FAMILY PORTRAIT of ELIZABETH ISABELLA TURNER (nee STORMER) & JOHN RICHARD COULSEN TURNER (My Great Grandparents) with their children at their residence at La-Range Dalveen, near Stanthorpe.
This is the only photo of the family in existence, that I know of, and of my Grandfather George Thomas Turner (top right). I don't know of any photos that predate this one, so this is a very special photo. I've done my best to restore it. It was a small 6 x 4 inch faded photograph that was found among a mountain of photos inherited from Aunty Mary (Dad's sister), and I am forever grateful to the person who had the foresight to identify everyone & write it down on the back of the photo. If only all the photos I have were so lucky. It reads:
"The John Turner family "La-Range" Dalveen.
Back row from left: Bob, Bill, Kate, Sam, George. Front row: Charlie, Mrs Turner, Violet, Syd, Mr Turner, Mary (Jack is missing)."
Note that Charlie and Mary were twins. Florence Sophia is missing as she died in 1892.
So it is a big hearty welcome to the Turner / Thompson family history project - here are the "rellies", all sorted and accessible to any of us, who like me, often struggle to piece together the ancestral roots and make sense of this vast web of familial connections.
I enjoy hearing stories from days gone by, and seeing the faces of our ancestors. Time seems to be moving quickly. I wish I'd written things down, remembered the tales, tall and true of pioneering life, the bush stories, the funny anecdotes that were the hallmark of the early generations surviving the harsh realities of life in a new country. So, I would love your help with fleshing out the scant dribs and drabs of information I have, sharing your photos, re-telling the stories, etc.
I love seeing the old photos. I can scan them into the computer and put them on a website for anyone to see. Especially the very very old ones , I hope you might either email them to me or entrust me with the originals so that I can scan them in myself. And I will restore any that you might find in need of a touch up. (I do this professionally) Also, I would encourage you to write names, dates, occasion, on the backs of your photos so they don't risk ending up in a "who's this!" pile.
I am excited to be finally taking this first step into collating Family Tree information. I had to find a place to put it all, to digitalise, so my existing website seems a convenience place to start. For confidentiality/privacy reasons I have "password protected" entry to our information. Once you click on the relevant TURNER or THOMPSON link, you will enter a Password to access the page. So, please drop me an email or a text message and I'll pass it on.
My goal is to have a digitalised version of a Turner & Thompson family tree filled with as many early photos and stories, names, dates, etc. as possible. And ultimately, a year or so down the track, I will put it all into a beautiful hard-covered book and hopefully print many dozens of copies.
Thanks in advance for your contribution in whatever form.
Stay tuned... this is a ongoing project!