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Phebe Randell's bible

Phebe Randell's bible

Phebe Randell's bible

inside page of Phebe Randell’s bible showing her name, place, and a biblical verse

close up of the inside page of Phebe''s bible

close up of the inside page of Phebe”s bible

a blank page in Phebe's bible where she has written family details

a blank page in Phebe’s bible where she has written family details

Phebe's bible BDMs 550

close up of the blank page in Phebe’s bible where she has written family details

DESCRIPTION: This is a bible that belonged to Phebe Randell (nee Robbins), William Beavis Randell’s second wife, who was my great great grandma
DATE:
after 1876, but before 1919
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
This is a rather unassuming looking bible as you can see from the top pictures, but when I looked through it and found the handwritten page of BDMs, I must say it sure felt like Christmas. Over the years I’ve learnt that many of my relatives have a habit of leaving bits and pieces throughout books. As a result of this, I now page through each one carefully page-by-page, which has led to all sorts of ephemera being discovered. But never did I expect to see a page of family BDMs (ok, just births and deaths in this case) written in a bible like this.
I’m presuming the entries written down to 1919 are in Phebe’s own handwriting. The 1921 entry for Abner, I can’t say who wrote that, as it does look like different handwriting, but the lines written in blue have been written by my grandma Evelyn Randell .

… With Return Thanks

Return Thanks - envelope Dec 1926

Return Thanks - envelope back Dec 1926

Return Thanks - note Dec 1926

death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 8 December 1926

death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 8 December 1926
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16338540

funeral notice in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 9 December 1926

funeral notice in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, 9 December 1926
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16339077

DESCRIPTION: this small “Return Thanks” note was sent from Susannah Broadribb (nee Hannaford) to her brother and his family thanking them for their sympathy on the death of her husband Joseph
DATE:
 December 1926
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
Susannah Rebecca Broadribb (nee Hannaford) and her family lived at Rockdale, in New South Wales, while a number of her siblings  stayed in South Australia. Her brother, whom the letter is addressed to, John Elliott Hannaford and his wife, Mary Hannaford (nee James) lived at Birdwood, South Australia.

A Collection of Cousins

0001 Hannaford kidsDESCRIPTION: a cabinet card with what is believed to be some grandchildren of Frederick and Elizabeth Hannaford (nee Sanders).
Boys at back: Roy, Ralph and Elliott
Girls: Linley, Jean and Ruby (at the front)
Boys at front: Cecil and Dudley
DATE: undated, approx. 1898
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
While I don’t know specifically as I’m no photo expert, but to me all of these kids look like they are all dressed up, so I think they are in their Sunday best. Ralph (the kid at the back in the middle) is my great grandpa, and I can see a family resemblance that I didn’t specifically know was there.
Unusually this photograph doesn’t have any identifying photographer details so I can’t narrow down as to ‘where’ it was taken, other than saying ‘presumably at one of the Hannaford residences in South Australia’.

My Own Eva …

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

Eva Richardson's bible

DESCRIPTION: a small (smaller than A5) size bible with a black very-worn leather covered bible
DATE:
18 May 1881
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
This is a real treasure. Without the inscription this little bible would be ‘just an old bible’. With it, I now know that my great great grandpa, the Reverend Robert McCullough who emigrated from Ireland, gave this bible to his wife Eva Richardson on their wedding day back in May 1881. Married in Victoria (Australia), Robert and Eva, and their family lived in Tasmania and South Australia  Tasmania and South Australia, where Robert pastored a number of Baptist churches.
Eva Richardson was the granddaughter of a convict, and was also said to be Robert’s first convert.

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