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Newsletter

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Maishman Family

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Issue 13 Christmas 2006

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Letter to Deepdene District Cricket Club from Noel
Browsing the net today I came across your Club's excellent web page and I was very surprised to see a photo in Wisdene of my father, Frederick George Maishman, as an 18 year-old member of the DDCC 'A' Grade first premiership team in 1924/25. He passed away in 1980 and I had never seen any photo of him before the age of about 35. You can imagine my delight.

As a boy, he had often mentioned Deepdene to me but I probably dismissed his conversations at the time as another "the older I get, the better I was" line, like I find myself currently doing more and more regularly to anyone who will listen. Nevertheless, the photo encouraged me to dig out a small medal he won when he was 15 and I thought, although its silver plating has not travelled too well these past 85 seasons, you might like to have it for your museum collection since it was presented so early in the Club's history.

It's inscribed on the back: DDCC, Won by F Maishman, Best Fieldsman, 1921-22, and the front bears his initials on a small gold shield. Being only 14 in 1921 I expect he was probably part of the second 'C' grade matting team for DDCC in its first year of competition, as mentioned in Wisdene.

My father was born on 27 February 1907 and will record his first 'true' century in February 2007. I'm presently 70 not out, unfortunately we're 9 down and I'm getting a bit nervous.

Please let me know if you are interested in the medal and, if so, where you would like me to send it.

Warm regards and thanks for the information and chance to see my Dad as a boy.
Noel











Top Row: W Reid, J Dowling, C Gray, P Gray (Capt.), A Latham (VC), E Lilburne, G Barnard

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Thanks to those who have sent me photos of their houses.
I hope to receive many more from Maishman family members throughout the world. Would you like to guess “Who lives in this house”? Let me hear from you.

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Last July Trevor Lewis wrote:
From the I.G.I. Records my 4th. GT./Gf. John Bedwell married a Mary Maishman on June 7th 1802, at St. Sepulchre, London. I am trying to find her place of birth and parents. I did find a Mary Maisham born in Thatcham in 1877, but it would appear she is not the one to have married my John Bedwell, although several of the Christian names of the Thatcham family did occur in the following generation of my Bedwell family, e.g. Priscilla, Stephen James, Ann and Sarah.
Extract from my reply: Because of the Christian names of the children being so similar to Stephen and Priscilla's family from Thatcham, I would be tempted to suggest that your Mary is in fact the daughter of Stephen and that my assumptions are incorrect. More investigation required!!

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