Dis­persed fam­ily clan re­unites

Wilkin­sons roll in for a get to­gether

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

Con­nec­tion to fam­ily di­min­ishes, along with the knowl­edge of who we are.

— Jim Wilkin­son

THE Wilkin­son clan has de­scended on the area for a long-awaited fam­ily re­union.

It’s been some time since the fam­ily were last to­gether, with the bulk of Satur­day’s at­ten­dance a long way off be­ing born when that oc­curred.

“It is now 38 years since the last get to­gether of the Wilkin­son fam­ily,” Jim Wilkin­son said. “That was held in Shep­par­ton, Vic­to­ria.

“This meet­ing saw fam­ily from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Tas­ma­nia, Vic­to­ria and sev­eral lo­ca­tions across Queens­land come to town.”

The fam­ily’s time in the coun­try dates back as far as the early 1800s.

“The sig­nif­i­cant fam­ily his­tory in Aus­tralia is doc­u­mented from 1813 when the first of the fam­ily were in­volved in ship­ping from Eng­land,” Jim said.

“Some set­tled in Vic­to­ria – some set up butcher shops to sup­ply meat to the gold­fields, there were tai­lors, min­ing war­dens, farm­ers and a mem­ber of the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment.

“There were sev­eral in­volved in World Wars 1 and 2,” he said.

“To­day there are fam­ily mem­bers in­volved in a range of di­verse in­ter­ests and em­ploy­ment – lo­cal govern­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, fi­nance, art, farm­ing, dig­i­tal, med­i­cal, en­gi­neer­ing fit­ness and more.”

Mr Wilkin­son said the gath­er­ing gave the fam­ily a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect.

“As fam­i­lies ma­ture and dis­perse through em­ploy­ment and many other rea­sons, the con­nec­tion to fam­ily di­min­ishes, along with the knowl­edge of who we are and where we came from.

“When that knowl­edge is lost, fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will find it dif­fi­cult to make con­nec­tion, or be sup­ported in time of need.

“It is the con­nec­tion with fam­ily that gives in­di­vid­u­als the sense of place and worth,” he said.

Mr Wilkin­son paid trib­ute to a lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion for help­ing cater the event.

“We are greatly ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port we had from the chap­laincy com­mit­tee to cater for the event.”

PHOTO: GLENDA RI­LEY

BAND BACK TO­GETHER: Wilkin­son re­la­tions from all over Aus­tralia came to town over the week­end for a fam­ily re­union.

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