Florence Rosetta Tull

28 March 1894, Rotherhithe, London, England - 20 August 1984, Mount Lawley, Western Australia



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Florence Rosetta Tull, like her brothers and sisters was born at 82 Swan Lane, Rotherhithe only 300 yards from the Thames embankment where the Mayflower set sail for America, 1.2 miles from the Tower Bridge and within hearing of the Bow Bells rendering her a true Cockney.  She was the second of nine children born to William Charles Tull and Lizzia Ann Carpenter.

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William Charles TULL 25 Jun 1867 Rotherhithe m Lizzie Ann CARPENTER 29 Jan 1869 Rotherhithe
William Charles TULL 7 Jul 1892

Florence Rosetta TULL 28 Mar 1894
Lizzie Maud TULL 6 Jul 1895
Alice May TULL 10 Mar 1897
Lillie Amelia TULL 20 Oct 1898

John Robert TULL 20 Sep 1899
Elsie Catherine TULL 1 Dec 1900
Ada Louise TULL 29 Apr 1903
Violet TULL 29 Nov 1904

In 1904, her older brother William Charles received a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medallion for saving a man from drowning in the Thames at Horseferry Stairs on an ebb tide.  Flo recalled seeing Bleriot's aircraft and the family has assumed she saw it flying but she may have seen it on display in Selfridges as it was damaged on landing at Dover.  The 1911 census records Flo at the age of 17 as a biscuit packer (at the Peak Freans factory in Bermondsey).  This was the year of the Bermondsey Women's Uprising and 2,300 staff of Peak Freans took part.  She recalled to her son Stan, Zeppelins bombing the London docks in 1915.  As the Kaiser allowed bombing east of the Tower of London and in particular, the dock areas, Rotherhithe was within the target zone and on the 8th of September, Zeppelin LZ.74 dropped bombs over Cheshunt to gain height then bombed Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and New Cross.  18 people were killed and 28 injured and property was also damaged.

Flo met Tom Blencowe at The United Methodist Free Church (in Albion St?) and at the Albion St School next door where they grew up together. Flo had taken piano lessons for six months and after that had taught herself, so in Northcliffe, she played at the Borara schoolhouse for the local dances. She subsequently became the organist at Mount Hawthorn Baptist Church for about 40 years. She was a well liked person and was known for her offbeat phrases such as "I'll see you on the Christmas tree" and "I'm as silly as a wheel".

She would often catch the bus to her son's home with "I've just come to see if you're still alive". When living in the Church of Christ retirement homes at Mount Lawley, two Jehova's Witnesses were silly enough to come onto the property and knock on her door. She invited them in and politely refused their copy of the watchtower claiming she had read it. She then proceeded to introduce them to all of her family and then offer them Baptist tracts. I remember they were squirming to move toward the door and they never came back. She lived to the age of 91 and was extremely active right up until the last few weeks.

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