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Francis (Frank) William BOX was born in Reading, Berkshire, England on 27 May 1863 and sailed to Australia aboard the "Duke of Argle" as a 20-year-old. The ship departed Glasgow on 1 Dec 1883 and arrived at Cooktown, Queensland on 26 Jun 1884. During the voyage he met and fell in love with Elizabeth WHITE of Liverpool, who was then 13. They married in Maryborough, Queensland on 13 Feb 1886. Frank's parents were John BOX of Timsbury, Somerset and Mary NORTH of Heckfield, Hampshire.

Frank and Elizabeth's children were Walter Charles (1886), Henrietta Frances (1889), John Robert (1893), Frank William (1898) and George (1903). Frank (Snr) died in Maryborough on 13 May 1926 aged 62 and Elizabeth died on 9 Aug 1935 aged 65.

Frank William (Jnr) was born at home at Salt Water Creek Road, Maryborough on 27 Oct 1898. On 30 Dec 1924 at St. Paulís Presbyterian Church in Mackay, Queensland he married Rose WOOLLEN. Rose was born in Mackay on 17 Oct 1900 and her parents were Robert WOOLLEN and Sophia CURRAN. Frank and Rose had a daughter Dorothy May (1925) and a son John Robert (1927). Rose died in Brisbane on 27 Apr 1986 and Frank died a month later on 23 May 1986.

Walter Charles was born on 5 Dec 1886. He went to England and married Queenie and they had a daughter, Clarice. After Queenie died Walter married Margaret and they had a son Duncan. On his return from England Walter worked in the Western Australian goldmines before moving to Brisbane. Walter died in Mt Isa, Queensland in 1948.

Henrietta Frances was born on 10 Jul 1889 and married Robert Byrne. Their children were Vince, Maisie, Gladys, James (1915), William and Robert.

John (Jack) Robert was born in 1893 and married Kate POHLMAN. They had a son Bevan (1926) and a daughter Desley. Bevan married Ailsa and Desley married Russ STEPHENS.

George died of anaemia in 1906 aged 3.