Sunday, 29 December 2013

R is for Ruby

On a rainy day 40 years ago, just after Christmas, my parents were married at Shore Chapel. 

40 years later, with a few familiar faces but mostly new, we gathered at Borodell Winery in Orange to celebrate. Here is the toast I made.       
"We're here today to celebrate Mum and Dads 40th wedding anniversary. That's a bloody long time - as Mum says, you get less for murder! 

A lot can happen in 40 years - 
Australia's had 8 prime ministers, including a woman
Life expectancy in Australia has increased from 75 to 84 years.
The Sydney Opera House has been in Sydney's panorama now for 40 years 
The world first mobile phone call happened 40 years ago on a phone that weighed 2.5 pounds. We now carry some of the most sophisticated technology ever n our pockets that weighs 4.9 ounces and use it mostly to look at videos of cats doing crazy things. 
But most importantly, over the last 40 years Mum and Dad have built a family -
3 children, two daughters in law, 2 grandchildren, 3 homes, multiple pets - Dougie, Meg, Randy 1 and 2,  Jock. They've set hundreds of good examples and created thousands of memories.
May I ask you to please raise a glass to Mum and Dad, Jenny and Steve, Ma and Pops"

Saturday, 5 January 2013

V is for Violet

The photo above is my absolute favourite photo from all the hundreds I have scanned for the family archives.

The little girl circled in red is Didi's mum Violet Jowett. Violet was born on 28 December in 1895 to Albert and Eliza (nee Frost) in Waterloo, Sydney. Albert and Eliza both made the long trip to Australia from Yorkshire in about 1885, separately, and married in Sydney a couple of years later.

Violet was the second youngest of the six Jowetts, the eldest of whom sadly died in infancy. It appears after Violet's birth the family moved from the inner city area of Redfern / Waterloo to Hurstville. I don't know too much of what the family was up to at this time. Albert was a house painter / contractor so that probably kept him pretty busy. The only thing I have been able to find out is that he may have been kicked by a pony at a party in 1904. Ouch.

At some point Violet moved to Roseville as she was living there, working as an accountant, when she met Stanley Clark (who many of we younger Camerons know as Big Pa). They married in 1921 and as Big Pa was a farmer, Violet followed him to his property in Ando called Stoneleigh. Didi was born a few years later and Hilary some years after that. In 1958, Violet died too young, aged only 63.

It's in the Hurstville area that I believe the below photo was taken in 1900. The Jowett family lived on Lily Street for some years. Didi notes on the back that this was taken "at a celebration pageant to welcome the new century 1900."

What I would love to know is if anyone out there knows anything more about this photograph? Do you recognise any relatives? Know exactly where it was taken?

Any feedback very much welcome!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

W is for Wedding

A fair Friday last month, the day before my birthday, my brother married the love of his life. 11 years, 2 cities, 17 countries and a daughter later...

Not normally one to gush about weddings, I do have to say that J & C's was one of the most enjoyable I have been to: understatedly elegant (just like the bride), classy and heartfelt are just a few words to describe the day. 

The weather held and the view from Bradley's Head provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and the warm evening suited the wedding party venue at Eden Gardens. The fathers of the happy couple spoke well and the groom's speech barely left a dry eye: a wonderful way to celebrate a wonderful couple. 

So C has officially joined the family, although she has been my sister in more than name for a long time - Congratulations to you both, J & C xx