Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Big Family Prepares to Celebrate; Looking Back with Di Millar

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Big Family Prepares to Celebrate; Looking Back with Di Millar

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ON Saturday, June 29, Cudgen Leagues Club will be the scene of a reunion of major proportions when members of the Togo family gather for a celebration and to reminisce about old times.

In 1909 the marriage of James Tooks (Togo) and Fanny Battingarra was registered in Sydney where the couple were both working. James Togo brought his family to the Tweed and set up home at Cudgen, where more children were born.

During the Second World War, people not born in Australia were required to register under the National Security (Aliens Control) Regulations and according to his Form of Application for Registration James Togo was born on the island of Omba in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu). James was unable to read or write and it was not known when he had come to Australia, however, it was believed to have been about 1900. Family research undertaken by a descendent suggests that he landed in Bundaberg on a vessel named the Stormbird in January 1881.

Fanny Togo was able to read and write. Her birthplace was listed as Noumea-South Sea Island and her date of birth was given as January 20, 1891. Fannyas date of entry into Australia was not known but believed to have been about 1899.

The couple having come from the French colonial region of the New Hebrides and New Caledonia had French nationality and French was spoken in the family home.

James Togo died in Tweed District Hospital on September 5, 1956 and Fanny (Granny) Togo passed away on August 14, 1967. The couple had lived to see their sons Tiery William, twins Sendy and Lindo Melecon, Harold Barney and Leslie James, and daughter Frances either safely settled or married with families of their own.

In 1936 Sendy married Lily Mussing, Lindo married Isabel Itong in 1937, Tiery married Lily Thelma Itong in 1939 and Leslie married Margaret Mendo in 1942.

On June 5, 1937 the Togo and Slockee families were united when Harold Barney Togo from Tomewin and Marjorie Bertha Slockee of Chinderah were married in All Saints Church of England, Murwillumbah by the Rev Ure.

Harold was a champion footballer at this time and played in the All Black rugby league premiership- winning side of the mid-1930s. …

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