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Re: James Tunstall
Posted by: Graham D. McKelvie (ID *****2422) Date: May 30, 2011 at 00:34:25
In Reply to: Re: James Tunstall by Sandra Tongeman of 806


I don't know whether you will see this or not.

Recently, when I was in Ipswich, I was searching for the gravesite details of my great grandfather, John Charles Tunstall, and today I saw your note to Alistair.

John Charles Tunstall (I have a copy of his birth certificate) and his wife, Sarah Ann Tunstall emigrated to Australia and arrived in Brisbane on the Duke of Devonshire on 2 April, 1883. According to the Queensland Government Immigration records, they arrived with six children - Thomas 14, Sarah 12, James 7, Cath 5, Mary 2 and Clara D who is described as an Infant. My grandfather is Thomas Tunstall. According to the family records, he is simply Thomas Tunstall. He was, however, a Councillor on the Ipswich City Council and its records show him as Thomas Ousman Tunstall. In 2009, the Council honboured him by naming Tunstall Place, a street,after him. We don't know at this stage whether he changed his name by deed poll so as to include his mother's maiden name. I am trying to get a copy of his birth certificate to establish his given birth name. His name does not appear on the family tombstone and we don't know why. My mother was the youngest child of Thomas Tunstall.She was Sarah Ann Lydia Tunstall and was named after her paternal and maternal grandmothers. I have been able to obtain the obituaries of Sarah Ann Tunstall and Hannah Margaret Tunstall from the Brisbane newspaper, the Courier Mail though there are lots of factual errors in the obituary of Hannah Margaret Tunstall.

Graham D. McKelvie

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