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.
Hello Hendrik, Thank you so much for all that info. I am still speechless....thank you for sharing . I didnt really know my father Alan. He left my mom, Norma when I was about 2 years old. I saw him briefly when I was about 5, but have very vague recollections. i would really love to see the pics you have. My email address is email@example.com. as you can see, we are living in New Zealand. Emigrated here in 2001.
Thank you so much for your email and the photos.I will forward that to Belinda as well...I find it hard to believe that a stranger can be so kind and take the time to fill in the gaps, that I have needed to know all my life..... for so long, I didnt feel like I belonged...I so often felt like the under dog...so thank you for changing that.
If you can think of anything else, would so love to hear ...I am going to try and upload your email reply to me on this site and the photos. There might be a few more siblings out there.
I am also doing research on my ancestry and managed to trace back my family roots to 1555 in West Flanders in Belgium. It is a laborious task, but very rewarding. I've been doing research for approximately 15 years now, but there are still a few gaps.
I have previously contacted Belinda and supplied her with the same information and e-mailed the pictures to her as well.
I am also an alumni of the Natal University and will try to see if I can source some information on Allen from their records when I attend our next get-together shortly.
How very interesting, so you are an old hand at this!
When I first joined My heritage, i really thought, Hmm' this is wishful thinking, little did I know I would come across someone like you who has been so wonderful in sharing this info...I so look forward to any other info you may stuble across.
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
I am Debbie Parker(nee Gill) My dad was Alan, your dad, Ians brother.. what a small world. My mum was Norma, I am sure your Dad would remember. I do have pics from the really early days when they first got married, and I think I even have one of your dad holding me as a baby, well thats what my mum told me. Yy emailaddress is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belinda said she was seeing you guys yesterday. Hope you had a wonderful catchup.