Searching Australia for Albert

Started by: christi (206)

My husband is looking for a very old friend from the 60's who emigrated to Australia. His name is Albert Wilson, will be about 58 and used to live in Bell Lane, Kitt Green, Wigan/ His fathers name was Harry and he had a sister named June who was about 3years older. Albert went to Abraham Guest High School and left to work in a shop in Wigan. We don't even have a state in Australia to give!!! Here's Hoping!!!!

Started: 20th Sep 2006 at 14:34

Posted by: britboy (6794)

Hi christi

While waiting here in the hospital waiting room, I wandered through wiganworld and was surprised with two connections you mentioned...kittgreen and abraham guest school.
I lived in kittgreen for many years and went to abraham guest school from 1960-62.

Small world

Replied: 20th Sep 2006 at 16:10

Posted by: gozzer (inactive)

hi christi
I`m in australia for a couple of weeks visiting my daughter and family
I will ask around.
don`t hold out much hope though

Replied: 21st Sep 2006 at 00:38
Last edited by gozzer: 21st Sep 2006 at 00:39:20

Posted by: flockhound (160)

Christi, I,m in Sydney, if you go on to the Daily Telegraph site (Sydney version) and contact them via email, they have a daily article called "searching" they will put your details in and see if anyone in New South Wales knows the whereabouts.

Replied: 21st Sep 2006 at 02:59

Posted by: christi (206)

dear flockhound, thanks very much for the info. I will do this when I return from work later today.

Replied: 21st Sep 2006 at 11:35

Posted by: christi (206)

Dear Britboy, I too was at "Abby Gabby" during those years. Do you remember Mr. Stockwell, Mr.Budworth, Mr. & Mrs. Jones etc?

Replied: 21st Sep 2006 at 11:38

Posted by: britboy (6794)

Hi christi

yes I remember those teachers and been trying ta remember a few more name...
Mr Davis...Mrs Sixsmith...Mrs Statter...Mr Yates...Mr Crookston. I beleive Mrs Jones used ta be called Miss Aikin or something like that before marrying Mr Jones.
The old place certainly expanded a lot since I was there many years ago...I missed the 25 year reunion
When I moved up from Lamberhead Green school to Abram Guest I thought it was wonderful going to a brand new school.

Even remember the old school motto...'FIAT LUX' "let there be light"

LOL...had ta cast the old memory back a bit to far!!

Replied: 22nd Sep 2006 at 04:50
Last edited by britboy: 22nd Sep 2006 at 04:52:00

Posted by: christi (206)

Hi again Britboy, Yes, I remember those teachers as well Mrs. Jones(Miss Aitken) lives quite near my Mum and Dad in Orrell, but sadly Mr. Jones died about 5years ago. Do you remember Mrs. Bizbrown and Mr. Woods, Mr Fazackerly(no games for a month) Mr. Maganall(P.E. and geog. and Mrs. Pennington the formidable
school secretary? When I moved from L.H.G School I remember thinking what a big school AG was But like you say, nothing like the size of it now. All my children and 1 Granchild has attend it but it is now where near a good as I was. The teachers were more caring and approachable then. By the way I used to live in Bell Lane in Kitt Green. Do you remember any of the shops? like mrs Stevens(drapery) Mr. Blackham(news) and Miss Cobley(general store) and the old Co-op these are all now ordinary housing!!! Ah! the Memories.


Replied: 22nd Sep 2006 at 10:04

Posted by: greyhound (397)

mr jones was my uncle,he died many years ago[20] if it was the same man.lived in bryn then moved to upholland

Replied: 22nd Sep 2006 at 19:38

Posted by: flockhound (160)

christi, the email address for In Search in the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) is or write to them at:

In Search
Letters Editor
PO Box 2808
GPO Sydney
New South Wales 2001

You have to include a contact name and phone number.

Good luck

Replied: 23rd Sep 2006 at 05:27

Posted by: christi (206)

Greyhound, I don@t think it was the same Mr. Jones, as for all the time I knew him, he lived in Orrell. His first name was Robert and he had a stronge welsh accent.

Replied: 23rd Sep 2006 at 13:37

Posted by: christi (206)

Flockhound, Thank you so much for the E.Mail address, and also the postal address. At last I have got somewhere to start!!!

Replied: 23rd Sep 2006 at 13:39

Posted by: greyhound (397)

no the mr jones i knew was john thomas and i believe he met his wife there

Replied: 23rd Sep 2006 at 20:06

Posted by: britboy (6794)

christi Quote "Do you remember any of the shops? like mrs Stevens(drapery) Mr. Blackham(news) and Miss Cobley(general store) and the old Co-op these are all now ordinary housing!!! Ah! the Memories."

Spent many years in kittgreen up to getting married and moving away (my first wife).
As a kid I used to have a paper round and worked for Mr.Blackham.
The old Co-op brings back many childhood memories in particular when it was divi day and my mother used to collect her divi once a year
When there was open fields between Peter St and Bell Lane, plenty a room to play.
Going down to porters wood climbing amongst the trees...don't think its as safe for kids these days to go out on their own playing in the woods...sign of the times no doubt.
Some great childhood memories though....simpler times.

Replied: 26th Sep 2006 at 03:43
Last edited by britboy: 26th Sep 2006 at 03:49:37

Posted by: christi (206)

Dear Britboy, I JUST CAN,T BELEive IT! You are all those miles away and we must have spent quite a time living quite close to on another. I to did a paper round for the same shop. I played many, many, times on the fields at Peter St. We used to call it on the farm, as there used to be a farm owned by the Barton family and it also had a small pond. Many a time I paddled in Barton's pond. Yes , I used to go down Porters wood as well, do you remember the big rope swing and the little wooden bridge nearby? We had a samll "gang" (NOT like the gangs today) and used to call ourselves the Pennington House gang as one of our friends lived in Pennington House. Do you remember a small fair coming on Peter St. fields? I once got throw off the cock and hens trying to hold a friend of mine on, she stayed on, I fell off!!!!!

Replied: 26th Sep 2006 at 10:50

Posted by: britboy (6794)

I have quite enjoyed recalling my memories especially about kittgreen in my childhood...perhaps it would be a good subject in the general section of wiganworld....I'm sure it has been a subject before but interesting all the a passing thought...I can still recall the street gaslight on city road same side as the new new inn being lit at night by a small man riding around the local streets on his bycycle lighting the lights with a long pole...a very distant memory. (now I am showing my age!!!LOL) and yes I recall very well the fair on the fields at the back of Peter St....great childhood fun

Replied: 27th Sep 2006 at 03:24
Last edited by britboy: 27th Sep 2006 at 03:26:23

Posted by: christi (206)

Britboy, We must be around the same age, as can remember visiting my Gran's. She used to have a gas light almost outside her house, her lamp lighters name was Billy.!

Replied: 27th Sep 2006 at 11:30


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