A Gathering of Gannans At Burden Park 11 Nov 2012

How it Came about.

Ken, with Camera

A couple of years ago Ken Gannan met up with various members of the family at a funeral. He was having a chat to to Tony Gannan and mentioned that the only time he saw his cousins and Uncles and Aunts these days was at a funeral. Apparently the discussion went on and Ken was left with the task of organising a reunion of the family. After doing some sight seeing Ken settled upon Burden Park off Heatheringto Road. He took Mary Brimelow along to get some approval for the site. Approval received, a date set and messages sent. That was for early March 2011. It rained for nearly a week right up to the day of the gathering. Ken decided to cancell the activity, and as Sandra and I flew out over Melbourne to Fiji, the sun was out and the day was beautiful.

So Ken had another go. This time same plot, same reason but this time in November. A series of instructions were issued: don't go any where, be there etc. Mary got into the Act and sent off an email demanding that she be not disappointed by us not attending. Many attended this activiy. Some fifty of us actually fronted for a very nice day. 

The Day

The Gannan family at the park

The day was sunnny but windy and could be considered cold by some. Especially those from the North of the State. When Sandra and I arrived Ken and Eyvonne were already there, just waiting for some strangers to appear and hopefully some that we remembered. Slowly people arrived; Ancestors Tony Gannan, Mary Brimelow Celia Gannan arrived with their offspring in tow, while those that have passed on, Gerald, Margaret and Edward, were well represented by their offspring.There are others whose time had come and passed on, Trevor Brimelow,  Maurie Sharp and Mary Gannan. Even among the offspring there are casualties, Kevin Gannan, Margaret Sharp and Christopher Sharp. Although those people were not there, they are sadly missed. The oldest of the mob is 92 and the youngest has not quite arrived yet. I did ask when, was told, had a sleep and promptly forgot when.


Eleanor,Rosemary,Judith and Virginia

As a meet and greet, Ken arranged a great day. We all met people we knew existed but had never met before. It was interesting because every one there did not know each other, but they did. Near where we were set up there was a play ground which kept the younger members of the family occupied while the rest of us got reaquainted. It was interesting to note the physical similarities among the family especially the facial features, as demonstrated in the photograph on the right

More to follow??

It is I

According to the head line there is more to follow on this subject. I took some photos, but with a bung eye many of the did not come out properly. Or perhaps I just took some lousy photos.

What I would like is for those of the various families involved in this day to provide a small paragraph and perhaps a picture or two to illustrate your impressions of the day. The idea is for them to be incorporated in this web page. Please do not send stuff that you would not wish to see in the daily newspapers. My email address for the above information is:


Thanking  you in anticipation of your assistance and hope to see you all again, same place, same weekend on a different date.



Judy 20.01.2013 10:12

It was a great day! It was wonderful meeting the next generation & reconnecting with those we hadn't seen for some time :)

Jess 16.11.2012 21:56

Well, I think the next one should be, or at least one should be held some time in 2015. :). I really wish I could of been there. Xxxxx

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02.07 | 08:09

Thanks for the reply - I found Gannan image on 14 Squadron archives whilst looking for John Hunter who was from Albury. I just wanted to advise - Cheers

02.07 | 07:56

Continuing, I have no information as to his time at 70 OTU other than he was on course No 13 and Passed. His name is Gerald Gannan who passed away in 1994.

02.07 | 07:49

G'day Chris. Sorry it took so long to answer. I have that pic somewhere. Just cannot find moment. It was among Dads Photos of 14 Sqn RAF. 70 OTU
Mar to May 42.

23.06 | 09:23

Hi Chris from Albury & District Historical Society - saw the image of the B26 in this post - can you advise where you found it as I'm doing some work on 70 OTU