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George Edward Ebenezer Cook and Louisa Beck

George was born in Forest Hill, London in 1890. His father, my great grandfather, was what would be called today a "developer". George is recorded in the UK 1911 Census as a "Building foreman". Sometime thereafter he set of for Oz. How, why and when are not known but a sceptic might come up with "draft dodger"!

It seems likely that George was involved with developments around the Bondi area because our family comes from N Devon and there are a number of N Devon names in this area e.g. Clovelly. To cap it George married Louisa Beck in 1918 at Randwick.

I can find no press record of the marriage and I am stuck on Louisa's origin (Louie to all who knew her).

George and Louie came back to the UK in probably the mid to late 1920s via Canada and George took over his father's property portfolio in Wallington, Surrey. They built an ultramodern house (for the time) called Coogee and when he retired built a scaled down version called Little Coogee. I was taught the rudiments of cricket on the lawn of Coogee and somewhere still have a little box with 3 burnt matches entitled "The Ashes"!

Anything on the activities of George and Louie would be much appreciated.


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