Lorna Downing

I found this post in my drafts which I didn’t finish last year. At the time I didn’t have the words to say what Lorna meant to me growing up and I really wanted to do her justice but reflecting on someone’s life and their passing a year later gives a lot more perspective. I don’t have to write the best blog post ever, I just need to write it.

Lorna was my Sunday School teacher, guide and mentor. Her mentorship wasn’t a formal role it happened naturally over the years and I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted to emulate Lorna to some degree. She reminded me of my maternal grandmother in her deportment. I wonder if it’s because they both studied elocution.

It seemed to me growing up that Lorna was everywhere in the community of Flaxley, South Australia. She was a pillar of the local Uniting Church and Ladies Auxiliary at the Flaxley Memorial Hall, the CWA, the tennis club and I’m sure there was more.

Here are some of the results from my brief research into her early life. If there were digital copies of more recent newspapers I’m sure there would be a lot more newspaper clippings but as the digitised newspapers stop at 1954 there aren’t.

Lorna Muriel Chennell, born 17 Jul 1929, married Leonard John Downing 7 Jul 1951, died 25 Jan 2020

1929 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 25 July, p. 8. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35751727

1934 ‘BAND OF HOPE COMPETITIONS.’, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 – 1951), 23 November, p. 2. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108394430

1935 ‘KAPUNDA FLOWER SHOW.’, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 – 1951), 1 November, p. 3. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article108397389

1937 ‘NORTH BEACH PICNIC.’, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 – 1954), 6 February, p. 2. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110498221

1948 ‘STUDENTS RECITAL AT NAIRNE’, The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 – 1954), 8 January, p. 1. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148080352

1951 ‘WEDDING BELLS’, The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 – 1954), 26 July, p. 2. , viewed 05 Feb 2020, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147884808

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