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The Evans and Jenkins families originated in Montgomeryshire, Wales. Edward “Ted” Evans was a miner, but he served in the British Army and had a tour of duty in Southern Africa during the Griqualand and Zulu Wars  (1878–79) and also the Anglo-Egyptian War (1882–83). He returned to Wales, and married Hannah Jenkins in 1883, and had two boys (one died aged 1) and migrated to Ipswich, Queensland, in 1887. In 1900, Ted enlisted in the Queensland Defence Force and saw action in the Boer War, where he was wounded at the Relief of Mafeking and repatriated to Queensland.

Ted and Hannah had seven children at Blackstone between 1888 and 1903. In 1908, Ted was killed in a mining accident at the local mine after accidentally sparking his powder billy. His son Fred was in the mine at the time and attended the scene. Fred enlisted in WW1 with the Queensland Light Horse, and served at Gallipoli and Beersheba, winning the Military Cross and being raised to Captain from the ranks. Fred eventually became the mine manager at Blackstone where his father had died.

The youngest of the family was Myfanwy, and she married my great-uncle Robert “Buddy” McKay in 1929. Buddy had arrived in Queensland in 1924, following his older sister Mary. He worked as miner in Mount Mulligan before settling at Blackstone.

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Colour Sergeant Edward Evans – Queensland Defence Force, 1901.

Hannah Evans née Jenkins – born 1858, Wales.

Captain Fred Evans, M.C. – born in Glamorganshire in 1885, and served with the Queensland Light Infantry in WW1.


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