Young Nathan (second Christmas) and Grandfather Ray (many more Christmases)
December 2009 Edition 57 Jerrems Family Newsletter
Our Annual Christmas Pictorial
Dear Donald,
Merry Christmas to the Jerrems Family around the world.

Images from the 2009 Jerrems Journals and the annual report from Angie, our Guardian Angel.

Enjoy!

Header Image: Young Nathan (second Christmas) and Grandfather Ray (many more Christmases)

 




Greetings from Alexander Nicholl, Annie (Vincent's grandmother) and Donald (my grandfather) in the January Journal.
 




Ray's grandfather Edward Healy Smith (sitting) and Alf, his brother (killed in France). Ray's grandfather, with his trademark lantern jaw, is dressed in the uniform supplied to him as a member of B Company in the 13th Field Ambulance Unit. He also served in France in World War l.
 




UK's Ray LLoyd's Grandmother Elizabeth and her sister Alice, Daughters of Samuel Jerrams and Sarah Pritchard, (they were born at Kemeys Inferior, near Newport, Monmmouthsire, South Wales UK,) circa 1950, taken by a street photographer in Cardiff, South Wales.
 
Hi Donald

Jessica, the daughter of Brad and Anita (Anita is our daughter) met Santa Claus on 12th December at a Xmas Party organised by Jessica's Pre-School Kindergarten. Jessica looks happy to be photographed with Santa, and is holding her present brought by Santa in his sack.

The scene is typically Australian, with four years old Jess in a light dress and wearing a cap (the temperature was about 28 degrees Celsius/ 80 degrees F) and a backdrop of tall eucalypt trees. Younger sister Samantha let out a yelp when she came up close to Santa to collect her present and declined to be photographed.

In a lovely gesture of community spirit Santa was brought to the party by the Willoughby Fire Truck (for want of a more accurate name), which drove around the oval to the assembled children and astonished adults (including cricketers) with its lights flashing and siren sounding. It made me think of my third cousin Mark Healy, who is a Fire Brigade Captain in California. I am sure that Mark would appreciate its significance.

Best wishes to you and Sharon for Xmas and the New Year, and thanks for all your hard work putting the journal together.

Ray and Di
 




Tom and Vanessa (daughter of Susan Jerrems Begat and Didier Begat) married in May.
 
Laurie and Laurel Gray's
Christmas Greetings 2009

Dear Friends and family,

We are very happy to be bringing you our Christmas news and love and joy this year from Mayflower Retirement Village Gerringong. More than twenty years ago John and Helen Robinson saw the need for an aged care complex in Gerringong. They inspired the people of the Uniting Church and indeed of the whole town with their vision. ('The Mayflower' was the vessel which brought people from England to New Plymouth in North America in 1620 in search of a home where they would be free to worship God as they believed He was leading them.)

We have been involved with Mayflower Retirement Village since those earliest days of the vision and for the ten years Laurie was minister of the Uniting church in Gerringong he was also the chaplain of the retirement village. Is it any wonder we feel at home here? Our two bedroom unit looks out over the roofs of the school and the new Elhambra Estate towards Gerroa and green paddocks to Coolangatta Mountain. We and our neighbours put out seed for a variety of birds morning and evening and watch beautiful sunsets each evening. Laurie enjoys leading a singalong with the residents of Boronia each Tuesday afternoon and singing in the Church choir each Sunday.

With our love to you

Laurie and Laurel
 






Left to right: Olivia, Jacqueline, Mia and Warren Jerrems
 


Sandra Walcyk, from a branch of the Jerrems tree, collaborated on November's month's story line. Joseph Jerrems b1814 was Sandra's great great grandfather.

Watch for another upcoming story.
 




Here are Sylvia and John Kirkwood, two more of Sandra's great great grandparents. The photos date back to the early 1870s and are the oldest "family" photos we have received.

We will tell you more about Sylvia and John in a later Jerrems Journal.
 


This is a photo of William Rubery Bennett and Violet May Bennett (nee Jerrems). Known as "Aunty Vi" to her nephews Ray and Doug Jerrems, her grandfather Charles Jerrems was one of the family which migrated to Melbourne in the 1850s.

The photo, taken in the late 1930s, is part of a NSW Art Gallery exhibition celebrating her late husband's artistic career. The photo was originally black and white but was rather extravagantly tinted by the photographer.
Annual Report on the Jerrems Family
Angie, The Jerrems Family Guardian Angel   OMG, Old Rascal Ray has Done it Again 

 

Merry Christmas everyone. It has been a pleasure serving as your Guardian Angel this year, except for another security breach noted below.

According to my GA handbook, my mission statement is to keep Jerrems family members happy, healthy and stop them from doing anything incredibly stupid. I succeed most of the time.

However we have an exception: Old Ray Jerrems, the family ghost, has been giving me trouble, popping up here and there, gate crashing Nicole Kidman's wedding, barging into the 2007 G8 Summit and appearing at Obama's Inauguration...and now!

Most of you have heard of the White House gate crashers at last month's State dinner. Pictures of the interlopers were widely published. But wait ... there was another unauthorized guest: Old Rascal Ray also crashed the same State dinner.

I am sure the U.S. Secret Service did not want the public to know of another intruder, let alone a ghost. His picture was released to me by a friendly guardian angel in the White House. Old Rascal Ray is waiting in line to greet President Obama. Look at that roguish smile. If I could just get my hands on that wispy guy...
     

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