Just a short note to confirm that Alan's parents, Dr John Austin Gill and Margaret Elizabeth (nee Kirstein) did indeed resided at 15 Harvey Street, Umkomaas wef approximately 1956. He obtained his medical degree at the Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland in the early 1900s. Before relocating to Umkomaas after his retirement, he practiced at Ladybrand in the Free State and later served as Chief Medical Officer (District Surgeon) at Quachas Neck and Teyateyaneng in Lesotho (the then Basutuland). My parents were close friends of them (we were neighbours). He passed away in the late 1960s. Margeret (or Maggie as she was known), stayed on alone in the house for many years. She was a keen gardener and had the most beautiful garden! When her health started to fail (she was born in 1893), she sold the house and moved in with her one son (Ian) who resided in Edenvale at the time. She passed away in the middle 1980s and I attended her funeral in Edenvale. As far as Alan in concerned: He had a very pleasant personality and was quite a likeable person. He studied commerce at the University of Natal. However, he would just "disappear" for extended periods and his mother was always telling us that he was on business in Kenya. The last time I saw him was in approximately 1970/71, when he got married to a lady by the name of Pam (Pamela?). Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of them, but I have two pictures of Maggie which were taken at the Umkomaas house in circa 1981. She has the most exquisite antiques in the house, amongst other things a hand carved chair dating back to the reign of King Charles II and a beautiful grandfather clock, which also appear on the pictures. If you are interested, I can e-mail copies of these pictures to you. The foregoing may not be useful information but I nevertheless thought I will pass it on to you. I was informed a year or two ago that Alan has since also passed away, but unfortunately I do not have any details.
My biological fathers' name was also Alan Austin Henry Giill. Only met him a few times when I was a small child. I do know he passed away many yrars ago. Do you have any other info about him? i wonder if it"s the same person??
Hi Belinda, I'm Alan's niece, Linda, my dad is Ian Gill. Do you know when Alan passed away exactly, and the cause of him passing away. I would also like to see pictures of him if you can email me please. Lmvlok@telkomsa.net. Kind regards
Gosh, I wander if it is the same person...do you have any pics of him...or remember what he looked like. I have his birth certificate here..not sure how my mum landed up with it..but great info...I honestly cant remember him. I was about 2 when he left my mum, Norma (nee Hoggons) and I do know that my mum was expecting my sister Cheryl
He was born 13 April 1928 in Ladybrand. His family must have moved to Umkamaas, Natal some years later. His dad was Dr. John Austin Gill and his mum was Margaretha Elizabeth.
I think from memory, he had a brother called Ian... I have quite a lot of pics here..I am originally from Port Elizabeth myself. We moved to NZ 12 years ago.
Looking forward to hearing from you..will pull out the old photos and scan and hopefully we can share .
It's definately the same Alan Gill!!!!!.......I used to visit him at his mom"s house in Umkamaas. (and his brother"s name is Ian) He married my mom in about 1969/1970 and I was born in 1971. My mom left him before I was even born. As far as I know he also had other children, a son Austin and a daughter Gail........I don"t have any pic"s of him but I still remember what he looks like....sort of!! Can"t seem to open your pic"s, maybe you can email them directly to me? my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am trying to trace the details of Arthur Charles BROMILOW b 1940 Johannesburg he married Sarah Eve EYES b 1943 Durban. Her father was Charles Leonard EYES born UK 1918 any information I would most grateful. George Johnson.