Letters & Stories
Extracts from the Morning Star
By ALICE THOMPSON – August/Sept 2006 Issue
On the 28th June 1906 twins were born premature to Florence and Edmund Franklin of Cheltenham as they were not expected to live. On the 29th Alice May and John Henry were baptised at St.Pauls. John Henry lived two weeks and Alice May had her hundredth birthday on the 28th June. In 1910 Edmund and his brother opened a bakery in James Street, Cheltenham. AlIce attended school at Alberton Ladles College on Prince Street, Alberton On April 6th 1929 Alice married Sydney Thompson at St. Bedes, his brother Gilbert had permission from the Bishop to perform the ceremony as he had only just been ordained. Sydney died suddenly when Alice was only 44 and her only child John was 15. In the eighties Alice & John bought a house together in Boord Street, Semaphore South and joined the parish of St. Bede’s. Alice worshipped at St. Paul’s on her 92nd birthday. John died seven years ago, and Alice continued to live in her housel until just before her 99th birthday when she moved to Phillip Kennedy Hostel. Alice is a remarkable lady she enjoys the company of family and friends and remembers all about Port Adelaide and the adjoining suburbs.