Sunday, 5 June 2011

A Family Reunion

 Last week the bloke and I took ourselves off to the city to attend a reunion.
The descendants of my greatgrandparents, John and Mary McCann.
Aren't they a fine looking couple, they don't look very pleased with themselves.
As born and bred Irish you'd think they would be enjoying the Craic.
John found his way to Australia as a transported convict and married his Mary here, he died quite young of pneumonia and left Mary with 7 young children to raise.

There was a lovely service in the Chapel at the East Perth Pioneer Cemetary followed by the chance to cast white roses over the grave, I'd never seen the grave before and it was quite moving to meet so many distant relatives as we all stood around our ancestor's remains.

The best bit tho' was catching up with my cousins, here I am with Mas, having a laugh about how much we both look like Mary. It's enough to make us diet!
Here's more of the gang of cousins including my brother and sister, what fun we all had as children.
High days and holidays saw us all together.
Our mothers were four sisters who were all close.
I'm making sure my grandies know their cousins now.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Sue...I love family history...I know some McCanns...I wonder if they're related? Dzintra

Lizzie said...

Definitely related to Mary, the pair of you, but at least you know how to smile! I guess she wouldn't have had that much to laugh about though..

Maria said...

Can definately see the likeness to Mary but boy Cory looks like John.

BubzRugz said...

How wonderful to all get together and celebrate your history in Aus...

Needled Mom said...

What a fun event. I love seeing the older photos because everyone always had to look so stern.

Allie said...

What a neat thing to know your ancestors - and to have pictures and even know where they're buried! I love being with family, I wish my boys knew their cousins better. None of them live close, or are close in age. Seems like when my grandmother died, all the family get-togethers did too.

webbsway said...

O my Sue !
You two look like sisters! That is pretty amazing. Did you find out IF she loves to sew as well???

That proved to be a very interesting get together. I used to always fuss at our family that we all should get together for something besides a funeral.Good for you guys! : )

Bev C said...

Hello Sue,

Oh family get togethers are great, You realsie how much more alike cousins are. Love looking at Cemetary's. Glad you got together.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

oh you and Mary do look so alike. Family reunions are great huh, especially as we get older ...