Friday, 21 July 2017

Sepia Saturday 377


To quote "The Wind in the Willows" I took the prompt to be along the lines of "messing about in boats".

This is Beatrice Annie Nash, my 2nd great aunt - sister to my great grandfather.

She was born in Freshford, Somerset, England in mid 1887 (around July).  Bet was the third child and eldest daughter of James William Nash and Matilda Whatley.

Now, I'm not too sure if this photo is legit.  It certainly looks like she is sitting on the deck of a cruise ship (thankfully not the Titanic) enjoying the sun and a good book.  But, it also looks like she may be sitting in front of a well drawn backdrop.  Either way, she looks stunning in her puffy sleeves and big hair.

Bet would go on to marry Jack Hawkins in 1911 and have three children, two boys and a girl.  Bet passed away at just 59 years of age in 1947.


This second picture is of my dad's cousin Kol as a toddler.  With his grandmother Gean Nash (nee Bunston) in the passenger seat and a very happy pet dog on the shore of the mighty Murray River.

I have a feeling they didn't get very far down the river :)

After WWII Kol's parents (Cliff and Muriel Morris) moved to the Mildura area where he was born in the late 1940's.  He is the eldest of four boys.



In 1951 Gean Nash (nee Bunston) on the right, travelled to England with her husband Percy Nash and some cousins.  (I can't for the life of me remember which ones, even though I just saw a "bon voyage" photo last week!  Don't know where it has gone now).

This was the first time Percy had been back to England since he served in Europe in WWI.  He came to Australia in 1912, so 40 years later he visits his mother.  It is also the first (and only) time Gean met her mother in law.

Below is the Strathmore, the ship on which they sailed.





Now, you may recognise this last picture - it's the one I posted a couple of weeks ago.  But it fits nicely with my "messing about in boats" - so once again, I give you my grandmother Elsie and great grandfather Sam Davenport.

Nan is ready to take the plunge while her dad steadies the ship.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sepia Saturday 375


It has once again been a long time between posts, but I saw this week's prompt and thought I'd share a couple of pics.

I decided to go with the theme of "swimming costume" rather than swimming.


This first picture shows my paternal grandfather Percy (left), sister Muriel and brother Wilf getting a good hosing down on a hot summer's day by their mother Gean.

This photo would have been taken by their father, Percy, at the family farm "Mayfield" near Skipton in the early 1930s.  The kids were born two years apart, starting with my grandfather in 1921.


This second picture shows my maternal grandmother, Elsie.  She is the one with the stunning cap on!  She is in the boat with her father Sam.  I don't know the other men.  

This picture was taken at Lake Jollicum which is just south of Streatham in Victoria.  These days it is a 15 minute drive.  
I expect this photo to have been taken in the mid 1930s.  My grandmother was born in 1918 and she looks to be a teenager in this photo.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Do you want to learn your ancestry?

Do you want to learn your ancestry?

With our big move (refer to the News page), I have freed up some time to enable me to try my hand at my dream job - researching family histories for others.

If you have ever wanted to find out about your family history, but are not interested in doing the research yourself, email me at gcnash74@gmail.com 

All information discovered will be confidential and nothing will be posted on this blog without permission.

Please share this post where ever you can... much appreciated!


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sepia Saturday 351


I love this week's prompt.  Granted, I have once again neglected my poor little blog and therefore have probably missed out on many awesome ideas.

The prompt of photos of the same person at different times in their lives is fantastic.  My great grandfather was a hoarder, so I have many photos... who to choose?

 Georgina "Gean" May Bunston, my great grandmother.

She was born on January 6 1886, the youngest daughter of George and Elizabeth Bunston.

To the left, she is seen here with her mother as a young girl - maybe four years old.

Her family lived on a farm just outside Skipton in country Victoria, Australia.  Her father, George, farmed the land as well as being the local mailman and wool carter.  Her eldest brother, James, married before Gean was a year old and by the time this photo was taken (around 1890) she had lost her younger brother, Andrew, who died in 1889.  Gean would also become an aunt that same year but sadly her nephew died as as infant.

To the right, Gean (on the left) is pictured with her eldest sister, Fannie.  This was taken in 1900 when Gean was 14 years old.  By now Gean was an aunt to six nieces and nephews.  Her second eldest brother, John, was also married by now and had moved off the farm to live in the suburbs of Melbourne.

Brother James and his young family had also moved away, to Mansfield - virtually on the other side of the state.  Sister Fannie would also move to the Mansfield area with her husband after they married in 1901, a year after this photo was taken.  Third brother George and his family would also move to area in the early 1900s.
Gean, shown here in around 1917.  By now she had met my great grandfather, Percy Nash.  This photo was sent to him while he was overseas serving his new country (Percy immigrated to Australia in 1912) in WWI.

All of her siblings were married by this time and she was the aunt to around 26 nieces and nephews.

Gean and Percy would marry in 1920 when he returned to Australia.  They would go on to have four children of their own, three living to raise their own families.

The Nash family would take over the Bunston family farm at Skipton which remained in the family until around 2013.  A well respected family of the district, as were the Bunstons before them.  Active members in their local church.  Percy was a founding member of the RSL and also played cornet in the local brass band.

Jump forward to 1970 - here are Gean and Percy at the time of their 50th wedding anniversary.  They remained on the family farm their whole married life.  Percy would pass away in 1974 at the age of 80.  Gean would pass away the following year at the age of 89.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Information for my book

Hi readers!

I am currently working on a book about the Bunston Family and their descendants.  It is a follow up to the one I compiled back in 2000 - The Bunston Family: Past and Present.

The book is becoming huge! I'm still only working on the first draft and have a long way to go.

Apart from the Bunston name, other names that feature in the book are listed below.  Note that the list will grow as more of the story unfolds.  The family has spread far and wide, throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (so far).

If anyone is interested in contributing with information / stories / photos etc. rest assured that your name will be added to my list of acknowledgements.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me through the contact form here, or directly via email at gcnash74@gmail.com

I'm looking forward to hearing from everyone interested.

Bunston          Nash          Morris          Peadon          Gavins          Ousley          Larson
Fairlie          McGarry          Cowley          Bailey          Doxsey          Ridgway          Roberts
East          Hurford          Bond          Luck          Reyland          McColl          Wilkie          Cairns
Robertson          Kellett          Thompson


Friday, 14 October 2016

Sepia Saturday No. 344



Just a small post this time...

With the prompt this time being "Travel and Transport", I like many other other bloggers, was spoiled for choice.  I chose this picture.

Taken during World War II probably near Darwin, Australia, this shows my grandfather Arthur Smith driving a jeep with two of his mates.











Grandad served with the Royal Australian Air Force as a navigator,  Since planes are also a form of transport, I have included a photo of his crew with their bomber, also taken at Darwin.

Grandad is second from the left.




Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tombstone Tuesday



This headstone, located at the Skipton Cemetery, had always fascinated me - ever since I was young, visiting my grandmother who was buried about 15m further down the row.

I think it was the name "Elizabeth Lyle" which I had always thought to be very unusual.  Or, perhaps the Bunston surname at the top was also of interest as I knew a Bunston (the only one at the time).  Maybe I wondered if they were related to each other?

I would stop and stare at this headstone every time we went to the cemetery, at the time unaware of who these people were... I still stare today when I visit, but now with a known connection.

Buried here is George Bunston - my great great grandfather.  With him, his wife and my great great grandmother - Elizabeth Lyle Bunston, nee Thompson and their infant son Andrew Thompson Bunston.

I have written about George before - the eldest of 11 children, born in England on 8 February 1835 and migrating to Australia with his sister and first wife Sarah at the age of 20.  He died in Skipton on 18 April 1923 from bronchitis.  He had married his second wife, Elizabeth, in 1864.

Elizabeth was the fifth of seven children, born in Scotland on 13 August 1848 and migrating with her parents and siblings in 1852.  She died in Skipton on 14 June 1926.

Andrew was the youngest of ten children of George and Elizabeth.

This grave is also the resting place for two of their infant grandchildren, buried but not mentioned - though never forgotten.

Thelma May Bunston was the fifth of six children and only daughter of Phillip Henry Bunston and Gertrude May Reyland.  She was born on 22 December 1925 and died aged just three weeks old on January 12 1926.  She died six months before her grandmother.

Also buried here is John William "Jackie" Nash, my great uncle.  Jackie was the youngest of four children of Percy Victor Nash and Georgina May Bunston.  He was born in Linton on 26 January 1927 and died two years later on 14 September 1929 of pneumonia and meningitis.