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Robert Provost9 SEP 1855 -- 25 OCT 1941avatar
Hannah Hurst1862 -- 21 MAY 1930avatar
Michael Joseph Bugden27 JAN 1883 -- 3 JUN 1929avatar
Mary Anne "May" Milgate5 JUN 1883 -- 22 JUL 1974avatar

Isaac Provost

Isaac Provost

Birth6 APR 1903
Death8 MAY 1953
Aged: 50.1 years
Born the 15th child (out of 16) to Robert PROVOST and Hannah HURST at the family farm at Utungan, outside Taylor's Arm, not far from Macksville, NSW. Isaac never liked his name and preferred to be known as Ivan. Ivan had a wonderful singing voice, studied at a conservatory, and was much in demand for local events. When his father sold the farm and retired to a riverfront house in Macksville, he gave each of his children a sum of money to start their own lives. Ivan used his to buy a farm at Nashua, outside Lismore, NSW. Having married in 1927, only 2 months before his first child, Joyce was born, his first 4 children were born at Nashua. His farming was a failure, leading to a falling out with his father, and an increasing retreat into alcohol. The farm was sold to settle debts and the family moved to Lismore, and then to Grafton, living first in a derelict house, and finally to # 39 Wharf Street, South Grafton, his family eventually growing to 8 children. Ivan had various jobs, as a bread carter, and a car salesman, a job that he excelled at. He also trained and bred greyhounds having moderate success. He had two well-known brood-bitches - "Mindarella" and "Tyagarah Lady.". He was born with a congenital heart defect which after years of hard work, hard times, and hard drinking, began to take it's toll. He travelled to Sydney to see a specialist to see if his heart could be repaired or replaced, as heart transplants had recently been experimented with. He passed away before anything could be done, aged only 50, and was buried on Mother's Day.
BUGDEN   Thelma Veronica 1908 - 1987

Thelma Veronica Bugden

Birth25 SEP 1908
Death15 JAN 1987
100893 / 1987
Aged: 78.3 years
Thelma Veronica BUGDEN was the 3rd child of 12 born to Michael Joseph BUGDEN, who died in 1929, and May MILGATE who died in 1974. She was married at age 17, just 2 months before giving birth to her first child, Joy. She would eventually go on to have 8 children with her husband Isaac (known as Ivan). It was not an easy life for Thelma, dealing with a husband who turned to drink when his farming venture failed. She was a wonderful mother, with her large brood always well turned out and well respected around town. There was always a pot of porridge on the wood stove in the kitchen, making the whole house warm and welcoming. The family had regular holidays to Wooli and Woolgoolga where they starred in local entertainments, with all the kids showing some musical and artistic ability. Ivan died in 1953 and Thelma was left to raise her children on her own, with the youngest, Jane, only being 9 years old at the time. She had 18 grand-children and never failed to send them something on their birthday. When she left the family home at 39 Wharf Street, South Grafton, she moved to a house closer to the river, at 96 Through Street, with a mango tree in the back yard and canaries on the porch. She lived within walking distance of the club where she worked, and shared the house with her boyfriend, Norm until Norm had to move to a nursing home. So it was that Thelma was alone at home when she suffered a massive stroke and it was sometime before she was found. She never recovered and passed away in the same nursing home where Norm was. A more strong, independant, kind, generous, and loving mother and grandmother could not be found. I have never heard anyone who had a bad word to say about Thelma.
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses



John Michael 

18 AUG 193024 JUL 1981  Australia, New South Wales, Lismore Lenore Margaret Walker 


31 MAR 19355 MAY 2016  Australia, New South Wales, Casino Fay Pringle 
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