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Letters to Frank

February 3, 2011

I have a collection of letters that belonged to my Dad.  They were written to him by his grandmother and his great grandmother, mostly in the early 1950s.  It turns out my dad was curious about his family history when he was about 15 years old.

This is one of the letters.

51 Ward St

4-2-52

Dear Frank

It was certainly very remiss of me not to have acknowledged your kind thought about the Sherry – bought with your first earnings too – but I just pass the letter writing on to Aunty – & asked her to thank you for me – it was really very thoughtful of you frank & I did appreciate it.

You see when Aunty writes it leaves nothing for any one else to write – news is scarce from here –  & when I write three times a week to Aunty Smith I am settled as far as writing is concerned.  So please excuse won’t you?

the kiddys all seem happy the Killarney St crowd were home to tea last night & the two girls looked well they like being at Aunty Joan’s & don’t want to change their hash house. Must leave off it makes me very tired to sit.  I hope you are all well & Mother having a rest.  My fondest love to you all.

Gran

Gran is following up on an earlier letter from Aunty.

Aunty Smith, who Gran wrote to three times a week, was her sister, Alice Maud Peck, who married William S Foulston in 1887 in New South Wales.  The Foulston family also moved to Western Australia, and appear to have lived in the Kalgoorlie area for a time.  After William Foulston died, Alice married Frederick James Smith.

By 1952, when this letter was written, Aunty Smith lived in Highgate, just outside the centre of Perth.  She died on 8 March 1956 aged 86 and was buried in the Salvation Army section of the Karrakatta Cemetery.

Aunty Smith’s daughter Emily L Foulston married Cecil E Everett in the East Coolgardie Registration District (probably Kalgoorlie) in Western Australia in 1913, and she appears in Manny’s birthday book.

Gran – Emily Bertha Eliza Peck and her sister Alice were very close.  They were the 6th and 7th of nine children of John Peck and Mary Ann Malthouse.  Alice Foulston was one of the witnesses when Emily married George Jones in 1895.

I’m not sure why she was referred to as Aunty Smith – except that my great-grandmother was called Aunty, and her name was Alice, so perhaps it was thought to be too confusing to have Aunty (who was Alice) and Aunty Alice as well – although there is an entry in Manny’s birthday book for ‘Aunty Al’. Perhaps thats what young Alice called her aunt, and Aunty Smith was adopted later for the grandchildren/great grandchildren. Perhaps it was considered more ‘Great-Aunt-like’.

I wonder to what extent Emily and Alice kept in touch with their brothers and sisters in New South Wales.  She doesn’t mention writing to anyone other than Aunty Smith, in any of her letters.

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  1. Comicstar permalink*
    February 3, 2011 8:52 am

    I read it ALL BY MYSELF! With a little help from Mum. I feel 6 years old.

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