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HAYES buried Masterton, Wairarapa

Journal by ngairedith

the HAYES buried Masterton, Wairarapa
* as at March 2012
* all Archer St cemetery unless otherwise stated
Also see Blinkhorne marriages NZ

born 15 Feb 1902, son of Charles Hayes & Eliza Jane Chard Butcher
Albert died 23 July 1994 aged 92
buried Plot ACH, Row 11, Area Plan VI with wife Mary Ellenor Millicent & daughter Lorna Hayes and with Louisa Hooper

* ANNIE MARTHA Hayes (nee Sanders)
born c1863
married John George Hayes 4 April 1891
the children of John & Annie
* 1892 - 1938 John Roland Hayes
* 1893 - 1976 Henry Thomas Hayes
- see his bio below
* 1895 - 1895 Martha Annie Hayes
* 1896 - 1987 Marion Patricia Hayes
* At the Methodist Church, Masterton, on Wednesday 30 June 1915, Mr William Marigold (1880-1968), of Belfast, South Island, was married to Miss Marion Patricia Hayes, only daughter of Mr J. G. Hayes, of Upper Plain, Masterton. The bride, who was attired in white silk, trimmed with swans down and pink silk true-lovers' knots, carried a bouquet of pink and white roses and asparagus fern and pink silk streamers. She wore the orthodox veil and orange blossoms. The bridesmaid was Miss Dorothy McKenzie, who wore white embroidered voile, black velvet hat and white roses and carried a bouquet of violets and white roses with violet streamers. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a ruby and diamond ring. The bridesmaid's present was a gold crescent brooch, set with pearls. Mr H. Hayes was best man. The wedding breakfast was held at the residence of the bride's parents at Upper Plain. The bride's travelling dress was a fawn cloth, faced with pink silk black. She wore a velvet hat with a white mount
* William Marigold was a son of Frederick & Margaret Marigold
* 1898 - 1906 George Wearing Hayes
* 1899 - 1973 William Herbert Hayes
Annie died 29 June 1939 aged 76
buried Plot AMH, Row 14, Plan V (see photo below)

born 1869 in Dudley, England 1 of 11 children of John Hayes (1834-1932) & Mary Ann Blinkhorne (1841-1934). Charles was a possible brother of John George below (he is buried with 1 of John's sons)
married Eliza Jane Chard Butcher in 1901
(see Eliza Jane for children)
Charles died 24 April 1957 aged 88
buried Plot CH, Row 23, Area Plan II with wife Eliza Jane Chard (1881-1938), John Roland (son of John George Hayes & Annie Martha Sanders) & John's wife Olive May Hayes

* CHRISTINE HEATHER Hayes (nee Dale)
born 10 Oct 1952 to Randal Ormond Dale (1925-2013) & Mildred 'Dulcie' Compton (nee Schofield 1919-2001)
married Garry Joseph Hayes
Christine died 3 March 1998 aged 45
buried Plot 6, Row D, Area Lawn D Riverside with Garry Joseph Hayes
HEADSTONE In Loving Memory Of HAYES, Garry Joseph and Christine Heather, beloved husband and wife, tragically killed together, Makarora, Wanaka on 3-3-1998. Loved son and daughter-in-law of George and Edith Hayes. Treasured elder daughter and son-in-law of Randal and Dulcie Dale. "Unforgettable - That's what they are"

born 11 Aug 1925, son of Henry Thomas Hayes & Mildred Isabella Shaw
married Margaret Alice Allan
Donald died 4 Dec 2008 aged 83
buried Plot Ash, Row 15, Area Plan IV with Christina Shaw (1877-1913) Mildred Isabella Hayes and Margaret Alice Allan (1922-2006)
HEADSTONE In Loving Memory Of Christina Shaw, 17.4.1877 - 17.11.1913, wife of John. Daughter of John & Elizabeth Gordon, with her only daughter Mildred Isabella Hayes, 13.10.1899 - 23.4.1980 wife of Henry Thomas. (Footstone reads) In Loving Memory Of Donald George Hayes 11.8.1925 - 27.10.2008 loved son of Henry and Mildred Hayes. Husband of Margaret Hayes. Father of Andrew Hayes

* EDITH MARY JANE Hayes (nee Wright)
born 24 Feb 1909 in Foxton, daughter of Sidney James Wright & Agnes Isabel Hooker
married George Poole Hayes in 1934
Edith died 13 Sep 1978 aged 69
buried Plot 51, Row C, Area Lawn A-X with George Poole Hayes

* EILEEN EMMA Hayes (nee Bound)
born 25 Sep 1928
married Henry John Hayes
Eileen died 12 July 1998 aged 69
buried 13 Oct 2007 Plot 4, Row T, Area Ex Servicemen at Riverside with Henry John Hayes (1922-2007)

* ELIZA JANE CHARD Hayes (nee Butcher)
born 1881 in Masterton (see notes for family)
married Charles Hayes (1869-1957) in 1901
their known children
* 1902 - 1994 Albert Charles Hayes
* 1904 - 1976 Joseph Henry Hayes
* 1905 - 1988 Ruth Hayes
Eliza died 2 May 1938 aged 57
buried Plot CJEH, Row 23, Area Plan II with her husband Charles, John Roland (son of John George Hayes & Annie Martha Sanders) & his wife Olive May Hayes
NOTES Eliza was a daughter of Eliza Jane Chard Scadden (1846-1933) from Dorset (1 of 10 children of William Warren Scadden & Elizabeth Chard) and of John Butcher (1845-1903) who married in 1866 in Dorset and died in Masterton. John & Elizabeth are buried together Row 6, Area Plan II at Archer St with James Benge (1840-1917)
* Her headstone (written above Charles) reads Eliza J. C. Hayes

born 28 Dec 1948, a son of George Poole Hayes & Edith Mary Jane Wright
married Christine Heather Dale
Garry died 3 March 1998 aged 49, tragically killed together in Wanaka. See Christine for headstone
buried Plot 5, Row D, Area Lawn D at Riverside with Christine Heather Hayes

born in Malings Rig, Sunderland 1839, 1 of 10 children of George Lightford Hayes (1806-1855) & Ann Anderson (1811-1871, died Hokitika)
married Mary Jane Chapman (1840-1924, died Taihape)
their known children
* 1864 - 1958 Alice Hayes
* Alice married Thomas John Berry in 1887 & had 7 children in Masterton
George died 30 June 1900 aged 61
buried Plot GLH, Row 5, Area Plan IX Pioneer

born 20 Feb 1905, Castleview-Ballinoroher, County Cork Ireland
married Edith Mary Jane Wright in 1934
George died 6 May 1997 aged 92
buried Plot 51, Row C, Area Lawn A-X with Edith Mary Jane Hayes (1909-1978)

born 11 March 1898
George died 8 Dec 1906 aged 8
Wairarapa Age, 10 Dec 1906
The friends of Mr and Mrs J. Hayes are invited to attend the funeral of their late son George, which will take place, to-day, leaving their residence at 2 o'clock
buried Plot GH, Row 8, Area Plan III with father John George & 3 month old sister Martha Annie Hayes

* GEORGINA ELIZABETH Hayes (nee Moncur)
born 24 Nov 1917 in Heriot, Clutha, Otago, a daughter of William Cecil Moncur (1892-1977) & Georgina Marie Ried (1897-1961)
married Mervyn Stanley Thomas Hayes 30 April 1940
their known children
* Beverley Hayes
* Brian Hayes
Georgina died 5 Oct 2000 aged 82
buried Plot 22, Row B, Area Lawn D at Riverside with Mervyn

born 29 Dec 1921
Henry attended Rathkeale College. He served as Able seaman 6979 with the R.N.Z.N. WWII. He was a stock purchasing officer for Thomas Borthwick, Waingawa
married Eileen Emma Bound in St Matthews Church, Masterton
Henry died 10 Oct 2007 aged 85
buried Plot 4, Row T, Area Ex Servicemen at Riverside with Eileen Emma Hayes (1928-1998)

born 28 May 1893 at Dixon St., Masterton, son of John George Hayes & Annie Martha Sanders
married Mildred Isabella Shaw in 1920 in St Andrew's church, Carterton
Henry died 12 Dec 1976 aged 83
buried Plot HTH, Row 15, Area Ex Servicemen
* Henry enlisted for WWI from Riversdale, Wairarapa on 13 Nov 1915. John & Annie were then living in Upper Plain, Masterton. He served as Rifleman 23/1416, E Company, 2nd Reinforcements to 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade. On 17 Sep 1916 he was wounded in the leg and invalided to Chelsea Hospital, London. He underwent an operation which necessitated the amputation of his left leg. John & Annie were then living in Bannister St., Masterton. He was sent home and received a pension of 40/- for his loss of leg and suppurative arthritis (bacterial or septic arthritis) in his right elbow.

* JOHN Hayes
born 1834 Smethwick, Staffordshire
married Mary Ann Blinkhorne (1841-1934) and had 11 known children
John died 30 March 1932 aged 97
buried Plot JH, Row 6, Area Plan VII with wife Mary Ann Hayes & James Haxton (1864-1931)

born 1860, arrived into Dunedin before 1871, possible son of John Hayes (1834-1932) & Mary Ann Blinkhorne (1841-1934) see Charles Hayes (1869-1957) above
married Annie Martha Sanders 4 April 1891
(see Annie for children)
John died 2 Nov 1930 aged 70
buried Plot JGH, Row 8, Area Plan III with 8 year old George & 3 month Martha Annie Hayes
Wairarapa Daily Times, 14 May 1908
The statement filed by John George Hayes, labourer, of Masterton, with D.O.A. (Mr W. B. Chennells) shows a deficiency of £79 15s 6d (2012 equivalent of $13,200). There are no assets. The unsecured creditors are as follow:-
(anything in italics is my addition)
* Dr Butement (Dunedin) £10
* Dr Cook (Masterton) £8 2s 6d
* Dr Ross (Masterton) £2 2s 6d
* Dr A. Hosking (Masterton) £1 17s 6d
* Dr Cowie (Masterton) £7 6d
* read Dr Cook's link for info on all 4 doctors of Masterton at this time
* Frederick Holloway £5 9s 6d (Butcher)
* Veitch and Allan £10 3s 4d (Drapery, clothes, household goods, also a branch in Cuba St, Wellington)
* F. McCay £5 7s 8d (Draper, Clothier, Tailor)
* P. Hamill £1 8s (tailor, clothier, drapery, men's & women's clothing & mercery)
* J. Alpass 18s (Baker)
* J. Elley £4 (Butcher)
* W. H. Cruickshank £8 (Auctioneer)
* A. J. Giddings £12 16s (grocers & provision merchant, fresh local fruit, veges, eggs etc)
* Wairarapa Age £1 2s (Wairarapa Times Age Newspaper, still going today)
* G. Hyde £3 (Furniture, linoleum flooring, carpets, rugs etc)
* E. G. Eton 10s (Chemist, also J.P., Borough Councillor, chairman of the Wairarapa District Hospital Board)
* D. Finlayson £2 (Mens, Womens & Childrens boots & shoes, also a churchman, conducted services at times at Dreyerton & Miki Miki)
* Hendry and Buxton 18s (Drapers, Clothiers, Manchester & Milliners. Opened their business 14 Feb 1906, in the new brick buildings, lower Queen St, opposite Worksop Rd. Special show cases were fitted up for the display of gloves and ribbons)
* Masterton Hospital £1 13s
The first meeting of creditors will be held on Monday next in the Masterton Courthouse at 2.15p.m.
* John's estate was released from bankruptcy in November that year

born 1892, son of John George Hayes & Annie Martha Sanders
married Olive May Bannister in 1917 in St Matthew's, Masterton
John died 10 April 1938 aged 47 in Lower Hutt
Evening Post, 11 April 1938
HAYES - The Friends of the late John Roland Hayes, of 703 High Street, Lower Hutt, are invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave his brother's residence, 78 Bannister Street, Masterton, Tomorrow (Tuesday), at 2.30 p.m., for the Masterton Cemetery. E. Morris, jun., Ltd., Funeral Directors, 25 Kent Terrace, Wellington
buried Plot JRH, Row 23, Area Plan II with Charles & his wife Eliza Jane Chard and with his wife Olive May Hayes

* JOSEPH HENRY 'Joe' Hayes
born 2 Feb 1904, son of Charles Hayes & Eliza Jane Chard Butcher
married Olive Emily Stone in 1931
Joseph died 23 Nov 1976 aged 72
buried Plot 53, Row K, Area Lawn A-X with Olive Emily Hayes

* LORNA Hayes
born Dec 1929
Lorna died 28 June 1932 aged 2.7, daughter of Albert Charles Hayes & Mary Ellenor Millicent Whall
buried Plot LH, Row 11, Area Plan VI with parents Albert Charles & Mary Ellennor Millicent Hayes and Louisa Hooper (1866-1933)

born 12 Nov 1890
Margaret died 23 Jan 1972 aged 81
buried Plot 74, Row V, Area Lawn A-X

born 14 Jan 1895, daughter of John George Hayes & Annie Martha Sanders
Martha died 16 April 1895 aged 3 months (database has 3 years)
buried Plot MAH, Row 8, Area Plan III with father John George & 8 year old brother George Hayes
* Martha's name on her headstone is Violet Annie. She was registered as Violet Annie at birth and Martha Annie at death. Cemetery database has changed her records from Violet to Martha, perhaps on request of family members

* MARY ANN Hayes (nee Blinkhorne)
born 1841 in Dudley, West Midland, daughter of Charles Blinkhorne (Blenkarne, 1813-1893), born Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire and Sarah Brooks (1809-1882), born Ledgley, Staffordshire, who came to NZ on the 'Arethusa' leaving Plymouth 3 Sep 1879, arriving in Wellington 7 Dec 1879. They are also buried in Archer St, Masterton. Mary's brother, William Blenkarne/Blinkhorne (1837-1911) married Hannah Kite (1836-1910). They arrived into Wellington on the 'Conflict' 3 Aug 1874 with 3 children & Hannah's brother, wife & child. William & Hannah are also buried at Archer St. Their headstone reads: "They Steered Their Course To The Same Quiet Shore, Not Parted Long, And Now To Part No More"
married John Hayes in Dudley, Staffordshire and had 11 known children
children added as found
* 1873 - 1952 John Hayes (+ Mary Jane Hall)
* 1878 - 1957 Ellen Hayes (+ Milner)
* Alise Hayes (+ Cosford)
* Elizabeth Hayes
Mary died 10 March 1934 aged 93
buried Plot MAH, Row 6, Area Plan VII with John Hayes & James Haxton

born 5 Aug 1905, 1 of 15 children of James Whall (1876-1961, born Christchurch) & Mary Ann Scrimshaw (1876-1954, born Upper Hutt)
married Albert Charles Hayes
their known children
Lorna, Beryl, Ronald, Margaret, Joclyn
Mary died 26 Jan 1991 aged 85
buried Plot MEMH, Row 11, Area Plan VI with Albert Charles & Lorna Hayes and Louisa Hooper

born 18 Oct 1917, son of Stanley Pearson Hayes & Mary Josephine Thomas
married Georgina Elizabeth Moncur in 1940
Mervyn died 15 Aug 1997 aged 79
buried Plot 22, Row B, Area Lawn D at Riverside with Georgina

* MILDRED ISABELLA Hayes (nee Shaw)
born 13 Oct 1899, daughter of John Shaw & Christina Gordon
married Henry Thomas Hayes in 1920
Mildred died 23 April 1980 aged 80
buried Plot MIH, Row 15, Area Plan IV with Donald George Hayes and Margaret Alice Allan (see Donald's headstone above)

* OLIVE EMILY Hayes (nee Stone)
born 16 Jan 1912, daughter of Thomas Stone & Alice Jane Williams
married Joseph Henry Hayes in 1931
Olive died 30 Nov 1995 aged 83
buried Plot 54, Row K, Area Lawn A-X with Joseph Henry Hayes

* OLIVE MAY Hayes (nee Bannister)
born 1892, daughter of Henry Bannister & Mary Ann Welch
married John Roland Hayes in 1917
Olive died 12 May 1955 aged 63
buried Plot OMH, Row 23, Area Plan II with Charles & his wife Eliza Jane Chard Hayes & her husband John Roland Hayes

born 20 Feb 1975
Richelle died 21 Feb 1975 aged 18 hours
buried Plot RFH, Row 6, Area Childrens Z2

born 1924/1925
married Joyce Eileen Lyster (1929-2016) in 1949
Vincent died 28 Feb 1971 aged 46
buried Plot 23, Row U, Area Lawn A-X
* Joyce next married Ian Edward Siemonek & is buried at Clareville

Grave of Annie Martha Hayes (nee Sanders)
(small headstone in centre)

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by ngairedith on 2018-04-20 18:53:10

by BrightWings on 2020-11-10 04:30:36

Thank you for your usual excellent research. You saved me hours of work and a trip into the Archive.

by Darrelle on 2022-09-19 18:01:12

Hello, I've previously read your article about the Chatterton's in NZ, with great interest. My great grandmother is Rosanna Chatterton, (Also spelt as Rosannah), who arrived in NZ with her parents Arthur Chatterton and Mary Ann Paulucci and siblings on the Halcione at New Plymouth in 1875. I believe you have listed some of Rosanna's siblings in your article.

Rosanna has married a gentleman with the surname of Hayes and later married a gentleman George Albert Sparks, this is who my grandmother, Elsie Constance Barnes's father is, as listed on her birth cert.

I cannot find any information on the gentleman Hayes, not even a Christian name, when I saw this article, I was hoping I could find this gentleman from the list of Hayes burials and their wife's, to no avail. Would you have any information or knowledge of this gentleman Hayes that Rosanna married??

Rosanna has moved to Australia at some stage, perhaps with this Hayes gentleman or even with G.A. Sparks. I'm not sure where her two marriages were conducted, I'm assuming her last marriage to her husband George Albert Sparks may have been in Australia, as my grandmother met her husband Walter James Barnes in Kalgoolie Western Australia. I'm assuming her parents had perhaps come across here to seek gold at Kalgoolie.

I'm of the belief that this line of Sparks has originally come to Australia from Canada. George's mother is from the Scottish, Hattie family lineage, Minnie Cameron married George Sparks. https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~guys/genealogy/HattieBook/hattiebook.html

by ngairedith on 2022-09-20 00:47:03

Hi Darrelle, Rosanna (1866-) married Michael John Hayes in Victoria in 1896. They were still in Melbourne in 1925

What are your grandmother's particulars - birth/death dates etc?

by Darrelle on 2022-09-20 05:14:04

Wow, thanks for your prompt response.
Elsie Constance Sparks
B:26 Jan 1890 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
D:31 May 1976 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Married Walter James Barnes in Victoria (Have just found this)
I also have Rosanna's death at 1943.

This is a link to my Ancestry tree, you're welcome to view it -


Hopefully this link will work, otherwise I will need your email address to invite you through Ancestry.

Darrelle :)

by Darrelle on 2022-09-20 06:29:34

These are my grandmother Elsie Constance Sparks and grandfather's Walter James Barnes children.

Audrey Rose Barnes
B:1912 Perth, Western Australia, Australia
D:1976 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

This is my mother, she was always called Judy, due to her father saying when he saw his scrawny new born daughter, you poor little Judy.
Betty (Judy) Constance Barnes
B:01/10/1923 North Perth, Western Australia, Australia
D:16/10/2017 North Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Darrelle :)

by ngairedith on 2022-09-20 09:55:15

Hi Darrelle, thank you for the additional info. I had to make a new password to Ancestry but in now so will have a look. Thank you

I have a feeling Rosanna did not marry George Albert Sparks. Her daughter Elsie was born as Elsie Constance Sparks (Hayes) in 1890 and Rosanna married under her maiden name Chatterton 6 years later, in 1896, to Michael John Hayes. Unless you know more which could help me?
Rosanna Hayes

I have found a George Albert Sparks (1862-1940), but he is only a hunch at the moment, following on your saying he was (perhaps) from Canada

by Darrelle on 2022-09-20 18:01:49

Hello, Yes, I was advised you were able to view my tree by Ancestry via email, it's a work in process atm, I've even been making more changes and entries today, I'm not a paid-up member of Ancestry so much of my info is researching in other ways, some info may not be correct atm.

A few years back I applied for nanna's birth cert., due to the mystery of where both Hayes/Sparks fitted in, it stated George Albert Sparks as her father. Nanna was a very proper lady, my mum wasn't even sure on what the story was, she used to say there was some connection to Hayes, that seems all she knew, she would have told me if she knew otherwise. It appears to be one of those skeletons in the closet that many ppl find within their families, when ppl start researching their families.

Seems history repeated itself because both my brother and I were born in Cooma, NSW, out of wedlock, mum kept that secret for many years, although we seemed to have always known about our half-sisters through dad's marriage. Mum only told us of their marriage statis when we would have been in our early teens, back in the day, de facto relationships weren't the norm and frowned upon.

Our father was previously married when young, (Possibly a shot gun marriage), prior to going to war in the Navy, he left his wife and two daughters, had he lived another 7 months they could have legally married, back then you had to be separated for 7 years before you could divorce. When dad took up a position of Electrical Engineer Supervisor, with the Snowy Moutain Scheme, he and mum set off there, living at one of the work camps, with mum changing her name by deed poll to Judy Constance Martin, exchanging rings and vows beside a church, because no one knew them there, no one knew they weren't legally husband and wife.

My half niece, Ngares daughter, found my brother and I, on Mothers Day in 2017 via Facebook, helpful having unusual names. I was overjoyed, I had started to look for our half-sisters about 10 years earlier but life got in the way. They only found out about us and that their father had passed, when the oldest, Sandra, was about to marry, they had planned on inviting him to her wedding, their mother refused to discuss their father at all, she then went to court to make a claim for a war widows pension. The first photo they saw of him was one of only 2 photos I have, that I had posted on FB to show my nephew and his wife and kiddies, the week beforehand. Ironically, Ngare, (Pronounced like Narree with a silent G, supposedly the Kiwi way of spelling her name), lives in NZ as does her son Joel, in Aukland.

I've been trying to find a marriage between Sparks and Hayes or Chatterton, since your reply, either before or after her Hayes marriage. I realized nanna's birth date was out of the marriage date of Hayes marriage, I suspect you may be correct that there never was a marriage with Sparks, although I can't understand that Hayes wasn't just referred to as her stepfather or adopting father. No wonder mum was none the wiser and thought there was something a bit odd going on.

I'm wondering about a young single lady leaving NZ to go to Australia, I'm going to look to see if Rosanna travelled with a relative to go there.

You're obviously far better in researching than I am, I'm just a novice, researching in fits and starts. It looks like you may have found George Albert Sparks grave/funeral notice, I hadn't banked on him going back to Canada, then again, maybe Rosanna had gone to Canada??

Reading the funeral notice, if this is the George Albert Sparks, it appears we may have gained a few more rellies, Mrs A. J. Russell, Nova Scotia, Mrs C.C. Wilson, Vancouver, Mrs W.W. Lyon and Mr(s) F. C. McGee, San Fransisco, 16 of their children and three grandchildren, obviously a heap more family by now.

I'm wondering if Rosanna may have had some sort of connection to Sparks through her Great grandmother -
Lydia Paulucci nee Rowbotham
B:12 Jun 1761 St Margarets, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
D:14 Feb 1812 (St Mary's) Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire
Two of her sons, (Rosanna's great uncles), ended up in Canada, James Paulucci and William Palucci, although they're a lot older than G. A. Sparks, their families may have known the Sparks/Cameron families while in Canada, just a theory that may be the case.

I know Elsie took her eldest daughter, Audrey, over to NZ, I think for her 21st and met the rellies over there, I'm in touch with two sisters who are from the Chatterton line on their mothers side, I've been messaging one of them, Noelene Portway nee Edwards, her sister Melva isn't on messenger, Noelene is passing on the info I've been finding and now the info you've supplied.

Sorry I haven't been of much help in uncovering much more info on the Chatterton's or Hayes, it's not from the want of trying though. Are you related to the Chatterton's and/or Hayes??

Darrelle :)

by Darrelle on 2022-09-21 05:33:27

Came across this wedding that may interest you, the wedding of the eldest son of Charles
Augustus Hayes, of Wellington (N.Z.)


by Darrelle on 2022-09-21 14:52:54

This article is interesting it mentions a Michael Hayes, a tailor, as a witness in this case in Kalgoolie, dated 6th Oct 1898.


The reason this piqued my interest is because Rosanna used to sew, taught my mum to sew, I still have her old, working, Singer treadle sewing machine.

This is 2 yrs after Michael and Rosanna's marriage in 1896, could Michael Hayes have taken his wife, Rosanna, to Kalgoolie, for work as a tailor?? The fact that Rosanna's daughter, Elsie, met her future husband in Kalgoolie, their first daughter, Audrey, was born in 1912, you'd assume they met prior to this date.

The impression I gleaned from the story mum would tell, of how Elsie met Wally Barnes in Kalgoolie, was that Elsie was well known amongst her circle of friends, implying an extended time living there.

Supposedly, she was more than a bit of a flirt, a very handsome, very shy, travelling salesman had come into town, (I have copies of letters Wally wrote to his mother. My cousin, Florence Barnes's grand daughter, Lynette, gave them to me on a USB stick).

Elsie's girlfriends gave Elsie a dare, to see if she could snare this handsome chap, he would often cross the street, rather than pass these young ladies. Needless to say, she was successful in her quest.

On a side note, Rosanna was a lovely gentle soul, far removed from her, 'hard as nails', daughter, Elsie. Mum was on the receiving end of many a razor strop, welded by Elsie and then locked in the bathroom. Mum had a deep love for her dear, gentle, loving father, Walter. Mum also told of how she often used to sit with Rosanna and stroke her lovely soft hands.


Darrelle :)

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