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Record #11602
Name :
: John CONLIFFE (1931 - 2006)

BMD and other details
Date of Birth
: 1931

Marriage (1)
Marriage (2)

Date of Death
: Jan 2006
Abode (1) : Place of BirthEngland, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent
Abode (2) : Place of Death / BurialAustralia
Sailing Information
Date of Arrival
: 22 Sep 1947
: Australia

: Asturias

Placement Family
Homes / Agencys
Institution (GB)

: Christian Brothers
Notes[POSSIBLE MATCH] A birth registration was found for John S Conliffe: Mother's Maiden Surname: Hall; Date of Registration: Apr May Jun 1931; Registration district: Stoke T; Registration county: Staffordshire; Volume Number: 6b; Page Number: 185. Parents: Joseph S. Conliffe and Bessie Hall, married 1930, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England.

In 1947, John Conliffe, 14, arrived at Fremantle, Australia, with a group of child migrants en route to the Christian Brothers and Little Sisters of the Poor Homes.

He was remembered by other Christian Brother child migrants from Bindoon in 2006:

Rest in Peace John Coniffe

Sadly, John Coniffe (ex-Bindoon) passed away in January of this year. His funeral in Kalgoorlie was reportedly attended by a busload of local mourners and was supported by the Christian Brothers and the local Little Sisters of the Poor. Former schoolmates Eddie Butler and Laurie Humphreys reminisced: "John was known at Bindoon as 'Hop-a-long' as he was a good horseman and always in the saddle working alongside the late Brother sullivan. On the days we played cricket against the local bindoon cricket team John nearly always got us out of trouble wit hhis ability with the bat, there wasn't much of him but he always hit a six or two."

In 2004 John travelled back to Bindoon on a bus trip organised by Sr Flo O'Sullivan and Mr Gordon Grant. About 20 Old Boys joined with Br Kevin Ryan and former CBERS Committee members Dr Debbi Rosser and Mr George Horton to pay tribute to those who are buried at Bindoon, to view the memorial statue dedicated to child migrants and to take a tour of the working farm.

In april this year John's ashes were taken back to Bindoon, again arranged by Sr Flo, with a group of John's friends.

Yvonne Radzevicius kindly provided this report:

As he was part of the child migrant family, a few of us were only too happy to accompany sister Flo O'Sullivan to Bindoon to lay John's ashes to rest. Although this was indeed a sad occasion i twas made all the more comforting by the companionship of Patrick Cannon, Anthony and Catherine Brennan, Graham Galea, Eddie Cogan, Peter Bent, Norman Yeates, Gordon Grant, Yvonne Radzevicius and our capable driver Sister Pep.

Sister Flo had arranged a beautiful plaque and in a peaceful corner of the one place John recognised as his childhood Australian home, we had a simple prayer service and sang his favourite song: "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean." 
ContributorsCreated : 2010-05-02 19:29:23 / From original database

Last Updated : 2010-05-02 19:48:57 /

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IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
3117 ACKLEY, George Richard1884ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent May 1888 : Polynesian CAN Liverpool Catholic Childrens Protective Society (now Nugent Care)  
3118 ACKLEY, Jane1875ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent May 1888 : Polynesian CAN Liverpool Catholic Childrens Protective Society (now Nugent Care)  
3119 ACKLEY, Margaret1881ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent May 1888 : Polynesian CAN Liverpool Catholic Childrens Protective Society (now Nugent Care)  
13111 ALLSOP, Ernest1885ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Jun 1896 : Sardinian CAN Catholic Protection Society  
3698 ANSON, Kate1887ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Jun 1902 : Siberian CAN Middlemore  
13719 BETTS, Arthur1881ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Sep 1887 : Circassian CAN Liverpool Catholic Childrens Protective Society (now Nugent Care)  
11602 CONLIFFE, John1931ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Sep 1947 : Asturias AUS Christian Brothers  
7968 HUGHES, Edward 1913ENG,    , Stoke on Trent Apr 1930 : Letitia CAN Church Army  
14930 TUNSTALL, Annie1874ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Jun 1883 : Sardinian CAN Maria Rye  
14929 TUNSTALL, Mary Ellen1873ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Jun 1883 : Sardinian CAN Maria Rye