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201 Magdalene, married to Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, to whom she had the late Sir William Maxwell of Monreith, Bart., Hamilton and Dunbar, and three daughters --
1. Catherine, married tn John Fordyee of Ayton.
2. Jane, married to his Grace Alexander, Duke of Gordon.
3. Eglinton, married to sir Thomas Wallace Dunlop, Bart. 
BLAIR, Magdalene (I8510)
202 Marjorie Rose Canobie’s Eulogy

Marjorie Rose Canobie was born on the November 27th 1921. As an only child, her early childhood and teen years were spent on the family farm in Gippsland with her parents Tom and Ruby Freeman. She loved the country life, particularly horse riding, and did all the usual country things, even setting rabbit traps to raise money to buy her first piano. As a schoolgirl, she showed her enthusiasm for animals when she rode her horse, and led a calf for three miles, to attend the local school pet show. She attended Sunday School and later became a member of ‘Young Farmers’. She began a lifelong love of music and completed all her London College of Music certificates.

At the age of eighteen she met a young man at the local Jindivick dance. Marj and Roly Canobie were married on March 22nd, 1941. Starting their married life in Jindivick, they had several moves over the years around Gippsland and ending in the Shepparton area in 1966. Their first child, Rosalie, joined the family in Jindivick in 1943. Allen, Ray and Max were all born after they moved to a property near Warragul, with Ian being born in 1960 at Narre Warren. Over the years the family has grown to include fifteen grandchildren and fourteen (and counting) great grandchildren.

Her love for music saw Marj play the organ at the local church from the age of sixteen, something she continued wherever she lived. She taught many local children to play the piano, as well as all five of her own children. Ray excelled with piano studies, and Max enjoyed playing the drums. She was particularly pleased to see many of her grandchildren continue her love of music. In contrast to her skills as an acclaimed classical pianist, Marj formed her own dance band called ‘The Timekeepers’. She played for fifteen years in the Gippsland area providing wonderful toe tapping music. During this time she was awarded a life membership of the Masonic Homes.

As a young mother, Marj took on the posts of President and Secretary of Narre Warren State School Council and Mothers’ Club, and was the First Brown Owl for the Narre Warren North Girl Guides.

Marj enjoyed her garden, her embroidery, cooking and knitting. Roly received a new jumper most years. Marj’s skills in painting are renowned amongst the family, with her children now admitting that Mum completed their art homework for them. Roly still treasures a painting of a West Jindivick scene that Marj painted in her early years.

As dairy farmers, Marj and Roly were very involved with the Ayrshire Cattle Society, and exhibited their cattle at shows around Australia. Marj was as interested in the cattle as Roly, accompanying him both interstate and overseas for cattle judging. They attended two World Ayrshire Cattle Conferences, making many friends. Marj received a life membership from the Shepparton Agricultural Show for her ongoing involvement and assistance.

During her middle years, ongoing illness eventually led to a diagnosis of coeliac disease. Monitoring her diet became necessary. This illness led Marj to discover that she had been adopted.

A few years ago a whole new chapter in her life began. She visited Warrnambool and uncovered details of her biological family history. The meeting with nieces in Surrey Hills created much excitement and joy for her. In recent years, meeting the children of her brother Ivan and sister Norma gave her great pleasure.

Marj and Roly retired into Shepparton in 1985, where she played and enjoyed carpet bowls. Their home for the past three years has been at the Shepparton Villages. They have been so fortunate to have developed such wonderful friendships with the residents and staff.

She was a lady with a great sense of humour who enjoyed a joke, she was always welcome company in the many groups that she was part of throughout her life. Marjorie will be sadly missed by all who loved and knew her.

Marj and Roly’s five children and their respective families have special memories of their Mother, Nan and Nanny. As I read out these qualities the grandchildren will come forward and place her favourite flower - a rose - with Marjorie.

The eldest child Rosalie and her husband Doug, and their families have memories of Nanny having a great interest and love of the family - always inquiring as to what members of the family were doing. She never missed a birthday - even telling Pop to send out birthday cards to great grandchildren in her last few days

Beverley, Ian and Robyn will pay their respects.

Allen and Margaret and their families recall Mum’s great hospitality to the many visitors that came to her home; in particular members of the Ayrshire Cattle Society from all over the world. There was always a cup of tea, a meal and many stayed overnight. The many friends, and of course family were always readily welcomed.

Julie, Kerry and Scott will pay their respects.

Ray and Dianne and their families recall Nan’s great love of music. The excitement of the band practices, singing rehearsals, and playing and singing with Ray. She loved music with a beat, particularly when her dance band played a Foxtrot. For Ray, music remained an unbroken common denominator in an unbreakable bond.

Michelle is absent today as she is expecting the arrival of a baby any time.
Brett will pay their respects.

Max and Sharyn and their family have memories of Nanny having a great love of animals, particularly horses, cats and of course cattle. They remember her ability to select a good cow and Marj’s involvement in selecting the cattle show teams, and the fact that she also judged at country shows.

Heath, Jack, Jaidyn, Deeana and Kallym will pay their respects.

Ian and Vicki and their sons recall how much Nanny loved her garden. Wherever she lived she created a wonderful haven of vibrant flowers, shrubs and vegetables. She was constantly propagating plants that she shared with family friends and neighbours. Whenever they see a beautiful garden or rose bushes in bloom they think of Nanny.

Rick and Cameron will pay their respects.


I was wondering whether the following could be said after the final blessing prior to the Recessional Music being played.

As today’s service concludes, we will hear a tune first released in the year Marj was born - 1921. The tune, which became an all time jazz classic was entitled, “Marjie” and often known as “I’m always thinking of you Marjie”. When her signature tune is played, you might like to join the family in thinking how Marj would have revelled in the chance to kick up her heels, sing and dance along.
Music gave her a zest for life. 
KING, Betty Irene (I1781)
203 Marriage ceremony performed by Elizabeth's brother Rev. John MCWILLIAM  Family F287
204 Marriage Certificate has birthplace as "Haddon"
Registration District was SAGO 
WILDING, Charles Henry (I292)
205 MARRIAGE: 5a 285 Family F1877
206 MARRIAGE: Enos was a widower. Witnesses were Josiah Moxham and Emily Thorne Family F1880
207 MARRIAGE: Parish Church. Witnesses were David Pearce and Elizabeth Green. John Clement signed his name.Jane made her mark. Family F1879
208 MARRIAGE: Ref 5a 297 Family F1888
209 MARRIAGE: Richmond Hill Congregational Church, Bournemouth. Witnesses were Reginald C Kellaway (family friend) and Stephen John Thomas (brother of Gwinyth Thomas) Family F1876
210 MARRIAGE: This marriage found on IGI and presumed to be this John Moxham as age fits Family F1917
211 Married a MCGREGOR? HARRISON, Ameila (I4268)
212 Married a HEARD? HARRISON, Adeline (I4270)
213 married and lived down near the beach someware - Iris WILDING, Jean (I3506)
214 Married by Rev. WENZEL Family F79
215 Married by the Rev. Josias Clugston. Family F172
216 Martha’s stepbrother, William Saunders (jnr.) (c1820-1876) was married on the 19 March 1841 at Geelong by the Rev. Andrew Love to Mary Booth (c1825-1870) . Mary was the daughter of William Booth and Eleanor Wilson who were married on 23 August 1824 at St. John's Church of England, Parramatta, New South Wales. William Booth (c1793-1861?) came from Sussex, England, and had been sentenced to seven years prison for larceny at Kent Quarter Sessions in April 1822 and transported to New South Wales in 1823 per "Henry". Eleanor Wilson (c1805-1871?) came from Dunbarton, Scotland. She had been sentenced to seven years prison for larceny at Newcastle upon-Tyne Assizes in July 1822 and transported to New South Wales in 1823 per "Lord Sidmouth.
Martha’s mother, Martha Saunders (nee Pulsford) died on 1 June 1851 at Timboon (now Camperdown) when Martha was only 10 years old. After a service at Christ Church, Geelong on 4 June was buried in the Saunders grave at the Eastern Cemetery, Geelong. The burial register describes her as, aged 51 years, and her husband as an overseer, of Timboon. Her burial is recorded as Martha SAUNDERS, not Steel. Also buried in the same site are William Saunders (d.25/6/1876), Mary Saunders, his wife (d.7/9/1870 aged 45), and James Saunders, William’s youngest brother (d.28/12/1844 aged 14). It is interesting to note that the memorial to Martha, which is shared with her son James, doesn’t indicate her surname (which was Steel at the time) but just states “MARTHA (mother of William and James). Died June 1st 1851 Aged 51 years”. Following Mary’s death in 1870, William Saunders remarried on 29 May 1872 to Fanny Mottram (c1840-1931), eldest daughter of Joseph Mottram (c1817-1892) of Point Henry and his wife Mary, nee Ward (c1816-1877). 
SAUNDERS, William Jr (I2036)
217 Mary, married to Sir John Sinclair, Bart., of Stevenston and Murkle, and had issue. BLAIR, Mary (I8515)
218 Memorial at U-116, Korumburra Cemetery, Victoria, Australia ADKINS, Lance Corporal Roland Edgar (I4534)
219 Memorial only. PALLETT, Charles Joseph (I7871)
220 Memories of Clytie KING

She worked at Herbert Adams Cake Shop in Liebig St - Warrnambool, then moved away - after meeting up with her nephew (Trevor O'KEEFE) in 1942, I discovered that she had moved to Nth Richmond to her sister Ivy and she worked in the city (Melb) at Sanitarium Health Food Shop, it may have been the one in the Cause-way Collins St. end?

As a small child I saw her frequently pedalling around on her old "bone shaker" bike with a small boy on the back (this was Trevor) Trevor had major surgery on one knee and for some time could not walk so Clytie attended to that by "dinking" him around. Looking back now I feel this was her way of covering up her loss of her babies.

She had treated Trevor as her own & he looked on her as his mum. He was never really close to his mother - "Zoe" as he was the middle child and I think perhaps the elder son "Rex" & the baby "Warren" were mothers favourites.

Trevor had quite a pleasant singing voice and Clytie encouraged him to sing at church etc. She also sang in the choir (Congregational - The Church of the Independent.) 
KING, Clytie Irene May . (I158)
221 Mentioned in the death notice of Florence SILK (nee WILSON) CROMPTON, Eleanor (I6585)
222 Need citation KING, John Walter (I3787)
223 Need citation MEADOWS, Elizabeth (I6049)
224 Need proof LEASENBURY, Ann (I7182)
225 Need proof LAMERTON, Charity . (I1766)
226 Need proof KING, Henry (I8271)
227 Need proof. KING, Joseph . (I941)
228 Needs a citation BRITTAIN, David (I2461)
229 Needs checking HAWES, Jane (I1690)
230 Needs citation HARRISON, Adeline (I4270)
231 Needs citation HARRISON, Ameila (I4268)
232 Needs Citation HARRISON, Rosie (I4267)
233 Needs citation HARRISON, Selina Ann (I4258)
234 Needs citations WOOD, Fanny Drury (I4862)
235 Needs confirmation PHILLIPS, Cordelia Mary (I5750)
236 Needs proof BLAIR, Brice (I7480)
237 Needs Proof FLETCHER, Sophia (I4433)
238 Needs Proof ADA, Willliam (I4436)
239 Needs Proof JEFFRES, Mary (I4437)
240 Needs Proof ADA, Thomas (I4438)
241 Needs Proof Rebecca (I4439)
242 Needs Proof ADA, Thomas (I4440)
243 Needs Proof RICHARDSON, Mary (I4441)
244 Needs proof BIRKETT, William (I3525)
245 Needs proof TAYLOR, Charlotte (I5438)
246 Needs proof BIRKETT, William (I3525)
247 Needs proof BURROW, Hannah (I3526)
248 Needs proof EBORN, Richard (I7164)
249 Needs proof McROBERTS, Elizabeth Agnes Crawford (I615)
250 Needs proof HAWES, Emanuel (I2114)

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