Gordon Nunn family

Gordon David Nunn main image in 1953 with his wife June and first two children.
The rest of his children in birth order from top right obviously born since 1953.
Gordon (1925-1975) was a railwayman who died in an accident doing the job
that provided for his family.

Gordon David Nunn: a short life

Gordon was the second child born to George and Winnie Nunn; his mother affectionately called him "Dumpling" because of his love of that food.

Along with his siblings he grew up in Margaret St, Rockhampton, apart from a time spent in Longreach which is about 700km by road west of Rockhampton

While there Gordon almost drowned in the local swimming pool not being a strong swimmer. He completed his school at Allenstown Primary in Rockhampton which is directly opposite the house.

He entered Queensland Railways as a lad porter and worked his way up to become a station master. For a time he stepped away from the job and, in doing so, lost some benefits of seniority.

In June 1950, he married Norma June Dobbs, the daughter of John Alexis Dobbs Coker and Bella Silver. They had seven children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Daughter Annette died in an electrical accident in 1978 just a couple of months short of her 21st birthday.

The family was at Benaraby near Gladstone until 1962 when Gordon was posted back to Rockhampton where we lived at 2 Flynn St, near the Base Hospital. He was a relieving station master which meant he spent weeks at a time at outlying stations partly because the money was better.

In 1975, he was at Yarwun near Gladstone when a work accident cut short his life aged 50. He was helping out in the shunting process when he made an error of judgment and stepped in between the buffers of two coal wagons and was fatally injured.

Annie Nunn

Annie Nunn
Annie Nunn (1898-1983) married Fred Deakin and had four children. Fred died in 1938 and Annie remarried.

Arnold Nunn on grandparents Arthur and Ellen Nunn

Arnold Nunn
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Arthur Nunn

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Christina Mary Nunn

Christina Mary Nunn
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Emily Myrtle Nunn

Emily Myrtle Nunn
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George Alexander Nunn

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Jessie Helen Nunn

Jessie Helen Nunn
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Les Deakin

Les Deakin
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Nev Deakin on Arthur and Ellen Nunn

Neville Deakin
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Rex Newsome on his grandparents Arthur and Ellen Nunn

Rex Newsome
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