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Clarice Gwendoline Aspland

Clarice Gwendoline Aspland

Female 1917 - 2014  (97 years)

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  • Name Clarice Gwendoline Aspland 
    Born 14 May 1917  Wallendoon Street, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Anecdote 1997 


    • Autobiographical note written by Gwen Brown

      My memory takes me back to when I was four years old when my father took me on a horse up a hill on our property at Brawlin, to dig out rabbits. He was digging at a burrow when he said, "Oh, there are some baby rabbits in here", and of course I leaned over the hole to have a look, inquisitive like, just as he lifted the pick out of the hole and it hit me in the corner of my eye; I have the scar to this day. Dad (Les Aspland) was so upset and it was a wonder that he never fainted as he was good at that - even on the night that I was born, so he told me. Anyhow, he put me on the horse and quickly rode home.

      My school days at Young Primary, after leaving Cootamundra at the age of four years, are memorable regards a ringworm I had once on the point of my nose when I was eight years old. The doctor prescribed black ointment to be put on it. I hated going to school. I was also made to wear a pair of shoes I disliked very much because they had a strap across the instep and very thick crepe soles.

      My High School days were better as I loved sport and was always chosen in sports events. In 1928 I won a silver medal in the shape of a shield for running and I will always treasure it. I achieved the Intermediate Certificate in third year and left school at the age of fourteen.

      I started work at O Gilpins store for a weekly wage of seven shillings and nine pence (79 cents) of which I gave my mother five shillings (50 cents). After working there for twelve months I left and went and worked for a Mr Wareham who owned the store named C.D.S. I never did ask what those letters stood for. My wage then was seventeen shillings and sixpence ($1.75) per week and I was still giving my mother five shillings per week. I thought I was made; I even bought a wardrobe and dressing table for my bedroom. When I got married my mother said, "You had better take that with you as you will need it". Even up to this day it causes a lot of laughs between our four daughters as, one day when they were young, they were playing hide and seek; one hid in the wardrobe and broke through the bottom of it.

      I fell in love with my husband Ted Brown and we were married on 26th December 1934. We have four daughters and have had a very happy and interesting life together. We have just celebrated our 61 years of marriage. On our fortieth anniversary one of our grandsons asked his grandfather, "How do you live so long with one person?"; he made us a leather medal.

      Ted, when we were married, was a dairyman on his father's dairy. We also had a poultry farm and when the girls were older we moved to town (Young) and bought a mixed business, stayed in that for eight and a half years (1956 - 1964) and then we retired. I now play bowls after giving up tennis and have achieved something that hasn't been done in the club for over twenty odd years. In 1994 I won the "Grand Slam" in our club (YWBC) Championships. Skipped the fours, triples and pairs then won the singles. I also helped win a pennant for the club the same year and was chosen by the council and tourism committees as "Sports Person of the Year". I was presented with an engraved silver tray of which I am very proud.
    Newspaper May 1997  Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • Four Generations Together For Gwen Brown's 80th Birthday
      Family members spanning four generations converged on Young last Wednesday to celebrate Gwen Brown's 80th birthday.
      People travelled from Melbourne, Gosford, Cootamundra and from just down the road to share this special day with Gwen.
      Gwen was born in the small village of Brawlin, near Cootamundra.
      When she was four years old her family moved to Young where her parents established the family home in Whiteman Avenue.
      When she left school at 14 she began working at Gilpin's store in Young.
      On Boxing day in 1934 she married Ted Brown, who she has shared the last 63 years with.
      Their first home together was an original two roomed hut on Ted's family property, "Trafalgar", three miles from Young.
      Later they moved to a property near Back Creek Road where they started a farm.
      In 1956 the couple decided to leave the land and moved into Young to run a corner store where the Caltex service station is today, on the corner of Boorowa and Zouch Streets.
      During her time in Young, Gwen has been an active member of the community.
      She has been part of the Young Women's Bowling Club, Young Garden Club, Probus Club, Neighbourhood Watch, Tidy Towns, and the Young Veteran and Vintage Car Club.
      As well as all this, Gwen had the time to raise four daughters and enjoy watching 11 grand children and 16 great grand children grow.
    Gwen on her 80th birthday
    Gwen on her 80th birthday
    Gwen's Great Grandson Michael McKnight, Granddaughter Louise McKnight, Gwen, Great Granddaughter Lauren McKnight and Daughter Helen Flanagan
    Newspaper Abt 26 Dec 2000  local newspaper, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • Special Celebration For Boxing Day
      For most people, December 26 is Boxing Day, a day for watching the cricket and the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
      But in one home at the Young Retirement Village this Boxing Day, two people celebrated a marriage that has been going strong for 66 years.
      Ted and Gwen Brown have both spent their lives in Young, and have been together since their marriage at the Anglican Church by Reverand McKeown, in 1934.
      Ted remembers Young in 1925 when there were still gravel roads, as he used to deliver milk from his family's dairy.
      This year, their anniversary was acknowledged by means of transcript, received from Queen Elizabeth II, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Australian Governor General Sir William Dean, and Federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz.
      The Brown's, who have been at the retirement village for a little over a year now, celebrated their anniversary this year with friends and family.
      A family that is, by the way, quite large. The Brown's boast four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
      The family is so large in fact that a tally had to be done to work out just how many there were.
      Gwen highlighted the importance of the family unit and patience to keeping a good marriage alive.
      "They're like birds in a nest, they all fly out sooner or later," Gwen said.
      Ted said the many years of marriage had certainly been hard work, but it was a very rewarding experience.
    Ted and Gwen Brown
    Ted and Gwen Brown
    Ted and Gwen Brown on their 66th Wedding Anniversary
    Died 11 Oct 2014  Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremation 23 Oct 2014  Norwood Park Crematorium, Canberra, ACT, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name Clarice Gwendoline Brown 
    Name Gwen Aspland 
    Person ID I77  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2014 

    Father Leslie James Aspland,   b. 09 Apr 1890, Camperdown, VIC, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1987, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Mother Phyllis Nellie Mutch,   b. 06 Jul 1896, Parker Street, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1948, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 24 Jul 1916  Cootamundra, NSW, Australia, -34.500898,148.091583 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Les and Phyllis Aspland
    Les and Phyllis Aspland
    Les and Phyllis Aspland (n
    Newspaper 28 Jul 1916  The Cootamundra Herald, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • WEDDING BELLS.

      Despite the scarcity of flowers at present, the surroundings of the pulpit in the Methodist Church were prettily decorated for the wedding, on Monday evening of Phyllis Nellie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mutch, of Cootamundra, and Leslie James, son of the late William Middleton and Mrs. Aspland, of Camperdown, Victoria. The Rev. H.E. Bellhouse officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a costume of cream crepe de chine, the bodice being daintily trimmed with satin and pearls, and lined with pale pink lilies of the valley, and wore a veil over a wreath of orange Blossoms, also an aquamarine pendant, the gift of the bridegroom. The brides- maid, Miss Ethel Mutch, wore a frock of white coil, trimmed with shadow lace, and a cap of white tuile, lined with pale pink ninon and ninon roses, with black velvet streamers. She car- ried a bouquet of pale pink roses, and wore a cameo ring, the bridegroom's present. Mr. Ernest Thompson acted as best-man. Whilst the register was being signed Miss Laura Row rendered in pleasing style, the solo, 'Because.' During the service the congregation joined in the singing of the hymns, 'The voice that Breathed o'er Eden' and 'O, Perfect Love!' whilst as the bridal party left the church the organist, Mr. W. B. Breyley, played the 'Wedding March'. A reception was held at the residence of the bride's parents; and later the newly-married couple left by the express for Melbourne.
    Divorced 1947 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edmund Brown,   b. 29 Dec 1913, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jun 2005, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1934  Church of England, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ted & Gwen Brown
    Ted & Gwen Brown
    Ted & Gwen Brown (n
    Newspaper 07 Jan 1935  The Cootamundra Herald, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • St. John's, Young, was the scene of an attractive wedding on Boxing Day, when Mr. Edmond Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brown, of Trafalgar Farm, was united to Miss Gwendoline Aspland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Aspland, of Young, the Rev. Canon McKeown officiating. The future home of the happy couple will be at Young.
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F74  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Photos
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    Clarice Gwendoline Aspland
    Clarice Gwendoline Aspland; As a child - Taken at the Matte Studios, Cootamundra
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    Left to Right: Gwen Aspland, Claude Everest W Long, Joyce Ethel Long
    Photograph provided by Audrey Mote