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A Girl’s Got to Shop!!

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 1 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 1 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 13 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 13 September 1893

DESCRIPTION: two receipts from the F. Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg (now Birdwood) to Phebe Randell (nee Robbins)
DATE: September 1893
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found these receipts in a tin full of all sorts of paperwork from Phebe Randell (nee Robbins) who was my great great grandma. In perfect condition you wouldn’t know that these are about 120 years old!! And no doubt these would have the usual items on the shopping list for the era … bran, wheat, chaff etc.

A Bushranger, Early Sydney and More …

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 1

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 2

letter - Abner Robbins to sister Phebe Robbins 1864-04-26 page 3

DESCRIPTION: a 2 1/2 page letter from Abner Mark Robbins to his sister Phebe Robbins
DATE: 26 April 1864
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found this letter stashed in a tin full of all sorts of paperwork from Phebe Randell (nee Robbins) who was my great great grandma. This letter from her brother Abner who grew up in Findon, South Australia,  was sent while he was in Sydney and was about about to head off on a ship.
In it he talks about the streets and layout of Sydney in comparison to Adelaide, the tram, going to a wax work s show and even the bushranger Frank Gardiner, who was at that time in jail. As a side note, Gardiner was sentenced to 32 years hard labour, of which he served just 10 years, as his sentenced was then deemed too harsh.
This is proof that you just never know what info might be in the old letters! It just takes time to read them.

Most Certainly a Matriarch

Mary Ann Holland funeral card

Mary Ann Holland's (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

Mary Ann Holland’s (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

DESCRIPTION: funeral card for Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins)
DATE:
6 January 1906
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:
In the family ephemera I discovered this funeral card for Mary Ann Holland, but didn’t even know where the Holland’s fitted into the family. So after some research, I found out that Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins) was a sister to my great great grandma Phebe Randell (nee Robbins), both of who emigrated from England to South Australia with their parents (and other siblings) on the “Rajah” in 1849. I did find out that Richard Holland was also a passenger on the Rajah on that same voyage, but I haven’t found out if he came out with the Robbins family, or if he and Mary Ann met on the ship, so there’s still more research to do there. I did find out that Richard and Mary Ann married about a month after arriving in South Australia.
And judging by the death notice Mary Ann would have certainly been a matriarch of this family, having had 8 children, 53 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren. If they all got together, that would be an impressive gathering.

The Family Recorder

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 .

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