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FLOOK Fanny Amelia

Female 1845 - 1927


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  • Name  FLOOK Fanny Amelia 
    Born  12 May 1845  St.George, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  12 Jul 1845  St George, Bristol, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    _UID  C6E63AC62DF9419BB04EFA45AB161D16DFF5 
    Died  10 May 1927  Ukalunda Stn Via Collinsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  11 May 1927  Cemetery, Ukalunda, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1440  Frater Genealogy
    Last Modified  10 Jul 2018 

    Father  FLOOK William,   b. 1808, St.George, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1872, Fourth Street, Woolahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  NOTT Esther (Hester) Gaby,   b. 1812, Bristol, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1892, 82 Queen Street, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Apr 1831  St.George Church, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F19  Group Sheet

    Family 1  RIPLEY John,   b. Dec 1846, Riding, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. RIPLEY Fanny Albertha,   b. 1868, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1956, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. RIPLEY William George,   b. 1870, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1949, Collinsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  26 Dec 2008 
    Family ID  F446  Group Sheet

    Family 2  WHALAN John,   b. Abt 1823, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1892 
    Married  13 May 1872  St.Stephen's Manse, Bathurst, Nsw, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. WHALAN Ida Hester,   b. 4 Apr 1873, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1957, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. WHALAN Arthur Raymond,   b. 1875,   d. 1922, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. WHALAN Oscar Albert,   b. 25 Oct 1879, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1945, Bowen, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. WHALAN Minnie Mary Annie,   b. 4 Apr 1973, The Lagoon, near Bathurst, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1897, Ukalunda, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  26 Dec 2008 
    Family ID  F447  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
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      Fanny Amelia Flook
      Fanny was born on 12 July 1845 at St George, Bristol, England. She Came to Australia & Married John Ripley. They Settled in Bathurst, N.S.W, where they had two children, Fanny Alberta & William George.
      Fanny Amelia's first husband, John Ripley, was killed in a mining accident. Fanny then married John Whalan (born in Dublin Ireland) on 13 May 1872, at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Hope Street, Bathurst. Witness's were Samuel & Martha Baker. Martha was Fanny's sister
      At this time Fanny was living at the Lagoons near Bathurst, a small town of approximately 200 people & John was a labourer from Campbell's River, a cattle & sheep property 15miles from Bathurst. There were four children from this marriage:
      Minnie Mary Annie 1873 married John James Whelen
      Ida Hester 1875 married Fred Gordon
      Oscar Albert 1879 married Mary Boyd
      Arthur Raymond 1886 married Kathleen McMunn
      Fanny & John Parted because of John's excessive drinking. The whereabouts of John is then unknown.
      Fanny had worked for two doctors in New South Wales who had interests in the Ukalunda Mine in
      Queensland & through them, she obtained work as a bread cook for the miners.
      Thus began her life a UKALUNDA, Queensland. Fanny was a trained nurse & was soon to be self appointed nurse & midwife in the district. She was known to all as "Mam". Colin Cameron McPherson & Colin Easton were two of the children delivered by Mam.
      Mam Ran her own bake house & store, mainly dealing in gold dust & using gold scales. She always kept large snakes to rid the place of rats. She also kept her own coffin in case she died during the wet season & one could not be obtained.
      When Mam's daughter Minnie Died in 1897 leaving three small children (Elsie5, Amy 3, & Norman 1), Mam took over the rearing of those children. Minnie's husband John Whelan owned the Ukalunda Hotel at this time. When he died in 1907, Mam Managed the hotel until her Death.
      Mam Died on 10 May 1927 & was buried in the Ukalunda Cemetery, Mam was Known Throughout the district as a very tough, strong willed lady but her kindness was also very evident. The name "Mam" has always been a legend.
      A Poem written by Stanley S Hathaway is included in this publication alone with this letter (below) which was published in a Queensland paper.
      In The North Queensland Register, J.B. writes:
      'I have always read with interest your references to old-timers, carriers, hotels, etc, but I have often wondered how it is that I have never read anything about the old hotel at Ukalunda.
      It was truly a home away from home. Founded by a Victorian, the late J.J. Whelan, he saw to it that no man left his place without his tucker bags being full & with a bottle in his pocket.
      We miners around could thank this big hearted man from many a good deed.
      He married pretty Minnie Whalan & together they ran the Ukalunda Hotel & Butcher Shop, Store & Post Office & no places were ever run better.
      After a few years, death claimed them both, but they left three children; two girls & a boy. The hotel was taken over by Mrs Whelan's mother, Mrs Whalan, who conducted it for many years & she was one of God's best.
      Her name is always spoken of with affection & she was loved by all who knew her, Never did anyone go hungry if she heard about it. Baskets of cake & all sorts of good things were sent to any miner who had no woman folk at home to do if for him. If she heard of anyone being ill, away she went through the night to their aid-in a motor car? Oh no, on horse back.
      The writer can recall on particular night '96 a dark stormy one when a call came for help for a sick woman 35 miles away in the bush. A few minutes after receiving the call & with a few first-aid things & a flask of brandy, this good woman was on her way & she was responsible for many such deeds. Furthermore, many a child was brought into this world by her, & there were no doctors of nurses within miles & miles. Anyone who remembers her will agree that it would not be possible to fine a more generous of better woman than old lady Whalan, loved & respected by all, high class & low class, black or white. They were all the same to her, if she though they wanted any help.