Friday, June 22, 2012
With recent additions to Papers Past and the Auckland Library "Heritage images on-line" some images of Captain John's grandsons have come to light. We still have no image of the man himself.
Stanley George Austen (Son of George Austen) from the wounded lists in the Auckland Weekly News 17 June 1915. [Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150617-41-34]
Sydney Frances Postlewaight was the son of Caroline Austen. This is from the Auckland Star 11 Nov 1916.
Percy Arthur Postlewaite was also Caroline Austen's son - the spelling of his name seems to have changed about the time he enlisted for the First World War. This is from the Auckland Weekly News 16 September 1915. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150916-39-16
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Auckland Star newspaper has now been digitised up to 1926 and is available of Papers Past - this is an absolutely fabulous resource. Arthur Austen is frequently to be found in its pages - a talented comedian, M-C and fancy dress competition judge.
Monday, April 23, 2012
sexton (skstn)n. An employee or officer of a church who is responsible for the care and upkeep of church property and sometimes for ringing bells and digging graves. On a lovely Autumn day we took another visit to the Waikumete Cemetery. We were extremely fortunate to have a trained sexton help identify the Captain's grave. (Usually you need to make an appointment for this wonderful service)