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Great Uncle Arthur Bates And Queen Victoria

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The Brexit debate reminds me of my Great Uncle Arthur Bates who, in July 1850, had the honour of meeting Queen Victoria.

As a young man Great Uncle Arthur had to leave the UK for reasons unknown and after many years travelling around the world avoiding various police forces ended up working for the British East India Company who would basically employ anyone.

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Searching Your Family Tree? Sometimes It Is Like Searching In A Forest, In The Dark, At Night, Without A Torch, Wearing A Blindfold.

The conversation with my mum went something like this…..

ME: “Mum, would you help me make my family tree?

MUM: “No”

That was about it. Silence. A tumbleweed rolled past mums coffee table.

Mum continued watching a man eating a kangaroos bottom on “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”.

I didn’t push it. It was the answer I had expected.

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