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This page shares family news items. It continues the function of the printed Family Links newsletters
produced every four months between February 2006 and February 2019 - still available at Newsletters
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Note that this list includes everyone in the Roy-Royes tree and the Roy misc. and Royes misc. collections. See Trees and Branches.

Birthdays for 17 Nov 2019
William Robinson - 1787 (232 years ago.)
Matthew Copeland - 1832 (187 years ago.)
Joseph Olive - 1843 (176 years ago.)
John George Corbett Cover - 1873 (146 years ago.)

Deaths for 17 Nov 2019
Aelfthryth - 1000 (1019 years ago.)
John Cover - 1837 (182 years ago.)
Henry Thornhill Hayball - 1882 (137 years ago.)
Mary Isabel McLeish - 1955 (64 years ago.)

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Events from the past 12 months

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]

March 2019
Beverley Cameron enjoyed several celebrations of her 80th birthday from family, church, Waverton Hub community and friends.
[daughter-in-law of Maurie Roy]
February 2019
Nathan Vogler has begun a dual degree in Commerce and IT at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane - staying at Emmanuel College.
[great grandson of Maurie Roy]
Ezekiel (Zeke) Kaleb Gaul born this month to Rachael (Hardie) and Kaleb Gaul. First great grandchild of David and Marcia (Claxton) Harris.
[3G nephew of May Royes]
December 2018
Sam Roy graduated with 2nd class honours in Software Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
[great grandson of Maurie Roy]

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The final newsletter
Posted 22 Jan 2019

Family Links 40 (Feb 2019) was the last of the published newsletters. Which is the reason for this page being created. In this digital age let's continue the sharing of news and photos on this page.

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Rosemary Chalmers tree on line
Posted 14 Oct 2019

Rosemary Chalmers (Palmerston, NT) comes from the Myles-Russell side of the Roy-Russell line - She has now posted her tree on the web at
[Robert Henry Gordon Myles (who died in Beenleigh, QLD in 1991) is the 2C1R of Maurie Roy]

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.

Ashley Behrens
Posted 23 Jan 2019

Proud dad Stuart shares a photo of his daughter Ashley, born in the Philippines but now a resident of the USA.
[Stuart is 2C1R of Maurie Roy]

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

Family members and floods
Posted 5 Feb 2019

Townsville, North Queensland, has a population of 178,000 and an annual rainfall of 1143mm (45 inches) over 91 days. In February 2019, over 1 metre (39.37 inches) of rain fell in 7 days creating massive flooding. There are about 21 living people in our database linked to Townsville - though some may have moved away.

Following the Townsville deluge most of the area west of Townsville to the Northern Territory border and the lower Gulf of Carpentaria was also inundated. This is an area larger than most European countries. This is beef cattle country and thousands of cattle drowned or starved. We also have family members in this area.

10 Aug 2019: Floodwaters that crippled North Queensland's cattle industry have turned the Channel Country further downstream into a landscape of dramatic contrasts.
While some are experiencing the best season in decades, neighbouring properties not touched by the floodwaters are still gripped by drought.
The scale of water that's moved across the landscape is mind-boggling, with the Channel Country receiving twice as much water as Townsville when it flooded. The huge flows have torn up banks but also left rich silt deposits.

26 Aug 2019: In February, about 600,000 cattle were killed by catastrophic flooding across north Queensland’s Carpentaria Gulf plains.
The flood waters rose suddenly, forming a wall of water up to 70km wide. Record depths were reached along 500km (311 miles) of the Flinders River, submerging 25,000 square kilometres (9,653 square miles) of country. Cattle were stranded. Many drowned.

One Family with Six Living Generations
Posted 25 Jan 2019

Can anyone match this? Until his death at the age of 103 a few days ago, Donald Cask Kirk of Utah was the patriarch of a family with 6 living generations. He had 7 children (with several of them still living), 37 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren, 36 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Donald Cask Kirk’s obituary may be found at:

Thanks to newsletter reader W David Samuelsen for sharing this story.

Published in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

United in death
Posted 30 Mar 2019

A mixed marriage - he was Protestant and she was Catholic. She is buried in consecrated ground but he was not allowed to be buried with her. But they were still united in death!