...do YOUR families link back to first South Australian wheat growers?
Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1916 - 2003 (86 years)
||Ailsa Crawford CONGDON  |
||24 Dec 1916
||Kilkenny SA 
||no source-likely FM ie a verbal family memory
|Remembering life at the Mile End railyards: Every night, without fail, Ailsa Pocock's father used to watch Australia's longest train, the Melbourne Express, shuffle past his front gate. |
One of Adelaide's longest serving station masters, James Congdon, had a fascination for trains even an eight-hour, exhausting shift would not diminish.
"Dad would get home about 6pm, and he would always, whatever happened, walk out to watch the Melbourne go by", Mrs Pocock said.
"He had seen the Melbourne in station, inspect its brakes and come home for tea ... But at 7pm, he always went to the front gate."
Mr Congdon, who died in 1960, lived in one of the railway cottages, which were demolished in 1995, for some 20 years.
He served as station master at the Mile End railyards for 19 years, and a road in the Mile End redevelopment is named after him.
Mrs Pocock, who lives at Marion, also lived in the cottage with her family for three years as a teenager before she was married.
Although is was only a short stay, from 1934-1937, she fondly remembers the lively rail-yards - the continual stream of noisy trains, trolleys and the unloading and stacking of goods.
The family home was wedged between railway tracks, with a rail line only 'yards' from her back door. Mrs Pocock recalled catching the passenger train into town to go to school.
"We used to see the train signal go off (from the house) and of course we were running late, and we used to shoot out the front to cross the railway tracks be the time the train came," she said.
(source: Which newspaper, what date?)
||1 Nov 2003
||Pasadena SA 
- Brighton (St Judes ) Cemetery Adelaide SA
||Christina and Donald McLean
||19 Mar 2021 |
- [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, my heritage (with a log in), 23 Feb 2021 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Ailsa Crawford Pocock (born Congdon) Birth Dec 24 1916 Kilkenny SA Marriage to: Charles Miell Pocock on Apr 14 1937 at Adelaide SA Ailsa Crawford Congdon's Death Nov 1 2003 SA Burial Pasadena Mitcham City SA
- [S-115] CEMETERY Billion Graves American based information, billion graves, 23 May 2021 Lorna McLean Researcher.
Margaret Elizabeth Congdon Died: 12 Jan 1955 Grave site information of Margaret Elizabeth Congdon (Died: 12 Jan 1955) at Brighton (Saint Jude) Cemetery in Adelaide,
- [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, my heritage (with a log in), 23 May 2021 Lorna McLean Researcher.
James Thomas Percival Congdon Birth Nov 19 1888 Thebarton SA
FIRST Marriage 1912 Mary Crawford Thom Aug 21 1912 Hindmarsh SA
SECOND Marriage 1932 Eva May McLean June 25 1932 Adelaide SA
- [S-75] BDM SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 12 Mar 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
Ailsa Crawford Pocock (born Congdon)Birth Dec 24 1916 Kilkenny South Australia
Marriage to: Charles Miell Pocock Apr 14 1937 Adelaide, South Australia