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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #18 on: Sunday 09 September 18 23:24 BST (UK) »
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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #19 on: Sunday 09 September 18 23:32 BST (UK) »
Arthur & Myra (nee Davidson) Langley

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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #20 on: Sunday 09 September 18 23:38 BST (UK) »
Lovely photos Andrew  :)
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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #21 on: Sunday 09 September 18 23:56 BST (UK) »
Thanks Ros... Eve & June Langley

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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #22 on: Monday 10 September 18 00:04 BST (UK) »
Was there a reason that the girls changed their names so drastically - Ethel Jane to Eve and Lillian M to June?  Did Myra change her name in NZ too?  Were they trying to escape from Patrick Cullen?

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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #23 on: Monday 10 September 18 01:07 BST (UK) »
I don't think so... they didn't move to NZ until the girls were adults... I hadn't heard or read of Patrick Cullen until Rootschat... Myra returned to the family Hotel after Arthur died, which was also around the same time that her brother Charles died leaving a widow & 3 kids, one of whom, Clyde Thomas looks to have inherited the hotel. An engagement notice 26 May 1952 lists Charles Clyde Davidson, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Clyde Davidson of the Sir Walter Scott Hotel, Tambo Crossing.

I'd interpreted Myra returning after Arthur's death as because she had no other means of support & there was also inference that the family had disapproved of their marriage, but perhaps she was helping out her brother & sister-in-law as well....or just a tragic coincidence... one of Charles' obituaries described a long & painful illness... Myra seems like she was a kind & thoughtful person

Eve met her aunt at the family hotel years later when Eve was a young woman, she described her as "tall & slender & pale & haunted looking; but a veritable martinet of a loveable sort"

When Myra first managed the hotel Eve & June would've been around 11 & 10, it sounded like they were very much a part of the hotel scene & Eve was very imaginative. After a few years they all moved to Melbourne where the girls attended High School.

In Eve's semi-autobiographical novel, The Pea-Pickers, where Eve changed their names to Steve & Blue, the two girls worked as seasonal agricultural labourers around Gippsland, dressed in overalls; radical behaviour for young ladies of the 1920's & even when published in the 1940's.

Lucy Frost's novel Wilde Eve is an edited collection of Eve's stories of their time in NZ & is a fascinating read.

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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #24 on: Monday 10 September 18 03:04 BST (UK) »
Have you seen the wills of some of the Davidson's? https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/wills-and-probates    They take a while to download.

There is a digitised will for Thomas DAVIDSON who died in 1898, occupation grazier, residence Tambo

There is also a digitised will for Charles DAVIDSON who died in 1915, occupation farmer, residence Tambo Crossing

Do you know when Thomas Armour DAVIDSON died?  I can't see a likely death for him on Vic BDM or an obit.

adding : You're so lucky to have Eve's books to read about her life.  :)
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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #25 on: Monday 10 September 18 03:52 BST (UK) »
No I havenít, thatíll be interesting, thanks.
Yes, Eveís writing is a fantastic & rare resource ... because she wrote so expressively, copiously & very subjectively, thereís a wealth of everyday detail of the times & personalities revealed

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Re: Davidson family, Tambo Crossing, Eve Langley
« Reply #26 on: Monday 10 September 18 13:02 BST (UK) »
Hi Andrew,
Thomas Armour DAVIDSON was last seen on trove in 1918 when he was charged with allowing a game of chance (poker) in his hotel but the charge was quashed when judge decided that poker required skill  :)
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65921246 and  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130647093

And then Thomas Armour  transferred licence of hotel to another http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154468145

His wife Kathleen Sarah DAVIDSON (nee GARDNER) died in 1956 (from vic BDM).
Death 1956  Kathleen Sarah DAVIDSON, father James Alexander GARDNER, mother Mary (POWER) at Boort, age 74

  Here are her death notices which name her children and grandchildren http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84390831 and her funeral notice http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84390644 (Springvale cemetery)

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