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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Shaping up my Genealogy Research in 2018


Photographer Sandra Williamson, Watching as we navigate through uncharted territory in outback Australia,  June 2015 [It felt a little like researching family history]

I did a post entitled setting my blogging intentions for 2018 and then I realised when prompted by the January Genealogy Blog Party question “How are you going to “Shape up” your genealogy research this year?” that I should think more broadly about my genealogy goals – which I have now formulated and listed below

Participate in the following Blog Challenges
  1. 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow
  2. Sepia Saturday

Education
  1. Attend the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour - Friday 9 March – Monday 12 March 2018
  2. Continue to improve my skills in Family Legacy Tree

Memory Keeping
  1. Organise my mother’s photos into a scrapbook and add in stories [already begun up to 2nd album]
  2. Begin to write my mother’s life story

Continue to contribute to WikiTree on a regular basis [no less than once a fortnight]

Monday, 15 January 2018

Living through the generations - The Ring

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 3 (Jan 15-21): Longevity


Myrtle May Bassett married Lincoln James Todman on 21 Sep 1929 in Balaclava.[i]

Figure 1 Photographer Unknown, Wedding portrait of Lincoln and Myrtle Todman the day after their wedding. Location unknown possibly Caulfield or Balaclava, Victoria Australia, 22 September 1929, Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo Collection currently held by Sandra Williamson [B039]



The ring that Lincoln gave Myrtle on their wedding day had two round brilliant cut diamonds with a row on each shoulder of the setting of 3 small diamonds.[ii] Unfortunately Lincoln died in 1938 leaving his wife Myrtle with two young children.[iii] Although there is no clear picture of the ring an image does survive as part of a portrait of Myrtle in her wedding gown.

Figure 2 Photographer Unknown, Cropped depiction of Myrtle Todman’s hands to highlight her engagement ring, location unknown possibly Caulfield or Balaclava, Victoria Australia, 22 September 1929, Edited by Sandra Williamson [B049e-ring]

Next generation

When Myrtle’s daughter Judith married John Williamson in 1962 they did not have an engagement.[iv] Myrtle was upset to see that her daughter didn’t have an engagement ring, so she decided to give Judith the ring that her father had given to her when they were married. When Judith received the ring she had it reset as she explained, “I wanted something different and a bit more modern than my mother’s original ring design”.[v]
John had given Judy an industrial emerald-cut sapphire that had a small chip in one corner. Judy had two larger diamonds set either side of John’s sapphire, dispensing with the 6 smaller diamonds preferring a more streamlined design.

Figure 3 Photographer Lang Williamson, ring originally owned by Judith Williamson nee Todman, digital image, 2017, Sandra Williamson’s Personal Collection.[W148]

On learning that Judy had not incorporated all the diamonds in the ring she took the remaining diamonds and had an eternity ring designed on a thin band to sit beside Judy’s more modern engagement ring.
Figure 4 Photographer Jesse Page, Eternity ring, 14 January 2018 [w149]

Judy wore the engagement ring, the eternity ring and the wedding band as a set, even after John left her for his third wife in 1964.

The Third Generation

When Judy’s daughter Sandra turned 40 the ring was passed to her.

Sandra’s daughter is now impatiently waiting until she turns of age (40) so that she can be the wearer of the ring.

This post is part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge hosted by Amy Johnson Crow

Sources
[i] Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registrar of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia, 9531/1929.
[ii] Judy Williamson conversation with Sandra Williamson(author), Regis Frankston, 13 January 2018.
[iii] Death Certificate Lincoln James Todman, 11 June 1938, Registrar of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 15005/1938
[iv] Certificate of Marriage for John Palmer Williamson & Judith May Todman, (23 November 1962, Presbyterian Church Mentone.
[v] Interview of Judith Williamson with Sandra Williamson, Frankston, 13 January 2018