Here is the Christmas 1996 photo of the family group in the front garden at St Agnes, South Australia. It has since expanded with Matthew marrying Sarah-Louise Bain,
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From rear left standing, Jeanette Nancy Baldwin (nee Medlow), Ian James Baldwin, Kathleen Lorna Baldwin (nee Hansen), Lyall James Baldwin, Jillian Lorraine Sweeney (nee Baldwin), Harry Raymond Sweeney, Sitting from left, Matthew Raymond Sweeney, Adam James Baldwin, Kayla Ann Baldwin, Benjamin James Sweeney and the dog is Homer pet of Benjamin, then our family pet. Now passed on.
The little figures are "Bunyipi var gawleri", a mythical creature of the Australian bush in this instance the Gawler variety with mate and young.
Jeanette was born on 7 Jan 1956 to Ralph Stuart Medlow and Betty Doreen Aldridge. Her early childhood was spent at Lameroo where her parents had a farm. Later her family moved to Campbelltown, South Australia. Jeanette has a sister Anne and brothers Anthony, Phillip and John. Jeanette married Ian James Baldwin on 19th February 1977 in St Georges Church at Magill. They lived for a while in Salisbury East, South Australia and then moved to a larger home in Golden Grove. Jeanette is skilled in using fabrics and making clothes, curtains and has an interest in creating handicraft items about their home. It is this interest that motivated her to join the SpotLight Stores, progressing to section supervisor in the Salisbury SpotLight store. Jeanette then studied to become qualified for employment in Aged Care institutions, and it was following that employment Jeanette retired to spend more time with her golf and family. Jeanette is devoted to her family and has a wide circle of friends.
Ian was born on 14 September 1954 at Prospect in South Australia. When he was young his family resided at Broadview and later moved to Elizabeth Vale where he first went to school and later to the Elizabeth High School. After graduation he commenced employment with a building company, gaining experience in various phases of house building, from electrical to plumbing and general maintenance, and it while he was there that he commenced university studies in building and health, moved to the State government as a health inspector, to the Enfield Council as a building and health inspector and hence to the Barossa Valley, South Australia in a similar role. He then progressed to a managing position in the Barossa Council. He married Jeanette Nancy Medlow on the 19th February 1977 and it was shortly thereafter that he and Jeanette moved into their first home at Salisbury East. Ian's parents are Lyall James Baldwin and his mother is Kathleen Lorna Baldwin nee Hansen. He has one sister Jillian Lorraine Sweeney nee Baldwin, and two children, Adam James Baldwin and Kayla Ann Baldwin. Ian and his wife Jeanette subsequently moved to a larger home in Golden Grove where they continue to reside. He is a keen golfer and enjoys taking holidays overseas with his family.
Kath was born 9 March 1926 at Sister Boxes Hospital at Murray Bridge, South Australia and died on 15 February 2010 at Modbury Hospital, Modbury South Australia. Her parents were Victor Emanuel Hansen and Mater May Allengame. Kathleen married Lyall James Baldwin on 7 June 1947 at Murray Bridge. Kath and Lyall had two children, Jillian Lorraine Sweeney nee Baldwin and Ian James Baldwin. They lived in a retirement villiage at Elizabeth Vale, South Australia. For a time Kath worked for her brother "Reg" Reginald George Hansen in his Newsagency at Elizabeth Vale shops. Both were ardent supporters of the Central District Football Club, Kath was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, raising funds and organising functions for the club. She was made a "life member" by the club for her efforts over many years from the early 1960's. After retirement Kath and Lyall owned and operated a Newsagency in Salisbury East until Lyall was eligible for a pension. It was at this time that they moved to the retirement villiage. Kath was cremated following a ceremony on 28 February 2010
Lyall was born 10 June 1924 at Peterborough, South Australia, the second child of William James Baldwin and Florence Ellen Pearl Smith. He died on 22 December 2006 at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale, South Australia. His early childhood was spent at Peterborough and it was here that he first went to school. Lyall had two brothers, David William Baldwin and Ivan Roy Baldwin, three sisters, Yvonne Pearl Baldwin, Zilla Mae Baldwin and Brenda Eldyne Baldwin before his family moved to Prospect, South Australia, some time soon after 1938. Lyall married Kathleen Lorna Hansen on 7 June 1947 at Murray Bridge. Lyall's early employment was with R M Williams as a surgical cutter at Percy Street, Prospect. During the Second World War he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force being posted to various camps around Australia. After the war he worked at the British Tube Mills on Churchill Road, Islington while he and Kath lived at Broadview, then he and Kath sold the house and with their children Jillian Lorraine Baldwin and Ian James Baldwin moved to a new home at 34 Rollison Road, Elizabeth Vale, South Australia where Lyall obtained employment with General Motors Holden. At first he was employed in one of the production plants and then later in the main office where he worked as a buyer until he retired. From the time he moved to Elizabeth Vale he was a keen golfer, having membership at the Gawler Golf Club where he played twice a week for many years and supported the Central District Football Club as a trainer for many years. He follow the team all his life. During holidays together Lyall and Kath travelled to New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, while in Australia have caravaned around Australia. In retirement years they went on short trips within Australia. He was cremated after a memorial service on 28 December 2006
Jill was born on 10 April 1948 at Berkley Private Hospital, Prospect, South Australia. Her family first lived in a caravan at Klemzig when her father Lyall started to build a house at Hampstead Gardens but was forced to sell it due to a lack of funds. Later her family bought a house at Broadview, a suburb close by with the assistance of a war service loan. It was here that Jill first went to the Enfield Primary School. When her family moved to a new home in Elizabeth Vale she commenced at the Elizabeth High School. Jill after graduating in November 1963 commenced in the South Australian Railways on 6 January 1964. She worked in the Statistical Bureau and then in the Staff Records and Pay Section, where she was a comptometrist and finally worked in the Expenditure Section. When Jill retired on 24 May 1974 she was a Book Keeping machinist, supervising the section in which she worked. On 5 July 1969 Jill married Harry Raymond Sweeney. They lived for a while in a rented house on Port Road, Woodville while they were building a house at 56 Hillsea Avenue, Clearview. On 20 March 1977 Matthew Raymond Sweeney was born and on 9 November 1980 Benjamin James Sweeney was born. In December 1982 the family needed more space so sold up and moved to a larger property and house at 3 St Agnes Court, St Agnes. Jill commenced employment with H & R Block, Taxation accountants in 1989 as a tax preparer at their Salisbury office. She subsequently managed the Ingle Farm office of the company each tax season until taking employment with MTS Taxation Accountants at Modbury in July 2004.
Ray was born on the 25th April 1945 at Prospect, South Australia. He is the first son of Henry Neal Sweeney and Kathleen Mills who at the time lived at at Mooringe Avenue, North Plympton. After the Second World War ended the family moved to Richmond. It was there that a further son, Colin Neal Sweeney was born to the family. The family, looking for a bigger home and through lack of finances sold the house and moved to rented a rented house at 11 Davenport Terrace, Ovingham. It was while he was at this address that Harry first went to the infant school at Brompton and then to the primary school across the Torrens road. In 1953 the family moved to a property at 312 Cave Avenue, Aldgate where Henry Sweeney had built a timber frame house with the aid of his wife Kathleen and Harry and his brother. Harry attended the Aldgate Primary school 2 miles from their home. On graduating at the end of 1963 he commenced at Urrbrae Agricultural High School on the corner of Cross road and Fullarton Roads. He graduated and commenced work on the 24th February 1964 in the Adelaide Local Court, working for several years until he transferred to the Adelaide Magistrates Court. At about this time he married Jillian Lorraine Baldwin o the 5th July 1969 at Elizabeth grove Methodist Church. He and his wife have two sons, Matthew Raymond Sweeney and Benjamin James Sweeney. He has subsequently worked at the Elizabeth court, was Registrar at the Unley, Norwood, Adelaide Childrens courts, worked at the District and was Registrar of the Coroners Court for a number of years and managed the State Mortuary. Until recently when he retired, he was the performance manager for the Magistrates Court Division of the Courts Administration Authority. He takes an interest in wood carving, gardening and Genealogy with keeping his family website up to date. He has just finished 10 years as Treasurer of the Tea Tree Gully Croquet Club.
Matthew was 20th March 1977 at Lyell Mc Ewin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale, South Australia. His parents were Harry Raymond Sweeney and Jillian Lorraine Baldwin, who lived at the time at 56 Hillsea Avenue, Clearview. Matthew weighed in at 3.09 kilograms and by the time he was one he weighed 10.7 kilograms. Matthew's first schooling was at the Blair Athol Primary where he attended until the family moved to St Agnes when he commenced at the Ardtornish Primary School. During his primary school years he was a member of the YMCA "Explorers" in the Stuart group, then joined the St Agnes Cub Scouts group then the Scouts where he spent several years. While at the primary school he was active in sports, particularly football and commenced swimming. On completion of year seven he commenced at the Modbury High School where he excelled in a number of subjects, taking final year prizes for Accounting, English, Legal Studies and Maths. During this time he joined the Hope Valley Football Club, playing Saturday mornings then in 1992 moved to the Modbury Football Club, playing firstly in the under 15's. He was by now an acomplished swimmer and was taking an active part in athletics with the Tea Tree Gully Amateure Athletics Club, competing in seasons 1991-1993, with the club and at interclub meetings at the then Olympic Sports complex at Kensington, where he wore the 480 number in the 1993 season. In 1995 he commenced at the Adelaide Universtity, studying in commerce and law. During his years at university he commenced in several jobs, one in 1998 being the Spotlight stores where he was well liked and appreciated for his contribution to the improved sales in his department. He also took employment with Galaxy, a company selling pay television services. On a sunny April day in 1999 he graduated with a degree of Batchelor of Commerce, and two years later with a degree of Batchelor of Law. In the last year of his degree he comenced with the ANZ Banking company but changed to an accounting postion with the Delphin company at West Lakes. Matthew married Sarah-Louise on the 12th April 2003 in the Pilgrim Uniting Church at Adelaide. He has since moved to Victoria where he manages a land developement company
Adam was born on the 26th April 1982 at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale to Ian James Baldwin and Jeanette Nancy Medlow who lived at the time at Target Hill Road, Salisbury East, South Australia. Adam went to the Salisbury East Primary School and when his parents moved to a new home in Golden Grove, he commenced at the Golden Grove High School. Upon graduating he gained employment with several employers including the Spotlight Stores but is now employed with General Motors Holden at their South Australian manufacturing factory at Elizabeth. He has always been active in several sports, played football in season with the Modbury Football Club which experienced good success in the years of his membership. He is a supporter of the Central District Football Club with the other members of his family. He interests exend to golf where he has some success as a golfer, having won several trophies. Adam has as a partner Jasmin and together a son Hayden who was born on 17 May 2017.
Kayla was born on the 26th May 1985 at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Vale. Her parents are Ian James Baldwin and Jeanette Nancy Medlow who lived at the time at Target Hill Road, Salisbury East, South Australia. Kayla also attended the Golden Grove High school, from which she has now graduated. In 2004 and 2005 Kayla took general employment, then receptionist at Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland. Kayla enjoyed holidaying with her family and in Canada with her friends.
Ben was born on the 9th November 1980 at Renmark Hospital, Renmark, South Australia. His parents are Harry Raymond Sweeney and Jillian Lorraine Baldwin who were living at Clearview at the time. Ben first went to school at the Ardtornish Primary School at St Agnes, South Australia, where he became an active member of the football team which won every final while he was playing and in summer for the Teeball team, then in the Cricket team. While at Primary school he joined the local Cub Scouts and then the Scouts, going on many adventures with them. He then attended the Modbury High School, graduating in 1998 and then attended the University of Adelaide where he studied for a couple of years. During this time he woked part time for the SpotLight stores at Clovercrest and Adelaide. Eventually he enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force on the 4th September 2001 and graduated his basic training at Edinborough on the 14th November 2001. He continued with further training at the RAAF base at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, graduating in 2002. He has subsequently seen overseas service in two countries. In 2004 and 2005 Ben has played Australian Rules football and cricket for Salisbury West where he earned trophies and team recognition for two great seasons. He also umpired Netball and Indoor Cricket for local clubs. He has a son Dylan born on 26 September 2005 and twin daughters Layla and Kaitlyn born on 12 April 2013.
Sara-Louise was born on the 20th March 1978, exactly one year after her husband Matthew. Until she was married she lived with her family at Highbury in South Australia where she went to school. She later attended university and is now a teacher. For one year Sara-Louise took up a teaching position in England, during that period visited a number of European countries including France. Sarah-Louise had been teaching in the Lutheran School at Murray Bridge during 2004 and 2005 and holidaying with her husband in several South East Asian countries, until there move, following employment, to Melbourne.