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Kenneth Charles (Chas or Wonky) ASHBY

Kenneth Charles (Chas or Wonky) ASHBY

Male 1920 - 2014  (93 years)

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  • Name Kenneth Charles (Chas or Wonky) ASHBY  [1
    Nickname Chas, Wonky 
    Born 21 Sep 1920  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • The BRB has the place of birth as Kongorong whereas Dianne Facey has it as Mt Gambier which is about 25 kilometers away.
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Kenneth Charles Ashby «/b»(nickname - "Chas." as a child "Wonky"), born 21/9/1920 at Kongorong.

      Occupation: Farmer of Mt Gambler, S.A., now retired.

      Married: «b»Melba Blackmore«/b» (b. 5/10/1922).

      Chas worked for Livingston's on the Pines before and after his marriage to Melba. He was also expected to help out on the family farm if need be. After his marriage the couple lived with Melba's parents.

      He joined the army at Christmas 1941 and was in Australia for three and a half years During this time son Peter and daughter Judy were born. The last six months Chas served in Borneo. First in Brunei and then on Labuan Island. He was on the island when the war ended.

      On his return he went back working for Livingston's until they built their own house on a farm bought from Melba's parents. Brian and Mignonne were born after they moved to the Kongorong property

      Chas and Melba sold the farm in 1977 and retired to Mount Gambler where Chas spends time with his wood turning hobby in between time travelling to visit their children and grandchildren

      Children...........:
    Military Service 1942 to 1945  Borneo Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Army 
    • Brunei and Labuan
    Occupation Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Residence Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1995  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 13 Aug 2014  Mt Gambier SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I-4666  Christina and Donald McLean | Archibald McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2018 

    Father James Edward ASHBY,   b. 30 Nov 1889, Tantanoola SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1967, Port MacDonnell Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Mother Maria Mabel MCLEAN,   b. 27 Oct 1891, Beulah Vic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1981, Allendale SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship -1485 
    Married 2 Dec 1914  Kongorong SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-1485  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family M B 
    Children 
     1. KP A
     2. JE A
     3. BJ A
     4. ME A
    Last Modified 10 Dec 2013 05:08:00 
    Family ID F-1525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Stories At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-148] Dianne Facey - ID 4624 - further evidence welcome, Worksheet 29 on 3rd March 2018 - inputted by Don Gordon on 9th March 2018.
      Details provided by Dianne are held in the records of the C&D McLean Committee. These records are accessible via 'Contact us' on the homepage and will eventually be available at the Strathalbyn NTSA.