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Gertrude Mary Matthews1865

Gertrude Mary Matthews
Given names
Gertrude Mary
Birth May 31, 1865 24 24

CAL 1866

Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: June 5, 1865, Birth, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0002215%2f18650605%2f044 : accessed 8 Dec 2018
Economic Event 1865
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Economic depression
Economic Event 1867 (Age 19 months)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: The Eureka Diamond was the first diamond discovered in South Africa. It weighed 21.25 carats (4.250 g), and was found by Erasmus Jacobs near Hopetown on the Orange River in 1867. The diamond, cut to a 10.73-carat (2.146 g) cushion-shaped brilliant, is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley. The discovery of diamonds in South Africa led to the Kimberley Diamond Rush, and marked the beginning of the Mineral Revolution
Birth of a sisterSarah Thompson Matthews
October 26, 1868 (Age 3 years)

CAL 1869

Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: October 31, 1868, p8, Births, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0001955%2f18681031%2f161 : accessed 8 Dec 2018
Census April 2, 1871 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterDorothy R Matthews
September 1, 1871 (Age 6 years)

ABT 1872

Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: September 9, 1871, p8, Births, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0001955%2f18710909%2f124 : accessed 8 Dec 2018
Economic Event September 1873 (Age 8 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Pilgrim's rest declared a gold field
Birth of a sisterLaura E Matthews
about 1874 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherHorace Fred Matthews
January 17, 1877 (Age 11 years)

ABT 1877

Citation details: War register: Horace F MATTHEWS' household (1939), https://search.findmypast.com/record?id=tna%2fr39%2f5041%2f5041e%2f012%2f06 : accessed 9 Dec 2018
Birth of a brotherRalph J S Matthews
January 27, 1879 (Age 13 years)

ABT 1879

Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: February 1, 1879, p8, Births, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0001955%2f18790201%2f143 : accessed 8 Dec 2018
War from December 20, 1880 to March 23, 1881 (Age 15 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: First Boer War
Census April 3, 1881 (Age 15 years)
Citation details: Census: Frederick MATTHEWS' household (1881), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=GBC/1881/0011509970 : accessed 9 Dec 2018
Death of a maternal grandmotherRachel
between April 4, 1881 and June 1881 (Age 15 years) Age: 77 years
Publication: Record transcription
Economic Event 1881 (Age 15 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: In 1881 gold in the Barberton area was discovered by Tom McLachlan who found alluvial gold at Jamestown. However due to the location (the hot lowveld region was rife with malaria) no-one wanted to go there until Auguste Roberts (French Bob) discovered gold in Concession Creek in 20 June 1883. This discovery resulted in a gold rush to the area
Economic Event 1886 (Age 20 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Discovery of the Main Reef in Witwatersrand. Gold rushes to Pilgrim's Rest and Barberton were precursors to the biggest discovery of all, the Main Reef/Main Reef Leader on Gerhardus Oosthuizen's farm Langlaagte, Portion C, in 1886, the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the subsequent rapid development of the gold field there, the biggest of them all.
Marriage of a siblingArthur George MatthewsCaroline Jane LawnView this family
October 4, 1893 (Age 28 years)
Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: October 7, 1893, p8, Marriages, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0001955%2f18931007%2f173 : accessed 8 Dec 2018

Oct.4, at the parish church, Cirencester, by the Rev. E. H. Townsend, Arthur George, eldest son of Mr. Frederick Matthews, of Cirencester, to Caroline Jane, daughter of Mr. William H. Lawn of Cirencester

MarriageGeorge WilliamsView this family
October 15, 1895 (Age 30 years)
Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: October 19, 1895, p8, Marriages, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0001955%2f18951019%2f174 : accessed 8 Dec 2018
Death of a motherRachel Hart Mills
between 1891 and April 3, 1901 (Age 25 years)

Note: Listed in 1891 and in 1901 her husband is a widower
Epidemic February 1, 1901 (Age 35 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Bubonic plague breaks out in Cape Town
War from October 11, 1899 to May 31, 1902 (Age 34 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Second Boer War
Historical Event from 1852 to 1902

Source: Wikipedia
Note: The South African Republic (Dutch: Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, ZAR), often referred to as the Transvaal and sometimes as the Republic of Transvaal, was an independent and internationally recognised country in Southern Africa from 1852 to 1902.
Historical Event from 1854 to 1902

Source: Wikipedia
Note: The Orange Free State (Dutch: Oranje-Vrijstaat, Afrikaans: Oranje-Vrystaat) was an independent Boer sovereign republic in southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century, and later a British colony and a province of the Union of South Africa. It is the historical precursor to the present-day Free State province
Epidemic February 1904 (Age 38 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Pneumonic plague breaks out in Johannesburg
Epidemic 1906 (Age 40 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Tuberculosis reaches epidemic proportions in South Africa
Marriage of a siblingHorace Fred MatthewsAgnes Mary WilliamsView this family
September 6, 1909 (Age 44 years)
Publication: Newspaper archives
Citation details: September 8, 1909, p3, Marriages, https://search.findmypast.com/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0000320%2f19090908%2f106 : accessed 9 Dec 2018

MATTHEWS-WILLIAMS - Sept. 6, at the Parish Church, Cheltenham, by the Rev. M. E. Welldon, Horace Fred Matthews, of Cirencester, to Agnes Mary, daughter of the late John Williams, of Cheltenham.

Citation details: Marriage: Horace Fred MATTHEWS and Agnes Mary WILLIAMS (1909), https://www.findmypast.com/transcript?id=BMD/M/1909/3/AZ/000260/213 : accessed 9 Dec 2018
Historical Event May 31, 1910 (Age 45 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Union of South Africa established
Epidemic 1912 (Age 46 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Smallpox outbreaks: The outbreak of smallpox is reported in the Malay Location, Johannesburg and cases of smallpox are discovered in Durban
War from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 (Age 49 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: World War I
Epidemic 1918 (Age 52 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: Spanish flu: An estimated 500,000 people die from the Spanish flu epidemic in South Africa, the fifth hardest hit country in the world
Economic Event October 1929 (Age 64 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Citation details: http://goo.gl/MgHbRM
Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century
Death of a brotherArthur George Matthews
between October 1937 and December 1937 (Age 72 years) Age: 73
Publication: Record transcription
War from September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945 (Age 74 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: World War II
Historical Event February 14, 1961 (Age 95 years)
Source: Wikipedia
Note: Decimalisation of currency replaces the South African pound with the South African rand
Historical Event May 31, 1961 (Age 96 years)

Source: Wikipedia
Note: South Africa becomes a republic

  1. Generation 1
    1. Gertrude Mary Matthews, daughter of Frederick Matthews and Rachel Hart Mills, was born on May 31, 1865 in Gloucestershire, England. She married George Williams, son of Private, on October 15, 1895 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.