Trixie and Raymond Seymour

Raymond Leslie Seymour
Born: 13 February 1910 Died: 3 April 1986
Occupation: Coachbuilder

Married: Phyllis Mary Fells in Coventry 1936

Ray was born at 151 Bevington Road Aston Manor the son of Albert Edward and Susan Ellen apprenticed as a coachbuilder, adapting to mass production methods and, later, monocoque body building to become a specialist in the motor industry, which, with the exception of a brief but unsuccessful foray into private business in Australia, he followed all his life. He was transferred by the Standard Motor Company to its branch in Melbourne (1952) and so emigrated to Australia and had 2 children Martin Leslie, Julia Mary a nurse and Veronica Jane also a nurse. He died from a Myocardial infarction on 3 April 1986 at Boolarra South, Clear Creek Road, Boolara South, occupation Retired Supervisor and was cremated at Gippsland crematorium, Traralgon.

His son Martins fascinating life can be viewed here in .pdf form

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Trixie Seymour
Occupation: Dance Teacher

Trixie lived with her parents in Coventry during WW2 and the house was completely flattened during the Blitz forcing her and her parents to go and live with here brother Raymond in Kennilworth, she fell in love with a much older man and was forbibben to marry him so spent the rest of her life a spinster, in order to find meaning in her life she explored various religions short listing them to Catholicism and Budhism finally converting to Catholicism a religion which gave her much comfort during the rest of her life. She was a dance teacher and then much later worked for the housing benefit department of WCC living in Warwick; she finally died from a stroke At Little Forde Hall, Tanworth-in-Arden the house of her Autie Gladys' son Brian where she had lived for the last 18 months.

Julia Seymour
Born: 1939
Occupation: Nurse

Julia was born in 1939 and educated at a select lady's college which, however, failed to turn her into a lady.  She tended to be tomboyish, with a strong and domineering personality.  She started her working life as a nurse being trained by the Salvation Army hospital, coming out a competent nurse and devoutly religious which she was to remain all her life. In her thirties she started a stud farm for quarter horses. Her mother had died and her father, Ray, retired at this time and joined her, building all the outbuildings and doing all the maintenance on the farm.  It was a 200 acre property in Gippsland, Southern Victoria.  Financially the venture was a failure.  She had a sleeping partner in a female doctor but they could not agree.  Julia did not have the sort of personality that could give and take in that way.  When my father died, she sold up and bought a house in the mountains, living on her own and nursing part time.  She soon became restless, however,  and paid a visit to England where she bought a bicycle and cycled across most of the country, camping at night. Upon her return she sold the house in the mountains, bought a caravan, which she parked on a friend's property near a town, and embarked on a lorry trip with an expedition through the Sahara and West Africa. Then she decided to devote her life  to missionary work and for about ten years spent approximately a year in every two with some missionary group in south east Asia or Africa.  Finally, in about 2005, she sold all she possessed in Australia and went to Kenya as a missionary with the intention of not returning.  In 2006 she wrote:

'I have been in Kenya for just over one and a half years and am now working mainly in the prisons. At the moment I am only working with the women prisoners as there is some concern about security if I go in with the men. However I may at some time get in to see the men also as there are those who have asked me to do so. A couple of weeks ago I met the person who is Director of Prisoner's for Christ in Kenya and he has invited me to go with them to prisons in Rwanda and Uganda, they are just starting to branch out into these countries. Apparently the conditions in Rwanda are very bad, I'm told that they only get 1 meal every 2 days, they live in tents which have been supplied by aid agencies, and men, women and children are all in together.

When I first arrived I spent four and a half months in Nakuru, which is West of Nairobi in the Rift Valley, as I waited to get a work permit; I then transferred to Nairobi to be close to prison headquarters to get a prison permit. I now live 1/2 hr out of Nairobi (Aus. conditions) it takes an hour in Kenyan conditions. Sometimes I go to other parts of the country to visit churches. I've been North of Nairobi as far Nyeri, South near to Lake Victoria and the Ugandan border and east to near Mombasa where I had a 3 week break. Mombasa was very, very hot only made livable in by a sea breeze that comes up half way through the morning, whereas Nairobi has a wonderful climate ranging between 16-25 degrees centigrade.'

Veronica Seymour
Born: 1948
Occupation: Nurse
Married: Ken Olsen

She was only about five when she came to Australia so remembers nothing of England as she has never been back, although she knew her Aunt. Trix because of Trixie's visits to Australia. She was a normal and quite attractive girl, very interested in horses and animals generally, who went to a private and very select, lady's college and then took up nursing.

In her early twenties she met Ken Olsen, an Australian descendent of Scandinavian parentage, who was a mechanic and running his own garage.  They married and Ken sold the garage to take up book selling.  He developed this into quite a good business, serving all the local schools and running a book shop.  They had one daughter who, in her turn, married a mechanic and had three children.  All the family live in the Dandenong Ranges, a range of forested hills in Victoria not far from Melbourne.