Thomas Edward and Christian Martha Applin and their eight children sailed from Liverpool to Fremantle in Western Australia in 1912.
The Australian electoral rolls show the family headed straight to the township of Katanning located some 270km southeast of Perth where Thomas took up dairy farming.
Their eight children included Edward James Applin; Amelia Applin; Robert Harry Applin; Lilian Christian Applin; Priscilla Applin; Freda Applin; Phillip Victor Applin and Thomas Edwin Applin.
Robert Harry Applin
Robert Harry Applin, sailed back to England in 1916, after enlisting in the First AIF but was killed in action on 12 October the following year while serving with the 48th Infantry Battalion at Paschendaele.
Thomas Edwin Applin
Thomas was working as a shop assistant at Katanning when he courted and married Thelma Weise.
Their wedding took place in the local Anglican church and was duly reported on by The Southern Districts Advocate as follows:
“To the strains of the “Wedding March” (1) the bride entered the church on the arm of Mr N. Wells (who gave her away) in the absence of her father. She was exquisitely gowned in white morocain, fashionably pin-tucked to fit the figure, with trimmings of kilting at neck and sleeves: Her beautiful veil was held in place with a coronet of orange blossom. She carried an artificial bouquet of white roses and maiden hair fern. The bride was attended by Miss Ethel Stallwood, smartly dressed in flowing blue lace, fashioned on close fitting lines, the skirt inlet with godets (2) to form fullness. She wore a crinoline picture hat of same blue, with grey shoes, stockings, and gloves to match. She also carried an artificial bouquet of pink and white roses, entwined with maiden hair fern. The train-bearer, Miss Muriel Weise (youngest sister of the bride), looked sweet in her pretty frock of deep saxe blue, with pink sash, and head band, and she also carried a bouquet of pink roses. The duties of best man were performed by Mr S. C. Barclay. After the service the wedding march was played by Mr Gordon Beeck, who presided at the organ. The reception was held at the Masonic Hall, where relatives and friends were received by Mrs Weise (mother of the bride), who was dressed in black reversible satin relieved with white, and black hat to match. She was attended by Mrs Applin (mother off the bridegroom), who wore navy blue morocain with beige trimming arid black hat to tone; both carrying posies of mixed roses and fern. The usual toasts were honored, with Mr A. Barclay carrying out the duties of master of ceremonies; then came the cutting of the beautiful three-tiered wedding cake (made by the bride’s mother). After the reception, the tables were cleared and the hall was partaken of for dancing, to the music supplied by Mr F. Martin, until a late hour, when supper was indulged in and the bride and bridegroom retired to leave for their honeymoon, which is being spent touring through Perth and the South-West, the bride travelling in a frock of floral pink and white morocain, with white hat, shoes and gloves, to match. After the joining of hands and the singing of “For They Are Jolly Good Fellows,”‘ followed by “Auld Lang Syne,” (3) the happy couple left mid shower of confetti and rattling of kerosene tins. Many useful and handsome presents, including several cheques, were received by the happy couple.”
The Australian Electoral Rolls show that Thelma and Thomas lived all their married lives at Katanning where Thomas worked variously as a shop assistant and milkman.
Thomas died in Perth in 1986 but is buried at Katanning along with Thelma who died there in 2007.
They had three children – Audrey Faye Applin who married twice, first to Thomas John Harrison (1935-62) and second to Eric Desmond Lake Wickland of ‘Spring Hill’ in Kirup; Lola Naomi Applin who married Frederick James Bielby (1932-2012) at Katanning in 1957; Thomas Kerry Applin who also married twice, first to Lesley ?? (dates?) and second to Mary Lee-Higgins.