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What exactly did an Ayah do
« on: Tuesday 03 November 20 16:41 GMT (UK) »
Ive heard of children having indian nurses called Ayahs
 and actually found one listed as Ayah on a 1911 census in Leicestershire

She was born in india and an indian national ....first name Sarah .

Working for an army captain and his wife  and two children under two

I wonder why they didnt call her a nursemaid ...was the role different or was it a reflection of her nationality.?
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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 16:48 GMT (UK) »
If she was born in India and initially employed in India, then her occupation would be "Ayah"

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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 16:54 GMT (UK) »
Nursemaid, servant, wider than a "Nanny", and, quite simply an "Ayah" would describe her job, and she probably had come to England with a family who had lived / were based in India.
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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 17:01 GMT (UK) »
I cant.read her surname
Alstrom * according to ancestry
 
 she was age 50 married 20 years  9 children 6 living

 Yorky : Would her family  have travelled  from india with her & her employees or been left behind ?

She was working for captain edmund PACKE at Stretton.Hall great glen Leicestershire
He + wife nora olive had charles william age 1yr 11 months & arthur age months

The PACKE  s owned Glen Hall link to upstairs downstairs life there

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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 17:15 GMT (UK) »
So, the eldest child was born in PMB, Natal, and the youngest in Mauritius.  Married for 3 years.  And I note that Edmund is said to be "British Subject by parentage", and so I would assume he too was born overseas - sorry, perhaps not, as everyone except Sarah has the same entry! 

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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 17:34 GMT (UK) »
Married:  24 February 1908 - Pretoria, SA - Olivia Rachel Nora Maclean - Family Search.





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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 17:50 GMT (UK) »
1901 - the Packe family are at The Vicarage, Feering, Essex - RG13/1724 7 6 - Edmund being 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers.  A large household.




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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 17:52 GMT (UK) »
My Mum was born in India and had an Ayah. She was solely a Nanny because the family had other servants.

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Re: What exactly did an Ayah do
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 03 November 20 19:21 GMT (UK) »
My Ayah was called Irene and from the pictures that my parents took, she was a strikingly beautiful woman. Every morning, she would take me to the Zoological Gardens. Two paces behind us was always a tall Patan with a sword and immense moustaches and a fierce look about him. Unfortunately, we left India when I was still young and all Ihave is pictures. 

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