Ursula Adele  Melksham

Ursula Adele Melksham

Female 1945 - 2008  (62 years)

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  • Name Ursula Adele Melksham 
    Born 12 Sep 1945  Maryborough Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Feb 2008  Maryborough Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Maryborough Garden of Rest Cemetery, Queensland, Ausrralia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2271  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2008 

    Father William Stevens Melksham,   b. 6 Sep 1906, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1997, Maryborough Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Gladys Ethel Ruby Taylor,   b. 20 Sep 1910, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1998, Maryborough Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Photos
    Melksham Family Hervey Bay.
    Melksham Family Hervey Bay.
    (Carolyn had not been born yet).
    The Melksham Family at Denis' 21st birthday party.
    The Melksham Family at Denis' 21st birthday party.
    Family ID F681  Group Sheet

    Family Rodney Sengstock 
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2007 
    Family ID F760  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Ursula Melksham
    Ursula Melksham
    Sailors Hockey Team
    Sailors Hockey Team
    back row left to right:
    L Beddows, Wendy Scott, D Beddows, Carol Beddows, Coach Colin Riddel, Shirley Butcher, J Rillie, Pat Holmes, Robyn Aizlewood.
    front left to right:
    Val Court, J Beddows, Ursula Melksham, Val Rillie, Carol Humphries, J Daddow.

    Ursula in her Qld Schoolgirls Hockey Uniform.
    Ursula in her Qld Schoolgirls Hockey Uniform.
    Qld Schoolgirls Hockey Team 1960
    Qld Schoolgirls Hockey Team 1960
    Ursula is second from left.
    Ursula Melksham and Rodney Sengstock
    Ursula Melksham and Rodney Sengstock
    Wedding
    Death Notice for Ursula Sengstock
    Death Notice for Ursula Sengstock
    Funeral Notice for Ursula Sengstock
    Funeral Notice for Ursula Sengstock
    Rest In Peace Ursula Sengstock Front and Back Cover
    Rest In Peace Ursula Sengstock Front and Back Cover
    Rest In Peace Ursula Sengstock
    Rest In Peace Ursula Sengstock
    URSULA SENGSTOCK

    Ursula was born on the 12th of September 1945 at the Lady Musgrave Hospital in Maryborough, the second child born to William (Bill) and Glady Melksham (nee Taylor). Ursula was the one in the middle with Denis being the oldest and Carolyn being the youngest. She arrived feet first and it is said she was in a hurry.

    The first place she lived was at 647 Kent Street. At about 5 years of age she was playing under the house, (which was very low blocked) with one of her friends, when she was hit on the nose with a piece of water pipe, breaking her nose. Ursula carried a broken nose for the rest of her life.

    Ursula commenced school at The Newtown School (now Maryborough West), and walked to school every day with Barbara, Heather and Audrey Gordon who lived opposite. In 1952 her parents bought a new house at 83 Ariadne Street and the walking to school was made a lot easier as the distance was shorter. One day, when Urs, Denis and Carolyn
    Were walking home from school they found a lost dog, which, with a bit of encouragement followed them home. She was a lovely dog who became a real pet. She was given the name “Lassie”, It was from her we received our sex education. When she was on heat all the dogs were jumping the fence. I remember one Sunday lunchtime she was yelping a bit and I went to investigate. I came back to the table and in a loud clear voice said “They’re stuck together”. Dad went down and saved the day. Then of course when the four pups arrived Dad took us downstairs to watch the birth.

    With Urs attending High School, she was given a pushbike to ride the long distance to school.

    About this time, the man who delivered the groceries, Merv Taylor, who was very involved with the game of Hockey in Maryborough, encouraged Urs and her friend Robyn Aizlewood (who lived only a couple of houses up the road) to play this sport. It played a major part in Ursula’s life. She started playing with Sailors Hockey Team who were part of The Colts Hockey Club. Urs represented Maryborough in the Maryborough Schoolgirl’s team in Toowoomba in 1957 and was the youngest in the team. She also represented Maryborough at Atherton in 1960. She played rep hockey in Cairns and Rockhampton plus other towns in the state.

    She also played in the Women’s team in Brisbane – again as the youngest in the team. She was picked to play in the State Schoolgirls No1 team of possibles and probables

    She was always hitting a hockey ball around the front yard with me (hard to believe), Carolyn and the Aizlewood kids Adrian, Greg and Robyn. When they practiced over at the old hockey grounds, and not enough of the team turned up, they played with the boys teams. Among them was John and Bruce McBryde and their sister Diane.

    Ursula also played for Maryborough Girls Softball team and represented Maryborough in Toowoomba. Some of the team members were Ursula, Robyn, Shirley Butcher, Gloria Postan, Kay Gassan, Sylvia Moulds, and Ailsa Mc Crea. Their coach was Lew Moulds.

    She went to the Newtown Baptist Sunday School, from when it was first held in Les and Glady Daniel’s house in Crown Street opposite her grandparents. The Sunday School then moved to the scout hut on the corner of Ward and Ariadne Streets until the new Newtown Baptist Church was built on the corner of Woodstock and Cheapside Streets. It was here that her dedication was performed.

    During her teenage years Urs developed an interest in boys and in time met Rodney Sengstock. About 12 months later they became engaged and were to be married on the 12th December 1964 but fate stepped in when Rodney lost a leg while unloading logs at Hyne and Sons Sawmill 0n the 2nd of December of that same year. The wedding was then postponed until 12th September 1965.

    Rod went back into the timber industry with Urs at his side working in places like Eidsvold, Gayndah, Goomeri, Monto, Mt Larcombe, Roma, and Cloyna Station. They were also involved in building dams on some of the properties in those areas.

    Next Urs and Rod opened a fish and chip shop in Hervey Bay. They sold this business in the 1970’s and bought a house in Maryborough where Urs used the knowledge gained in the fish shop to become a waitress at Margaretes, the renamed Mimosa Café. When she was not working there she used to pick fruit and vegetables – she was never one to sit around.

    When Rod became a fisherman, Urs used to hop in and give him a hand to scale and bone out the fish. This was more so when it was mullet season. At the time he had a seafood hawkers licence and they sold seafood around Wide Bay.

    When Urs had some spare time she loved to crochet and sold some of her work at the weekly markets. She was fascinated by bells and started a collection which grew and grew every time she went to the markets or a garage sale.

    In later years Ursula began to have health problems, but Urs in her usual way did not tell anyone about it. She was diag- nosed with cancer in late September 2007, but in her usual way took it head on and could not get home quick enough to organize her affairs and her funeral arrangements.

    With her health fading Urs made sure that she celebrated Christmas and New Year as well as her cousin Noels 60th Birthday in early January. Right to the end she still had that same spirit.

    At Sunday School we used to sing “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam”. Every time we see a bright ray of sunshine filtering through a cloud we’ll know that she is up there,(as it says in the song) shining for him each day.







    Denis Melksham
    Bessie Dugdell, Bill & Glady Melksham and their daughter Ursula
    Bessie Dugdell, Bill & Glady Melksham and their daughter Ursula


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