The 'Tong' Family

1928 - Joan Edna
1938 - John Henry
1940 - Lewis
1945 - Jean Anne
1947 - Sandra
1953 - Christina
1964 - Deborah Jayne
1966 - Alison



Herbert (Bertie) Walter Tong
1914 - 1999
Bertie/Bill & Queenie
Some of the information below was very kindly provided by
Kellee Daniel
Who lives in Queensland, Australia
Her husband is Steven Daniel grandson of Hebert Walter Tong (1914)





Herbert Walter Tong  


December 22, 1914 Norwich, Norfolk, UK - March quarter 1915 - (4b 184)
Died: March 7, 1999 Master Misericordiae Hospital, Mackay, Queensland - age 84
Buried: March 10, 1999 Walkerston Cemetery QLD, Australia - Next to wife Jane
Parents John Henry Tong
Ann Elizabeth Turrell
Up-date: - Herbert Went to Australia in about 1962 with his second wife Queenie May Goodwin.
There he changed his name to William Kent (known as Bill)

Wife 1:

Gladys Mary Agnes Housego  


1920 Norwich - Jun quarter (4b 332)
Parents Frederick Housego
Agnes Lemmon

Frederick Housego and Agnes Lemmon were married in 1915 at Norwich - Dec quarter (4b 369)
They had children:

Sibblings of Gladys Mary Agnes Housego
Alfred W Housego - born 1916 - Norwich - Dec quarter (4b 224)
Ralph J L Housego - born 1918 - Nowich - Sep quarter (4b 218)
Dorothy R Housego - born 1925 - Norwich - Jun quarter (4b 219)
Agnes E Housego - born 1928 - Norwich - Mar quarter (4b 239)
Margaret V Housego - born 1930 - Norwich - Jun quarter (4b 243)


July 31, 1937 St Marks: Hall Road: Lakenham: Norfolk (322)
Norwich - Sep quarter (4b 311)

The marriage of Herbert and Gladys was dissolved in 1953 -
Gladys then married Glaude E. Smith at Norwich in Sept quarter (4b 1629)
Gladys maiden name was then recorded as 'Houseago'

Children with Gladys Agnes Housgo:


Date of birth:
Birth Place:
John Henry Tong Abt 1938 Norwich - St.Faith's March quarter (4b 116)
Lewis Tong Abt 1940 Norwich, Norfolk
Herbert Walter Tong 1942 1942 - Norwich - Sep quarter (4b 226)
1943 - Child death - Norwich Mar quarter (4b 179) age 0

I have found a female birth under the mothers maiden name of Housego
1946: Dorothy A Tong - Norwich June quarter (4b 284) maiden name of mother - Housego - Where does this fit in?

John Henry Tong (1938) Married Peggy D. G. Middleton in 1957 Jun quarter (4b 1177)
John Henry changed his name to John Middleton, and moved to Queensland Australia
John and Peggy had a child:

1/ Peter J Tong born 1957 Sep quarter (4b 903)

Lewis Tong (1940) changed his name to Lewis Lancaster and lives in Norfolk UK.

Things did not go too well for Bertie, he has been injured whilst in Egypt and was sent to a hospital in South Africa. No one informed his folks back home so after a while they considered the worse. When he returned things at home had changed and after the death of his son who was named after him, things came to a conclusion and he and Gladys partered and he left home.
After his marriage to Gladys Housego dissolved he then married Queenie Goodwin. He disappeared without trace in the mid to late 50's It was not until the late 90's that he was found in Australia where he had changed his name to William Kent, we also found that he and his second wife (now known as Jane Kent) had 3 daughters.

His son John who had been living in Robina, Queensland, Australia for some time, came home to Norfolk searching for his father after he learnt he was terminally ill with lucemia and wanted to see his father before he died. He organised a large family gathering at Barnham Broom Country Club to explore every avenue to find him but to no avail. On his return to Australia a researcher informed him that Bertie had been found and was infact living less than 600 Kilometres away from him.

From all accounts John was invited to a family BBQ and on his arrival there was no question that John was Berite's son as they were so much alike. Not sure how Bertie felt about this meeting as all of a sudden his past had caught him up, I would imagine emotions must have been running high. I understand that communication continued until John sadly passed away and Bertie followed not long after in the March of 1999. The family still have contact with Lewis.

We have, after many years of searching finally made contact with Bertie's family by his second wife Queenie now known a Jane Kent.
Below is their story.......


Wife 2:

Queenie May Goodwin Known in Australia as 'Jane Kent'


May 23, 1918 Gillingham Kent - Medway - June quarter (2a 1196)
Died: April 26, 1999 Mackay QLD Australia.- age 81
Buried: April 30, 1999 Walkerston Cemetery QLD Australia.- Next to Husband Bill
Parents George Richard Goodwin
Catherine Jane Johnstone

George Richard Goodwin married Catherine Jane Johnston in 1896 at Stoke Damerel – Dec quarter (5b 647)
They had children:

Possible sibblings of Queenie May Goodwin - these are likely matches but need checking
George William V Goodwin - born: 1897 – Medway – Dec quarter (2a 652)
Frederick John Goodwin - born: 1899 – March quarter (2a 637)
Edward Goodwin - born: 1898 – Medway – March quarter (2a 638)
Kathleen Winifred Goodwin - born: 1900 – Medway – June quarter (2a 685)
Winifred May Goodwin - born: 1901 – Medway – Sept quarter ( 2a 741)
Frederick Sidney Goodwin - born: 1902 – Medway – March quarter (2a 657)
Archibald Goodwin - born: 1904 – Medway – Dec quarter (2a 739) - Died: 1925 – Faversham – Dec quarter (2a 1270)
Gladys Edith Goodwin - born: 1905 – Medway – June quarter (2a 761)
Arthur Cyril Goodwin - born: 1907 – Medway – June quarter (2a 792)

Harold Goodwin - born: 1910 – Medway – March quarter (2a 696)
Gwendoline G Goodwin - born: 1911 – Medway – June quarter (2a 783)
Gladys R Goodwin - born: 1911 – Medway – March quarter (2a 712)
Edward John Goodwin - born: 1916 - Medway - March quarter (2a 1358)



March 10, 1954 Kent UK - Sittingbourne Mar quarter (5b 1630)

It is apparent at their marriage that Herbert and Queenie had already changed their first names as they were also recorded as William and Jane as well as their birth names. It is also apparent that Queenie had taken the surname Tong pria to their marriage as she was also recorded as Jane Tong.




Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Jean Anne Tong   Surry
Sandra Tong   Sheppey
Christina Tong   Kent, UK

Christina followed her parents and changed her surname to Kent.


File Information:

1937: Jly 31, Marriage at St Marks Church of England Hall Road Norwich
Herbert Walter Tong, age 22, Bachelor - Joiner of 25 Trafalgar Street
Gladis Mary Agnis Housego age 17: Spinster of 18 Jubilee Terrace

Father: John Henry Tong - Coal Merchant (Deceased)
Father: Frederic Housego - Boot & Shoe Operator

Entry 322 - information from file certificate

1954: March 10, Marriage at The Register Office - Sittingbourne, Kent, UK
William Tong formerly known as Herbert Walter Tong - age 39 - Previous marriage disolved - Builders Carpenter
Jane Tong formerly known as Queenie May Goodwin - age 35 - Spinster - Housekeeper
Both Residing at : 2 Temporary Houses, Rectory Road, Sittingbourne, Kent
Father: John Henry Tong - Deceaced - Coal Merchant
Father: George Goodwin - Deceaced - Painter, Royal Navy
Witnesses: G. Goodwin & W. M. James
Entry 180 -
- information from file certificate

After the war Herbert and Queenie lived at

2 Temporary Houses, Rectory Road, Sittingbourne, Kent
13 Longride, Canterbury Road Estate, Sittingbourne, Kent

1962: July 16, - Herbert, Queenie and their 3 daughters arrived in Sydney Australia after spending 7 weeks at sea on the S.S. Stratheden.

The Stratheden was 23,732 tons, commissioned in 1937. Like many other passenger ships, she was used as a troop ship during World War Two. After the war, she was placed on the Australia run, carrying passengers between Britain, its colonies and Australia. The Stratheden was one of five ships of the "Strath" class; the others were the Strathaird, Strathnaver, Strathmore and Strathallan.
It was an imposing ship, with large single funnel and a speed of 19 knots. She had a crew of 653 and could carry 527 first and 453 tourist-class passengers. The passengers were housed on three decks - C, D & E with the verandah, Dance room and swimming pool on the B deck and the dining room on F deck.
P&O sold the ship in 1967 and she was renamed the Marianna Latsi. She was broken up and sold for scrap in 1969.

Memories ...... I can remember the day that Dad decided to change our surname from Tong to Kent. We were in a rental property in Townsville – Jean had just left – and we were also leaving. Dad said let’s have a fresh start and get rid of this Tong name – What shall we change it to? There was a calendar on the wall that my Aunt Min had sent us – The Kent Messenger – so that’s where it came from. We moved to Yeppoon with three of us with the Kent name, but Sandra kept Tong which made it very awkward for Mum to explain to neighbours. - Christina Kent (formerly Tong)

1999: - Newspaper cutting
Kent: William
(Bill) of ***** Art Gallery, ******** Seaforth.
The relatives and friends of the late Bill Kent, dearly loved husband of Jane, dearly loved father and father in-law of Christina, Jean and Robert Nielsen, and Sandra and David Daniel, dearly love grandfather Kristina Pearce and Adrian Jensen, Marilyn and Russell Bennett, Lilian Matthews and Joe Parrotta, Andrew Nielsen and Kelli Lee, Mitchell Nielsen, Steven and Kellee Daniel, Lynda and Bob Doyle, Sharon and Darren Young, Audra Daniel and James Muphy, and Paula and Dale Fortesue, dearly loved great grandfather of their respective families, and good friend of Bill Odger are respectfully advised that his funeral service will commence at 12 noon (Wednesday 10/3/1999) at the graveside Walkerston Cemetery

Below is Bill's daughters memories of their Dad and the stories he have mentioned of his life.....

William Kent - December 22, 1914 - March 7, 1999
Bill was born December 22, 1914 in Norwich, England, his father fought in the First World War and after the war he worked as a coalman, with an open horse drawn carriage he pass away when Bill was just 11 years old.
One of Tina's favourite stories of her Dad was when he would tell her of his boyhood games, such as Conkers, and collecting cigarette cards and also about the toys he made, diabalos, hoops, marble bridges, trolleys and spinning tops. He and his special friend Frankie, used to go to the river with a couple of paraffin cans tied together to use as Floats, and this was how he taught himself to swim.
Bill's strong character started to show through at an early age and as money was very scarce he soon learnt to improvise and to make do to get a step ahead. Bill was devastated when his best friend was run over and killed and even though he was never allowed to see him he always remembered him as his best friend. Bill's boyhood days came to an end abruptly at the age of 14, although he was intelligent enough to have to have won a scholarship for higher education he wasn't able to take it because his mother was a widow and didn't think she would be able to afford, so Bill had to go to work. Many years later Bill found out that there was a special concession available for widows, he always regretted missing out on his education.
Bill's first job was sweeping factory floors and being a general dogsbody for 14 hours a day 6 1/2 days a weeks and his wages was 7 shillings and 6 pence. This he gave to his mum, she gave him 6 pence for himself, when given this he would high tail it to the shops for a 30 pac of cigarettes then off to the pictures where the screen was so close to your face you had to move your head from side to side to see the picture.Not much of a reward for 77 hours a week
Bill nursed his crippled mother for 3 years, she passed away when he was 15, after her funeral he packed his bags and left.
Bill's strong character made him determined him to weather the depression years and he had to fight hard to retain his place in the workforce. If you had to take less pay to keep your job, he did, to keep his job, this happened repeatedly. If you left your job you could not get the dole, if you were lucky enough to get the dole you had to stand in a queue a mile long 3 times a week to get your pay.
When the 2nd world war came Bill and his mates joined up hoping for a place to stay and 3 meals a day, but they were sadly mistaken. The British Army's treatment of the common soldier was shocking, they had very little rations, the uniforms were either to tight or too baggy, the latrines were a pole over a trench. In freezing weather they were housed in a barn with no windows and steel beds with diamond shaped wire with no mattresses. The men went to bed in full uniform to keep warm, needless to say the soldiers on Parade in the morning had diamond shapes all over their over-coats. All soldiers had to be clean shaven and this was done in freezing cold water, and if any stubble was left you were immediately put on "Jankers", anything you did wrong you were on "Jankers", that is how the army got the potatoes peeled.The training was pretty hard, the system was sadistic and Bill and his friends decided that if this is how the British Army was going to treat their soldiers then they were better off as POWs.
The only good thing that came out of the Army for Bill was that he meet his wife Jane. Bill was mending a fence one day and along came this beautiful girl driving a truck, she stopped for a while and said "AH! We'll soon knock that over" and when Bill recovered from the shock of this beautiful lady they became friends and they hit it off straight away. Together they spent a lots of their time getting back at the Army with lots of high jinks being played on officers, When Bill was courting Jane he would take the officers jeep and leave it on top of the ramp, when questioned the next morning how Bill had come to visit her, Jane quickly said "oh he came over on a bike!". The Army took 7 years of his life.
Bill and Jane were married for almost 60 years at the time of his death. Of course Jane would be the first to admit Bill wasn't the easiest of men to live with, but he was a very hard working man who always put his family first, and provided a good home for them where ever they went. Together Jane and Bill had three lovely daughters Jean, Sandra and Christina.
As things became easier in England Bill bought a car "Austin 7" and the family spent numerous holidays traveling all over England in the "Austin 7" When Christmas time was near Bill always bought or made beautiful gifts. One that will always be remembered with sadness is the Doll's House which the girls left behind. It truly was a work of art complete with carpet, wallpaper, a staircase and even had electric lights that really worked it was like a miniature house.
Bill then decided to take a big step in his life and the lives of his family, they all immigrated to Australia in 1962. Everything was left behind as they had to start again in Australia.
Jobs were not easy to get and they spent lots of time traveling up and down the Queensland Coast until finally stopping at Mackay. He turned to Sandra and said "if we both get jobs we will stay" and they did. Bill began work in the building industry and worked on many projects in the district. He then decided to have a go on his own and along with daughter Tina they built several houses in the district, including their present home, where other family members became involved.
Bill was a Jack of all Trades, and during his life he tried his hand at many trades such as radio and TV repairs, Electrical work, Plumbing and Horse Breaking and mastered most of them.
Tina's description of Dad is as follows: Dad has a distinctive personality, a strong Union believer, a booming voice and never one to sit shyly in the corner. He loved his family and friends around him and was known to have many a verbal debate on any subject. He was extremely intelligent and new of all the latest technology and political sports issues, also he would turn the TV up loud and still carry on a conversation on any subject and still have one ear tuned the TV and he could give you the scores in the cricket or what ever he was watching at the time, whilst debating an entirely different topic. His mathematic mind was very alert even at 80 he could multiply 4 Numeral 4 times in his head and think nothing of it. in 1995 he bought himself a computer, did all his own programming and even did the adds on the internet for Tina's Art Gallery.
Bill, Jane and Tina, had their last holiday together in 1996 and Bill was enchanted with the Chinese Gardens in Sydney.
Bills family always came first, he is survived by his Wife, Jane, Daughters Jean, Sandra and Christina and their families, 12 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.
One of Bill's favourite peace's of music was 'Moonlight Sonata'
No doubt there will be many people that will treasure special memories of Bill. This hard working man, with a Booming voice, had a gentleness kindness to his family and friends that have not gone unnoticed.
Tenderly and reverently as we bid Bill Farewell, let us remember, his kindness, his laughter, the touch of his hand, and his willingness to be helpful to all.



More on Queenie May Goodwin / Jane Kent

served in the British Army as a Lorry Driver

Jane's Parents
George Richard Goodwin born about 1875 married Catherine Jane Johnson born abt 1875at Plymouth in 1896 in the district of Stoke Damerel Plymouth, UK

Eulogy of Jane Kent (formerly Queenie May Goodwin) - Read by Andrew (her Grandson)
Jean Sandra and Christina have put together a few words about Nana's live, She was Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, so I will simply call her by her name.
Jane was born in Teynham Kent on May 23, 1918. She was the youngest of a large family. She always asked her mother if she was the 13th child, but she would never say.
Her father George Goodwin was a sailor, her mother Catherine Jane (maiden name Johnston) saved up for a down payment for a house in Teynham - the 'Old Vicarage' - where Jane spent her early years. This old house was of over 700 years held very fond memories for Jane.
Jane was a shy country girl who did not like school very much. She reckoned she and her brother Ted nicknamed 'Babs' never went to school on Fridays because this is when her mother went to town. They used to climb to the top of a huge elm tree, and with their Bill's binoculars they could see the coast of France 22 miles away.
Although shy, Jane had plenty of gumption. At 14 she found daily work in a mental home. At 15 she scanned to newspapers and picked out a suitable situation. She was to work and live in Huge Mansion as a second house-maid. She would see that Fox Hounds Meets with the men in Red and the Women in black, the lovely horses and the hounds, and at dinner at night she would help to wait table. The work was hard and long - 6 in the morning till late at night.
She worked in quite a few mansions as Parlor Maid, Private Ladies Maid and as a Nanny.
When the war stared, everyone was ordered to do something to help the war effort, so she went home to Sittingbourne to work in a Paper Mill. she worked shift work, and Jane said that she looked older than she did now. Being cooped up wasn't for Jane, so she joined the Amy. She was VERY determined to have to have the job she wanted so she put - Driver - Driver - Driver on all the forms.
When asked who couldn't drive Jane kept her hand down. She'd never driven a truck in her life but she knew what she wanted and didn't want to miss out.
Funny enough, she was the only one to pass the driving test !
Jane drove all sorts of vehicles, from Jeeps to Ten-Tone Trucks to Gun Carriages to Tanks. Her job took her all over Britain in all weathers. In those days there was no power steering and no Sychromesh Gears just crash gearboxes, which, for the un-initiated, meant the vehicle was momentarily out of gear while you revved the accelerator and Banged the lever in gear. Jane said that she had a permanent corn on her hand from Thumping the gear lever so much. Her most terrifying memory is of driving up an extremely steep hill in Scotland, in Treacherously Icy conditions.
Jane was only 5 foot 3 and very slight, so this work was very hard. She said civilian truck drivers used to hate the Army woman drivers.
One Jeep she had, had been sabotaged. The King pin dropped out and she lost her steering. She was thrown out of her open roofed Jeep and landed on a thorny Blackberry Bush, which scratched her to pieces, but also saved her life. The only sympathy she got from her sergeant in hospital later was, "OH I EXPECT YOU WERE DRIVING TO FAST !!!"
The accident lead to a formal Court Martial where she was marched between two Red-Caps in front of a bench of officers where her claim of sabotage was vindicated. For a shy person, this was a terrifying ordeal but she came through with flying colours.
It was during her time in the Army that she first met Bill, and it was love at first sight. The relationship was one of exciting escapades.

After the war, they settled down in Settingborourne, England and had three children Jean, Sandra and Christina (called Tina). It was during this time that rationing was part of life. Things were tough. At this time they experienced the worst winter on record, and Bill and Jane would wheel the pram along the railway lines picking up pieces of coal for the fire.
Jane took lots of jobs to help out, Hop picking, Strawberry picking and Cherry picking, which involved moving 40 foot ladders. Then her driving skills came to the fore, and she got a job delivering milk, bread and then groceries. Jane had very high dress standards and always wore high heels, crisp uniforms and make-up. Many a Wolf Whistle with her beautiful figure and chestnut hair!
Even while keeping a house running, looking after three children and working full time, Jane still found time to be compassionate to an elderly next door neighbour, who was bedridden and left to her own devices all day. She would look in on her every day, make up a fire for her and cook a hot meal for her while other women on the estate who didn't go out to work did nothing. That's the sort of caring person Jane was.
The next major turning point in Jane's life was the decision to emigrated to Australia. She didn't really want to leave as she would be leaving her beloved sister, Win. She let herself be swept along with the excitement of the intended journey.
Life was very hard for Jane in Townsville. Bill had a stroke from the stress of the move and it was up to Jane to hold the family together. Every day she had to walk two mile to her job as a maid in a hotel. She would do the shopping and walk home along the beach cooling her aching feet in the sea. She would cook and clean and walk back for the afternoon shift and come home after dark stepping over drunks and sometime being harassed. She paid off a push-bike and felt safer after that.
Bill and Jane eventually settled in Miclere outside Mackay in a old house that They and Tins built up room by room, over 11 years. Jane loved animals and was greatly distressed when she found a sack of puppies dumped outside her home in Miclere. She took them in and ended up with seven dogs and three cats. Just as well she lived in the country.
Her own consuming passion was gardening. Everywhere she had ever lived she made beautiful gardens. It was her family's great joy to visit and walk around the garden with her.
Later they moved to their present address along the ******* Road which had ten acres where they could keep horses. The house was built entirely by hand by Bill, Jane and Tina, and sometimes other family members lent a hand. The lounge room was big enough to accommodate an expanding family. Every Christmas it would be the tradition to go to Bill and Jane's home, and Jane would always make a beautiful decorative table, with pride.
Jane's most significant Characteristic was her selflessness. She would always put other people's needs and feelings before her own. Even when she was sick or in hospital, she would always worry about others, and didn't want to bother people. She made everyone welcome and LOVED US ALL.







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