Norah Aileen BURKE

Female 1907 - 1976  (68 years)


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  • Name Norah Aileen BURKE 
    Born 02 Aug 1907  Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Census 1911  42 Chaucer Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Daughter; age 3 years 
    Died 1 Mar 1976  Thorne Court, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Notes 
    • From Wikipedia Norah Burke (August 2, 1907 Bedford, England - 1976 Suffolk, England) was a novelist and non-fiction writer famous for her descriptions of life in India during the early 20th century. Her father, Redmond St. George Burke, was a Forest Officer in India and her early childhood was spent traveling through the Indian forests, often on elephant back. The Indian jungle and her interactions with its wild animals inspired her autobiographical travel books Jungle Child (1956), Eleven Leopards (1965), and Midnight Forests (1966). From Janus Library The Raj: India, 1890-1920 Norah Aileen Burke was born in Bedford on 2 August 1907. She went to India at an early age, where her father was a Forest Officer, and lived there until 1919, when she returned to England on her father's retirement. Her books include 'King Todd', 'Jungle Child', 'Jungle Picture' and 'Hazelwood'. A collection of 126 family photographs, with an undated linking narrative illustrating personal matters and giving an account of the Raj. The typescript describes the association of the author's family with India from the 1890s, when her grandparents, the Wrenches, were in the country, up to her father's retirement. The final chapter, 'The end of 300 years in India' reflects on Indian independence. The photographs were taken by Redmond, Aileen and Hubert Burke, and others. Some are apparently originals; others are modern copies. They are not captioned, but are described in the narrative. Of the photographs Burke wrote: 'The people who took these photographs did not know that they were recording a way of life that was unique and so soon to vanish for ever. Nor that in the casual snaps of each other, of their houses, rooms, work and play there would be background detail of intriguing interest to future generations. Such obsolescence as a punkah to cool a room, a tiger's skull on a mantelpiece, a box for calling cards - these are hallmarks of an era as surely as are the starched ruffs of the first Elizabethans. Here, among the very earliest wildlife photographs ever taken anywhere in the world can be traced the dawn of the idea of the conservation of wildlife. Some of the negatives of these pictures were given to me by my family over the years while I was writing my autobiography Jungle Child and other stories and articles about India. Twelve invaluable albums which contain much information as well as the older pictures and others, of which no negatives now exist, were all at one time thrown on a rubbish heap as being of no further interest. They were rescued and here are some of the contents.' Presented by Norah Burke (Miss Walrond) in 1971.
    Person ID I1155  Silk Weavers and Stay Makers
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2018 

    Father Redmond St George BURKE,   b. 21 Jul 1879, Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1951, Auberied House, The Auberies Estate, Bulmer, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
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    Mother Aileen Marion WRENCH,   b. 22 Jun 1885, Lahore, Bengal, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1961, The Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, London W.1. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
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    Family ID F1550  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Henry Humphrey Richard Methwold WALROND,   b. 5 Oct 1904,   d. 16 Feb 1987, Thorne Court, Cockfield, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F459  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] The 1911 Population Census of England, Wales and Scotland, taken on the night of Sunday, the 2nd. April., (Location: Internet Access, various sources.;).

    2. [S2117] The General Register Office Death Index for England and Wales, (Location: Internet Access, various;).

    3. [S1792] The National Index of Wills and Probate, 1858 - 1996, 1996- present day, Probate Search Service.