Florence and Frederick Scrivener. Frederick emigrated from Ipswich, England to Ipswich, Australia in the early 20th century and his English descendant Lynne Langdon is hoping to be meet his Australian descendants.
Florence and Frederick Scrivener. Frederick emigrated from Ipswich, England to Ipswich, Australia in the early 20th century and his English descendant Lynne Langdon is hoping to be meet his Australian descendants. Contributed

Help me find my Ipswich family

A CENTURY ago, one English family was split between two cities joined by a shared name but separated by oceans and continents.

Lynne Langdon's family has lived in Ipswich, England for decades. They've lived in Ipswich, Queensland for decades too.

She is now calling on the city of Ipswich, Queensland to help unite family members that are still separated by almost 10,000km.

Her great grandparents had six sons and two daughters who became the generation that united the two cities of Ipswich.

Two of the sons, Frederick and Nelson Scrivener, immigrated to Ipswich, Queensland in 1912 in the search for a better life.

Life for the six siblings who stayed behind in England was not easy, Lynne said.

"They lived in the poorest part of town (in) back to back houses with poor sanitation," she said.

"This area was demolished around the late 1920s and is now the site of the local college."

Both brothers were reunited with their Ipswich, England family only a few years after emigrating - they enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force two years after setting foot on Australian soil.

As members of the 9th Battalion, they were posted to Europe during the First World War and went on leave in England.

Both brothers married while in England and returned to Australia with their wives in 1919.

Lynne said she had tracked down the descendants of Nelson but could not find the family of Frederick.

After returning to Australia, Frederick settled in Tivoli with his wife Florence and had several children. It is these children and their descendants who Lynne is hoping to contact.

She said the couple's daughter, who was also called Florence, married David Lloyd Binnie and had a son called Kenneth Binnie in 1944.

Lynne reached out to the Ipswich public for help to track down Kenneth's family.

"It is fascinating thinking they are in Ipswich, Australia," she said.

"They (Frederick and Nelson) left England for a better life, but it was just as hard."

Got a tip? Email hannah.busch@qt.com.au to get in touch with Lynne.


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