Sarah Alice Giffin (c 1865-1942)

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The death occurred at her residence Ainsdale Manildra on Tuesday May 5, of Mrs Sarah Alice Giffin, wife of Alexander Giffin.

The late Mrs Giffin was a native of Sydney, and was 77 years of age.

She came to this district over 40 years ago, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. She was the possessor of a charitable nature, and her bright and cheery disposition endeared her to everyone who made her acquaintance.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Misses Eileen and Enid Giffin (both of Manildra). A sister, Miss Ada Giffin, survives her, and three sons predecease her.
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Keith Lyle Giffin (c 1898-1915)

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OBITUARY  MR K. L. GIFFIN  23 April 1915

On Tuesday evening last a gloom was cast over Manildra, when the news became known of the tragic death of Keith Lyle Giffin, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Alex Giffin, Ainsdale Manildra.

It appears that the young fellow was engaged in ploughing his father’s farm when the horses became unmanageable and started off, with the result that Keith was thrown between the beams of the plough.

The accident was witnessed by the unfortunate lad’s mother and sister, and when assistance arrived it was found that he was dead.

Keith, who was in his seventeenth year, was a fine specimen of an Australian youth, and his cheery affable disposition made him a favourite with all he came in contact.

Wide and genuine sympathy is expressed for his parents in their irreparable loss.
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Keith Lyle Giffin (c1898 -1915)

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On Wednesday the Coroner (Mr Kinna) held an inquest at the residence of Mr Alexander Giffin. Touching on the death of Keith Lyle Giffin, his son, when the following evidence was adduced:

At about 5.30pm yesterday afternoon I was informed by Richard Frogley that Keith Giffin had met with an accident. I visited Mr Giffin’s wheat paddock at once, and found the body alongside a plough. After an examination, I considered life extinct. There were several slight abrasions on the face, but no deep wounds. I examined the body, but there were no marks of external violence. When removing the body to his father’s house, from the way the head moved I concluded his neck was broken. The body was fully clothed. I have known the deceased for over nine years; his habits were very steady and he bore an excellent character. Read the rest of this entry »

Hilton Giffin ( – 1924)

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OBITUARY  MR H. GIFFIN  2 August 1924

Hilton (Johnnie) Giffin, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Alex Giffin of Ainsdale Manildra, quietly passed away in his sleep early on Wednesday morning, July 30.

His period of illness was a lengthy one, marked by much suffering, but borne throughout with the cheerfulness and fortitude that was characteristic. After returning home from the Coast Hospital some weeks ago, a temporary improvement became apparent, that gave promise of hopeful results. Unfortunately, an attack of bronchial trouble recently developed which, combined with the serious nature of the existing heart affection, made such inroads on a constitution already weakened by a continuous and lengthy suffering, that no vital force was left to continue the struggle.

Unremitting and devoted care throughout the trying ordeal was given by Nurse Eileen Giffin (his sister), and Percy was in constant attendance and did all that the highest medical skill could possibly prescribe.

The late “Johnnie” Giffin, as he was familiarly known among all the young boys of the district, was one of the most popular and best liked lads of Manildra. His bright and cheery disposition endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. The youthful manhood of the district feel today that a link of happy memories has been snapped, in the passing hence of a well loved comrade at the early age of seventeen years.

The pupils of the local Public School lined the route to the church, and some of the senior boys paid a last tribute to the memory of an “old boy” of the school by marching at the head of the procession. Messrs E. Fuller, E. Wilcox, H. Frogley and W. Ward, old school mates of the deceased acted as pall bearers.

We join the whole district in expressing our sincere sympathy to all the sorrowing relatives.
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Geoffrey St John Giffin (c 1901-1963)

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OBITUARY  MR G. ST. J. GIFFIN  27 September 1963

A lifelong and esteemed resident, Geoffrey St John Giffin, aged 62 years, died at Orange Base Hospital on Saturday August 24, after several months’ illness.

Mr Giffin was born at Manildra, son of the late Mr and Mrs Alexander Giffin, a pioneering family of this district.

He was known throughout the west as a commission agent and farmer, and was an active member of Manildra P. & A. Association. He was a foundation member of the Bowling Club

The late Mr Giffin is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Jean Frogley, whose family were one of the oldest in the district, two sons John and Ian (Manildra) and one daughter Helen (Mrs Ray Thompson, Bass Hill, Sydney). There are also four grandchildren.
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