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CUMPSTON REUNION CANBERRA 2011

COME  ONE  COME   ALL TO THE

CUMPSTON  COMSTON  CUMPSTONE  CUMPSON

(there are over forty variations of the name)

REUNION  IN CANBERRA

ON

7th   8th and  9th   JANUARY  2011

Inspired by Glenys Marriott of Bishopdale UK we propose to hold a reunion in Canberra on 7th  8th and 9th  January 2011 for all who have an interest in their Cumpston lineage.

 

Glenys who shares a grandfather with John Howard Lidgett Cumpston (19/6/1880 – 9/10/1954) has developed a comprehensive website www.cumpston.org.uk and has recently completed a book on the Cumpstons of Hull.  No matter where you live be it Australia, NZ, UK or USA etc, all are welcome.As you are not all known to us please pass on this information to anyone who may have an interest in this event.

The details have yet to be finalised but as we establish contact with those who would like to attend further information will be provided.  Please contact us either by email:   [email protected]   Or by post to Maeva Galloway PO Box 9 Deakin West ACT 2600.  With best wishes from the Canberra connection, Maeva Galloway, Margaret Spencer and Margaret Bourke.

My Australian relatives  most generously offered to arrange a CUMPSTON reunion.  Their invitation was open to all Cumpston [and variants] descendants, from all over the world.

 

 

Newsletter No.2  1st March 2010

 

We are delighted that Glenys Marriott will be joining us from the UK with her husband Ray.  Glenys is the author of this website and has recently completed a book on the Cumpstons of Hull.

Last month we mentioned the 2 family lines from Hull.  These descend through George William and Samuel Bolton whose father came to Australia in 1852.  There is a 3rd also well documented (mainly WA?) line.  This group comes from Barton and Brough in Westmorland.

 

This month we have had contact with descendants of Samuel Bolton Cumpston.  It’s a small world … just by chance, one of his descendants found himself playing football in the Philippines with a George William descendant he had not previously met.

 

Contact us Please use our email address [email protected]  or ring Maeva Galloway on 02-6282 6565. 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: Margaret Spencer, Maeva Galloway and Margaret  Bourke (all 3 are Canberra Cumpstons from the George William line).

 

 

 

Newsletter No.3  1st April 2010      

   

The programme again:                                                                                  

Friday evening 7 January – spit roast by the lake                                             Saturday morning 8 January – official reunion and lunch

Sunday 9 January  - breakfast  and farewell  

 

Because of the Christmas holidays we must finalise catering arrangements by early December.  So the last date by which we can accept confirmation of your attendance is 30 November 2010.  Be assured we will keep costs to a minimum.

Canberra is home to a wide range of National Institutions, from the Australian War Memorial through to the National Portrait Gallery.  Other places of interest are the National Botanic Gardens, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Cultural Institute, CSIRO Discovery Centre and the Australian Institute of Sport.   The Walter Burley Griffin symmetrical design Plan can appreciated from the Mt Ainslie lookout.

We recently made contact with a member of the Crompton family whose family tree has been traced back to 1510.  Now we are looking for any possible links.  

Contact us Please use our email address [email protected]  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).

 

 

 

Newsletter No.4                 1st May 2010    

Friday evening 7 January – spit roast by the lake                                                                  Saturday  8 January – official reunion and lunch

Saturday evening – dinner at a (Chinese?) restaurant

Sunday 9 January  - breakfast  and farewell  

 

DNA PROJECT

 

In 2008 Glenys started a DNA Study to try and sort out the various Cumpston Lines. Read more about it.  We need male CUMPSTONs to take the test to start the project.  Please consider registering.

Video Conferencing.  One of the Cumpston Family who lives in the USA has suggested we try to arrange videoconferencing for those who will not be able to join us in Canberra.  So we will investigate this possibility and will keep you informed.

 Contact us  Please use our email address [email protected]  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.   You can also google “Cumpston Reunion” or check out Cumpston

C-U-M-P-S-T-O-N on Facebook

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).

Newsletter No.6    1st July 2010          

 

We thought it would be nice to have an occasional mini-biography. We hope that the one below will encourage you to submit one. ( read more here) John Howard Lidgett Cumpston   1880-1954.  Many of the attendees at our reunion will be direct descendants of JHL Cumpston.  He was responsible for bringing the Health Department to Canberra when the Commonwealth Government moved here in 1927.  His professional career is well documented and he was much admired for his competence and passion for issues in the wider field of public health.  He had exceedingly high work and ethical standards and was regarded by some as a stern and uncompromising boss.

 

But it is the personal side which is of interest here.  Howard was devoted to his wife, Gladys Maeva, who was the sister of a fellow medical student.  He met the 16 year old Gladys on a visit to her family in Tasmania, determining then that he would marry her.  A courtship by correspondence continued for several years until Howard completed his studies and obtained a position as Medical Officer in Western Australia.  He proposed to Gladys in Ireland and they married in Perth in 1908 – the start of a long and fruitful marriage and an enduring love affair.

For career purposes Howard returned to Melbourne in 1911 and thence to Canberra.  Most of the family came too, except for the oldest boys who studied in Melbourne.  There were seven children:  John, Bruce, Alan, Margaret, Mary, Amy and Maeva.

Please use our email address [email protected]e.com.au  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).

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 [email protected]  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).

 

 

 

 

Newsletter No.9

Thanks to all those who have signed up.  We are attaching 1stNovember 2010 the programme form again for those who are yet to do so.

 

We look forward to meeting those we have not seen for years and some we have not met before.  It should be a fun time.  There  will be  directions in the December newsletter for locating the

picnic site on Friday evening and the meeting site on Saturday morning.

       

The tourist activities have been scheduled to show off Canberra to our international visitors, Glenys and Ray Marriott.  But all are welcome. 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.  Please add your name in the details section.

 

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                                                           Family news

 

There have been many additions to the family tree since the previous one  was prepared and printed.  So the reunion will be an excellent opportunity to bring the tree up to date so that future generations can trace their forebears.

 

Most of the information we have of the past is hearsay and we are sure that there are many more stories to be told.  It would be appreciated if more contributions of stories, dates and locations were brought to the reunion to add to the picture.

 

And thanks to Jill Bray for correcting our error – Samuel Cumpston died in 1929.

 

Please use our email address [email protected]  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.

 

 

 

FINALUPDATE FOR THE REUNION NO 10

 

Thanks to all those who have signed up.    We will be happy to welcome any of the undecided contingent.

We  hope that you will let us know that you are coming – but this is

primarily for catering purposes – we are rather expecting to do a loaves/fishes production at the last minute                                                  

Friday night  … byo picnic at the lakeside … An informal rendez-vous

 

Saturday 10am… we meet at the Woden Senior Citizens Club                           cnr Corinna Street and Hindmarsh Drive, Woden.  The day will include speakers from the various family branches, photo opps,  Lunch and time to meet and greet acquaintances old and new.  Please bring  any photos and memorabilia of interest.  

 

Saturday evening dinner and Sunday brunch are optional but an opportunity to catch up with everyone.     The tourist activities (listed on the attached form) have been scheduled to show off Canberra to our UK visitors, Glenys and Ray Marriott.  But all are welcome.

                                                       Family news.  We have found the Halls and the Rosiers!!!    Due to some dogged and persistent digging by Maeva, we have tracked  descendants of Ann Easter (Hall) and Jane Foster (Rosier).  These are the 2 elder sisters of George William and Samuel Bolton Cumpston.   They were both born in the UK prior to the family’s departure to Australia.  These 4 lines are the surviving children of nine born to George Lidgett and Ann Bolton.

 

It is interesting to note that Ann Easter Hall married her sister Jane’s widower and that her children took the surname Rosier for a time.

Please use our email address [email protected]  or mail  PO Box 9, Deakin West ACT 2600.  Maeva’s phone number is 06 - 6282 6565.  

 

 

52 Cumpstons arrived for the Reunion.  See the photos here.

I visited (Dora) Margaret Spencer in the Canberra Hospital on 5th January 2011, and she died the following day 6th January, on the eve of the Cumpston reunion.

I was able to give her a copy of my book, taken specially to be launched in Canberra, to which she contributed.