A look into history
Saturday, 3rd January, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
Alma Cowie’s life may have ended abruptly in the picnic train attack of 1915, but her legacy lives on through the generations of relatives who gathered for the Cowie reunion at the Demo Club yesterday.
Around 90 descendants of the Cowie family delved into their history, and looked at photos and memorabilia of past and present generations.
Event organiser Joy Sanderson gave a presentation outlining the many branches of the family tree, and showed a video of historical footage regarding the train attack.
Joy said the task of tracing all her relatives had been made easier by a “family bible” that was passed on to her by her mother, Mary White (Alma’s sister).
The old ledger contains family details right back to 1875, and is accompanied by a photo album which contains pictures of family members from 1901.
“It was handed down to me and that’s how I got into all of it,” said Joy.
“It’s like an authenticator, because I can look at it and know it’s all current and true.”
Mrs Sanderson said she was amazed by how successful and well attended the reunion had turned out to be.
“It’s all been fantastic, I’m thrilled to bits.”