I spent my childhood in the Far North Flinders Ranges of South Australia, at Nepabunna. It was was an incredible childhood. As long as I was home for meals (not always lunch), did my school work, and slept in my own bed, I was free to wander the bush with my friends, where and when I wanted. There was so much to do that there was no need to ever be bored. Whether it was climbing huge Gum (eucalyptus) trees, walking along dry creek beds, climbing hills (actually mountains), playing rounders (a game played with a broomstick and a tennis ball, a bit like softball or baseball), watching the boys race donkeys (if they could get them to move), hopscotch in the dirt, marbles, setting traps to catch rabbits then going out early in the morning to bring home dinner, helping dad fix windmills or anything else that took our fancy made our days very full and fun. The excessive heat, the dirt, dust and flies, could have been a problem but, as children, we didn't seem to notice any of that. Maybe the flies!!!, they were a problem, a huge problem. In the Australian Bush, we have something called the Aussie Salute. It is the constant waving away of the flies from our faces.
My early education was by Correspondence, which arrived by post from Adelaide every two weeks and was taught by my Mum, as well as School of the Air which we listened to twice daily on our Transceiver Radio. By mid year four I had transitioned to the local 'Mission' school, which was the public South Australian Education system. As a 12 and a half year old I needed to board in Leigh Creek, a coal mining town in the Far North of South Australia. Dad would drive the 45 miles to Leigh Creek on Friday afternoon every second weekend to pick me up and take me home, then on the Sunday afternoon (or Monday morning) he'd drive me back for school. He did this for three years! Sometimes Mum would come with him if she needed to do shopping in the 'big city' of 1100 people and two stores.
After attending Secondary School at Leigh Creek Area School for three years I moved to Adelaide, South Australia, Australia to complete High School with a goal of becoming a Secondary School teacher. By the end of one year at Unley High School I chose to leave school and move into the workforce, as I realised that four or five further years of education would be a huge financial burden on my parents who, as missionaries, had sacrificed so much in order for my brother and I to be educated and have all we needed.
After two short term jobs, I was, accepted by, and worked for, the Electricity Trust of South Australia for four years while I saved to go to Bible College, and attended the Bible College of South Australia through 1971, before marrying. I love to teach the Word of God in order to see people reach their full potential in life, and apart from my husband and family, that has been my joy for the past 45 years.
In mid 1970 my brother, Ted, introduced me to a group of friends from a small church group he was attending while doing his final apprenticeship year in Adelaide, and it was there I met my future husband. Maybe I should say, he met me. He suddenly started travelling 35 minutes to pick me up for events when my brother who lived 5 minutes away was more than able. I discovered later that this was Ted's plan all along! Hans & I were engaged at the end of that year and married the following year
On 11 December 1971 I married Hans Strikwerda at Burnside Christian Church, Burnside, South Australiaand we had four sons.
|After the Wedding of Hans & Eileen Strikwerda|
Tony, who was a great blessing to us all, died in tragic circumstance in December 1997 as a 23 year old young man and Hans died from Mesothelioma in April 2004, but regardless of those events leaving huge holes in my life, I have had and do have a wonderful life and plan to continue to do so as I share it with my three other amazing sons, their wives and my grandchildren. I am truly blessed!
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On 1 Mar 2019 at 06:53 GMT Johannes Willem (De Beer) de Beer wrote:
On 28 Feb 2019 at 22:23 GMT Johannes Willem (De Beer) de Beer wrote:
Tanks for editing the data. I however got 2 problems with this person. She is my wife's(Annette Sophia Roux de Beer) grand mother. 1. The Albertus Pieter Roux, Roux-1196, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2HG-QTF5 : 6 August 2017), is what bothers me. He actually was born on 1 Dec 1923 and died on 17 Feb 1979.(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Y2-FLTP : 8 August 2017). I think maybe this 1908 child died and later on his name was used again? 2. There is also another child for her. Hendrik Johannes Roux , born 1931 and died 2008. I can not find proof to add him as her child. His wife, known to us as Alma, is still living and her father is Josua Prinsloo 1905-1983, mother is Magdalena Dorethea Prinsloo1908-1991.
Can U perhaps help?
Johan de Beer , SA
On 7 Feb 2019 at 04:52 GMT Steve Thomas wrote:
I appreciate your documentation of the cemetery at Hallett where many of my family lived. Do you have a particular connection with Hallett? or am I seeing a small part of your research of cemeteries in many settlements?
On 7 Jan 2019 at 20:41 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
I sent you a message a week ago about the new-look Global Cemeteries Project but have not yet heard back from you. If you would like to continue in the project, please can you PM me your team(s) selections and your e-mail address for the Google group.
If I don’t hear back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer wish to be in the project at this time.
Leader, Global Cemeteries Project
On 1 Jan 2019 at 00:18 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.
Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.
Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.
Leader, Global Cemeteries
On 6 Nov 2018 at 08:18 GMT k Ebsary wrote:
On 13 Aug 2018 at 04:03 GMT Kev Thompson wrote:
Re. clarification on the date of death of Joseph Preston, . The New South Wales BDM has his death registered as the 1st of Aug 1863 and his headstone as the date as the 8th of June 1863. Please advise.
On 27 Jun 2018 at 17:22 GMT Simon Bedford wrote:
On 19 Jun 2018 at 00:54 GMT Teresa (Brown) Henderson wrote:
Thanks for adding Ronald Vidler's parents. I don't mind at all that you did that. This site is a work in progress not someone's private family tree hey? I have come across a lot of private entries on people that have passed away donkey's years ago they don't need to be private there dead and no one can hurt them. It's only the living that should be protected. I get so frustrated with that. Happy searching. Teresa
On 2 Jan 2018 at 19:16 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:
Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.
Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.
Thank you for being a Wikitreer,
Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader