Left to right:- Ellen
& Husband, Lilias & Husband, Florence & Husband, Daniel &
of the brothers, Alexander, born 1902 and the youngest Tom, born 1920 (just a
few months before his father's death) emigrated to Australia. They were joined
there by their sister Anne. The rest of the family remained in Stonehouse
except Florence who moved down to Staffordshire, England with her husband Hugh
Boyle and family.
and brother Tom in Australia.
attending school in Stonehouse, Anne went to Glasgow University and gained a
Public Health diploma. Upon arriving in Melbourne in the State of Victoria she
became a nurse, progressing to the role of nurse educator. Anne remained
single, but her brother's families still keep her very active. She has may
hobbies including poetry and has had many poems published and read out on the
radio. Anne is a member of the 'Australian Womens Writers' and along with a
friend has had a book published in aid of Melbourne hospitals. However her
talents don't stop there, as she is also interested in calligraphy and has
illustrated children's books.
of Anne's many poems and illustrations.
brothers Alexander and Thomas who lived in Queensland and New South Wales had
five children and thirteen grandchildren between them. Most of them have now
got families and they are now scattered all over Australia.
of some of the Australian Sorbie 'cousins' c.1973
The second on the left is
who became a chiropodist had three daughters. The youngest, Lynette married
Steven Lane, an Englishman and their youngest of three children, now aged six
was named Alexander Sorbie Lane after his great grandfather.
and her grand-nephew Alexander.
Anne always kept in touch with her extended Australian
family by phone right into her final years.. She still has clear memories of her early years with her
parents and family living at 24, Union Street, Stonehouse, nearby to her Uncle Thomas and
family who lived in Townhead Street. In April 2008 she was listed in the
inaugural edition of "Who's Who in Victoria" which was launched at a ceremony
at the Malthouse Theatre. This paid tribute to 6,200 outstanding Victorians in
a brand new historical record that celebrates the lives and achievements of
people from all walks of life. These are the people that have made the state
of Victoria, Australia what it is today.
2011, Anne sadly died in Gold Coast Hospital, Queensland aged 97. Her Great
Nephew Ron Sorbie commented "Annie never married and is survived by her many
niece's and nephews. In a phone conversation to me early last year Annie
stated that life becomes very lonely when you out live all your immediate
family and friends. God's speed back to them Auntie Annie".
illustration by Anne published in a Children's Book.
Anne accepting an award from the
Lord Mayor of Melbourne Mr John So in August 2003. Anne is dressed in her
Stewart Tartan and was recognized for her service to Australia in the field of
charity work for Children's hospitals.
GOULBURN VALLEY I LOVE"
: Anne M. Sorbie
cheerful mood and light of heart
and paradise I did find
the picturesque Goulburn Valley
and Great Dividing Range.
Lakes and irrigation
and life of this valley
of fine wines and jellies.
Whroo and its cemetery
the Balaclava open-cut mine
old gold paddling machine
of Gold Rush days from 1853.
in great array
orchids in spring
tea trees in bushland.
animal haven, State forest
wombat, kangaroo, wallaby
variety of wattles and gums
of joyful song the warblers.
brick churches and hotels
rotunda bandstand, 1888
in use by local bands.
valley township has its own
activities, horse racing
tennis, football and cricket
art, pottery and scenic views.
to 'Famous Sorbies'