As a family historian, I have experienced the thrill of discovering documents which record the physical characteristics of ancestors. Despite being a convict, my three times great grandfather sounds quite rugged with his 'ruddy complexion, hazel eyes and a scar above his right eyebrow' and I must confess an instant bond of familiarity formed with my great great grandmother with whose 'brown hair, blue eyes and freckled appearance' I share. My olive ( but freckled) skin, however, comes from my father's Scottish background - Scottish or Roman influence I like to imagine!
I understand the historical significance of recording this kind of information. So here goes... and there's a fair chance I should come out looking better to my own descendants, than my convict great great great grandfather who was described on the NSW Convict Indent as having 'a pock-marked face, numerous scars and large swollen veins on both legs'.
|Me, aged three years with short hair and fringe.|
I was usually the shortest in my class throughout my schooldays. Now, as an adult, I measure 5 foot 2 inches...and shrinking... With Scottish and Germanic stoutness clearly embedded in my genes, it is fortunate that in true Scots tradition, I enjoy a battle. My ancestors may have disgraced themselves at the battle of Culloden (another blog..) but I work persistently to win the Battle of the Bulge.
|A cheeky 2 year old. Note the bow!|
I have always enjoyed being able to say that I am 5 foot 2, eyes of blue'.
|My baby grand daughter Primrose's hand holding mine. September 5 2013.|
Primrose Jemima Florence White-O'Rourke 5/9/13 - 6/9/13