Saturday, 16 January 2016

Sepia Saturday No. 313


With a photo of siblings as a prompt, I decided to post photos of my grandfathers their respective siblings. 


Left to right: Muriel, Percy (back), Jackie (front), Wilf
With the youngest of the Nash children dying aged just 2 years old, this is likely the only picture of the four of them together - certainly the only one I have.

My grandfather, Percival George was born in Linton, Victoria in December 1921  He married Hilda Pearl Smith at Scrub Hill Presbyterian Church in September 1941, aged 19.  He served in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II.  Hilda and Percy had four children: Eleanor May; Ian John; Garry James Harvey and Andrew Brent.  Hilda died in March 1982 and Percy died in November 1997.  They are buried together in Skipton.

Muriel Gean was born in February 1923 in Linton.  She married Clifford Harrie Morris in 1946 in Ballarat.  Cliff served in World War II in the Australian Army.  He was captured by the Germans and spent over four years in Stalag 18A.  Cliff and Muriel had four sons: David Koloman; Murray; John and Graeme.  Cliff died in January 1990 and Muriel died in 2004.  They were both cremated and their remains are at the Skipton Cemetery.

Wilfred Victor was born in Linton in July 1925.  He married Jean Alison Blackwood in 1951.  During World War II Wilf enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force, however the war ended before he could take up his post in the South Pacific.  Wilf and Jean had five children: Judith Heather; Susan Margaret; David Graham; Michael Andrew and Robert Alister.  Wilf died in March 2008.  He was cremated and his ashed were scattered at one of the Nash family properties.

John William (Jackie) was born in 1927 in Linton.  Sadly, Jackie died in the Skipton hospital in 1929 after contracting pneumonia.  He is buried in the Skipton Cemetery with his grandparents, George and Elizabeth Bunston - though he is not mentioned on the headstone.





The eldest of four children of James and Charlotte Smith.  Unfortunately I do not have a photo of all five children together.

Phyllis Joy was born in Kimberley, South Africa in September 1913.  Joy married George Rex Hayward.  They had four children together: Elaine Joy; Austen James; Pamela Evelyn and Phyllis Merle.  Rex died in October 1979.  Joy died in March 2008.

My grandfather, Arthur Grenville, was born in Yendon, Victoria in May 1916.  Arthur married Elsie Marie Davenport in 1940.  During World War II Arthur served in the Royal Australian Air Force, being stationed in Darwin.  Arthur and Elsie had five children: Alison Marie; Thyrza Ruth; Esther Jane; Grenville Bruce and Anna Christine.  Arthur died in 2001.  Elsie died in 2014.  They are buried together, with their son Bruce, in the Skipton Cemetery.







9 comments:

  1. The wonderful thing is that the two photos look so much like photos I have in my collection - same time period, same poses, same faces.

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    1. I know what you mean. I have so many portraits that are virtually the same, especially wedding pics!

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  2. That’s sad about little Jacky, but a charming photo of the siblings as his memorial.

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  3. So lucky to actually have a photo of all four children together. But to lose a child at such a tender age! My husband's parents lost a year & a half year old daughter when someone left a gate open in the backyard & she wandered out into the front & into the street to be hit by a car. I truly can't imagine the grief, & I'm so glad I never had to go through such an awful tragedy.

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  4. At the time children were dying from diseases which can be cured now or vaccinated. Parents must have been devastated as they had no means to save their child.

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  5. How lucky that there is a photo of the four kids!

    I always enjoy reading Australian family history information.

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  6. Jackie's death IS sad. Interestingly, my father's brother died of pneumonia, too -- at about that same time. Common...

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  7. Photos of children gain immeasurable meaning and value when their short history is added. A seemingly ordinary photograph becomes a priceless treasure.

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  8. More death of young kids. What a Sepia week!

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