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I'm looking for descendants of the Broughton family in Sydney, Australia to see if they can shed any light on the life of my first cousin, his wife and their child.
The Broughtons were in the Newtown, Marrickville, Petersham and Ashfield areas clustered in west (now classed as inner-city) Sydney. They came from Argyle, NSW and spent some time in Crookwell before moving closer to the city.
Marjorie M Broughton was a granddaughter of Richard and Sarah Ann J Broughton (nee Wright). She married my first cousin Nat Morris in 1931.
Marjorie was a machinist in the garment trade and prior to marriage she was living with her mother in Palmer Street, Darlinghurst. Seemingly there was no father present and none is listed on the birth record leading me to believe that Marjorie's mother, Amy Clara/Clair Broughton (1883-1934) bore Marjorie out of wedlock. Amy continued living at Palmer Street until her death three years after Marjorie and Nat married.
Nat was from a Russian-Jewish family of Glasgow where he started out life as Larten Slatopolsky. He took Nathan as his gentile name, a common practice to seem more Western. The story goes that he absconded from Scotland without telling anyone, leaving the family "heartbroken" as it's relayed, and came to Australia. Here he shortened his first name to Nat and took his father's first name as his new surname, thus becoming "Nat Morris" (and more or less untraceable). The family eventually tracked him down somehow but he refused to have any contact with them in his new life.
Marjorie and Nat settled in Newtown where Nat worked as a presser in the garment trade. They had one known child, Frank Nathan Morris, who died at a few years old in 1937 (I'm guessing he was five or six at the time). Presumably the line then died out.
I'm hoping there may be descendants of Amy's six siblings (including her twin, Ethel Virginia Broughton, known as "Virgie") who may have some information on the couple.
Below advertisements from The Sydney Morning Herald,Tuesday 23 May 1922, for Sarah Ann J Broughton's death lists most of her children, their spouses and grandchildren.
I am seeking information on Herbert Cutts known as Bert Cutts. Born in Derbyshire, c 1870, Bert also lived in Nottinghamshire with his wife Henrietta(nee Moody). there may have been three children from this union. He worked as a miner, and sometime labourer and gardener.
He was known to be musically inclined and may have also painted pictures for a period - landscapes and still life which may have led to an interest in photography.
He arrived to Australia from Britain apparently with a German band sometime between 1901-1910 and worked in mining at Kembla Colliery, South Coast of New south Wales, but also was considered the "local photographer" and took portraits of mostly groups and sometimes landscapes in Kembla Heights and Cordeaux Valley area. Very few are definitely confirmed as being by him - sometimes embossed on the back of the mount with "H. Cutts. Photographer. Kimbla Hights(sic)". He seemed to be working from the mid 1900s to the late 1910s. The M.O. is groups of early Kembla Settlers posed casually. Although he did seem to occasionally do formal shots in a studio setting.
Post photography he was well known locally as a musician - playing concertina and he and his wife sang and entertained at parties and dances.
Later he married a Mary Ann - who may have been known as "Polly". The earliest mention of her in records is 1930. Herbert and Mary Ann had no children. They left the Kembla area around 1943 and moved to the Liverpool, NSW area. Bert died there in 1949.
Bert had a brother Frederick, known as Fred, who lived nearby in Wollongong and was married to an Amy Sparling Cutts. They had five children; Winnie, Ada, George, Clarice, Eric.
Fred Cutts and Mary Ann Cutts both moved to Sydney where they died in the 1950s.
I have checked most databases and come up with little except some death notices on Trove. I'm hoping a descendant of Fred and Amy's family family may come forward with some information, memories, or even photos of the Kembla area.
I am seeking descendants of my first cousin Frederick Medvidoff aka actor Freddie Earlle. He was born 1924 Prestwick, Scotland to my great-aunt Mannia (Mannie) and her husband David Medvidoff. They later changed their name to Taylor,and Freddie had two brothers Maurice and Albert who both used the hyphenated version Medvidoff-Taylor.
Unlike his brothers Albert and Maurice, who went into the wholesale garment trade like so many of the family, Frederick wanted instead to be on the stage. His early career was in vaudeville as a comedian in the late 1940s, and soon progressed to actor/writer/director in the music halls.
His first wife was Freda M Pearlman, who took the stage name Freda Mundy,in 1950. He, now as Freddie Earl, and Freda had a successful act as "Mundy and Earl", sharing the bill at times with Laurel and Hardy, Frank Sinatra and Gypsy Rose Lee, amongst other superstars of that era. He divorced Freda and married Naomi Mendel in 1958 subsequently having three children, a son and two daughters, from this second marriage. I do not know any of their names. At some point in the 1950s they moved to England and stayed here for the next few decades.
In the early 1960s he changed the spelling of his last name to Earlle and it was then he had television success between the late 1960s and early 1990s as a character actor. Amongst some of the well-known shows he appeared on were Doctor Who, The Bill, Hi De Hi! (ironically a comedy about the very place he used to perform as a comedian), Robin's Nest, Dad's Army, Yes Minister, Bergerac, Coronation Street - as well as children's TV show Rainbow.
His career seemed to wind down in the late 1990s, and he retired to live in Spain in 1998. and died in Estepona, Malaga, Andalucia in 2007.
Seeking information for a story on the Entrican family of Auckland, New Zealand.
A.J. Entrican & Sims was a coffee and spice / wholesale provision merchant based in Customs Street East, Auckland, New Zealand - now named Australis House the building constructed circa 1904 still stands today and was recently refurbished as part of the Britomart Precinct project. The company went on to be one of the most successful of its kind in the country.
A respected and powerful member of the community, A.J. (Andrew James, 1859-1936) Entrican served as a city councillor and was for a great many years deputy mayor and a trustee of Auckland Savings Bank, amongst other titles of significance he held. He married Elizabeth Mary McKay and they produced about ten offspring.
His brother was apparently R.J. Entrican (Robert James,1868-1928 ) also an Auckland-based merchant who married Annie Lamb. They had four or so children including Alexander Robert (Pat) Entrican who was a well-known civil engineer and forestry administrator (featured bio on Dictionary of New Zealand) who played an important part in the history of his particular industry.
Robert William Gallaugher went into business with another of Andrew's brothers J.C (James Cuthbertson, 1864-1951) Entrican for a time - Their business was named Gallaugher & Entrican. Like Entrican & Sims they were also dealing as wholesale provision merchants. J.C. Entrican also served on the council and after a few years parted ways with Gallaugher and joined his brother at A.J. Entrican & Sims to form A.J. Entrican & Co.
I ran across this photo (below) and have discussed it with a descendant who thinks that "Missy" may be Ellen Isobel Entrican was born in 1906. This photo was taken in 1909 and the child looks to be around 3 years old or so. Ellen was Pat Entrican's sister.
Any titbits on family history appreciated. You can see the type of stories I do here, this one on a similar firm named Brown Barrett & Co (which were, incidentally, just two doors away from Entrican on Customs Street East):
Portrait of Missie Entrican, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-57972
I have to say I am loving FTC.
So far with the few journal entries I have put up I have had pretty amazing success at getting information about long lost family details from helpful members!
So here goes the next one.
Note the spelling of the name is quite specific - not Flannigan, Flanagan, Flanigan, or Flanaghan (although this in its self is a problem - since even my family spelled it incorrectly and I've found some BDM records with the name misspelled as Flanagan).
Mary Flannagan (1895-1992) was my first cousin twice removed.
Her mother Mary Young was my great-aunt and I have covered her siblings in a previous journal here.
Mary Young married William (Bill) Flannagan (?-?) and had the following children with him:
Stanley John Flannagan (1900-1990)
Thomas William Flannagan (1900-1954)
Isabella Flannagan (1905-?)
Ann Flannagan (?-?)
Joseph Flannagan (?-?)
and of course the aforementioned Mary Flannagan.
Mary Flannagan married Arthur Henry Steward (1889-1948). It is not Steward Ancestors I am so much looking for as Arthur was descended from the Hamiltons, Gerards, Douglases etc all of which is well documented as British peerage.
Arthur and Mary possibly had three sons:
Allen Stanley Steward (1925-1997)
Maximilian (Max) Steward MBE (?-2003)
William (Bill) Steward (?-?)
I suspect Max may have been the well-known New Zealand Decathlete and trainer that passed away about ten years ago. His wife may have been a Shirley Steward. If I can find some more recent Stewards, they may have some knowledge of the other Flannagans of which details are sketchy.
I am seeking information on John Osborne of Auckland, New Zealand, known to friends as Johnnie.
He was likely born between 1920-1925. The family resided in the area of the bays along the south shore of Auckland Harbour - so Okahu Bay , Mission Bay, St Heliers, Howick etc. One snippet I was able to find out is that while he was in his late teens to early twenties, his father, apparently a GP,died suddenly.
He attended art school at Elam around 1943-1945 or possibly as late as 1947 and was friends with some well-known commercial artists such as Linwood "Lin" Lipanovic who created some of the iconic TEAL airways posters. He was very active in the Arts community attending many Arts Balls and other events in Auckland in the 1940s and 1950s.
Johnnie founded a commercial art service named JO-EB Studios in the mid-late 1940s. Obviously, the JO part is his initials, but who EB is I do not know. There were a few people in his years at Elam with surname B: Baker, Brightwell, and Bailey. Auction house Art + Object sold a large lot of his commercial illustrations in July 2009.
He never married and was living in Glendowie, Auckland in the early 1990s.
I've found so little information on him that I strongly suspect that John was not his government name. I'm hoping someone will recognise him from my description and add to the information for a story.
Were you at Erskine College in Island Bay, aka the Convent of Sacr Coeur Catholic boarding school for women, aka Sacred Heart?
Do you remember someone named L. Reilly who boarded there in the 1960s?
Recently a cache of items was found under a loose floorboard in one of the old dormitories - including a name tag, garment labels etc, thought to date between 1961-1972. Most of the items were discarded by her around the mid 1960s when she was perhaps 13 or 14 years old. More information here:
The Shelf Life of Reilly
L. Reilly is presumed to have been born in the early 1950s. Electoral roll records only show around 10 L. Reillys in the 1970s when she would have been old enough to register for voting. In fact this is the total between 1963-1978, so one of these must be the right person. Here's the full list:
Leah Agnes Reilly, Ashburton, Canterbury
Lilian Reilly, Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
Lillian Anthea Reilly, Waitomo, Waikato
Lorna Louise May Reilly, Buller, West Coast
Lucie Louise Reilly, St Kilda, Otago
Lilian Reilly, Avon, Canterbury
Lillian A Reilly, King Country, Taranaki
Lee Reilly, Pakuranga, Auckland
Lorraine Maureen Reilly, Waikato, Waikato
Lynda Ruth Reilly, Rangitikei, Manawatu-Wanganui
Lynn M Reilly, Remuera, Auckland
Lynn Walles Reilly, Heretaunga, Wellington
Lila Patricia Reilly, Birkenhead, Auckland
Lilian Reilly, Rangiora, Canterbury
Lorraine Jenifer Reilly, Helensville, Auckland
Lynette Ann Reilly, Selwyn, Canterbury
Lynn Mabel Reilly, Napier, Hawke's Bay
Lynn Walter Reilly, Heretaunga, Wellington
L. Reilly could be one of the people in these archived class photos (the original site is now defunct)
Erskine/Sacr Coeur Class Photos
If you know anything, or know someone who may remember, please contact me.
I'm seeking any information on Lizbeth (sp) and Allec (sp) Zam. My grandfather Joseph Zam arrived to Wellington in 1916 with his sister Lizbeth - probably came via Scotland from Theodosia in Russia (now part of the Ukraine). They were both tailors and Joseph had a suit and uniform factory in central Auckland. He passed away in 1959. What I was told by my grandmother was that Joseph's sister married a Jack (Jacob?) Mann and they removed to Australia where they had two daughters, Nita and Freda. I have no information on Allec except he may also have lived in Australia for a time. And no leads on the Manns. Spelling of my great-aunt's name could be Lizbeth, Lizbet, Lispeth, Lizabet. Who knows - I've tried them all and turned up nothing!
Seeking information for a further story on the McClymont family who owned McClymont Confectionery Ltd. One of their brands was "Tinkerbell", which was jelly crystals. However they were more famous for their self-named brand of toffees apparently - sold through grocery chains like Four Square and Self Help. They may have been in business from the 1930s - but they definitely built a factory around 1953 in Point Chevalier, Auckland. It seems by the early 1960s the business may have been sold to Tucker of the Sunshine brand and subsumed. The building was demolished some time in the 1990s to build a shopping complex. Potential fragments of information I have are that the company may have been owned by Thomas Allen "Scotty" McClymont, who was a noted Kiwi sportsman - a New Zealand rugby league player and coach who represented his country. The family were living in Mount Albert in the early 1960s. Descendants may be living in West Auckland - in the Te Atatu area. Possibly a daughter and son-in-law with surname Little or possibly Liddle were involved with a Christian newspaper The Challenge Weekly and may have done some missionary work. I also found reference to a Barry McClymmont having worked for them. That can't be a coincidence. I have contacted this newspaper which is still going today and they weren't able to help with any information. I'm interested in any information, even if it's just as insignificant as consuming a McClymont/Tinkerbell product - and when that was.
I am trying to make a connection with a branch of the family that settled in England, which I don't seem to be able to find out anything much about, so I suspect they changed their name.
My great-uncle Myer's son Isaac Louis Slatopolsky (1904-1980), known as Issie, left Glasgow where my Ukrainian family were settled, and married Catherine Violet Woodhams at Paddington, London in 1929. Catherine's parents were Arthur John Woodham, and Mary Catherine nee Croot. The couple were living in Ely, Cambridgeshire at the end of the 1940s.
They had two sons that I know of; Frederick John, and Louis M., born 1932, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Frederick adopted his mother's name and married Queenie Eileen Winfield (1928-1973) so the branch descended from him as Woodhams. I should point out the s is often left off the end in documentation meaning that the name Woodham is often used.
Something interesting I found whilst writing this is that Frederick John was born three years before Issie and Catherine married, and his birth was registered as Frederick J. Woodhams. This indicates he was born out of wedlock. I also noticed that Catherine's sister Kathleen Marjorie Woodhams had a child Frederic John born 1926 with an unknown partner. It's possible, especially as the mother's first name is not mentioned in the birth entry - that it was Kathleen's illegitimate child and that Issie and Catherine took him in and treated him as a son.
Whether Louis changed his name to Woodham - or something else perhaps - I don't know, but it's likely as almost all my family did so they sounded less Jewish. It was a common practice to have a gentile name or just outright change your name to something Western sounding.
Both (half?) brothers had a number of children as well as grandchildren. It's really Louis's side I am more interested in since I have no information at all, as well as he is the legitimate blood line.
There is a tree set up on Mundia for this branch, and most of it is private; contacting the owner has led to no response.
I've included all the surnames surrounding the Woodhams branch.