Kenneth Evans

Kenneth Evans

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Kenneth J. Evans
Born 1950s.
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Biography

Kenneth Evans is a Project Member of the Military and War subproject World War II
Kenneth was featured in a Meet Our Members Post on the WikiTree Blog!

Kenneth John Evans is a WISE Aussie, researching ancestors and their wider families who came from Wales, Ireland, Scotland as well as England. An army veteran, an entrepeneur, a family-man, a voluntary worker, mostly self-educated and a Christian, sum up much of his lifestyle and contribution to life. He is recognised as an innovator, forward-thinker, loyal and a man of integrity.

Origins

Welsh flag
Kenneth Evans has Welsh ancestors.
Kenneth Evans has Irish ancestors.
Scottish flag
Kenneth Evans has Scottish Ancestors.
English flag
Kenneth Evans has English ancestors.

Ken is an eighth-generation Australian, descended from such pioneer settlers and convicts as George Patfield, William Pincham, Paul Lutherborrow, Richard Worthing, Joseph Hammond, Alexander Barron, Lodwick Thomas, and of course Thomas (father) and Henry (son) Evans. Their families have spread out from Sydney's northern suburbs and the New South Wales Southern Highlands, to Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and New South Wales, and beyond; some even returning to their United Kingdom roots.

Childhood

Ken at 12 months of age

Kenneth John Evans was born at 12:15am on 18th January 1955 in the now-closed Pacific Private Hospital, Brighton-le-Sands, New South Wales, Australia. His parents, both Second World War service veterans, were the late Herbert Arthur Evans (1919-2002) and Gwenda Edith Thomas (1924-2013).[1] He was christened Kenneth John on 20th February 1955 in St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Chester Hill, by the Reverend H Hillman. The family lived at 9 Nyora Street, Chester Hill, in Sydney's Bankstown region until re-locating to 51-53 Carberry Street, The Grange, Brisbane, Queensland in August 1957 as Ken's father sought employment. Ken's very much-loved siblings are Glenys (1949-), David (1950-50), Ronald (1952-) and Stephen (1957-).

Ken attended the Wilston State School (1960-66) and Newmarket State High School (1967-69), whenever he couldn't find a way to play truant. He was a Boys' Brigader from the moment he was old enough to join at eight years of age, being presented his Queen's Badge by the Governor of Queensland His Excellency Air Marshal Sir Colin Hannah in 1972.

Receiving The Queen's Badge

Ken was inspired by his Boys' Brigade leaders and always tried to emulate their example in faith and practice; particularly of note were Reg Walsh, Doug Lord and Bill Bain. Great memories were also formed in Sunday School, Christian Endeavour and Youth Group at Grange Baptist Church. Playing the trumpet (tutored by Northern Command Band bandmaster, Ted Selby), breeding tropical fish, playing Rugby League for the Grange Baptist Football Club, and competing in track & field and cross-country races for Rangers Amateur Athletic Club kept him fairly active, healthy, and out of trouble.[2] Well, maybe!

Marriage and family

As an 18-year old, Ken married Kay MacLeod, granddaughter of Military Medal recipient, George Leighton MacLeod. They were married in the Graceville Methodist (now Uniting) Church, Graceville, Queensland, on 22nd September 1973, by the Rev'd Horace Butler-White. They had met at Ken's older brother's wedding that April, Ken being best man and Kay a bridesmaid. They were sort-of related in that a cousin of Ken's mother was married to a cousin of Kay's father. Ken and Kay have three children: Stacey (1974-), Tammy (1976-) and David (1982-). The growing family lived at Alderley and Wacol, Queensland until Ken was posted to Sydney at the end of 1978. They separated in May 1986 and divorced, Kay returning to Brisbane with the children. Ken accepts that the combination of his military service and his deep involvement in The Boys' Brigade contributed to the pressures the marriage came under.

Ken & Terena engaged

Ken has been married since 16th December 1989 to Terena-Maree, whose ancestors include Bunt, Pollard, Pearce, Griffiths, Fry, Boniface, Hickson and more. They're even the fifth marriage connection between their two families. Between them they have 17 convict ancestors and considerably more free settlers to Australia. Ken and Terena were married on 16th December 1989 in Concord Baptist Church, North Strathfield, New South Wales,[3] by a special friend, Rev'd Stephen Donald Renn, and have two daughters; Tahnee-Ellen (1992-) and Hayley-Maree (1995-). Their wedding was special in that they are the only couple to have paraded the New South Wales Boys' Brigade Colours at their wedding. At the time Ken was the BB New South Wales Executive Officer (fulltime position), and Vice-President Administration and Training Director (both honorary positions). In 1995 Ken, Terena and their girls moved from New South Wales to Beaudesert, Queensland.


Ken and his kinder.

Ken is most happily a husband, father, grandfather (of six), great grandfather (of two), brother, uncle, great uncle, nephew, and cousin. The more he learns the more he realises that life is purely about family.


Working & Volunteer life

Kenneth Evans is a Military Veteran.
Served in the Royal Australian Artillery 1974-88 Bombardier

Ken quickly found employment in 1970 as a shop assistant in the Queen Street, Brisbane store of Barry & Roberts Department Stores. Commencing in dress materials, he progressed to manchester and men's wear before being promoted to manager / buyer of toys (at eighteen years of age!). Leaving Barry's following the 1974 Brisbane floods was a wrench but the following months learning the wholesale fabric trade with J Leutenegger & Co was an exceptional and profitable experience.

Australian Defence Medal

On 25th June 1974, Ken gave the oath to the Queen and Australia and became a career soldier in the Australian Regular Army where he served in:

  • 101st Field Battery RAA;
  • HQ Battery (Cadre) 23rd Field Regiment RAA;
  • 102nd Field Battery RAA;
  • Headquarters Training Command; and
  • District Support Unit Moorebank.

After working as a Gun Number on M2A2 Howitzers (with the privileged Army driver's licence of GT, for gun towing), Ken trained in signals and worked both in artillery command posts and with forward observers. Struggling for fitness after injuring a knee, he changed ECNs to become a storeman in the quartermaster stores, having opportunity to input to the army's new equipment management manuals and procurement of new computer and technological equipment for the army's training establishments. The 'crook' knee, injured in service, put paid to promotion to senior non-commissioned rank so Ken called 'time' on his military career after nearly fourteen years.[4]

After leaving the Army, Ken was appointed Executive Officer / Vice President Administration of The Boys' Brigade New South Wales (BB NSW), succeeding BB stalwart, John Bernard Gowman. During the three years Ken held this position, BB in New South Wales became re-enthused, began to grow numerically, and programmes such as Leadership Development Courses were commenced. He visited every one of the 110 BB Companies in the State, encouraged the re-development of the regional Battalion system and improved access to everything BB for country-based members.

Moving on from the 'dream job', Ken spent twenty years as an events manager; employed, contracted and self-employed. He managed events from simple day seminars to complex residential conferences to trade exhibitions to golden wedding anniversary celebrations and special community events. Ken holds tertiary qualifications in Biblical Studies, Events Management, Small Business Management, Security and Small Arms, and Equipment / Asset Management.[5] Ken was appointed a Justice of the Peace (JP) in New South Wales[6] and Fellow of Meetings and Events Australia (FMEA).[7]

mature-aged Kenneth Evans.

Ken has been a volunteer leader and executive member with The Boys' Brigade most of his life, starting in 1973 as an eighteeen year-old.[8] He has been at various times Captain of the 17th Brisbane, 13th Ipswich, 66th NSW Clemton Park, 31st NSW Concord and 1st Beaudesert Companies. He has served on regional executives as St George Battalion President and South Moreton Battalion Secretary. State Directorates in Training (New South Wales) and Development (Queensland) have given him immense personal satisfaction. Ken was appointed as a trustee of the charitable trust, The BB Fund. Involvement on the Australian executive included membership of both the Management Committee and Publications Committee. He has represented Australia at a world conference on Christian youth held in Singapore.

Ken has mixed all of the above with strong involvemnet in local Christian churches, being appointed deacon in The Grange Baptist, Gailes Baptist, Clemton Park Baptist and Beaudesert Baptist, and elder in Logan West Community and Beaudesert Baptist Churches. He has been the acknowledged leader of two home-based Christian fellowships as well as a Bible-study group facilitator and study leader in most of the above church settings. He has been a regular 'lay preacher' (unofficial in Baptist circles) and service leader since seventeen years of age.

The general community has also benefitted from Ken's service, from the Grange Progress Hall Association in Queensland, to the Community Centre, King's Langley and Quaker's Hill Community Centre, both in New South Wales. Ken was appointed Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.

Life-long practical interests

Ken, a happy man

Genealogy has been Ken's hobby / obsession since he was single-digits, fed by parents, grandparents and uncles / aunts who recalled many exciting stories of family members and those who had gone before. History / geography and genealogy are two sides of one coin. It is not just the names and dates that bring family members 'to life' but what did they do, where did they live, and what was happening in their time both locally and internationally. It has been an expensive hobby at times but, thankfully, online search registers, Wikitree, and social media, have brought things well within grasp. He always laughs when people say that they "have done their family tree". You're never finished. There will always be new source documents, (hopefully) new family members being born, there's always a cousin somewhere getting married or having another child and, unless you have reached Adam and Eve, you haven't finished going back in time. With WikiTree, it is easy to get involved with siblings and parents of in-laws or creating profiles on Notable persons; all of which helps to grow the one-world family tree. He is actively involved in creating / improving profiles to honour Notables, famous Christians and Space:Australian Army Generals.

Becoming Born Again

Ken is a published author and has written several books and manuscripts on Australian history, Biblical and Christian living topics, biographical works, as well as leadership development, equipment management and event management manuals. He is an insatiable reader; moreso in non-fiction genres (novels and poetry make up about 10% of reading) such as history, biographies, the Bible, Christian topics, military topics, and anything Australian: his library alone holding over 2,500 titles.

In his family time, Ken loves to play chess, billiards, table tennis, Mah Jong, as well as almost any table / board strategy or word games, listen to good music and watch classic drama films with family and friends. Some of his favourite musicians / singers include Herb Alpert, The Bee Gees, Richard Clayderman, Buddy Davis, the Highwaymen, Lee Kernaghan, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, and Demis Roussos. Arguably his all-time favourite film is The Great Escape, however almost anything Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Colin Firth, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Morgan Freeman, or Hugh Jackman will capture his undivided attention.[9]

Sources

  1. New South Wales Birth Index #39/1955
  2. first-hand information
  3. New South Wales Marriage Index #7219/1989
  4. Australian Army service record and discharge certificate for 1205173 Bombardier Kenneth John Evans
  5. certificates held by the family of Ken Evans
  6. certificate of appointment held by the family of Ken Evans
  7. certificate of appointment held by the family of Ken Evans
  8. Staff Sergeant and Officer appointment certificates held by the family of Ken Evans
  9. personal reflections

When I'm resting

The time will, inevitably, come for my rest and relief from life's hectic cycle and my 'good' friend, pain. It may be, though I do hope not, that I will one day merely be unable through physical or mental illness to continue my research and recording into my family and other profiles of interest. At that time, I place the profiles that I manage into the caring hands of the Wikitree Admin. If any member/s of my family have the desire to continue what has been started, I ask that they be allowed to manage those profiles and be shown the guidance to continue in the proper manner. Please deal with any locked profiles that I manage as privacy would deem best. Kenneth Evans 18 Jan 2018.


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Kenneth is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
AUSTRALIA
My own families have successfully spread to every State and Territory of Australia. Some have left. Don't ask me why anyone would purposely leave this great country. Some have left excellent marks on our society. Just recording, accurately, the stories of great Australians is exciting and challenging; whether they be pioneers, convicts, soldiers, farmers, business people, philanthropists, Christian leaders, or something else.
AUSTRALIAN_ARMY_GENERALS
I am developing (and / or improving) profiles with bios on each of Australia' military leaders: generals first, then admirals and air marshals. Many, but not all, of these people are Notable either through their military service or in addition to their military service. Trying to connect them to the Tree is rewarding but challenging.
AUSTRALIAN_CONVICTS
Eight convicts from my family, eight+ from my wife's family. Hoping our children marry more convict descendants. Regardless of their mistakes in life (haven't we each stuffed things up also?) many convicts made incredible contributions to their new country of conviction and are the founders of great Australian families.
BARRON
My maternal great great grandparents ventured from Morayshire, Scotland to Queensland in the 1850s, becoming the first settlers at Kedron Brook on a 34ha farm.
CATEGORIZATION
I love the categorisation concept as it brings together those profiles associated with specific events, places, groups, experiences, honours, etc, and can be used to learn more about history and, therefore, how to best move society forward.
EVANS
My paternal great great grandparents came to New South Wales from Radnorshire, Wales in 1856 in search of his father, who had been transported to NSW as a convict; 28 years earlier. They settled in the Picton-Thirlmere NSW region. I would love to collaborate with fellow family members.
HAMMOND
My paternal grandmother was a member of the major Hammond family butchers on Sydney's North Shore from 1860s onwards. Related to the Northrop family who migrated from Cambridge, England to NSW in the 1850s. A lot has been done on family research, but there is still much to do.
LUTHERBORROW
Although I have noted 17 different spellings of this name, this appears to be the original, from Leeds, Yorkshire. The name appears to have died out in the UK but remains very strong in Australia. Paul was the original Aussie Lutherborrow, in 1798 aboard the "Barwell". Yes, he came under much conviction. Would love to correspond with anyone researching a branch of the Lutherborrows, however your family spell the name.
MILITARY_AND_WAR
As a student of, mostly, the First World War (one of the most diabolical re-shapers of history that the world has seen) and the Second World War (my own father and people I have associated with were involved), I both want to honour those who served in defence of their countries and families, and learn from the ordeals so that we do not ever repeat them. I have a service background with the Royal Australian Artillery.
NOTABLES
Am constantly amazed at the stories of people I come across, whether military Generals, Vice Regal Governors, humanitarians, or othewise. So many otherwise ordinary people have marshalled their courage, determination and initiative to achieve extraordinary levels of purpose and drive that have greatly benefitted their community and society. They deserve every recognition.
PATFIELD
Patfield / Padfield and even Paddle, this is my earliest Aussie family with George arriving on the Second Fleet in 1790. Don't laugh, his crime was stealing a pair of donkeys! Associated family names of Pincham, Small, Lutherborrow (with its 17 spelings), Worthing. Many blanks so would like to collaborate with any fellow researchers.
WORLD_WAR_II
With so many of my family members having served I am interested in most aspects of recognising their service as well as the service of those with whom they served. I am also interested in providing a sensible, accurate and easy-to-follow Category system for assigning their service that we may learn from their experiences.


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On 23 Jan 2019 at 17:16 GMT Teresa Downey wrote:

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On 24 Dec 2018 at 00:20 GMT Barbara Flack wrote:

Ken, thank you very much for the work done on the Flack family. Much appreciated.

On 5 Jul 2018 at 07:21 GMT Shirley Davis wrote:

Thank you so much for adding Fanny Crosby- 3199 to the Notables Project. She was a gifted and prolific composer of hymns.

On 16 Jun 2018 at 05:29 GMT Helen Birdwood wrote:

Ken thank you so much, may I have your permission to incorporate some of your info into my FT on ancestry? fantastic work you are doing xx

On 15 Jun 2018 at 17:03 GMT Helen Birdwood wrote:

Hello Kenneth :) xx I received an email from Wikitree which shows that you have done lot of lovely work on the Birdwood tree. I am using Ancestry.com and have quite a lot of Birdwood info on my tree. I am wondering what our connection is? are you related to the Birdwoods. The FM William Riddell was my great uncle - best regards - Helen Lutley (nee Birdwood)

On 1 May 2018 at 17:58 GMT Mary (White) Tyler DTJ wrote:

Hi, just saw you posted a Jock White in your family. You probably already know, but the Scots always called John's Jock! Either Jock or Jack is John.. so when researching info, I would also research the other names. :) We had several Jock Whites in our family and their documents were always under John. :) A British thing? Not sure! haha Good hunting!

On 26 Apr 2018 at 11:25 GMT Wendy Scott wrote:

Hi Kenneth, I'm so excited that finally an Aussie has been highlighted as member of the week. Congratulations! I am only 15 degrees from you - the closest I've ever been to any of the profiles of the week. Then I read your profile - you're involved with Boys' Brigade, as is my son - he has had a conversation with you. It's exciting who you meet through Wikitree!

On 26 Apr 2018 at 01:39 GMT Ian Annabel wrote:

Hi Kenneth

Thank you for your corrections and additions to Francis Allsop and the Allsop family. I also noted that you and I have 11 degrees of separation through the Marriage of Thomas Thompson and Hannah Worthing,early settlers in the West Pennant Hills District. Regards Ian Annabel.

On 31 Mar 2018 at 17:54 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Ken,

Thank you firstly for such a lovely message and secondly for correcting the small errors so quickly. I really do appreciate it :)

I always find asking nicely gets a better response especially when people are fairly new to Wikitree. As for the rest of the community here - they are the best, and most friendliest of people .

Enjoy your journey into the past with wikitree :)

Wendy

On 15 Mar 2018 at 18:07 GMT Wendy (Roth) Preisach wrote:

Hi Kenneth,

I am not sure if you have found this or not but there is a book by Lawrence Buckley Thomas called “The Thomas Book” it has many of the Welsh Thomas’ in it. You can download it online. Great reference! I connected my Thomas line to it from Pennsylvania. Wendy

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