Martin Sharp, son of Margaret (Gannan) and Maurie Sharp gave me an interesting snippet and picture
Brief Gannan/Sharp History’
Margaret Theresa Gannan, my mother married Maurice Joseph Sharp on the 14 December 1945; incidentally their great granddaughter Kristy was married on the same date 62 years later in 2008.
Margaret Theresa was named after her mother and Mum’s second child was also named after her mother but that is where the lineage stopped because Margaret (3) had no children.
Margaret and Maurie had 9 children in the insuring years, being of that kind of religious persuasion and didn’t in those days have TV or central heating. Mum often said later in life that when it came to music she had no problems
the Rhythm Method but otherwise she had troubles. In the courtship period of Margaret and Maurie, Mary, Margaret’s younger sister commented that if Margaret didn’t want Maurie could she have him. (Ask Aunty Mary for verification).
Before meeting Maurie, Margaret who was musically adept came third in a Dame Nelly Melba Scholar I think in 1943 but couldn’t take up the chance due to the expense of travelling to London etc. Margaret
continued to sing throughout her lifetime as a maestro soprano in various choirs in Cobram and then Wangaratta.
The family lived in Melbourne at Blackburn for a few years as
Maurie worked in the Sharp family business as a fibrous plaster now termed a “gyprocker” or chippie.
They then spent a couple of years at Barooga where Bernie Gannan
recalls an incident where Maurie and Phil when down to the backyard the get cold beer from the well, this was before refrigeration was common and was the only place to keep the beer cold. Bernie bought a torch with him and was scornfully informed they didn’t
need it but as Maurie pulled up the bag with the beer in it up came an angry black snake. Possible annoyed his beer stash was being disturbed. Bernie was about 10 at the time. (Check with him anyway).
After a time back in Melbourne at Blackburn Fibrous Plaster Works then eventually to the Cobram Fibrous Plaster Works was up and running so the family moved to Cobram.
Margaret continued to sing throughout her lifetime as a maestro soprano in various choirs in Cobram and then Wangaratta. She even did a singing section at radio station 3SR while we were at Cobram.
We went on trips to Mt Buffalo during winter months and sometime in the summer. This where both the Margaret’s along with Maurice’s ashes have been
scattered. Now as we say the Lord’s Prayer we recite “Our Family members whom are on Mt Buffalo” etc.
It was not unusual in the early family days when there were just 5 of us kids, Christopher being the baby at the time, singing as group of an evening. Maurie had a good voice also, but couldn’t stand the competition.
Maurie died on the 22 October 2005, Margaret Theresa (2) died of throat cancer on the 16 march 2007 after a short battle and Margaret Theresa (3) died from Lung cancer in July 2007 after quite a long
battle over a period of years. Christopher was killed in a motorbike accident at Sydney at 20 years of age (he could be 20 years old).