Many children were lost in the earlier days, in fact it was something to celebrate if your children reached adulthood. I have been researching the Whitcomb family in the past few weeks and noticed that of their eleven children, seven girls and four boys, three girls and one boy died as babies. All of the Whitcomb children were born and died in Mackay, Queensland.
Elsie was born in 1892 and died in 1895, Winefred was born in 1893 and died in 1893 and Maisie was born in 1900 and died in 1900. A son Cecil Raymond was born in 1888 and died in 1888.
|Mary Whitcomb nee Thomas|
Mary Whitcomb nee Thomas was my maternal great-great-aunt. As a mother myself I cannot begin to understand the sadness that this must have caused Mary. I believe this photo was taken of Mary when the family had moved to Chatswood in Sydney around the time of the beginning of WWI. Mary died in Chatswood on the 3rd May 1942, aged 77years.