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  • ID: I2729
  • Name: Karl SINCLAIR
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 03 SEP 1903 in House of J Lavender Bogey Ck, Bellinger River, NSW
  • Burial: Tamworth Evergreen Memorial Park, NSW
  • Death: 22 DEC 1974
  • Note:

    Service Record
    Service Australian Army
    Service Number NX46164
    Date of Birth 3 Aug 1903
    Place of Birth BELLINGEN, NSW
    Date of Enlistment 3 Jul 1940
    Locality on Enlistment BOSTOBRICK, NSW
    Place of Enlistment NEWCASTLE, NSW
    Next of Kin SINCLAIR, EDNA
    Date of Discharge 6 Nov 1946
    Rank Sergeant
    Posting at Discharge 2/30 INFANTRY BATTALION
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
    Prisoner of War Yes

    Joan Taylor was born in Huntington, England, the third child of a Dentist Surgeon who became famous for his research & for the articles he wrote. From the time she was born, there were servants in the house so Joan never had to lift a finger as far as household chores were concerned. At an early age her mother left home. Joan's father married his secretary, who did not wish for the company of another women's children. Her brother Corin left home & sailed for Australia, while Joan and her younger sister Mollie were sent to Belgium to be educated by the nuns in a convent. Joan became very well educated, speaking 5 languages. She developed a beautiful voice thanks to the training in the Belgium Convent and she became a capable musician, being able to compose her own musics. She and her sister Mollie did not get on well as Mollie was extremely jealous of Joan's ability. On leaving school Mollie became a nurse.

    Her brother often wrote of his success in Australia where, he wrote, he had purchased a large property at Dorrigo in northern New South Wales. So when she finished school at the age of eighteen Joan decided to join her brother in Australia as she had nowhere else to go. Her sister she found to be rather strange and not a suitable companion.

    Joan sailed for Australia in 1924, a journey of several months, with the conditions on board ship being far from luxurious. Upon her arrival in Sydney she found she had to travel all the way up to Dorrigo by train & bus. One can imagine her feelings when she finally arrived in the small town of Dorrigo to find that her brother had been telling her stories & was only a worker on one of the local properties. Joan finding it necessary to seek employment managed to get work at the local hospital as an aid. One can only guess at her sence of frustration as she had never had to work before especially domestic type of work. It was there she met Karl Sinclair who had been hospitalized with appendicitis. After leaving hospital he stayed in the same boarding house as Joan recuperating. In the meantime Joan's brother left Dorrigo, too ashamed to stay with his sister, he went to Melbourne where he became engaged, but when that broke up, returned to England where he lived out his life. His niece, Jean Sinclair called to visit him in the early 1960's.

    Joan probably had little money left and no work skills so when Karl asked her to marry him and come to live on his property with him she agreed, even though they hardly knew each other, let alone have love for each other. After there marriage in 1925, it turned out to be a real love match. They just adored each other.

    Karl Sinclair had come from a big family being the youngest of 24 children, and most lived in the area, so they had a lot of family contact. Their first baby was a girl they called Jean, born in May,1926. They had a second child, Betty, on the 30th July 1928 who died 3 months later of convulsion & heart failure. She was buried in the Dorrigo Cemetery.

    Despite Joan's upbringing she settled down to family life in a harsh bush setting amazingly well. There was nothing she would not do, she chopped wood, shot rabbits, washed clothes, using an outside copper, made her own bread and butter and readily did everything that wives in those days had to do, apparently loving it all. To get extra money she took in two boarders whom she looked after, as well as looking after her husband and child. She was a really happy lady. Her big fear was that she would die alone and her baby would be left searching for her breast when she needed to have a feed.

    With her beautiful voice she was often asked to sing at the local dances, and was always very popular, being a good tennis player as well as a good swimmer.

    Her husband Karl, as well as looking after his own property, worked in the Bostobrick Mill, so Joan was left alone all day. Just before Christmas in 1929 the local mill was burnt to the ground at night so the family, unable to work, went down to Nymboida to be with Karls older sister Esther and her husband Jim Cartmill for Christmas. They went into Grafton and had the above photo taken just before Christmas. Following lunch the family went for a swim in the Nymboida River where Joan got into difficulties and drowned before anyone could get to her, her last words were, "God help me! Im drowning". Joan was buried in the Cartmill family burial ground on their property beside the Nymboida River. What a sad ending to a true love story.

    Karl Sinclair remarried 5 years later to a lovely lady Edna Schaeffer. He joined the army at the beginning of the 2nd World War and was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore. He spent time in Changi Jail, where like the rest of the prisoners he was ill-treated. He became one of the unluckier ones who was shipped to Japan and spent his remaining time in the army as a prisoner of war in Kobe, not being released until many months after those who remained in Changi Jail were released.

    Father: William James SINCLAIR b: 05 NOV 1844 in Sydney, NSW
    Mother: Jane HISCOX b: 25 OCT 1865 in McIntyre Flat near Armidale, NSW

    Marriage 1 Joan Millicent TAYLOR b: 1906 in Huntington, England
    • Married: 1925 in Bellingen, NSW
    • Note:

      NSW BDM 1925/9154
    1. Has Children Jean SINCLAIR b: 13 MAY 1926 in Dorrigo, NSW
    2. Has No Children Betty SINCLAIR b: 30 JUL 1928 in Dorrigo, NSW

    Marriage 2 Edna SCHAEFFER b: 10 JUL 1909 in Manilla, NSW
    • Married: 27 DEC 1933 in Armidale, NSW
    1. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
    2. Has Children Living SINCLAIR
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