Stories of our families are like blossoms. Some are beautiful stories full of life. Others are not so beautiful, like spent blossoms. Some are just buds as we try to find more information about them. Other stories may be like the loose stones under the tree-not related to the family at all.
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Frank Charles Laws 1876-1955
This newsletter is published with kind permission of Ann Doughty and Helen Butler
grownupat KangarooPointandprobably went to the NormalSchool.He served his time
in grocery and hardware(as apprentice )and foralarge part ofhis working
life he worked atBarry & Roberts in Brisbane.Helived all
his life in the Brisbane area.
MargaretRobb,knownto all the familyasAuntyMaggie.Shewasveryproudof her
Scotsancestry.Shewas a livelytalkative, and cheerful character, while Uncle Frank was quieterand more
serious in manner.Theywerea very devoted couple all
their lives, butthey had no children. AuntyMaggie’s
brother lived with them
1914 -15 they lived in Edith St, Wynnum.Their nephew Frank Goodall Laws visited
them there when as a boy he had a holiday in Brisbane with the Langhams.They probably
lived at Wynnumuntil about 1921, when theywere at
39 Mornington St, Red Hill. Here
they lived all the rest of theirlives.
Wood remembers when her family used to visit them there, going
Saturday evenings to play cards.She also
remembers their pet dog,which they both loved.
was put off
at Barry & Roberts when staff had
to be reduced. He was then
about 54 years old
andwould have been
working there close
on 40 years.
However, length of service was not considered. Menwith no childrendependantswere the ones put offfirst.He was, however, presented with an engraved gold watch, and this hewore proudly for the rest ofhislife.There was no superannuation,and relief payment was onlyone pound per week, so
being "put off"was a realhardship.Frank never
again managed to get a job.
the 1940's,his nephew Frank
moved to live in Brisbane, and he and his
family often used
to visit Uncle Frank
and Aunty Maggie during the week-ends. Uncle Frank
used to smoke a pipe a great deal
of the time and had
his little vegetable garden, even though
the site was very steep and difficult. Aunty Maggie
did excellent fancy work and crochet.She was ‘nota well
woman' for many
years,as she had an irregular heart. The
children used to enjoy the visit, for these two werereal
characters, most kindly and entertaining too.There were always lots
of cookies and they wouldallplay bobs and
other games. Then
there was the mysterious close roomof treasures, whichAunty
called "Bluebeard’s Room".
Laws diedin 1955, and Maggie
the following year. The remains of both these dear kindlypeople
are at Mt Thompson Cemetery.