Text Box: Grandma! Where did I come from? © 1986
Text Box: Last updated 21/03/2017
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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. But now have no need to invest in a new super dooper programme as everything is fixed.
	There are 5 books covering our major families and laterals. Another 4 books are companion books.
	When it comes to all the new technology I am not a quick learner. 
	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 - triple 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,  
	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: Veronica Maude Bates
Postal address:
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Text Box: [Right] When we were very young:  
Veronica Maude BATES nee 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 
2 great-grand children





Text Box: John’s
Text Box: John’s 80th Birthday celebration 2013:
1. Vicki and Amber PRICE with Ronnie BATES , Grandma, Daughter and Grand-daughter. 3 generations.
2. The birthday boy with his cake. John Malcolm BATES
3. Our Daughter Cathie and Grand-daughter Amy BAUER
4. Birthday boy John and the PRICE children: Matthew, Amber and Scott.

See Photos  - Wedding Bells for Grand-children page 27
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 [Ronnie]
Text Box: 2 years teaching in UK and world travels to many countries behind her our Amber in now back in the heart of her extended family.
Home to teach again  in Australia.
Good luck with your new teaching position in a Perth Catholic College.
Text Box: See page 29 for Another Generation
We welcome our 
First Great Grand-son   
Digby John PRICE
born December 2014 
and our 
First Great Grand-daughter [Below]
Zoe Kriwopischin born December 2016 
Text Box: Right: Amber Grace PRICE and her mother Vicki Louise PRICE nee BATES at the wedding where Amber was a bridesmaid to her friend:

Left: Bride and her 5 maids all in a row:
Amber is second from the bride: not Amber’s child but took a liking to Amber for cuddles.
Text Box: Veronica Maude Bates

Web Page: www.wheredidicomefrom.net.au

Email:  veronica@wheredidicomefrom.net.au
Text Box: No braces just for the photo in 1939
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.