Mainly family

Bit of a glitch on the local railway though.


As well as showing the derailed coal train that excellent photo from the Mercury shows the single track leading to the Clifton/Scarborough tunnel and the proximity of the wonderful new road bridge, built because the road kept falling into the water…

My Dad would have been ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD today!


That’s him in the centre in the suit some time in the early 1970s.

My twin cousins Robert and James Heard (born 1954) are on his right. On his left my mother Jean (1911-1996), my Aunt Fay (d. October 2011) and her husband, my Uncle Neil (b. 1924).

In front is my Aunt Beth (d. 2007). On her right my cousin Janine, on her left Lloyd – children of Neil and Fay.

Not in this group are Roy and Kay, about whom I am especially thinking this week.


CHRISTISON, Roy Hampton 5/11/1927 – 21/11/2011 Loving husband of Kay. Devoted father and father-in- law of Russell and Tinna, Linda, Heather, Bruce and Fahima, Julie and Kingsley. Proud Grandad of Timothy, Mathew, Sarah, Shareena, Zain, Kasmira, Deen, Aadam and Raihanna. Loving brother and brother-in-law of Eric and Gwen (both dec), Jean and Jeff (both dec), Beth and Bob (both dec), Keith and Ruth (both dec), Neil and Fay (dec). 54 years and 11 months of marriage, 5 wonderful children, in-laws loved like our own, 9 dear grandchildren. Gentleman Roy will be forever missed. "That’s the story of love." ROY’S family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held at Sutherland Uniting Church, cnr. Flora and Merton Streets, Sutherland on Monday 28th November, 2011 at 1.00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Prostate Cancer Foundation or Calvary Health Care would be appreciated. 


My cousin Joan’s wedding. Uncle Roy is on the right edge.

Naturally then I have also been thinking about the Christisons. See also: Scans worth preserving–2: re Sophia Jane Christison 1858-1952; Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes; Family matters and Family stories 2 — About the Christisons.


Roy Christison Senior 1886-1963


I have found such treasures through the National Library of Australia’s TROVE! Some samples.

Note the eyepatch on my grandfather Roy Sr above.


SMH 1899




John is all over the papers in the 1880s! Try especially the Maitland Mercury!


July 1887





And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A cousin has resurfaced too.


Ray Christison doesn’t look quite like this now, but then I don’t actually recall him looking like this then! Winking smile