Category Archives: DINNIS

Tracking my family through Brighton in the 1930s

My father (Gordon Dinnis) was eight years old in 1931. He was living with his parents (Joseph and Annie Dinnis) and his brothers and sister in the basement of number four Charlotte Street, Brighton.  The family lived here from 1931 to at … Continue reading

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Motoring and the Family

Looking back at my family photographs I see that at least a couple of them were photographed with cars. I’m not sure if they owned the vehicles, but it’s great to see them anyway. George John Dinnis Junior is my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Jack and Nancy

My father’s brother Jack and his sister Nancy had their birthdays two years and one day apart. Jack Douglas Dinnis was born on the 3rd of April 1920, and Nancy Dora was born on the 4th of April 1922. Jack … Continue reading

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When I was three months old

I have been looking through a book of old family photographs and found some of me aged three months. At first I thought this would have been August 1958. But I’m wondering if it might have been a few days earlier, at the … Continue reading

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What’s on the Mantelpiece?

One of the things I don’t have in my house is a mantelpiece. It’s a comparatively new house, which was one of the things I loved about it when I moved in. But I do miss a fireplace and a … Continue reading

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A Special 21st birthday present

Joseph Taylor Dinnis (my grandfather) celebrated his 21st birthday on November 29th 1913. In those days the 21st birthday was the coming of age, now it’s the 18th birthday that is the main celebration. Joseph was given a very special … Continue reading

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Review of My Year

Looking back at 2015 I have been surprised at how much has been accomplished. This blog is called ‘Meeting my family’ and that is always my first aim – to meet new family and introduce you to the family I … Continue reading

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door 21

The door today is the door on this little chapel at Woodvale in Brighton. It’s where there is a small memorial to my parents, Gordon and Enid Dinnis. It is among the rose bushes, and is in a really lovely … Continue reading

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A Church Door

              This is the door to St Nicholas Church, Brighton. It’s the church where my great-great grandparents (John Dinnis and Charlotte Sampson) were married in 1836 on the 28th of December. It is the … Continue reading

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A Very Small Door

Here is a very small door, really more of a doorway! Taken in August 1927 on holiday in Whitley Bay Gordon, Jack and Nancy Dinnis have built a wonderful sandcastle with a door at the bottom! It looks like a … Continue reading

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