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Parents Norman & Corinne. PAGEREF _Toc377591262 \h 4

Stace Family. PAGEREF _Toc377591263 \h 5

Norman Edward Stace. PAGEREF _Toc377591264 \h 5

Pioneers of Tasmania & New Zealand. PAGEREF _Toc377591265 \h 14

Stace. PAGEREF _Toc377591266 \h 15

Stace coat of arms. PAGEREF _Toc377591267 \h 18

Lucas. PAGEREF _Toc377591268 \h 19

Pascoe Fawkner. PAGEREF _Toc377591269 \h 25

Bannister. PAGEREF _Toc377591270 \h 27

Peed. PAGEREF _Toc377591271 \h 29

Hall Family. PAGEREF _Toc377591272 \h 32

Corinne Helen Christine Hall PAGEREF _Toc377591273 \h 32

Norman remembers Corinne. PAGEREF _Toc377591274 \h 33

The Hall and Venables family. PAGEREF _Toc377591275 \h 37

The Hall family from Scotland. PAGEREF _Toc377591276 \h 37

Fasham Nairn. PAGEREF _Toc377591277 \h 42

Ancestors. PAGEREF _Toc377591278 \h 42

Origin of the name Fasham Nairn. PAGEREF _Toc377591279 \h 46

Industrialists of Whitechapel Rd, London. PAGEREF _Toc377591280 \h 51

The Importance of Being Luke. PAGEREF _Toc377591281 \h 51

About Whitechapel Road, London. PAGEREF _Toc377591282 \h 54

Whitechapel Bell Foundry. PAGEREF _Toc377591283 \h 56

Cutbush. PAGEREF _Toc377591284 \h 58

Jack the Ripper. PAGEREF _Toc377591285 \h 58

Earliest names in the Hall family tree. PAGEREF _Toc377591286 \h 60

Pontifex. PAGEREF _Toc377591287 \h 60

Nairn. PAGEREF _Toc377591288 \h 60

Remington, Hobbins, Hadley. PAGEREF _Toc377591289 \h 60

Great aunts of the family. PAGEREF _Toc377591290 \h 62

Thora Stace. PAGEREF _Toc377591291 \h 62

Aileen Mary Stace. PAGEREF _Toc377591292 \h 64

Mabel Jessie Stace. PAGEREF _Toc377591293 \h 65

Florence Venables Hall PAGEREF _Toc377591294 \h 67

Annie Hall PAGEREF _Toc377591295 \h 71



[2] Journal of the Early Settlers' and Historical Association of Wellington, Volume I, Issue 2, 1912/13. 3 Journal of the Early Settlers' and Historical Association of Wellington, Volume I, Issue 2, 1912/13.

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitechapel_Bell_Foundry lists the master founders of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry from 1420 to 1997.   

[8] From http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5s38/1, Biography note by Julia Brooke-White

[10] NZ Truth on 21 January 1911

[11] Wanganui Chronicle on 10 August 1910






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Southern France

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September 2014



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Lyon is the first step on our short stay in Southern France, touring in leisurely hops by car, down the Rhône valley from Lyon to Avignon and then to Aix and Nice with various stops along the way.

Months earlier I’d booked a car from Lyon Airport to be dropped off at Nice Airport.  I’d tried booking town centre to town centre but there was nothing available.

This meant I got to drive an unfamiliar car, with no gearstick or ignition switch and various other novel idiosyncrasies, ‘straight off the plane’.  But I managed to work it out and we got to see the countryside between the airport and the city and quite a bit of the outer suburbs at our own pace.  Fortunately we had ‘Madam Butterfly’ with us (more of her later) else we could never have reached our hotel through the maze of one way streets.

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I was no longer breathing; I had no heartbeat; I was limp and unconscious; and I failed to respond to stimuli, like being cut open (as in a post mortem examination) and having my heart sliced into.  Until the middle of the 20th century the next course would have been to call an undertaker; say some comforting words then dispose of my corpse: perhaps at sea if I was travelling (that might be nice); or it in a box in the ground; or by feeding my low-ash coffin into a furnace then collect the dust to deposit or scatter somewhere.

But today we set little store by a pulse or breathing as arbiters of life.  No more listening for a heartbeat or holding a feather to the nose. Now we need to know about the state of the brain and central nervous system.  According to the BMA: '{death} is generally taken to mean the irreversible loss of capacity for consciousness combined with the irreversible loss of capacity to breathe'.  In other words, returning from death depends on the potential of our brain and central nervous system to recover from whatever trauma or disease assails us.

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