Before you jump to conclusions, although it is a wonderful cause, I am not raising money for world hunger...but someone else did.
|Uncle Archie, 1930s.|
[Source: Personal Collection]
My Great Great Uncle Archie Mackay was born in Bowraville, New South Wales on March 28th, 1901 to Alexander Mackay and Elizabeth Gill. He was their only son and grew up with four sisters - Alice, Eva, Lottie and Lizzie. His mother Elizabeth sadly passed away giving birth to Lizzie. Archie was four years old at the time.
On March 20th, 1929, he married Sylvia Grace Kelsey.
Let's pause for a moment, because while Great Great Uncle Archie is, well, exactly that, Sylvia is my 1st Cousin 2x Removed. Yep.
No, Archie and Sylvia are not related. But they are both related to me!
Archie's sister Eva was my Great Grandmother. She married James Albert Dyer. One of James' sisters was Sarah Matilda Dyer - my Great Great Aunt. Sarah married James Kelsey. Have you figured out what comes next? Bingo! Sarah and James Kelsey are Sylvia's parents.
Basically, Archie was my Nanna's Uncle on her mother Eva's side, while Sylvia was her first cousin on her father James' side. So her cousin became her Aunt. My Nanna was actually one of Sylvia's bridesmaids too.
You gotta love small towns. Everyone in Bowraville is connected somehow.
Anyway, back to the original story.
Archie and Sylvia celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 1989. Sadly, Sylvia passed away two months short of their 61st Anniversary, in January of 1990. Fast forward to March 28th, 1991. Uncle Archie's 90th Birthday! What did Uncle Archie want for his birthday? I'll let you read the article below. Please note - this is not the whole article. I am not publishing the full version as there are living people mentioned.
|Published in the Nambucca Guardian News, June 5th, 1991|
|Uncle Archie cutting the cake at his 90th|
Nambucca Guardian News, June 5th, 1991