Family Names

Monday, 5 March 2018

Revisiting the Will of Thomas Jacka

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 9 (February 26-March 4): Where There's a Will


Thomas Jacka was buried in 1796 in the St Erth Parish Churchyard.[i] The grave is listed as a Grade II Building in St Erth, Cornwall on the “Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest” as the “Jacka tomb”.[ii]

The listing provided the following information:-
“Thomas Jacka, died 1796 aged 62; Elizabeth Jacka, died 1795 aged 63 and Joseph son of Will and Margaret, died 1799 aged 8 months.”[iii]
Unfortunately, I have not sighted this Jacka grave, but the name index entry card for Monumental inscriptions provides further detail which reveals that Thomas Jacka died on 14 April 1796 at the age of 69.[iv] 
Photo by Kira auf der Heide published August 25, 2017 on Unsplash Accessed March 2018
In my quest for further information years ago, I discovered what I thought was his Will in an entry in The National Archives of England for Thomas Jacka. I was elated ‏I had discovered what I thought was Thomas Jacka’s will. As part of the 52 Ancestor Challenge, I revisited my findings.

Background to the document

Thomas Jacka of St Erth’s will was executed before 1858 by the local ecclesiastical court. Once it was processed by the court a copy was sent to the “Inland Revenue where death duty was calculated. The Inland Revenue created registers to record all this incoming information from the courts.”[v]

The record found was an entry in the Death Duty Registers (not a will as I had previously assumed) it was created to enable the authorities to collect money from the estate once a person had died. Note that “Inheritance tax was first introduced in 1796 and by 1857 was applied to any estate with a value of over £20.[vi]

Since writing this post I have now discovered where the “real and original will” is held and am in the process of applying for it from the Cornwall Record Office in England.[vii]  While waiting for the Will I have processed the Death Duty Register Entry for Thomas Jacka.

Death Duty Register for Thomas Jacka 1796.[viii] (Annotated Transcription)

Date of the Probate or Admin & Sum Sworn - 1796, May 4th, Under £300 [person who has died]
Name and description of Testator or Intestate - Thomas Jacka of St Erth, Yeoman
Names & places of Abode of the Exeors or AdministratorsJohn, Joseph & James Jacka,

Residuary Legatees, sons of John Jacka, The remainder of his goods [Residuary legatee are those that receive the remainder of the estate once the claims of the other legatees have been satisfied].  Note the implication here is that his son John Jacka has already passed away]

Auxiliary Legatees - Abraham Jacka, son, One hundred Pounds [;] Elizabeth Jacka, Daughter, Fifty Pounds [;] Ann Jacka, Daughter, Fifty Pounds

All the children of Thomas Jacka (see list below) except the two eldest sons, Thomas and William, and a younger son John Jacka are included in the Will. Both sons had already married so perhaps their father had already given them their inheritance while he was still alive. It would appear that his son John Jacka has already passed away and consequently, his portion of the inheritance would pass onto his sons.

Thomas Jacka’s children were as follows:-

The two eldest children below were married before Thomas died  & not listed in the will
1.  Thomas JACKA
Baptised on 29 Dec 1760 in St. Buryan, Cornwall, England.[ix]
Married Anna MOYSES on 29 May 1790 by license, Wendron, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[x]
2.  William JACKA
Baptised on 2 Jan 1763 in Sithney, Cornwall, England[xi]
Married Margaret WOOD  on 2 Jan 1790 in Germoe, Cornwall, England.[xii]
Below are his remaining children who were not married before Thomas died
3.  John JACKA
Baptised on 7 Oct 1764 in Sithney, Cornwall, England.[xiii]

[Originally I thought that this John Jacka had married Mary LAMBRICK (a widow) on 17 Jun 1800 in Helston, Cornwall, England.[xiv]  However this looks unlikely for the following reasons:-

  1. The John Jacka who married Mary Lambrick was from St Erth whereas this John is from Sithney.[3]
  2. It is thought that he predeceased his father who mentions his grandsons (children of John) as residuary legatees in his will rather than his son [his son has either died (most likely) or has been disinherited (but then John's sons would have most likely been disinherited as well)]  
4.  Elizabeth JACKKA
Baptised on 30 Nov 1766 in Sithney, Cornwall, England[xv] 
Married William JELBART (1)  on 12 May 1800 in St. Erth, Cornwall, England, UK.[xvi]
5.  Abraham JACKA
Baptised on 4 May 1769 in Sithney, Cornwall, England[xvii] 
Married Ann MILLDRUM on 20 Nov 1796 in St Hilary, Cornwall, England.[xviii]
6.   Joseph JACKA 
      Baptised on 29 Sep 1771 in Sithney, Cornwall, England[xix] 
Joseph married Charity BERRYMAN on 7 Oct 1798 in St. Erth, Cornwall, England [XViii1a]
7.   James JACCKA  
      Baptised on 12 Oct 1774 in Sithney, Cornwall, England.[xx] 
     James married Eleanor HAMMILL on 16 Nov 1800 in St. Erth, Cornwall, England.[xxi])
8.  Ann JACKA
     Baptised on 26 Oct 1777 in Sithney, Cornwall, England.[xxii] 
Photo by Rendiansyah Nugroho, Books, published November 2, 2017 on Unsplash Accessed 5 March 2018 (image cropped)
Since conducting this research I have now located the wills of both Thomas Jacka [senior] and his son Thomas Jacka at the Cornwall Records Office and hope to apply for them soon.
  • Will of Thomas Jacka of St Erth 1796 Ref No. AP/3/2020
  • Will of Thomas Jacka Yoeman of St Sithney 1834 Ref No.AP/J/2427

Notes
[Further information:- Thomas Jacka was a yeoman - A 'yeoman' described as such in a nineteenth-century census or directory was someone who owned his own land. This could be a big or a small landowner, especially when the term is used in a directory, but the census might more usually describe a big landowner as a 'landed proprietor'. A yeoman might in other contexts be described as a 'gentleman' source:- Index of Old Occupations http://rmhh.co.uk/occup/x-z.html#Y)]

Post Updated 4 May 2018

Sources


[i] FamilySearch, Burial entry for Thomas Jacka, buried 16 Apr 1796, St Erth Parish Church Register. Cornwall, England, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGL2-MC2C  : 2 February 2018), citing Burial, St Erth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Cornwall Records Office, Truro.
[ii] Note – explanation about what a listed building is in the Uk. Stuff, G. (2018). About Listed Buildings. [online] Britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Available at: https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/site/about-listed-buildings#.Wps2oehuaUk  [Accessed 4 Mar. 2018].
[iii] Stuff, G. (2018). Jacka Tomb at Approximately 12 Metres East of South Aisle of Church of St Erth, St Erth, Cornwall. [online] Britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Available at: https://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101143616-jacka-tomb-at-approximately-12-metres-east-of-south-aisle-of-church-of-st-erth-st-erth#.Wpoc0OhuaUk  [Accessed 3 Mar. 2018].
[iv] Findmypast, Memorial Card transcription for Thomas Jacka died 14 April 1796 buried St Erth Parish Church, 'Cornwall Memorial Inscriptions' Reference 154, Cornwall Family History Society Accessed 4 March 2018
[v] The National Archives. (2018). Death duties 1796-1903 - The National Archives. [online] Available at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/death-duties-1796-1903/ [Accessed 3 Mar. 2018].
[vi] Search.findmypast.com. (2018). Register today - Sign up | findmypast.com. [online] Available at: https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=bmd%2fd%2fdduty%2f3340174  [Accessed 3 Mar. 2018].
[vii] Will of Thomas Jacka of St Erth 1796 AP/J/2020, CRO
[viii] IR 26/339, EXETER: Cornwall Archdeaconry, Repository The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU [Note this is not the original will, but instead a copy made by the clerk (source:- Cornish Probate Records http://webs.lanset.com/azazella/probate_guide.html) presumably at the time the probate was processed]
[ix] FamilySearch, Baptism of Thomas Jacka, baptised 29 December 1860, St Buryan Church Parish Register, St Buryan Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6QKS-Z99?cc=1769414&wc=3CB4-K6D%3A138123201%2C141035101%2C1582882809 : 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro St Buryan Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1718-1812 Page 34. [image 21 of 88;.]
[x] FamilySearch, Marriage of Thomas Jacka & Anna Moyses, married 29 May 1790, Wendon Church Parish Register, Wendon Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-XC79-KV4?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-GPX%3A138123201%2C142405601%2C1582884005 : 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1812, Page 165. [image 83 of 144]
[xi] FamilySearch, Baptism of William Jacka, baptised 2 January 1763, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-XHK?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 30 [image 20 of 108]
[xii] FamilySearch, Marriage of William Jacka & Margaret Wood, married 12 May 1790, Germoe Church Parish Register, Germoe Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6QZ7-T12?cc=1769414&wc=3CB4-FMD%3A138123201%2C138780501%2C1582884005 : 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro Germoe Marriage banns, marriages, 1754-1812, Page 35. [image 21 of 34]
[xiii] FamilySearch, Baptism of John Jackka, baptised 7 October 1764, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-8LM?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 30 [image 21 of 108]
[xiv] FamilySearch, Marriage of John Jacka & Mary Lambrick, married 17 June 1800, Helston Church Parish Register, Helston Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6QVQ-QKP?cc=1769414&wc=3CBZ-DP8%3A138123201%2C138937101%2C138815001 : 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro Helston Marriages, 1754-1812, Page 206. [image 105 of 133]
[xv] FamilySearch, Baptism of Elizabeth Jackka, baptised 30 November 1766, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-7SJ?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 35 [image 22 of 108]
[xvi] FamilySearch, Marriage of William Jelbart & Elizabeth Jacka, married 21 May 1800, St Erth Church Parish Register, St Erth Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (: 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro St Erth Marriages, 1782-1812, Page 38. [image 21 of 35]
[xvii] FamilySearch, Baptism of Abraham Jackka, baptised 4 May 1769, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-7SJ?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 38 [image 24 of 108]
[xviii] FamilySearch, Marriage of Abraham Jacka & Ann Milldrum, married 20 November 1796, St Hilary Church Parish Register, St Hilary Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGLK-1KPC : 2 February 2018), Cornwall Records Office, Truro Marriage, St Hilary, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Page 167. [image 89 of 123]
[XViii1a] FamilySearch, Marriage of Joseph Jacka & Charity Berryman, married 07 Oct 1798, St Erth Church Parish Register, St Erth Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (: 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro St Erth Marriages, 1782-1812, Page 34. [image 19 of 35]
[xix] FamilySearch, Baptism of Joseph Jackka, baptised 27 September 1771, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-C98?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 41 [image 25 of 108]
[xx] FamilySearch, Baptism of James Jackka, baptised 12 October 1774, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-XRS?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 45 [image 27 of 108]
[xxi] FamilySearch, Marriage of James Jacka & Eleanor Hammil, married 16 November 1800, St Erth Church Parish Register, St Erth Cornwall England. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (: 14 April 2015), Cornwall Records Office, Truro St Erth Marriages, 1782-1812, Page 39. [image 21 of 35]
[xxii] FamilySearch, Baptism of Ann Jackka, baptised 26 October 1777, Sithney Parish Church Register. "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-65X9-WPD?cc=1769414&wc=3CBH-6T1%3A138123201%2C140750301%2C1582884019 : 14 April 2015) ), Cornwall Records Office, Truro, Sithney Cornwall England, Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1737-1812 page 49 [image 29 of 108]

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

My Valentine

I met Wayne at my best friend Karen’s 21st party. Karen & I had been best friends all through high school, and we spent most of our free time together.

Karen came from a family of 4 children and what seemed like hundred’s of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. I would often attend Karen’s family informal family events and met all of her aunts and uncles with the exception of one family. I was always known as Karen’s little friend.
In 1980 we moved away I began living in another suburb, attending a new high school, and making new friends. Karen and I were no longer living within walking distance from each other and we drifted apart.

A few years later I was working at the Austin Hospital as a student nurse when Karen called to say her Uncle had been admitted to the Austin and could I visit him and check that he was ok. We had drifted apart but I was pleased to make the connection again and went to visit her Uncle Geoff in the cancer ward. He was the one uncle that I had never met, but he was still pleased to see me and with a broad smile on his face he said: “so you are Karen’s little friend”.

Photographer unknown, The Benton family taken just before Geoff died, 1981, Cheltenham Park, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia [ben017]

Geoff passed away soon after that meeting on the 9th November 1981 in hospital, leaving a wife and 3 grown children behind.  On 26 May 1982, Karen celebrated her 21st birthday in a local hall, all her cousins and relatives include a dashing (or so I thought) young man named Wayne.  I don’t remember much about the night in general but I do remember the details of my first encounter with Wayne.
I remember seeing him across the room in his very tight light green jeans and tight jumper talking and laughing with others. 

During a quiet moment, I approached and asked him to dance, which he politely declined saying he had a gummy leg. Not deterred I asked another two times until he eventually agreed to dance with me. My heart fluttered. I had expected for him to return to the crowds straight after our dance but like in the fairy tales we filled space between dancing with talking, never really leaving the dance floor until the end of the evening.

Phtoographer unknown, Sandra  & Wayne(Sandra Wearing the dress that she met Wayne in), circa 1981, Location not known –[ben056]

We talked about a lot of things including my visit to his father before he died and how happy he had been when I saw him in hospital. I was determined not to be fooled by his charm and began to run through my elimination questions which I used to help me determine whether I should proceed in engaging in conversation with a potential partner. I can’t quite remember what all the questions were but I do remember looking for his reaction when I told him that I owned and rode a motorbike rather than a car. His demeanor did not change to disapproval nor did he seem to be “shocked” by the revelation.

As the evening came to close he asked me if he could drive me home. It seemed a bit ridiculous after all I was staying at Karen’s for the evening.  But everyone encouraged me to let Wayne drive me the short distance to Karen’s home.  We pulled up in the front of her home and sat talking in his car for some time. Eventually, we saw the venations blinds being separated and we knew that everyone was peeking through the blinds watching to see what was happening.  I could feel the colour rise in my cheeks. It was only then that Karen’s younger brother Craig came running out of the front door with a ridiculous grin on his face and asked what was wrong. At which point Wayne asked him if he could get him a pen as he wanted to write my number down, and neither of us had a pen. Craig ran inside with a great sense of urgency and return with pen in hand.  The Venetians now had several eyes peeking through them watching our every move.

I gave Wayne my number and got out of the car and went into the house. I don’t remember much after that other than everyone kept telling me what a nice fellow Wayne was. Most likely Karen and I would have spent the remainder of the night talking about the evening sharing stories until we fell asleep.

Photographer Mark Williamson, Wayne & Sandra on their wedding day 21 June 1986, Mt Waverley, Victoria Australia [Ben056]

It felt as though we had been destined to meet we had been moving in similar circles but somehow in those years our paths had never crossed. 

Photographer Lisa Lionnet-Swaan, Wayne Benton & Sandra Williamson, March 2017, Sandringham
Over the years we have attended quite a few events with Wayne’s extended family, where I ironically know more about his extended family than he does having grown up visiting them all (except Wayne’s family) as Karen’s little friend.

I still see my friend Karen but now only at funerals or weddings. Wayne & I have now been together for almost 36 years. Since then we have only danced a few times together as he always laughs and says he has a war wound and can’t dance.

Monday, 26 February 2018

SEPIA SATURDAY 407 Bicycles

DOGS : BICYCLES : CIRCLES PATTERNS


Brucknell, Victoria, Australia


Living in the country (or anywhere) presented special challenges in the 1930/40s for families cars were a luxury or in the case of a farm an alternative to a horse.

"The school fronted the main Timboon-Nullawarre road, between Taylor's road and Hayne's road."[i] It was on the same road as Uncle Norm’s farmhouse. Before the Todman's arrived in the area the local school had 12 boys enrolled (1936). The year that Judy (1838/9) joined the school two other girls (sisters) also enrolled.

For the first few days Myrtle, their mother,  walked with them each morning when they set off on the half hour journey from the house to school.  Soon, however, the children learned to walk all the way to school it was just the two of them, brother and sister. It was a long walk on the dirt roads, and some mornings it would be so cold that the puddles on the road would be frosted over.  They learned to take off their shoes and socks before jumping in the puddles to break the ice so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for damaging their shoes with the water.[ii]  Eventually, as they got older they were able to ride their bicycles to school.

Photographer unknown, Warwick & Judy Todman leaving for school, 1939. Brucknell Victoria Australia. Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson[B068]
  

Everyone is up early on a dairy farm for milking, there are no spare hands to mollycoddle anyone, so getting yourself to school by bike was a way of life. 

Photographer, Brucknell State School whole School Photo, Brucknell, Victoria, Australia  circa 1941-42. Annotated image [B164annotated]

Terang, Victoria, Australia

When Judy’s mother remarried and they all moved to Terang, both Warwick and Judy attended the local school.  The ride was not as easy, the road was rutted and uncomfortable to ride along.
Terang was a much larger school, instead of 12 students for the entire school, there were 20 or 30 children per class.

Back to Terang Committee (Vic.).  1950,  Back to Terang and district, Easter 1950  Back to Terang Committee Terang, Vic  <http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-52786724>  p.24(cropped image)


The family lived in Terang for a year, after which they relocated to Camperdown, Victoria.

Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

According to Judy Camperdown was much prettier than Terang, but the ride to school was also  much harder due to the hilly landscape,
Photographer unknown, Going to school in Camperdown, Warwick and Judy Todmand with Mt Leura in the background, circa 1940s, Camperdown Victoria Australia  [b075]

Both Judy and Warwick rode to High School each day.  Judy loved the high school there were lots of people to make friends with and plenty of things to do.

Photographer unknown, Camperdown High School, 1954, Camperdown, Victoria Australia  courtesy  Camperdown and District Historical Society

Getting around as a young woman.

Bicycles seemed childish when compared to motorized bikes. 
Photographer unknown, Myrtle Taylor watching Judy & Warwick Todman with their cousin Ken Sleight on his motorbike, circa 1953,  Camperdown, Victoria Australia. (image cropped) [b084]
Real liberation came later when everyone could ride motorbikes, it was much easier to travel over larger distances.

Leaving home and Travelling

In 1954 Judy moved to the city after working three years in the local bank to study nursing.  It was an exciting time for Judy and she enjoyed the excitement and comradeship that nursing offered.

Photographer unknown, Nursing Group 12 of the Royal Melbourne Hospital & Association Hospital School of Nursing” circa 1954/1956, location unidentified [T321]

After graduating she bought a Vesper motorbike like many of her nursing friends

Photographer unknown, Judy Todman with her vesper, circa 1957, Camperdown Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson [b209]
In 1957 she rode her bike from Melbourne to Sydney and caught a ship to New Zealand taking her bike with her.  In between earning money as a lab technician Judy and her friends toured around New Zealand for almost a year before returning to Australia and a more conventional life.




[i] VPRS 14519/P/0001 unit 26 Primary Schools 2771, 2773
[ii] Judith Williamson, in personal discussion with author, 30 July 2016

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

John Palmer Williamson

Uniforms, Buttons, Badges & Medals of 

John Aaron Palmer Williamson

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 8 (February 19-25): Heirloom


The frame below was given to Mark Palmer Williamson by his father John Palmer Williamson before he died.  It commemorates the Military and Naval service of John Aaron Palmer Williamson, father to John and grandfather to Mark.

Photographer Sandra Williamson, Frame of John Aaron Palmer Williamson’s Military & Naval Memorabilia digital image, 2017, Mark Williamson’s Personal Collection[w138]

As children, we did not really know our grandfather.  I can only remember meeting him a few times.  So when my father casually passed the memorabilia frame to my brother we were all surprised. Although the frame belongs to my brother, at the moment it sits proudly on the wall in my own home as I temporarily safeguard from the humidity and extreme weather conditions of the Darwin climes where my brother lives.

In 2006 I was visited by a distant cousin Warren Jacka (2nd cousin once removed) who was visiting from Western Australia.  He stood looking at the frame and said “Do you know it looks like he was a member of Navy and the air force.  You can tell by the buttons”.
It wasn’t until almost 11 years later I began to conduct my own research into the artifacts in the frame.

Taking a closer look


Examining the photograph


I have four other photographs of John in various uniforms showing John as a member of various forces which I hope to write up soon with what I have found, but for this post I will focus on the contents of the frame alone and what it reveals.
Photographer unknown, JP Williamson wearing a Merchant Navy uniform, post WW1, Author’s Private Photo Collection [W027]

The only photograph in the frame 
“appears to be a Merchant Navy uniform, not Royal Australian Navy.  He is wearing his medal ribbons so it is post First World War.  The rank worn on his cuff is Second Officer.”[i] 
John was born in 1892 so the approximate date of this photo must be sometime after or at the end of 1919 when returned to the sea as an engineer.[ii]

A Closer Look at the buttons & badges


Uniform Buttons

Photographer Sandra Williamson, Merchant Navy Button originally owned by John Palmer Williamson, digital image, 2017, Mark Williamson’s Personal Collection[w139][iii] 

Photographer Sandra Williamson, Rising Sun badge originally owned by John Palmer Williamson [SERN 10030], digital image, 2017, Mark Williamson’s Personal Collection.[ w145]
Figure 10 Photographer Sandra Williamson, Australian Military Forces button 1914-1945 originally owned by John Palmer Williamson [SERN 10030], digital image, 2017, Mark Williamson’s Personal Collection[w144]

Photographer Sandra Williamson, Eastern Telegraph Company button Uniform Button originally owned by John Palmer Williamson, digital image, 2017, Mark Williamson’s Personal Collection[w140] This button was“worn on the Australian Uniform during the First and Second World Wars” [iv]



Medals



The medals from the left are:- The 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal, 1914-18, Mercantile Marine War Medal. The Allied Victory Medal[141] 


Australian personnel were awarded Imperial campaign medals. 
  1. The 1914-15 Star
  2. The British War Medal, 1914-18 – (“automatically awarded to all recipients of the Mercantile Marine Medal.”) 
  3. The Allied Victory Medal - "A number of nations issued their own version of the Victory Medal but Australians received the Victory Medal issued to British personnel.” 
  4. Mercantile Marine War Medal -  – awarded to those who served at sea for at least six months, and on at least one voyage through a danger zone

Commemorative Medals



The  Somme Medal was a nonoffical medal issued by the 'Ceux de la Somme' veterans' association and is available to any veteran (or family of a veteran) of the battlefields of the Somme in either the First or Second World Wars.  





King Albert I Veteran's Cross 1909-1934, is another unofficial medal which was made available by purchase in the late 1960s and 1970s to all Allied veterans of the First World War who had served in Belgium during the First World War, or their next of kin. 

John Palmer Williamson

John Aaron Palmer Williamson was born 28 April 1892 in York, Western Australia to Moses Williamson and Caroline Williamson formerly Munro.[viii] John was one of six children; four were boys of which three enlisted in the AIF.[ix]


John married Margaret Edith Jacka on 2 September 1922 in the Methodist Church, Hamilton, New South Wales, Australia.[x]

He died 30 Jun 1982 Boonah, Queensland, and buried on 2 July 1982 Kalbar, Queensland, Australia[xi]

A quick summary of his War Service


He supported both Australia and its allies in both the First World War (WW1) and Second World War (WW2).  He did serve in the Royal Navy but left to serve in Singapore for one year prior to WW1. His service in WW1 began in the Merchant Navy and then he enlisted soldier in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). His service during WW2 was in a civilian capacity within Australia and as a mariner for the American Coast Guard.  Despite challenges to his health during WW1 he never wavered in his support of the nation’s war effort.





[i] Garth O'Connell (Curator Military Heraldry and Technology Australian War Memorial) to Sandra Williamson, email, 29 September 2017, Original in author’s possession.
[ii] Certificate of Discharge MALAITA 4 September 1920 Melbourne for John Palmer Williamson, Personal papers of John Williamson held by son John Williamson, photocopy held by author. [Engaged date 9 June 1920, Newcastle]; Alexander Weir (Chief Eng), Letter of reference for J.A. Williamson, 14 September 1920. Personal papers of John Williamson held by son John Williamson, photocopy held by author. [Period of service on the MALAITA 4 September 1920 to 14 September 1920.]; [Unable to read name] Director of Huddart Parker Limited, S.S.RIVERIA [Period of service 28 December 1920 to 9 March 1921] & S.S.CORIO [Period of service 3 March to 10 September 1921], Personal papers of John Williamson held by son John Williamson, photocopy held by author.
[iii] Collections.anmm.gov.au. (2018). Uniform button from the Merchant Navy. [online] Available at: http://collections.anmm.gov.au/objects/41380 [Accessed 21 Feb. 2018].
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

SEPIA SATURDAY 406 Swimming

SWIMMING : WATER : STANDING AROUND : HANGING AROUND

Growing up living near the river on a farm, there is lots of space and plenty to do:-


A child could make cubbies and get dirty and nobody minded so long as you stayed outside and out from under feet. Together with the cousins, you could build huge cubby houses out of the debris left behind after the land clearing.

Photographer unknown, building a cubby hut on Uncle Norm’s farm, circa 1939, Brucknell Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson [b067] From the left – Warwick Todman, Jeff Carter & Judith Todman.

Or destroy cubbies ... never a dull moment.

Photographer unknown, Destroyed a cubby hut on Uncle Norm’s farm, circa 1939, Brucknell Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson [b074] From the left – Warwick Todman, Jeff Carter, Judith Todman and possibly Graeme Sleight.
On hot days there was nothing better than spending the afternoon at the nearest water hole, for Judy and Warwick that involved swimming in the nearby river.

Photographer unknown, sitting on the banks of Curdies river; From the Left: - Judy Todman (2nd from the left), Warwick Todman (fourth from the left), with Norm Crump standing behind the children, circa 1939, near Brucknell Victoria Australia [b086]

To keep the children safe a big thick rope was tied around each child’s waist in turn while they ventured into the deeper water.  Judy remembers the rope being large, heavy and prickly.
Whether it was bridge building or swimming there was always much to do.