Tuesday, April 7, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - F is for a family of Champions

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

Lorna HUXLEY (1911-2009)  

The Great-Great Grandaughter of Elizabeth Phipps, Lorna Margaret Jane HUXLEY, the daughter of Colin Stanley HUXLEY (1879-1954) and Lillian HALL ( - ), was born in Warwick, Queensland on 15 September 1911. By 1933 she employed as a Nurse in The District Hospital, Parramatta, NSW, Australia.  She died at the age of 97 on 22 January 2009 in NSW, Australia.

Lorna and Charles Geoffrey CHAMPION became engaged on 27 July 1935.and were wed on 20 November 1935 in Warwick Presbyterian Church, Warwick, Queensland, Australia. There was a long report of the wedding in the newspapers. The whole report can be read here: 

1935 'Family Notices', Warwick Daily News (Qld. : 1919 -1954), 23 November, p. 3. , viewed 02 Apr 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article177341799

Her husband Charles Geoffrey CHAMPION, a general practitioner, was born in NSW. He was awarded an 'Order of the British Empire' on 16 June 1979. He died on 26 October 1984 in NSW. 

Charles and Lorna Margaret Jane HUXLEY had the following three children: Geoffrey David CHAMPION, Susan Margaret CHAMPION and (Graham) Warwick CHAMPION all of whom I believe are still living. These offspring were just not Champions in name.

Associate Professor Geoffrey David CHAMPION was awarded an Order of Australia  for "For significant service to medicine in the field of paediatric rheumatology, and to medical research and treatment of musculoskeletal pain."

I haven't been able to dig up any information on daughter Susan except that she married in 1969.

Warwick and his wife Rosemary are prominent Queensland graziers who featured in an ABC Documentary. You can read their story here:  https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/04/17/3987497.htm

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

1 comment:

Molly of Molly's Canopy said...

Great play on words! So great to have ancestors that are not only Champions but champions.


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