So sad. It casts a shadow over the coming test series. Maybe I felt it more because he was so young, had achieved so much, yet obviously had so much more to give – and also because the SCG and St Vincent’s Hospital are so familiar to me. But I have nothing to add, except my condolences to all concerned.
I will not be posting tomorrow.
It has been a productive year for family history on this blog. Here is a list in reverse chronological order.
- Whitfield family history update
- Grandpa Tom Whitfield (1866-1948) in today’s paper!
- Sutherland revisited — 2
- Another gathering of the clan – and Sutherland draws me back… 3
- To Stanwell Park: 1
- One hundred years ago or thereabouts…
- A very mixed bag
- The swimmer
- Anniversary Day/Survival Day
- Stray stories of family and Australiana — 5
- Stray stories of family and Australiana — 4
- Stray stories of family and Australiana — 3
- Stray stories of family and Australiana — 2
- Stray stories of family and Australiana — 1
- William and his tribe…
- William made it–or I wouldn’t be blogging, would I?
- Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames”
- Unexpected connections
- Family history–some news on the Whitfield front
And do check the oldie but still goodie Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields: from convict days where the comment thread still keeps throwing up nuggets of information.
Yesterday in checking Trove around my father’s birthdate I found more searching The Illawarra Mercury from 1910-1919.
On Norman Harold Whitfield, my father’s cousin
This one confirms his being at Gallipoli, though he had arrived in Egypt too late for the landing.
And this one I had not seen before: Illawarra Mercury 28 February 1919.
I had known about Rabaul. See Illawarra Mercury 14 August 1914.
My uncle, Colin Whitfield
Obviously I never knew him, nor he me, though when I was in high school I used an Algebra textbook that was in our house, inscribed with his name. This is such a sad story. I had never before seen this detailed version, though it confirms the oral accounts I have had of that dreadful tragedy back in Shellharbour in 1915. Illawarra Mercury 9 April 1915.
My grandfather and grandmother had already lost two other sons, Aubrey (1893-1906) and Thomas W (1906-1906): see my 2013 post What a treasury of family history!