One of our family has died: Farewell Joan Tyzack

Joan (nee Burridge) was born on the 4th April 1928 and died on the 10th August 2017.

Family members and friends are invited to attend her funeral.  The funeral service will be held at Le Pine Chapel, 21 McDonald Street , MORDIALLOC, Victoria on Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 at 02:30 PM.

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Joan married Stan Tyzack on the 18th of September 1954. Apparently Joan worked in the office in his workplace, Hill &Co. (an accountant, estate and business agency) . It is not known the date when Joan commenced this employment nor when they met, but Stan had been working with the firm since 1939.  Late in 1965, Joan’s sister Audrey commenced work for the firm.

In the 1960s two daughters entered their family; Lynne (20/10/1961) and Julie (23/8/1963).

The photo below shows Julie, Joan and Lynne in the 1960s.

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In the photo below Joan is holding baby Julie

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The full family photo is shown below with Stan, Julie, Joan and Lynne

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During the preparation of the book William Baker Tyzack and his descendants in Australia, and when planning the Tyzack 150th family anniversary, I exchanged letters with Joan and had lengthy phone discussions. She was a thoughtful, interesting woman who was open and a pleasure to talk with.  Faced with a series of ongoing health problems, Joan was never despairing but hopeful. As such she presented as a wise role model for dealing with the vicissitudes of ageing.

Unfortunately we never met.  This month, I and the world has lost a wonderful friendly soul.

Recognition for contribution

In yesterday’s listing I am delighted to say that Arran Pearce Hassell, great great grandson of William Baker Tyzack was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours “For outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force School of Intelligence and Deputy Head of Corps, Australian Intelligence Corps.” The full citation indicated: “Lieutenant Colonel Hassell has displayed outstanding leadership and professional commitment as the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force School of Intelligence. His efforts have resulted in a positive cultural shift within the School and significant modernisation in the training of the Australian Defence Force Intelligence workforce. His efforts have directly contributed to the remediation of hollowness in the Australian Intelligence Corps.”

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I know my grandmother, Louisa Caroline Tyzack wife of Harold Gordon Tyzack (grandson of William Baker Tyzack) received the Order of the British Empire (Civil)/British Empire Medal (Civil) on 1 January 1975. This medal, usually referred to as the BEM, was the Queen’s way of rewarding service to the British Empire in the United Kingdom and abroad.  Specifically it recognised my grandmother’s voluntary community work over decades.

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I wonder how many Tyzack family members have been recognised with a Queen’s birthday honour.  Please let me know if you are one.




Our oldest family member has a milestone birthday

Consult your copy of our book William Thomas Tyzack and descendants in Australia and you will see Norman Oswald Tyzack was born on 20 May 1927.

Congratulations Norm for reaching your 90th birthday last Saturday.

To celebrate the occasion Norm was surrounded by his extended but close family including those who travelled from as far away as Darwin.  The happy photo below, marking his 90th, includes some of our relatives who were not able to attend the Tyzack anniversary events last year.

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If you would like to send Norm special well-wishes please forward them via the email address and I will ensure he receives your messages.

Sailing ships

Yesterday I had the pleasure of sailing around the Derwent River Harbour in a full scale replica of the Lady Nelson sailing ship.  The original was built in 1798 in England and plied the waters between Newcastle and Norfolk Island and Tasmania for the next  twenty five years.  My day on the water was glorious with blue skies, golden sunshine and a firm breeze. When all the sails went up, we scudded along at 7 knots.  Quite wonderful. The image below is of the replica in which I sailed.

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The water surface had an almost millpond quality as we returned to the wharf. I couldn’t imagine how sailing ships would cope with heavy seas.

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I spent a great deal of time trying to remember what I knew about the Lincolnshire, the ship which brought our ancestor William Baker Tyzack and his family to Port Melbourne from England. I tried to imagine what it might have been like, with so many ropes and so many sails being part of the picture for 83 days at sea.


Today I have been able to compare the sizes of the two vessels.  The Lady Nelson came out to Australia with around 20 people. The original crew size was 12. By contrast the Lincolnshire, when first launched in 1858  sailed with a crew of 60. The Lincolnshire was designed for 180 passengers in addition to the large crew.  When William travelled in 1866, approximately 116 passengers plus crew sailed.  Not a full complement, but undoubtedly the hold was full of supplies and cargo so space for moving around would still have been at a premium.

Records show that at times there were perhaps 60 or so people sailing for days on the Lady Nelson.  Yesterday with passengers and crew I suspect our number was around 40. It was standing room only on the deck when all were assembled. Sailing for days would have been very cramped and most uncomfortable by today’s standards (although I recognise that people were generally physically smaller back then than we are today). Add to that, on the original Lady Nelson, the area below deck remained unstructured with one open hold. Apparently people slept on boxes and ropes and all.

My photos below give some idea of the majesty of a sailing ship however small.

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The original Lady Nelson was approx 53 feet long compared to the Lincolnshire which was approx 198 feet long – that is, William’s ship was over three times as long as the ship I sailed on yesterday.

The Lady Nelson was approx 17 feet wide compared to the Lincolnshire which was 33 feet wide – that is, William’s ship was almost twice the breadth.

The Lady Nelson weighed 61 tons compared to the Lincolnshire which weighed 1025 tons – the latter being about 17 times the tonnage of the smaller ship

Having pursued this simple research comparing the two ships, and after yesterday’s most stimulating sail, I feel I have a small but greater understanding of what William, Charity and their four children might have been exposed to at sea.

The Lady Nelson replica runs trips lasting a few days; I am considering taking one of these small voyages. Part of the deal, if you wish, is to learn to handle the ropes and even climb around the sails.  I wonder if the Lincolnshire crew allowed such liberties to its passengers.

Red poppies

I stepped outside the house to collect my mail and heard, in the distance, the last post being trumpeted at the Bellerive war memorial. It was 11.00 am on the 11th of November. I stood to attention remembering those who have fought in wars, and what I saw made the necessary connections.

For years I have watched self-sown red poppies pop up but I have never before thought of them as flowering on Remembrance Day. Their red petals were wavering in the breeze at the end of my driveway. I doubt whether these poppies are anything like those at Flanders and elsewhere in WWI, nevertheless, with the last post on the breeze, I had all the components with which to remember all family members and friends who have gone to war on Australia’s behalf.


In the earlier email, I highlighted two of our family members who went and fought in WWI.  Other family members served their country during WWII.  I remember them with gratitude today.

Corporal: Harold Edward Markson Tyzack

Craftsman: Paul Thomas Tyzack

Private: Ronald Baker Tyzack

Sargeant: Victor Thomas Tyzack