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CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS THE COST OF THE WEB SITE
Thanks to the initiative of Elizabeth (Pixie) Carvosso of Melbourne,
Australia, a sizable stirling draft was sent recently to Michael Brabazon
in London from family members in Australia.
As you celebrate Easter, may you be blessed with Peace and Happiness
BY ANN SHEVILL
I began compiling this issue of the BHP BULLETIN in February thinking
that I would distribute it after I had visited Outback Queensland
in the company of Jack and Xenia Meath in early March. It has grown
so much that I have decided to send it out now, a week or so before
I leave. There is always a flurry of communication after a BHP BULLETIN
is distributed and there will be time for that to happen before lst
March, which is the date we all fly to Longreach en route to Winton.
There will be plenty to report when I next communicate after Easter.
I will also be able to tell you about my visit to Melbourne for the
Opening of the Commonwealth Games on 15 March.
January is a favorite month for me - it's summer - holiday time for
Australia and respite from most meetings and gatherings - time to
catch up with things, which are put aside in the other busy months.
I have spent quite some time preparing more material for the Brabazon
Archive Cabinet, which was sent to the Library Museum of the Waltzing
Matilda Centre in Winton, Central Queensland, last year. Such is a
never ending project for me and should it not be completed before
I can no longer cope with the material in my possession, I want those
who will finalize it to be left with as little inconvenience as possible.
It is such an interesting project and I frequently become "bogged"
in what I am reading/sorting.
Two lines are uppermost in my memory at this particular time and I
share them with you:
"The good we do today is the happiness of tomorrow"
I have read them again in his last wonderful letter to his parents,
a 22 year old dear friend of mine as a teenager, Bill Gannon of Julia
Creek, a small township where he was born and raised, and where I
lived with my parents 1936-40. After very successful years at school
in Northwest Queensland, having played Rugby Union for Queensland,
and having completed First Year Medicine at the University of Queensland,
Bill enlisted in the AIF. Tragically he died on the Borneo Death March
somewhere between Sandakan and Ranau only a few months before the
end of the WWII in 1945. Bill still lives in the hearts of his sisters
THE FUTURE of the BHP BULLETIN - or similar
There will come a time, probably next year, when I decide that I must
cease to compile and distribute this Brabazon Family Newsletter. My
physical and financial resources are in decline! I would like to think
that younger members of the family are thinking ahead, with modern
technology in mind. For instance, I know that some family members
are involved with "blogging" - a relatively new way of communicating
electronically with family and friends. It replaces phone calls, is
considered more convenient and quicker even than emails, let alone
Please let me know your thoughts in this connection
"THE BRABAZON STORY"
The following submitted by a Foundation member, appeared in the January
2006 Newsletter of the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation:
"MORE BRABAZON PLEASE. I have just read an interesting 1956 autobiography
by JTC Moore-Brabazon who was a bit of a character and rather energetic.
Born in 1884, he was a pioneering racing driver friend of Charles
Rolls, a pioneering aviator taking the first pig in an aeroplane to
prove pigs could fly, holder of the British Royal Aero Club Pilot
Certificate No.1, a pioneer of aerial photography in WW1, a top golfer,
an innovative sailor, a member of several company boards, holder of
two ministerial posts under Churchill and a champion of the Cresta
Run. He was still doing the Cresta Run at the age of 70. The book
also revealed that Moore-Brabazon was a friend of Lord Grimthorpe,
a Board Member of Airspeed, who was also a member of the Cresta Run
committee. Therefore it seems reasonable to assume that Neville Shute
might have actually known Moore-Brabazon. The book, published in 1956
by Heineman, is called The Brabazon Story. by Lord Brabazon of Tara,
you might find it at a second hand bookshop near you.
The Bristol Brabazon aircraft was named after Moore-Brabazon. The
Bristol Brabazon was inspiringly modern when it was designed, but
had become endearingly obsolete by the time it flew".
(It is probably not surprising that the name of the first Lord Brabazon
turns up in unexpected places; it is always of interest)
NEWS OF FAMILY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
No further correspondence has come my way recently, but I noticed
in my files a note dated June 2003 from Michael Brabazon - now Website
Editor, London. It said that when he had visited Eastwell some years
before that, a local farmer Mr Haines, on whose land the old Brabazon
Manor House stood, told Michael that he had had a visit from a Brabazon
from Argentina, but could remember no details.
(With the benefit of modern technology lots of family connections
are now gradually being solved)
FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A mention of the story of Mary Stauffer of Kansas in the December
2005 BHP BULLETIN rang a bell in the mind of Jan Barnes of Auckland
New Zealand. Maybe communications between them will be helpful to
the ever widening Ultimate Brabazon Family Tree. (Let's hope so!)
A great Christmas Newsletter with lots of news and photos from Andrea
Maloney Schara of Darien Connecticut. An extract from her Newsletter
"I left my old office at The Bowen Center for the Study of the
Family, although I am still on the teaching faculty. I have been at
the Family Center since 1980. I wanted to expand. The new office is
called The Learning Space. I joined up with Priscilla Friesen and
Kathy Wiseman, two of my closest associates over all these years.
I go to Washington to see my clients one week each month and on the
weekend I go down to Virginia Beach to see my son Martin's family"
(You can catch up with Andrea by opening www.ideastoaction,com - good
wishes for the new venture Andrea)
Bernard Brabazon of Wyndham New York State wrote
"AnnaBeth's sister Gabrielle (Gabby) is going on an eleven-day
educational tour to England, Ireland and Wales in mid February, spending
one day in Dublin seeing sights of Dublin, passing an ancient Viking
settlement site, stopping at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells
and to visit St Patrick's Cathedral.
I suggested a tour of Killruddery, but the itinerary is fixed by EF
My wife Fran and I are doing a trans-Atlantic cruise beginning 15
April and ending in Rome on 1 May where we will stay for 3 days. Are
there any points of interest about the Brabazons in Rome? If the Meaths
happen to stop over in our neck of the woods they are always welcome
to visit us in Windham. It will be in the cool mountain air of the
(I do not know of any Brabazon connection with Rome Bernard, but others
may do so. Jack and Xenia Meath are sure to read your invitation.
Enjoy your travels)
Verla McIntyre of Hendersonville North Carolina and I exchange many
In mid January Verla wrote:
"I guess we are over our heavy storms. The whole area down to
South Carolina and there also, looks like a war zone. With the half-inch
of ice on the pines, many of them broke or were uprooted. I thought
everything that could break had done so, and then we had very high
winds - lo and behold - more pines down. I am waiting for spring".
(While the northern hemisphere is still so cold we in tropical Queensland
are so hot! Your emails are a delight Verla - thanks again)
A new family member has found us - Betty Ruth Paine from Tampa, Florida.
A very interesting email dated 19 January reads:
"What a surprise! We recently have moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana
to a Retirement Village (John Knox Village) here in Tampa Florida
Several years ago after I retired from teaching elementary school,
I had tried to find out about my father's side of the family but had
not been successful to any great degree. I'm an only child, my father
was the only boy and born later than his sisters. He and his father
and sisters had emigrated from Canada when he was four after his mother
had died. His name was James Fritz Brabazon, and he was born in Digby,
Nova Scotia in l886. His father was William James Brabazon, (l856).
Mother was Hannah Chute (Married in 1878.) I did find a book about
the Chute history that dated information way back to the 14th century.!
!t was very interesting but I was more on a drive for "Brabazons"!
I had never found the name in a US paper except for a notorious killer.
However after we retired in l986 (my husband Bob was a professor of
History in a College, while I taught elementary school I started them
off - he finished them off!!!) we did some traveling abroad. On a
trip to Ireland I was startled to see how many BRABAZONS I found in
the telephone books of the tour we were in. I asked the friendly driver
of the tour-bus if the name meant anything to him. He grinned rather
wryly and said it depended on whether we were Protestants or Catholics!
On telling him we were of the former group, he laughed and said "Then
you're one of the bad guys!!" He took us off the beaten tour
route to see a "Honored statue" outside of a town in the
eastern part (can't recall its name but I think in the Wicklow Mountains)
Many years ago the villagers built a statue to "honor" their
English Landlord. It turned out to be the ugliest gargoyle you ever
saw, and our tour guide said the Lord of the area of course accepted
it with a flourish - though his tenants thought it was a hilarious
gift! Your guess as to the veracity of that is as good as mine - but
it made an interesting and humorous story. Of course I knew the name
was of an English origin. Apparently the Irish Brabazons had been
made tenants of the English back when Cromwell's army grabbed much
of the chieftains' lands and in turn were given it for themselves
by Cromwell in "thanks" for their faithfulness!
When we came home to US I did discover my great grandfather had emigrated
from Ireland. My Dad had only three older sisters (Violet, Lana and
Mabel.) Only one of them had a child - a girl. I have no idea who
she may be. My parents lived in India most of their married lives
as Missionaries. I was seven months old when I first went out there
- I was born on a furlough. I was an only child so the name apparently
died out on our branch of the line.! Since Dad died when I was thirteen
I hadn't had a chance to meet or know any of the family. So, when
my first attempts at tracing the name fell so short I quit with that
side of the family - especially since my Mother's family had traced
their genealogy back to the Mayflower!!! I did try tracing my great-grandfather
Brabazon through the shipping records of immigrants. I found a James
William, but nothing more. Its possible since my grandfather's name
was William James, while Dad was a James. I do know the name Fritz
(Dad's middle name) was given after the doctor who came out through
terrible weather conditions and stayed while my grandmother went through
a very rough time delivering him!! February in Nova Scotia is bitterly
cold and can be very snowy. I remember Dad told me he had another
middle name before his mother insisted on "Fritz!
I went to a British school (Breeks) in south India until I transferred
to an American school (Woodstock) in the Himalayans in Northern India
so I could get into College here in the States. I remember an Australian
boy in Breeks, and was fascinated by his accent. David Boyle was a
nice kid. I think the Aussies, Canadians, and Yanks sort of felt a
bit of a kinship since we were all viewed as somewhat "daft"
by the Brits.!!
I graduated from Woodstock in 1941 just the day before Pearl Harbor.
Most of the kids that were coming home from college happened to be
able to get the same empty troop-ship home. Early in the war - or
at least after our entry into it, it was terribly hard to get bookings
to come home. Of course, the usual route - Suez, Mediterranean - to
England had been closed and our bookings were all canceled. We sailed
finally on May 31st and arrived in New York after a long and exciting
trip around Capetown, South Africa. Between losing an anchor there
during a horrendous storm while awaiting harbor in Cape Town, not
being able to get it fixed, sailing across the Atlantic with a cruiser-escort
and seeing it blowing up a U-Boat in the process, we finally arrived
back in New York City on July 16 - only to discover we had had a spy
on board in the guise of a sweet little old man! What a glory it was
though to sail by that Stately Statue of Liberty! We did a lot of
yelling - as only teenagers can!!!
I met Bob Paine in College my "froth" year and he went off
to WWII. I wrote once in awhile as "my patriotic duty".
I was about to graduate when he returned in early 1946. We married
a year later. He eventually became a History Professor while I taught
for thirty years in elementary school We both retired in 1986 and
lived in Indiana until last October. We had three children, one of
whom suddenly went home to be with the Lord two years ago. We decided
to come south and live here in Florida near our youngest daughter.
We also have a son in Arkansas; his family includes our grandson who
had recently returned from Iraq to go back to college, and two daughters.
One is married and expecting our first great-granddaughter any day
now! We also have two grandsons by our deceased daughter - one is
married, the other in College. Our youngest daughter who lives near
here is one of the Housing Directors of University of Southern Florida.
She is unmarried"
(What an interesting life you have had Betty Ruth and thank you for
sharing it with us. I know Shauna Flynn has been in touch with you
about the Brabazon Family Tree. Please keep in touch)
Chris Brabazon Snr. of Deltona Florida has become a regular correspondent
with Shauna Flynn and me. Gradually the branch of the "Philly
Brabs" is being put together.
Chris has had quite some positive responses to his idea of a Brabazon
Reunion in Florida in 2007.
(Have you been in contact with him yet? - email@example.com)
So far I have had direct contact with the following members of "Philly"
branch. I know there are more who will probably let me know that they
wish their names to be included on the mailing list for the BHP BULLETINS.
Carmel Brabazon, Richard P Brabazon Jnr of Sewell New Jersey, Colleen
Mellissa Brabazon of Winter Springs, Florida, Cathy Leid (Nee Brabazon)
of Stevens, Pennsylvania, John and Linda Brabazon, Allison Medora
(Nee Brabazon) of Glassboro, New Jersey, Patsy ? (Nee Brabazon), Patty
Lord McKee (Nee Brabazon) soon to move to Boynton Beach, Florida and
Christine Brabazon Lord.
( What an amazing branch of the family - keep those responses coming
FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Early in February I had a very happy and interesting lunch in Brisbane
with five descendants of my Great -aunt Mary Violet Brabazon (1875-1948)
They were Elizabeth (Pixie) Carvosso who was visiting from Melbourne,
and her sister Jill Palm (nee Carvosso) with three McManus sisters,
Genifer Hinton, Pamela Moore and Phillippa Booth who all live in this
region. There are lots of chatter about family members and their activities,
and the imminent visit of the Meaths whom they were looking forward
to meeting again, or for the first time.
(Thanks to Jill for making the arrangements for that happy gathering)
It is a long time since I heard from Patricia Smith although we both
live in Brisbane. Patty reminded me that "she is descended from
Arthur Ellis who married Jane Brabazon, granddaughter of the Earl
of Meath, in 1799. Their son, Philip Brabazon Ellis married Mary Nimmo
and one of their sons, John James Robinson Dent Bell Ellis married
Rose Markwell, daughter of William John Markwell and Georgina Edmondstone.
John James E & Rose M had my grandfather Alexander Hugh Ellis
who married Annie Josephine Ellis. Their second daughter, Dora Grace
Ellis married William John Lergessner and I am the first born of that
marriage. I married Charles David John Smith and we have three children:
Charles, Carolyn & Laurelle."
(Thanks Patty for that update for the Ultimate Brabazon Family Tree
- Shauna is very pleased to have it. I look forward to meeting you
FROM STATES IN AUSTRALIA OTHER THAN IN QUEENSLAND
John Wild of Wodonga, Victoria wrote to announce with pride the arrival
on 21 December 2005 of Xander Phillip Wild born to Lukas Wild and
(Great news - welcome to yet another Brabazon)
John wrote: "We have had a pretty good Christmas break. Mum (Lorna)
keeps well and
I think appreciates having Rod and Lois (Wild) now living in the valley.
Last week I took my son Toban and a group of his mates into the bush
for a few days. On Friday afternoon I left them to go and have a night
with Mum. Both Rod Wild and Greg Wild were there for tea too and for
the first time for many years the three 'Wild' brothers were able
to sit and chat (and demolish a cask of red wine.)"
I looked round at one stage and Mum was looking at us with a great
big grin across her face. I think that made all of us feel pretty
good. Mum is now 84. Still drives herself to Corryong a couple of
times a week, lives by herself on the farm but her son Adrian Hogg,
Jan and their kids keep a pretty close watch over things - call in
at least a couple of times a day usually after they have finished
John's mother Lorna Louisa Brabazon, later Wild and then Hogg (her
first husband was killed in an accident on their farm) of Biggara,Victoria,
was one of two children and vowed that when she grew up she would
have a large family so they could be happy together. Lorna had eight
children and John Wild, her eldest son who keeps in touch with me,
gave me this information in 1991.
(I do enjoy hearing your family news John - and I know you enjoy hearing
about other members of the Brabazon family - regards to your Mum in
particular. I do have a bit of trouble keeping track of Lorna's grand-children
and great grand-children. Maybe you could send me another family tree
sometime, or send it to Shauna Flynn - you will earn a medal for that!)
Dorothy Morrison of Skye, Victoria was very concerned early in the
year about the deteriorating health of her husband Vern. However,
Dot made time to suggest that "family members might like to open
the website http:/www.eppi.ac.uk - Enhanced Parliamentary Papers for
Ireland. Click on "search" and "advanced search"
for full documents. Type in the name, or townland, parish, county,
Emigration etc. I put "Brabazon" and got about 150 entries"
(Later advice is that Vern died in mid February; I conveyed our condolences
to Dot and her family)
Kevin Brabazon of Mandurah, Western Australia reported that he and
Doris are both well and that he has up-graded to broadband. (I am
sure you will enjoy it Kevin - I certainly do)
Beryl Hogan of Freemantle, also W.A. is another regular and helpful
correspondent; she and Stuart were "OK" when I last heard
from them. (Thanks Beryl for letting me know that Colin and Joyce
Brabazon have moved from Albany - I hope to hear from them soon)
That's enough until after Easter. Cousinly love as usual Ann Shevill
18 February 2006