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Thelma Ruby HEAD

Thelma Ruby HEAD

Female 1908 - 1970  (61 years)

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  • Name Thelma Ruby HEAD  [1
    Born 13 Sep 1908  Kingston SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes
    • «b»Thelma Ruby Head«/b» b. 13/9/1908 at Kingston S.A.

      Married: M. K. (Kenneth) Thyer of Angaston.

      Occupation; Farmer.

      Retired to: Nuriootpa, S.A. from Eden Valley,

      Death: Thelma died at Adelaide Aged 62 years in 1970.

      History: Contributed by her daughter. Jill Hadley .

      "Thelma Ruby Head was the second of three girls born to Edwin and Mary Christina Head (nee McLean) on September 13, 1909. The first few years in Kingston, South East, were happy and carefree but this did not last. Edwin died in 1919 of the great in epidemic contracted through the kind act of bringing the doctor to the town. Tragedy struck again a few years later when the youngest daughter, Jean, died from a haemorrhage.

      Young Thelma was at this time attending Naracoorte High School which was fairly unusual for a young girl who normally would have left school to help her widowed mother provide family support. But Thelma had won a scholarship and so every day travelled the long distance back and forth by train.

      1925 saw Thelma boarding at a girls' hostel in Adelaide whilst attending Teachers College. Her older sister, Eileen, was working in Alice Springs and her mother had by this time remarried William Doyle of Kingston.

      Thelma's teaching appointment at the tender age of 18 was to a small one teacher school on the West Coast of South Australia. It took her a while to become adjusted to living in cramped conditions with a family in the wattle and daub structure they called home. Going to the outdoor loo was a hazardous adventure with redbacks under the toilet seat and elsewhere. However, Thelma loved the freedom and autonomy of being able to close the school for the local race day or of
      being able to take the children on an all day picnic, even though she was required to sign all official correspondence with "l am, Your obedient servant.."

      Other teaching appointments included Norton Summit where she lived in the local hotel and became friendly with young Tom Playford and then to Angaston in the Barossa Valley. However, it was the appointment to the small Eden Valley school that was her undoing! There she met the redheaded sportsman and farmer, Ken Thyer. She was attracted by his energy and dashing style and proceeded in due course to marry him. Their five year engagement saw Ken building their home on the property taken over from his parents. Sheep were the main asset on this relatively small but highly productive holding.

      As the years went by, three children were born - David, Bruce and Jill. Their mother insisted that they should be well educated and all went on to complete Tertiary courses.

      Thelma did not really like life on the land and chose not to work much outside the house. She became very involved in community and school activities and was very well liked and respected. Unfortunately ill health dogged her life and finally she succumbed to heart disease in 1973.

      Although this was more than twenty years ago, Thelma is still remembered with great fondness by family and friends for her free thinking spirit. her sense of fun and life, and for her green eyes."
    Residence Eden Valley SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Nuriootpa SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1970  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I-2376  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the elder) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 29 Jun 2020 

    Father Edwin Henry HEAD,   b. 00 Apr 1899, Middlesborough UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919, Melbourne Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years) 
    Relationship -776 
    Mother Mary Christina MCLEAN,   b. 18 May 1879, Kingston SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship -776 
    Married 1906  Robe SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F-776  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family M. K. (Kenneth) THYER 
     1. DH T
     2. C T
     3. LB T
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2013 20:08:00 
    Family ID F-784  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    0191 - Thelma Ruby Thyer, nee Head - c1911.jpg
    0191 - Thelma Ruby Thyer, nee Head - c1911.jpg
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    5041 - Thelma Ruby Head & M K Kenneth Thyer
    5041 - Thelma Ruby Head & M K Kenneth Thyer
    Descendants of Hugh the elder - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, 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-75] BDM SA, 31 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      MARRIAGE:1906, RegNO;226/580 groom;HEAD Edwin and bride, Mary Christina MCLEAN at Robe SA
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