188.8.131.52 – 2nd child of John Anderson and Elizabeth Evison
Ellen Maud ANDERSON William J KEEHN
b.11th October 1880 b.
at Bellinger River, NSW at
d.14th March 1947 d.9th May 1944
Ellen Maud Anderson and William J KEEHN were married on the 31st May in 1905 at Cedar Grove and the marriage was registered at Casino. The Richmond River Herald of June the 2nd in 1905 read, “On Wednesday last, at Cedar Grove Church of England, Boggy Creek, near Rous, Mr W J Keehn, son of Mr and Mrs J H Keehn of Tuckurimba, was married to Miss Ellen Maud Anderson, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J Anderson. The Revd H R Cecil tied the nuptial knot. The bride, becomingly attired for the occasion, was attended by her sister, Miss Alice Anderson, as bridesmaid and Mr George Anderson was best man.” They were to have a family of eleven children, all of whom were born in the Northern Rivers area. Their family was as follows:
184.108.40.206.1 William Henry KEEHN b. 6th November 1905 at Lismore.
220.127.116.11.2 Ernest John KEEHN b.1907 at Casino, NSW
18.104.22.168.3 Violet Maud Elizabeth KEEHN b. 25th November 1909 at Murwillumbah.
22.214.171.124.4 Alwin Leslie May KEEHN b.1911 at Murwillumbah, NSW
126.96.36.199.5 Mervyn Darrel KEEHN b. 20th Sep 1912 at Byron Bay.
188.8.131.52.6 Lillian Mary KEEHN b. 17th June 1914 at Murwillumbah.
184.108.40.206.7 Samuel Frederick KEEHN b. 22nd Oct 1916 at Murwillumbah.
220.127.116.11.8 Edith May KEEHN b. 4th Feb 1918 at Murwillumbah.
18.104.22.168.9 Albert Arthur KEEHN b. 11th November 1920
22.214.171.124.10 Erwin George KEEHN b. 23rd February 1922
126.96.36.199.11 Ronald Allan KEEHN b. 10th November 1926
The Northern Star reported on the 22nd February 1946: A mother’s Badge with two bars and seven stars is the unusual possession of Mrs E M Keehn, of Brisbane, who is visiting her sister, Mrs M Buckley, of Leycester Street, Lismore.
Eight of Mrs Keehn’s sons were on active service and another star is due to be added to the badge. Six boys served in the AIF and two in the RAAF. All have returned safely, although Fred, the fifth son, lost a leg in action on the Owen Stanley’s when the 2/3rd Bn. Were only seven miles out of Kokoda. Bill and Bert were in the RAAF, the AIF men being Ernie, Alwyn, Darrell, Fred Irwin and Ron.
Prior to enlistment Fred was with the Gundurimba Shire Council, Bill worked in Mullumbimby, and Alwyn was at Rosebank. Today Fred is learning boot repairing and is employed by Mr W Sidaway, of Magellan Street.
In 1906, Miss Nellie Anderson, of Tregeagle, married William John Keehn, of Coraki, and they took up residence in Brisbane. Mr Keehn, who died in 1944, was a munitions worker and Mrs Keehn was active in the Red Cross. The war record of the Keehn family is a proud one, possibly unsurpassed in the Commonwealth.