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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
12326 ANSTRUTHER, James1930ENG,     Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
12293 APPOLONIN, William1931ENG,     Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
25295 BARTLETT, Derek John1931ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
25296 BARTLETT, Roderick Leroux1931GBJ,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
20942 BATTY, John Bernard1924ENG, DUR, Stockton on Tees Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
20940 BATTY, Lawrence Francis1927ENG, DUR, Stockton on Tees Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
25297 BISSAKER, James1926ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
25298 BOWEY, Joseph Austin1930ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
26900 BRUNARD, Charles1930ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
12312 BURT, Frederick William1930ENG,     Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
20930 BYRNE, R1929ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
20954 CLARKE, D1928ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
26901 CLEMENTS, Denis1933ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
25308 CLEMENTS, Ernest William1927ENG, LND, Woolwich Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
20915 CLEMENTS, R P1931ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
20943 COGGINS, John Michael1927ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
20931 COLEMAN, J F1927ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
11602 CONLIFFE, John1931ENG, STS, Stoke on Trent Sep 1947 : Asturias AUS Christian Brothers  
20932 CONNOLLY, W1929ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
26902 CONNOR, John1927DK_,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
12314 CONNORS, John1928ENG,     Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
25309 COSTICK, Patrick James1927ENG, SOM, Williton, Luxborough Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
20917 COVELL, Patrick Michael Brian1931ENG, LND, Lambeth Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
26903 COX, Thomas1932ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
26904 COX, Wilfrid1929ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
26905 DAWSON, Alister1929SCT,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
26906 DELANY, Peter1928ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
26907 DONOGHUE, Peter1932ENG,     Mar 1939 : Strathnaver AUS Christian Brothers  
20953 DONOVAN, P1928ENG,     Aug 1938 : Otranto AUS Christian Brothers  
12294 DOWNING, Kenneth D1925ENG,     Aug 1938 : Strathaird AUS Christian Brothers  
IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
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