Helen's Family Gallery  

Biagio PAVLICH b. 1824
"Biagio PAVLICH" was born 1824 to Biagio PAVLICEVIC and Johannah WOOD. Family lore although  never proven, is that the older Biagio travelled to Edinburgh from Europe as interpreter to a Count,  Biagio's  country of birth has never been established, however the Balkans is a strong possibility. Biagio died 1881.

Young Biagio married Eliza SOMERVILLE, 1850. In between sea journeys, he fathered six children, four of whom lived. Eliza died in 1872. Biagio remarried in 1874 to Harriet TEMPLE. One of Biagio's siblings, Henry Sim PAVLICH emigrated to Australia and married 1855 in Adelaide, Thurza HOWELL, b. Somerset, England. There is hundreds of descendants of this couple, living all over Australia.

Ann Isabella PAVLICH with her two Grandsons, Morton Bernard and Charles
Ann Isabella PAVLICH, b. 1867,Leith with her Grandsons, Morton - my Dad, and Uncle, Charles MENDELSON.
Grace Somerville ANDERSON with 2nd. son Morton Bernard
Albert MENDLSON b.1895 in Iasi, Romania
1922 - Grace Somerville ANDERSON b. 1895- my beloved Grandmother, with my Dad Morton MENDELSON. Grace bears a striking resemblance to her mother Ann, above.

Albert (Alex) MENDELSON b.1895, New York City 
My Grandfather

Charles Somerville PAVLICH b. 1870
Helen Mouat CORMACK
Charles Somerville PAVLICH, Ann's younger brother, b.1870, Leith married Helen Mouat CORMACK. 
This couple had four daughters, Elizabeth, Jean, Helen and Joan.
Eliza PAVLICH b.1864
Eliza PAVLICH b.4 April 1864, sister of Annabella and Charles Somerville PAVLICH. Eliza married Donald Knight McKENZIE to whom she bore three children, Eliza, Christina and Isabella. After the death of Donald, Eliza married William WILSON, and had five more children, Marion, Annie, Davina, William and Joan
Henry 'Sim' PAVLICH b. 1829
Henry PAVLICH b. 1829 Edinburgh, Scotland. Story goes this man, a Seaman on the Vessel Epminondas  fell in love on the journey to Australia and married his sweetheart Thurza HOWELL in Adelaide, 1855. This couple had eleven children - John, Emma, Stephen George, Henry Simms, Edwin James, Thurza Ann, William Frederick, Charles Seth, George Arthur, Edith Alice and Alexandrina, whose Grand daughter Ellis WARNES nee PREST sadly, died in Victoria on 28 October 1999 at 92 years.
Click here to see Henry and Thirza's 60th. Wedding Anniversary Photograph
Morton Bernard MENDELSON and Esther EVANS
Morton MENDELSON and Esther EVANS - my Parents. Morton joined the Peacetime Citizens Army in 1938, later the Territorial Army, 57th. Royal Artillary serving in Algeria, Italy and Greece during WW2.
Victor Reginald EVANS
MAry 'Agnes' McDonald O'BRIEN
Victor Reginald EVANS, b. Helensburgh 1887 to Hairdresser Edward EVANS and Ellen MASKELL both of whom were born in England. Victor was a Ships- wright Hammerman and later a Joiner Journeyman.

Mary Agnes Macdonald O'BRIEN, mother of ten children, eight of whom survived. The tragedy of this family is that Mary neither gave or encouraged family affection.

Morton, Esther, Steven and Helen MENDELSON
Morton, Esther, Steven and Helen - 1948. The ritualistic Sunday visit to my Grandparents, was never missed.
Steven and Helen MENDELSON - 1948
Another photograph taken to show off new baby Helen and big brother Steven.
SS Strathaird
P&O "Strathaird" departed Tilbury 18 Jun 1956
for Australia. My Mother wrote in her journal  as the Ship moved from the dock - "what are we doing leaving everything behind like this? - I  feel I could jump overboard and swim back"
Jason Gregory MATHERS and Sara Lee LANE on their Wedding Day by the banks of the Niemur River, Moulamein, NSW

Jason and Sara on their Wedding Day on the banks of the Niemur River, NSW - 1995. The happy couple have been best friends since year 7. Friendship blossomed into romance while Sara was attending University. They now run the family dairy farm. Sara teaches part time at the local Primary School. Both keen at sport, Sara - Netball, Jason - Aussie Rules Football.
Liza Grace MATHERS

Grand daughter Liza Grace,
at 5 months - lights up our lives!
Morton, Karyn, Steven and Helen MENDELSON
Morton and children,
Left Karyn, Steven
Front Helen


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Helen's Family Page Created 16 November 1999
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08 Sep 2018
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Helen Lane