Robyn nee Maunder Henderson is
daughter of Alice Joyce (known as - Joyce) nee Rixon Maunder 1919 -
1996 granddaughter of Alice Jean nee McLachlan Rixon 1880 - 1967 great
granddaughter of Daniel McLachlan 1852 -1917 great great granddaughter
of "McLachlan of Avondale" in AUSTRALIA since 1850.
Alice Jean McLachlan born 1880 Saumarez Ponds
This is a Tribute to - Alice Jean
McLachlan 1880 - 1967, daughter of Daniel McLachlan 1852 - 1917,
granddaughter of "McLachlan of Avondale" in AUSTRALIA since 1850.
My early memories of my
grandmother are ones of awe, wonder & fascination, as I watched her dress
& go about ther daily life.
Alice Jean McLachlan wed Fred Rixon in 1904
I remember looking at her
endlessly crotchet & learned myself as I leant on her knee. I watched that
flashing hook & saw the rise & fall of the yarn through her fingers.
In appearance, Grandma was short,
round, well-corsetted & wore black leather shoes. Her hair was grey & held
in a soft bun. She wore round glasses & had a dimple which appeared &
disappeared in her soft cheeks.
Alice Jean nee McLachlan Rixon three eld
children Glenroy Duri NSW circa 1915 pre-death Dan McLachlan born 1852
Her instructions were issued
strongly & precisely as would be done by a military corps officer as she
bustled about. These instructions were uttered in the most articulate of
She was a disciplined person
totally family oriented, frugal yet generous, & very zealous for the
well-being of her family. She loved having visitors & always treated them
as honoured guests.
Alice Jean nee McLachlan Rixon eldest children
- Dan McLachlan -uncle @ centre abt 1920
Blessed with a vivid imagination,
she tended to believe what she wanted to believe. If displeased it was
conveyed by THAT LOOK, rather than words. At times she could be
overbearing, which, in turn, meant that her relatives did not always
Always grateful for any gift, &
passionately fond of all fruit, Grandma especially enjoyed over-ripe
Alice Jean McLachlan Rixon at her home Glenroy
Duri NSW abt 1940
Grandma delighted in the prowess
of the MALE members. While loving the females, she was a woman of her
time, who believed women were always to LOOK AFTER the men.
She was overjoyed when her
youngest son, Alan, achieved tertiary honours. Nevertheless she thought
the world of all her children. Any & all achievments & progress always
gave her much delight.
Alice Jean nee McLachan Rixon with her
youngest son Alan at graduation Sydney University 4 June 1949 also dau Ida
She kept in touch with her
extended family all her life remembering every birthday. Even as her
eyesight failed & the words tipped downhill because she could not see the
guide lines, she continued to write to those of her family who lived away.
Alice Jean nee McLachlan - her 6th child & 4th dau Joyce nee Rixon Maunder
with six of her seven daus photo abt 1990
Grandma's prayers were uttered
ardently for & with others. She would commonly bless grandchildren to
such an extent that one was later heard to exclaim "Grandma said grace
all over my head."
In a nutshell, she was a
matriarch, a thrifty, generous, strong-willed & Godly woman.
Alice Jean nee McLachlan Rixon descendants -
writer of Trib to her Robyn nee Maunder Henderson with husb & 5 chn in
1998 in Qld
written by - Robyn nee Maunder
during 2002 @ in south east Queensland AUSTRALIA