Monday, 20 May 2019

Honour Avenue Dedication Ceremony

The 18th May 2019 dawned in Western Australia with a chilly morning.  My nephew Martin reported that it was 2 degrees while he and his partner and three children were getting ready to head out to Kings Park, for the Dedication Ceremony.

Meanwhile over 3500klms away it was with mixed feelings that I went about my weekend activities. I would have loved to be there but distance was just too much of a barrier. I spent the day in various activities. I had to vote! I had to find my craft supplies for my annual week away with girlfriends, filled with lots of laughter, food, wine and craft activities and binge watching of our favourite TV series “Call the Midwife”. 

But as I would not be taking my laptop with me(only an iPad) I hoped that I would be able to give a report on the Dedication Service, before I left.

I had been asked to provide information on Peter Brandt to the Dedication Committee of the Honour Avenues.  The information I provided was used to introduce Peter to the audience at the Service, which can be seen below. I did not include his military service in my blurb, as the committee had access to this already and I felt that they could add this of their own accord, which they did.

“ PETER BRANDT 1874-1917 
Peter Brandt was the third son born to Louisa Barker and Alfred Brandt in 1874 in Lowes Paddock, Home Rule in the District of Gulgong, NSW. 
His parents had moved here from Tasmania sometime after the birth of his eldest brother Alfred in 1870 in Launceston, and before his second eldest brother Magnus’ birth in 1872 In Gulgong. 
After his birth the family relocated north, where his father became the Publican of the Sugarloaf Inn near Gunnedah. 
Another three brothers John(1876), George(1878), William(1880) and a sister Ethel(1882) were all born in Gunnedah. 
His father tragically died by falling down a well in 1883 when Peter was just 9 years old. His mother, left to bring up seven children on her own took over the Publican’s Licence to support her family. 
She then married August Engstrom in 1886. A stepsister, Frances was born in 1887 in Gunnedah. In 1888 Peter was again left fatherless when his step-father died from inflammation of the lungs. 
In the early 1890’s Peter’s mother moved the family into Gunnedah where she supported them by continuing her Publican’s License, at various establishments. 
It is not known whether Peter had the chance to attend school and his career path is uncertain. 
There are documents yet to be verified that he may have followed in his father and mother’s footsteps by becoming a Publican in Sydney in the later part of the 18th century. 
His documented job records according to Electoral Rolls, place him in various towns in WA from 1903 to the time of enlistment in 1916 in the village of Menzies, where he is also remembered on the Cenotaph.”
Ceremony Committee 

Peter's Plaque
Recipients of the day

Martin beside Peter's plaque
Peter's plaque under Eucalypt Tree

My nephew and his partner took some photos and also videoed the service.  I have viewed all of these and I am very grateful for the lovely videos that they took, enabling me to see the service and feel part of it. It was a very moving service with the Last Post being played under brilliant WA sunshine.  When Peter’s history was read I noticed many of my own words being repeated.

I am not going to relate Peter’s Military Service, I have already done that in a Uni Essay that can be read on this blog.

My husband and I were honoured that we were able to do this for my ancestor and we are grateful that as Peter never married that a descendant of the Brandt line was able to receive his plaque on the day.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Honour Avenues and Family History

In 2018 my husband and I travelled to Western Australia for a holiday. While in Perth we visited the Kings Park. This park is enormous and a great place to visit, but beware it is hard to see everything in just one day. If you have time to allocate more than one day I would advise doing so.

So what does Kings Park,Western Australia have to do with my Family History?

The Honour Avenues. 

While driving around the park we came across rows of Eucalypt Trees with plaques circling them at the bottom. On closer inspection we found each plaque inscribed with the name of a deceased service personnel, their Unit and rank, date of death and where and how they had died, along with who had dedicated the plaque.

All dedicated plaques represented those who died during war service or were buried overseas or who have no known grave and who enlisted in Western Australia.

As we drove around these avenue of trees I found myself being drawn to find out more about this memorial. I had not long finished a University Essay on my Great Uncle who had died in 1917 and who’s body had never been recovered and who had no known grave. He was calling me to find his name.

We made our way to the Visitor’s Information Centre where we asked how we could find if he had a plaque. A very helpful volunteer looked up the database for us and we found that my Great Uncle was not honoured. As yet!

We continued our exploration of the park and as the day wore on I knew what I had to do. Later that night at our accommodation, I researched the internet and found the website with all the relevant information. It was a wealth of information and I soon found who to contact to set in motion the dedication of a plaque for Peter Brandt. 

I am proud to say that this Saturday 18th May 2019, nearly 102 years after his death, Peter will have his own plaque dedicated in the Dedication Ceremony. As we live approximately 3,700 km away we are unable to attend the ceremony. But I am very fortunate that I have a nephew who has agreed to represent the family.

Peter was 43years of age and single when he died. Piecing his story together from what records I could find, I was concerned that there had been few to remember him. But not anymore. He will be remembered in this lovely “Avenue of Trees”, in Western Australia. RIP Peter.

My next post will hopefully be a short report as relayed by my nephew and maybe some photos. I know I am looking forward to receiving them.

Monday, 6 May 2019


My A to Z Challenges/Blessings?

Now that the Challenge has ended, I am able to sit back and reflect on all that happened during the month of April

It was quite a challenge in more ways than one for me! To commit to blogging everyday except Sundays for the whole month. Guess what? I survived

Family History is a passion for me, but not exclusive to all other things. As I have said numerous times in previous posts, I still have a lot of research to do. But finding time is often my biggest problem as I have a few other hobbies

The month of April also saw me supporting my husband who is my carer while he underwent a few hospital procedures. He is recovering well and we are grateful to modern medicine, something that few of our ancestors ever had the chance to explore. 

During this time I was also being fitted for new callipers with trips back and forth to my Orthotist. Needless to say I could have done without these fitting appointments. But I am now grateful for my new set of "legs" as the other ones really need to be retired

April also brought the blessing of Easter. It also brought special family time with my son, daughter-in-law and 2 granddaughters visiting from another state, for a couple of weeks. This time was shared by all our family, 2 other sons and daughters-in-laws, 4 other granddaughters, 1 grandson and a beloved daughter

April saw me everyday except a couple, in my sewing studio making a Double Wedding Ring Quilt for a special couple's wedding. Was this a challenge? You bet it was! But once again I am grateful that I got it finished and gifted

While attending this wedding with all of my above family we were also able to have a mini holiday together. Precious time together and many precious memories made at a special wedding and at a trip to the Zoo!  I lost count of the number of times I answered to Mum and Nannie during April. Just another blessing to add to my memories of family and love!

I have posted on this blog before about my University studies in Family History. This allowed me to embark on a learning journey I didn't know I craved. It opened up a whole new experience for me, a "
seeking knowledge journey" of unknown ancestors and history.

So what are some of the other things the Challenge proved to me?  

  • That "nothing ventured nothing gained."
  • That X really is the hardest letter for me. 
  • You! To everyone who followed this blog Thank You!
  • Thank you to all who participated, I enjoyed reading your posts. 
All in all it was fun. I hope you have picked up on my subtly placed "Boldformatting.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Z is for ...

Z is for…

I thought X was a hard one to write about!  

As far as I can see I have absolutely nothing Family History related to do with “Z”! 

So as far as I can see Z is going to have to be for… Z at the end of the A to Z Challenge! 

I started this challenge with high hopes of completing it and I am happy to be at the end with this Z, even though I have nothing to write about. 

I looked up genealogy words starting with Z and did’t have much luck. I found the following: 

A designer who etched in relief a pattern on zinc plates used for printing.

A player of a simple, flat many-stringed instrument; rare: a bard or minstrel.

Well as you have probably guessed by now I haven’t found a Zincographer or a Zitherist in my Family Tree. 

I guess I could always take up the playing of the Zither! Then again maybe not, I have enough hobbies! 

So thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing other’s “Z” posts.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Y is for ...

Y is for … 

I haven’t as yet found any Y christian names in my Family Tree.  

So what am I going to write about for a Y.

Years”, of course. 

We as Family Historians have many numbers running around in our heads, which often turn into “years”. We deal in years with monotonous regularity.  

Our ancestor’s lives are made up in years. Our research depends on us finding years of birth, death,marriage, schooling, voting, traveling, immigrating….to once again name just a few. 

The more years we can find the more we can tell about our ancestors. The years give us background for putting flesh on the bones of our ancestors by way of stories.  Year dates can give you a place to search for social history to add interest to your family's story if you don’t have a lot of facts.  

When I see building facades with year numbers on them, my thoughts immediately start trying to connect ancestors to that time frame. It is amazing how many times I have caught myself thinking “so and so” was born or living at this time. I find that since starting my Family History journey, I can recall many years, without to much trouble.  Although I do tend to sometimes to mix them up!  

Family Historians I feel, view years in a far different way than the normal population. I know I do!!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

X is for ...

X is for... 

This is a joke, right? 

X is for...? Well this is supposed to be a challenge and X certainly meets this criteria!

The only thing I can think of to write about for this challenge without cheating and checking what other Family Historians have written about is...

This was often the mark made by our ancestors who were not blessed with the luxury of a formal education. Many an “X” appears instead of a signature on shipping lists, muster forms, census forms, marriage, birth, death applications to name just a few.  

But as my research is still in it’s early days( I have only been researching for about ten years after all) I have not found an “X”.  


I look forward to reading some other's "X" posts.

W is for ...

W is for... William, Wilson, Wedding, Wills, Wells.

As I am writing this in the car after attending a beautiful wedding on the weekend, I guess the most suitable subject for this challenge is Wedding

I have spent the last three months sewing a Double Wedding Ring Quilt for this couple. It gave me great pleasure creating this quilt but believe me it was a challenge! I spent many an hour sewing and thinking. 

Thinking of other weddings, my own included. My husband and I were married on a bright stifling hot summer day over 43 years ago. I think it was about 40degrees in “the water bag” so the saying goes. 

I had 3 bridesmaids and all my nieces and nephews involved in the wedding party. This consisted of 3 flower girls, 3 accompanying page boys, 2 pageboy ring carriers and one just sitting page boy(he couldn't walk yet) and 2 nephews who were ushers! It truely was a family affair! 

Weddings are such a great occasion. To me it is a joining of more than just two people, it can be the joining of whole families. This special  wedding on the weekend was a combination of two cultures, Australian and Vietnamese, and it was done so well.

I am sure there have been many special and different weddings in my Family Tree, I wish more had been documented over the years though!

Honour Avenue Dedication Ceremony

The 18 th May 2019 dawned in Western Australia with a chilly morning.  My nephew Martin reported that it was 2 degrees while he and his pa...