• Annie O'Neill

Army / Flying Corps
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Sister

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Royal Red Cross (2nd Class) (ARRC)
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Born at Manning River, Taree, New South Wales, Australia

    Tuesday, 18 October 1887

  • Embarked at Sydney on RMS Mooltan with 3AGH

    Saturday, 15 May 1915

  • Disembarked with 3AGH from Mudros at Alexandria from HT Oxfordshire

    Thursday, 27 January 1916

  • Travelled with 3AGH from Alexandria to Brighton, England on HS Karoola

    Monday, 25 September 1916 - Thursday, 5 October 1916

  • Mentioned in Despatches

    Friday, 1 December 1916

  • Awarded Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (ARRC)

    Friday, 29 December 1916

  • Detached for duty with 3ACCS at Abbeville, France

    Friday, 4 May 1917

  • Posted for duty to 1ACCS, France

    Friday, 2 November 1917

  • Posted for duty to 10 British Stationary Hospital, St Omer, France

    Friday, 12 April 1918

  • Posted for duty to 15CCS

    Monday, 15 April 1918

  • Married Reginald George Downing in London, England

    Thursday, 4 July 1918

  • Resigned appointment in AIF in London on account of marriage

    Thursday, 4 July 1918

  • Passed away at Lochinvar, NSW

    Friday, 2 August 1974

Stories and comments
    • O’NEILL, Annie Emily (known as Nance) – Sister, AANS, (MID, ARRC)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 26 May 2016

    Born on the 18th of October 1887 Manning River (Taree), NSW – daughter of Patrick Joseph O’NEILL and Annie Mary HOUGH, who married in Stroud, NSW on the 28/12/1885 Annie died in May 1932 at Kempsey, age 67 Patrick (Butcher, Publican, Grazier, and Mayor of Kempsey 1919) died Jul 1947, a few weeks before his 90th birthday Siblings: Catherine E b.22/9/1886 Taree – (Sister Mary Clare, St Joseph’s Convent, Merewether); Mary I b.1889 Taree; (born Port Macquarie): Ita Florence b.5/10/1891 – marr Frahn H MOSES 1920 Kempsey – d.30/6/1975; Leonora Maud b.1896; Cecelia b.1897 – marr Richard P HAYES 1924 Kempsey; Eileen b.1898 – marr Thomas J ASHBY 1928 Kempsey; Cyril Francis b.1900; Joseph Dominic b.1902 – WW2; (twins) Rita E b.1905 – marr James B REILLY 1929 Sydney; Marie Ursula b.1905 – marr NEWLEY – d.1976; Clare b.1907 – (UM 1932); Patrick C b.&d.1909; Jack Religion: Roman Catholic Trained in nursing at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, and Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Nursed at Hastings District Hospital, and was at Port Macquarie Hospital when she enlisted WW1: Nance joined the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) on the 23/4/1915, and embarked at Sydney 15/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 3rd Australian General Hospital (AGH) for England, en-route to France Following their arrival in England, plans were changed and towards the end of July they sailed instead for Egypt, where they embarked on the Glenluce Castle early August and proceeded to join the MEF Gallipoli, stationed at Mudros on the island of Lemnos Nance was on duty in one of the operating tents, and she wrote home that the 3rd AGH “had nearly 200 patients in the day they started work, and this number soon rose to about 800.” And “For the first few days we were all very upset at the sights we saw, not ever being used to the like.” Before the month was out, she was admitted to the 3rd AGH with Amoebic Dysentery on the 26/8/1915, becoming seriously ill and was eventually transferred back to Alexandria on the 18/10/15 – and from there to England 21/10/15 on the Aquitania A Medical Board held in London on the 8/11/1915 found her fit for General Service and she returned to duty at Mudros on the 3/12/1915 Sailed on the Oxfordshire back to Egypt– disembarking Alexandria 27/1/1916 Mentioned in despatches and awarded the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class (ARRC) in 1916 Embarked with the 3rd AGH at Alex on the Karoola 25/9/1916 to join the BEF – arriving Brighton, England 5/10/16, where the 3rd AGH took over the Kitchener War Hospital Presented with her Royal Red Cross by the King at Buckingham Palace on the 5/2/1917 Granted leave 19/2/17 – 4/3/17, during which she spent some time in Scotland Proceeded O/S to France from Southampton 11/4/17 on the Londonderry Attached to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (ACCS), Abbeville 7/5/17 – rejoined 3rd AGH, Abbeville 24/5/17 – posted to 1st ACCS 2/11/17 On leave to Cannes 28/2/1918 – 15/3/18 Posted to 10 Stationary Hospital on the 12/4/1918 – 15th CCS 15/4/18 – 1st ACCS 20/4/18 To England on Leave and to marry 24/6/1918 Resigned her appointment 4/7/18 on account of her marriage Married Reginald George DOWNING, Capt (MC&Bar), 54th Bn, AIF on the 4/7/1918 at the RC Church, Finchley Rd, Golders Green, London, England, by T.J. King. She nursed with the Red Cross until departing England on the 12/12/1918. Arriving home in February 1919, Nance was nursing influenza patients in Sydney when her husband returned in the July Children: * John Neil DOWNING b.9/5/1920 Sydney – Veterinary Student, Sydney University – WW2 – Lieut, 2/17 Inf Bn – d.31/7/1941 Libya * George Boyd DOWNING b.13/1/1924 Greenwich Point, NSW – WW2 – Flight Lieut, RAAF – marr Helen ROBERTS 4/1/1950 – d.26/10/2015, age 91 *Dorothy Mary b.c1925 – marr John CLOUSTON 1954 – d.19/8/2014, age 89 Living Henry St, Greenwich Point, NSW in 1920 1930, 1933: Hotel Campsie, Beamish St, Campsie, NSW (Reg – Hotelkeeper) 1934, 1949: Merton, Obley Rd, Dubbo, NSW (Reg – Grazier) Still at “Merton” in March 1954 1954: 48 Tamworth St, Dubbo (having bought the house in 1951) (Reg – Grazier) 1958, 1963: 4 Rosetta Ave, Killara, NSW (Reg – no occup) Nance did Red Cross work during WW2 She applied for Repat in 1959 Living Cronulla 1967 Following Reginald’s death, Nance was living at 8 / 35 The Esplanade, Cronulla 1968, 1972 Died 2nd of August 1974 Lochinvar, NSW Buried in the Northern Suburbs Lawn Cemetery Reginald George DOWNING born 24/5/1891 Forest Lodge, Sydney – son of George Henry DOWNING & Jessie Theresa BOYD – who married in 1890 in Sydney George, late of H.M. Customs, died 5/4/1900 at his residence, Gowan Brae in Paddington, NSW, aged 43 Jessie remarried in 1902 to George BOLAND, and died in January 1928 Sibling: Emily Josephine (Poppy) b.1893 – Nurse – marr Clarence P DORAN 1922 – d.1939 Half Siblings: Errol GB b.1903; William Noel B b.1906; Jessie Ena B b.1907 Agriculture graduate / Sydney University Scouts WW1: Enlisted 25/3/1915 NSW – embarked Sydney 13/6/1915 on the A29 Suevic, with the 12th LH (HQ) TOS of 7th LH 2/10/15 Gallipoli Returned to Alex on the Huntsgreen 28/12/15 Tsfd to 54th Bn14/2/16 Tel-el-Kebir Emb on Caledonian 19/6/16 – disemb Marseilles 29/6/16 Wounded (leg and foot) 19-20/7/16 – adm 2nd Eastern Gen Hosp, Brighton, England 31/7/16 – 27/10/16 Awarded the Military Cross 1916: “His fine machine gun work materially assisted in repelling two attacks.” Proc O/S to France 23/11/16 Emb Boulogne 291/17 for England & rep for duty Tidworth 1/2/17 Proc O/S to France 20/6/17 Wounded 18/11/17 To UK on Leave 30/6/1918 – 23/7/18 (married) Awarded Bar to MC Sept 1918 Peronne Granted leave 11/2/19 – 11/5/19 to undergo a Post Graduate Course in Soil Physics at Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Hertfordshire RTA on Ypiranga 15/5/1919 – 5/7/1919 (3rd MD – then by rail to 2nd MD) Appointment terminated 15/11/19 AMF 1922 until enlistment in WW2 – Lt Col 56th Bn Farmer – “Merton”, Dubbo 1941 Died 1/9/1967 at St George District Hospital, Kogarah, NSW, age 76 – late of Conulla, formerly of Killara and Dubbo The Raleigh Sun (Bellingen, NSW), Fri 23 Apr 1915 (p.6): North Coast News Nurse A. O’Neill, who is a daughter of Mr P. O’Neill, of Kempsey, and has been on duty at the Port Macquarie Hospital for some weeks past, has received an intimation that her application for a position of nurse at the war has been accepted, and she has been asked to report herself forthwith. The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW), Sat 29 May 1915 (p.2): Local and General News COMPLIMENT TO A NURSE – Amongst those on board the s.s. Mooltan when she left Sydney one day recently was Nurse A.E. O’Neill, who goes to a base hospital for wounded soldiers near London. There were between 40 and 50 nurses on board in charge of a matron from Queensland. Dr Fiaschi, who is in charge of the medical corps, on the same ship, thought so well of Nurse O’Neill’s ability that he has selected her as head nurse (with title of “Sister”) for the hospital he goes to. This is a great compliment from the famous surgeon. Nurse O’Neill, who is a daughter of Mr and Mrs P.J. O’Neill of Kempsey, formerly of Beechwood, was recently on the staff of the Hastings District Hospital. The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW), Wed 13 Oct 1915 (p.3): At the Front LETTER FROM NURSE O’NEILL Writing on August 3 to her parents Mr and Mrs P.J. O’Neill, West Kempsey, Nurse Nance O’Neill stated that she was then on the hospital ship Glenluce Castle, on her way to Lemnos. They were glad to leave Alexandria, as the heat was very trying. A later communication stated they had arrived at No. 3 Hospital, Lemnos. They had nearly 200 patients in the day they started work, and this number soon rose to about 800. Sister O’Neill was on duty in one of the operating tents. The nurses slept in bell-tents, the site being about 40 yards from the waters of Mudros Bay. It was very pretty, with dozens of boats in the vicinity. They indulged in a swim daily; there was no surf, but a dip was very refreshing. Fresh water was then (August 15) very scarce, but a condenser was being fixed up; also pipes were being laid. Rather hot at midday, the weather was cool at night. Only condensed milk was obtainable. Butter was out of the question; rice, jam, tomatoes (and lemons for drink) were plentiful, and they got good mutton and bread. A dining-room was being built, but until then meals were taken around a bench. Huts were in course of erection, and things would soon improve. “We were really badly needed,” Sister O’Neill writes, “as the patients can be here within 24 hours after being wounded. Some are very badly wounded, yet are so brave! For the first few days we were all very upset at the sights we saw, not ever being used to the like. You never see anything like it in an ordinary hospital. We are the closest nurses to the front, except those on hospital ships, who go up to Gallipoli and bring the wounded to here and Egypt. I am delighted that we did not stay in Alexandria.” Sister O’Neill wrote again on August 22, after she had been a fortnight at Lemnos. The flies were not then quite as bad as they had been. An Australian mail had arrived during the week, but she was disappointed as no letters got there for her. As her parents wrote every week, she could only think the letters must be somewhere about the country. A visit had been made by a party of nurses to one of the battleships in the bay, and the change appreciated. Amongst hospitals being erected was one by the Canadians. “Our equipment has arrived, thank goodness (the nurse states). We are all getting bedsteads to-day. We have been sleeping on the ground – lucky for me I am a good sleeper; some of the girls have had a rather bad time. We went for a walk a few nights ago to see the Turkish prisoners. About 200 in the camp we went to. They seem quite happy and like being there, as they say it is better than at the front and cannot understand why they are fighting. Only one of them could speak French, and not one English. The doctors are trying to bring a boat, and if they succeed, we shall often have a little pleasure, for the harbor is lovely, and it does one good to go out for a time. I believe it is very windy here at times. Next month it commences, and it is said that we will have to move five miles inland…. We are really not so very busy now, as most of the patients we have got lately are medical, and it is the surgical ones that affect the operating theatres.” Macleay Argus (Kempsey, NSW), Fri 10 Dec 1915 (p.15): From Lemnos to London Mr and Mrs P.J. O’Neill have received a very interesting letter (dated Oct 22) from their daughter, Sister Nance O’Neill, who wrote with the coast of Sicily in view, and as she was on board the Hospital Ship “Aquitania,” a sister ship of the “Lusitania,” on her way from Lemnos to London, being in charge of nurses on board who were going away for a change from their constant work at Lemnos. The vessel has nine decks, and can carry over 4000 patients, and about that number of men were on board. The ship is able to travel 28 miles an hour, and carried a crew of nearly 1000. They were going to Southampton, and expected to go to London for about a fortnight, do some shopping in connection with winter requirements at Lemnos, and then return to the latter place, the whole trip occupying about a month. Sister O’Neill mentioned that she was well supplied with funds, so that there need be no worry on that score. She did not expect to be returning to London so soon. Sister O’Neill makes lengthy reference to the death of her sister Mary, the sad news of which she had just received. She couldn’t bring herself to realise it was true. She states that she expected to be back at Lemnos by the time her letter reached here. In a letter to a sister, Sister O’Neill mentions that the Hospital ship could do the trip from Lemnos to England in seven days. A patient had lost his reason and jumped overboard when off the African coast, but was brought on board again. Writing on October 27, just after arrival at Southampton, Nurse O’Neill said that the weather was very cold, but they were glad to reach port, as there were so many patients on board, making it rather uncomfortable. The nurses were all going into quarters in London during their stay. The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW), Sat 4 Mar 1916 (p.4): Personal Writing to her parents, Mr and Mrs P.J. O’Neill, West Kempsey, on the eve of her departure from Lemnos, Sister O’Neill said the weather was cold and the winds severe. She sent a snapshot of herself packing up preparatory to leaving. In another letter posted later, Sister O’Neill stated she was on her way to Alexandria. Jan 1917: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/128044670 The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW), Sat 28 Apr 1917 (p.3): Letter from Nurse O’Neill Writing from the Kitchener Hospital, Brighton, on February 9, Nurse O’Neill says: – “We had a great day on Monday, 5th February. We all had to go to Buckingham Palace to get our medals, R.R.C. We had to be at the palace at 10a.m., and when we finally got to the throne-room where the King was, we were all in a flutter. Anyway, the King was very nice to us, shook hands with each one, and hooked the Cross on. He spoke to some, and asked how long they had been out, what hospitals we came from, &c. We then had to proceed to Marlborough House to see Queen Alexandra – she is a dear old thing, and was extremely nice, shook hands with us, and gave us all a book and a picture book, ‘The Way of the Red Cross.’ I have read it; it just shows how the Red Cross has advanced since Florence Nightingale’s time. The picture is of herself, also a nurse attending a patient – very pretty. I wish you could see my Cross, it is so pretty, silver and red enamel. I had a snapshot taken with it on, so it will give you an idea of what it is like, as the snapshot is rather good. The night before I went to London it snowed very heavily – my picture is taken in the snow. In the afternoon I met a friend, who took me to lunch and a matinee of the Revue, ‘See-Saw’ – it was very good, so I think I had one of the best days of my life. We only wear the Cross on special occasions, but I am wearing the ribbon like the piece I sent you. I am splendid. Do not send me anything to eat, I get quite enough.” A further communication, received by her parents, Mr and Mrs P.J. O’Neill, of West Kempsey, gives the additional information that Nurse O’Neill was then spending a few days in Scotland, and would almost immediately be proceeding to France. “Macleay Argus.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 16 Jul 1918: FROM NEAR AND FAR A cablegram has been received by Alderman P.J. O’Neill, of Kempsey, informing him that his daughter, Sister Nance O’Neill, was married on July 4 to Captain Reg. Downing, formerly of Sydney. Sister O’Neill left Australia over three years ago with Colonel Surgeon Fiaschi, and served in Egypt, and was present at the opening of the Lemnos Hospital, and afterwards served in No.3 Australian General Hospital, then went to Brighton Hospital, England, and afterwards to France. For her splendid services she was decorated by the King at Buckingham Palace with the Order of the Royal Red Cross. She has practically been right through the four zones of the war, namely Gallipoli, France, Lemnos, and England. Captain Downing left Australia over three years ago, and won his commission on the field, and also gained the MM [sic] decoration for distinguished service in the field. Prior to the war he held the position of Master of Agriculture in the Agricultural Department, and is beloved by the men under him. He has been wounded twice. The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW), Sat 27 Jul 1918 (p.5): A Military Wedding Mr P.J. O’NEILL received a cablegram……………………………………….. We will all join in wishing abounding good fortune and happiness to Captain Downing and his bride. The popular and handsome Sister Nance O’Neill is well-known to a large circle of friends in this district, and her gracious and winning personality proved an invaluable asset in the nursing service. Writing from France on March 10th last, Quartermaster-Sergeant R.K. Pountney says of her: – “Have not seen Sister Nance O’Neill yet, as she is away on leave. Strange to say, I had the Captain Quartermaster of the 12th Field Ambulance in this morning. We started talking of Peninsula and Lemnos Island days, and in the course of conversation I asked him if he happened to know a Sister Nance O’Neill. He replied, ‘Of course I do!’ He then went on to say that she was absolutely adored by patients and all others connected with hospital work. He was quite surprised to hear that she was now stationed close by here. He mentioned how down-hearted all the staff at Lemnos were during the critical days of Nance O’Neill’s illness – when she was expected to go under. He said it was only good fortune and the best of medical and nursing attendance that pulled her through, though at the time it was thought their efforts would prove of little avail. I will try and go along and see her before going on leave on the 17th inst.” The Port Macquarie News and Hastings River Advocate (NSW), Sat 8 Feb 1919 (p.4): Mrs Downing Home Per Tuesday’s train there arrived from Sydney Mrs Downing, wife of Captain Downing, but better known in Kempsey as Nurse Nance O’Neill, a handsome daughter of Ald. P.J. O’Neill, who joined No.3 Australian General Hospital in May 1915. Since then she has tended the wounded and sick almost uninterruptedly in hospitals at Mudros, and in England, Egypt, and France, though a brief holiday gave her an opportunity to visit the beauty spots of Ireland. In January, 1917, his Majesty the King was pleased to confer the Order of the Royal Red Cross on Nurse O’Neill. Recently she married Captain Downing, and sailed from England on 12th December last. When the train arrived a large crowd of relatives and friends, headed by Mayor C.A. Lane, assembled on the platform to welcome her; and the members of the Girls’ Patriotic League lined up outside as a guard of honor. “Macleay Chronicle” The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 19 Feb 1919: COUNTRY NEWS KEMPSEY - ………….. A welcome home was given to Mrs Downing, formerly Sister Nance O’Neill, a daughter of the Mayor, Alderman P.J. O’Neill. Sister O’Neill left Australia in May 1915, and nursed at Mudross (Egypt), [sic] England, and France till July 4, 1918, when she married Captain R.G. Downing, M.C., of Sydney. She nursed with the British Red Cross till she left for Australia in 1917. [sic] The Royal Red Cross was conferred on her by the King in recognition of her nursing services. The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW), Wed 19 Feb 1919 (p.8): Convent School, Kempsey On Friday afternoon last the pupils of the Convent School tendered a warm “welcome home” to Nurse Nance O’Neill (Mrs Downing). Rev Father Gunn, who regretted being unavoidably absent from the Welcome Home of the Girls’ League the evening before, welcomed, on behalf of the Rev Mother, the Sisters and children, the popular Nurse who had so distinguishedly fulfilled the duties of her noble calling. He hoped that long years of happiness and peace would be the reward of her heroic labors. Rev Father O’Regan, of Smithtown, expressed his pleasure in being present to welcome home Nurse O’Neill, whom he had known from childhood. He was not at all surprised she had won the Royal Red Cross for faithfulness to duty, because she was always a good child and dutiful daughter. He took this occasion also of congratulating Mr O’Neill on behalf of the Sisters and children on the honor the citizens of Kempsey had conferred in appointing him Mayor. He wished Mr and Mrs O’Neill every success in the arduous duties that postion would entail. Mr O’Neil responded on behalf of his daughter. To inspire the children with a horror of war, he gave a short sketch of a few of the many and dreadful scenes through which Nurse Nance had passed, and held up to their admiring eyes the King’s Cross she has so worthily gained. A short musical programme by the pupils, then a ringing cheer for the “Welcome Home,” concluded the happy little function. The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW), Fri 11 Jul 1919 (p.4): PERSONAL “Macleay Argus”: On Monday, the Mayor (Ald P.J. O’Neill) received a telegram from Captain Downing, husband of Nurse Downing (Nurse O’Neill) stating that he had arrived in Sydney on the Ypiringa. He has been at the front between four and five years. His wife is at present nursing influenza patients in Sydney. They are expected up shortly on a visit to Kempsey. Freeman’s Journal (Sydney, NSW), Thur 4 Sept 1919 (p.22): THE GOSSIP OF THE WEEK: ROUND ABOUT AUSTRALIA Captain R.G. Downing, M.C. with bar, B.A., B.Sc. (Agr.), has been recently appointed acting-senior experimentalist to the Board of Agriculture. Leaving Australia with the A.I.F. as a non-com., he fought in France and was awarded the M.C. and promoted lieutenant for excellent work in connection with a machine-gun section. Later on, being severely wounded in an engagement, he had to spend several months in a military hospital recovering. Having recovered, he rejoined his regiment and was awarded a bar to his M.C. and promoted captain for able leadership in an engagement near Amiens. While in England he married Miss Nance O’Neill, of Kempsey, who was awarded a Red Cross decoration for specially able services as a hospital nurse in connection with the A.I.F. in France. Captain Downey was educated at St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill. The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW), Wed 12 May 1920 (p.5): BIRTH DOWNING (nee Nance O’Neill) – On May 9th, at Redhaven Private Hospital, to Mr and Mrs R.G. Downing, Henry-st., Greenwich Point – a son. The Farmer and Settler (Sydney, NSW), Fri 6 May 1927 (p.4): DEPARTMENTAL CHANGES Agricultural Experimentalists Owing to the resignation of Mr R.G. Downing, B.Sc. (Agr.), senior experimentalist to the NSW Department of Agriculture, …………………………. The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW), Wed 20 Jul 1932 (p.4): A GOWING BROTHER Mr Reg. M. Gowing, of the firm of Gowing Bros., Sydney, and brother of Messrs John E. Gowing and Cranley Gowing of this district, is in town this week on a business visit, the first he has paid this coast for 25 years. In the meantime he served throughout the war, and afterwards spent twelve years in the State of Washington, on the Pacific coast, where he investd in orchard country. One of Mr Gowing’s pleasant memories of wartime is his giving away in marriage to Capt. Downey, at London, of Miss Nance O’Neill, daughter of Mr P.J. O’Neill, of Kempsey, then nursing the wounded. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Mon 5 Oct 1942 (p.4): DUBBO PERSONAL PARS Mrs R.G. Downing and helpers were at the Red Cross Tea Rooms yesterday and did good business. They served a special poultry and meat luncheon, as well as morning and afternoon teas in aid of the funds. Mr G Downing, son of Colonel R.G. Downing and Mrs Downing, of “Merton” Dubbo, leaves tonight to join the RAAF. Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW), Thur 6 Feb 1947 (p.15): Stories From Our Files of 1917 Nurse Nance O’Neill, who was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her services at the front, was trained at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. Offering herself for military service abroad at the beginning of the war, Nurse O’Neill was appointed Theatre Sister at the Garrison Military Hospital, Sydney. From there she was transferred to Lemnos and thence to France. Nurse O’Neill was the second St Vincent’s Hospital nurse to have been honoured. The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW), Tue 5 Sept 1950 (p.1): 20 LEGACY BOYS ARRIVE FOR DUBBO HOLIDAY A big thrill for 20 Sydney Legacy boys who are holidaying at Mr R.G. Downing’s property at “Merton,” Dubbo, was when they killed a brown snake on Sunday. The holiday has been arranged by the Dubbo Contact Group of Legacy, and Dubbo people are assisting in various ways. …………………………………………………………….. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132070098 Notes: 1937 article about the Merton farm: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104183624 Her father’s photo 1919, Mayor: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/195158000 Her mother’s Obit 1932: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/173096737 Her father’s Obit 1947: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/136160339