the antipodean connection
Mr Geoff Page, an ex-councillor with extensive knowledge and memories of Arlesey, has lived here his whole life and has become an excellent source of information on the area. On 8th February 2012 he forwarded a document on Arleseybury to 'onthebutton' which he hoped we could use and would be of interest to our readers. We posted the document and found it to be very popular. Out of this several pictures of the ‘Bury’ and its grounds had been unearthed. We had gathered very little information at this time regarding the man who had the bury built – Sir John Jackson, and his family. Sir John was a director of the East India Company and also became an MP.
On the 15th March 2012, onthebutton was contacted by a man named Francis Paku. He stated he was ‘a descendant of Sir John Jackson and Charlotte Spry Jackson nee Gorham’,he also added that he was ‘retired and living at Golden Beach, Queensland Australia’. He signed himself ‘Nib’ a name that has stuck with him from childhood.
Francis wanted to gather information on his maternal ancestors, and had been pointed in our direction by the reverand Susan Edwards, at St Peters Church, Arlesey. The contact couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time. With the information from Geoff and subsequent conversations with Mr Gyula Papp and Mr Eddie Smith, we were building some interesting facts about the house and grounds.
Francis was specifically looking for images of a plaque in the church which he had understood was there regarding his ancestors. With camera in hand I went to church one Sunday morning hoping to speak with Susan after the service. The service finished and an old friend Helen Bardell (PCC Treasurer) came to speak to me. We talked for a while and I asked if it was possible to look around for the plaque. She took me into the Chancel were she pointed at a pair of large engraved pieces of marble on the north wall. Whilst in the chancel she re-introduced me to Mr Derek Ambler and we talked about the Jackson family. He told me that Sir John had been buried under the chancel in the vault after he died.
Francis Paku's Family. Standing L Francis, Angela Sanders nee Paku. Seated L. Michael, Diana Paku nee Quin, Melanie and Richard. Image supplied by: Francis Oaku
onthebutton is now in contact with Mr Paku his family on a regular basis, and swapping information. Also with his relations in New Zealand. The Paku family is hoping to visit Arlesey sometime in the future.
Steve Maddox – onthebutton
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