I never knew her. Apparently she was quite small and quite the martinet. This photo was taken after the family's arrival in Australia.
|The McDonald Family c1920|
(L-R) John Edwin McDonald; Emily Jane McDonald (nee Cook); Alan Mcdonald; Kathleen McDonald
Personal property of the author.
As I said, she died on 5 January 1951 and was buried in the Bundaberg Cemetery on the same day.
So far, so good.
Over the next 40 years, her husband, her son, her daughter, her son-in-law and the brother of her son-in-law were all buried in the same plot. It was then that things went awry.
Her only remaining grand-daughter - my mum! - thought it was about time that a proper headstone was prepared for the family. She arranged for a new grave covering and headstone. And it looks fantastic!
|Plot A Grave #P2664 Bundaberg Cemetery|
The correct dates of death for the McDonald family are:
- John 21 June 1956
- Emily 5 January 1951
- Alan 4 March 1976
And the correct dates of death for the de Friez family are:
- Kathleen 14 May 1976
- Alexander 6 September 1992
- Charles 14 July 1993
It seems now that my only course of action is to have this remedied. I feel responsible for fixing this up, and somehow guilty that my ancestors are not being portrayed correctly. So a savings plan has been started, and I hope to be able to replace this headstone before the end of this year. Another goal to add to the list :-)
Sleep well, great-grandmother; you are in my thoughts.