Visiting South Australia 25th – 28th October with John and Chris Parry (Branch 4)

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25th Oct. I went to Bendigo in Victoria and slept in the caravan for the first time. I had the opportunity to see the Wedding Dress Display from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London but declined. Not my thing at all!!!

26th Oct. I travelled to South Australia with the Parry’s. We slept in the caravan in a parking bay on the border. Once I got used to the dark and all the stars it reminded me of my time at sea. The stars of course are different to the ones I used to navigate by in Devon. Here there is the Southern Cross which in on the Australian flag and found in the southern sky.

27th Oct. It is getting quite hot here. 29 degrees Celsius today. I wish I had brought some shorts and a short sleeve top as my woolen clothes are very uncomfortable.

28th Oct. I met a Branch 4 cousin Patrick and went to school with him. It was strange watching him play Australian rules football and lunch time.

 

Visiting Brian and Pam Hall – Branch 1, and the Braund Reunion

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Having dinner of cod with Janet (branch 6), Chris (branch 2) and Pam Hall (branch 1)

In the car on the trip From Ballarat to Echuca

With Brian Hall at Echuca

Having dinner at the reunion with Brian Hall, Julie Braund Bond and Keith Bond, Dorothy Braund Honeychurch, her daughter Claire and Husband Ray Honeychurch. The Echuca Braunds (branch 1)

With the New Zealand Braunds, Hector Davis Braund and his daughter Marg (branch 8 )

With all the Braunds at Braund Bend Park on the Murray River, named after first settlers Lewis and Isaac Braund (branch 1) from Black Torrington

Just a small snack on the paddle steamer Canberra on the Murray River, Echuca

Teaching Claire and Kay Honeychurch (branch 1) how to steer a paddle steamer

A delicious passionfruit ice cream

Checking out the heirloom quilt by Chris Braund Parry of South Australia (branch 4)

Cutting the reunion cake with the oldest attendee Hector Davis (branch 8 ) New Zealand and the youngest, Kaye Honeychurch (branch 1) Bendigo

Visiting the Braund family grave at Echuca Cemetery, resting place of Lewis Braund, his wife Sarah Ann (nee Scriven), his brother Isaac, their son James Robert Braund and his wife Edith Ellen (nee Morris) and their son Frederick Lewis Braund

I was led astray by the young Braund girls, Clare and Kaye Honeychurch who took me to the wrong side of the tracks in Echuca. I was rescued before things got out of hand, but did enjoy a glass or two, for medicinal purposes only.