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I am telling the story of ten siblings from the Machell Cox family, through the letters they wrote to each other. They were born in England between 1868 and 1884; seven of them lived in England and three lived abroad, in the Colonies. One of the siblings was my great grandfather.

100 Years of Cox Frances

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I am telling the story of ten siblings from the Machell Cox family, through the letters they wrote to each other. They were born in England between 1868 and 1884; seven of them lived in England and three lived abroad, in the Colonies. One of the siblings was my great grandfather.

    S4E6: International hockey at Richmond & the Brooklyn Nursing Home

    S4E6: International hockey at Richmond & the Brooklyn Nursing Home

    Frances reads some letters written in April 1910 by the Machell Cox siblings.Edmund is yet again a delinquent, he is late writing his letter and thinks he should resign from the Budget.Avice is in Torquay with Bernard where he is recuperating after removal of his appendix and they tell their landlady all about booby traps.Enid describes Vera playing in an exciting hockey match at Richmond, Scotland v. England on 16 March 1910, and she also describes the sectarian riots in Liverpool.Bernard de...

    • 40 min
    S4E5: Katayeni - Throw him away

    S4E5: Katayeni - Throw him away

    Frances reads two letters, written by Aldwyn in Nyasaland in Feb and April of 1910.Aldwyn drew a sketch map of the mission station at Kota Kota (now Nkhotakota), showing the church, school & hospital buildings. I found his sketch, including the many buildings. The kitchen is separate to the dining room building (due to the risk of fire), and Aldwyn even drew the mud huts where the teachers lived. All Saints Cathedral is still there, running east-west, as in Aldwyn's sketch, wit...

    • 30 min
    S4E4: Build a school? Need a rifle!

    S4E4: Build a school? Need a rifle!

    Frances reads two letters, written by Aldwyn in Nyasaland in January 1910.A village school is being built, with mud walls and a thatched roof, but it is only completed when Aldwyn uses his rifle to shoot game, so the villagers will get some dinner as payment.The 'CJ' steamer does not arrive, so Aldwyn does a lot of walking between villages, in the mud.300 come to church on Christmas morning, bringing offerings of live chickens, firewood, flour, bananas, eggs, rice and even a square of soap.&n...

    • 33 min
    S4E3: Arguing convincingly about arguing

    S4E3: Arguing convincingly about arguing

    Frances reads five letters, written by Bernard, Cuthbert, Arthur, Wilfred and Vera in February and March 1910.There is a great deal of polite arguing about whether the siblings should discuss (argue about) politics in the Budget.Bernard has appendicitis and is at the Brooklyn Nursing Home.Avice and Cecil are engaged.Cuthbert has been to a lecture and is fascinated with Shackleton and Scott, the Antarctic explorers.Arthur describes a Boy Scout visit by Robert Baden Powell.Wilfred is home from ...

    • 58 min
    S4E2: Vera's account of Edward VII's funeral procession - May 1910

    S4E2: Vera's account of Edward VII's funeral procession - May 1910

    This episode is all about the funeral procession of Edward VII in May 1910, as winessed by the Machell Cox siblings, through handwritten family letters, read by Frances.Vera again demonstrates how she is a great letter writer, and Bernard's annotations, on the funeral programme, after WW1, were unexpected.Does anyone know any more about the King's little dog Caesar? How much of the procession did he walk in? Frances would love to know.If you have enjoyed this podcast, would you write Frances ...

    • 49 min
    S4E1: What to choose next

    S4E1: What to choose next

    Frances has been in the northern hemisphere for a few months, visiting family and undertaking a great deal of Machell Cox research.Coming up in the podcast will be more stories from 1910, more hockey and Vera and Great Comp and more crossed letters, as Frances continues to unpick the story of these ten interesting siblings, born from 1868 to 1884.In May 2022 Frances gave a talk at The Hockey Museum, in Woking, about Vera, hockey and budget letters. If you visit Youtube and The Hockey Museum y...

    • 10 min

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