New Discovery

While I have been continueing to merge my mixed upPaf files I often come across interesting connections between my wifes family and my own.  This time however I came across a connection in my own family.  It turns out that members of two branches of my family joined the australian navy and served on the same ship, in different capacities. One was a commissioned officer and the other was a non-commssioned officer. I present  Petty Officer William Reginald Devine Smith

William Reginald Devine Smith  Born on 9th Aug 1916. Joined the navy in 1934. He served on the HMAS Sydney and was promoted from Leading Seaman to Petty officer in July 1941.  He was among the 645 crew who were lost when the HMAS Sydney was sunk by the german cruiser Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia on 20th November 1941.

  (Photo credit :- National Archives of Australia)


Military forebears

Considering that it is Anzac Day here. I thought that I would post a few photo’s of military forebears. The earliest one I have is from the Crimean War I believe right up to WW2. Some were in the Army others in the Airforce, but mostly they served in the Navy.

Wingfield - Wheeler weddingArthur Mervin Belbin-03BertyStoneonCanberraWillBurnettCpt.JoeBurnettRANRex in Belgium- Sept-Oct 1945

Surprizing Finds

My GGuncle, Elder brother of my GGgrandmother, Eliza Matilda Wooller/Mckenzie

While doing a search on the internet to find more information about my GGgrandfather, George Kenneth Mckenzie.

I came across this photo of John Wooller, my GGuncle.  John Wooller died at the ripe old age of 87yrs.  Unlike most of the family who died between 40 & 60 yrs of age.

John was the oldest child of Samuel Wooller & Charlotte Moulds.  The oldest of 7 children.

There is a strong family resemblence in his face and that of my father.