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  • Thomas KIRKBY (1824-1890) and Minton & Co.

    July 21, 2021 by

    My 3x Great-grandfather Thomas KIRKBY was a successful Majolica designer and painter with Minton & Co. in the 19th century. (The image on the left shows my lineage to Thomas KIRKBY). Thomas was born around the 16th of May 1824 in Trentham, Staffordshire, England; the son of Charles KIRKBY and Elizabeth PEAKE, and grandson of… Read more

  • Obituary: Mrs. May Perkins

    July 17, 2021 by

    OBITUARY Mrs. May Perkins QUANDIALLA, Thursday. The death of Mrs. May Perkins, of Quandialla, occurred at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Young, on Tuesday. Deceased had been confined to bed since early last month, and after several weeks of sickness was removed from her home, “Kirkby-Ireleth,” where she was living with her son Dr. Roy Perkins,… Read more

  • John Cappie SHAND and Hilda PERKINS Wedding

    July 12, 2021 by

    FOR WOMEN. YESTERDAY’S WEDDINGS. SHAND-PERKINS St. James’s Church was decorated with white lilies and ferns yesterday afternoon, when Rev. C. J. Collins solemnised the marriage of Hilda, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J Perkins, and Dr. J. Cappie Shand, only son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Cappie Shand, of North Sydney. The bride… Read more

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