Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Sunday School Cards

Do you remember getting Sunday School cards?
It was a disaster if you missed a Sunday because you missed out on the card for that day.
I wasn't diligent enough to keep any of mine but here are some that my  Laws Grandparents kept.
Why am I finding them now? I'm going through all the things that my Mother has collected, one of my Uncle's things and the Laws grandparents things as well in readiness for the Laws family reunion in May.
I wonder what other treasures I will find.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Olive Emily Laws Part 5

The story continues
When the war came, Bert and the next door neighbour built an air-raid shelter between the two properties for their families. It was underground, steps leading down from either side. She broke her little toe during this effort. Bert finally joined up as only one Manager was allowed to a business and as he was the youngest, he decided to join the Air force ground staff.
Bert Wood in Air Force uniform

It was a struggle - four children - living on an allowance from his Air force pay, so she washed and ironed for American Servicemen. This was done with a wood copper and hand washing. One day a week preparing dinners for servicemen at Albert St Methodist Hall and of course still the one day a week to her mother to help. Each night she wrote to Bert who was stationed in Darwin.
When the war was over and the children were moving into teenage years the home was always open to their friends. Once a month the young people from the church would have a party, of singing around the piano and games and more often than not it was at the Wood residence. She always enjoyed this and had a lovely supper prepared.  She always gave her children opportunities to work hard in the church preparing concerts and Sunday School Anniversaries. Bert would paint backdrops for the concerts and she would always work hard at home and do the extra things when members of the family were busy with church activities.
She used to enjoy going to the Boomerang Theatre to see a film of a Friday or Saturday night or just a drive to Woolloongabba to buy fruit was quite an outing of an evening when the children were small.
In the children's teenage years many holidays were spent at Burleigh Heads. One year the tent we were in was completely ripped to shreds in a Cyclone. She wasn't a great lover of surfing but she enjoyed the beach and simple pleasures were watching the people on roller skates at the open air rink at Burleigh.
She would have loved to have learnt to dance but she wasn't allowed to, so to watch people dance or skate gave her enjoyment. Her father died in July 1949 at 75 years, her mother died in May 1953 at 76 years and her sister Eileen passed away in May 1958 at 53 years. 
Back row:Eileen and Dorrie Laws Front row: Bert & Olive Wood, Emily & Percy Laws
Shirley married Bill in 1956; Jean married Don in 1957; Cliff married Helen in 1961; and Alan married June in 1962. All her family lived in Brisbane. Grandchildren began to arrive and the first week out of hospital she always looked after the family with the new baby.
Their hardware store at Woolloongabba and their home at Annerley were both taken by Main Roads as they were in the path of the proposed South East Freeway. They came to live at Aspley.
Christmas has always been a very special time in our family. We all came home for Christmas lunch and dinner. She always enjoyed preparing the traditional meal and the Christmas Pudding Recipe which has been handed down is something to rave about. At night the grandchildren with the help of their mothers performed in a concert on a stage and backdrop prepared by Bert . From the time she was married Christmas dinner was at her home, her mother, father and sister Dorothy came.
Bert took a job for a few years and when he retired they went on a touring holiday to Perth. They worked hard in the garden and yard at Aspley always keeping it immaculate. Bert died in January 1979 at 72 years. She stayed on at Aspley working hard in the garden.  Her home was badly damaged in the bad hail storm that hit Aspley. Her brother, Percy died in 1985 at 86 years and her sister, Dorothy passed away in 1988 just one month short of 87 years, so she is the only member of her family alive. (1)
While she was working in the garden at Aspley someone crept into her home and stole her purse. This naturally unnerved her and with the many instances on TV involving the elderly she became fearful. She was also becoming forgetful about tablets she had to take so agreed to be assessed for admittance into an aged home. She enjoyed once a week her day at the respite centre at Aspley. She was accepted and moved into John Wesley Gardens hostel care. She took part in activities there always folding the serviettes ready for the dinner table. She spent just over 2 years there. After a few mini strokes she was sent to Jacaranda Village Prince Charles Hospital for further assessment and was finally placed at St. Lukes.
Her favourite meals would be roast dinners or steak & kidney, bread and butter pudding and steam puddings. She was always busy with her hands sewing, knitting, crochet, cooking.  Her family was the most important thing in her life. In fact after Bert died her family was her whole life for she didn't mix in any circle of friends until just before she went to John Wesley Gardens when it was suggested she go one day a week to the respite centre at Aspley which she enjoyed. During the war she didn't have much in the way of clothes but she always liked to dress well and in later years she has had a nice wardrobe of clothes.

(1) It is probable that this was written before she died in 1999.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Olive Emily Laws Part 4

Now the children come along.

In 1932 their first child was born, Jean Emily. Olive gave birth to four children, all at Marquis St Annerley. 1935, Shirley Louisa; 1937 Clifford Herbert; 1938 Alan Charles. When Cliff was about 6 to 8 weeks old she took ill (Nervous breakdown)  She was in hospital for a time but doctor felt it best for her to be at home, So it being school holidays Jean went to relations and family and a housekeeper looked after things.

She always loved to cook.  Saturday's lunch was for many years a roast dinner. There were always cakes and biscuits she had baked.
It was always important to her that she and her family attended church and the children belonged to the various groups in the Methodist Church at Annerley. She, herself, was a member of the Ladies Church Help. She regularly visited her mother once a week to do anything that was needed. She loved to sew and made all the children's clothes. Knitting and crochet were always her activity. Her hands were always busy.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Olive Emily Laws part 3

91 Marquis St Annerley

Let's continue with Olive's story
Throughout her whole life she attended the Methodist Church where they were living. When she was courting Bert they were attending Albert St. Church and they belonged to the Tennis club. They each belonged to the Y.M.C.A. and the Y.W.C.A. After 6 years of courtship they were engaged on her 21st birthday and married in the Valley Methodist Church on the 11th April 1931. They had put a deposit on a house at Marquis St. Annerley, and went there on their wedding night.
They spent their honeymoon in Sydney but while they were there the Banks closed their doors and they had concerns getting money to return home.
 Bert worked with his brothers in a Paint & Hardware Store they ran.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Olive Emily Laws Part 2

House at Albion
The houses they were living in were rented houses so it was only a short while when the Hill End house was sold. They shifted to Wooloowin and in 5 months this house also was sold so they decided to buy a house and settled at Store St. Albion near the Railway line.
Bert Wood

She went to Eagle Junction School. She sat for the Scholarship Exam but failed so she was sent to do a business course at Stott & Hoars (shorthand, typing and book-keeping). From there she gained a job at T.C. Beirne typing country orders. She and Eileen worked at T.C. Beirne and this didn't work out so she gained another job in a warehouse but wasn't there long when her mother took sick and her father asked her to stay at home to look after her mother and do the household chores.
 Through a friend of her father’s suggesting his brother drive their car to Redcliffe for them, she met her husband to be, Herbert Charles Wood fondly known as Bert.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Olive Emily Laws Part 1

Jean Lowrie, her daughter, has very kindly let me publish Olive Wood's Profile and given me access to  photos to illustrate it.

Percy & Emily Laws
Mrs Wood was born in Brisbane on the 19th July 1909, the fourth child of Emily & Percy Laws. 
 Her first most vivid memory of early childhood was when she was 4 1/2 years old. They were living at Dyeton Road Dutton Park, when her 11 months old brother Stanley died. The vivid scene she has always remembered was her standing at the bedroom window watching the horse drawn hearse move away from their home to the cemetery. 




Her father was a sign writer (1)and he and Mrs Laws raised a son, Percy, and three daughters, Dorothy, Eileen and Olive (Mrs. Wood). Soon after Stanley's death they shifted to Gladstone Rd. and she went to Dutton Park school for a short time then she and her sister Eileen were sent to the Normal School in Adelaide St. City where Anzac square is now. ( Note -See  http://www.yourbrisbanepastandpresent.com/2010/01/corner-adelaide-edward-sts-2.html  for more information about the school.)
 The memory she recalls most of this period is during the War when a soldier had died it was a regular thing to hear the band coming in the distance playing ' "The Dead March of Saul" The Class stood with their heads bowed until the procession passed by. They had another change of house to Hill End and as her sister was not happy at school they were transferred to St. John's Cathedral school in Ann St. 

(1) See pevious post  http://familytreeblossoms.blogspot.com.au/2018/02/longest-laws-family-run-business-in.html

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Percy Murray and May Emily Laws family

Another large branch of the family.
The youngest of William & Sarah's children Frank Charles and his wife Margaret  did not have any children.