- The Old Beaconsfield Hall
- Cow Cubbs and Dung Flakes
- A Letter from Doctor Scott in 1956
- A Wartime Serendipity
- Emigrants From Milton to New Zealand
- Images Emerging from the Archive
- Wychwoods Local History Society Publications in Print
Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 28
Several members of your Committee have been working throughout the autumn and winter to organise the archive of photographs left to the Society by John Rawlins. There are literally hundreds of pictures, many from the distant past but others showing more recent events. You will be seeing more of these pictures in this and future journals.
More work is going on in another group organised by our Chairman to digitalise some of the photographs to make them more available. John has left us a priceless legacy and we must conserve and utilize it.
Journal 28 contains the story of development, building and some local uses of the old Beaconsfield Hall. There is an example of how the lives of ordinary people of the past here can be learnt from a will that has been transcribed by a member of our Probate Group. It is followed by an investigation into a World War II friendship that would never have happened in peace-time.
We learn from a letter written by Doctor Gordon Scott to all his patients in 1956 about the consulting hours of that time and how he intends to modernise the practice.
Lastly, local immigration to New Zealand in the bad agricultural times of the 1870s is here examined showing Milton families leaving for a new life on the S.S. Mongol. Reports and diary entries show just how dangerous the voyage was for those leaving these shores. Those that arrived safely write home to say the risk of leaving was worthwhile and life though hard is much better than it was in this country.
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