This website will focus on those in our family who arrived in Australia and built lives for themselves. Where I can, I will tell the background story and as much of their lives as I have discovered.
Just an observation but it seems grandparents may have more influence over their grandchildren than we might give them credit for.
Below are the four Family tree charts that depict four families that are mine and John’s parents. The only individual still alive on these trees is Laurie. He is now 98 years old and is a remarkable human being. He has given me permission to tell his story.
Tom and Gladys
Laurie and Joy
Both couples were married not long after the end of WW2. Australia’s population was 8.2 million and jobs were readily available. The dream of homeownership was becoming achievable with the introduction of the Housing Commission. From Cairns in the north to Brisbane in the south there was a feeling of optimism.
I will focus on the ancestor of each family who first made their way to Australia. From there I will build the story of the families and their circumstances. The surname will link to that family’s story.
My parents Tom Tagney and Gladys Tully
John’s parents, Laurence Hood and Joy McAllister