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Monaro Pioneers Newsletter


2014 Number 5



We need more photos


C'mon Folks,


This year being the 100th anniversary of the 1st World War, it would be a fitting memorial if we could accumulate as many photos of WW1 diggers from the Eden Monaro region as possible.  If you are familiar with the MP database then you probably already know you can use the "reports" option to create a list of all the WW1 Enlistees in our database.  The report format now includes any photos we have of these service personnel and sadly there are still not that many.


Therefore, I am appealing to you for help.  If you have a photo of a family member or relative (preferably in uniform) who served in WW1 we would be most grateful for a copy to add to that individual's record and thus be displayed on our list of Anzacs.


It might be an impossible dream but the objective is to have a photo of all the brave men and women who served and particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice.




Ian Harvey

Monaro Pioneers Project.






From: Dick Sheppard [mailto:projectplumbingsolutions@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Dick Sheppard
Sent: 2014-06-06 3:50 PM
Subject: family history


Hello I am related to Vardy Sheehan and am looking for relatives


Regards,  Dick Sheppard



From: Judith Quinn

Sent: Friday, 25 April 2014 2:13 PM

Subject: RE: Proposed Change: Good, Mary Agnes (I269553)

Hello Ian

Would the below be appropriate for the Newsletter? If so, I would appreciate you forwarding it to the editor.


My great grandfather, Robert Allendale Campbell (1862-1939), and Mary Agnes Campbell (Wallace?) (d. 1936) had 16 children together in the Goulburn/Queanbeyan area. In an article on his death in the Burrowa News he was described as an  old identity of Queanbeyan . I would greatly appreciate any information/leads/contact related to this family and especially Mary Agnes who remains historically invisible to me. Judith Quinn cwquinn@optusnet.com.au



From: Robyn
Sent: 2014-01-01 12:17 PM
Subject: Ernest Henry Ware


Hello, I am trying to research Ernest Ware who was KIA on the 11/11/1918,the telegram was received around the 23/11/1918 by his family. My mother Jean gave a photo of Ernest and others  dressed in uniform to me years ago but all efforts to trace his army history have yielded nothing.       My mothers mother was Lillian Veronica Ware  Ernest Henry Wares sister. The photo is very clear  for the era and its age. I was told at the Canberra War Memorial they were dressed in New Zealand uniform but there are no NZ war records of Ernest Ware, yet his name is on the Adaminaby Cenotaph, I keep hitting brick walls ,so if someone knows more I would love to hear from them.


Kind regards, Greg Tozer,0248724750AH or 0428219285 or this email address.





Current correspondence:


> From: Karen Howe
> Sent: Wednesday, 4 June 2014 1:01 PM
> Subject: Comments (Harrington, Denis)
> Comments (Harrington, Denis): I have some more inf for to update:
> Sarah Jane Reidy Harrington
> Born I am asumming Bomballa as the rest of the childred were born there except my dad.
> Died Canberra 24th February 2001.
> Kathleen Elizabeth Harrington
> Dies Canberra 14th November 1999.
> Cheers,  Karen Howe
Hi Karen,
Can you please provide more details so I can understand the information you have provided? Who are the parents of these individuals so I can find their family in our database?
Regards,   Ian

Good morning Ian sorry about that


John Dennis Harringon (Father)

Ellen Elizabeth Harrington (nee Warner) (Mother)


 Sarah Jane Reidy Harrington
> Born I am asumming Bomballa as the rest of the childred were born there  except my dad. I do not have a birth date as yet for her but she  Died Canberra 24th February 2001 in Canberra.

> Kathleen Elizabeth Harrington
> Again I am assuming was born in Bombala Born 13th July 1922 Died Canberra 14th November 1999.


Cheers Karen

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



From: John Degaris
Sent: Tuesday, 3 June 2014 3:32 PM
Subject: re Robert William Mason


Would you please make corrections to the information about Robert William Mason on your Monaro Pioneers Site.  The information has my name attached and someone must have made errors in transcription.  Robert William Mason married Hannah Moss not Hannah Mason.  Hannah’s mothers name was Maria Hurley not Marcia.  The son of Robert and Hannah was called Marcus Ernesto not Onesto.  This information comes from the marriage certificate for Robert and Hannah and from the death certificate of Marcus Ernesto Mason.

Thank you,  Win De Garis     

Thanks for letting us know.

Regards,  Ian



From: Karen Howe (nee Harrington)

Sent: Tuesday, 3 June 2014 11:11 AM

Subject: Proposed Change: Harrington, John Dennis (I13187)


Proposed Change: Harrington,  John Dennis (I13187)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I13187&tree=MP


Description: John Dennis Harrington was my Grandfather (Farve) as we called him.  Below is some more information to add to your data base about his children. Hope it helps.


– 1962


James Thomas Harrington

– 1970


John William (Lofty or Jack) HARRINGTON

– 1985



– 1999



– 1939



1912 – 1968


Gwendoline Hellen HARRINGTON

1916 – 1984


Margaret (Peggy) Harrington

1921 – 2011



1926 – 2003


Patrick Harrington

1927 – 2007


Karen Howe (nee Harrington)

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



From: Lyn de Klerk

Sent: Tuesday, 3 June 2014 10:40 AM

Subject: Proposed Change: Reidy, Sarah Jane (I13189)


Proposed Change: Reidy,  Sarah Jane (I13189)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I13189&tree=MP


Description: Hi There


Although I am yet to confirm, I believe this is the death notice for Sarah Jane Harrington (nee Reidy).




Sydney morning herald: 22 May 2935


HARRINGTON -May 21 1935 at her residence 191 Barcom avenue Darlinghurst Sarah Jane Harrington aged 71 years Requlescat In pace.


Cheers,  Lyn

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



From: suzanne lawrence

Sent: Tuesday, 3 June 2014 9:40 AM

Subject: pioneers


I wonder if you have anything on the Keen or Dooner family at all from Braidwod area? I have some information and names etc if you would like it.

There are several in the family with trees and data, regards Suzanne Lawrence in Melbourne=

Hi Suzanne,

Yes, both families have some information already in our database.  You can search our database online using the link from our home page.  We would be most grateful for any corrections or additions you can make.

Regards,  Ian



From: suzanne18
Sent: Tuesday, 3 June 2014 12:35 AM
Subject: Charlotte Lovett


Charlotte Lovett married Henry Nathaniel Pilon who is linked to my Mums dad...Sydney Michael. Charlottes name keeps linking to ur site. Can u confirm if she was Aboriginal? She later married abovementioned Young NSW.

Suzanne Triplett

Dubbo Nsw

Mum Lorraine Pilon

Hi Suzanne,

Sorry, we only have the information that is available on our website.

Regards,  Ian



From: Joy Marden

Sent: Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:44 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Hurst, Rhoda Jane (I89064)


Proposed Change: Hurst,  Rhoda Jane (I89064)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I89064&tree=MP


Description: Rhoda Hurst common law wife of Joseph Welch, only 2or 3 children are Gilberts. Died at Auburn Syd. 1939 (23797 )not 104 as family folk law suggested. In 1875 a daughter Emma Welch was assalted by a James Casey childs mother was Rhoda Gilbert.


Joy Marden

Hi Joy,

Thank you for the information, that cleared up quite a bit of confusion.

Regards,  Ian



From: joy Marden

Sent: Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:55 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Milton, Hannah (I331284)


Proposed Change: Milton,  Hannah (I331284)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I331284&tree=MP


Description: Hannah Milton Died at Lake Plains and possibly buried in the Christ Church Church yard, she was a laundress in Sharp Street Cooma, her son John was a saddler in same street. Still in the family is Thomas Druitt's bible given to her by Thomas Druitt so she could still attend church service as it had large print.


joy Marden


Regards,  Ian



From: Lawrence Byron

Sent: Friday, 30 May 2014 12:31 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Lawless, Edward Charles (I14646)


Proposed Change: Lawless,  Edward Charles (I14646)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I14646&tree=MP


Description: Please explain the large descrepency between these date


Edward Charles Lawless 1883-1956

Sophia May Matthews 1887-1956


Emily Elizabeth Sutch 1882-1952


How can Emily marry Edward when she died in 1952 at Lithgow


Regards,  Lawrence Byron

There was no marriage between Edward Charles Lawless and Emily Elizabeth Sutch, it was a defacto relationship.  Our records show this fact.

Regards,  Ian



Subject: Proposed Change: Shaw,  Lillie (I81639)

Date: 29/05/2014 23:24

From: Robyn Waite


Proposed Change: Shaw,  Lillie (I81639)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers




Description: Hi Ian, Lillie died 29 November, 1945

Age: 60 at Point Clare, New South Wales, Australia She married Cyril Claude Herbert Truss in 1920 in Sydney. Regards, Robyn


Robyn Waite


Regards,  Ian


From: Bruce Lawless

Sent: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:42 AM

Subject: Comments


Comments: I wish to change my Email address to; xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Bruce Lawless

Hi Bruce,

Does your old email address appear on any pages on the MP site or are you just referring to the Newsletter distribution list?

Regards,  Ian



From: Richard Summerrell

Sent: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:30 AM

Subject: BROWN/SUMMERRELL corrections

Dear Ian

Might I request some corrections to the information currently displayed in the Monaro Pioneers database relating to my mother and father please.


MY MUM - Doreen Marie Brown - Person ID I13696


Her correct information is:


Born: 25 September 1914 in Candelo, NSW

Married: 13 June 1942 at Cobargo, NSW


She does not belong to Family ID F62442. Her family is:

Father: James Brown (I81513)

Mother: Mary Elizabeth Rankin (I8402)


Some family individuals are omitted and there are some incorrect details such as place of birth that I assume will be added/overwritten when I send you the BROWN family gedcom, so I won't detail them here.


MY DAD - George Arthur Summerrell - Person I13695 Would you please be able to correct the following errors in the MP data:


Born: Crankies Plain, not Bombala

Married: 13 June 1942 at Cobargo, NSW

Died: Bega, NSW, not Nimmitabel.


Many thanks,  Richard Summerrell

Hi Richard,

Thanks for the information, your requested changes will be made today.  To answer your other question, yes, your gedcom file should overwrite any incorrect information currently in the database.

Regards,  Ian



From: Richard Summerrell

Sent: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 6:18 PM

Subject: Request for email address


Hi Ian

Would you please be able to give me the email address of Cheryl Moore, whose email (dated 15 Nov 2012) was published in Newsletter 2012/11 under the heading WARBURTON - assuming she has consented to her email address being passed on.

Many thanks,  Richard

Hi Richard,

The only address I have is ..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Regards,  Ian



From: Jan Campbell

Sent: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 4:56 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: McPhie, Archibald (I43262)


Proposed Change: McPhie,  Archibald (I43262)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I43262&tree=MP


Description: Birthplace of Archibald McPhie should read Kilchoman not Kilchomar on Islay. (I'm visiting there 3 days from 30 June 14) Husband of Kathleen Gwen Wellsmore/Hubert should read J not U.

Husband of me, Janice Coralie Wellsmore/Campbell is really Robert Ian Campbell(known as Ian).

Many thanks for all you do.

Kindest regards,  Jan Campbell

Thank you Jan,

Regards,  Ian



From: AnnH

Sent: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 3:28 PM

Subject: Donald Cranachan McDonald


I have just found your wonderful site, and can add a family to Donald Cranachan McDonald. His son Donald who married Mary McDonald about 1770, has a daughter Mary married to an unknown Cameron. He was Samuel, tacksman of Ardachy, and he died between 1838 and 1841 census.

Also I noticed Clementina MacDonnell married to John McRae. I have information about this family if you need it. John was first cousin to my great grandmother, his father was Duncan McRae and mother Catherine (not sure of surname).

Regards,   Ann Hammond

Thank you Ann,

Regards,  Ian



From: Kerrie Thomson

Sent: Sunday, 25 May 2014 5:14 PM

Subject: Re Emma archer/noonan


Her daughter maud was my great grandmother  I have a copy of Emma's death cert which states she was born in England about 1857 from memory it also states her father was a commercial traveller  and her mums name was also Emma it appears she died either giving birth to Emma or shortly after as she doesn't appear in the census when Emma was about 2 mths old her dad is listed as widowed if you like I can dig it out and email to you funny thing Emma also died in or just after giving birth to another Emma both died 1888 Mum said old nanna and her sister Florence went to live with people by the name of Kelner ? They also lived in the bega area but I can find no trace of them perhaps the spelling is not correct I hope you can make sense of this

Regards, kerrie Thomson

Hi Kerrie,

The correct spelling is Koellner.  If you can locate the death certificate, we would very much appreciate a copy if possible.

Regards,   Ian



From: Michael Hurley
Sent: Saturday, 24 May 2014 2:38 PM
Subject: Monaro Pioneers Database - James HURLEY



Please find attached Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for James HURLEY (Person ID No: 145070).


Regards,  Michael & Susan HURLEY
Thank you Michael,

Regards,  Ian



From: Michael Hurley
Sent: Saturday, 24 May 2014 2:37 PM
Subject: Monaro Pioneers Database - William HURLEY



Please find attached Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for William HURLEY (Person ID No: 145410).


Regards,  Michael & Susan HURLEY
Thank you Michael,

Regards,  Ian




Sent: 2014-05-22 4:16 PM


Hi David

I am sorry that it has taken me this much time to respond to your e-mail.  If you travelled to Merimbula I am not convinced that would promote your EXCELLENT data base to justify your time.  You might get tips from others as to what they do.


The name Monaro Pioneers is NOT something that is easily reached for most people.


I use your data base as a SOURCE document in my Ancestry tree.  That will advertise it.


Your website is probably the BEST reference that I use in my 2,500 Ancestry tree and I THANKYOU very much for the time and effort you continue to put into it.


My family were overwhelmed by the inability to search for the David Robertson family and you have put all that into perspective.

Kind Regards,  Jim Tolson

Thank you James,

Regards,  Ian



From: Michael Hurley
Sent: Friday, 23 May 2014 9:49 AM
Subject: Monaro Pioneers Database - Mortimer HURLEY


This is our first attempt at supplying information for the Monaro Pioneers database. We trust that it complies in content and format, with your requirements.


The document (Death Certificate Ref/No: 1859/2950) is in PDF form and relates to Mortimer HURLEY (Person ID: 145062)


Perusal of the document indicates that Mortimer was known as “Murthey” among other variations. Your database refers to this fact as well.


Trust that the attached document is of some benefit.


On a personal note, keep up the good work, your database has been a valuable source of information and inspiration to us, in our family history journey.

Regards,  Michael & Susan HURLEY
Hi Michael,

Thank you, your DC has been added to Mortimer's records in our database.

Regards,  Ian


Many thanks.   Will send some additional documents in the near future.

Regards,  Michael & Susan HURLEY

Thank you Michael,

Regards,  Ian


Please find attached the Marriage Certificate (Ref No: Vol 91/No 1137) for Mortimer HURLEY (Person ID: 145062)

Mortimer is referred too as “Murtho HURLY” in the document.

Regards,  Michael & Susan HURLEY

Thank you Michael,

Regards,  Ian



From: cheryl gillespie

Sent: Thursday, 22 May 2014 4:00 PM

To: david knox

Subject: Re: Venables ancestry

> Hello David

> I'm on the monaro pioneers web site.  Saw your name and am hoping you may be able to help me.  My ancestry goes back to Richard Venables born 30th January 1797 in Cheshire, England.  He would have been my fourth removed grandfather.

> My Pop, Joseph Venables, was third generation and he spent his life in Parkes, NSW.  Married Queen Daniels and had four daughters. My mother Moya being one of these girls.

> What I am after is where can I find out about the 1797 Richards parents?

> All I've found so far is his mothers name being Ann. Can you advise me please as I am rather new at this. I did commence this in 2007 but due to a husbands illness put it on the back burner but now it's out again and I'm keen to keep searching.

> Kind Regards,  Cheryl Gillespie

Hi Cheryl,

Thank you for using the website and I hope you find its contents useful.  I myself cannot answer your query however I have copied Ian and he may be able to progress your search.

Cheers,  David Knox

Hi Cheryl,

Unfortunately we don't have any information about Richard's parents.  You might be able to find out more from the parish registers of the location where he was baptised.  The website Familysearch.com might be able to point you in the right direction.

Regards,  Ian


From: s.retchless
Sent: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 2:17 PM
Subject: Pambula part 2

Thanks Susan,

52 Headstones added to the Pambula cemetery in the MP database.

Regards,  Ian


From: s.retchless
Sent: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:20 PM
Subject: Eden Cemetery

Hi Susan,

45 new headstones for the Eden Cemetery added to the MP database thanks to your support.

Regards,  Ian


From: s.retchless
Sent: Sunday, 18 May 2014 9:33 AM
Subject: Bega

Hi Ian,

I am hoping this one isn't too large to go through.

Can you let me know if you get it ok?



Thanks Susan,

151 new headstone images from the Bega and Bombala cemeteries have now been added to the MP Database, you support is much appreciated.

Regards,  Ian




From: Tania Charters
Sent: Saturday, 17 May 2014 9:30 PM
Subject: McKeachie Family

Hi Ian,

I stumbled across Monaro Pioneers on my search for my family. My Great Grandfather, Captain Andrew Agnew McKeachie was there, but I don’t know for how long. He died there 2nd April 1883. Is there a Cemetery there? Is there any way of getting photo’s. His wife was Elizabeth Bell. They had a son born while there, my Great Grandfather John McKeachie. Are there people that do Geological Society in the area.

I have no family at all left to ask, so I’m having quite a bit of trouble finding leads.

Any kind of information would be muchly appreciated.

Kind regards,  Tania Charters

Hi Tania,

We have the family tree information for Andrew Agnew McKeachie in our database which is available to search online on our website.  He died at Mount Cooper near Nimmitabel and was buried in the small Aston Cemetery which is located about 12kms west of Bombala.  We do not have any photos of that cemetery unfortunately.  The Bombala Historical Society may be able to provide you with more details and perhaps photos -  http://www.communityheritage.net.au/bombala-history-society

Regards,  Ian



From: Michael Collins
Sent: Friday, 16 May 2014 4:11 PM
Subject: James Collins information

Hi Ian

Please find attached copies of various BDM’s of Collins, Reilly and King families from Numeralla. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you need any clarification on any of these documents. I retired to Stroud from Sutherland (Shire) in 2003 and spend a lot  of time on my and my wife’s Family History. James is a bit of a problem in that I know nothing of his parents other than that his father was also called James and that James was born in Sydney in 1834. I couldn’t find his Christening records in St. James C of E records on microfiche for 1834. He seems to have spent his  early years before marrying Mary Ann in Victoria (according to his death Certificate). Oh well, one day!!

Cheers,  Mick Collins

Thank you Michael,

I have added you material to the database and each can be seen attached to their respective individual's record.

Regards,  Ian



From: Wroe
Sent: Friday, 16 May 2014 7:48 AM
Subject: Photo L/Cpl WJF Kelley

Hello Ian,


Please find attached a photo' of my Great Uncle L/Cpl William J F Kelley MM Service Number 2930 18th Battalion DOB 1893 Bungarby Died France 10/12/1918. Burried at Le Cateau Communal Cemetery France. William was the eldest son of my Great Grand Parents Andrew James Kelley & Elizabeth Jane (Tozer).


Regards,  Robert Wroe 

Thanks Robert,

Regards,  Ian



From: Michael Collins
Sent: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 9:42 PM
Subject: Family of James Collins Numeralla

Hello Ian

I am great grandson of James Collins from his son Wilkie b1884. I have been trying to find the birth of James’s son Sydney William who, according to a photocopied page from the old “Family Bible” was born on 22nd August 1874. In your Descendants List for James and Mary Ann Collins Nee Reilly, you have a daughter also named Mary Ann born on that date. I purchased the Birth Transcript of that birth Reg. No. 9730/1874 from NSW BDM. It indeed has a female Mary Ann born on that date. Presumably, you got the information for your listing from the NSW BDM Index. I believe that an error  was made in the recording of that birth whereby Mary Ann, the mother’s name was somehow put in place of the child’s name.


On James’s Death certificate (19227/1915)  from 1915, his children are listed as being


This puts Sydney’s birth as having been in 1874.


Mary Ann’s Death certificate (15913/1924) in 1924 has her children as CATHERINE 63, CHARLES J 6 , ELIZABETH 56, SYDNEY W 50, WILKIE 40, LIVING,1 MALE DECEASED. Once again, Sydney born 1874.

Her Obituary (as I have previously sent to you) is as follows, and clearly states that there is no daughter Mary Ann.


From the “Manaro Mercury”

Friday, September 5, 1924


“ Obituary


                An old resident of Numeralla, Mrs. Mary Ann Collins, aged 80 years, died in the early part of the week, after having had to take to her bed for some time. Born at Bush Station, Numeralla, she married at Cooma, at the age of 17, Mr. James Collins, and lived for some time at Jindabyne, Murrumburrah and Lambing Flat, prior to settling at Numeralla. The funeral took place on Wednesday last and was largely attended, the Rev. Father McGee officiating.  The pall bearers were Messrs. J Flakeler, J Breglie(?), B Agnew and W Thomas.  Wreaths were sent from Rosebrook and Mr. and Mrs. F Goodwin and family.  The death of her son Richard at Queanbeyan recently is stated to have hastened the death of Mrs. Collins.  There are three sons surviving, viz : Charles, Sidney and Wilkie, and two daughters Mesdames Catherine Goodwin and D. Norris;  21(24?) grandchildren,  26 great grandchildren and 1 g g grandchild.”     


Sydney William Collins died  at Cooma District Hospital on 8th July 1952 aged 77 years (ie before his 78th birthday on 22nd August). He never married. (23942/1952)


Bugger !! He died but he was never born!!


All the best to you all – and keep up the good work – it is a great site.

Michael Collins


NSW 2425


Hi Michael,

Thanks for identifying that error, I will rectify our database.  We can add images of BDM certificates/transcriptions to individual's records in the database if you care to supply scanned images of any you might wish to contribute.

Regards,  Ian



From: Georgina Ramsay
Sent: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 4:21 PM
Subject: my family


My name is Georgina Ramsay I am the Grand Daughter of Alice Mae Power she was born I think in 1893 I think at Braidwood, her mother was Georgina Belcher also I think of Braidwood. As a child I was told stories of Lobs hole and that there was a family connection  with the mine. I also think I am related to Jack Kingston the famous football player from this area.  My grandmother had lots of interesting stories about going to school at Brandy Mary’s flat. I hope you can put me in the right direction for tracing some of the old stories.


Sincerely Georgina Ramsay

Hi Georgina,

Your family is listed in our database and all the information we have is available on our website.

Regards,  Ian



From: Sheena Stewart
Sent: Sunday, 11 May 2014 9:50 PM
Subject: Re Allan Trevor Stewart


Hi my name is Sheena Stewart

My father Allan Trevor Stewart, son of Vida and Basil Stewart of Cathcart NSW, passed away on the 16th February 2014 at the age of 90 years.   He was living in Maryborough Qld at the time of his passing. He is survived by his 3 children, Ian, Sheena and Kenneth Martin.

Thank you

Sheena Stewart

Thank you Sheena for letting us know.

Regards,  Ian



On 13/05/2014 16:04, Frances Ingram wrote:

> Proposed Change: WW1

> Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

> Link:

> http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/placesearch.php?tree=MP&psearch=WW1


> Description: Hello again


> Just checking your info. on WWI enlistees.  I am researching the enlistees from Tombong.  Your list is missing one I can think of:


> Enlistment details for Theo:


> 4th. Light Horse Brigade, 12th. Light Horse Regiment ? ?C? Squadron.

> Wright, Theodore G.

> Private.

> Grazier.

> Single.

> Tombong, Delegate, N.S.W.

> Next of Kin:  Arthur H. Wright, father, Tombong, Delegate, N.S.W.

> Church of England.

> Enlisted:  19 February, 1915.


> Theo seems to have enlisted along with Royal Mervin Walcott (his cousin??).  Their date of enlistment is the same, and they were both in the same Regiment and Squadron.


> Theo was the brother of Edgar Perceval Wright and Albert (Bert) Wright of Tombong.  Their father, Arthur Henry Wright was the son of James Wright of Lanyon, A.C.T.


> Cheers,  Frances Ingram


Regards,  Ian



On 13/05/2014 14:37, Frances Ingram wrote:

> Proposed Change: Stokes,  Moston Lance (I9405)

> Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

> Link:

> http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I9405&tree=MP


> Description: Hi


> Just reading the Monaro Pioneers newsletter & found a reference to Moston Ingram.  You might be interested to know that Moston was the

> subject of a Hilda Rix Nicholas painting.  I can't find the image online or in any of the books I have about her, but I know that the painting was exhibited most recently at the Bendigo Art Gallery's

> Hilda retrospective in 2010 "Hilda Rix Nicholas:  The Man for the  Job".  The painting is one of her Monaro paintings, and I think it is called "The Fox Hunter" or something like that.  I have been told that Moston had a property somewhere down at the Quidong (Bombala river) /

> Snowy junction.


> Cheers,  Frances Ingram


Regards,  Ian



From: Maureen Laing
Sent: Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:12 AM
Subject: Rankin

Hi Ian,

Regarding Dale's enquiry about the tartan etc., the Rankins are a sept of the Clan Maclean and there may still be a contact in Glasgow for the Clan Maclean Society.  I'm not sure as it is a VERY old book I found that suggestion in.

Hope this helps.

Regards,   Maureen.

Thanks Maureen,

Regards,   Ian

Hi Ian, 

1. Further to Dale's request I am sending a scan of the Maclean tartan. My book says that the clan's ancestral stronghold Duart Castle was reaquired in 1911 by the clan chief and is still occupied by members of the household. The castle "occupies the verge of a high cliff on the coast of Mull.It is of great antiquity, and is a square tower with walls of enormous thickness."


2. The other photo is of my grandfather, George William Rankin, (Monaro Pioneers No. 189502). His birth date is 13th November, 1888 although his registration was in 1889 (as per your records)


The photo was taken 30th April,1917 and is taken from a larger group photo (whereabouts unknown ). His service number was 2837. He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Bettalion after enlisting in 1915 but was promoted to Sergeant ( and in the 56th Battalion) by the time he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1919.


He had 2 brothers who also enlisted. I do not have photos of either but am hoping someone else in the family might.


They were Harold Cleveland Rankin, known as Cleve, who was killed in action on 12th October, 1916 in Belgium, Service No.5757 and Sylvester Gordon Rankin, who enlisted under the name Sidney Randell , Service No. 3982 (in Western Australia), and did not change his name back once he returned to Australia after the war.


They are all listed among Allan Rankin (1843-1909) and Alice (nee Oslington's) 1856-1941 children among the Monaro Pioneers.


Hopefully your gallery of WW1 photos will grow as well as the rest of the excellent family photos on file.  Keep up the great work.

In appreciation,  Maureen 

Thank you Maureen,

Regards,  Ian



On 13/05/2014 08:58, Kellie wrote:

> Proposed Change: Sargent,  Mary Anne "Ann" (I126515)

> Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

> Link:

> http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I126515&tree=MP


> Description: I wonder if this is Mary's death with errors V18541240 157/1854  TARRANT  MARY  AGE 40


> as there is a possible remarriage for Daniel to an Ann/e  821/1857  TARGETT  DANIEL  SERP  ANNE  SYDNEY


> all the childrens births are listed as TARGET/TARGETT to Daniel/Daniell and Ann/e.


> Kellie

Hi Kellie,

Possible but would need the "cert" or equivalent to be more certain.

Regards,  Ian



From: Robin Da Costa-Adams 

Sent: Monday, 12 May 2014 12:58 PM

Subject: Desailly family

Dear Ian,

Firstly let me congratulate you on the excellent and informative Monaro Pioneers site.   I wish to make contact with a fellow member of the Desailly family and seek your assistance.


Ref: An email to you from Jeffrey Wilkinson (Sydney): 1/4/2014 regarding the spelling of the name Desailly.


Would you please pass on my contact details to let him know that I wish to make contact.


Regards,   Robin Adams (Mrs)

(also descended from Dr Francis Desailly)

Hi Robin,

The email address you need is  'Jeffrey Wilkinson'

Regards,  Ian



Sent: Monday, 12 May 2014 12:46 PM


The Bungendore War Memorial Committee (BWMC) is contemplating the conduct of a Service of Remembrance to commemorate the Centenary of the Commencement of WW1 on 04 August .


In the above context consideration is being given to specifically remembering Joseph Lewis McKay (Monaro Pioneer -Person ID 1272864) who is understood to have been the first to enlist from Bungendore for the Great War. He was killed at Gallipoli on 07 August 1915.


It is noted that the Monaro Pioneer Index in respect of Joseph Lewis was last updated on 30.04.2014. Here it is presumed that a relative of his was probably the author whom the BWMC would like to contact for the purposes of participating in the proposed Service on 4 August.


Accordingly and if you are able to provide some contact details for the author it would be greatly appreciated.



Peter Hugonnet AM




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