Saturday, April 4, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - D is for the Duncan Girls.

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead



My Mother, Elsie Harriet Duncan was one of five daughters of Frank Duncan, a Phipps descendant and Ethel Jane Pusell.

Elizabeth Phipps was Frank's Great-Grandmother
Throughout their lives The Duncan Girls: Elsie Harriet, (Ethel) Eileen, Kathleen Jane, Lillian Frances and Mary Olive, posed for quite a few group photos. I'll share a few here.

The first photo I have of all five girls is of my grandparents with my mother and her four sisters who were members of the Junior Red Cross in Cobar NSW. I estimate that this was taken around 1935-37.


The Duncan Family - Back L-R Elsie, Ethel Jnae Pusell, (Ethel) Eileen Duncan, Middle L-R Kathleen, Frank Duncan, Lillian, Front - Mary

Mum, Elsie's Red Cross work was acknowledged in one of the Sydney newspapers.
1935 'Cobar Red Cross Children', The Labor Daily (Sydney, NSW : 1924 - 1938), 23 August, p. 13. , viewed 01 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article237486798
The Duncans moved to Kensington, Sydney in the early 1940s. The next photo, taken around 1947 by a street photographer in Sydney, shows the girls (minus Lillian) with their mother Ethel and friends. It looks as though they were setting out for a picnic.


The girls gathered with their father for a more formal occasion in 1947. It looks like they were standing outside Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Randwick. 


The Duncan Girls - L-R Kathleen, Eileen, Father Frank, Mary, Elsie, Lillian
The Duncans loved to party. Twenty-First Birthdays were celebrated with family and friends. Lillian celebrated in January,1950.


Lil's 21st, L-R Eileen, Mary, Kathleen, Niece Ronda (Front), Elsie, Aunt Elsie May Duncan, Lillian, Mum Ethel
Eileen walked down the aisle at St Martins Church, Kensington in August 1951. I was pleased to find myself in the group photo.


Eileen,s Wedding L-R Unknown , Elsie, Niece Jill, Mother Ethel, Sister-in-law Joan, Mary, Kathleen, Lillian, Aunt Elsie May Duncan
Lillian married Thomas William Curry at Kensington in 1952. She is pictured below with her sisters and other female members of the family (I missed this photo opportunity).


 The Girls - L-R Eileen, Elsie, Niece Ronda, Lillian, Mary, Sister-in-law Joan, Kathleen

As I don't want to make this post too long I will fast forward nearly 20 years to my wedding day in 1970.
The Duncan Girls 1970 - L-R Mary, Lillian, Kathleen, Eileen, Elsie, Mum Elsie, Step-Brother Bill Chatfield
The last and only colour photo I have of the group is at a cousin's wedding in 1978. 

The Duncan Girls - Kathleen, Elsie, Eileen, Mum Ethel, Step-brother Bill, Lillian, Mary
 These photos bring back many memories of times spent with and stories told by my Aunts, The Duncan Girls.

I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - C is for Casualty

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead



We have twice travelled to Villers-Bretonneux Memorial and Cemetery in France to visit ancestors' memorial inscriptions. I didn't know until recently that there was also a commemoration there to my 2nd cousin twice removed, James Herbert Brydon.

Inscriptions on the Memorial Wall - Villers-Bretonneux - Photo Jill Ball

James Herbert Brydon is Elizabeth Phipps' Great-Grandson through her daughter Adelina's line.

 
James' journey to The Front started in August 1915.

1915 'Another Volunteer.', Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), 12 August, p. 39. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156941133
1915 'Dunedoo Volunteer Farewelled.', Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), 26 August, p. 22. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156937276
He enlisted in the AIF on 18th August 1915.  Following is the front page of James' full Service Record that can be accessed and downloaded from here: https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/145681

https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/145681
The AIF Project Site at https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=37386 provides a summary of James service. 

James death on the front was simply reported in local and state newspapers. It says much of the times that the passing of this young man received such little mention in the local press. I have not been able to locate an obituary for James in the local press. He was just one of many young Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice

1917 'Western Casualties.', Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW : 1890 - 1954), 14 June, p. 25. , viewed 31 Mar 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article157112478
There is a simple memorial to James Herbert Brydon on the CWGC website.  


Source: https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1458575/brydon,-james-herbert/
James Herbert Brydon name is inscribed  on the walls at Villers-Bretonneux.

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial and Cemetery - Photo Jill Ball



I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - B is for Border

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead


It seems as though I am on a sporting theme as the cousin I am featuring today is also a renowned Australian sportsman who was a Captain of the Australian Cricket Team, The Baggy Greens. Although he is a living person I am writing about Allan Robert Border, however, I will not share any personal details that are not available in the public domain. As he is in the land of the living you cannot view Allan's profile on my website but you can view his Father, John Frederick Border.

Just in case you haven't heard of my 4th cousin, Allan Border, this Wikipedia Article gives a summary of his career, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Border. It's rather exciting to find that Allan, another convict descendant, has been recognised three times in the Australian Honours List. The first time being in 1986: https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/886196.

I'm sure that Allan doesn't know of our cousinship which was only uncovered earlier this year by another cousin, Lyn.

This is how Allan's Dad and My Mum are related.



I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - A is for Artie

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead



One day back in October 2011 I was at home preparing dinner when I got a phone call from Mum's second cousin, Arthur Henry Beetson who was wanting help with our family tree. Neither Mum or I had ever met Arthur but we both  knew of this famous Australian cousin who was better known as "Big Artie". 

I was saddened that Artie passed away at the relatively young age of 66 a short time later on December 1, 2011 before I was able to send him any family history files. Arthur was the 2xGreat-Grandson of  Elizabeth Phipps.


Relationship to Phipps Elizabeth

Artie was a proud indigenous man -  the first Indigenous captain of a major Australian sporting team, The Australian Rugby League team, The Kangaroos  Beetson received a Medal of the Order of Australia "in recognition of service to the sport of Rugby League"

I will not share a story of Artie's life here as it is well documented on many internet sites. You can read Artie's obituary here, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/beetson-arthur-henry-artie-16716, on the Obituaries Australia website (note the incorrect date of death in  the article title - it should be 1945-2011).

Please take a look at The ARTIE Academy,https://www.artie.net.au/about/, a charity set up in Artie's memory.

I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 

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