The late1880s and 1890s were full of drama for my maternal great-grandparents.
John H and his wife and young family (including my grandfather Roy aged about 3) had hotfooted it back to J H’s homeland:
There is by the way a wonderful family story that on the way to or from Scotland – I forget which – my grandfather Roy was washed overboard but then washed back by the next wave! But especially for my great-grandmother Sophia Jane, Scotland ended in tears – and eventually divorce (1892). Given J H’s rather cavalier attitude to paying bills, the 1890s for Sophia Jane and her children were hard indeed – not to mention the fact J H kidnapped my grandfather Roy and his brother David at one point.
Mind you J H was back in business before you could say “etiquette”! From the Singleton Argus, 5 October 1895.
Finally, the voice of the man himself in a letter to the editor from The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser Thursday 19 May 1887: