Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sepia Saturday No. 300


Although postmortem photos are creepy as hell, I so wish I had some.  Unfortunately I don't, so prompted by the family photo I decided to look at family portraits, parents and their children.

 Family Portraits

 Left to right:- George William Breadmore, Elizabeth Susan Johnston, Alice Maud Breadmore and Mary Breadmore (nee Bunston).  Photo taken c 1886

George Breadmore married Mary Bunston on June 24 1879.  George had been married twice before, his first being Mary Tarr and the second Alicia Phillips.  Mary also was married previously, to Jacob Walters (aka William Johnston).  Elizabeth is the daughter of Mary and her first husband, while Alice is the only child from this union. George had two children with his first wife before her death in 1848 and then nine with his second until her death in 1871.  Nine children also came from Mary's first marriage, with Elizabeth being the youngest.  Between the two of them they had a total of 21 children!

Elizabeth was born in 1874.  She married Frederick Harvey Smith in 1906.  Frederick worked as a painter. Elizabeth died in 1934.

Alice was born on September 20 1880.  She married Ernest Edwin Warren in 1901.  Ernest was born in 1882.  Ernest worked for the Victorian railways.  They had six children together.  Ernest died in 1951 and Alice died nine years later in 1860.


Left to right:- John Thompson Bunston, Roy Walter Bunston, Elizabeth "Bessie" Bunston (nee Kellett) and George Clive Skipton Bunston.  Photo taken c 1898

John was born in Skipton on Jan 10 1867.  He was the second child of George and Elizabeth Bunston (nee Thompson).  Bessie was also born in 1867, in Lysterfield.  She was the eldest child of John and Isabella Kellett (nee Thompson).  John and his wife were cousins, with their mothers being sisters.  John worked as a foreman and he lived in North Carlton with his family.  John died in 1926, not long after the below photo was taken.  Bessie died in 1952.

Left to right:- Roy, John, Elizabeth, George, Annie.  Photo taken c 1925

 Son George was born on Carlton on Feb 12 1893.  He served in the AIF in WWI, joining in 1917.  In 1919 he married Annie Jenkins on the Isle of Scilly.  They returned to Australia and went on to have four children.  George died in Melbourne in 1945.  Annie died in 1983.

Younger son Roy was born in 1895, also in Carlton.  He also served in the AIF, enlisting a year before his older brother.  He married Irene Myrtle Cone.  Together they had one daughter.  Roy died in Fitzroy in 1961 and Irene died in 1987.


Left to right: Mary Feargrieve Park (nee Thompson); Elsie Park and Josiah McNickle Park.  Photo taken c 1894

Mary was born in Berwick, Scotland on March 16 1850.  She was the younger sister of Elizabeth and Isabella Thompson (mentioned above).  She came to Australia at the age of 2 with her family.  She married Josiah Park in February 1867.  Josiah was born in Tyrone, Northern Ireland on June 14 1836.  Josiah worked as a blacksmith in Lake Bolac, Victoria. They had 12 children together.  Josiah died in 1928 and Mary in 1936.  They are buried together in Lake Bolac.

Elsie was the 11th of the 12 children.  She was born in Lake Bolac in 1892.  Elsie married Mr Richardson.  She died in Lake Bolac in 1962.


The Nash Family, Left to right:- George Edward; Matilda (nee Whatley); Percy Victor; Matilda; James William; Selena; Ethel Florence and Beatrice Annie.  Photo taken c.1903

James was born on March 18 1854 in Freshford, Somerset.  He worked as a gardener.  In 1883 he married Matilda Whatley who was born in Oxford on February 9 1861.  Together James and Matilda had eight children and the family lived in Limpley Stoke.  James died on February 2 1914.  In later years, Matilda was known around Limpley Stoke as Granny Nash.  She died on November 10 1956.

George was born on November 7 1884 in Freshford.  Like his father, George worked as a gardener.  He married Cynthia Daisy Edwards Ashman in 1906.  Cynthia was born on October 9 1887.  They had two daughters together.  George died in Limpley Stoke on August 6 1957.  Cynthia also died here on June 1 1970.

Matilda "Till" was born in Bath on January 9 1899.  She married William Sheppard on August 6 1938 in Trowbridge.  William was born on January 2 1890.  He died on September 24 1950.  Till died in Bath in 1976. 

Selina "Doll" was born in Bath in 1896.  She married Ernest Halbrook on May 30 1925.  Ernie was born on November 13 1894.  They had one son together.  Ernie died in Bath on November 28 1951.  Doll died in Trowbridge in 1967.

Ethel was born in 1890 in Bradford-On-Avon.  She married Reginald Richard Skirton on January 24 1911. Reginald was born in Bath in the late 1880's.  Ethel died on December 4 1962 in Bath.  Reg died less than a year later, also in Bath on May 10 1963.

Beatrice was born in Freshford in 1887.  She married Jack Hawkins on June 5 1911.  Jack was born on October 24 1885.  They had three children together.  Beatrice died in Wales in 1947.  Jack died on June 30 1970. 


Friday, 25 September 2015

Percival George Nash OAM - post # 2

I've been sorting out my research and other assorted hoardings and stumbled across this story I wrote about my grandfather.  I can't remember, but I have a feeling it is based on his account of his life as he told it to the Skipton Historical Society.  It does differ a bit from my earlier post but I decided to leave both as they are.

Percy Nash

The eldest of the four children of Percy Victor Nash and Georgina May (Gean) Bunston, Percival George Nash was born on December 21, 1921 in an upstairs room of what was known as "Bryant's Coffee Palace".  Dr Blair Donaldson and Mrs Bryant attended the birth in Linton.

However, it is stated on Percy's baptism certificate that he was born in Skipton.

The Nash family lived in the old family home on the farm, with Gean's parents who were elderly.  Their daughter caring for them until their deaths.  The Bunstons were not rich people, and only had a few acres of land, on which they reared a family of 12.

Percy had one sister and two brothers.  Muriel Gean born in 1923, Wilfred Victor born 1925 and John William (Jackie) born in 1927.

Jackie died as a very young child.  He was chasing Percy outside, along a foot path and through a self closing gate, which closed on him, breaking his leg.  He was in the Skipton Soldiers Memorial Hospital but contracted pneumonia and later died.  It is rumoured that the matron at the time kept picking him up, out of bed, and as a result he never recovered.  He was buried with his Grandparents in the Skipton Cemetery, although there is no mention of him on the headstone.

Percy's first job was cutting or splitting wood at the old hospital, now the home of the Hutton family, where he was asked to put in four hours each Saturday morning, this included cutting the wood and the rest of the time gardening or whatever odd jobs matron could find, for this he was paid 5/- per week.  In winter there was plenty of wood to split and cart to the kitchen door.

When he was about 12 years of age Percy joined the Skipton Brass Band and was a scout in the local movement.

Percy graduated from the Skipton State School in grade VIII and got his Qualifying Certificate, which he sat for in grade VI and the Merit Certificate which was the highest you went to in State School.  Percy said he "was never a brain, but managed to pass all exams and go up a grade each year.  The pupils were lucky to have good teachers, most were strict."

He was late for class one morning, and Miss Daly, the teacher, asked him "why are you late?"  Percy replied "I had a head wind".  She gave him two cuts over the hand and it was a cold and wet morning, too.

He left school on December 21, 1935, his 14th birthday, the day school broke up for Xmas holidays.  His parents had wanted him to go on to high school, but, as times were tough he started working.

That year, as Percy and his father were carting hay from their property at Spring Hill, which Gean had inherited from her father, to Mayfield for stacking, the AMP Insurance agent came along in his car and met up with them coming down the lane.  Percy signed up his life insurance policy out there.  He had that same policy when he died, more than sixty years later.

A few months later Percy had the manager from Langi Willi call to see if he wanted a job Boundary Riding and rabbiting on the station.  He accepted the job which meant riding the wire netting boundary fence with a pack of 20 dogs.  Of course, part of the job was the skinning of the rabbits and the feeding of the dogs.

He left Langi Willi, or was not required any longer, and was offered a job in the Mingay area, milking cows.  However, after riding his bike some 15  - 20 miles and finding he would have to sleep in the stable and eat on his own in the kitchen, Percy politely told the owners he wasn't very interested in that job.

At about the age of 16 he went rouseabouting with a shearing contractor.  The furthest shed away from home was at Omeo in the Gippsland area.  Considering that not too many of the young people in the mid 1930's got past the 30 mile radius of Skipton, this was quite an experience.

When he returned, Percy worked at "Moorallah" for A.B. Chirnside.  "Moorallah"was a 6000 acre station in the Carranballac and Vite Vite area.  Percy enjoyed working here.  Mr Chirnside was a good boss and the other men were "good types of men".  His job here included just about anything, horse riding; rabbiting; looking after stock; milking cows and occasionally some gardening.

War broke out in 1939 and when Australia entered it, the motor mechanic on the property enlisted.  Percy took over his job of looking after the cars and engines, and he did that up to the time he joined the RAN in 1941.

Percy did not play much sport, but loved swimming and diving.  He won a few races at the Annual Swimming Carnivals.  The pool was down on the creek at the end of Wright Street in those days.  This was a big pool, usually referred to as the men's pool, the girl's pool was further east towards the Police Station paddock.  Their changing shelter was on this bend too.

Percy and his sister, Muriel,  were both keen cyclists and won trophies in this sport.  Percy also got third place in the Under 14 boys High Jump and his team came second in the Under 14 boys relay.

Church on Sundays was always a must, especially the morning service, Sunday School in the afternoon, and if the milking was finished up in time, quite often the family drove the horse and buggy to the evening service.  The horse (Tommy) was not used to the lights (gas, from carbine) in the streets and on the buggy.  He used to shy off at the shadows and nearly tip them out.

The family often had sessions around the piano, singing hymns from the Sankey Hymn book.  PV was a very good cornet player, having played in the Skipton Brass Band and the 21st Battalion Band AIF.  He often said he played for King George V who had said to him, "Well done young man".  That was during WWI while the King was visiting the troops in France.  Gean was a good pianist.  As the kids grew older, Percy learned the cornet, while Wilf and Muriel learnt the piano.

Percy enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on June 12, 1941 but was not mobilised until November 26.  His training was at the Flinders Naval Base and he went to HMAS Milville, a Shore Base in Darwin fuelling ships and guard duty, he was also on fire duty, many houses mysteriously used to go up of a night.  After being there for three months, Stoker Percy Nash was drafted to HMAS Wato on August 23 1942.  Wato was a coal burning tug, and Percy was attached to it for just on 12 months, serving in Darwin, Moresby, Milne Bay, Brisbane and Cairns, doing mostly coastal work, towing barges and ships to dock.  After this stint on Wato he served for about two months on HMAS Golburn doing convoy duty, between Brisbane and Noumea.

Percy spent about three weeks in hospital with infected burns after his legs were scolded.  Because of this he went to Fairmile Base as a Captain's driver and he also did some truck driving.  Towards the end of the war Percy applied for a nautical course at Flinders and was there for five months completing this course.    He was discharged from the Royal Australian Navy on December 6 1945.  Over four years of service.

On September 6, 1941 Percy married Hilda Pearl Smith at the Scrub Hill Presbyterian Church.  Hilda, born on April 14 1922, was the ninth child of 13 of William Horn Smith and Ada May Lawless.  She lived and possibly worked on "Moorallah" at the same time as Percy.  Together Percy and Hilda had four children: Eleanor May (6/3/1942); Ian John (15/3/1946); Garry James Harvey ( 20/9/1950) and Andrew Brent (20/1/1961).

In 1951, while PV and Gean were on holidays in England, Percy and Hilda looked after the family property, "Mayfield".  This meant moving the entire family from "Moorallah" near Carranballac to the other side of Skipton.  The children, Eleanor and Ian, transferred from Carranballac State School to the Skipton State School for the year their grandparents were away.

A few stories came from the second Nash family to living on this property.  Not all of them happy either.  The family pet was hit by a car on the Glenelg highway and was killed.

After borrowing his father's car one day, Percy accidentally left one of his sheep dogs inside.  A couple of days later he was found in the car along with a totally destroyed interior.  This had to be re-upholstered and PV didn't even notice.

In 1953 Percy became on of 12 ex-servicemen who got an allotment on the Langi Willi Soldiers Settlement Estate.  Most of these areas were wide open spaces, paddocks of about 200 acres or more.  People lived in their garages until their homes were built.  Miles of fencing had to be done and there were hundreds of rabbits to get rid of.

It was around this time the Percy became involved in many aspects of community life.  The RSL, Skipton Presbyterian Church, Skipton and District Memorial Hospital, Skipton Youth Club, Skipton Rural Fire Brigade and the Australian Primary Produces union were just some of the local organisations in which he was involved.  Also, at Carranballac he had been secretary of the School Commitee.

At one of the local Debutante Balls, the girls were to be presented to Percy.  As neither he or Hilda could dance very well, they undertook private lessons so as not to be shown up by the younger couples.

Percy became very well known in Skipton town and district for his contribution to almost every organisation. He became a Councillor in the Shire of Hampden, attending his first meeting on February 16 1980 and, from that point on he laboured assiduously to give the distant township representation on all matters affecting its welfare.

However, March 27 1982 saw an end to a great partnership.  After over forty years of marriage, which had seen three wars, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, man walking on the moon and the introduction of television, Percy's wife and mate, Hilda, died after suffering from heart trouble, aged only 59.

Life went on and by 1983 Percy reached the honoured position of Shire President, and, for his endless service to the community he was awarded the Order of Australian Medal.  It was a popular award, truly earned, and indicative of a great many years of service to or for his fellow men.

Percy's only regret being that his wife, Hilda, was not there to share the award with him.

Unfortunately a threatening illness, requiring treatment, may have cut short this outstanding period of local representation, and in August 1987 Cr Percival George Nash OAM retired from the Shire of Hampden.

In 1986 Percy was forced to go to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for an operation to fix some severe back problems.  He was given a clean bill of health for at least three years and after being in RMH for about a fortnight, Percy had radio therapy at Peter Mac for a month or more.

This operation saw him get just on four years of good health before problems started again.  Percy faced more tests, scans and xrays.  With the thought of losing the use of his right leg in mind, Percy had another operation.  Between the two stages of the operation he caught pneumonia and had a clot in his lung.  It was too dangerous to wait though, so the surgeons completed the second stage of the operation 10 days later.  He left RMH not able to write or walk and given a 50 - 50 chance of survival.  Percy returned to the St John of God Hospital in Ballarat for a week and was then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was completely helpless, relying solely on the nurses for his survival.  Eventually he got into a wheel chair, then on to a walking frame and finally was able to walk unaided again.

In February 1987, after the marriage of his youngest son, Brent, Percy purchased a house in Skipton and moved into town.

This move into town made it easier for Percy to continue his community service.  Even with poor health he remained on many committees and was seen in church nearly every Sunday.  As his new home was next door to the Presbyterian Church he was able to climb over the back fence, and he did this even when he could no longer walk without the help of a frame.

Percy was the Skipton RSL, secretary five times and president two or three times.  He was also a driving force behind the building of the Skipton RSL Hall.

On December 29, 1946 Percy became a member of the Carranballac Rural Fire Brigade.  He later transferred to Skipton.  As well as being a fire fighter, at Skipton he was also lieutenant and was brigade Captain for a record 25 years.  Included in his term as Captain were the horrific fires in 1977 which saw the Streatham township and Carranballac area virtually destroyed.  For his tireless service to the community and his brigades, the Chief Officer, BV Potter, recommended Percy get the National Service Medal with two clasps.

He was with the Skipton and District Memorial Hospital Committee for over 30 years being president two or three times and secretary for the 33 or 34 years.  Percy was also a Life Govenor of the hospital.  The secretary on occasion for the Mechanics Hall Committee, Recreation Reserve, a member of the Skipton Swimming Pool's original committee and a founding member of the Ambulance Council from February 16 1980, only on account of poor health on August 19, 1987.  He was president in 1983 / 84.

Percy represented the Skipton Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, at the Ballarat Presbytery for many years.  He was also connected with the Skipton Football Club, both junior and senior, for a number of years.  Here he held all positions president, secretary and treasurer.  Percy was also the secretary on the Silo Committee for many years and was on the Hopkins District Health Council for some time.  He was Chairman of the Shire Bi-Centennial Committee and was the Progress Association treasurer for a year.

Percy was also a foundation member of the Skipton Historical Society and the Skipton Lions Club but, somehow, could not keep up with all the Lions meetings.

Receiving RSL life membersip
From the community and organisations, Percy was honoured to receive several awards.  Life membership of Skipton RSL in 1977, Life membership of Skipton Football Club, 3BA / Ballarat Courier Community Service Award October 1981, Develop Victoria Council Certificate in 1983, the Lions Club of Skipton presented him with two appreciation certificates and their community service award, the Allan J Holding Memorial in 1990.

He never looked for recognition in his community work, but felt it was an honour to be recognised and to have the community show the confidence in him to place him in all these positions.

After a long 12 year battle with cancer, back, leg and heart problems, Percival George Nash OAM died in St john of God Hospital on November 22, 1997 - a month before his 76th birthday.

He was buried along side his best friend and wife, Hilda, in the Skipton Cemetery.

It is rumoured that at the time of his death, Percy was still involved with at least six organisations and committees.

Sepia Saturday No. 298

My second Sepia Saturday post - I chose the theme "girls".

 Bunston girls - My great grandmother Georgina May (Gean) on the left and her eldest sister Frances Isabella (Fannie), taken circa 1900 when Gean was around 13 years old.

Gean was born in 1886 and married Percy Victor Nash.  They had four children, one who died aged just 2 years old. They were married for 54 years, until Percy's death in 1974.  Gean died in 1975.  They are buried together in Skipton, Victoria.

Fannie was born in 1874 and married Allan McColl.  They had four children and were married for 33 years until Allan's death in 1934.  Fannie died in 1954.  They are buried together in Mansfield, Victoria.

Mary Bunston- aunt to the girls above.  Mary was born in 1837 and came to
Australia in 1855 with her brother George, father of the girls above.  Mary married Jacob Walters (aka William Johnston) in 1858.  They had nine
children together.  Jacob died in 1874.

In 1879 Mary married George William Breadmore.  They had one daughter together.  George had already been married twice before, having 11 children
from the previous unions.  George died in 1900.  Mary died 24 years later.

 Davenport girls (with brother Joseph) - My grandmother, Elsie Marie, in the front and her big sister Marjorie.  The children were born in Silverdale, England.  Marjorie in 1912 and Elsie in 1918.  They came to Australia with their family in 1929, settling in Streatham, Victoria.

Marjorie was a talented artist.  She never married, but help raise her niece and nephew after her sister in law, Joe's wife May, died.  As an adult, Marjorie lived in Ballarat and it was here that she died in 2008.

Elsie married Arthur Grenville Smith and together they had five children.  They were married for 61 years, until Arthur's death in 2001.  Elsie passed away in 2014 aged 93.  They are buried together in Skipton.

More Bunston girls - L to R: Jane Louisa, Fannie (again) and
Mary Elizabeth.
Jane, or Jinnie, was born in 1878 in Skipton, Victoria.  She married David John Wilkie in 1906.  They had three children together, but when their youngest was just three, Jinnie passed away in 1919.

Mary was born in 1876.  She married Alexander "Sandy" Perry in 1914.  They had three children together.  After Jinnie's death, Mary helped David raise his young family until he remarried.  Mary died in 1948, while her husband died seven years later.  Both Jinnie and Mary are buried in Skipton with their husbands.

My great grandmother, Charlotte Maria Gee - was born in Kimberley, South Africa in 1891.  At the age of eight months she traveled to England with her mother and older sister.  However, they were back in South Africa by the time her brother was born in 1892. 

In 1911 she married James Grenville Smith, an Australian working as a book keeper at one of the diamond mines.  Their eldest child was born in South Africa in 1913.  Two years later the family was living in country Victoria, Australia, where James was born and raised.  Their second child was born here in 1915. 

The family remained in Australia until around 1920 and then returned to South Africa where the third child was born in 1921.  The family went back to Australia and 1929 saw the birth of twins.  Charlotte died in 1946 and is buried in Linton, Victoria with her husband.

Emma Keys, my great great grandmother and mother in law to Charlotte (above).  Emma was born in 1842 in Gloucestershire, England.  In 1860 Emma married George Henry Smith. 

1861 saw the birth of twin girls - the first (and second) of 15 children.  Both girls died in infancy.  A third daughter was born in 1862 and in 1863 the family moved to from England to Australia, settling at Happy Valley near Linton in Victoria.  The remaining 12 children were born here, the youngest in 1888. 

Sadly Emma died during the birth of her youngest child, a daughter.  She was 46.  Baby Emma died aged one in 1889.  Mother and daughter are buried in Linton with George who died in 1903.  Also mentioned on the headstone is son Herbert who had died in 1882.  He was less than a year old.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Jinnie Bunston and David Wilkie

Jinnie (left) with sisters Fanny and Mary

Jane Louisa “Jinnie” Bunston was born on December 23rd 1878 at Skipton, Victoria. Jinnie was the seventh child of George and Elizabeth Bunston.  She attended Skipton Common School, and is likely to have completed her education in 1892.

Before she married, Jinnie lived at "Mount Widderin", a property just south of Skipton on the Lismore Road.  The 30,000 acre sheep station was owned by the Austin family at the time.  The 1906 electoral roll states she worked as home duties so chances are she was a maid in the house. 

Jinnie married David John Wilkie on July 3rd 1906.  They owned the general store near the Mt Emu Creek Bridge on the west side of the creek.

David was the third of twelve children of David Stewart Wilkie and Marion Murray. 

Together David and Jinnie had three children: Georgina (1908); Phyllis (1911) and David (1916).

Jinnie and David later lived in Lismore Road, Skipton opposite the home of Jinnie’s sister Mary. Here David ran a petrol agency.

Sadly, Jinnie died on December 22nd 1919 a day before her 41st birthday. She is buried in the Skipton Cemetery.
The old General Store, pic sourced on Trove taken by John Collins

After Jinnie's death, her sister Mary helped David raise his young children before his second marriage. David married Mary Victoria “Sis” Cairns after Jinnie’s death, and they had a daughter, Mary Carmel together.

Sis was the daughter of Robert Cairns and Frances McCoy. She was born in 1887.

David, who died on December 23rd 1948 aged 71 is buried at Skipton with his first wife.  Sis died in Ballarat in 1965, aged 78.

Friday, 24 April 2015

ANZAC Day Remembrance

Copied from my Facebook page...

PV Nash enlistment photo 1915
Private Percy Victor Nash, my great grandfather, enlisted in the AIF on 29 July 1915 - service number 3899. He served in 9/21st and fought on the western front. Percy played cornet in the band and spent quite some time in the hospitals in England, mainly from the poor conditions in which the soldiers fought. Percy's battalion was involved in the shooting down of the Red Baron. Whilst on leave in England, Percy was able to catch up with his brother George who was serving with the English. 

His best mate Snowy went missing whilst the men were on leave on Paris. They all feared he would never be seen again. As it turned out Snowy was indeed captured and held as a prisoner for several years - but this was a blessing in disguise. Snowy had been injured in battle and whilst imprisoned by the Germans, they gave him the extra medical attention he needed. He was released at the end of the war, out living Percy who died in 1974, six months before I born.
My cousin Cameron was one of the lucky students to be selected to attend the service at Gallipoli today after writing about our great grandfather.

9 / 21st in France
Lest we forget

The HQ Band in 1915

Pte PV Nash

PV Nash with his brother George
with Snowy Membrey

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sepia Saturday No. 263

My first Sepia Saturday post, I hope it works OK.

I chose the theme "horses and carts".

As everyone knows, the good ol' horse and cart was the preferred mode of transport back in the day.  Here are some pictures of the Bunston family from Skipton with their horses and carts, whether they be for traveling or work they were a necessary tool for living life in the isolated small towns of rural Australia.

Allan and Fannie McColl (nee Bunston) in their buggy.  Fannie - the fifth child and eldest daughter of George and Elizabeth Bunston - was born in Skipton, Victoria.  Allan was the eighth child of John and Catherine (nee McInnes) and was born in Mansfield, Victoria.  After their wedding on the Bunston property at Skipton in 1901, Allan and Fannie settled in Mansfield.  The McColl family visited the Bunston's at Skipton many times, and I'm sure this buggy got a good work out in the early 1900's.

George Bunston, father of Fannie (above) was a wool carrier for the Skipton district.  This is a picture of his full wagon at Geelong.  George would make the 200km round trip from Skipton to Geelong and back, carting not only his own wool but that of many other producers in the district.  George's own flock of sheep produced prize winning Merino wool at the local agricultural shows in Skipton and Ballarat.

This picture shows the Bunston family posing for a photo on their property near Skipton.  George Jnr, driving the plow, was the third child of George Bunston (above) and his wife Elizabeth Lyle (nee Thompson).  George Snr and Elizabeth are also in the photo.  Elizabeth is holding baby Georgina (Gean) who was their youngest surviving child.  George Jnr married Mabel Worrall in 1901 and like his sister Fannie, moved to the Mansfield area.  This photo was taken in around 1888.

Another photo taken around 1888 at the Bunston home near Skipton.  This one features nearly the whole family.  L to R: George Jnr; George Snr; Fannie; Phillip; Elizabeth holding Andrew; Jinnie; Mary; Gean and Will.  Missing are the two eldest children James and John. 

Another photo of George Bunston Jnr, this one taken at his property at Tolmie near Mansfield in the early 1900's.  It shows George with a wagon full of hay. 

A photo of George Bunston Snr with his horse taken in 1915 at his property near Skipton.  He died eight years later in 1923 and is buried in the Skipton Cemetery with his wife and son Andrew.  Also buried in the grave are George's grandchildren Thelma Bunston (only daughter of Phillip Bunston) and John Nash (youngest child of Gean) though neither of the grandchildren are mentioned on the headstone.

A later photo taken in 1969.  Gean Nash (nee Bunston) seated in the old family wagon that was kept on the family property behind the old stables.  The wagon was later restored and donated to the Skipton Historical Society.  Gean and her husband Percy Nash took over the Bunston family property after her father George died in 1923.  They named the property "Mayfield".