Some jolly good beards and a couple of wives!
Some of these pics have probably featured in numerous posts, sorry, but they keep fitting the bill.
George arrived in Australia in 1855 from England at the age of 20. I have no evidence that indicates the beard arrived with him, or appeared after he settled. George was a farmer and carter, settling in the Skipton area in 1864.
This first picture was taken c 1889.
This second photo is of most of the family at the time of what may have been the first Bunston family reunion. Held at the family property "Mayfield" near Skipton in 1921.
L to R: Grandson George Perry with mother Mary (George's daughter); son James with his own beard making an appearance; George; son William; wife Elizabeth holding grandson Percy; son John; son Phillip holding grandson Alec and daughter Gean.
The beard in the third picture belongs to John Bunston, younger brother to George.
John was born in South Petherton, in 1849. He married Louisa Brice in 1871. Like his brother, George, John had ten children. Around 1873 John, Louisa and baby daughter Lilly moved from Somerset to Wales.
Once in Wales John worked as a haulier and general labourer.
John passed away on November 11 1925.
Here is another photo of a very fine beard, and just as fine wife. The wife is the connection here as she is Mary Bunston, sister to George and John. Mary came to Australia with her brother George in 1855.
This is a picture of Mary, seated on the right with her second husband, George Breadmore. Standing is her daughter Elizabeth Susan, whose father Jacob (aka William) had died in 1874. With Mary is their daughter, Alice Breadmore. Mary was George's third wife and in total he had 15 children.
Mary and George lived in Rocky Lead near Dean in Victoria where George worked as a coach driver and labourer. In later years he was a fruiterer. George passed away on July 25 1900.
This fifth picture shows William Bunstun, uncle to the people mentioned above, with his son Henry, daughter in law Susan and grandson Ernest.
Both father and son have wonderful beards on display. This is the only known photo of William who came to Australia in 1855 with his wife Christiana (nee Tucker) and their daughter Mary Jane. They settled in the Gippsland area of Victoria and it is not known if he ever crossed paths with his niece and nephew. William passed away in 1906.
I'm not sure of all the circumstances, but Henry would later become an alcoholic. He left his wife and children around 1900 and moved to Kalgoolie, Western Australia. He would die in 1902 after passing out, drunk, and being run over by his horse and wagon. Sadly, his youngest son, Charles, would suffer a similar fate.
Susan went on to marry Robert Aitken in 1905. She moved from Moe, and her father in law William moved with her.
It is not known if Robert Aitken had a beard.