Gosh and there I was believing poor Aunty Phyllis to be a penny short of a pound!It's pleasing to know a precious family relic hasn't been relegated to obscurity, or worse, binned at some point.
When William Henry died in 1919, his widow Rosa Adela spent little time dispatching his 5 children,apparently to better her own chances of re-marriage.She managed to do this in what the Wenban children felt was indecent haste.Eldest Phyllis was considered old enough to work as someone's home help, the two boys, Boy(Uncle Percie) and David were packed off to Goulburn???? to help on a farm, and the two younger girls, Phoebe and Lucia(aged 6), were sent to live with two elderly spinster "aunts" who ran a boarding school for girls. This brings me to my next ponderable.
My mother said these obscure elderly spinsters were of scottish origin. This discussion with my mother resulted when I asked her why she often said,
"Ah come awah and chew pipe clay!" (translation = Stop talking nonsense?)
Mum told me about the ancient crones who raised her on bible passages and platitudes.
I had reached a dead end with Catherine Munro, mother of William. Her father was listed as George Munro, but mother unknown on her birth certificate and I could find no clue as to where George had come from.
These past few weeks, memories long forgotten have been resurfacing, so when I remembered the elderly scottish spinsters, I began to wonder if they were in fact related to George and that perhaps he had emmigrated from Scotland. The names George Munro and Catherine Munro appear quite frequently in scottish records.Even if this is true, it still doesn't tell me why George failed to put Catherine's mother's name on the birth notice.
Well I've waffled on long enough. Thank you Myles and Peter for your help. I look forward to reading the history Lorna compiled.