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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, August 19, 2013 --- 5 122907 122388 FIND YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE AUCKLAND SPCA Auckland SPCA, 50 Westney Road, Mangere. Phone: 09 256 7300. Visit our website at www.spca.org.nz 122392 No Hidden Costs. Professional. Affordable. Caring. Our Cremation Packages start from $1795 0800 4 SOULY (76859) Covering the Auckland Region www.soulycremations.co.nz By CHRIS HARROWELL DOROTHY Gaunt was stunned to discover a royal connection while digging into her fam- ily’s history. The Howickian celebrated Family History Month, running throughout August, by attending the New Zealand Family History Fair at the Vodafone Events Cen- tre in Manukau. Held from August 2-4, the free event attracted thousands of peo- ple keen to fnd out if there were any skeletons lurking in their ancestors’ closets. Mrs Gaunt belongs to the NZ Society of Genealogists. She developed an interest in her lineage after being bequeathed her late mother’s papers about 30 years ago. “I found amongst her things some old letters written in Eng- land in the 1920s to her mother’s cousin by people I didn’t know,” Mrs Gaunt told the Times. “One of the names was that of Sir Francis Humphrys, Britain’s frst ambassador to Iraq. “He turned out to be my frst cousin twice removed. “I found out he had an elderly son in England, so I wrote to him to fnd out more.” Mrs Gaunt sent to Sir Francis’s son copies of pictures of her dis- tant, unidentifed relatives. Among the images was a portrait of a woman she learned was her great-great-great-grandmother, Frances Humphrys. Mrs Gaunt collected more infor- mation about the Humphrys fam- ily through researching online parish records as well as newer publications. She’s traced the family line back to Sir Francis’s mother, Frances Henry, who changed her surname to Humphrys when she married. Frances Henry was born to Wil- liam Henry and Mary Bayley in 1810 and went on to have 12 chil- dren of her own. She lived in Manchester, Eng- land, with her wealthy solicitor husband George Humphrys, before dying in childbirth aged 38. Mrs Gaunt’s research took an interesting turn as she was learn- ing more about the Humphrys and a distant relative named Thomas Bayley. He was born in 1625 and was married to Anne Churton, dying in 1688. The Bayleys were a well off fam- ily in Manchester, where Mr Bay- ley earned a living as a silk weaver and manufacturer. Thomas and Anne had a grand- son named James in 1674, who had sons named James and Samuel. James junior married Anne Peploe, whose father was once the Bishop of Chester. Their direct descendent was a woman named Elizabeth Bowes- Lyon, better known as the Queen Mother. The link makes Queen Elizabeth II Mrs Gaunt’s seventh cousin on her mother’s side. “My reaction to that was ‘good grief’,” says Mrs Gaunt. “I was staggered, but I had to prove it by checking my records were all correct. I actually thought it was quite funny. “I told my friends they didn’t have to curtsey to me.” Mrs Gaunt says she loves learn- ing about the lives of her distant relatives. “It gives you a sense of connect- edness,” she says. “History suddenly becomes real. “You also get to know people around the world who may be researching the same people as you. “It’s more than just names and dates.” People keen to fnd out more about their family history can visit the NZ Society of Genealogists online at www.genealogy.org.nz, or the www.familysearch.org, or www.ancestry.com.au databases. LOOKING BACK: Howickian Dorothy Gaunt found a few surprises while researching her family tree. Times photo Wayne Martin Royal links uncovered Film skills challenged F ➤ romPage1 “We got fown over with a chaperone to the Gold Coast and met up at the airport with the other kids from around Australia,” says Lindy-Joy. “On the show we competed in lots of challenges that were about skill and luck.” Lindy-Joy and Megan’s skills were put to the test during the week of flming. They were up against rivals Bubblegum Besties from New South Wales, Nick Jaggers of Queensland, and Random Penguins, who hail from Victoria. The viewing TV audience voted each week for the team that competed with the best spirit. “We only won one challenge, but we won the public vote,” says Megan. “We want to thank everyone who supported us.” Competing under the team name The Bob Shermans, Lindy-Joy and Megan, who are both in year 7, earned the honour of being named Champ Orange. “We won a lot of prizes,” says Megan. “We each got an Apple iPad and iPod Nano, a digital camera, mountain bike, $100 Apple iTunes voucher, a Nintendo Wii pack and Lego.” In one of the challenges, named Dino Dash, the teams dressed up in costumes and raced to scoop up pretend prehistoric eggs from Sea World’s Dinosaur Island before taking them back to a “nest”. The fnal challenge required teams to run around Sea World carrying life-sized cut-outs of their mothers and get tourists to photograph them. Despite their overseas adventure being over, the girls are still fzzing with excitement. They were asked to share their TV experiences at their school assembly on August 9. While overseas, Lindy-Joy and Megan recorded videos of their adventures, which can be watched online at www. nickelodeon.com.au/shows.
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