Re: Mrs F Stevens of Rathnally, Wongan Hills
Hi, This is a bit of a strange situation. My Grand father was Angelo Giovanni Bussola. (Angel John or AJ Bussola) He emigrated to Australia from Italy in the early1900's. He was born about 1883.
His brother emigrated to Argentina at about the same time. The families (Italy, and Australia) lost contact with the Argentina connection about 1920. I am in the process of trying to locate the Argentine connection .
In the process going through the WW1 section of the National Archives I have located twol civilian letters amongst a load of military forms and records.
There is a letter from a Mrs F Stevens of Rathnally (a sheep property) near Wongan Hills in Western Australia dated April 1919. The letter is to the Army requesting how she can (on behalf of a friend) obtain an allotment from my Grandfathers army pay. (By this time he was in England having survived the trenches in France) She says that she is caring for the 2 year old illegitimate son of my Grandfather. She says the mother is in hard times as she already has other children....? The letter is a little indistinct.
There is also a letter from a Mrs E Strother of Belvidere Street Bayswater Western Australia requesting from the Army details of my Grandfathers location etc... Her letter is dated January of the same year.iIt seems that it likely that she may be the mother of the child, and that Mrs Stevens was helping her by following up with the Army.
Its all a bit of a mystery.
My Grandfather returned from the UK in about 1920 with a wife. They had two children. A daughter (my mother, who is now 94) and a son (who is now 90). Neither has any inkling that there may be (or possibly be ) a half brother some where. So there is some delicacy to the situation, and I am just trying to sort out what might be what in low key as possible manner!
Any leads would be greatly appreciated