|Photograph taken about 1906 inscribed on the back:
Mrs Pegg (right) Grandma
Mrs Voss left grannie
Bertie Voss son
As I have already written, it is apparent from the above photograph that Bertie VOSS had a daughter Gladys Mary “Mollie” VOSS, borne ca. 1903. We now know that his wife was Edith née WENHAM.
It seems that Mollie went to Australia, for I have before me a letter written to her Aunt Mona upon news of the death of Mollie’s Grannie Elizabeth. It was written on 24th January 1940, when she would have been ca. 37. Here is a transcription:
30 Courallie Avenue
Dear Aunt Mona
Very many thanks for your letter – it was indeed sad news that it contained but I had feared something was the matter when I did not hear from Grannie for so long. I am only thankful she has been spared the worry & anxiety which this war must cause us all, my heart goes out to you for I know how much you must feel with John in the air force. I wish him every happiness in his married life & all the best during his period of service in the air force.
I hope Elizabeth is well & happy – please give her my greetings.
We have had our share of bad luck. Last month Donald broke his arm, then my husband crushed & broke his hand & now Geoff has returned from the country with a broken foot, so I have my hands full just now. Geoff is the eldest & has taken up sheep & wool station work & is 500 miles up west & he loves it in spite of the hard work it means & temperature rarely under 100 degrees & always over 105 in the summer, Donald is apprenticed to learn watchmaking & likes his work & is doing well at it, then there is John aged 5 yrs he is at school and loves it.
I must close as I have several things to do. Thank you so much for writing to me dear Aunt Mona, I should love to hear from you again if you have time to write, also I should love photos or snaps of Elizabeth & John – I have none of Elizabeth & only one of John when he was about 6 yrs.
With love & all good wishes Mollie
- Flemington is now a district of Sydney, I haven’t found a Courallie Avenue. I have miss-read this, or it may no longer exist.
- Mona’s son John E F VOSS, my father, had married in September 1939
- Elizabeth W VOSS was Mona’s daughter
So we learn that Mollie was married with three sons Geoff and Donald (both then working) and a young son John. She does not mention the name of her husband, so he was probably not known to Mona. It is likely that she went out to Australia young and married out there.
So what of the family now? Do I still have second cousins through this family?