Pioneering spirit celebrated at family reunion
A REUNION of the descendants of Frank and Emma England was held on March 24, at the Cricket Hall Maryborough.
Frank and Emma England migrated to Australia from Wiltshire, UK, in 1883 as a young married couple.
Shortly after arriving in the new country, the first of their five sons was born.
They settled in Maryborough and set about making a new life for themselves and their ever-growing family.
Tragedy struck in May 1896 when 35-year-old Frank suffered a fall while working on the construction of the Maryborough Sugar Mill and died 17 days later.
Their youngest son, Frank Jnr, was only three weeks old.
Emma was faced with the prospect of raising her five boys, the eldest of whom was just 13, by herself, with no family of her own on this side of the world. To support her family, Emma travelled to Brisbane to train as a midwife, leaving her boys in the care of Frank's family and friends. Emma became a well known and respected midwife in Maryborough - and the family's legacy lives on in the region.
About 50 people attended the reunion from as far afield as Cairns, Townsville, Gladstone, Biloela, Brisbane, the South Burnett and the Sunshine Coast. The reunion was organised by Carolyn, Brett and Mike England - great grandchildren of Frank and Emma.
Brett and Mike England presented photos and timelines, explaining the history of the England family back to the earliest traceable ancestor who was born about 1610.
Representatives from four of Frank and Emma's five sons conducted presentations on their lives and families.