Called name: Ann Nick name: Brabo
Birth date: 1927 Family name: BRABAZON
Born in the town of Winton, State of Queensland, Australia
Presently residing in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Trained as an Accountant and Corporate Secretary, worked in hospitality, real estate, body corporate management. I was widowed in 1988; in retirement I enjoy having two Stepsons nearby and three delightful young Granddaughters.
I have lived for eleven years in a small Retirement Village. I am no longer able to play sport (tennis and golf)
but up till now I have been able to busily pursue many and varied interests. It can be tiring and time consuming, but it is a special feeling to be remembered by and even still useful in my old age.
My favourite hobby is the Brabazon History Project and I am immensely grateful to Michael Brabazon who first wrote to me probably more than forty years ago, and broadened my Family contacts to an extent that I could not have imagined then. I have met many family members around the world and now enjoy regular email correspondence with The Team: Michael, Shauna Flynn (USA) and Jan Barns (NZ)
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I love to receive news from those from near and far with Brabazon connections. Memories slow up in old age, so, more for my quick reference than anything else, I have almost completed my Timeline which I would be glad to email a copy to anyone who might be interested.
I have been fascinated by our collective Brabazon history and individual branch histories since my early twenties - I'm now retired - and started the Brabazon Family website in 2003. The more I research and exchange my knowledge with others, the more I realise there is still so much to discover. You would be amazed at the number of enquiries that the Team (as our small group of researchers call ourselves) has dealt with over the years; a two-way traffic of knowledge and insights.
At the same time as the Family website commenced I also started the Brabazon DNA Project. Although we have been disappointed at the relative low-level number of volunteers, it has been important in showing that the Brabazons are not a homogenous group, rather a collection of genetic and cultural sub-groups. This new understanding opens up more avenues for research, as do the findings of Jan Barnes which show a much longer history of Brabazons in Ireland than previously appreciated.
I like to be part of a global family network, one that has been kept together and expanded by the efforts of many members over the years, and feel that the worldwide web offers new opportunities to take it to another level. I do hope that the next generation will rise to the challenge and contribute to the next phase of what is always a work in progress.
The Brabazon name always fascinated me - even though, due to religion and nationality, the only Brabazon in my family was my mother! We thought she was the ONLY one in the world, but when she was about 50 years old and living in New York City far from the city of my birth, she was tracked down by a cousin and we found that there were, indeed, several of her relatives still living in and around Dublin. Now, there are in her family, an author, a Military Cross recipient, arranged marriages between cousins, a mysterious “wife” in India and the suggestion of illegitimacy. Perhaps one day I'll be able to find the connection to the larger Brabazon tree, but at the moment I can only go back as far as 1810.
ever since. My main interest at the moment is the later medieval period.