David and Elizabeth Armitage: Launceston

The Armitage connection to Lady Barron!!

Dad’s comments to the history of the Armitage – ‘Tucks wife was one of the  Launceston ‘undertaker’ Armitage’s’!

I try not to get too involved with other family tree’s. There’s enough to do with our lot.

We all know that Dads (fathers side) Uncle Tuck married Lizzy Armitage. Last week  discovered Dad (mothers side) great-uncle William Briant married Lizzy’s elder sister Ada Armitage. So Lizzy was also a sister-in-law to Harry Briant’s eldest brother William.

A look at Ancestry putting together Lizzy’s and Ada’s family tree.

If we thought the Robinson/Holt family was huge, we can think again.

The Armitage family are also plentiful. Another FI connection. Thomas Gunter, Store keeper at Lady Barron also married another of Lizzy’s sister Linda.

Dad had no idea.

Lizzy had plenty of family connections around the Lady Barron district as it turns out. I don’t think Tuck and Lizzy’s descendants are aware of this information though.

This may also explain finding the cut out of Frank Gunter (in uniform WWI) in the Briant photo album, not only a family friend but loosely connected through uncle William Briant, whom I believe used his second name ‘James’ in lieu of William.

As it turns out I recently found this photo, on the back is written with ‘kindest regards to Horace 1919’. I suppose when Horace and Maud married they would’ve known both had Armitage relatives.
Weekly Courier cuttings pasted onto Pcard 001On back is kindest regards to Horace 1919

Clara Jane and children

This portrait was found in our Briant/Stephens papers a few weeks back.

When I first saw the photo I wondered who they were. Oct 1918 was on the back.

The woman did seem familiar!

The morning after finding the portrait I woke early with a thought, could this be Jessie Holt. A check to see if her eldest was a girl, & that didn’t fit, however Clara did….

Cross-referencing the children with the other photos, Una and Alfie in particular easy to pick!!

A beautiful casual portrait, Clara with her hair down, so different to the photos seen to date – to her family, I hope you enjoy.

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Clara and Alf Briant: a family portrait

This portrait is a beautifully preserved piece of Briant/Holt/Robinson family history. Being able to return these treasures the best part of this family history journey.

 November 2015 revealed this early portrait on Flinders whilst sorting through the Stephens and Briant’s letters and photos.

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Uncle Alf, Auntie Clara, Una and Alfie: on the back of this photo.

fields of samphire

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A walk around Wally’s point to take in the new season’s small fields of samphire and their delicate white flowers. Dotted amongst the fields are several succulent pig-face tentacles loaded with small colourful flowers. The good old silver tussock and white sand a beaut backdrop.  A few photos to share…


November 2015: more family history uncovered

At last time on the island to look through more history. This time through the albums of great grandmother Adeline’s elder daughters Ettie and Lily Briant’s photos. The big surprise is also finding great grandmothers youngest sister Maudie’s photo album.

There are dozens of photos to sift through, some named, many not – I’m surprised to name a few myself as a consequence of studying our extended family history over the past few years…..

I will add the relevant photos to each persons page so click the bold and this will take you through to the photo, starting off with this stunning photo of  Clara Jane Briant nee Robinson/Holt, whom my Robinson/Briant family relate to not once but twice. The picture being quite tiny, I thought may be great grandmother Adeline, stoked to find it was another of Clara Jane a stunning young women and lovely person as well.

I have found several others of Adeline as a young mum as well so not at all disappointed, as you can see below on this page.

We are proud to share what we discover and only ask when ‘on’ publishing to reference the source as samphiredeb.

If anyone has further information, stories or corrections please jump onto comments to share.

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27 October 2015

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This clipping shouldn’t surprise, George was, after all the son of a Master Mariner…

Dan Bowman wrote in his diary on the same day ‘attended boat race at Lady Barron’ ‘was passenger in Wally Holt’s boat Emily in two races, lost one, won one, nearly had an accident at the wharf.’

This 98th anniversary is about researching the other young men buried along side George.

Private Harold Drew 50th Battalion Alberta [Calgary] regiment is buried to the right of George. Harold 25 died of shrapnel wounds to chest and head in the 2nd Canadian Clearing Station 27 October 1917. Harold place of birth – Western Maine, USA & son of William Drew.

Buried to the left of George is Robert Campbell – place of birth – Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Places of enlistment, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Rank, Corporal service number 74307 or the 27th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 119th Bty, Army Corps 5th Division. Date of death 26 October 1917.

The closest Aussie digger to George is 18-year-old Private Leslie Matthew Carter 5052 – 7th infantry battalion. Leslie originated from Brighton Victoria. His AIF record indicates he was injured on 3/11/17 (?typo) the 23/10/17 perhaps, admitted on the 24th to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station with shell wounds to leg and buttock. Leslie died from these wounds on either the 26th or 27th depending on documents referenced.


The Lady Barron Monster:

This will bring a few smiles to those who remember the drama caused when this picture and endearing comments arrived into the hands of the locals at Lady Barron.

Flinders Island Monster

I remember the hoo ha well!!

One of my childhood favourites (certainly not Ossie Brodie telling us he was coming to steal our dolls!!!).

Of course the brain child of several folk from Whitemark winding up the LBer’s.

Mission achieved. The authors were revealed many years later, another story for another day.

Who was Henry G Green?? WW1 Engineers.

Henry G Green

H. G. Green 1Looking for Henry group photo – possibly back row on the right in white hat.

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The above photos were sent to Dora Collis. Working out who Henry Green not an easy task. Henry signed his own photo. The group photo had the letter he sent Dora on the back. He was definitely connected to Flinders, there is a HC Green mentioned in the Frances historical notes.

One error uploaded on Discovering our ANZACS was Henry Green 15220 was picked up. Someone inadvertently transcribed   Henry Green joining August 1915 place of birth, Port Esperance WA however should read Port Esperance Tasmania. Its unlikely to be the Henry Green in the photos’s, although not impossible.

The Weekly Courier index gave up a photo of Reinforcement Engineers under command of Lieutenant Lakin- looking at the two group photos it seems two men from Henry’s photo above (middle row one from either end) could possibly be in the photo below. The taller guy on the right of Henry’s photo is possibly sitting in the front row second from the left. The shorter guy on the right of Henry’s photo is possibly standing in the same position in the formal photo.

Locating a Lieutenant Lakin proved difficult to boot as the several located joined later than when this photo was published.

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HG Green KIA from Margaret Street Launceston – Christian name Harry as seen in number 8.