Photo Tribute to the BIRD FAMILY from India
Please email photos for inclusion to Russel Fonceca at
Contributions from all
the members of the Bird Family
The BIRDs contributed
much to the Railways in Southern India and were well and truly known in
Bitragunta and other railway colonies. Many of our Anglo Indian boys gave
their services to the railways and spent war years in the services.
In Bitragunta the boys spent their younger years fishing and
shooting wild game in the forests which they shared with the local
villagers. The girls were good cooks and had old family recipes passed down to
The Bird family eventually settled in 52 Officers Lines in
Anglo Indian colony in Madras near the airport at Meenambakkam.
article on the anglo indian colony in Pallavaram, titled " A Village in
India", Ken Bird (son of Rex and Betty Bird) illustrates the life in that
colony and in India in general.
The link to the website that provides a
history of the Bird family in India is
photo below of Pallavram Hill with its quarry will bring back memories to
many of the residents. Officers lines is at the bottom of the picture.
Pallavaram Anglo Indian Colony does not exist now, street
names have been changed and the bungalows have given way to Army quarters.
home at "52" was full of fruit trees including mangoes, cherimoya's, chikoo's, custard-apples,
and coconut palms and had large banyan trees in the front which were
frequented by monkeys.
The boys erected a swing on one of the high boughs of
one of the banyan trees and this swung over the boundary wall past one of
the two property wells when used.
There was a large concrete floor at the back
of the compound where
dances were organised and was the scene of many a family gathering.
"maidan" in front of Officers Lines and bordering Veteran Lines
was used for cricket and hockey matches organised by the local Social Club.
Following the partition of India
in 1947, many of the BIRD families followed the exodus of Anglo Indians that
left India for abroad and settled in Australia and in the UK.
record below of the names and photographs of the BIRD family, contributed by
all the cousins, will hopefully
help future generations have a better picture of the journey taken by their great
great grand parents, aunts and uncles.
Violet Constance BIRD
(known as Sweet
Violet, b 6/11/1887 Pallavaram, d 10/5/1954 Pallavaram) married 1st cousin
Robert Charles BIRD,
(b 28/07/1881 Perambur
- d 16/01/1964 Pallavaram). :
27 Children (9 stillborn),
George Willoughby BIRD
(b 1/11/1905 Tungabhadra-30/08/1958 Pallavaram)
Podanur - 12/12/1908 Oorgaum)
Milton Wallace BIRD
Oorgaum - 28/08/1909)
Leslie Colin BIRD
Kondapuram, d Adelaide)
Hector Russel BIRD
(b 6/5/1911 Podanur, d Bangalore)
Eugene Charles BIRD
(b 5/9/1912 Raichur
- d Hubli)
Oscar Victor BIRD
Raichur, d Perth)
Molly Marjorie BIRD
(b 20/11/1914 Ambur
- 23/08/1916 Ambur)
Ivy Ross BIRD
(Strap) (b 24/09/1917
Renigunta, d Perth)
Lancelot Basil BIRD
(b 31/01/1919 Gooty, d
Rex Reginald BIRD
(b 14/08/1920 Gooty, d
Wilbur Terance BIRD
(b 13/10/1921 Katpadi - d 12/05/1984 Perth)
Gladwin Sunbun BIRD
Katpadi - d Perth)
Burnett Elston BIRD
(b 27/12/1924 Katpadi - d Gooty)
Beryl Holly BIRD(b 13/04/1927
Kasimkota, d Perth)
Zena Helena BIRD
Rajahmundry, d Perth)
Allan Claude BIRD
(b 7/11/1929 - d UK)
Robin Edgar BIRD
(b 7/11/1929 - d 5/2/1988 Bitragunta).
on thumbnail to view list compiled by Violet Constance Bird.
Violet BIRD are in the middle on his retirement from the Railways in
Bitragunta (as the Station Superintendent) and
handing over to the new station superintendent who is seated with his
wife on either side.
and Ivy are seated on the extremes.
the floor left to right are Robin, Bunny, Zena, Beryl, Elston & Alan.
These were the younger Bird children still in
school when Robert retired. The 2 boys in dark coats are the children of
the new superintendent.
Can you provide names, dates
and places for these photos...
Beryl, Violet Constance BIRD
Hector, Oscar & Robin sampling some Toddy
The Group in Perth
The Group at Colette and Randy's wedding.
Aunty Betty, Noel and Cyril.
On Lance's visit to Perth.
Standing: Oscar, Zena, Peter. Seated: Lance, Brian, Zena, Rex, Ivy
On Hector's visit to Perth
Beryl and Zena in the front, on the steps of 52.
Hector on duty somewhere in the middle-east
Clockwise: Maisie, Hector, Avis, Oscar, Bunny, Cynthia at 52.
Bird Family possibly at 52 with Violet Bird in the front.
The Gentlemen on the steps of 52.
The Ladies on the steps of 52
Oscar the Javelin thrower
Maisie, Hector & Zena
Oscar & Avis Wedding
Oscar off for a hockey match
Zena (bending) and Beryl on the right enjoying
peanuts from a vendor (wonder who the little one is)
Who are these
that Beryl on the top and Zena in the middle
Beryl, Violet Bird and ? on tricycle
Superintendent Robert Bird on railway duty
Recognise Noel, Ivy and Beryl
Beryl on the right
Trevor & Beryl Fleming
Zena and Beryl
Beryl, David, Mark & Joan
Trevor & Beryl Fleming with children David, Mark & Joan
Mark, Joan, David, Beryl & Trevor possibly at Simper St, Wembley
holiday Cyril, Noel, Zena, Beryl & Ivy
Beryl & Ivy
Teddy & Ingrid
Lance and Jennifer (Teddy in bridal party)
Lance in the UK
rare photo of Robert & Violet Bird with some of the children and
and Avis at a beach in India
Oscar at Javelin throw his main sports event
Oscar with his trophies, school and state
Ted, Hector & Oscar with Mum Violet Bird
Bird at the back of 52 with Oscar and family (L-R. Zena, Avis,
Robert, Oscar, David, Noel Waples, Brian)
Avis, Oscar, Brian, Peter and David taken about 1961 in India on
their way to a relatives wedding for which Zena was the Bridesmaid
and Brian the Best man!
Uncle Lancy and
Aunty Ivy (babes in India)
Rex Bird at Robert Bird's grave.
Rex Bird at Violet Bird's grave.
Rex Bird at the front of 52.
Zena Fonceca at the front of 52 in 1993
Brian Fonceca at the rear of 52 in 2010
In front of 52 in 2010. Colete, Andrea, Brian, Vern
and Leslie Fonceca
Allen Claude Bird (left) at work in the UK.
Cousins and Family Gathering at Honor's wake on 16
Mar 2021 in Dianella, Western Australia. Standing L-R. Russel
Fonceca, Brian Bird, Gordon & Patricia Fonceca, Brian Fonceca,
Geoff, Leslie Fonceca, Peter Bird, Lionel & Andrea Delamotte, Bette
Fonceca, Vern Fonceca, Colette Russell, Philip Highland, Patrick
Russell. Seated L-R. Enid Fonceca, Ken Bird, Geoff Flemming, Joan,
Bernadette Bird, Patty Bird, Neville D'Cruz, June, Glenn Highland.
In Front. Vanessa, Sybil & Grethel Fonceca.
Zena at the piano.
Bangalore 1974. L-R. Gladwin (Bunny) Bird, Mrs
D'Sylva, Cynthia Bird, Vernon Fonceca, Joy Bird, Maisie Bird, Hector
Russel Bird, Jeanette Bird, Russel Fonceca, Glen Bird (in front)
Robert Charles BIRD.
Feel free to copy and save for your
BIRD Family Album
in frame compiled by Milton Bird
Photos below contributed by various members of the Bird Family
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