Thomson – Frogley Marriage

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Molong Express 6-2-1934

St. Luke’s Church of England was a bower of flowers on Thursday, 28 December 1933, when Esme Thetis, youngest daughter of Mr R. Frogley and the late Mrs Frogley of Manildra, married Duncan Neil, youngest son of Mrs E. Thomson of Halley, Mosman and the late S.H. Thomson.

The bride was attended by Gladys Frogley [sister of the bride] and Mr Cliff Thomson.
For further information see Manildra Memories folder at Manildra Library

Kenneth Rubie

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Capture in Greece, April 1941
Winter’s morning – snow – 2nd 4th Australian Battalion stopped march in Florina Valley on a ridge and told to dig in.  Ten in my section, one mortar, one bren gun, rifles – sent furthest to the left in most forward line.  During night, patrols heard sounds of enemy digging in.  Morning still snowing, brought ding dong artillery duel over heads.  Headquarters caught it.  Afternoon quiet, could see hordes of enemy approaching from shelter – out of rifle range.  Discovered our section was only one left, so that we started crawling back up hill and down into ravine.

As cautiously as possible next day tried to get back to unit although could not catch up with any of our soldiers.  Resting and having meal behind rock when suddenly German officer and his section surrounded us.  German planes had been overhead all that day.  Some interrogation – useless – then marched back about three miles to find big German Camp.  We were utterly shocked as none of us had ever imagined being captured.  There had been nine of us, mostly farmers from New South Wales, though the baby of the battalion, Ray Berthelson, came from Paddington, Sydney, only 18 years.  Angel Gabriel, also Sydney factory worker, and Dave Neal, good little chap from Sydney.  More interrogation – useless.  Well seasoned soldiers who had been across North Africa to Ben Ghazi would not talk.  Burial party next day – our own dead.  Starvation diet.  Men weakening but pushed along.  Marched back gathering more and more prisoners through Northern Greece into Yugoslavia, from one German camp to the next.  In Belgrade, for propaganda purposes, Germans marched us through the city, but it fell flat as there was more pity than enmity.  Put into cattle trucks, one tin of bully beef among three.  No conveniences – 46 to a truck – men with dysentery etc.  Stopped once in four days and threw an Aussie who had died out of my truck.  Through Budapest – then through Vienna in these trucks.  Thrown into barracks at Marburg, more dead than alive. Read the rest of this entry »

Rubie – Frogley wedding

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Molong Express 19-3-1904

Our Garra correspondent reports:  a very pretty and interesting wedding was solemnised in St. Andrew’s Church on Wednesday last week, when Mr A. Rubie (youngest son of the late Mr John Rubie of Garra) and Miss E. Frogley (youngest and only single daughter of Mr R. Frogley, senr. and also of Garra) were joined together in holy wedlock.  The Rev. Canon Alldis performed the ceremony in the presence of a large circle of friends of the Bride and Bridegroom, the church being artistically decorated with floral arch and wedding bell, flowers and other emblems of good wishes, in honour of the event.

The Bride, who was given away by her father, gracefully attired in cream-figured silk beautifully shirred and trimmed with lace, and with a veil and wreath of orange blossoms, the wearer looked the ideal Bride.  The bridesmaids were four in number viz, Miss Ada Burgess, Miss Kate Burgess, Miss Laura Frogley and Miss Vera Frogley, all of whom wore white muslin dresses, lace trimmings, blue sashes and white Leghorn hats.  The Bridegroom was attended by his nephew, Mr E. Willmott as best man. Read the rest of this entry »

Gladys Newlove Lawler

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Molong Express 12-12-1936

Ice blue velvet with a silver girdle and shoes to tone were worn by Miss Gladys Frogley when she married on Wednesday afternoon at St. Luke’s to Mr Cecil Lawler, twin son of Mr and Mrs Lawler of Bangalow.

The bride, who is the third daughter of Mr R. Frogley and the late Mrs Frogley, chose a Juliet cap and blue cut tulle veil to wear with her bridal gown, and she carried a bouquet of red Dorothy Perkins roses.  As a contrast the matron-of-honour, Mrs Neil Thomson [Esme, sister of the bride] chose floral flat crepe with tulle headdress and silver shoes; she carried a bouquet of pink carnations and blue delphiniums.  Her little niece Helen Giffin, dressed in a pretty frock of pink silk net with a tulle headdress and a basket of baby roses, acted as flower girl.  The bride’s brother-in-law, Mr Geoff Giffin acted as best man to the groom.
For further information see Manildra Memories folder at Manildra Library

Murray family

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Stanley married Madge Rothery, and they had one daughter, Muriel, and one son, Milton, who still carries out the same operation on the land of his ancestors, only with more modern and larger machinery and assistance of greater technical knowledge.

Milton married Ella Warne, and they have four sons and one daughter.  Through his son he has, hopefully, launched the next one hundred years of the Murrays on the Mandagery Creek. Read the rest of this entry »