Back: Alby Hunt
Front: Ellie Brotherton, Alby Brotherton, Myrtle Hunt or Brotherton, Willie Brotherton.

Hello Kate,
I was looking through the Beasley information and other family information on your site and came across to me what looks like the Wedding photo of Albert Ernest Brotherton & Myrtle May Hunt (reg Collins). They married in the Bombala district in 1912. - NSW BDM Index Reg No: 9254/1912 BROTHERTON ALBERT E COLLINS MYRTLE M BOMBALA. The photo - Back - Albert (Alby) Hunt (reg Collins) - Eldest brother of Myrtle May; Ellen May "Ellie" Brotherton - a younger sister of Albert Ernest (Alby) Brotherton; Albert Ernest (Alby) Brotherton; Myrtle May (Hunt - registered Collins) Brotherton & William Henry "Willie" Brotherton.
Ellie. Alby & Willie Brotherton all children of William Henry Brotherton & Mary Jane (Yelds) Brotherton.

Albert & Myrtle May Hunt (Brotherton) both registered originally as Collins as when Albert was born in Bendoc, Victoria in 1891 his mother Edith was only 14 yrs old and when Myrtle was born she was 16 yrs old.
Edith's parents John Richard Collins & Mary Jane Crane "aka Armstrong" were both deceased. Mary Jane an Irish Famine Orphan (my 2nd grt grandmother) died in Bombala in January 1883 and John died in July 1889, Little Bills nr Bendoc, Victoria. According to my maternal grandmother Edna Doris Roberts (Tindall) who was told by Maude (Collins) Douch (my great grandmother and an elder sister of Edith (Collins) Hunt) the two children were taken into one of the Collins families and reared with their children.
Myrtle kept her registered name of Collins but Albert (Alby) took their father's surname of Hunt. Edith and Stephen John Hunt married officially in 1898.

On the Australia Electoral Roll, NSW 1913 - Bega - Pericoe - Edith and Stephen Hunt were residing at Lett's Creek. Her Sister Maude (Collins) Douch and her husband John Henry Douch were living at Pericoe, also. By 1930 Stephen "Steve" and Edith "Edie" were settled with their nine remaining children in the Cobargo district and it was here that Stephen died in 1948 and Edith in 1948.

I do have information on the Brotherton/Hunt/Collins family link and also have Brotherton links to the Monaro side of this family with my dad's Douch/Ingram side of his grt grand aunt Mary Susan Douch's marriage to John Thomas Ingram of Bombala - they had a family of twelve children and were married in 1859. Some of the family information Ian Harvey has on the Monaro Pioneers site comes from a ged file I sent to David Smith about 2006. Tindall, Douch, etc.

Last night I also found out that Myrtle Mary "May" (Hunt - "aka Collins") and Albert Ernest Brotherton between 1943- 1954 they moved from Road View, Bombala to Rand, Cathcart, where the resided until they moved into High Street Bega between 1963-1968 with their youngest daughter Marlene Myrtle Brotherton. Myrtle & Ernest raised a family of thirteen children -
Wilfred Charles Stephen Brotherton - 1913-1965 ;
Dorothy Edith Brotherton - 1915-1936 ;
Herbert John Albert Brotherton - 1917-1936;
Florance May Brotherton - 1918-1991;
William Clive Brotherton - 1920-2002;
Norma Joan Brotherton - 1921-1996;
Avery Frances Brotherton - 1924-Living;
Laurence Frederick Brotherton - 1925-1966;
Ronald Alfred Brotherton - 1927-1979;
Harold Neville Brotherton - 1929-1998;
Barbara Mary Brotherton - 1931-2010;
Rose Dawn Brotherton - 1936-Living;
Marlene Myrtle Brotherton - 1938-Living.

I also have another reason to research this family as Avery Frances Brotherton and my grt uncle James Ivan Tindall had a daughter Dianne Joy "Joy" in 1945. Unfortunately, grt uncle James "Jim" never made it home to Australia after WW2. The RAAF plane he was travelling back to Australia in crashed into the mountainous area of New Guinea in Sept 1945 where it remained lost until discovered in the 1970's. Whether grt uncle Jim knew of his daughter "Joy" we will never know. The Tindall family have only known of "Joy" being in our family since 2013.

I also mentioned that Albert Ernest Brotherton's parents were William Henry Brotherton & Mary Jane Yelds - 6082/1886
BOMBALA. Mary Jane (Yelds) & William Henry Brotherton had a family of thirteen children, to my knowledge. After William's wife Mary Jane (Yelds) died on 23 July 1926, Bombala, NSW. William remarried in 1927 to Charlotte Spence. To my knowledge there was no issue from this marriage.

I hope this information may be some help to someone. Please feel free to share the Brotherton-Hunt "aka Collins" family information on your site.

Valma Hick