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Birthdays for 25 May 2020
Leonard John Spencer - 1840 (180 years ago.)
Eliza Roy - 1862 (158 years ago.)
John Royes Guild - 1888 (132 years ago.)
William Francis Crossley - 1919 (101 years ago.)

Deaths for 25 May 2020
Matilda Eleanor King - 1867 (153 years ago.)
John Bailey - 1877 (143 years ago.)
Gustav Adolphus Everett - 1913 (107 years ago.)
Albert Roy - 1935 (85 years ago.)

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Apr 2020
BOUNDY, STANLEY GORDON "GORDON" Late of Mareeba. Passed away peacefully Tuesday the 21st of April, 2020. Aged 89 Years. Husband of Robyn. Devoted Father & Father In-law of Desley & Bully, Glen & Janine. Loving Grandy of Ben, Tian & Chloe. Loved Brother and Brother In-law & Uncle of Norman, Colin, Hazel (Dec) and their families.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions a private family service has taken place. A Memorial service for Gordon will be held at a later date.
"Gone but never forgotten "

Two new Roy grandchildren: Louise (Roy) Lergesner welcomes Jung "Jack" Lergesner, born in Saigon to her son David and wife Thanth on 21 April (her birthday!). Peney (Roy) and Richard Cade welcomed grandson Angus Roy Cade on 9 March.

November 2019
Rebecca Roy has announced her engagement with Rick Evans.
[great niece of Maurie Roy]

August 2019
Ken Grumley married Myrel Villabrelle in the Philippines in August. A post-wedding celebration took place on 31st August in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.
[Ken is a nephew of May Royes]


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George Royes

Georgie Royes remembered by Bill Moody
Posted 23 Jul 2019

Thanks to Glenda (Weatherburn) Pollard [niece of May Royes] we have a transcript of a tape created by Bill Moody for Paddy Royes in which he remembers his close friendship with her husband and his cousin.
[George is a brother of May Royes].

Helen Royes Bourke

Bourke updates
Posted 15 Jul 2019

Thanks to Lee-Ann (Bourke) Brodrick [niece of May Royes] we have extended our information and added some photos of the Bourke-Royes alliance - where Helen Royes married Leo Bourke.
[Helen is a sister of May Royes]

Posted 1 May 2019

Thanks to Linda (Robinson) Harper [2C1R of Maurie Roy] we have been able to fill in details of the family of James Robinson (1921-1962), one of five children of Hugh David Robinson and Margaret "Maggie" Wiley [1C1R of Maurie Roy]. Maggie is a daughter of Hugh Wiley and Mary Russell. Mary migrated from Northern Ireland to the Cooktown area of Queensland in 1913 with her two youngest children to join her husband who had gone ahead of them. Maggie and other older siblings did not accompany their mother. Maggie married Hugh David Robinson in Belfast in 1917.

Royes Bell skilful feat
Posted 13 May 2019

Both Royes Bell and Charles Bravo are first cousins twice removed of May Royes
The Bravo case is described in this article: Charles Bravo death and inquest

Australian Bush Fires and Floods
Posted 9 Jan 2020

We replace the stories of massive floods in North Queenland in early 2019 with news of massive bush fires throughout Australia in summer 2019-2020. The photo shows the smoke haze in the heart of Sydney - this smoke was a severe health hazard for many. It reached as far as New Zealand! I am not aware of the names of family members affected by the fires but there a number of our families on grazing and farming properties or living in small towns that have been severely affected. Some native wild life have been decimated. The scale of the disaster has taken everyone by surprise and our federal government has been struggling to deal with it. See this Wikipedia entry here: 2019–20_Australian_bushfire_season.

Smoke from the bushfires that ravaged Australia in December and January continues to circle the globe almost four months after it was formed. Richard Querel, a scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said in a statement on 23 Apr 2020 it was remarkable to be able to track a smoke plume for more than 100 days.

DNA fills in a family tree
Posted 12 Feb 2020

Robin Young maintains a "sister site" (see About this site and The Hougham/Huffam Family Tree). He writes: "We have never known the identity of [wife] Jan's paternal grandfather. Her father never spoke about his childhood and if he knew who his father was, he never said. Jan's father's birth certificate just had a blank where name of father should have been declared and we were convinced we would never find out.
However just before Christmas encouraged by another family member, Jan took the plunge and submitted her DNA to . The results came back recently and it appears she has 275 relatives 4th cousin or closer including 1 x 1st cousin she knows about and 1 x 2nd cousin she had no knowledge of.
Via the email with this 2nd cousin we have been able to confirm that his grandfather one James Spilman lived in the same village as her grandmother. The only problem was he was married with a number of children. He eventually accumulated 10 legitimate children and buggered off to the US leaving them all.
So with the evidence of location and DNA Jan has gone in the course of about 2 days from just having 1 sister to goodness knows how many cousins from 10 half siblings from her fathers side.
Also, I too have done the DNA test and am pleased to say that my DNA can be traced back to Norway thus confirming the family legend that we came from Vikings.