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The photos in the header

November 28, 2010

From left to right, the photos used to make up my header are of:

Henry and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon

Henry Bacon and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon, possibly on their wedding day

1.  Eliza (nee Bishop) and Henry Bacon.  Eliza and Henry were married in Melrose, South Australia on 10 January 1875.  This photo may have been taken at around that time.  Henry was born 9 August 1852 at Woolundunga Station, near Mt Brown, South Australia and he died  in Narrogin South Australia.  Henry and Eliza had five children:

Frederick Charles Bacon, Ada Mary Bacon, Herbert Harry Bacon, Louisa Rebecca Bacon and Edith Alice Bacon.

Henry was a farmer, butcher and baker.

Henry was the brother of my great-great grandmother, Johanna (Bacon) Kirwan.  He helped his neice, Jane (Kirwan) Harry raise Johanna’s children when she became ill and then died.  Their father was either away or drinking and was often not around or available.

Langford Hanna

Langford Hanna taken just before he enlisted for WWI

2.  Langford Hanna.  Langford (known to the family as ‘Lanx’ and recorded as sometimes called ‘Jack’ in his war service record) was born in Brighton, Victoria in 1892.  He served in the first World War and returned to Australia after being wounded at both Gallipoli and France.  Langford married after his return from the war, and moved to Katanning Western Australia, where he worked on the railways as a train driver.

Langford was a brother of my great grandmother, Marion (Hanna) Kirwan.

Kirwan family wedding 1968

Kirwan famiy wedding 1968

3.  Family Wedding 1968.  The bride and groom at this wedding are still living.  The Bride is my father’s sister.  The wedding was held in the Western Australian Goldfields in1968.

The people in the photo are:

Back Row L-R:  Bride’s sister, Bride’s sister, Bride’s sister in law (my Mum), Bride’s brother and my Dad Frank McLeod Kirwan who also conducted the service.  My Dad married two of his sisters ;). Bride’s brother in law Ronald Melmoth Jackson, Bride’s sister, Bride’s aunty, Kathleen A (Doyle) McLeod, unknown – Kathleen’s friend.

Middle Row:  Bride’s brother.

Front Row L-R: Bride’s nephew, Bride’s neice (that’s me!), Groom, Bride, Bride’s parents Alice Elizabeth (McLeod) Kirwan and Frank Greer Kirwan.

Marion (Hanna) Kirwan

Marion (Hanna) Kirwan - she had auburn hair 🙂

4.  Marion (Hanna) Kirwan.  Marion was born in  North Brighton, Victoria, to parents Frederick Greer Hanna and Rosina (Hammond) on 30 December 1887.

Marion married Nicholas Wade Kirwan on 3 June 1907 at Leonora Mechanic’s Institute, Leonora, Western Australia.

Marion and Nicholas had two children – Frank Greer Kirwan (my grandfather) born in Sandstone Western Australia 27  April 1908; and Richard Frederick Kirwan born in Perth Western Australia on 10 August 1909.

Marion died of typhoid fever at the Perth Hospital on 20 December 1910 and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth on 24 December 1910.

Her death and burial and newspaper death notices all record her as ‘Daisy Kirwan’, however members of her family I met in the early 1990s told me they had only ever heard her referred to as Marion.

Henry and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon

Henry and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon

5.  Henry Bacon and Eliza (Bishop) Bacon (see 1. above).  This is a photo of Henry and Eliza taken many years after the first photo.


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