Once upon a time, in January 1943,
there were two mothers sitting in separate
rooms in an office in the City of
Melbourne, Australia. Both were feeling
anxious, the 'butterflies' fluttering
overtime in the pits of their stomachs.
In one room, a birth mother cuddled
her 16 month old daughter for the last time.
In the other room, an excited and
nervous adoptive mother waited.
A connecting door was opened. A
pencil was rolled across the floor. The toddler
followed after the rolling pencil.
The door closed.
A new life began for all of them.........
The birth mother made her tearful
way home without her daughter, hoping to be
able to make a life for herself
and her other children.
The new mother left with her new
daughter to shop for clothes for the little one
and to return to their home.
Families from our
Mother No 1.
Mother No 2.
45 Years Later......
Marion received her original birth
certificate... and so began an interest in Family History Research.
Two mothers share memories
William & Elizabeth (nee LANYON), from Penwith, Cornwall. Arr. Aust
John William & Ada (nee MELLOR),from
Leeds, Yorkshire. Arr.Aust.1888.
William Reeves & Hannah (nee BRADBROOK), from London. Arr. Aust.
1853. 6 children.
John & Georgina (nee BOILEAU),
from London. John transported 1838.
Georgina followed. Arr. Aust. 1839. 10 children.
Thomas & Kate (nee UPFOLD),
from Deptford,London. Arr. Aust.1909.
Thomas & Mary (nee HUGHES),
from Buscot, Berks. Arr. Aust. 1857.
2 children. (Thomas had other children from a second marriage.)
Samuel & Elizabeth (nee GOODE),
from Oxfordshire. Arr. Aust. 1855.
William John & Elizabeth Jane Anne (nee PRIOR),
from Cornwall. Arr. Aust. 1874.
(ELIAS), Richard & Ann (nee AHERN),
from Wales & Ireland, Arr. Aust
1854/1855. 7 children.
David, from Scotland & Sarah (nee EVANS/SCOTT),
Arr. Aust 1862.
Hugh and Johanna (nee FITZGERALD) from Ireland. Arr. Aust. 1862. 6 children
Walter Fleming, from Kilkenny, Ireland & Lydia (nee SINNOTT) from Kildare,
Ireland. Arr. Aust. early 1860s. 1+ ? children.
William, from ?, and Catherine (nee AHEARN) from Tipperary, Ireland. Catherine
arr. Aust. 1855. 12 children.