Eileen (Hathaway) Strikwerda
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Eileen (Hathaway) Strikwerda

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Eileen S. Strikwerda formerly Hathaway
Born 1950s.
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Sister of [private brother (1950s - unknown)]
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Mother of [private son (1970s - unknown)], [private son (1970s - unknown)], and [private son (1970s - unknown)]
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I was born on 9 May 1951 in Rose Park, South Australia, Australia[1]. My parents were Bill Hathaway and Florence Vidler and I have a younger brother, Ted Hathaway.[2]

I spent my childhood in the Far North Flinders Ranges of South Australia, at Nepabunna. It 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 the 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 realized 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 me 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 traveling 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 Australia[3]and 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!


  1. South Australia Births Deaths & Marriages: Birth Certificate held by Eileen Hathaway
  2. First-hand information
  3. South Australia Births Deaths & Marriages: Marriage: Reg#: 10254/1971
  • First-hand information. Entered by Eileen Hathaway at registration

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The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their follwed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any disucssions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you konw that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steve Harris
Thank you Eileen,

For sorting out the Eliza Power mixup. Now that I am back on-line they both look very clearly separated. Regards Graeme

posted by Graeme Rose
Hi Eileen, Welcome to the Australia Project! We are delighted you have joined us.
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Eileen, I am currently doing check-ins for the Australia project, and noticed that you are on the South Australia team, but not a member of the Australia Project. Are you still interested in contributing to South Australia? If so, I'll join you up to the Australia Project as well. Thanks for all your wonderful work on WikiTree for Australia. Gillian, co-Leader, Australia Project
posted by Gillian Thomas
Hi Eileen,

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Coordinators Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following: 1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute. 2) Added Connectors to the tags you follow.

Hi Eileen,

Thanks for adding sources to Friedrich Scholz. It helps untangle the Scholz/Schulz/Schultz families.

Regards, Steve.

posted by Steve Thomas
G'day Eileen, thanks for asking about Eric Moray Murray. I have created a category,. It was a British Army unit with soldiers drawn from colonials resident in England. The Australasian (later Australian) Squadron obviously made up of Aussies in England. Eric must have been living in England at the time, maybe university or similar. For the Second World War, pop Eric into. Regards, Ken
posted by Kenneth Evans
Hi Eileen,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Eileen

My name is Richard Poole. Regarding the son of Ninian & Jane Gardner ( 1915-1915 ) I had incorrectly put in a name. Could you leave the son on the records and remove his name that I listed as Ninian. Not sure how to do this.

posted by Richard Poole
Hi Eileen. While we wait for the official launch of the South Australia Team I've created this temporary home for us: South Australia Team Clubhouse This will give us somewhere to meet get to know each other and get started. Do drop in!

Cheers Anne Team Leader

posted by [Living Turner]
Thanks for the help with Myrtle Cheeseman. I'm not very good at this caper and there are so many other things to do


posted by Geoffrey Raebel

Eileen is 22 degrees from Laurie Giffin, 37 degrees from Toni Morrison and 20 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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