What a lovely name I thought, oblivious to the irony. I feel sure there is an aura that enfolds me as I meander cemeteries. I don't choose grave-markers; they seem to seek me out, and insist upon being heard.
Gwendolyn Harvey Lovely was the daughter of William Harvey Chapman Lovely and Florence E. M. Lovely. At the time of their infant daughter's death, WHC was 29 and FEM was 36. They lived in Randwick which was a very swish suburb of that era. Gwendolyn had been born in Woollahra. WHC was a mining engineer. They were not poor!
Gwendolyn died on 16th April. Her mother sailed to Singapore on the 'Stettin' on 28th May. By herself. In May 1903, Florence, alone again, sailed to London on the 'Australasian'. I can find no trace of her again after this.
WHC moved around the Southern Highlands of NSW for the next ten or so years. I pick him up again in 1919 living with Trixie Linelle Whiteman Lovely in Winton, Queensland. WHC and Trixie have 6 children. WHC died in 1956 in Brisbane, at the age of 84.
There are at least three Family Trees in Ancestry.com which include WHC Lovely. Not one mentions Florence. Not one mentions Gwendolyn. I wonder if it was so painful, that he was forced for his own peace of mind, to erase it from his conscious memory.
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