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A moment from Grace’s memoir

A passage from my great grandmother Grace Charlotte (Hess) Saal’s (1900-1996) memoir ‘My Life’ describes the day her father passed away.  After an accident Grace’s father slowly became weaker until one day he became gravely ill. The doctor was called and told his wife that he would pass away within eight hours.  A neighbor rode... Continue Reading →

Hold my hand Kimmy

The following is an imagined story about my mother and her Grandfather Gus Hooper. I was inspired by a photograph of them at the beach together, taken the year he died (1958). The photo has such character with Gus unashamedly posing in his swimsuit with Kim squealing with joy at the beach. I also incorporated... Continue Reading →

The mystery girl

For years I wondered who the girl on the right hand side of this photo was. There sits my great great Grandfather William Henry Archer (1841-1920), his wife standing is Catherine Carmichael Grayson (1873-1968) and their little son whom they affectionately called ‘Bon’, also called William Henry Archer (1903-1966). I recently discovered the girl seated on... Continue Reading →

Biography of my 3rd Great Grandfather – Michael Alzano

The following is my submitted Biography for my first assignment for the  University of Tasmania’s Diploma of Family History - module Introduction to Family History.  Michael William Frederick Alzano (1829-1901) was born in Pressburg, Hungary (present day Bratislava, Slovakia) around the 31st March, 1829.[1]   His father, Augustine was Italian (possibly from the Alzano Lombardo region),... Continue Reading →

Hold Your Eyebrows!

Hi and welcome to my new blog! I have named it “Hold Your Eyebrows” in memory of my Grandpa and Grandma Archer. Instead of saying “wait a minute or the common “Hold your horses”, it was “Hold your eyebrows”! Stay tuned for some family stories and memories including submitted pieces written for my University of Tasmania Diploma studies. Cheers,... Continue Reading →

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