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Manny’s birthday book – October 22

October 22, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

From Manny’s Birthday Book:  October 22nd – Harry Randolph Mann

“Ride little brother, ride on my back,

Where shall we go to now?

Up to the sky to see the pig,

To the meadow to see the cow?”

This entry confirms a suspicion I had that Manny’s birthday book actually belonged to her mother as a child.

Harry Randolph Mann says he was born 22 October 1887.  There were no Mann’s born in Western Australia in 1887.  Nor did anyone with a name that could remotely be construed as Harry Randolph Mann marry in Western Australia.  A Harry Mann died in Claremont in 1917 (1917/199 WA) but I suspect that isn’t him.

Similarly, no Harry Randolph Mann or anything remotely like it was born, married or died in New South Wales.

Harry Randolph Mann did not enlist with the AIF.

If you think you know who Harry Randolph Mann was, please comment and let me know.

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