From Lyn Cosham, Tongala,VIC, daughter of Leslie Frederick Goldsmith
(1921-1988) and Gladys Maude King (1922) and granddaughter of Arthur
Leslie Goldsmith and Agnes Maude Voas
You never know what you will find when you look
for your ancestors. I wonder if anyone, at the time, knew that my great
grandfather, GEORGE RICHARD VOAS, left a wife and two children in Birmingham
when he emigrated to Australia in March 1886 at the age of 35. Why did
he leave? Well, he died of tuberculosis a few years after he arrived so,
quite possibly that was one reason.
STUDD was born on 23 December 1862 at Avoca, Victoria. Alice and George
were married on 16 July 1887 in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Their children were:
1. Alice Victoria Voas who was born 24 May 1888 and died on 10 November
of the same year, of pneumonia
2. Agnes Maud Voas, who was born on 2 February 1890 in California, according
to the family bible. She always said it was California USA, but it may
have been Victoria. As I canít find her birth recorded in Victoria,
she may be right. The family may have been visiting USA - her fatherís
parents and siblings had migrated there.
George died on Christmas Day 1890, the same year Agnes was born.
ALICE AMELIA VOAS remarried in 1892 to HENRY THOMPSON and had
1. Ernest Henry, born 1892 in Sunbury, Victoria
2. Lucy Alice, born 1894 in Lancefield, Victoria
Alice outlived both husbands and died on 12 January in Abbotsford. She
was attended by her grandson, Fred, and his fiancee, Gladys.
AGNES MAUD VOAS married ARTHUR LESLIE GOLDSMITH on 17 December
1912 at Abbotsford. They had four children:
1. Sylvia Maud, born 12 March 1915 at Clifton Hill
2. George Henry, 28 July 1916 at Clifton Hill, died 4 December 1978
3. Frederick Leslie, born 23 November 1921 at Collingwood (who recalled
visiting and staying with the Studd relations who lived Ďundergroundí),
died 19 September 1988.
Alice Thelma, born 26 may 1927 at Brighton
ERNEST HENRY THOMPSON married Cecilia Theresa Glancy. They
had three children:
1. Cecilia Alice, born 1918
2. Olive Kleen, born 1920
LUCY ALICE THOMPSON married William Hansen in 1912. They had
1. Myrtle Grace (Merle)
2. Jean, born 1918
4. Eric William
5. Norma Alice
Any further information would be most welcome.