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Manny’s birthday book – November 14

November 14, 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:  January 14th – Justine

“Oh, buy my oranges, buy I pray!

I’m very – very poor;

You’re warm and happy in your homes,

I stand cold at the door.”

Justine is one of Manny’s grandchildren.

Manny’s birthday book – November 8

November 8, 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:  November 8th – Reggie Palmer

Leafless trees are standing here,

Against the cold Autumnal sky;

Alas, for the buds and blossoms gone,

Alas, for the summer past, we sigh!

Reginald H Palmer was born in Leederville, Western Australia in 1914 (1914/189WA).

He does not appear in the marriage index.

A Reginald J Palmer died in the East Coolgardie Registration  District in 1953 (1953/211WA).

Reggie Palmer may be a brother of Vera Palmer, in Manny’s birthday book on 16 January.

If you think you know who Reggie Palmer was, please comment and let me know.

Manny’s birthday book – October 28

October 28, 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 28th – Chrissie Urquhart

Now listen, while I tell you,

About this little maid,

Who went out with her Mamma –

But now it all is said.

There were no Chrissie Urquharts (or Christine/Christina) of Manny’s age born or married in Western Australia.

There was an Isabel Christina Urquhart born in 1897 (nine years after my great grandmother, Manny’s mother).  Her parent’s names were Elizabeth McKenzie and William Urquhart (1897/3033) and she was born in Perth, Western Australia.  She does not appear in the marriage index.  An Isabel Urquhart died in East Coolgardie Registration District in 1908 (1908/189WA)

A Christina Urquhart married a man whose first name was Sarkies.  The marriage is registered twice – the first registration, the husband’s name is Sarkies Martin (1913/575WA) and the second, the husband’s name is Sarkies Naphapiet (1913/575WA) – both registered in Perth, Western Australia.

This is another entry that leads me to the conclusion that the birthday book belonged to Manny’s mother before it belonged to her.

Sarkies Martin (father Martin, mother Mary) died in Perth on 13 May 1963 (1963/1252WA) aged 75.  Christina Martin died 30 January 1974 in Perth, aged 81 years.  Barbara Martin is Grantee on their grave.

Another Sarkies Martin died 1 July 1988 aged 92 years.  Adam Maurice Mishkin is Grantee of his grave.

If you think you know who the Chrissie Urquhart in Manny’s birthday book is, or indeed if you know anything about Sarkies Martin, please comment and let me know.

Manny’s birthday book – October 24

October 24, 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 24th – Ronald Jackson

Little fairy in a shell, sailing o’er the sea!

Wither are you coming? Perhaps to visit me,

Where, then, do you come from, o’er the stormy main?

Little fairy, how I trust you’ll get back safe again.

Ronald Jackson was Manny’s son in law.  You can see him in the wedding photo in the header – 5th from the Left in the back row.

Manny’s birthday book – 23 October

October 23, 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 23rd – Charlie Kelly and Frank McLeod Kirwan

Sammy has a little line,

His mother has a dish,

On which small Sammy trusts that he

May shortly place a fish.

Charlie Kelly appears to have written his own name in Manny’s book.

Charles J Kelly was born in the East Coolgardie Registration District in 1911 (1911/516WA).  A number of possible Charles Kelly’s married and died in Western Australia.

If you think you know who Charlie Kelly was, please comment and let me know.

Frank McLeod Kirwan was my father, Manny’s eldest child.  He was born 23 October 1937 and died 28 October 1976.

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.

Manny’s birthday book – October 15

October 15, 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 15th – Kath

Why does she cry, this dear little trot?

And why does she suck her thumb?

It cannot be sweet – it is horrid to eat;

So instead, let us give her a plum.

Kath entered her own name in Manny’s book.  Unlike some of the entries for living people, I have not obscured her surname.  She simply entered ‘Kath’.

Kath was Kathleen Ada Doyle, who married Manny’s brother, John Alexander ‘Jack’ McLeod in 1934 (1934/17WA).

Kath was born in 1913 in Boulder, Western Australia (1913/458WA).  You can see her in the header – she is second from the right, behind Manny in the wedding photo.

Kath died in Esperance, Western Australia on 2 September 1975, aged 61 years and was cremated and her ashes dispersed at Karrakatta.