The Lagus family Lagus
|First name||The Lagus family|
|Country of Origin||Estonia|
|Year of Arrival in Australia||1926 -1948|
|Submitted by||Maimu Armstrong|
MIGRATION OF THE LAGUS FAMILY TO AUSTRALIA FROM ESTONIA
Michael Lagus born December 1889 in Parnu, Estonia migrated to Australia 1926 by the then Government of Australia as an Electrical Engineer to work on the old Parliament House in Canberra – next work was installing lifts in the Commonwealth Bank, Martin Place Sydney, on completion he opened his Electrical Business in Curlewis Street Bondi, then in 1938 left Australia for Estonia to visit his terminally ill father, was sent to Siberia by then Russian Government of the day for not bringing his family back. Returned to Estonia and was laid to rest in Tallinn’s Cemetary 22 July 1974.
MOTHER HELMI LAGUS Nee TAMMANN
Born in Parnu Estonia March 1898 Married Michael Lagus 1 Sept 1918. Left Estonia, with the children, daughter Maimu Laine Lagus and son Hillar Anatol Lagus, travelled to Marseille, France went on board a French ship “Chephee” with approx 127 other Estonian migrants for Australia arriving in Sydney 21 June 1927 . Lived with her daughter and son-in-law till 7th June 1978 and was laid to rest in Estonian Section at Rookwood Cemetary Sydney
SON HILLAR ANATOL LAGUS
Born 17 March 1921 in Parnu Estonia. Joined the Norwegian Merchant Navy in 1941 Has a son Michael Lagus living in Hawaii USA Married in 1948 in Melbourne to Sylvia Margret Nowack had 2 daughters, Cherisse Sylvia Griffis living in Bulahdelah NSW had daughter Tania and son Shannon – Debroah Margaret Guilloud , had two sons from a previous marriage , Brandon and Christian Waller.
Was laid to rest 16 November 2004 in the Estonian Section Rookwood Cemetry Sydney next to his mother
DAUGHTER MAIMU LAINE ARMSTRONG Nee LAGUS
Was born in Tallinn Estonia 26 June 1919 Commenced her education at Bondi Beach Public School and Sydney High School on leaving school was employed by David Jones Ltd and married Horace Henry John Armstrong of Goulburn at St Philips Church York St Sydney 18 May 1946. Lived as the wife of her soldier husband till he retired from the Army in 1954 and sometime later he was with Department of Foreign Affairs and have travelled the World until retirement from the Service at the age of 60 years, then travelled Australia from coast to coast East to West and North to South.
We had no children. When the time arrives shall be laid to rest in the Goulburn cemetery Remembrance Wall Goulburn NSW
I remember very vividly the first day of starting School in Bondi. Our mother told us “Australia is your country now and you will honour the Flag that you earn your bread and butter from” This I have carried out very faithfully. Also in those days bullying took place at school, but we were told not to hit back, on numerous occasions Mother had to mend our precious clothes “Patch on Patch” Till one day she told us to fight back, My Brother and I stood back to back and gave all of those bullies a good hiding. – From that day onwards we became “True Blue Australians”
Now living in Lake Haven Masonic Retirement Village Central Coast NSW with peace and contentment of lives well served for their Country
MY WISH FOR AUSTRALIA AND ALL ITS’ PEOPLE TO HONOUR THE FLAG THEY EARN THEIR BREAD AND BUTTER FROM —
With God’s Richest Blessings
Maimu Laine Armstrong nee Lagus