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

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 

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.