THE GLYNN FAMILY

The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

                 Letter 6.
Subject: Howieson Alice Mary - Kalgoorlie W.A.
Date: Monday, March 31, 2003 5:30 PM
 
From: "Mike Howieson" <mmhowieson@bigpond.com>
To: <christine@cbrak.co.nz>
Christine,
I have just stumbled upon your website noting details of Alice Mary Howieson....and I notice the site carries a date of April 2001. You said you would like to hear more and maybe you may have visited the area since 2001......in case you still have an interest in the matter here goes-
My name is Mike Howieson, I now live in Perth, am aged 65 years and am a nephew of the Alice Howieson to whom you refer. Alice was the second child of John and Alice (Snr) Howieson (nee Gannon). John Howieson was a Railway Station Master of some seniority around Western Australia and died aged 59 years in the late 1920's. Three of their four children, including Alice, became schoolteachers. My father (Thomas) was the youngest of the family, and a teacher also.
Alice married very late in life to Paddy Glynn who was a miner on the Lake View and Star mine at Kalgoorlie. Alice had been a teacher at the Eastern Goldfields High School at the time. Paddy Glynn was an Irishman, I think somewhat older than Alice, but I do recall that Alice's relatives (including my own parents) never quite came to terms with the marriage. Of course there were no children from the marriage....presumably because of their relatively advanced years.
I recall that I was sent to Kalgoorlie as a young child in the mid 1940's for a holiday with Tod and Paddy. It is noteworthy that I never ever heard her called anything but Tod and I remember asking my father on more than one occasion why she was called Tod but I don't recall ever having been given a satisfactory answer. I also often wondered why I was sent on that 'holiday'...after all I was only 8 or 9 years of age....and I had an older brother and a younger sister. However it was a great adventure, all day and all night on the train, and Tod and Paddy were great to stay with, and Kalgoorlie was a city of some magnitude at that time with trams and trains shifting hundreds of miners seemingly all day...people everywhere to my young eyes. As things settled down after the war there was more contact with the family and we seemed to see more of the Glynns during the fifties even though they continued to live in their house in Collins Street, Kalgoorlie, after Paddy had retired from his work.
After Paddy's demise Tod sold the Kalgoorlie house and bought a 'retirement residence' in Perth. Her sister Barbara was also widowed about the same time. She lived in Perth so they were able to 'support' each other without living in each others pockets. Tod played lawn bowls with a measure of enthusiasm during her retirement. Prior to her marriage she was an avid traveler and she traveled more than once to Ceylon. Ceylon in the thirties was an easy place to get to from Freemantle as most shipping sailed on the Empire routes, Sydney/Freemantle/Colombo/Bombay/Aden and so on. I do remember that she and a female companion were in Berlin when war was declared in 1939. She spoke about that on a few occasions and it certainly would have been interesting times liberally laced with harrowing moments. She was, of course, able to get to London and ultimately home to Australia before the conflict began in earnest. 
I do hope that the foregoing may provide a little insight into the life of Alice Howieson. Perhaps the moment for all of this may have passed by now but if it has not then I would be pleased to hear how you lighted upon the name of Alice Howieson. I would also be pleased to fill in any more details if you wished. 
Kind regards, Mike Howieson
 

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