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Ongoing Albress line - North Queensland branch

Confirmation to my recent post regarding corrections to the Albress Nth Qld branch.

I was uncertain of who the mother of Arthur Stanley Albress(1904-1945) was. She was Antonio's daughter Maria. I didn't realise that the connection was so close as I always believed there were a few generations between the original Albress and my grandfather -Arthur Stanley. By checking dates and discussions with my father (John Stanley) the line went from Antonio to Maria to Arthur Stanley then my father John Stanley. Then my generation who all have families, so there is a younger generation not mentioned as yet.

My father confirms that he is the John Stanley referred to in the Cairns Post newspaper clippings who boxed as a young lad and also played rugby league (as did my brother and I). Unfortunately the boxing line ceased when my mother wouldn't sign the papers to allow my brother into the ring as a young teenager. Though our football career expanded as a result. We both played throughout school years, playing for Townsville many times and North Queensland on several occasions. There was a toss up for Queensland schoolboys during our football efforts at one stage, albeit close it was unsuccessful. I preferred lock though my brother was somewhat of a star hooker. After we finished school,fast cars and even faster women put an end to our sporting careers.

My father corrects me on his mother's maiden maiden name. In my last post I stated that Pearl Mavis (wife of Arthur Stanley) was a Williams - though I am now reliably informed her maiden name was Rushby and she came from a sheep station in Central NSW. Her nickname was "Billy" which was part of Arthur Stanley's boxing pseudonym of "Billy Williams". No-one seems to know where the "Williams" part came from.

There was mention that Antonio's daughters were okay at singing - amazingly, this talent eluded my line though my father believes he and his sister's weren't too bad as young'uns. He tells a story of actually being given money to sing along with his sisters during a train trip to Mt Isa - though reality suggests that was probably more to keep them quiet.

Dad also confirms that his elder sister Marie was actually spelt Marie and not Maree as indicated in previous extraneous posts.

All for now
Ray Albress

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