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Australia Lookups completed / Re: Two Smith Brothers went to Australia...
« on: Thursday 31 July 08 21:03 BST (UK)  »
Thak you all!

I have now found the missing family in Australia! after possibly 30+ years of not having any contact between the two branches, we have now talked on the telephone and promised to exchange infomation corncerning each half of the family

Many Thanks!

Rob Smith

Australia Lookups completed / Two Smith Brothers went to Australia...
« on: Sunday 27 July 08 23:30 BST (UK)  »
No, this isnt a joke...

With some great help and persistance, I have managed to track down two missing members of my family who ended up in Australia.
These were...
Arthur Ernest Smith born in Lonon on 1888 died in Concord Repatriation hospital on the 7 Aug 1970
Thomas John Smith born in in London on 1886 died in Cary Bay, Laycock street on the  26 Sep 1971

Now, these two gentlemen did get married

Thomas married Gladys Selina Tunnicliffe
Arthur married Mary Lillian Greatrex

Now these two fine ladies, I have no clue when they were born or where...

But more importantly, they both had children,

Gladys had Margaret G Smith and Gwenneth J Smith (ages  50 and 48 in 1971)
Mary had Ernest M Smith aged 49 in 1970

Now, I had tried to search the phone book, but to no avail - there is just too many Ernest Smiths and I dont know if the two daughters married, so im unsure of what name to search under...

Has anybody any further idea how to proceed with this please?

ps - All the above info was from the transcripts of there deaths which I have attached

Many Thanks

Rob Smith

Australia Lookups completed / Re: Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Wednesday 02 July 08 10:53 BST (UK)  »
Well, you definatly learn here!
This is the first time i have ever heard of international reply coupons, but I have never needed to send a SAE to another country before!


Australia Lookups completed / Re: Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Wednesday 02 July 08 00:59 BST (UK)  »
A stamped address envelope is a good idea - but how can this work accross different countries?

Im sure that Australia's postal service would probaby spit tacks seeing a letter posted in Australia with New Zealand stamps on it..
or some naughty stamp collector would half inch the stamps...

Australia Lookups completed / Re: Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Tuesday 01 July 08 22:13 BST (UK)  »
Many thanks all,
With your excellent help I have now ordered two transcripts of the brothers death's
I have to say - im really amazed at the amount of detail that is on-line within Austrialia

The bad blood I talked about, nobody is quite sure what its about, some say a divorce, but I havent been able to prove anything along this line
I know all THREE brothers came to Australia, (Just for reference, his name was Frederick William Smith) but my Grandfather came back to the UK, im told that the brothers didnt get along too well..

Now, im not too sure if this will be the right place to ask a follow on question, but what the hell, here go's

Now I have started to find these long lost relatives, the chance of me now coming accross a living relative is getting higher, which in some ways is good.. But, how should I approach them? (Not that im going to knock on there door!)
Is a letter a good start and has anybody any good advice on this?

Once again, Many Many thanks!

A highly impressed Rob in NZ

Australia Lookups completed / Re: Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Monday 30 June 08 10:37 BST (UK)  »
Blimey Ladies and Gentlemen,

Im seriously impressed!
I thought I would be barking up a long hard tree and you great people have given me fresh hope!

Now the Mothers name being crossed does tie up with some family fokelore where ther was 'bad blood' between the brothers and the rest of the family...

A very impressed Rob

Australia Lookups completed / Re: Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Monday 30 June 08 05:51 BST (UK)  »
Their dad was Thomas Smith, born 1863 in Essax (Presume Essex!)
Mum Margaret Alice Blake Born  1868 in Islington

Middle initals im not too sure about - sorry!

Australia Lookups completed / Smith Brothers To Australia
« on: Monday 30 June 08 04:40 BST (UK)  »
Hiya all,
Now I dont expect any form of quick answer here  (Espcially with the surname Smith)
but im trying to track down some relations who went off to Australia sometime in 1910 or thereabouts

The two names are
Thomas J Smith Born 1886 Islington North London
Arthur E Smith Born 1888 Islington North London

I can find both of the brothers in the 1901 census, So I know definatly they were still in the UK then as Thomas was working as a telegraphic messenger for the GNR and Arthur's occupation was 'Undefined'

Now two snippits of info that could be misleading One of them worked in the 'punchbowl yards' and they both possibly came accrosss on the 'Aerial'

Now-  the big qestion - Where to search next? as im running out of info and leads


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