Canvey after the war

Early years

From Albany Creek, Brisbane, Queensland.

Meynell Avenue 1950’s

The Wilson family arrived on Canvey Island at the end of the war, to live at The Rookery, a wooden bungalow in Winter Gardens. We later moved to 38, Meynell Avenue, but in 1961 Mum, Dad and Christina immigrated to Australia: David at 21 had already moved off the island, worked at Ford Motor Company and wanted to do his own thing!

New van and mum outside 38

Now, our mother Emily Alice Wilson at 90 years has just moved into a low-care hostel at Carseldine, Brisbane. The photo albums have been re-opened and we discovered many pics of the island, which we feel would be better shared in the archive.

Comments about this page

  • I remember Meynell Avenue when it looked like that in the picture, I lived just round the corner in Labworth Rd. I also remember David, and visited his house in Meynell, back in the fifties when we were kids.

    Best regards to you David.

    By Peter Watkins (23/10/2010)
  • Hi David, the top photograph of Meynell Avenue actually shows my fathers van outside our bungalow. I remember you lived opposite Mr. & Mrs. Devenish and I remember your mum from the photo. I must appologise as I put your name down as Peter in my Bonfire article. Best Regards

    By Rodney Bishop (23/01/2011)
  • Just reading a great book about the Burma campaign, Reluctant Q by George Spill, one of the photos is of an envelope with his address on, 36 Maynell Av. Great book and just a little more history of the inhabitants of this road. 

    By Lee Clark (27/08/2017)

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