Month: January 2017

Margaret – looking better than we’ve ever seen

Thanks to our fellow researcher Mike Wilson and his associate, artist Sue Hourigan, we are now able to see our forebear Margaret Wilson nee Williamson, so much clearer than ever before. Mike and Sue put their heads together and closely studied the two images we have of Margaret (further below), one believed to have been painted by her husband William when she was mid forties, and the other a photograph taken much later when she was in her 70s. William’s water colour painting is unfortunately not as distinct today as it probably was originally. However Mike and Sue’s work...

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Mrs Nancy Black AM – Services to the Anglican Community

In 198… one of our much admired cousins, the late Mrs Nancy Black (shown here) received the Order of Australia honours award for a lifetime of service to the Anglican Community of Melborurne. Nancy was the sister of another of our honours recognised on this page, Judge Thomas Milton Boulter. Nancy’s story of community contribution leading to the award is recounted below (To be...

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Best baby in the Empire – Mary Patricia Wilson 1924

Patricia (she was known as Pat in the family) earns a place in our family honours and deservedly so in light of her being selected from 60,000 other babies from all over the British Empire to win the Empire Championship of 1924 for the best baby. How proud must have been her parents and close relatives at this achievement – and we can all share this pride so many years hence as we now learn about our young relative’s time of fame. The image below appeared in the Melbourne Herald on Wednesday 30th of July 1924, apparently one of...

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Madame Rosa Alba – noted concert soprano

A concert soprano on the leading concert hall stages of England and Australia, our very own Amy Ethel Boulter, daughter of Elizabeth Wilson & James Boulter and grand daughter of William Sorell Wilson. Named, as was the custom for great singers, Madame Rosa Alba, after the subtle beauty of the ancient rose – Rosa Alba Maxima. We suspect this naming might also have been influenced by the name of her grandmother’s sister Rosa Wilson. After many years of search for an image of Rosa Alba it seems likely one has at last been discovered. Sisters and research colleagues Karen...

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