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The Straight and Narrow Curve

William Rees (1856-1916)

William Rees married Martha Tapp in 1878. William was an insurance agent covering the Fingal Valley. After his death Martha carried on the agency, until she too passed away in 1932.
William and Martha also had 12 children. In the middle were twin brothers Cyril and Sydney, born in 1897. When they were quite young Sydney was kicked in the head by a horse. He was severely affected, and as time passed Cyril began showing the same symptoms. Both boys were sent to Millbrook Rise Home at New Norfolk, and spent the rest of their short lives there.
The youngest child was Elliott aka Didds, born 1902. Didds started work as a clerk at Cornwall Coal Company, near St. Marys, at the age of 18, and left 14 years later to marry and move to Launceston. By 1934 Didds was a respected accountant, captain of the St. Marys football team, and Sunday School Superintendent. It is possible that William, born the son of a serving convict, was a driving force behind his son’s surge up the social ladder.

William's son Didds was quite an upstanding and successful citizen. He is pictured in downtown Launceston with his son John Rees, in about 1949.
William's son Didds was quite an upstanding and successful citizen. He is pictured in downtown Launceston with his son John Rees, in about 1949.

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