Alice Hulme was my maternal great-grandaunt.
She was born at Oxley in 1890 the 2nd youngest daughter of Joseph Hulme and Anna Dorothea nee Bartsh.

Photo labelled "Auntie Pleasance Hulme" in my grandmother's album.
The first entry in the Victorian electoral rolls for Pleasance is in 1917 when she is a Nurse living at Gray Street in Wangaratta.

In 1917 her sister Lucy Jemima Simmonds nee Hulme died.  Family members have said that pleasance raised Lucy's only surviving daughter Dulcie who was a year old at her mother's death.

From 1918 to 1920 she was nursing her father who was ill for 2 years.
"Excerpt from Obituary in "Wangaratta Chronicle" 3-10-1920
After an illness of two years duration, Mr Joseph Hulme died on Sunday, at his home at Milawa, the cause being heart failure.  Throughout he was attentively cared for by his daughters."
In 1921 Pleasance was a Nurse at The Women's hospital in Carlton South.

From 1924 to 1936 she was a Nurse living in Milawa.

This photo is also from my grandmother's photo album.
Labelled Aunt Chub, Dulcie Simmonds, Daisy Morgan, Uncle Herb and Grandad Morgan.
It looks like they are in the tomato patch!

Pleasance, behind the post, was known as Aunt Chub. Why I have no idea.
Uncle Herb is Herbert Hulme her younger brother.  I am fairly certain Dulcie is the girl in white.  I don't know who the girl far left is.  My grandmother Daisy is beside the post, "Grandad Morgan" is her father, William Thomas Morgan. He married Pleasance and Herb's older sister, my great-grandmother, Ada May Hulme.
The photo was possibly taken around 1926 at Moyhu.

In 1937 Pleasance occupation was Home duties at 34 Hotham Street Ballarat.  No further details found as yet.
1943 her occupation was Sales and she was living at 475 Burke Road, Kooyong.  No further details found as yet.

1949 to 1963 saw Pleasance living at 27 Peate Avenue, Camberwell/Glen Iris. Again her occupation was Home duties.

Living next door was her niece, Dulcie Enid Collier nee Simmonds who Pleasance raised after the death of her sister,  Dulcie's mother, Lucy Jemima Simmonds, nee Hulme in 1917.

Pleasance died on the 5th of July, 1965.

In her Will, she left everything to her niece Dulcie including her house at 27 Peate Avenue.

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