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Looking for Colin Murchie details
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My brother Colin Murchie was born 24/4/1937 to Dorothy Snow and adopted by James and Maggie Murchie. They lived in South Australia for a few years then moved to NSW. James was born in Durbin South…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Merlene Ketterman Dec 14, 2019.

John James Williams
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I am still trying to find any information on my late Great Great GrandfatherBorn about 1853 and married Rachel Jane Flood in 1875 NSW.They were divorced in 1883 and Rachel moved to Newcastle about…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Allen Feb 16, 2016.


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"Hi Rhona Firstly I would like to express my condolences on the death of James.  I knew the Murchies' in the mid seventies when Colin was the minister at Sea Point Methodist church. James and I were very good friends and went to the same…"
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WW1 Official Soldier Portraits

Can anyone tell me please if all soldiers in WW1 had an official photograph taken. I have been able to find my Grandfather Walter Reginald Snow, but have not been able to locate one for his brothers, Frank Snow Service No: 920(not to be confused with Frank Noel Snow).

Thanks to your help earlier I was able to see a photo of another brother William Arthur Snow in a Trove Newspaper.

Would very much like to see one of Frank.


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:54 — 3 Comments

Quaker Cemetery

I am asking for help in the search of a Quaker Cemetery. I have been given a copied sheet which has the name Davies 16203 or 16205. There are no initials or dates and is not in alphabetical or numerical order.  There are about 450 names and numbers that go as high as 28,000 and it is only part of a larger sheet. (all handwritten) The family came from Wales and lived  in South Australia. I have searched South Australia and it would appear that this is a very large cemetery or record…


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Brian Frederick Snow - Vietnam 1967-1968

My brother passed away last year suddenly and spoke very little of his experiences in Vietnam.

I am interested in which areas/operations he would have been involved in.

He left Adelaide by air on the 12th December 1967 with the 3 RAR Advance Party and returned on the 5th June 1968 with the rank of Lance-Corporal Snow.

I believe he was with C Company.

Any information would be greatly…


Posted on December 2, 2013 at 10:09 — 1 Comment

Arthur Snow and Maria (nee Scannell)

I am now seeking help in finding out about my Great Parent's arrival in Australia.

We know that they were in Leicester, Leicestershire England for their marriage in 1876 and a son Walter was born there in 1877. A daughter Kate Elizabeth Snow was born in Wellington, South Africa in 1880 and a 2nd daughter Annie Clara Snow may also have been born there in 1882. All we know is that they were in Melbourne, Victoria in 1887 when other children were born.

They ended up living in…


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At 21:06 on December 8, 2013, Margaret Mary Stening said…
My great grandfather was John James Williams. My grandmother Ella Kerzia Williams, her sister Ethel who married Thomas Wardle. Trying to find out any information about John James William, I know he was divorced from his wife Rachel.
At 7:15 on December 11, 2013, Margaret Mary Stening said…
Dear Diannr
Ethel's sister Ella my grandmother married Charles Hudson. They had two children Moirai(my mum) & Phylis.Could you give me the details of John James Williams death certificate. Had he remarried? Have more children?
I live in Sydney, I would love to meet up with you , if possible.
At 8:05 on December 11, 2013, Dianne m Heinemann said…

Hi Margaret, the only details (if correct) on John is that he died in 1912 at Wallsend, Newcastle. As far as I can determine he never remarried. I am pretty sure this is him because when Rachel died in 1937 she was living at Carrington, Newcastle. I do not have his death certificate but the Registration No is 13014. I have not been able to find a burial place for him yet.

I will forward any new information I receive to you. It is very difficult tracking down ancestors with very little info but very rewarding when a piece of puzzle falls into place.

It would be nice to meet and I will be in Sydney next year so maybe we can organise to catch up.

Happy researching!


At 8:31 on December 11, 2013, Margaret Mary Stening said…
Hi Dianne
I discovered that John & Rachel were divorced. Some where I heard he lived in Sydney. On that death certificate did it name Rachel, Ethel & Ella.? My mum use to visit the wardles when she was small. Rachel died at Daisy's home in carrington my mum was with her. Ella died in 1913 of TB. I tracked down a John James Williams railway worker death notice on trove. I'm not at home, but when I get there I will check my records. His name is so common, it is hard to track.
At 19:56 on January 1, 2014, MARGARET ROBB said…

Hi Di,

I moved from Sydney to Hobart 20 years ago and through friends n friends etc, in particular Robert Hogan ( a very very good mate of Brian) -  they were house mates for many years in 2 properties in New Town. I dated Brian for a period and in this time met both Kevin & Rosie. Brian and I always remained good friends. We talked a lot & shared a lot. Knowing Brian your may know how difficult he found talking about his worries.

I had been in Sydney caring for my terminally ill mother at the time but was in Hobart the Wednesday before he left again to  be with Rosie. That was the last time I saw him. I tried to get in contact with Kevin but no luck.

I knew all that was important to Brian through out his life. As he was a very deep & sentimental soul I was just so sorry I was not in Hobart to ....well, just respect  the things he held dear & ensure they were passed on and looked after.

I could go on hope this may clarify my knowledge of Brian. Rob (Parra) Hogan was devastated and misses him so much. He may be of additional help.

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any further help.

Maggie R.

At 20:40 on January 1, 2014, Dianne m Heinemann said…
Hi Maggie, if you would like to send me an email address I would like to discuss Brian further. I am his younger sister.
At 11:20 on January 5, 2014, MARGARET ROBB said…

Oops. I meant email address not sure how to do this securely.

At 16:52 on May 2, 2017, Rhona Murchie said…

Hello Dianne

My name is Rhona Murchie. I live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  Colin Murchie was my father-in-law.  He passed away on the 14 January 2000, from a coronary thrombosis.  He never knew he was adopted  We all miss him desperately.  He would've been 80 last Monday. :(

Here are your missing details:

Yes, Colin married Adelaide King, commonly known as Addie.  They had three sons; James (my late husband), Grant and Francois.  We have two children: Leigh-Ann (22) and Colin (14).  Grant is married to Rochelle - no children as yet.  Francois has a child, Amber-Leigh Yandle (25), by Sarah Yandle, who now lives in Wales.  They are currently engaged.  Francois was also married to & divorced from Carmen Marais.  They have twins: Dominique and Donovan (22).

His brother, Alexander (Lex's) children live in the Durban area.  Dorothy Dodd (nee Murchie) has a letter from Maggie Murchie, requesting that no-one be told about Dad's adoption until that generation has passed on.  I have told Dottie that I will find out all I can & keep her posted, but the rest of the family would be bomb-shocked if I had to break this to them know.  We are a very close family and very proudly Murchie...

Could you possibly e-mail me please, as there is a section of this story I would rather not post on a public forum.  My e-mail address is rhona.s.murchie@gmail.com. However, that notwithstanding, I would greatly appreciate ANY information you could give me about your mom, your family (the Snows), as well as anything about the Australian Murchies.  I know everything that has already been posted about them on this forum, and some besides, but there are gaps.

I am trying to build up a family tree and you are, so to speak, the missing link. :)

Hoping to hear from you soon.

At 16:28 on May 3, 2017, Rhona Murchie said…

Me again. By the way, Maggie Murchie passed away in the early 1980's I think. Before I got to know the family anyway.  Addie is still alive, having turned 80 last October.  She lives in the Strand, Western Cape, not far from Cape Town.  She and Dad both asked at one stage if he was adopted and were told , "No", (as per James's & Maggie's dying wishes...) so I have no intention of disillusioning her. However, I remain curious and I know Dottie in Durban would love to fill in the gaps too.  She's the one who's had to keep this BIG SECRET all these years.

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