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107 Whitehead Road, Aston

107 Whitehead Road Aston - home of family 1897

I have started a new blog – dedicated specifically to the Paulin(e) family.  This picture is of 107 Whitehead Road in Aston where my family lived in 1896-7.  I have been transcribing a series of letters written by my great-grandfather Ernest Alfred Paulin to his brother Frederick Arthur Pauline, who lived in Victoria.  The letters have been lent to me by the Cormack family, Frederick’s descendants.  What a gift of information.

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Auntie Grace’s gift – 1974


In the summer of 1974 our family went on a trip to Ireland and England.  Mom, Dad, my brother and I, along with my dad’s cousin Gwen (who was also my godmother) went to Ireland. There we explored the Republic and got our first glimpse (Hugh and I) of Swinford, where Dad and Gwen’s family came from.  Mom had invited Gwen along because she thought it would be good for her, as she had recently lost her mother.  I don’t know if that worked or not for Gwen.

The second part of the trip was to visit Mom’s family in England.  Gwen had been invited, but declined. The occasion was my grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary.  I should mention at this point that I share my birthday with my grandmother, and my grandparents married on her birthday. There was a party.

While it was my birthday, the main focus of the family gathered at my grandparent’s house that August day was the 50th.  My memories of the day centre around the preparation of the food, and all the family arriving at the house.

My best memory though is of my Great-Aunt Grace.  When she arrived she took me aside and gave me a present, and made me feel like it was my special day too.  I still have that present (Pictured above).

It is a white plastic base with a blue cone hat, attached with a string, which originally held some balls of wool, and had knitting needles poking out of the top. (One of the pictures I put needles in to show how it looked – ish).  The wool and the needles have long disappeared but the case survives.

I was rather young so I have relatively few memories of that trip, but remember Auntie Grace’s kindness perhaps the most. that is possibly why I have hung on to the toy she gave me.

Home Made Serial Story, UK – 1919

Hull Daily Mail, 12 November 1919

Home-Made Serial Story

British firms have hitherto been very shy of producing serial stories, which have had such a tremendous vogue in the United States.  But a new company, the Torquay and Paignton Photo Play Productions Ltd has broken the ice in this direction.  Their first piece of work which has just been completed is “The Great London Mystery,” which is described as a serial story in sixteen episodes. Each episode, which consists of two reels, is complete in itself and altogether 32,000 feet of picture will be shown on the screen.  It has taken four and a half months to prepare, over 3000 people have been employed, 187 studio scenes have been constructed and furnished, 694 different places have been visited from various officials and local authorities 383 permits to take photographs have been obtained.  The leading parts of the story are acted by Lady Doris Stapleton and Mr. David Devant, the well-known illusionist.

Lady Doris Stapleton is the wife of Sir Miles Stapleton, the well-known Kentish baronet, and it is believed that this is the first occasion on which a lady of title has appeared as the heroine of a film play.

New Blog – The Amazing Paulin(e) Family, 2019


Following the successful family reunion held this July in Victoria, I have taken the initiative to create a new website called “The Amazing Paulin(e) Family” where in future my research for the Paulin family will be featured.

It was a bit of a difficult decision for me to split my work from my main blog, but after talking with a number of family members it seemed like a necessary thing.  So I have created this new website as a means for all of the family to go for information on the family, and also for them to come and post their material. So this blog/website is not a gilliandr website per se, but a Paulin family collaboration.

The site is organised around the descendants of Frederick Paulin(e) and his wife Mary Cutler.  Each child has their own page, and there is a drop down being created for each of their children.  I will limit the categories to grandchildren because of privacy concerns.

My first load of content in the blog part of the site is the transcription of a number of letters written by Ernest Alfred Paulin to his brother Frederick Arthur Pauline between 1884-1912, which were kept by Frederick, and lent to me by his descendants, the Cormack Family.  They are awesome reads.

A lot of the pages are just placeholders right now, and will be updated with content when time and information allows.  This is a collaborative effort, and I welcome all suggestions, submissions, and so forth.

Conmee-Corley Wedding, 1914

Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1914 page 6



Montreal, Que – Oct 20 – A quiet wedding took place yesterday at the Church of Saint Leo, in Westmount, when Miss Madge Corley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Corley, Roslyn Avenue, was married to Mr. Arthur B Conmee, only son of the late Mr. Jas Conmee and Mrs. Conmee of Port Arthur, Ont.

British Association at Winnipeg, 1909

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 28 August 1909, page 10

The British Association at Winnipeg

The Press Association’s Winnipeg correspondent says that at Thursday’s meeting of the British Association many interesting papers were read in the various sections.

In the Geographical Section a paper was read by Dr Bell of the Canadian Geographical Survey, on the Hudson’s Bay Railway, dealing with its proposed route, its practicability, and its commercial advantages.  Mr. James White, Dominion Geographer, gave a paper on the nomenclature of the islands and lands of Arctic Canada.  Another paper was read by Miss Owen on floods in the great interior valley of America.

In the same section, Professor Mavor, of Toronto, read a paper on the economic geography of Canada, and in the afternoon, at a joint meeting with the Agricultural and Economics Sections, delivered an address on the development of the North-West Canada from 1904 to 1909.  Professor Brigham, also at the joint meeting, read a paper on the evolution of wheat culture in North America. The discussion which followed was widely participated in, chiefly by agricultural experts.

National Savings Week, UK, 1940

Motherwell Times, 7 June 1940 p2

National Savings Week

9 Sunday June to 15 Saturday June

National Savings Week is being held to show forth a united front for Victory and Freedom.

We are called on to the dedicate our time, our labour, and our resources to the Service of the Country.  With the ‘Enemy at the Gate” there is no time to be lost.

Money is the Fourth Arm of our Defence.  In the long run it might well be the First, for it alone will provide the supplies required for the fighting Forces.

This is the Testing Time.  There is now no room for complacency.  Selfish and unnecessary expenditure must GO, so that every penny that can be spared is harnessed to the national effort.

Our men are risking their lives.  We on the Home Front are asked only to LEND that which we have no need to spend, and we have Security for our Savings.

Save now!  Save continuously!!

Buy National Savings Certificates – Buy Defence Bonds

Deposit your savings in the Post Office Savings Bank and Trustee Savings Banks

Issued by the Scottish Savings Committee, Edinburgh

Lend to defend the right to be free

Life Insurance – the love that never dies, 1921

Wpg Tribune 24 dec 1921 p1 - ad

Winnipeg Tribune, 24 December 1921

Men’s Wages, Victoria, 1896

Victoria Daily Colonist, 1 July 1896

daily colonist 1896-7-1 - Colonist sexist ad

A Guarantee

Having added to our staff an A1 Lithographer, we are now in a better position than ever to guarantee work equal to the best known Eastern offices.  Try us……

We employ Men and Pay Men’s wages.

A fair profit is all we ask, and we do nothing but first-class work.  Visiting cards from copper plates or stone.

The Colonist,

Victoria, BC

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