Edmund Lancelot DUNSHEA
Tonight I found an audio recording of my grandfather, Edmund Lancelot Dunshea (How I love that name!). He was a participant in an Oral History project for the bicentennial year here in Australia. His memories of growing up, the kind of work he did, his family life etc. were all recorded for posterity. (you can hear his story here: http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/audiodelivery/apps/listen/nla.oh-vn587349 )
I loved my grandfather very much and it was with great delight I listened to his voice once again. He was recorded in December 1987 just a couple of months after we celebrated his 80th birthday. In February 1988 he passed away. I remember thinking at his funeral that there was no way he could have fit into the coffin because he was such a big man. It's with much amusement I look at photo's today and realise he was actually quite small compared to the average man :) The reason for me writing this is two fold, the first is to say that never let a chance go by to hear stories from your older loved ones and two, never trust any single person's judgement on a relative unless you can find independant means to back it up!
One more piece of advice: If you have older relatives and you are curious about your family history ask them NOW. I no longer have any grandparents/g.aunts or uncles etc. to ask and I recently lost my father so the pool from which I can get information is mostly drained. Don't let that happen to you :)
Have a lovely day everyone, and happy researching!