John and Janet Scoular were my 3 x great grandparents who arrived in Australia in November 1853. They were also my first cousins five times removed as their fathers, James and Gavin were brothers.
Since my post about Maria Roberts I have had shared with me another two photos of her, one of her sister Martha and found another brother of hers while researching her maternal aunt’s family in London. This photo is of Maria with her daughter-in-law Clara Leonora Kent and her three daughters Lottie Elizabeth, Clara Leonora and Alice Fern. Clara was my great-grandmother and Clara Leonora Kent my three times great grandmother. A wonderful photo to have, thank you to Roger Baldwin.
In keeping with the ANZAC theme here is some of the music my grandmother, Elsie Linda Boyd (nee McKnight) had. She played the piano and the organ beautifully. When she was young she would play the music for the silent movies at the picture theatre. Wherever she lived she played the organ at the church, this included when the family lived in Japan, Maldon, a Nissan hut in South Croydon and in houses in the North Bayswater area.
For Anzac day I have found relatives, some close, some distant, who served in the Boer War and World War 1. They came from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and England. Where possible I have included a photo of them. If you have a photo of anyone here I’d love a copy. Does anyone have their medals? Again I’d love a photo of them. If anyone knows of other family members who served in the Boer War or WW1 please let me know. A few of these men will feature in more detail in future blogs. I intend to create one later for all those who served in WW11 so any service files, photos or information would be gratefully received.
In March I spent a week in Auckland, New Zealand following in the footsteps of my 3 x great grandparents Arthur Wellesley Hood and Janet Fraser.
Arthur was baptized in St Andrews on the Green Episcopalian church, Glasgow on October 5, 1817. He was the son of John Hood, a merchant and his wife Mary Ann Stewart. John was a leather tanner, I believe in business with his brother William at Ladyburn in Greenock. Janet was the daughter of James Frazer, supposedly a mill owner and his wife, maybe Mary. They left Scotland on board the Jane Gifford in 1842.
Last week I visited Auckland to attend the 150th anniversary of Pollok settlement on the Awhitu peninsular to the south-west of Auckland. My 3 x great uncle Robert Scouler with his second wife, Mary McWatt and their children travelled to Auckland on board the Ganges in 1863. Luckily an account of their journey survives that was written by on the of the cabin passengers, David Buchanan. The Scoulers were in the steerage cabin.