Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Pask Gathering Melbourne - Tuesday 3 March 2015

This information relates to Chart 6 - Unknown Pask who lived in Kedington, Suffolk.

This information relates to Chart 10, the descendants of John & Frances Pask née Haffinden who originated from Thundersley, Essex.

Colin Pask kindly organised an excellent Pask Gathering in Cattani Gardens in the West Beach area in St. Kilda, Melbourne on Tuesday. 

Left to Right: Stuart Pask, Colin Pask, Teresa Pask, Yvonne Sumner née Pask, Peter Vinter, Serena Vinter, and Robyn Smith
Colin is the grandson of Arthur James Pask, who immigrated to Australia in 1899, together with his parents James & Charlotte Pask née Chaffin. Other attendees included:

Ray Pask, together with his brother Edward. They are the grandsons of Henry James Pask, who immigrated to Australia in 1897. Henry was the older brother of Arthur James Pask (Colin’s grandfather). Ray and Colin only met in 2009, through the Pask One-Name Study, see the previous blog Power of DNA.

Left to Right: Ray Pask, Edward Pask, and Colin Pask

Yvonne Sumner née Pask, and her husband Ian. Yvonne is the daughter of Arthur & Dora Pask née Vaux, and we have been corresponding since 2009. Yvonne has provided a wealth of information on her family, who immigrated to Australia in 1912, together with his grandmother, and aunts, after his father Walter Pask was tragically killed in a railway accident in 1908 at the age of 32. See the previous blog New Web Photograph Album - Yvonne Sumner. Yvonne is the 5th cousin of Colin, Ray, and Edward.
Yvonne Sumner née Pask with her Pask coat of Arms

Peter Vinter & his wife Serena, and their friend Sue. Peter’s daughter Jessica (who was unable to attend because her baby is due any day now) contacted us in 2010. Peter’s biological father is believed to be Arthur Kenneth Pask. Peter is the 6th cousin of Colin, Ray, and Edward.

Left to right: Peter Vinter, Serena Vinter, Edward Vinter, and Colin Pask

Robyn Smith, and her cousin Andrew Pask. Robyn and Andrew are the grandchildren of James Ernest & Edna Florence Pask née Griffiths. Robyn is the daughter of Velma May Smith née Pask. Andrew is the son of Kenneth James & Margret Pask née Bonnet. Their 2 x great-grandfather James Horton Pask married his wife Julie née Asplin in 1833 in Thundersley, Essex. They had seven children. Julie died in 1848, and James immigrated to Australia in 1855. He married his second wife Margaret née McLeod and they had an additional seven children. They have descendants in Australia, and New Zealand.

Peter Vinter, and Robyn Smith talking to Ray Pask

Colin was a perfect host, and tour guide. Earlier in the day he collected us from the ship, and took us to Victoria Market, followed by a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, including Cook's Cottage. Afterward the Pask Gathering, we had just enough time to visit the Shrine of Remembrance, and also see the stunning view of the city. A thoroughly enjoyable, and memorable day.

PS Apologies for any poor formatting. The internet on the ship is very slow.