Thursday, April 30, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - Z is for Zachery and Zita

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

Zachery and Zita are just two of Elizabeth's many descendants

Zachery is a young chap so I am not going to share any of his personal details. He is a Great-Grandson of Thorpe Egbert Price and a descendant of Elizabeth Phipps daughter, Ann Westbrook.

Zita Reynolds was born in 1923.

Zita, a committed student had a long journey to school each day. I wonder if, like my ancestors in the area, she drove a horse and sulky.

1938 'All ABOUT PEOPLE', The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), 7 January, p. 3. , viewed 19 Apr 2020,
In 1940 she enjoyed a holiday with a friend.

1940 'TOWN TALK', The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), 26 January, p. 2. , viewed 19 Apr 2020,
In 1944 she was a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding in Gilgandra, NSW.

1944 'Family Notices', Gilgandra Weekly (NSW : 1942 - 1955), 6 April, p. 2. , viewed 19 Apr 2020,
I hadn't been able to find much information on Zita until I realised that her name was interchangeably spelt as Zeta.  I had forgotten to examine alternate spellings!

Once I realised this I found a flood of articles about Zeta on Trove. As a child she made regular contributions to the children's pages in newspapers.

1935 'Likes Tennis, Writing and Reading.', The Australian Worker (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1950), 20 February, p. 20. , viewed 19 Apr 2020,
Zeta served several times as a Bridesmaid for her sisters and friends and she was quite well known for the cakes she made for various celebrations. There is a report of Zeta's 21st Birthday party here on Trove in 1944. From Electoral rolls on Ancestry I learnt that Zeta was still living with her parents at their property, Chatswood, Gilgandra in 1954.

Zeta married Phillip George Lynch in 1957. Unfortunately I cannot find a report of the wedding as the coverage of most newspapers on Trove ceases after 1954. I would love to hear stories of Zeta's life between 1954 and her death in 2013.

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


Kristin said...

How wonderful and useful to have an ancestor named Zita/Zeta! I am sorry there were no photographs of her and no later articles. The ones you shared gave a picture of a very energetic, focused young woman.

Congratulations on finishing A to Z.

Anne Young said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge and generating a marvellous family history about the descendants of Elizabeth Phipps.

Jennifer Jones said...

Jackpot Jill! Two great Z names in one post

Molly of Molly's Canopy said...

Congratulations on completing the A to Z Challenge! Zita/Zeta is such an unusual name -- yet I have a photo of a nun in my family collection labeled Sister Zita, who may be the sibling of some of my German-American collateral relatives. Thanks for the reminder to try name variations on given names as well as surnames.

Dianne said...

Congratulations on finishing the A to Z Challenge. I have enjoyed reading about the descendants of your ancestor.
If my great great grandfather hadn’t missed the boat in following his siblings to Australia, so took the next ship sailing... to Canada... I could have been Australian! I enjoy researching my cousins there.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

How fabulous to have found so many stories about Zita/Zeta, let alone finding the name itself.

Congratulations on all your stories and finishing the series. I know Anne asked about your descendant charts in a comment, but how about doing a post on the process as a learning exercise for us all.

Lynnette Forest said...

Congrats on finishing A to Z! Sounds like an involved and exciting project.

GeniAus said...

Thanks all for your comments. Although I kept up during the challange I am dragging the cahain with my final evaluative post. Must get moving!


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