The Cornishman & Cornish Telegraph, Wednesday, March 23, 1921 Page 5

“Mr James Richards of Pleasant Row, St Just received on Monday the sad news of the death of Mrs Lavia [sic] Margaret Veal, widow of the late John Veal, which took place at the residence of her son-in-law Mr S Trezise, Brown Hill, West Australia on January 11th at the advanced age of 92 years.  The deceased lady formerly lived at Bollowall, St Just, Cornwall.  She went many years ago to Australia and took up her residence at Thorne St, California Gully.  She became closely connected with the California Hill Methodist Church and was held in high esteem by everyone.  She leaves a family of two sons and three daughters, one of whom is Mrs Almond Richards of California Gully, sister in law of Mr Jas. Richards, mentioned above.  The daughters are Mrs Simon Trezise and Miss Margaret Veal of West Australia.”

Lavinia my second great aunt, sister of Grace Leggo (nee Trezise http://wp.me/p2JDmR-1p) and James Trezise (http://wp.me/p2JDmR-1O) was the subject of a family story I submitted to the Trezise One Name Group:-

LAVINIA MARGARET MITCHELL TREZISE born1830 Boscarne, St Buryan, Cornwall the daughter of John Trezise & Margaret Mitchell married John Veal in February 1850 at St Just, Cornwall.  John, a miner/farmer of 10 acres in the Village of Bolowall predeceased Lavinia in 1887 leaving a personal estate of £151/17/8.   With most of her children, mother and siblings already in Australia, at 60 years of age Lavinia left the shores of England for the last time.

7 June 1889: Arrived Hobson’s Bay, Australia with daughters and their families; weather pleasant throughout the voyage.  Clearing immigration boarded the train for Melbourne where sons awaited to take the weary travellers to Bendigo.

1903: Kalgoorlie has water.  House in Thorpe St, California Gully vacated.  Simon Trezise (son-in-law) established in Brown Hill, WA.  Another journey to the Kalgoorlie goldfields with daughters Ellen and her children, Lavinia (known as Margaret) and granddaughter Ellen Thomas commences.

1918:  Railway line between Port Augusta, SA and Kalgoorlie, WA completed October 1917; a visit from daughter Gertrude Richards who arrives on the Transcontinental Express.  Grandson Victor accompanies Gertrude on her return to Bendigo.

Lavinia’s death notice appeared in The Argus, a Melbourne based newspaper, Wednesday 19 January 1921.

“VEAL – On the 11th January 1921 at Brown Hill, Kalgoorlie, WA Lavinia Margaret Veal born St. Just, Cornwall, and relict of the late John Veal, who predeceased her 36 years ago at St. Just, Cornwall, England; mother of John, James, Thomas (deceased), Gertrude (Mrs Richards), Grace (Mrs Thomas, deceased), Benjamin (deceased), Margaret and Ellen (Mrs S Trezise), aged 90 years and 6 months.  Three of her grandchildren were members of the A.I.F. and some of them won distinctions in the Great War to her great joy and pride.  Safe in the arms of Jesus.”

Grace Andrews remembered Lavinia a year later –

Forget you, No dear grandma

For memories loving chain

Will always link you round our hearts

Until we meet again

Lavinia and John were the proud parents of eight children all born in St Just, Cornwall.

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