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Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge

As a challenge, Blogging April A to Z is quite exhausting, as there never seems to be enough time to focus on it as much as I’d like. This year, due to having Covid leave from work, I was able to have all posts ready to publish before the challenge started on April 1, so that took the pressure off. I was feeling very confident and happy with myself, that for the first time, the challenge would be a breeze. I’d be able to read as many blogs as I wanted to, with all the time I’d have up my sleeve. Wrong!

The first mistake I made was that I decided to go back to work in the first week of April. This meant that as in other years, I had limited time.

My second mistake was in some of the posts I’d chosen. I am very happy with my theme of Newspaper Articles About My Family In Trove. What I hadn’t realised was that so many of these articles were sad and tragic. My family, mostly, did nothing unusual to warrant being in the newspapers, except for the usual births, deaths and marriages, which didn’t bother me,when I was planning the posts. However, from day 1, as each post went live, they seemed to get more and more tragic. I then decided to choose different more uplifting articles when I could, which meant rewriting fifteen posts, causing more work and, might I say, a little stress.

I thought this year that the genealogists participating in the challenge, chose really interesting themes, which I looked forward to reading every day. My favourites, in no particular order were:

Family history across the seas

Carmel’s Corner

Anne’s Family History

Family Tree Frog

Molly’s Canopy

I’d love to mention many more of the blogs I visited in the challenge, as they were all interesting and entertaining. I will mention more in a later post.

Links to each daily post for the April A to Z Challenge 2021

A: Andrew Louden, Ballarat

B: Banka Island Massacre – Ellen Calnan

C: Gertrude Hannah Clough, Violet Town

D: Destitution in Donegal

E: Edward Calnan, Violet Town

F: Fire at Kyneton – Thomas Waters

G: Gaffney’s Creek Goldfield

H: Heroic: 83 Saved From Drowning

I: Inquest: William Stroud Dale, Northam W.A.

J: Jephtha Freeman, Sunbury, Victoria

K: Killed In Action WW1. Mancer, Mancer and Waters

L: Kennedy vs Lowe #AtoZChallenge

M: Marriage – Francis Dalcam

N: Northam W.A. William S.Dale

O: Obituary: George Dalcam

P: Police Strike 1923 Melbourne

Q: Daughter of Jane Quinn

R: Richard Cox Heathcote Victoria

S: Sandakan Death Marches #WW2

T: Nurse Faye Taylor – London Air Raid

U: Uzmaston, Pembrokeshire, Wales

V: Vera Penelope Ethel Dale – Heathcote, Victoria

W: Historic Whroo Cemetery Victoria

X: David Cox – Heathcote Victoria

Y: Yarrawonga Deaths: William Taylor and Janet McEwan

Z: Zero – Joe “The Quacker”

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My Research Interests

Every Tuesday night at 7pm AEST it’s time for #ANZAncestryTime, which is genealogy discussion on Twitter. I’m one of the moderators, which means that every couple of weeks, I moderate for a 20 minute block of the discussion. Each week we have discussion with a particular topic, but tonight we are having a more informal discussion about ourselves and our research interests.

Our #ANZAncestryTime blogger, Sue, reminded us that it might be a good idea to post our research interests. I’m long overdue to do this, so thought it about time to do so.

Australia

BOYLE – Violet Town, Victoria, Australia

COX – Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

CALNAN – Violet Town, Victoria, Australia

GILMOUR – Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

JONES – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

LOUDEN – Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

LOVE – Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

LOWE – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

McQUEEN – Collingwood and Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

TAYLOR – Bundalong and Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia

TAYLOR – Diamond Creek and Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia

TRANTER – Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

WATERS – Kyneton, Rochester, Echuca and – Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

WEBB – Heathcote, Victoria, Australia

England

WATERS – Dunton, Bedfordshire, England

COX – Steeple Ashton and Bath, Wiltshire, England

Wales

TAYLOR – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

LLOYD – Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Scotland

MORISON/MORRISON – Glenshiel, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

MacPHERSON – Sleat, Inverness, Scotland

Ireland

BOYLE – Inver, Donegal, Ireland

CALNAN – Kilkenny, Ireland

Other

McQUEEN – Trelawney, Jamaica, West Indies

ONE PLACE STUDY – Axedale, Victoria, Australia

I feel a bit of a fraud saying I have research interests in Ireland, as I haven’t as yet, researched my Irish ancesters. However, they are going to be my next focus, so I thought I’d add them.

If you see your family name and place on the above list, I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or by email. I’m more than happy to share information with family members.

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Z: Zero – Joe “The Quacker” #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove

I have zero ancestors or places that my ancestors lived that would qualify for letter ‘Z’. I have decided that instead of posting about the letter Z, my final post for the April A to Z Challenge 2021, will be about a random ancestor, whose story I’d like to tell. Having given much thought as to which ancestor will be my choice, I have decided to focus on my great great grandfather Joseph Henry Jones, and particularly his obituary. This obituary was first posted in 2011, but it’s my opinion that this obituary deserves to have another outing.

Joseph Henry Jones

My Great Great Grandfather Joseph Henry Jones, for many years, was my brickwall. I had followed his life until he seemed to disappear, after the death of his wife, Ellen Virginia Lowe, in 1872. This was followed soon after, by the death of his youngest child, Avonia, who was only 4 months old at the time her mother passed away. Sadly Avonia died from starvation, or ‘want of breastmilk’, as stated on her death certificate.

Joseph was left with seven children to care for, ageing from 16 years down to Avonia aged 4 months.  Unfortunately there was more tragedy and sadness for Joe in the coming years.  In 1974,  daughter Catherine Virginia passed away from epilepsy, age 12, followed by their son William Lowe at age 18, in 1893.

I had given up searching for any trace of Joseph, after losing his trail, until another researcher alerted me to the death of his oldest child, Thomas James in a mining accident at Darlingford, Victoria in 1893. He was using his second name as his christian name, which along with his surname Jones, made him almost impossible to find.  The family had not previously lived in this area, adding to the difficulty.

It was both exciting and sad to read the evidence that Joseph gave at the inquest. It seems father and son had been working side by side in the mine. While Joe went to put the billy on there was a landslide in the mine, and his son, Thomas, lost his life.

This led me to the death certificate, of Joseph Henry Jones and an inquest, where I found that  sadly, Joseph had been lying dead in the bush for a number of days before his death was discovered. The inquest then led me to his obituary.

Obituary

From: Jamieson Chronicle, Saturday, November 9, 1895

Our representative at Gaffney’s Creek, The Other Vagabond reports: 
One of those horrible discoveries, which makes the most hardened of us shudder, was made on Wednesday last, by Mounted Constable Polmear.  He had that morning received information that a man named Joseph Jones, an alluvial miner who was ‘a hatter’, on the Goulburn River, a few miles above Knockwood, had not been seen at his home for nearly 3 weeks. 

The energetic constable at once set about finding the missing digger.  The result of shrewd and careful inquries caused him to take an old and unused bush track leading from Luarville, to the German Spur.  Mr. James Cadam accompanied Mr. Polmear, and they had not proceeded more than a quarter of a mile from the Commercial Hotel, when the gruesome spectacle of poor Joe’s dead body, in a very advanced stage of decomposition, barred the way. 

The unfortunate man, who was known by the sobriquet of ‘Joe the Quacker’, had taken this track as a shortcut to his temporary home on the Goulburn River, never dreaming, no doubt, that instead of reaching his camp in good time, he would never see it again; that he would die a lonely and miserable death, within sight of the houses and active bustling humanity. 

He was about 60 years of age and though not of robust constitution, was lively and active but……Ah, the but……Joe had periodical failings. ‘Tis the old, old, very old story; an empty whiskey bottle; an empty pain killer bottle; a grinning corpse; a ghastly spectacle; a  noisome thing; a hideous putrid mass to be tumbled into a coffin to fill a pauper’s grave; just one more nameless mound, which will for a short time mark the spot, where a little of the flotsam and jetsam of the bush were covered up out of sight. 

But the remains of unfortunate Joe are not buried as I write.  The putrefactive remnants lie in an outhouse at the Commercial Hotel awaiting official enquiry. 

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JAMIESON (18905, Nov. 9). Jamieson and Woodspoint Chronicle, Saturday November 9 1895

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Y: Yarrawonga Deaths: William Taylor and Janet McEwan #AtoZChallenge

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Yarrawonga

Yarrawonga is a town in Victoria, which is situated on the southern border of the Murray River, between Victoria and New South Wales. Yarrawonga was named after a pastoral station which was taken up by Elizabeth Hume in 1842.

Many of my Taylor family lived in Yarrawonga. Those who were farming at Bundalong, just outside Yarrawonga on the Victorian side of the Murray River, retired to Yarrawonga. The town was surveyed in 1868, and quickly grew with the opening of the railway.

William Lloyd TAYLOR and Janet McQUEEN

William Lloyd TAYLOR and Janet McQUEEN are my great grandparents. William was born in October 1842 at Diamond Creek, Victoria to parents, John TAYLOR and Martha LLOYD. Janet was born in 1853 at Collingwood, Victoria to parents Thomas James Jonathan McQUEEN and Janet YOUNG. There are many variations to the McQueen name – McQueen, McQuinn, McQuien, McEwan are the most commonly used names. In her adult years, Janet used the name McEwan until her marriage to William.

William and Janet had a large family of 10 children, four boys and six girls. My grandmother, Emily was their fifth child and their third daughter.

William and Janet married in 1878 at Broken Creek. In 1875, before the marriage, William took up a selection of 100 acres of farming land at Stewarton, in Victoria. He abandoned this land in 1876, saying he wished to farm on the Murray. Possibly this land was unsuitable for farming, due to lack of available water. Presumably he wished to farm near his brothers, at the much more fertile area of Bundalong. He then went on to farm at Devenish and later at Bundalong. In his later years, William lived in the nearby township of Yarrawonga.

Death of Janet Taylor, maiden name McQueen/McEwan

Janet died tragically in 1894, at age 41, from burns after an accident at her mother’s house, in Yarrawonga. She is buried at the Yarrawonga Cemetary. Her youngest child was just 4 months old at the time of her death.

From ‘The Yarrawonga Mercury and Mulwala N.S.W News’, Thursday, August 23, 1894
DEATH: Our readers will remember that some four weeks ago, the wife of Mr. Wm Taylor, of Bundalong, was very badly burned, while staying at her mother’s home in Yarrawonga, and that she was conveyed from there to the Wangaratta Hospital.  We now regret to state that Mrs. Taylor died in that institution, on Monday last, from the effects of the burns.  The deceased, who was but 41 years of age, resided for many years in the district, and was highly respected.  She leaves a family of young children to mourn their loss, and much sympathy is felt for Mr. Taylor in his bereavement.  The deceased was laid to rest in the Yarrawonga cemetery yesterday, a number of friends testifying their respect by following the remains to the grave.  The Rev. C.A. Jenkins, Wesleyan clergyman, read the burial service. 

Death of William Taylor

William died at 63 years of age, on 20 November 1905, at Yarrawonga. He is buried at Yarrawonga Cemetary, Victoria.

From: Yarrawonga Mercury, November 23, 1905
Obituary: Another old and respected resident of the district, Mr. William Taylor, died at the residence of his two sisters, in Telford Street, Yarrawonga, early on Monday last, 20th inst.  About 25 years ago Mr. Taylor took up a selection of land at Bundalong, where he brought up a large family. He was aged 64 years at the time of his death, and for the past 17 years had been an active member of the Salvation Army at Yarrawonga, taking a leading part in the open air services of that body.  He was a kindly dispositioned man, well liked by his neighbours and those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.  The funeral took place on Tuesday last, when the body of the deceased was placed at rest in the Yarrawonga Cemetery, the funeral service being read by Ensign Watkins of Benalla, Mr. S. T. Bowles, attending to the mortuary arrangements. 

from ‘Yarrawonga Mercury’, Novermber 23 1905
THANKS:  The Messrs. Taylor Bros and family of the late Mr. W.L. Taylor desire to thank their friends for their kindness during their recent sad bereavement, also D. Jamieson for his prompt care and attention.

from Salvation Army publication ‘War Cry, February 8, 1896
Brother Taylor, our colour sergeant lives about five miles out, but he is at the meetings as often as possible, and is always ready to give his testimony, and warn the people to prepare for death, judgment, and eternity.  About ten miles from Yarrawonga, at Bundalong, the corps – Mulwala, New South Wales.  The people there help well and are supplied with War Crys etc. weekly.  At present the spiritual conditon of the corps is very good.

William and Janet’s daughter Emily, is my grandmother. Emily also passed away at a young age, leaving a large family of young children, including my father.

The Yarrawonga Mercury and Mulwala N.S.W News’, Thursday, August 23, 1894
Yarrawonga Mercury, November 23, 1905
Salvation Army publication ‘War Cry, February 8, 1896
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X: David Cox #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove

The Letter X has caused me a bit of worry. I have no ancestor or no place where my ancestors live that begins with X. So I have decided to go a bit rogue and post about an ancestor whose name ends with the letter X.

David COX is my half 2nd great granduncle. He is the third child of my third great grandfather Richard COX and his first wife Mary DAVIS. He was born in Bath, England, in 1842. His mother Mary, passed away in Bath when he was three years old. Two years later, his father married Mary Jane Edgecombe SULLY. Two more children were born in Bath, before the family migrated to Australia, on the ship Chowringhee. They left England on 12 March 1852 and arrived at Hobson’s Bay on 5 July 1852.

The family settled at Heathcote, where David’s father Richard became a successful sheep farmer. In 1892, when Richard passed away, David inherited the farm named She-Oak, where he lived until his death on Tuesday July 13, 1915.

From: The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, Thursday 22 July 1915, page 2.

Obituary.
We are very sorry to have to record the death of a very old and much respected resident of Heathcote and district, namely, Mr David Cox, who passed away at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, on Tuesday, 13th inst., at his residence, The Oak Farm, She-Oak. He had been ailing since May last, but had only been laid up for two days prior to his decease, which came suddenly from heart failure.

Mr Cox was the second son of the late Mr Richard Cox, formerly of Heathcote and She Oak, and was 72 years of age, having been born at Bath, Dorsetshire, England, on 23rd April, 1843. He arrived with his parents and elder members of the family at Heathcote in 1853. They first went to Bendigo, and after staying there a short time, came on to Heathcote, and resided for a number of years, where Mr Jas. Tranter’s residence now is, the late Mr Cox, sen., taking up land at She Oak, and going to reside there with Mrs Cox and family.

Mr David Cox followed farming and stock raising, taking over The Oak Farm, on the death of his father. He was for a time in New South Wales, many years ago. He was well known as an excellent rider, took much interest in sport, and was for long a supporter of the local racing club, in recognition of which the club at its meeting on Tuesday evening last week, resolved that a letter of condolence be forwarded to Mrs Cox, extending sympathy.

In the early days, Mr Cox, on many occasions rode in races on the local course. He was possessed of considerable intelligence and judgment, and could give good advice, and was much liked for his thorough straight forwardness, and exceptionally kind and generous nature.

He married Miss Charlotte Roberts, and he leaves his wife and four young children to mourn their sad loss, and much sympathy is felt for them in their bereavement, sympathy also being extended to his four married sisters, namely, Mrs A. Davis (Williamstown), Mrs J. L. Dale (Kyneton), Mrs Jas. Tranter (Heathcote), and Mrs A. M’Lennan (Top Forest), one sister, Mrs J. Stafford (Colombo, Ceylon), and one brother, Mr Edwin Cox (near Dubbo, N.S.W.), being deceased.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon last, and was numerously attended, the place of interment being the Heathcote Cemetery. The bearers were Messrs. A. M’Lennan, E. Tranter, sen., W. Tranter, C. Tranter, V. Tranter and A. Tranter. The burial service was read by the Rev. W. Bennett, and the funeral was conducted by Messrs. Perry Bros. There were a number of nice floral tributes.

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Obituary. (1915, July 22). The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 28, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74750060

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W: Historic Whroo Cemetery Victoria #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove

Whroo

Whroo is an historic gold mining area in Central Victoria. Today, some say it’s a ghost town. It is deserted these days, with no evidence that a vibrant, bustling town existed there in the 19th century. Today, Whroo is a State Forest with beautiful bushland with many great walking trails.

There is however some evidence of goldmining on the landscape. The area is dotted with mine entrances and tunnels. It is only in recent years that these tunnels have been closed off to the public, for safety reasons.

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Balaclava Mine. The area is now closed to the public

Whroo is situated in Central Victoria, just outside the historic town of Rushworth. In 1854, two men discovered a gold nugget in long grass at Whroo. This led to a huge gold rush with hopeful miners coming from all over the world to make their fortune. It wasn’t long until Whroo became a thriving town with three hotels, a school, a cordial factory and three ore crushing mills. The two men who found that original gold nugget, started the Balaclava mine the following year. and it continued until the 1960s. By 1881, gold was becoming more difficult to find and the number of employed miners at Whroo had decreased to 150.The Balaclava mine closed in the 1920s as gold was no longer being found. The area where the mine is situated in now a tourist attraction. Tourists are able to walk down a long stairway to get close to the mouth of the mine.

Whroo Cemetery

Due to the explosion in population at Whroo, during the goldrush, it wasn’t long before a cemetery was needed. The first burial recorded was in 1858, but it is thought that there were earlier unrecorded deaths in the town before that date.

Today, the Whroo cemetery is very well looked after by the local cemetery trust. Wandering around this historic cemetery, it’s possible to understand a little more about the history of the area and the goldrush.

My partner’s ancestors, named HODGE and DALCAM, were early gold miners at Whroo, and are buried in the Whroo cemetery.

The Whroo cemetery is only about one hour from where we live, so we go there occasionally for bushwalking and to visit the cemetery. This historic cemetery is a very peaceful place, with a sense of it’s history still being obvious to the visitor.

From: The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 – 1918) 17 September 1869: 2

WHROO
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
September 13th, 1869.
Six tons of quartz from Cameron & Dalcam’s claim on Chinamans’ Hill, yielded 2 oz. 9 dwts of gold, and is payable. Nine tons of tailings and hopperings from the 40 foot lead, Reg’s & Co’s. claim, yielded 2 oz. 15 dwts. of gold. This rush is increasing, about fifty miners are on the ground, but so far only three new holes are being sunk, payable gold is being got in several claims, and I have heard that as much as 12 dwts. to the tub has been got during last week; the sinking is from 40 to 55 feet, and fair workable ground. I do not know of any ground in this district better worth prospecting. Four tons of quartz from a new vain on Arthur’s old claim near Law’s dam, at the White Hills, yielded 1 1/4 oz. per ton and pays well. The prospectors are applying for a lease of ten acres. Blayney W. Walshe & Co., are applying for a lease of thirty acres on the Malakoff, to prospect for gold and antimony, under the name of the North Balaclava Quartz Mining Co., to employ four men for the first six months, and afterwards twenty men, and I hope they will get it at once. It appears that Ballarat capital will be largely invested in the undertaking. The company will consist of twenty shareholders.

“WHROO.” The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 – 1918) 17 September 1869: 2. Web. 6 Mar 2021 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93695302&gt;.

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V: Vera Penelope Ethel Dale #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosen theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The theme I have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove. Trove is the electronic archive for newspapers, books, magazines, photos and much more.

Vera Penelope Ethel DALE is my first cousin three times removed. Her parents were Joseph Langham DALE and Emily Jane COX. Emily was my second great grand aunt. Vera, born in 1889 at Kyneton, was the 14th of 15 children.

On 4 September 1915, Vera married Edward Clemans at Kyneton. This was quite a society wedding which was well reported in the Kyneton Guardian.

From: Kyneton Guardian (Vic. : 1870 – 1880; 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 24, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129606069

CLEMENS—DALE.

Although the marriage of Mr Edward Clemens, of Kyneton, to Miss Vera E. Penelope Dale, second youngest daughter of Mrs J. Langham Dale and the late J. Langham Dale, of Kyneton, was very quietly celebrated on Saturday evening, September 4, much interest was centred in it, as both bride and bridegroom are well known and highly esteemed residents of the town. The ceremony took place in St. Paul’s Church of England at 6.45 p.m., and Canon Bishop officiated, the church being filled with friends and well wishers of the contracting parties.

The bride who was given away by her brother. Mr W. S. Dale, wore a lovely trained wedding gown of white crepe de chine. The bodice, draped with white ninon, was veiled with shadow lace, and the shirred skirt was finished with sprays of orange blossom. A beautifully embroidered veil was worn, arranged with mob cap effect and finished with a wreath of orange blossom, the only ornament worn being a diamond necklet, the gift of the bridegroom. An exquisite bouquet of carnations completed a beautifully simple bridal toilette.

The bride was attended by two bridesmaids, her sister. Miss Myrtle Dale, and Miss Amy Wells. The former wore a smart frock of white satin with a full double skirt of pink and white ninon. The bodice with a stylish coatee of pink ninon. A becoming mob cap of pink tulle was worn and a posy of primroses carried. Miss Amy Wells wore a sweet frock of white crepe de chine, with skirt, of three tiers with scalloped edges, and the bodice veiled with ninon and shadow lace, and a sleeveless Eton coat of crepe de chine. A mob cap of pale blue tulle was worn and a bouquet of forget me nots, tied with pale blue streamers, completed a pretty costume.

The bridegroom’s gift to the first bridesmaid was a gold wristlet watch and to the second maid an aquamarine necklet. The bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a handsome oak writing bureau. In addition to their bouquets the bridesmaids carried each a satin cushion, one pink and one blue, on which the bride and bridegroom knelt before the altar. As the bridal party entered the church Mr A. M. Perkin played the Wedding March and after the ceremony the Bridal March from Lohengrin. Mr A. E. Barnes supported the bridegroom and Mr Sellar was groomsman.

After the ceremony Mrs. Dale entertained the guests, mainly relatives and a few near personal friends, to wedding tea at the Arcadia, the bridal party being conveyed by motors supplied from Mr Roberts’ garage, each being decorated gaily with pink and white hyacinths and japonica and pink and blue streamers.

Mrs Dale received her guests, and the bride and bridegroom received their friends’ congratulations in the ante-room, which was beautifully decorated with blue gum and daffodils. Mrs Dale wore a smart coat and skirt of crepe de chine, relieved with a soft white vest, and a black and white aeroplane hat, finished with a white velvet rose and jet pins.

Several pretty frocks were worn, including the following: Mrs Kearns, Sydney (sister of bride), smart black silk, made with tunic effect, the over-skirt of heavy black silk and the bodice and Medici collar relieved with pale pink, and mole colored transparent hat with tiny roses: Mrs W. S. Dale (sister-in-law), turquoise blue crepe de chine over silk, black picture hat with white flowers and velvet streamers; Mrs Jas. Armstrong, mole crepe de chine with double skirt and coatee and white silk net front finished with tiny pink buttons, and a mole hat. with crown of pale blue lilies of the valley finished with white ornaments.

The wedding tea took place in the large supper room, which was very attractively arranged. The guests were seated at three large tables, each prettily adorned with a wealth of early spring flowers, relieved by native heaths and the charming euancondit, which grows with such profusion on the hills to the north west of Kyneton. The effect of the whole was rendered more beautiful, by the soft illumination of the silver candelabra shaded with pink. Several toasts were proposed and received with evident zest.

Canon Bishop directed the ceremony, and in feeling terms proposed “The King” which toast was enthusiastically received, after which he submitted “The Bride and Bridegroom,” making reference to the sincere regard which was entertained for them both. He believed there was none more highly spoken of amongst his congregation than the bride whom they were honoring. Mr Clemens had been fighting bravely and he was pleased to find that, like that brave soldier, Private Jacka, he had been rewarded by a V.C. for his wife would henceforth be known not as Vera Dale, but as Vera Clemens. He felt their union would be a very happy one, and he wished for them both all the prosperity that they might hope for themselves.

The bridegroom, in testifying his thankfulness, not alone of the proposition, but for its hearty reception, spoke of the pleasure which he had experienced at the hope, which he and Mrs Clemens had, of a successful and happy future. He, in turn, neatly proposed “The Bridesmaids,” when Mr. A. E. Barnes, best man. responded on their behalf. “The Bride’s Mo-ther” was proposed by Mr J. Armstrong, and responded to by Mr W. S. Dale, who has now returned home from Western Australia. “The Rev. Chairman” was submitted by Mr. E. Armstrong and acknowledged by Canon Bishop. R.D.

During the evening, songs were rendered by Mrs Frank Serpell and Mr Tom Clemens, the musical accompaniments being provided by Mr A. M. Perkin. Mr. and Mrs Clemens left by the train for Melbourne, en route for Sydney, and the Blue Mountains, the bride wearing a stylish tailor made of gabardine with a white satin vest and a black and white hat of crepe de chine, with black velvet flowers set closely round the crown.

On their return they will reside at “Halcyon,” High Sreet Kyneton. They were the recipients of many handsome and valuable presents, including many cheques. Amongst the gifts were a beaten copper vase from St. Paul’s Sunday School teachers and a table from the employees of Dales’ Mutual Stores.

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MARRIAGE. (1915, September 7). Kyneton Guardian (Vic. : 1870 – 1880; 1914 – 1918), p. 2. Retrieved April 24, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129606069

Uzmaston, Pembrokeshire, Wales #AtoZChallenge

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My great great grandfather, John TAYLOR’s parents, John TAYLOR and Mary DAVIES, were married at Slebech on 24 June, 1804. Their first four children, James, Anne, Anne and William were born at Slebech between 1804 and 1811. My great great grandfather John TAYLOR, was their fifth child, and was born at Old Oven in 1814. He was baptised at Uzmaston 5 February, 1814.

Uzmaston is a small parish, situated about two miles from Central Haverfordwest. In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Uzmaston:

“Uzmaston, or Ismiston, a parish in Haverfordwest district, Pembroke; 1½ mile SE of Haverfordwest r. station. Post town, Haverfordwest. Acres, 2,070. Real property, £2,576. Pop., 610. Houses, 130. The property is divided among a few. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of St. Davids. Value, £100. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St. D.”

Saint Ismaels church in Uzmaston. Photo: churchinwales.org.uk

Uzmaston today. https://www.wikipedia.org/

Old Oven

Old Oven was a small farm, of about 100 acres, which is now derelict. The land is now part of Uzmaston Farm and is not marked on maps of today. I was in contact with a researcher from Wales many years ago, who when asked about Old Oven said, ” it was approached from the Uzmaston or New Road, turning left for Rhos and approximately 100yds from that turning through a gateway on the right. You would have then, and still now have to, cross two fields to the cottage. It is now a derelict piece of land.

Photo sent to me by a Welsh researcher in 2004. Unfortunately I have misplaced her name.

The names mentioned in the following newspaper article are names that I have on my list of unproven family members. They are very common names in the area, and seem to pop up quite often in documents relating to my family.

Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 – 1928), Saturday 31 December 1927 p. 29.

SCENE IN CHURCH

The parish of Uzmaston, Pembrokeshire, is awaiting with keen interest, the outcome of a duel between the rector, the Rev. Thomas Alfred Harries, and a woman member of the church, Miss P. E. F. Thomas, daughterof a former rector, who has threatened to report the facts to the bishop of St. David’s.

Some years ago, Miss Thomas’ mother, her sisters, and herself presented to the church, in memory of her father, the Rev. W. Beech Thomas, late rector of Uzmaston, a carved oak lectern made to her design, of an angel. Later Miss Thomas noticed that the lectern was dimly lighted and ordered a pair of brass handle sconces to be fastened on it It did not occur to her to ask the present rectors permission for the addition of this detail.

Following the service when the candlesticks first appeared, the rector, says Miss Thomas called her to the chancel steps, asked who had put on the candle sconces, and demanded to know what right, she had to do it. The rector, she adds, told her to take them off immediately. She then informed the rector that she would consult the bishop and left the church.

SCENE IN CHURCH (1927, December 31). Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 – 1928), Saturday 31 December 1927 p. 29. Retrieved February 9, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article153431405
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T: Nurse Faye Taylor – London Air Raid #AtoZChallenge

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Nurse Faye Taylor

Faye Louisa TAYLOR (known as Fanny) was born in 1882, at Bundalong, Victoria. Her parents, were James TAYLOR and Emily Louisa PEARCE. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and served as a nurse in World War 1.

The following report is an account of an air raid in London that Nurse Taylor wrote to her sister in Gundagai.

London Air Raid

From: The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 – 1931), p. 2.

London Air Raid.

Nurse Taylor, with the Australian nurses abroad, writing to her sister in Gundagai, giving a graphic description of a recent air raid on London, says :—

We had a severe raid here last week- mostly Zepps. A very silent danger, as they must have shut the engines off. I had been in to the theatre and we went to the Troc. for supper. It was a peculiar feeling, a noise like a train going over a bridge, a thud, screams, falling glass, and then another thud in the distance. We rushed out, but could, of course, see nothing. Special constables ushered us into tubes for safety, but Fitz., being a doctor, offered his services, so I struggled home alone, and it was ‘some’ struggle.

You’ve no idea how terrified the people are. Men, women, and children just crowd into the, tubes and make them a very inferno. The closeness and the smell almost kills one. Babies in arms, dirty women, some with babies and some carrying dogs, just stampede. I did want to stay on top and help, but being a woman I was bundled down and didn’t get home till after 1 o’clock. One couldn’t get near the trains.

Of course, one can’t blame the people, I suppose. I tried to hearten up some poor mothers huddled up near me, and said, ‘Just try and be worthy of our men who are under that every minute and every second,’ and then one said, ‘But the poor little children, it is so awful for them.’ I said,’ ‘Yes, but the most awful thing for the children is to be brought up little cowards when their fathers are doing so much. Didn’t they think the mothers could help also, just by being calm. ‘Poor thing’.

I am afraid it was almost useless, but they, commenced talking of other things, and asked me questions about my home, my brothers, and Australia, and presently the ‘All clear’ was sounded and they went up stairs again, while I pushed and struggled to get into a carriage. We are expecting a ‘beauty’ tonight. There is an arsenel near here (Southall), and if they manage to hit that, it will be good-bye for all of us. There is no where for us to evacuate to, but daresay we would have to ‘dig in’ out on the lawn.

Thanks to fellow family researcher, Peter Toohey, for willingly photos.

London Air Raid. (1917, December 18). The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 – 1931), p. 2. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123535376

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S: Sandakan Death Marches #WW2

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Sandakan Death Marches

Australian prisoners of war were sent to Sandakan in 1941 to build an airstrip. The Sandakan death marches were a series of forced marches in Borneo, from Sandakan to Ranau. Prisoners were treated badly and denied food.

These marches resulted in the deaths of 2,345 allied prisoners of war, held captive by Japan, in the Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp, during the Pacific campaign of World War II. By the end of the war, of all the prisoners who had been incarcerated at Sandakan and Ranau, only six Australians survived, all of whom had escaped.

The Sandakan death marches are widely considered to be the single worst atrocity suffered by Australian servicemen during the Second World War.

Gordon Cresswell Taylor VX50676 was my first cousin once removed, and one of the soldiers who died while marching in these death marches.  His cause of death was enteritis which is a disease of the intestine caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria.

From: The Mercury, Hobart, Saturday 22 September, page 2

DRAMATIC RESCUE OF SANDAKAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVORS
From Graham Jenkins, a Correspondent of “The Mercury”
Labuan. Fri.
A brave struggle to rescue the last known survivors of the Sandakan death march, and the atrocities which preceded it, ended successfully yesterday when four 8th Division prisoners of war were flown from the hinterland of North-west Borneo to safety in tiny RAAF Auster observation planes.

THE pilots first had to over power and disarm some Japanese who were not aware of the end of the war. The rescued men make a total of six survivors of 2,500 prisoners taken by the Japs to Sandakan. The 2,500 included 1,800 Australians. The four men brought in yesterday, were all New South Wales men. All are recovering from their grim experience.

They were in Australian hands in the Ranau district on Aug. 12, but their weak condition prevented their movement through the jungle. A 170 yd. airstrip was carved from the jungle in August, but, despite repeated efforts, the Austers failed to land. When the Japanese capitulated, the men marched to a small air-strip near Ranau, from which their rescue was made yesterday.

The five Austers were led by G-Capt J. R. Fleming, and all landed safely. After taking swords and rifles from the Japs, and convincing them forcibly of the Jap surrender, the pilots took off with the four prisoners, and Major Foster, medical officer, who parachuted into the jungle to give aid, when the prisoners were first dis-covered.

From August 1942, until May 1944, Australian and British prisoners of war at Sandakan, died from floggings, stonings, and other unspeakable acts, one of the rescued men, WO Striepewich, said. In April, 1944, deaths for the month had reached 242 and only 450 Australians and a few British could be eased up at bayonet point from their beds in Sandakan compound for the death march to Ranau.

They set out in parties of 50, one of which he commanded. After two days’ struggle on the difficult trail, six of his men had been lost. After that, they died at the rate of six a day. Only 142 Australians reached Ranau on June 24. Each morning on the march, those too weak to continue were told to remain behind. “They knew then it was all up and would say ‘So long, mate!'” said WO Striepewich.

When those who could, had got under way the Japs would machine-gun the others. WO Stricpewich escaped with the help of a friendly Formosan guard. With the aid of natives, from whom he learned Labuan, had been occupied, he made contact with the Australians on Aug. 9. He was able to tell the Australians of another party of 8th Division men, who escaped on July 7, and within three days, three other men were discovered.


“Gunner Gordon Cresswell Taylor, 4th Anti Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B force. The 1494 POWs that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Gunner Taylor, aged 29, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 14 April 194” – war service documents

DRAMATIC RESCUE OF SANDAKAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVORS (1945, September 22). The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article26152066

https://www.awm.gov.au/

Paul HAM, Sandakan: The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches, ISBN: 9781864711417, (Australia, Victoria, Penguin, 3 June 2013

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