Cumpston Reunion January 7th – 9th 2011 Canberra Australia
The programme: Newsletter No.9
It is time for your commitment. 1st October 2010
We are attaching a program form which we ask you to complete and return to us to assist in the planning. We need to book the caterer for the Saturday lunch and these arrangements have to be made well before the Christmas break. An indication of your interest in our additional tourist activities
would also be appreciated.
We have set up a Cumpston Reunion bank account and ask that you deposit $25 for each adult and child over 10 years of age.
William George Cumpston
William George, son of George Lidgett and Ann Bolton Cumpston, was born on 28 May 1852 and died as a result of a fractured skull after being hit by a motorbike in Melbourne in November 1931. During his early years the family lived at Emerald Hill, now South Melbourne. As there was no state education, he attended the Wesleyan Church school leaving when he was nearly 16 to take a job as a clerk.
Meeting through the Methodist Church, George William married Elizabeth Newman on 29 May 1876 when he was working as a warehouseman and Elizabeth as a teacher. In 1882 the family moved to Box Hill and some happy years ensued. George was then a commercial traveller for Sargood’s and traveled continuously all over Victoria and the Riverina.
The happy years came to an end when George lost his position at Sargoods after the Victorian land boom and crash of the 1890’s. George had mortgaged his house to speculate and lost everything. Eventually George “honourably managed to pay his creditors in full” They had 5 children of whom only three survived, Amy, John Howard Lidgett and Annie.
Please use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to PO Box 9, Deakin West ACT 2600. And please pass this information on to any family members we have missed. We are gradually expanding our email contact list and all additions are welcome.
All the best from The Canberra Connection: Dora Margaret Spencer, Maeva Galloway and Margaret Bourke (all 3 are Canberra Cumpstons from the George William line).