The Mitchell Family History

Mavis and Bill Mitchell - their ancestors and descendants

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01 - 'Renshaw - What's in a Name? #1' - William Renshaw and Maria, nee Treadwell - the first generation, 1987
01 - "Renshaw - What's in a Name? #1" - William Renshaw and Maria, nee Treadwell - the first generation, 1987
It is a big document and will take a few minutes to load - but worth the wait.
In 1987, Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) compiled this family history of her great grand-parents, grandparents, parents, siblings and various uncles, aunties and cousins.
We have copied all this - biographical notes, photos and documents - into the profiles of the various individuals.  
 
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02 - 'Thorne - What's in a name? #2' - George Thorne and Alice, nee Irwin, their children and grandchildren.
02 - "Thorne - What's in a name? #2" - George Thorne and Alice, nee Irwin, their children and grandchildren.
In 1990, Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) compiled this family history of her great grand-parents, grandparents, parents, siblings and various uncles, aunties and cousins.
We have copied all this - biographical notes, photos and documents - into the profiles of the various individuals.
 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 1 - The story of his life
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 1 - The story of his life
This was compiled for Bill's 70th birthday. It includes notes by Sir Charles Court.  
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 2 - family contributions, genealogy, education & letters
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 2 - family contributions, genealogy, education & letters
* Contributions: Bill's wife, children & grandchildren acknowledge Bill with drawings, stories and poems. This is well worth looking at.
* Genealogy:
* Education:
* Letters: There are 6 letters to newspapers here, and there are many more of Bill's letters in 'Dear Sir'. 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 3 - awards, military, references, cars, houses & cuttings
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 3 - awards, military, references, cars, houses & cuttings
* Awards:
* Military:
* References:
* Cars & houses:
* Cuttings: 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 4 - poetry, interesting occasions & family photos
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 4 - poetry, interesting occasions & family photos
* Poetry: There are 9 poems here, and many more in 'My Family & My Country'
* Events:
* Family photos:  
 
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04 - 'My Family & My Country' - Poetry of Bill Mitchell
04 - 'My Family & My Country' - Poetry of Bill Mitchell
Compiled by Mavis Mitchell after Bill's death in 1996. 
 
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05 - 'Dear Sir'
05 - 'Dear Sir'
A compilation of letters to the newspaper written by Bill Mitchell. This was produced in a bound copy by Mavis Mitchell in 1998 - a few years after his death. 
 
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06 - 'His Spirit Lives On'
06 - 'His Spirit Lives On'
A selection of memories and anecdotes by family members and others in memory of Bill Mitchell after his death in 1996  
 
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07 - 'We Shook The Family Tree Again' (Living Histories) by Mavis Mitchell in 2006
07 - 'We Shook The Family Tree Again' (Living Histories) by Mavis Mitchell in 2006
A second generation history of the descendants of William and Maria Renshaw, nee Treadwell.
It is 153 pages of wonderful family history - so it will take a minute to download - please be patient.
Updated by Mavis Mitchell in February 2007. 
 
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A scandal that never was
A scandal that never was
In 1943 a women tried to make contact with Albert, thinking that he was her long estranged husband.  
 
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A shocking leap down the back yard
A shocking leap down the back yard
Bill's car crashed through the fence and down the garden terraces. This prompted a humorous poem. 
 
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Albert Renshaw Autobiography
Albert Renshaw Autobiography
 
 
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Another William Renshaw?
Another William Renshaw?
In his autobiography, Henry Gibbs, a son of a cotton miller in Kearsley, described his friendship with a William Renshaw, whose father had six cotton mills. But this was probably different from 'our' William whose father had a corn mill in Mayfield.  
 
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Archie Renshaw - Rotary award in 1987
Archie Renshaw - Rotary award in 1987
Biography when receiving a Rotary award.
 
 
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Audrey volunteering at the Rotary Op Shop in Cowes
Audrey volunteering at the Rotary Op Shop in Cowes
From 'We Shook The Family Tree Again', page 62 
 
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Audrey's story
Audrey's story
 
 
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Autobiography of a Manchester Cotton Manufacturer - by Henry S Gibbs, 1887
Autobiography of a Manchester Cotton Manufacturer - by Henry S Gibbs, 1887
This 227 page book describes the life of Henry whose family operated a cotton mill in Kearsley, just north of Manchester. He mentions his friendship with a young man named William Renshaw whose family operated many cotton mills in the mid 1800s. It seems that this was a different William who is featured in this Mitchell website - for the reasons in 'Another William?' in William's profile (above). 
 
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Blackstone Community, 1998 to 2001
Blackstone Community, 1998 to 2001
Don & Helen Gordon (nee Mitchell) were in the Blackstone Community near the borders of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Helen helped develop arts and crafts - including dot painting, sewing, jigsaws and spinifex paper. 
 
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Dorothy Renshaw - experiences at work
Dorothy Renshaw - experiences at work
Or is this Shirley - not Dorothy? 
 
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Dorothy Renshaw - her story
Dorothy Renshaw - her story
 
 
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Enid Cummins, nee Renshaw - her story
Enid Cummins, nee Renshaw - her story
 
 
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Linda Renshaw - Her Story
Linda Renshaw - Her Story
 
 
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Marie Hanrahan, nee Warne - her story
Marie Hanrahan, nee Warne - her story
 
 
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Mavis's story
Mavis's story
Autobiography by Mavis Mitchell, nee Renshaw
From 'We Shook The Family Tree Again', page 45 to 56  
 
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Memories about Marjorie Nelson Winston, nee Renshaw
Memories about Marjorie Nelson Winston, nee Renshaw
Eulogy by Suzanne Fairbairn, nee Winston
 
 
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My story - Thelma Yeomans (nee Renshaw)
My story - Thelma Yeomans (nee Renshaw)
 
 
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Opening of Archie Renshaw's new engineering works in 1954
Opening of Archie Renshaw's new engineering works in 1954
 
 
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Renshaw reunion - Fitzroy Gardens in December 1985
Renshaw reunion - Fitzroy Gardens in December 1985
Attendees: Lila Renshaw (Collins), Lindsay Renshaw, Sandra Renshaw (Hartinge & Gruar), Douglas Renshaw, Linda Renshaw, Shirley Renshaw, Dorothy Renshaw (Deason), Noel Renshaw, Dawn Silby (Renshaw), Melva Renshaw, Sally Renshaw (Saunder), Enid Renshaw (Cummins), Harry Cummins, Audrey Renshaw (McFee), Albert Renshaw & Mavis Renshaw (Mitchell).
Source: pages 7 & 8 in '01 - What's in a Name #1 - Renshaw'  
 
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Shirley Renshaw - My Story
Shirley Renshaw - My Story
 
 
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Stan McFee - died 1981 - obituary
Stan McFee - died 1981 - obituary
 
 
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The Routeburn Track
The Routeburn Track
Helen Gordon (nee Mitchell) went on the Routeburn Track while in New Zealand on a working holiday in 1973.  
 
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ww - George Thorne & Alice (nee Irwin) - their story
ww - George Thorne & Alice (nee Irwin) - their story
 
 
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ww - Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) - her story
ww - Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) - her story