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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.
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.
|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). 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. Well, maybe!
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, 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.
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:
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.
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. Ken was appointed a Justice of the Peace (JP) in New South Wales and Fellow of Meetings and Events Australia (FMEA).
|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. 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.
|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.
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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On 26 Apr 2018 at 01:39 GMT Ian Annabel wrote:
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:
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 :)
On 15 Mar 2018 at 18:07 GMT Wendy (Roth) Preisach wrote:
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