Sunday, March 6, 2011

Looking for Keith Anderson's fience (Bon Hilliard)

So I have said some stuff about Keith Anderson's fience and you are probably wondering who that is well I will explain. Well you see we were looking through Peter Fitzsimons' book and it told us that Keith Anderson's fience said in her will that when she died she wanted her ashes spread over Keith Anderson's grave by plane, but Mossman Council refused to do that so I thought that we should make her wish come true and we should do that and the first thing we had to do was find out information on where she was.

So firstly I looked up births, deaths, and marriages, typed in "Tate" because that was her married name to her late husband Thomas (he died after 11yrs of married life) and we found that she got married to him in 1935 and her name was not really Bon Hilliard it was in fact "Lyal Maud Hilliard". Now that we know this information we could look at the "Ryerson" death index. So then I looked up Ryerson death notices which told me that there was a notice placed in the Sydney Morning Herald in June of 1982. Then we rang the Sydney Morning Herald which has a department that will search their advertised death notices for you. A day or so later the death notice was emailed to me which confermed her identity but stated she was privately cremated (location unknown). My father rang the Northern Suburbs Crematorium (being closeto Mossman) where a search of their records revealed that Lyal Tate's (Bon Hilliard's) ashes had been scattered amongst the rose bushes in the South garden.

We plan to visit Bon Hilliard and collect some roses and spread them over Keith Anderson's grave as a tribute to their undying love. We dont know where Thomas Tate is, but its interesting that Bon wanted to rest with Keith Anderson. She must have been overjoyed when Dick Smith gave her the telgram she sent keith Anderson just before he died, confirming her undying love for him. How amazing is that! We should never forget such stories of bravery, passion and emotion.

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