Family Album

Austin Reginald Lancelot Grimstone.

Born in Petersham Sydney, on the 17th March 1909, the only child to Cyril Reginald Grimstone and Ivy Gladys Campbell Quillian Austin, the family lived in Sydney for some years then at Tuwlers Bay Pitt Water.

Austin had a reputation as being the school prankster, into the Navy at the age of fifteen as a Boy Cadet, he went on to become Able Seamen first class, he left the Navy in 1929.

Throughout his life he was known as Bob, only his father called him Austin, he may have felt it more appropriate to be called Bob considering the type of work he became involved in throughout the years.

After leaving the Navy he went bush and tried his hand at just about everything there was to do in the country, from Fencing, Shearing, and even Cattle mustering, at one time joining up with the Jimmy Sharmen Boxing tournament.

At the age of Twentysix he decided it was time to settle down, and he married a Brisbane girl by the name of Eileen Laura Kantor, they had four children,

Ivy Eileen Gladys; John Joseph Reginald; Eileen Joyce and William Michael, In the early days they lived in the Fortitude Valley area, then in Sydney between 1937 and 1939, then they returned to Brisbane, later they moved to Zillmere a suburb some 15km out from the centre of the city,


In the 2nd World War he enlisted into the Army, here he was attached to the Postal division, he was no doubt lucky, as his posting was within Australia, following the War work was very hard to get, again trying his hand at anything going, eventually he settled on loading and unloading cargo at the Wharfes, this type of work suited him as he was not one for the white collar work, he stayed on at this type of work right up until he retired at age sixtyfive:

Austin passed away on the 12th of April 1987.