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FAME & INFAMY

Favourite Snelson characters who have achieved some level of notoriety for colourful reasons - meritorious, sad, brave and glorious, romantic, embarrassing, professional, outrageus, artistic, sporting, pretentious, disgraceful, downright stupid, illegal, murderous or absolutely pathetic.

However, let's kick off with the higher end of that scale, with my own second cousin twice removed, a Knight of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to inter alia, public service outside the civil service.

Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were originally made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India, in this case more likely the latter.

  • Sir Edward Alec Abbot Snelson OBE KBE

    • Secretary Ministries of Law and of Parliamentary Affairs, Karachi
    • Central Provinces District and Sessions Judge 1936
    • Registrar High Court 1941
    • Joint Secretary Government of India 1947
    • Official Draughtsman Government of Pakistan 1948
    • Secretary Ministry of Law 1951;
    • Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs 1952-58
    • Member Executive Committee Arts Council of Pakistan 1953
    • Legal Adviser to Karachi Port Trust Museum
    • Judge on tribunals for the Partition of Germany post 1945
    • Justice of Supreme Restitution Court, Herford, German Federal Republic
    • Judge Arbitral Tribunal for Agreement on German External Debts and Mixed Commission, Koblenz
    • Author “Father Damien", which is "Dedicated to G", his first wife, Greer Garson

  • Greer ("Eileen Evelyn Greer") Garson

    • Greer Garson born in London
    • was first married to Edward Alec Abbot Snelson my 2nd cousin 2 times removed
    • then Richard Ney
    • lastly E E Fogelson
    • Famous film actress for her roles in Mrs Miniver, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Pride & Prejudice, Madame Curie, Blossoms in the Dust and Sunrise at Campobello.

  • Roger Snelson - The Great Pretender

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    • Member of the Guild of Dyers.
    • Applicant, Visitation of London 1633-1634, Snelson Coat of Arm
    • Benefactor of Macclesfield poor people

  • David Snelson - Rear Admiral HMS "Ark Royal"

    • Rear Admiral, Royal Navy
    • Captain of HMS Liverpool
    • Commanding Officer of HMS Ark Royal, aircraft carrier, Flagship of the Royal Navy
    • Director Naval Staff and Director Naval Operations
    • Chief Harbour Master, Port of London

  • George Mathew Snelson - Founding Father

    • Born Ashby de la Zouch
    • emigrated to New Zealand
    • built a successful business
    • became Mayor of Palmerston, New Zealand

  • Briscoe Snelson - Photographer

    • Brilliant black & white lantern slide photographer
    • keen oarsman
    • wounded WW1 veteran
    • Secretary of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association
    • Author "Sixty-three Years on the Cam"
    • Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society

  • John Snelson of Broad Oak, Wales and New South Wales

    • John emigrated on 13 January 1858 from Liverpool on the ship "Switzerland"
    • After a voyage of 90 days, he arrived in Sydney on 13 April 1858.
    • On the same ship was Martha Cox of Somerse
    • He was contracted to build roads and bridges in the Dunedoo, Tambar Springs and Malalle ( Denistone town )
    • John lived near Singleton until 1872 when he went to the Gulgong gold diggings
    • He was a miner on the kaolin deposits at Home Rule or New Pipeclay.
    • He selected a farm which he named "Broad Oak" after his home in Burton, Wales
    • The property situated some 3-4 kilometers down the Canadian Lead Road.
    • In 1926, “Broad Oak” evidently passed to sons Harry and Percival Snelson

  • Grace Snelson - Million Dollar Legs

    • The Tiller Girls were among the most popular dance troupes of the 1900s, first formed by John Tiller in Manchester in 1890.
    • Whilst on visits to the theatre, Tiller had noticed the overall effect of a chorus of dancers was often spoiled by lack of discipline.
    • Tiller found that by linking arms the dancers could dance as one; he is credited with inventing precision dance.
    • Possibly most famous for their high-kicking routines, the Tiller Girls were highly trained and precise.

    The number of troupes grew to dozens and their fame spread around the world. The troupes were all slightly different, but within each troupe the girls were matched very precisely for height and weight. Individuality within the troupes was discouraged in favour of a strong group ethic. The Tillers performed as resident dancers at the Follies Bergère in Paris, the London Palladium, the Palace Theatres in Manchester and in London (as the Palace Girls), the Blackpool Winter Gardens, on New York's Broadway, where John Tiller had a dance school, and at hundreds of other theatres over the British Isles, the Continent and the United States.

    Grace Snelson was born in Manchester so it is possible that she joined the Tiller Girls in Manchester, and moved to London with her troupe.

    Grace Snelson (2nd from right, bottom row) was a Tiller Girl in the early 1930s.

  • Tessa Snelson - Opera Singer

    • Theresa Mary Hewett Snelson engaged by Richard D'Oyly Carte as a chorister for the Savoy in 1892.
    • Princess Nekaya in Utopia Limited (October 1894, December 1894-March 1895)
    • A dancing girl in Mirette (January-February 1895)
    • Nina in The Chieftain (February-August 1895).At the Savoy as a chorister for the start of the Second London Repertory Season
    • On tour from October 1908 to June 1909 with the D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertory Opera Company
    • Sacharissa in Princess Ida
    • Peep-Bo in The Mikado
    • Fiametta in The Gondoliers
    • She served in the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte Repertory Opera Company from July 1915 to January 1923
    • Except for the months from April to June 1922 when she was in the chorus with the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company.

    Tessa Snelson was married to D'Oyly Carte baritone Hugh Enes Blackmore, and with him served as producer for several amateur Gilbert & Sullivan companies and principal of the G & S School of Opera. They were charter members of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in London, serving continuously on the Society's Entertainment Committee until her death in 1939. Her brother, Jeoffrey Snelson, also appeared with the D'Oyly Carte, and her uncle, John Hollingsworth, created the role of Counsel to the Plaintiff in the original production of Trial by Jury.

  • Samuel Nelson - Shot by Bushranger at Collector

    • Born 1827 in Bicester
    • Parents James & Elizabeth Snelson
    • Emigrated to Queensland on the "Parsee" in 1853
    • Changed his name to Nelson
    • Joined the New South Wales Police Force on 5th August 1857
    • He was stationed at Collector, New South Wales
    • He was shot dead on the 26th January 1865 by bushranger John Dunn
    • He was 37 years of age, married with 8 children.
    • John Dunn, aged 19, bushranger, was hanged on the 19th March 1866 at Darlinghurst Jail in Sydney for the murder of Constable Nelson {sic}.

  • Peter Snelson - Mayor of Cobar

    • Peter went to the Bark School with the poet Henry Lawson.
    • He went to Cobar originally to fix or set up the books for a business house
    • He stayed – started a large bakery and then butchery business
    • Followed by a building business, and a funeral parlour
    • Then farms at Leeton and grazing country at Cobar (Linera Station).
    • He acquired the building partnership of Gudgeon & Co
    • Director on the board of many enterprises, mainly in the mining sector
    • Including the Occidental Mine and CSA Mining Company in Cobar
    • Councillor of the Municipality of Cobar and was the Mayor of Cobar ( 1898-99 ).
    • Major campaigner for better water supplies to the town.
    • The best account of Peter's early days are contained in the book " Cobar Founding Fathers" which contains many wonderful pictures of the early Snelson family and their homes.

  • Jack Thurston Snelson AM

    • Australia Medal (1986)
    • Australian Commonwealh Pesticides Coordinator, Department of Primary Industry 1967 to 1986
    • FAO Committee on Pesticides in Agricuture 1975
    • Leader, Australian Mission to the Peoples Republic of China on Agrochemical Regulation 1983
    • Foundation Member Weeds Society of NSW 1960
    • Member of ANZAAS.

  • Thomas Snelson - Bobby on the Bottle

    • Thomas Snelson was a member of the Cheshire Constabulary with a recidivist dedication to duty.
    • 31 December 1887 Date of Appointment
    • Age 21 years and one month
    • Previous OccupationFarmer at Sweatenham (sic) Cheshire.
    • Height : 5' 10" Eyes : Hazel - Hair : Brown - Complexion : Fresh - Build : Proportionate
    • 22 February 1888 posted to Nantwich
    • 8 November 1890 posted to Dukinfield

    Unfortunately, discipline was not a strong point

    • 4th April 1889 Absent from his beat from 2am to 4am and found drunk in Crewe at 4.10am. Fined 15/-
    • 4th November 1890 Absent from Conference Point at Crewe Police Station at 1.00am. and found drunk in his station at 1.15am Fined 25/-
    • 30th November 1890 Drunk on duty at Dukinfield at 12.45am.
    • 4th December 1890 Dismissed from Service

  • Nathan Snelson - Long Bow to Pocohontas

    • Nathan married Lucy Ann Boling
    • ... whose great-great grandfather was Colonel Robert Boling (Id#16365)
    • ... ... whose first wife was Jane Matoaka Rolfe
    • ... ... ... who was a Grand Daughter of Pocohontas (1596-1617) (Id#16379) daughter of Powatan; she is buried at St George's, Fravedend in Kent

  • Thomas Snelson - Handkerchief Lifter

    He was accused of

    • "stealing a child's frock, a pincushion, two hammers, a shirt, handkerchief, muslin curtain, two birdcages, 24 keys and divers other goods"
    • Convicted criminal, sentenced to life imprisonment
    • Transported to the Colony of New South Wales for life.
    • Later transported north to Port Macquarie
    • Won his ticket of leave in 1830 some 18 years after conviction.
    • Granted a Conditional Pardon No. 39/426, Dated Nov 1 1838
    • .... on Payment of the Stated five shillings and sixpence. " ...
    • ... now we know the price of freedom
    • ... and relative of my good friend Jon Snelson

  • James Snelson - Witch Descendant

    • James Snelson (Id# 431) married Elizabeth (Id# 436 nee Stubbs), relative of three women, mother and two daughters
    • these 3 women were hanged at Chester for bewitching to death Mrs. Elizabeth Furnival
    • who was the daughter to Mr. Jo Fallowes of Fallowes Hall
    • and he was father-in-law of Thomas Acton.

    Stephen King (Id# 1591) is descended from the kinsmen of the Acton family AND the victim (Elizabeth Furnival) as well as the witches ( the Stubbs ), a remarkable set of circumstances !

  • William Snelson - Blotto Trainspotter

    • Killed when he was hit by a train at Biddulph Junction when returning home late at night
    • probably in an inebriated state
    • according to the coroner and newspapers

    Ouch !

  • Rev. Jeoffrey Snelson - 2nd of the great Argotphiles

    • Vicar of Hanbury in Staffordshir
    • Vicar of Reigate
    • Rector of Hendon

  • John Thomas Snelson - Pioneer

    • Fought in the Revolution
    • Baptist Minister
    • Farmer
    • Patriot

  • "Pete" Snelson - Purple Heart

    • Awarded "Military Order of the Purple Heart"
    • Wounded in WWII
    • Texas State Representative
    • Texas State Senator.