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A Family’s Heartbreak

 

cuttings from The Advertiser, Monday 20 July 1942

cuttings from The Advertiser, Monday 20 July 1942

 

DESCRIPTION: two cuttings from The Advertiser newspaper, dated Monday 20 July 1942 about Gunner Robert Hannaford missing in Rabaul
DATE: 20 July 1942
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: this was an item that was in one of Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell)’s diaries, and daughter Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford) is the current caretaker of these
STORY/ABOUT: It’s my belief that anyone who hasn’t experienced the pain and horror of war either by being in the battlefield or as family of someone who has, we can’t truly understand the pain involved. So when I realised that my great grandparents would have read that their younger son was ‘missing’ in the newspaper it is heartbreaking, and yet I know what I feel is nothing compared to what they would have. As in a later newspaper article dated 16 October 1942 Robert was confirmed as a casualty.
My grandpa Cecil Hannaford lost his little brother. My great grandparents Ralph and Dorothy lost a son. But it took 10 months for then to find out. That would have been the longest 10 months of their life. He wanted to serve his country so much so that he put his age up just to get in. He fought for his country. He died for his country.
LEST WE FORGET

History in a Birthday Book

Minnie Northworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

DESCRIPTION: a small black leather covered birthday book that was given to Amelia “Minnie” Norsworthy (who later married a Hannaford) from her sister
DATE: 25 December 1900
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  This small birthday book is amazing. It mostly contains the names of when peoples’ birthday was (as you’d expect) but there are also a few names noted on dates of when someone died, or another other event happened. Also there’s is also a vast array of handwriting styles, which makes me wonder if at some stage she didn’t get people to write their own details in.
Reading through page by page I recognise so many of the surnames as being early residents of the Gumeracha region. There’s Norsworthy’s (or course), and then there’s also Hannaford, Manning, Taylor, Bond, Kelly, Poole, Huppatz, Pitt, McNicol, Cornish, Bray, Dohnt, Videon, Hanna, Dobson, Lee and Neumann just to name a few.
Listing 3 days to a page, there is a bible verse and space to write names next to each day. Some entries have a date in it like ’32  written next to someone’s name (meaning 1832 was when someone was born). There are also other dated in the 1920s and 1930s, so I would say that this book has been handed down and used for a number of years, which is no doubt why it is totally falling to bits now.

Born in May

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DESCRIPTION: This silver bracelet features the letters M A Y, and has four small green gemstones that dangle from the chain.
DATE:
 late 1950s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:
Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford) was born in May, and May is the month for Emerald birthstones. This was a present that was given to for her birthday or Christmas  from her parents when she was about 10.
As I do have an Auntie May (actually a great aunt) in the family, if I didn’t know the story behind this bracelet, it would be easy to assume that “MAY” was a name, and not the month, but it isn’t in this case.

In Memory of Susannah

the front

the front of the bible

the pattern embossed on the leather cover

the embossed pattern on the leather cover

the spine

the spine, complete with more ebossed patterns

the opening pages

the opening pages with writing 😉

a close up of the inscription "Sarah Hannaford, a present from her eldest daughter Mary Eliza, October 3rd 1869"

a close up of the inscription
“Sarah Hannaford, a present from her eldest daughter Mary Eliza, October 3rd 1869”

the next page over had more writing

the next page over had more writing

a close of up this inscription "In memory of Susannah"

a close of up this inscription
“In memory of Susannah Hannaford. Died April 7th 1861. Aged 71 years”
As you are now so once I was
As I am now so you must be
And so prepare to follow me

I found more writing on the back page

I found more writing on the back page

a close of up of the names of Mary Eliza Goods's (nee Hannaford) children

a close of up of the Hannaford names inscribed in this bible

the piece of well used blotting paper that was in this bible

the piece of well used on both sides, blotting paper that was in this bible

DESCRIPTION: a large (almost A4 size), heavy, very well used, leather-bound bible that was given to Sarah Hannaford (nee Stanger) by her daughter Mary Eliza
DATE:
 3 October 1869
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
While every piece of memorabilia is special, this one is really special because it has a connection to my emigrating Hannaford family.
Widowed in 1838 Susannah Hannaford (nee Elliott) emigrated from Devon, England to South Australia with four of her five sons, and her surviving daughter, and is it this Susannah that this bible is “in memory of”.
The connection is that Sarah Hannaford (nee Stanger) married one of Susannah’s sons. So it belonged to Susannah’s daughter-in-law.
While it’s not in great shape (at least the outside of it), it is over 140 years old, and I’m sure it was very well-used back in it’s day, so it’s a wonder that it has survived.

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