HAFS Journal Vol 13 No 4 – Nov 2016


A letter of farewell  – Arthur Martin, introduced by Gordon Douglas Hungerford;

Deciphering the Heraldic Achievement of Sir Edward Hungerford (1596-1648), by Stanley Wayne Hungerford;

What Mollie Did Next, by Gregan McMahon;

An Incident Whilst on Patrol in Vietnam, by John (Jack) Hungerford;

Meadowfield, formerly Bishopscourt, Armidale, NSW, by Brett Harvey.


People who live at different periods of history inevitably experience life differently from those of our own time. The same is true for life in different parts of the world where cultures and lifestyles vary from our own. The articles in this HAFS Journal illustrate these observations more than most other issues.

Stanley Hungerford [SH 1310], our US researcher and correspondent, offers a detailed explanation of the Hungerford ‘Achievement’, recounting folk from centuries ago on the other side of the globe. His article continues the heraldry work undertaken by our President, Lesley Abrahams [H.4a.1b.1c.1d / E.6.5a.1b.1c.1d]. Its close attention to detail calls for patient reading, and offers fruitful information.

Moving from England to ‘down under’ was a common experience for 19th century immigrants, including Hungerfords. Doug Hungerford [E.6.1a.6b.2c] has retrieved a touching letter written by Arthur Martin to his daughter, Rose Beatrice, as she left her homeland for good with her new husband, Edmund Alexander Hungerford [E.6.1a].

Continuing his research into houses where HAFS people have lived, Brett Harvey [E.1.1a.15b.1c.1d.1e=] takes us from the United Kingdom to Armidale NSW, recounting the story of Meadowfield. Its varied transitions are striking: from a rural property to being Bishopscourt, then a long-term family home which became a home-away-from-home for boarders at The Armidale School (TAS), and now hosting specialist learning sites for the school – and a Bunnings store!

Then there are Hungerfords who lived in places of society far removed from English aristocracy or settled agricultural life ‘down under’. Mary Kate Hungerford (‘Mollie’) [E.6.12a], was a rebel in the Sydney of the early 20th century. Her grandson, Gregan McMahon, vividly recounts her life.

This issue is rounded off by a further article from John (Jack) Hungerford [B.3a.4b.1c] of his experiences as an Australian soldier in the Vietnam war. Jack challenges both himself and his readers to reflect on the moral dilemmas involved in military action on a foreign shore and different culture.

On behalf of the Society, I richly thank our authors for the care in research and writing which each shows. HAFS Journal continues to o er material that not only opens new dimensions of learning, but is also interesting!

Charles Sherlock

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