COINCIDENTAL CON­NEC­TION

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

Two ar­ti­cles in AG 141 caught my eye. They’re con­nected in an in­ter­est­ing way. Way out west fea­tures a photo of a naked lines­man up a lad­der. He is my grand­mother’s brother, Clarence Vivienne Adgee Cross. The fam­ily story says noth­ing about him strip­ping to keep his clothes clean en route to a wed­ding, just that he had to cross a water­way for a re­pair job. He was one of 10 chil­dren born on Dirk Har­tog Is­land where his fa­ther (my great-grand­fa­ther) was a mas­ter pearler and ‘san­dal­wooder’. An­other of the 10 chil­dren was Ge­orge Cross, whose son Harry Cross mar­ried Gra­cie Fields, one of the Abo­rig­i­nal girls in your ar­ti­cle Faces of the fence, also in AG 141. GE­OFF PALMER, BUSSELTON, WA

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