|SS Cloncurry watercolour by Allan C. Green (1878-1954)|
First of all I ordered a book from the Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute which turned up very quickly. Here is a picture of it.....
Now it is a slim volume at 21 pages but didn't cost an arm and a leg ($5 incl. postage) and its authors Judith A. Grimes and Kay F. Gassan had discovered information about The Shenir that I hadn't been able to find, so I was well pleased. If I have any criticism of the publication it is that it does not cite sources which is a bit frustrating if you want to confirm the information for yourself. The booklet was published in 1995. I suspect that the information came from some papers at the Queensland State Archives so I shall investigate further. But I am pleased to have the book and a bit more information about the arrival of the immigrants from Glasgow.
In the meantime, I have corresponded further with a fellow descendant of the Taits who advised me that he had in his possession "a discharge certificate from the relative authorities in 1917 for Sydney (Tait) who was listed as a cabin boy on the steamer BOAMBEE". Yippee! Another angle to investigate. I would show you a picture of the Boambee but it is in copyright, so you will just have to go here to check it out....
At the same time I was trying to discover the link between the Taits and the Linnings. Just to refresh your memory.....Elsie Coralene Tait and Sydney were the children of William and Mary- Anna Tait (nee Cathcart/Grieve). After Mary-Anna (known as Annie) died in 1908, Elsie Coralene (known as Coraline) went to live with the Linnings. We're not quite sure what happened to her older brother Sydney.
So I burrowed around on that estimable source Trove with a bit of back-up from Picture Queensland and this is what I found.....
|Linning and Allison Quartet practising around the piano, Baroona, 1913 taken by John Frederick Shale John Oxley Library Collection found on Picture Queensland|
There are lots of other great photos of the Linning family online including this one.....
|Norma, Ronald and George Linning at 'Baroona' in Glamorgan Vale, 1907|
I looked at them. Bingo! There was a familiar name - Mengel. James Henry William Linning married Margaret Elizabeth Mengel in 1897. Where had I seen the name Mengel before? Well, after Mary-Anna (Annie) had died, William Tait went on to marry Elise (sometimes listed as Elsie) Louse Emma Mengel in 1909. Aha! Were Margaret Elizabeth and Elise/Elsie sisters? Elise/Elsie died in 1925 and her parents are listed as Jacob Friedrich and Margaret Koob so I think it may be likely.
Now of course I don't have any of the certificates yet but I studied births and marriages and am coming up with a rough idea of who was who and who was married to whom. I think that Frederick and Johanna Linning (nee Lorenzen) had about six children - James Henry William (born?), Frederick William in 1871, Ferdinand Detloff in 1876, Ludwig Wilhelm in 1878 and Enora Emilie in 1881 and Carl Frederich (born?) who died in 1933.
I cannot find any children born to JHW Linning and Margaret Elizabeth Mengel so I wonder if they were the Linnings that took in Elsie Corale/ine. The photo above of Norman, Ronald and George belong to JHW's brother Ludwig Wilhelm and his wife Violet Helen Shale. They were the eldest of 7 children and Ronald would have been about the same age as Elsie Corale/ine Tait being born in the same year.
When you look at Elsie Corale/ine's marriage certificate, one of the witnesses to the marriage is JHW Linning so I think this is correct. Maybe he wasn't known as James but rather Henry because my husband's mother remembers him as Harry. Anyway, I should order some certificates I think.
Back to Sydney, Elsie Corale/ine's older brother. I did a bit of hunting on the Queensland State Archives website - namely the Index to the Register of Seamen 1882 - 1919. I found a Sydney Tait listed on the Cloncurry on Page 84, HAR/2 Item ID 17909 Microfilm Z2412. I can and will order a copy of this page in the register for $6.50 - bargain! It may not give me very much information but I am hoping that it will give us "details of employment including current number/number, date of entry of particulars/date of occurrence name of ship and official number, name, age, capacity, whether engaged, discharged etc., home address (or at least country of origin), and wages."
How's your research going?