O is for Ouyen and the Pentlands

Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Ouyen Cemetery, Victoria

Mr Cassmob’s maternal grandparents, Lloyd Edwards and Ellen nee Pentland, are buried in this cemetery for the town in the Mallee district where they’d lived. My husband rarely got to his grandparents because his own family was living in Papua New Guinea. I never met his grandmother, Ellen, though I have fond memories of her wedding present – a Robert Carrier cookbook which she’d won in a competition, and for arranging a photo of our wedding in the Women’s Weekly of the day.

Ellen Pentland was born at Laen Victoria, to parents Michael Smith Pentland and Janet Black. Two of her brothers were killed during World War I. Her sisters lived in Warracknabeal, Victoria where we visited family graves.

Warracknabeal Cemetery, Victoria

Mr Cassmob’s maternal great grandparents, Janet Pentland nee Black and her husband, Michael Smith Pentland. The memorial includes the names of their sons killed during WWI.
Sydney and Donald Pentland are remember on the War Memorial in Warracknabeal along with others killed during the war.
The graves of three Pentland “children” are side by side: Percy Pentland (tight), Ruby Maggs (centre), and Maisie Muir (left).

And, in a random addition: from the Sevenhill district cemetery, Clare Valley, South Australia, this memorial is a recognition of the impact of the Rh negative factor and the consequent loss of children. We can be grateful that modern medicine can now manage this. Those mentioned are unrelated to the Pentlands. What a series of tragedies for Bill and Julia Quirke.

7 thoughts on “O is for Ouyen and the Pentlands

  1. The Quirke family suffered greatly – advances in modern medicine are encouraging.

    I always find it interesting when the missing war dead are remembered on family graves – it happened quite often as bodies were not repatriated and most family would have no chance to visit France or Turkey in those days.

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    1. Hard to imagine the pain from losing all those children.
      Yes, I’ve seen the war deaths on graves quite often.. a way to make sure they weren’t forgotten. It certainly wasn’t in the Pentland family.


  2. I love your maternal grandparents’ grave. In the US, these are known as garden plots — and in some cities, such as Philadelphia, they have planting days were the public can plant flowers on this type of grave (which here usually has soil in the frame).

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