Her Father and her brothers were the Jillett Bros. Their stories have been told, but as this is a story of the Outback, some notes from her grandfather's Jillett Bible are shared.
It would seem that she lived with her parents while Claude was at War. Why two records of the same name? perhaps one should have said Catherine Isabella Jillett, her mother.
Claude and Katie had another child, Claude Dalgleish Annesley born 18th July, 1921.
But in 1922 a year later, Claude was certainly living at Gunnewin. In fact he was before the courts, for killing his neighbour’s calf! As the following newspaper articles describe. The Queensland government also undertook some works on the bore on his land as per their archives.
File - public works undertaken
Mt. Hutton Annesley bore
Series ID: 14043Works Carried Out by the Public Estate Improvement Branch
Queensland State Archives Item ID66990, File - public works undertaken
Circa 01/01/1922 c 31/12/1922
“Valerie was left with some friends of Claude’s the Hansen’s, who were a droving family and he left for New Zealand. She did not have much formal education”
Valerie was apparently not living with them at all, and around 1930 she made contact with the family. Valerie in her letters to her mother was unaware of her two half brothers.
What has happened in the past remains there. Stories can be uncovered, discoveries made, but trying to remove what has happened is impossible.
Ellen Dumergue Jennings married one Rev James Henry Sedgwick on 24th October 1881 in Hangchow, in the Cheh-Kiang province of China.
At some time young Valerie was sent to live with her Aunt Eileen in Bulimba, where Eileen was living with her husband Reginald Judd, and her daughter Eileen Mary.
It appears that Valerie went to school in Brisbane, and she often wrote letters to her mother
A letter from Valerie Annesley to her mum
I am getting on all right at school. I am in first redbook. I hope you and boy are getting on all right. I would like to come home again to you. Have you still got Black and the cats and have you still got my pony. I liked those things you sent me for my birthday. My hair grew long and aunty cut it off again. When she cut it she put a saucepan over my head. Aunty said that she was going to send my saddle back to you soon because it is getting spoilt down here. When I come back home I can teach Dal his abc and I would like to know how old Dal is. Can he walk properly yet. Bisy said that he would like to see Dal Bisy asked me if Dal could ride a horse yet. I came top of the class last exam Our teacher went away not very long ago and we got a new teacher I like the other teacher the best. I am often wondering how Dal and you are getting on and if that old tree beside our hut is still there and if you have got a horse on those blocks beside the road in that paddock where we had a little garden, where we had the pumpkins and corn grew have you still got that little garden beside the cow-yard and have you still got the pigs. Aunty has got a lovely yard down here and she has a lovely house and aunty had electric light. Aunty says that I am a great help in the house she said that I could be a great help to you. Edith is a real nice little baby and aunty made her a lovely little dress and it is real pretty when it is on her. Not very long ago we went to the exhibition and I went on the merry-go-round and then we saw some monkeys and we gave them chocolate and then we had some thing to drink and then we went home. I hope you are all well. Your loving Val
Gunnewin Roma 27th May 1924
My dear Valerie
I am sending you a small present for your birthday, you will be 9 years old on Monday the 2nd of June, and mummie wishes you many happy returns for your birthday. I hope you will learn all you can at school and then you can come back to boy and mummie, but I would like you to stay a little bit longer. Your little taffey pony is very fat and fresh, I am keeping her for you.
With best love from Boy and Mother
(Katie wrote this letter to Valerie in 1924, and there is no mention that she has another child at that time, James was born in 1923)
Samuel James Herron - Katie's Life Partner
Wilfred Patrick Herron married Gweneth Joan Bauer on 27th August 1955, in Barolin St Methodist Church at Bundaberg at 12.30pm. Gweneth was the daughter of Clive Bauer and Mabel Tasker.
Jo-Anne Gweneth Joan Bauer, was born 8/10/1936 at The Lady Chelmsford Hospital Bundaberg. She changed her name from Gweneth Joan Herron to Jo-Anne Herron
She died of a cerebral haemorrhage - ruptured aneurysm
Wilfred (Wilf) entered the Military Services with the Aust Imperial Forces 9th March 1946 - 30th June 1947 Interim Army 1st July 1947 - 2nd April 1948
His Service Number is QX500170
The total period he served was 756 days
Active Service Australia 254 days
Active Service overseas 491 days (British Commonwealth Occupation Forces - Japan)
Discharged Date 2nd April 1948
Military service Between 9th March 1946 - 2nd April 1948 - Aust Imperial Forces, BCOF (Japan)
Wilf had an interesting life in regards to school and work.
From 1933 to 1935 he attended Horseshoe Lagoon State School at Roma with his two brothers. They lived at Orallo, Roma
From 1935 - 1937 he attended Salisbury State School in Brisbane and lived at Keats St Moorooka
From 1938 to 1940 he attended Tansy School and Manumbur.
He worked in various locations including
1943 - 45 South Brisbane Tobacco Co, Stanley St South Brisbane and lived at Salisbury
1946 - 48 Army
1948 - 51 Fencing Contractor at Roma
1952 - 53 Fencing Contractor at Alpha
1954 - 57 Canecutter at Bundaberg and lived at Burnett Heads
1957 - 58 Bundaberg Harbour Board and lived at MS 108 North Bundaberg
1959 Sullivan Tug Co as a deckhand in Bundaberg
1959 - 61 Tugmaster at Bowen Constructions
1961 - 62 Tugmaster and Crane driver Mc Donald Constructions
1962 - 76 Cane Harvesting Contractor Mackay and lived at 10 High St, Mackay
1976 - 82 Pete's Nut Products at Walkerston, Mackay
1983 - 84 Wormald (Part time) and lived at 6 Pugsley St Walkerston
1984 - 85 Evans Avenue
The Jillett Brothers - Their daily diary notes in 1879.
1st May, With Tasman, started from Greendale for Isisford - also Henric to Ravensbourne, Lavern Hills, Thornleigh, Smith Lagoon, Albilbah, Tolundilly Creek, Isis Downs *8376 sheep), Thornleigh Creek, Isisford, Abington, Alice Downs, Blackwall, Northampton, Enniskillen, Greendale.
1st January 1887: 13 September 1888, he went from Tambo by coach to Charleville, then a train to Roma, Brisbane to Sydney by steamer “SS Kubota” and steamer to Melbourne.
15th November, 1888, Mother (Mary Ann Jillett), Fran and Amy and Arthur started from Melbourne to Launceston in “”SS Flinders”, caught the mail train to Hobart and were met by father (Thomas) and Uncle Shone.
14th January, 1889, Left Hobart on train for Launceston. Caught the “SS Paten” at Launceston. Arrived in Melbourne 15th January. Left Melbourne “SS Rondo” 19th January. Jarvis Bay towed by steamer “Kim” “SS Behr” towed them to Sydney. Left Sydney on “Behr” to Brisbane, 28th January, Maryborough to Rockhampton, left by train to Alpha, by buggy to Tambo. Alfred came for me in the buggy 8th February 1888.
26 March 1889: With Tasman and 10624 wethers for Cassilis and Tom. Enniskillen, Northhampton, Blackall Reserve, Home Creek, Patrick Creek, Alice Reserve, Barcaldine Reserve. Wire from Alfred to return to Greendale with the sheep as they had rain. 18th April 1889 Lagoon Creek, Patrick Creek, Blackboy Creek, Home Station Creek, Alice Downs, Skeleton Creek, Blackall Reserve, Northhampton, Greendale with 10264 sheep.
11 June 1889: Greendale: With Tom, started for Cassilis with 5 horses. Northhampton, Alice Downs, Home Creek, Barcaldine, Stainburn Downs, Aramac, Muttaburra, Lerida, Katandra, Mills Creek, Sesbania. Cassilis on 24th June 1889. Edward camped out lambmarking at Cassilis.
31st August 1891: Left Cassilis for Melbourne. Richmond Downs, Hughenden by coach, Townsville by train, Sydney by Leura, train to Melbourne, “SS Flora” to Hobart
19th October 1891: Phoebe (wife) Alfred and I (Arthur) to Richmond with Tom. Coach to Hughenden, Townsville. Left in “Arrawatta” for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne 3rd November 1891.
On 10th March 1892 he married Phoebe Broadribb (a cousin on the Shone side). However, 2 months later a Phoebe of the same name marries William Thomas Francis Moore on 21 May 1892. Further research shows that there were two ladies of the same name. The other Phoebe who married William Moore, her a father William and her mother is Elizabeth Curry. Our Phoebe's mother is Emma but both Emmas have the same father William Broadribb.
In 1896 Arthur was busy in Melbourne. He was the master of the hunt, leading the hounds when Lord Richard Nevill, the ADC to the Governor was thrown from his horse and injured.
Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, 4 March 1895