This first photo is of my grandfather and his brothers and mum.
Left to right -
Jim, Frank, mum, Bill, Gordon and Ken. My pop was Gordon. There were 2 more brothers and a sister missing from that picture. She was a single mother in those days as my great grandfather left when my pop was 15 so they all had to look after one another. My grandmother was called Florence and she was aboriginal. It must have been very hard for her back then as my grandfather was a "white man" so it would have caused quite a scene in those days Im sure. They never did mention what happened to him as they never heard from him again, he just took off and disappeared into the blue horizon. I am sure my grandmother must have known that he was leaving though, otherwise you would think that something bad had happened wouldnt you. My mum has the same wavy hair that they all do too. Pity they didnt have a picture of their sister so I could have seen her too. It is nice to actually see a picture of my great grandmother because mum and auntie Helen would always say she was aboriginal but never showed us any photos of what she looked like. Apparently mum's cousin tried to retrace the family tree back through her roots but didnt get very far, something to do with aboriginal customs or something along those lines which is quite sad I think. I would like to know more about my ancestors.
Now this is the second photo of the Longley brothers who all played football for the same team in the same season. My auntie did mention it was put in the Guiness Book of Records in the late 40's but I searched the internet and didnt find anything about it. I dont even know what the football team is they played for but it was in Sydney somewhere. Anyone out there who might know what team it was I would be very glad to hear from you. I am pretty sure the colors were black and white. My pop is in the middle of the bottom row.
Top row - Ken, Frank, Bill, Jim
Bottom row - Dave, Gordon and Max.
I have met Ken and Max, about 14 years ago now. They both still live in Sydney. I might have to get my mum to give them a call and tell them what team they played footy for wont I, it might be easier than trying to guess. Okay enough family history for one day, perhaps another day I will show some more.
Towards the end of the week I will show you my knitting in progress that I started last night for Isabelle with my new Harmony yarn. It is knitting up beautifully and I love the Sublime pattern too.