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Ann Selwyn MORAN

Female 1924 - 2017  (93 years)


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  • Name Ann Selwyn MORAN  [1
    Born 11 Jan 1924  [1
    Gender Female 
    Education Clyde School from 1937 to 1942.  [1
    Military service After leaving school, Ann joined the Australian Women's Army Service and was based in Queensland working on camouflage. Her section made wooden frames covered in the shape of tanks, armoured vehicles and cannons etc, to be placed in strategic war arenas to divert and distract the enemy from the real areas of action, thereby saving thousands of lives.  [1
    Residence Sydney Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Gippsland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    After the war, she married George Gordon McCrae. They lived on a property in Gippsland under the Soldier Settlement Scheme. 
    Residence Camberwell Mews Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    In the last few months of her life. 
    Biography * Born: 11th Jan 1924
    * Died: 5th Feb Oct 2017
    * Ann attended Clyde School from 1937 to 1942
    * Ann was the youngest daughter of Adeline Lois and Arthur Leslie Moran. Her five siblings were Elizabeth Cook, Louise Horn, Janet Carter, Winifred Whitehead and Tim Moran.
    * Winifred started at Clyde in 1935.
    * In 1939 and 1940 Ann was on the Commentator Committee and she won form prize for Reading in 1940.
    * All through her time at Clyde she excelled at piano exams and won prizes in Alliance Francaise recitation competitions.
    * Ann played lead roles in House Entertainments and school plays. In 1941 the Cluthan records that "a very topical ballet, 'The Truth about Hess', was performed by the more graceful member of Faireleight. The first scene showed Hess (A Moran) being kicked out of Germany with much vigour by Hitler (P Gutterridge). Hess was next seen arriving in Scotland in the true style by parachute, being at first welcomed by several Scotties dancing the Highland Fling, and finally being removed to the asylum by the yokel (R Cain)".
    * With WWII constantly on everyone's mind the last stanza of her 1941 poem, The Day, is particularly poignant;
    As with the passing of the early morning and the coming of the harsh noontide,
    So comes our life, with disillusionment we hear of war and cruelty,
    Of misery, of suffering. Perhaps we suffer too, ourselves,
    But we must not forget that evening falls,
    New worlds are opened to our gaze. The very light which was our life
    Blinded us to a hidden universe of countless
    Shimmering worlds beyond our comprehension.
    * After leaving Clyde, Ann joined the Australian Women's Army Service and was based in Queensland working on camouflage. Her section made wooden frames covered in the shape of tanks, armoured vehicles and cannons etc, to be placed in strategic war arenas to divert and distract the enemy from the real areas of action, thereby saving thousands of lives.
    * After the war, she married George Gordon McCrae with whom she had a son, Andrew, who lives in Tasmania. They lived on a property in Gippsland under the Soldier Settlement Scheme. Ann took to country life raising livestock, cooking for shearers on the wood stove with no electricity in the house and only hurricane lamps and candles for light.
    * Some years after her first marriage was dissolved, Ann married renowned artist Douglas Annand and moved to Sydney.
    * She loved camping; when she and Douglas came down to Melbourne to visit her parents they always had a tent in the car ready to pitch it and sleep overnight on the way.
    Ann kept up her interest in music by playing the piano and was a member of the Recorder Guild playing the flute in concerts. She continued studying art and painted watercolours. She had a great sense of humour and was known for her very humorous cartoons. Furthermore, Ann had an interest in an understanding of Aborigines and their culture; always kept up with current affairs; studied the environment and undertook voluntary work.
    * Ann spent the last few months of her life as a resident of Camberwell Mews. She was the devoted grandmother of Timothy, Jeremy, Marcus and the very proud great grandmother of Angus and Felix.
    * Other family members who were connected to the Clyde School were Elizabeth Moran, nee White (started Clyde in 1941), who married Ann's brother Tim Moran , their daughter Georgina Barraclough, nee Moran (started at Clyde in 1968) and her daughter Marita Adeline Voller, nee Barraclough (Clyde House in 1993).

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    Died 5 Feb 2017  [1
    Person ID I513  Samuel WAY
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2017 

    Father Arthur Leslie MORAN,   b. 1882, Hotham, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1965  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Adeline Lois BULEY,   b. 1883,   d. 1975  (Age 92 years) 
    Children of the marriage Caution: There might be confusion between two people called Arthur Leslie Moran because some records have his children as Elizabeth, Louise and Janet - but not Howard. 
    Family ID F117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 George Gordon MCCRAE 
    Wedding They married after the war. 
    Children 
     1. Andrew MCCRAE
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F204  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Douglas ANNAND 
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] The Cluthan, Clyde Old Girls' Assn , Oct 2017, p 25.