Text Box: Grandma! Where did I come from? © 1986
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Text Box: 	Welcome to my website:  Started in 1980.		

	I am now happy to stay with this version after a lot of problems. Now have no need to invest in a new super dooper programme as I have fixed the websited.
	I have published 5 books covering our major families and laterals. Another 4 books are companion books to my Family Histories.
	When it comes to all the new technology I am not a quick learner, but since starting our family history in the 1970’s I am now satisfied.  I leave the rest to the next generation. 
	Am also fast loosing my eyesight as I have Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy, (FCED) (pronounced fooks-DIS-trə-fe), my computer needs very large type and I sit on the TV like the grand-kids used to do. I also have Congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) - PAGE 31 - double eye wammy. I now have my own domain website so if I drop off the perch it won’t drop off the internet with me.
	Growing old. Enjoying myself and cheers and thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years.  
	Veronica Maude Bates nee Dibble.
Text Box: My published books - all fully indexed.

Grandma!  Where did I come from?
Book 1
Price, de Guérin, Chesson, Slattery, 
Gilroy & Brown Families 
France in the 14th Century, 
Channel Islands in the 17th Century 
to Australia and on into the 21st Century
ISBN  0 9578003 0 4 (Published April 2000 reprinted 2001)
(3rd Edition with full Traveller Family updates printed May 2002) 
Grandma!  Where did I come from?
Book 2
Carden Family to Australia. 
Pioneers of Victoria. 
ISBN  0 9578003 1 2 (Published July 2000) 

Grandma!  Where did I come from?
Book 3
Cavanough, Livingstone & Dick Families 
from United Kingdom to Australia
First Fleeters NSW  and Pioneers of Victoria & NSW
ISBN 0 9578003 2 0 
(Published June 2000. Reprinted July 2005)

Grandma!  Where did I come from?
Book 4
Dickins, Mullins & Lansley Families
from United Kingdom to Australia - Pioneers of Victoria
ISBN 0 9578003 3 9 (Published August 2000)

Grandma!  Where did I come from?
Book 5
Fairweather, Dibble, Matthews, Bates Family 
UK to Australia
ISBN 0 9578003 4 7 (Published November 2002)

A Pictorial Family History
Book 6
Snapshots through the Generations
Hundreds of photos covering 12 generations
ISBN 0 9578003 5 5 (Published March 2006) 

Book 7
“with love” from Gallipoli to Century’s end.
ISBN 0 9578003 6 3 (Published November 2001)

Adventurers, Pioneers, Clergy and the Military
Book 8
History, Biographies and Stories
The Genes and the Stories in our Family History
ISBN 0 9578003 7 1 (Published August 2000)

Lest we Forget” A ROLL CALL.
Book 9
in our family history. War graves, history and photos.
Over 200 heroes featured many with their photographs.
ISBN 978-0-9578003-8-0 (Published 2013)
Text Box: [Right] When we were very young:  
Veronica Maude DIBBLE  [Ronnie] just over 2 years old. Born with 2 club feet.  (Foot/leg braces left off for this photo.)
[Right above] Veronica (Ronnie) about 7 years old and her brother Robert James Claremont DIBBLE [Bobby], At about 5 years of age, at the end of ww2.
Text Box: The Grandchildren are:
Rebecca & Jessica BATES 
Joshua & Amy BAUER
Jane bd 1984, Scott, Matthew & Amber PRICE
and our 3 great-grand children
and  Olivia Jade SOLOMON.
Text Box: In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.  To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family stories.
Researching genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts. Instead, it is breathing life into all who have gone before us.  We are the storytellers of the tribe.  All tribes have one.  We have been called, as it were, by our genes.  Those who have gone before cry out to us.  ‘Tell our story!’  So, we do.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.  It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do.  It goes to a deep pride that our fathers brothers and sisters fought and some died for the Allied countries.  It goes to a deep and immense understanding they were doing it for us.  It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth.  Without them we could not exist and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach.  That we were born who we are.  That we might remember them.  So we do.
With love and caring we are scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.  So, as a scribe called, I tell the stories of our families.  It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those, young and old to step up and restore the memory to greet those whom we have never known before.
	We also need to find a way to keep the records safe.  To make sure they can be found in hundreds of years into the future.  We know from history that there are natural disasters that destroy building and the records therein.  We know there are wars that also destroy buildings and records stored there in.  Is there a truly “safe” place.
	In  my research I have found amazing documents, records and photographs in major libraries around the world. This point alone has influenced my decision to publish my books. Acquire an ISBN number and place copies in the National Library of Australia and other State Libraries, before it is too late.  There are also copies of my books in the homes of family members and there are indexes available on-line.  
	Not everyone has an interest in genealogy so don’t expect that family/people will always cherish the work you have done.  Others will throw out old letters, photographs, documents simply because they have no interest and then the next generation are upset by this action, so we need to find an alternative and I believe that self publishing and placing copies in National and State Libraries is the way to go.  I will be watching, hopefully “looking down” to see if in 200 years someone will find what I have done. 
	You never know.  But good luck with your research and don’t leave it too long before you find your safe place to leave your years of research. Enjoy.   Cheers, Veronica Bates.
Text Box: Veronica Maude Bates
Web Page: www.wheredidicomefrom.net.au
Email:  veronica@wheredidicomefrom.net.au
Text Box: No leg braces [maintenance] just for the photo in 1939 during ww2.
2 years old.
Text Box: Page 31 covers 3 whammies 
Club Feet, CSNB Congenital stationary night blindness and Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy.
I am proud to say that I overcame and coped with these challengers, in my life, to the best of my ability.


Text Box: 60th Wedding Anniversary
11 May 2017

John Malcolm BATES & his bride Veronica Maude DIBBLE.

Bride: Veronica Maude BATES nee DIBBLE and Bridesmaids Left: Catherine HARPER, Veronica’s best friend and right Amanda Kay BARRY cousin of the groom and Flower girl Suzanne Leigh DIBBLE 1977-1995 cousin of the bride.

The bride’s gown was of  white velvet made on princess lines and she carried a prayer book with a white floral trailer. A white velvet flat pillbox hat held her finger-tip tulle veil. The bridesmaids wore red velvet ballerina frocks cut on princess lines with white guipure pillbox hats and carried bouquets of white nerines and gardenias. The flower girl was in white flocked nylon organdie with a red velvet bolero and matching hat and she carried a posy of red and white flowers. The wedding took place on May 11, 1957 at  St Frances Xavier Catholic Church Frankston Victoria.
Text Box: 60th ANNIVERSARY
With 60 years of marriage behind us, there is very little that we have not seen. This is a great time to sit back and reflect on the times we have spent together, the accomplishments we have achieved and the happiness we have shared with each other.

11th May 1957

To the only man
who has ever brought
thunder and lightening
and rainbows
into my life.
It happens once,
and when it does,
it is forever.
To my one and only love,
with all my heart,
beloved John
I love you.

11th May 2017 
Text Box: [Left]
When we were very young: From left, Malcolm, Vicki, Veronica and  Catherine Bates.
[Below from left]
Cathie BAUER nee BATES John BATES Malcolm BATES Veronica BATES nee DIBBLE and Vicki PRICE nee BATES
Celebrating: 60TH Wedding Anniversary 11 May 1957.
Text Box: Perth families all joined at Rambla’s on Swan for a lovely birthday dinner for yours truly. 4 generations:
Present were:
John and Veronica Bates
Vicki and Peter Price
Cathie and Derek Bauer
Scott, Amy and Digby Price
Matthew and Talia Price
Amber Price
Amy, Daniel and Zoe