Ian and Blanche

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1. Ian McRae (1904-1975) Background and Youth (-1929)

1.1 Scottish Origins

1.1.1 A Clan ‘til Death

1.1.2 Eilean Donan

1.1.3 Restless feet - The McRae Family Tree

1.1.4 Quartermaster Sergeant Alexander McRae (1771-1855)

1.2 First Foothold in Australia

1.2.1 Alexander McKenzie McRae (1819-1899)

1.2.2 Alexander McRae (1858-1940) Youth (-1892)

1.2.3 Sarah Oliver (1865-1934) Youth (-1892)

1.3 Western Australia

1.3.1 Alexander and Sarah (1892-)

1.4 Quairading to Tambellup

1.4.1 Ian: Youth in Jennerberring (1910-1922)

1.4.2 Ian in Tambellup (1924-1927)

1.4.3 Ian’s First Years on Gilella (1927-1929)

2. Blanche Gittins (1910-1987) Background and Youth (-1929)

2.1 Albany

2.1.1 Charles Gittins (1863-1926) Youth (-1897)

2.1.2 Mabel Murray (1875-1950) Background and Youth (-1897)

2.2 Tambellup

2.2.1 Charles and Mabel (1896-1926) Mabel (-1950)

2.2.2 Blanche’s Youth "Hunger is the best sauce."

3. Ian and Blanche (1929-1975) Blanche (-1988)

3.1 Weathering the Depression (1929-1945)

3.1.1 Early Struggles

3.1.2 Expansions and Improvements

3.1.3 Tambellup Diversions

3.1.4 Chronicals of the 30s

3.1.5 Relations and Friends

3.1.6 The War Years

3.2 Vignettes of Life on Gilella

3.2.1 An Apparent Abundance

3.2.2 Named Animals

3.2.3 Farm Routines

3.2.4 Neighbors

3.3 Riding the Wave (1946-1975)

3.3.1 Goodbye to Gilella

3.3.2 Fulfillment

3.4 Blanche at Lancaster Road