Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sepia Saturday 405

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.

 This first photo features the beard belonging to George Bunston, my great great grandfather.  As well as his beard, as seen here is George's wife Elizabeth Lyle (nee Thompson).

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.
 We may not know if George's beard travelled from England with him, but it stuck with him until his death in 1923.

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.

Henry, shown here with his beard and wife Susan, was born in 1856, shortly after his parents had arrived in Australia.  He lived in Moe, Victoria where he worked as a draper.  The photo above being of his store.

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. 

Trove Tuesday

My first post in ages and my first Trove Tuesday post ever.  It's a bit early, I know, but I came across these article after doing some research for the book.  So sad.  This is the second "multiple family member drownings" I have come across in my research in the last couple of years.

Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), Tuesday 5 July 1887, page 4
 These articles describe the sad and sudden deaths of William Curnow and his wife Elizabeth (nee Carter).

Apparently they had left their farm in the Cooyal area of New South Wales on the morning of Monday July 4 1887  to attend a court case in nearby Mudgee.  I am yet to find out any details about the court case they attended.

By the time they were headed home the Pipeclay Creek had risen considerably and was a "raging torrent" by the time they got to the crossing.

Surprisingly, they still attempted to cross the creek in their little buggy.  One of their sons was with them, following some distance behind them on his horse.  He was taking it slow due to the bad and muddy state of the track.  By the time he reached the crossing he found his father's horse which had broken free and was standing on the creek bank.  The buggy could be seen further down stream, caught in some branches. 

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), Saturday 16 July 1887, page 149

William and Elizabeth were found the following day, William not far from the crossing and Elizabeth about half a mile down stream.

Their funeral was well attended as they had lived in the area for much of their lives.  They were buried side by side

Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW : 1851 - 1904), Tuesday 12 July 1887, page 3

William and Elizabeth were the parents of six sons and three daughters.  They arrived in Australia with their 2 year old son, William, in 1854 on board the "Lady Kennaway".  It looks like a second son, John, was born during the voyage, but sadly died at sea. Another son, Charles, died at the age of two.  All of the other children would live past the deaths of their parents.

Their two youngest daughters, Eliza and Euphemia, married twins Jim and John Sams in a double wedding in Mudgee 12 months after their parents death.  My connection to the family is through the Sams brothers.  Their mother was Ellen Rodford who is a descendant of the Bunston family that I am researching.  

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

War Time Wednesday

So, I'm not sure if I saw this as a blog prompt somewhere or not... but since I have inherited so many photos and postcards from WWI, I thought I might share some.  These are not necessarily pictures of my family members, but all came from my great grandfather's collection.

These are some pictures of Clandon Park Hospital in Surrey, England.  My great grandfather, Percy Victor Nash spent some time here in early 1917 for trench foot.

Clandon Park, pic looks to be from 1881
My great grandfather, second from right
My great grandfather, again, second from right
Some of the nurses, including nurse Ross

Some other patients and nurse Ross

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wedding Wednesday

Jinnie Bunston to David Wilkie

A transcript of the wedding article I found on Trove.  This was published in the Ballarat Star on 24 March 1906.

A wedding was solemnised at the residence of Mr Geo Bunston "Mayfield", Skipton, on 7th March when Jane Louisa, third daughter of Mr and Mrs Bunston was married to David John, third son of Mr and Mrs David Wilkie.  Rev F McQueen performed the ceremony, in the presence of a number of relatives and friends of the bride and bridegroom.  The bride, who was given away by her father, ware a pretty dress of white chine silk, made over cream, and trimmed with Paris lace and ribbon.  She wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a handsome bouquet of flowers.  The bridesmaids were the Misses Mary and Gean Bunston (sisters of the bride) and Miss Janet Wilkie (sister of the bridegroom).  Their dresses were of white china silk made over cream and trimmed with Paris lace and ribbons.  They wore gold brooches , gifts of the bridegroom, and carried shower bouquets of white flowers and asparagus fern.  Messrs W. Wilkie and Philip Bunston (brothers of the bridegroom and bride respectively) acted as groomsmen.  After the wedding breakfast was partaken of, the and Mrs Wilkie drove to Linton en route to Mansfield.  The bride's travelling dress was of brown cloth, with satin front and trimmings, and hat to match.  Numerous handsome and useful presents were received by the bride and bridegroom.

Jane (Jinnie) Bunston was the sister of my great grandmother, Gean - the bridesmaid mentioned above.  Two brothers, James and George, and a sister, Fannie, had all relocated to the Mansfield area which will be why Jinnie and David went there after the wedding.

Jinnie and David were both born in 1878.  They had three children together before Jinnie's death in 1919.  Their youngest child was just three years old.  Her sister, Mary - the other bridesmaid - help David with his children.  He remarried in 1926, to Mary Victoria (Sis) Cairns.  David passed away in 1948.  He is buried with Jinnie in the Skipton Cemetery.

More about David and Jinnie can be found here.

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

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