I’ve spoken before about how our home came to be built, here. Originally owned by Fredrick Goleby, and given to his daughter, Mrs A M Johnson. What gets me really excited about our home, is it’s history. Yesterday I got lost in the treasure of information available on Trove. Mr Fredrick Goleby was a very well know Ipswich identity, however I have struggled to find information about his Daughter and Son in Law. Yesterday I did find, that Mrs A M Johnson was quite the socialite and a very well traveled one at that. I also went on to find a few loose ‘connections’ or at least little bits of information that I will hold onto as connections to these former owners of our home.
Mr and Mrs A M Johnson, were married in March 1913, and honeymooned at the spectacular “Morven” located at Sandgate. I grew up in Redcliffe, had my first job at Sandgate, and call all of that area home.
At the time of their honeymoon, Morven was owned by Mr McConnel of Cressbrook, and was later sold to the Catholic church, is still stands today in the grounds of St Patrick’s College. Some of the McConnel family still reside on the family property at Cressbrook, and in my previous life as pharmacy assistant, this family were clients of mine. Our older sons regularly play school rugby and cricket at St Patrick’s College.
Mrs A M Johnson, was widely traveled, she gave talks at the local Ipswich church groups to relay tales of her time spent in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The family holidayed frequently at their holiday home at Southport.
This is about where my knowledge runs out. I so must make an appointment with the history section of the library to find out more. In the mean time, I can sit in our beautiful Pen Y Llechwedd and dream about the days gone by.
Have you ever used Trove? Does your home have a history?