Edith's brother, Louis Samuel Blackledge had already arrived in Brisbane Queensland Australia having left Liverpool on 25th February 1910 on the SS Essex. Perhaps he encouraged the family to come for a better life. So when the Armitsteads accompanied by Edith's mother, brothers Herbert and Ernest and her sister Elsie arrived in Sydney on the 6th February 1911 they needed to get to Queensland to join Louis.
The next record we have of the Armitsteads is when Dorothy Florence is born is Mackay, Queensland on March 24 1911. Perhaps they travelled steerage to Mackay on a coastal service as I have not found a record of their travel to Mackay yet. At that time Mackay did not have a port so the ship would be offshore and passengers were transferred by sling onto the small craft to take them to land. Can you imagine a 7 month pregnant woman enjoying the sling?
|Jack, Edith and daughter Dorothy Florence|
|Jack, Edith, Dorothy Florence, and baby Elsie Kathleen|
In May 1914 Rene Helen arrived to make it a joyous time for the family.
By 1917 it was time for a holiday at Redcliffe.
|Edith with Rene and Dorothy and her mother in the background at Redcliffe|
|Dorothy & Rene|
Then in October 1917
at last, a son, John Harley Leeson
( known as Harley)
was welcomed to the family. Doesn't he look like he's going to be a tough character? By the way he's holding the hammer he probably isn't going to be a carpenter.
The family enjoyed picnics at local creeks and this started a family tradition as we all like picnics even to this day.
|Dorothy, Harley and Rene about 1920 on a picnic at Deuchars Creek|
|Rene, Harley and Dorothy at Deuchars Creek about 1920|
|Rene & Dorothy with family friends Allan and Ethel Durante at the Washpool|
|Rene, Dorothy, Aunt Elsie and Harley|
when Edith died leaving Jack with 3 children under 10.
Fortunately Edith's mother and sister Elsie came to
Jack's rescue and helped look after the children for some time.
The Etheridges, family friends, purchased a Buick and all got aboard for a Sunday outing. What a treat that was.
In July 1922 Jack married Florence Janet Gillie in Sydney and they welcomed a daughter Elizabeth in April 1923.
|Florrie, Rene, Harley and Dorothy 1922|
|Harley, Betty, Dorothy and Rene 1923|
|Dorothy, Harley and Rene perhaps near Stanthorpe|
|Harley, Jack & Betty 1927|
|Armitstead with Durantes, about 1928|
By 1930 the children were growing up and Florrie's brother Ken Gillie and his family lived in Sydney so the Armitsteads drove to Sydney for a visit and no visit would be complete without a visit to the beach and Taronga Park Zoo.
|Betty at the beach-possibly Cronulla|
|Elephant ride at Taronga Zoo|
|Harley, Jack, Dorothy and Betty in Sydney 1935|