Today I was thinking a lot about my adopted half-brother Len who was born in London on this day 102 years ago. He was born nearly 21 before me and was wonderful to me when I was young. This got me chatting to my other half about people we had known and still remembered quite well and how long ago they had been born.
The furtherest back I could go would by my first husband's grandfather (George) who was born in Sydney in 1872 and was aged 88 when he died in 1961. His wife Alice was born in 1880 in Perth so she would I imagine be the next person I remember well who was born so long ago. She was 94 when she died in 1974. I knew both of them very well and spent many happy hours in their home in North Perth.
My adopted dad Henry was born in London in 1885 and my adopted mum Gwin in 1897, also in London. I think they are probably the only other people I can remember really well who were born in the 19th century except for two English friends of theirs (Jim and Annie Dakin) (who I do remember quite well) who were born in 1877 and 1879 respectively. There are many I have known that were born in the early 20th century all of whom have now left this mortal coil but I often delight in thinking about all of them.
MOH then put on his thinking cap and is sure that his grandfather would be the furtherest back he could go. His granddad (Charles) was born in England in 1858 and died in Coventry, Warks in 1947 at the age of 89. When he was very young Charles was with the British Army fighting in the Afghan War (1878-1882) which makes you realise just how long ago that was. There were other family members of his also born in the 19th century including his other grandparents who were born in 1880 and 1881.
When I look back on what I have written I realise that the majority of these people were born in England which shows just how many British people immigrated to Australia through the years. The only two people I know of not born in Britain that belong to my extended family were my maternal great-grandparents who had emigrated from Denmark to Queensland in the 19th century. Great-grandma remarried when her husband died and she and her 3 children then came over to Perth.
I hope this will give you something to ponder on.....how far back can you go when thinking of someone you knew (family or friend) who was born WAY BACK THEN?