Week 2 of 52 (2020) – Favourite Photo.

Week 2 of 2018 was also Favourite Photo and I said then it was a difficult decision and still is!

I am kind of lucky with the photo I have chosen because it’s actually a two for the price of one!  This photo heralded the beginning of my love and addiction to Family History. Now over 10 years down the track I have organised two family reunions (2013 & 2019) and completed a Family History diploma from Tasmania University.

Mum with David

This photo was taken by myself on 21 July 2009 in Maffra, Victoria showing my elated mother, Maureen Elizabeth Kotwic nee Shingles and her cousin David Cotterill.  They are holding a painting of their shared grandparents Arthur James Shingles and Ada Ellen Shingles nee McEwan.

A few days earlier my mother mentioned her grandmother, Ada Ellen, was in an unmarked grave in her home town of  Maffra, Victoria. Until then I had never even thought to ask about her grandparents. That night we spend many hours and quite a bit of money on the Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriage’s website finding out about both the Shingles and McEwan families.

Imagine Maureen’s surprise when she rang her cousin David and he said he had a photo of Ada and her husband on their wedding day.

A quick trip from Geelong to Maffra was organised and we were joined by mum’s sister, Eileen and my daughter Tahlia.  Our first stop was to David to see this beautiful painting, second was to a photo shop in Sale to get copies made and the third to Maffra Cemetery where we visiting Ada’s unmarked grave.  We all vowed then it would be no longer unmarked and we quickly made arrangements for a plaque to be made.

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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