Our Family - Two brother William Hunter & John Mitchell CHRISTIE

by Christine Christie, 14 October, 2013

My name is Christine ChristieMy Fathers two brothers are burried at Garrawarra Cemetery.My granparents and their children four boys and a daughter imigrated from Wick Scotland in 1927 and settled in Granville NSW.Their third child John Mitchell Christie who was born on 13 May 1916 in Wick Scotland was in the Waterfall Sanatourim with Tuberculosis and died on the 20 November 1936 aged 20 years. He was burried in the Presbterian section at Waterfall.Their eldest child William Hunter Christie who was born on the 2 January 1912 in Wick Scotland was in Randwick Auxiliary Hospital also with Tuberculosis and died on 25 April 1938 aged 25 years. He was cremated at Rookwood Cemetary Lidcombe and his ashes were then put in the grave with his brother at Waterfall.William was a studend at Granville Technical school for plumbers but was struck down with illness and for two years was an invalid his doctor said he would never leave his room again. He studied Accountancy via correspondence and was placed first on the list for New South Wales in the examination. A remarkable achievement for a self taught student with illness.

He earned a diploma in Hemingway & Robertson mercantile bookkeeping.He also was a prominent debater of the Y.M.C.A. and a leader of the fellowship of Youth.The Sydney Morning Herald ran an article on 9/7/1932 titled The Inspiration of Courage What determination competently directed will achieve.. Success in spite of Illness.I have been to the cemetary and was disappointed that it had been so neglected.I also noticed on the list that you have on the graves you did not have any information on William Hunter (Bill) which I have now given you.I would hope that something could be done to the cemetary to remember the people who lost their lives there that they are not forgotten.I appreciate that you are looking into this.Thanking you.Christine Christie.

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