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The Straight and Narrow Curve

Daniel Stubbings (1873-1951)

In 1903 Daniel Herbert Stubbings, son of the convict Elizabeth McCarthy and farmer William Stubbings married Ethel Emma Cordelia Griffiths, great-granddaughter of the convict Benjamin Griffiths.  
In August 1915, three months after the landing at Gallipoli, Daniel enlisted to serve. He was 40 years old, married, and a father of five. On entering Claremont Army Camp he was passed as being fit but by mid-September it appears that this had been reviewed, and he was discharged as medically unfit. There is no detail on his service record. Of the 22,100 men who enlisted in Tasmania, almost one third were rejected for a variety of reasons. The most common reason was being medically unfit: varicose veins, flat feet, poor teeth, or some other minor medical condition.
One of Daniel’s five children was Ivy Enid, who married Elliott ‘Didds’ Rees, grandson of the convict David Rees.

When his daughter Ivy was born, Daniel was working at Queenstown collecting Huon pine on the King River. Ivy's first journey was across the flooded river, by rowboat, wrapped in an oilskin.
When his daughter Ivy was born, Daniel was working at Queenstown collecting Huon pine on the King River. Ivy's first journey was across the flooded river, by rowboat, wrapped in an oilskin.

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