A bit late this week due to a big birthday in the family and a trip interstate to all get together and celebrate it.
The Sepia Saturday prompt this week is a statue. I can only think of one statue linked to my family:
In 1880, a statue of him was erected on the Victoria Embankment (between the River Thames and the Savoy Hotel, London) to celebrate the centenary of the Sunday School movement. There is a copy of the statue in Gloucester and I think another in Canada.
Robert Raikes inherited the business of the Gloucester Journal from his father but is best known for establishing the Sunday School Movement.
We grew up with stories from our grandfather John Raikes GARRETT (1908-1992) about all this.
Pa was quite a storyteller so we didn’t really believe him, especially as he never seemed to go to church himself.
Much later when I started my family history research, I learned that this story was true.
Robert Raikes started school on Sundays when he realised that crime was connected to lack of education. He opened the first school in 1780 with the aim of providing (initially) boys with the chance to learn to read when most of those from lower social classes worked six days a week. He used his own paper, the Gloucester Journal to promote the idea, and just 20 years after his death (in 1811) about 1.25 million boys and girls were regularly attending school on Sunday.
Robert had married Anne TRIGGE in 1767 and they had 10 children, (two dying by the age of two). My 4x great grandmother Mary RAIKES (1773-1812) was the second daughter to survive infancy.
Mary Raikes married Henry GARRETT (1774-1846) who went on to become Vice Admiral of the White. They also had 10 children who all survived childhood.
My 3x great grandfather, John Thomas GARRETT (1802-1852) was their second son. I have written about him and the family before, here.
It was John’s son, Henry Raikes GARRETT (1838-1876) who came to Australia in 1858.