8 MAY 2011 : MOTHERS’ DAY : THINK THINK THINK

THINK THINK THINK

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Take a seat. Its morning time here. A bit chilly but not bad. Been busy with family come to stay.

THE JOINT LOOKS LIKE A BOMB HIT IT.

All the more reason to sit awhile and do some thinking and some Yaaning. I have a son. he’s a grown man but that didn’t stop him touching the electric fence yesterday just to see whether or not it was on. It was on. That didn’t stop his Young Lady from linking hands to see what happened when he touched the Fence again.

THINK THINK THINK – is a fine cliché. It hung above my bed in 1987 in the Loony Bin. I lay there in the unpleasant physical withdrawals and mental mania and stared for hours at the three words. THINK THINK THINK. Well, one word written three times. I think it was when I first realised that I could discipline my mind into thoughts which actually served me well. Befriend the Mind, says I. Befriend the Mind and slow it down.

Today, I am sitting here, thinking back over a good few days. Thinking about people I love. Thinking about other Mothers Days and other mothers. Thinking about my sister who was Mother to three children and oftentimes Mother to my own two and who is now gone. Her second daughter and me are staying home today in our individual  towns. Doing some thinking.

And I am thinking about my own children and their children. And one very fine chocolate cake and one very fine pair of silver earrings.

MY OWN MATERNAL LINEAGE.

MY OWN MOTHER WAS JOYCE BELL.
NAN AND PA
SHE married Bruce Sanders.
Her Mother was JESSIE SARAH READY.

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Joyce, Jessie Sarah and Jean Bell.

His Mother was ELIZABETH (DINAH) CRAIG.

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CLYDE, DORIS AND ELIZABETH SANDERS.

Her Mother was JULIA READY.

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Julia and George Ready.

My Father’s Grandmother was LUCY JANE HURRELL.
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Grandma Sanders and her daughter Maude.

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MARY ANN MCNEIL who became known as GRANNY BELL a legend in her own lifetime. She was the mother of my Poppa Bell.

From here on in, the Photos become rarer and the Mothers of the family spread out. We reach the Mothers who came from the UK. The English, Irish and Scots. The convicts and assisted immigrants.

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Such as Julia’s mother Sarah Benson Ready Moore.

MARY ANN SKIVINGS

MARY ANN SKIVINGS who married William ( Blackberry) Sanders arrived in the 1850s from DEVON in the UK.

wilhelmina mcleodAnd I have just this one tiny blur of WILHELMINA MCLEOD who was in the Sutherland Shire Clearances.

 

THINK THINK THINK

 

THINK THINK THINK

 

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How about we take a look in the HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS of the NATIONAL  LIBRARY of AUSTRALIA for some advice from and for MOTHERS.

THINK THINK THINK

 
Launceston Examiner (Tas.  1842-1899), Saturday 19 March 1898
Launceston Examiner 
Saturday 19 March 1898
Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. 1885-1954), Thursday 6 August 1931

Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885-1954), Thursday 6 August 1931

Sunday Times (Perth, WA  1902-1954), Sunday 17 December 1905,

Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902-1954), Sunday 17 December 1905,

The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 8 January 1969,
good adviceThe Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Saturday 20 January 1940
The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 1 June 1966,

 

 

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