I wish for you a life...

wild songs
I wish for you a life where your blood sings
with the voice of an eager, wild thing.
With a voice that says I am here
& in this short time,
this is the song I sing
because I can.
- storypeople

Monday, 3 April 2017

the Mifflins...


just a scant identity...
This old headstone at Tyabb Cemetery just mentions first names...
a mother who died 15th April 1909 at the age of 56...
a sister, Estella, who died a year later 9th March 1910... aged 18 years
and another sister, Esmeralda, who died the next year on 10th March 1911...aged 21 years...
In 3 consecutive years, autumn was a sad season for this family...
Records HERE suggest that the family name was Mifflin...
And the mother's name was Sarah...
(But Estella's name is recorded twice - for 1910 and 1911...)

Further searches revealed more of Sarah...
Her maiden name was Light and she was born in Kyneton, Victoria...
Sarah married William Sydney Mifflin (1848-1878 - died in Kyneton - see HERE)... 4 children...one was Estella...
and married Joseph Bickley (1821-1899 - suicide? in Hastings - see HERE) and had 7 children...one was Esmeralda...

- more HERE


The above article was published in the Mornington Standard, May 2 1901...
It reads:
A very pretty wedding was solemnised in Holy Trinity Church last week, when the Rev P. J. Edwards united in holy wedlock Mr Richard W. Benton to Miss Florence A. Mifflin of Hastings. The bride, who was tastefully attired in a creme cashmere dress trimmed with passementrie and creme lace, wore the usual veil and orange blossoms. Miss Haddock, Miss Stella Mifflin (sister of the bride), and Miss Nellie Cox (cousin of the bride), attended as bridesmaids, and all three were dressed in white with bouquets of white Cosmos and dahlias, and wore gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom.

(The article goes on to list notable wedding presents...)

If Stella was a bridesmaid in 1901, she must have been a very young one... 9 years old...

And yes...
The wedding was in April...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Patrick Timmins...


In 1956-1972, Lieutenant Commander Patrick Timmins was one of several officers in charge of the shipwright and artisans training section in HMAS Nirimba, Quakers Hill, New South Wales.
More details HERE!
He rests at Crib Point Cemetery, which is not far from the Cerberus naval base...

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Rev James Glover...


Rev James Glover rests at Cranbourne cemetery, an outer eastern suburb of Melbourne...
In 1861 the Reverend James Glover held the first service in the new St Peter's church at Mornington, though the church was not consecrated until 1877.
(Mornington is a bayside suburb on the Mornington Peninsula).
The Reverend had oversight of the Parochial District from Frankston to Portsea, where Dromana was served only once every six weeks.
It is interesting that this minister is associated with an Anglican church in both Mornington and Creswick, near Ballarat,
(only the latter mentioned on his headstone)
and yet is resting at Cranbourne ???...


An excerpt from Trove  10.1.1884:
We understand that the bishop has associated the Rev. J. Glover, Vicar of St. John's, Creswick, with himself in the charge of Christ Church Pro-Cathedral for the present, pending the arrival of the new vicar. Mr Glover will commence his duties after next Sunday.. Our Creswick correspondent writes:—“ Referring to my paragraph of yesterday, stating that the Rev. James Glover, Incumbent of St. John’s Church; Creswick, had been requested to take charge of Christ Church Pro-Cathedral, pending the arrival of the new vicar from England,

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Jack (John) Tallis...

Jack (John) Morton Tallis was Composer-of-Honour at Monash University Department of Music...
He was the last owner of iconic Beleura House at Mornington...

Sunday, 2 October 2016

mystery J.S. ...

mystery grave of J.S. at Mornington Cemetery...
- just the death date of October 1905...
and the Latin loosely translates as
speak no evil of the dead...

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Coxhell...


Coxhell grave at Mornington Cemetery...
Thomas died in 1905 and Theresa died in 1907.


Nearby are the above two Coxhell family graves...


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Charles...

Charles Heber Perrin (1867-1959 - grave at Tyabb Cemetery, Hastings...
As an engineer for the Victorian Railways, 
Charles Perrin worked on the construction of Flinders Street Station, 
several Murray River bridges, 
the Walhalla narrow gauge railway, 
the Bairnsdale-Orbost and Gheringhap-Maroona Railways, 
South Kensington-West Footscray goods line 
and the Maribyrnong River Viaduct on the Albion-Broadmeadows line.
More details HERE

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