Re­mem­ber­ing Mark and Maria

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

ON SUN­DAY, March 18, de­scen­dants of Mark Hayes and Maria Searcy are en­cour­aged to head to the Toob­o­rac Hall for a fam­ily re­union.

Mark and Maria grew up in Med­bourne, Le­ices­ter­shire, and made the three and a half month voy­age to Aus­tralia in 1850.

Once in Aus­tralia, the pair set­tled in Mel­bourne for a pe­riod of time be­fore head­ing to Toob­o­rac where they worked at the Toob­o­rac Inn.

The re­union be­gins at 10am with a church ser­vice to be held at the Toob­o­rac Unit­ing Church. Af­ter the ser­vice all at­ten­dees will have a BYO lunch and then visit his­toric fam­ily homes and gather for a whole fam­ily photo.

Branch rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Free­man urged all at­ten­dees to bring as many pho­tos, doc­u­ments and old mem­o­ra­bilia as pos­si­ble.

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