Nancy Annette Jensen Bak[1, 2]

Female 1897 - 1972  (74 years)


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  • Name Nancy Annette Jensen Bak 
    Born 27 Jun 1897  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    _UID FE332FE9A00E4851A8677E037A154A5D5633 
    Died 8 May 1972  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Buried 9 May 1972  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address:
    Karori Cemetery, 76 Old Karori Road, Karori 
    Person ID I267  Treefive
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2019 

    Father Julius Jensen,   b. 4 Jun 1856, Aalborg, North Jutland, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 14 Aug 1921, Dunmora, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Christina Helena Pohlmann,   b. Abt 1867, Kaltenkirchen, Schleswig Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1899, Marianna, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1888  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Address:
    the Lutheran Church 
    Family ID F1715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Basil Aubrey Page Hanify,   b. 19 Dec 1899, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1957, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1926  Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Address:
    Sutherland 
    Children 
     1. Godfrey Colin Page Hanify,   b. 28 May 1927,   d. 12 Feb 1992, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. John Basil Page Hanify,   b. 14 Sep 1929,   d. 10 May 1992  (Age 62 years)
     3. Living
     4. Bruce Alan Page Hanify,   b. 9 Sep 1934,   d. 25 Nov 2012, Lower Hutt, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Living
     6. Living
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • After her mother died in 1899, Nancy was admitted to the Diamantina Orphanage in Brisbane on 20 Jul 1900, with her sisters Anna and Christina and her brother James. It seems that she did not live there, but boarded with a Mrs Pedersen, and later a Mrs Michelson. Nancy was discharged from the orphanage on 23 Jul 1903, but the register does not say where she was living then.

      Nancy started school at Granville State School on 15 Sep 1902, at the age of five. Her brother James had started at the same school 2 years earlier.

      In March 1912 Nancy was awarded a Sunday School prize for the highest mark in General Assembly Examination at the Wynnum Manly Sunday School - possibly Presbyterian. Perhaps she lived in the Wynnum Manly area as a child - it is on Moreton Bay, near Brisbane, a long way from her origins near Maryborough.

      At some stage she moved to New South Wales. Although born as "Nancy Annette Bak", she used the surname "Jensen-Bak" at times.

      A letter dated 5 Jan 1949 from her sister Maria Elisabeth Boyland was found among the probate papers of their uncle, John Ramage Campbell. In the letter, Maria states that, after the death of her mother (in 1899), she lived with her aunt and uncle viz: Marie Elizabeth and John Ramage Campbell nee Pohlmann. It is posible that Nancy joined her sister Maria, to live with their aunt and uncle at Canley Vale, New South Wales.

      Postcards from her brother-in-law Andrew Menzies to Nancy during WW1 indicated that Nancy had a close connection to an uncle and aunt, and possibly lived with them. John Ramage Campbell and his wife Maria Elisabeth are the only uncle and aunt known to have been in NSW at around that time. Andrew's letters indicate that he had a close relationship with Nancy (at least in his view), it is unclear if he was a father figure or an admirer - possibly a bit of both. It is odd that his letters do not mention his wife and 3 young children.

      Nancy's aunt Marie Elisabeth and her husband John Ramage Campbell lived at Canley Vale, Parramatta/Cabramatta where John was a poultry farmer. When Nancy met Basil Aubrey Page Hanify in about 1925, she was a domestic servant at the Sutherland poultry farm of Basil's father Hugo. Perhaps Nancy got the job through business connections between John Campbell and Hugo Hanify.

      If Nancy did live with the Campbells, she probably attended school at Cabramatta or Canley Vale. The State school attendance records for these areas are held by the N.S.W. State Archives, but there are no records for the period 1900 to 1912. There were no Presbyterian or similar religious schools operating in the area between 1900 and 1912.

      In 1926 Nancy and Basil married at Parramatta. Their first 2 children were born in NSW, they moved to Wellington, New Zealand, and raised their six children in the suburb of Kaiwharawhara.

      There is oral family history that Nancy ran a successful catering company while young – still in her teens. She was also said to be a registered nurse. However, her name (as Bak, Jensen Bak or Hanify) could not been found in a search by John Goodwin in Jan 2014 in the N.S.W. Archives records for State Registered Nurse records. Where the surname pages were mutilated, the given name was checked. It is possible that she qualified in Queensland before meeting Basil in NSW about 1925. The medal which Nancy wore on her nursing uniform has survived, but it is simply an enamelled British coin from about 1826-1827 with no indication of a nursing qualification.

      Something happened to Nancy, possibly a breakdown. Later in life, she was not a good nurse or cook. There was the story of a grandson aged about 4 staying with her for a few days, who fell off the roof - after that, according to Nancy, he was a very good boy, kept still – but when other family members saw him, his eyes were rolled right back. Clearly he was badly hurt and Nancy had not noticed.

      Nancy holidayed in Australia in 1950. In Queensland she visited Gympie (its significance is unknown) and Maryborough, at one stage staying with Sam and Joyce (relatives, but surnames unknown). She was to search for "Jeanie", of whom she had found a trace, but whether she succeeded is not known. She then travelled by train to Sydney on 9-10 June, with a stopover at Brisbane. She stayed with her sister Mollie at 50 Buckra St, Turramurra, and spent time with Mollie's daughter Nellie who lived at 48 Buckra St. She wrote several letters home, to Basil and to her children, mainly on family matters. She related a curious dream - that she was back home, and Basil did not want her. Also, Nellie dreamed that she got 2 blank sheets of paper from Basil with a question mark at the bottom and the words "don't hurry" underneath it.

      A letter from Basil to Nancy mentions Nancy meeting Marshall Russack. In 1925, a Marshall Russack owned a motor garage on Princes Highway, Sutherland, on the corner of Blacksmith's Lane. Basil encouraged Nancy to visit Sutherland to look up John and Marge - grand people who would welcome her with open arms. He also suggested that she visit Bath Road, where the Hanify poultry farm was.

      Nancy referred to a letter from Basil that mentioned a crush that Nellie (Molly's daughter) had on him in her adolescent years. Nancy wrote "We dare not let Mollie know about it, seeing the way she feels about men. Poor Mollie. She is a queer mixture."

      Nancy noted on 27 June that she had not been to see Aunt Edie Hooper, because it had been so wet. "Aunt Edie" is possibly Edith Ellen Hooper (nee Richardson) who was related to Basil - they were first cousins once removed. In 1950 Edith Hooper was living at Chatswood, which is about 9 km from Turramurra.

      A family anecdote concerns Nancy and her granddaughter Erin making collages, using curled wood shaving to simulate people’s hair, it was from building work being done by family members (probably Erin's father John and brother Stephen). Nancy was a caring person, she loved animals, and had cats (some half wild) plus other animals.

  • Sources 
    1. [S821] TRE103 Family Tree (gedcom) - Hanify Sinnott connection 4 Aug 2013 [LIVING PERSON], TRE103.

    2. [S847] TRE002 Family tree - 200 Years of Sinnotts 2 Sep 1990 (Greg Aldridge), TRE002.

    3. [S841] New Zealand, Government BMDs, Historical, Death Registration number 1972/26272; Hanify, Nancy Annette.

    4. [S984] ancestry.com Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.

    5. [S1289] BIR Birth Index Queensland, Nancy Annette Bak; C7959; 1897.

    6. [S829] New Zealand, Wellington City Council, online cemetery search, 4 Sep 2011, Death of Nancy Annette Jensen Hanify (Bak) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S841] New Zealand, Government BMDs, Historical, Death Registration number 1972/26272: Hanify, Nancy Annette.

    8. [S829] New Zealand, Wellington City Council, online cemetery search, Burial of Nancy Annette Jensen Hanify (Bak) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S1287] MAR Marriage Index Queensland, Julius Jensen Bak and Christina Helen Pohlmann; C1452; 1888.

    10. [S2677] TRE149-150 Family tree Pohlmann, Jochim and Asmus, Catharina Margaretha: from Trevor Pohlmann Nov 2014, TRE149, TRE150., Family tree descendancy chart for Jochim Pohlmann and Catharina Margaretha Asmus; November 2014.

    11. [S2723] MAR422 Marriage Bak, Julius Jensen and Pohlmann, Christine Helene, MAR422., Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; Julius Jensen Bak and Christine Helene Pohlmann; 18 February 1888; true copy of an entry in a register of marriages; 1452; 22 February 1888.

    12. [S3888] MAR Queensland Register of Marriages, General Registry Office, Brisbane; Julius Jensen BAK and Christine Helene POHLMANN; 18 February 1888; certified copy of an entry in a Register of Marriages; A86311; 27 March 1985.

    13. [S3888] MAR Queensland Register of Marriages, General Registry Office, Brisbane; Julius Jensen BAK and Christine Helene POHLMANN; 18 February 1888; copy of an entry in a Register of Marriages, by Greg Pohlmann, solicitor; 10 June 1974.

    14. [S983] ancestry.com Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950.

    15. [S1403] MAR Marriage Index New South Wales, Basil A. Hanify and Nancy A. Jensen-Bak; 14028; 1926; Sutherland.