5 May 2019

Finding George and Rosa

The photo reveal

George and Rosa Bennett c.1932
One of the many benefits of writing up family stories is the interest shown by relations near and far. Recently I have received some additional photos from a first cousin. One of these photos shows our great grandfather George Bennett, my mother's maternal grandfather.

I had previously written about George in Restaurant on fire which detailed his marriage in 1877 and the subsequent births of the children. Then I wondered  What happened to George? after several court appearances when he left Bridget Helen in 1915.

This photo is listed as great grandfather George Bennett with his second wife. A clue at last, a remarriage. This sent me back to search the South Australian marriage records which reveal that George in August of 1932 claiming an age of 69, married Rosa Mary Davis aged approx 57. ₁

George had claimed to be 25 years old in June of 1887 at the time of his first marriage.

Less than ten years after this second marriage, his death notice of July 1943 lists his age as 83. ₂
BENNETT.—On July 17, at Adelaide, George, beloved husband of Rosa Bennett, of Frew street, City. Aged 83 years
Did he reveal that he was over 70 after they had married? It appears there was also some age discrepancies in Rosa's claims too. At her first marriage in 1903 ₃ she is listed as being 24 years old. Her first husband Edmund Daye Davis was more than twice her age at 51 and died as a result of a tragic gunshot wound only 7 years after their marriage.₄

Rosa and George are buried in the same plot at West Terrace cemetery in Adelaide. On her death certificate in 1959 she is listed as being 89 years of age which would place her birth around 1870 so in 1932 when they were married he was probably 73 and she may well have been 62.

We'll probably never know but now I wonder if this photo could have been taken in 1932 about the time of their marriage. 



1. SA marriages District Hindmarsh Book/Page: 333/431
2. 1942 'Family Notices', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 18 July, p. 10. , viewed 04 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48875217
3. SA marriages District Adelaide Book/Page: 217/988
4. 1910 'LIFE'S TRAGIC SIDE', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 29 January, p. 41. , viewed 05 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88393869

This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin

30 April 2019

Zucchini slice

These recipes are in my mother's handwriting and are housed in a battered, blue plastic folder. They are transcribed here as part of the A-Z Challenge 2019. Each day in April a new letter of the alphabet and accompanying recipes are posted.

So I have come to the end of the alphabet and it has been an interesting look back at recipes from earlier years, treasured not necessarily for their content but for the fact that they are in my mother's handwriting. There are many more recipes than those I have managed to transcribe here. Now the next job is to compile them all into a readable file that I can pass on to her grandchildren.

Many thanks to those who have commented along the way, I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse of cooking from the past.

Zucchini

Zucchinis were a late introduction to my mother's cuisine and I speculate that this recipe came from one of her daughters. It has a cross next to it, perhaps this means she adapted it or found another recipe or made it only once and was not happy with the result. Perhaps one of my siblings will enlighten me as I have never tried this recipe.

Zucchini slice

400 to 450 gr. Zuccini (grated)
5 Eggs (Beaten)
½ pkt Bacon Bits
1 lge onion (lightly fried)
1 cup grated cheese
½ cup Oil

Add oil to beaten eggs
Combine and add other ingredients.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes in mod[erate] oven in slice tray.



Previous posts in this A-Z series

Hannah's Recipes A-Z challenge
This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin

29 April 2019

Yo-yos a shortbread variety


These recipes are in my mother's handwriting and are housed in a battered, blue plastic folder. They are transcribed here as part of the A-Z Challenge 2019. Each day in April a new letter of the alphabet and accompanying recipes are posted.

Shortbread Yo-yos

Cream 6 ozs butter with 2 ozs icing sugar.

Add 8 ozs S R Flour with 2 ozs custard powder.

If too stiff add a llittle milk

Roll into small balls & flatten with fork.

Mod[erate] oven

When cold join tog. with 1 tablespoon butter beaten with 2 ozs icing sugar, van[illa] ess[ence]


Previous posts in this A-Z series

Hannah's Recipes A-Z challenge
This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin

27 April 2019

Xmas Biscuit Mix

These recipes are in my mother's handwriting and are housed in a battered, blue plastic folder. They are transcribed here as part of the A-Z Challenge 2019. Each day in April a new letter of the alphabet and accompanying recipes are posted.

Christmas biscuits

It is unusual to see Christmas written as Xmas in my mother's handwriting as her emphasis on the celebration was the Christ in Christmas. Luckily for my A-Z challenge she listed this as Xmas biscuit mix.
Xmas Biscuit Mix

18 malt biscuits (crushed)
15 marshmallows (chopped)
4 ozs glace cherries (chopped)
2 ozs whole ginger (chopped)
2 ozs walnuts (chopped)
2 ozs raisins
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
½ tin cond[ensed] milk

Mix all tog[ether]
Form into rolls and roll in coconut
Slice as needed

Keeps indefinitely in fridge.



Previous posts in this A-Z series

Hannah's Recipes A-Z challenge

This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin

26 April 2019

Walnuts

These recipes are in my mother's handwriting and are housed in a battered, blue plastic folder. They are transcribed here as part of the A-Z Challenge 2019. Each day in April a new letter of the alphabet and accompanying recipes are posted.

Orange and Walnut slice

Fresh walnuts from the tree in our yard were valued and carefully cracked trying to avoid splitting the walnut halves. The emptied halves too were tools for imaginative play - stuffed with a little cotton wool for a fairiy's bed or a gumnut baby. I suspect broken walnuts were used in this recipe and in later years those purchased in packets.

Orange and walnut slice

Orange and Walnut Slice

1 pkt Marie Biscuits (crushed)
4 ozs Butter
⅓ cup condensed milk
½ cup walnuts
Grated orange rind

Melt butter & cond. milk and pour over dry ingredients

Mix well and press into biscuit tray

Ice with icing sugar and orange juice

Previous posts in this A-Z series

Hannah's Recipes A-Z challenge

This post first appeared on earlieryears.blogspot.com by CRGalvin