Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Trove Tuesday - Long Country Obituaries

I love country obituaries. 

I especially love the ‘Long’ family obituaries – although hard to search for because of the surname, they are worth the effort with the information they provide – places of residence, employment details, children, siblings.

Here are two of mother and daughter:

One is my great great grandmother Frances Eliza LONG nee Brooks who was born in Hobart in 1846 to ticket of leave man Thomas BROOKE/BROOKS (c1810 – 1894) and his wife Jane CUNDELL/CONDELL (1821 – 1904).

For their time, what long lives they had, reaching 76, 84 and 83 years old! 
What changes they would have seen in Australia.

In the mid 1840s they moved from Tasmania to the Mortlake area of Victoria and remained there for the rest of their lives.

Frances was one of 12 children and after marrying William LONG (1838 – 1909) had 12 children of her own.

The second obituary is of one of her daughters, the only one not to get married, Sarah Jane LONG (1874 – 1943), known to the family as Janie.

I wonder whether Aunt Janie was the inspiration for my grandmother and her sister to become nurses.

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