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John Traynor (Artist) and Traynor Family
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Start Date:
01 Jan 1844
This registration covers the family of John Joseph Traynor and Florence Appleby who had married in Westbury on 30 April 1844. John was born in Ireland. He worked as a timber clerk and later became a grocer. John and Florence lived at Inveresk, Launceston, with their 5 children - Mary Frances (b. 1886, d.1968), Agnes Cecilia (b. 1888, d 1985 as Sister Mary Ignatius), Francis (Frank) Bernard (b. 1892, d. 1977), Thomas Gerard (b. 1899, d. 1983) and Michael John. An infant son, John was born and died in February 1885. John Joseph's father, Thomas, joined the family and died in 1888. John died in 1911 and Florence in 1945. Michael John Traynor, born 16 September 1895, married Ada Annie Sharp on 24 April 1916. Ada was the daughter of Henry Douglas Sharp and Sarah Annie Freeman of Geelong, Victoria. Michael John (known as John) and Ada (known as "Bid") had two children - Patricia Mary and John Douglas. Michael (John) was a sergeant in the 40th Battalion in World War 1. On return to Launceston he worked as a shopkeeper and was appointed a Justice of the Peace. The family moved to Hobart where Michael (John) became Manager of the Hobart Egg Floor. He was active in community and church affairs (e.g. Tasmanian Catholic Lawn Tennis Association, Boy Scouts). He died in 1969. Ada predeceased him, dying 25 November 1958.
Patricia Traynor was born on 6 January 1920 and died in 2006. She was involved in clerical work. She lived in the family home at 21 Princes Street, Sandy Bay.
John Douglas Traynor was born on 20 August 1924 and died on 8 May 2011. He studied as an Electrical Engineer. He attended art classes from 1973 and retired from engineering in 1982 to paint full time.
He was a member of the Art Society of Tasmania since 1978. From 1987 he painted with a watercolour group known as the Sunday Group (Sunday Painters). He also organised 'ArtVenture Tours' (AVT) in Tasmania and overseas.

Information Sources:
Daily Telegraph (TAS) 27 April 1916, Mercury (TAS), 3 August 1922 p. 4 and 7 March 1936, p.13. NS6165 and NS4378.
Series Created By Agency:
NS6165 Family Papers11 Oct 185231 Dec 1989

NS6164 Photographs01 Jan 188031 Dec 1959

NS6167 Photographs from World War 101 Jan 191431 Dec 1918

NS6173 Material kept by Michael John Traynor Throughout World War 101 Jan 191731 Dec 1919

NS6172 Photograph Albums01 Nov 192331 Dec 1925

NS4378 Albums Created by John Traynor, Artist17 Sep 198208 May 2011