Kenneth Wheatley Priske- A Life Cut Short

  Kenneth Wheatley Priske (1923-1944) was the thirteenth and last child of Sydney Montague (aka Harry) and Kate Priske (nee Wheatley).   He was born on April  22, 1923 in Schreiber, Ontario. The Priske household was that of a normal large family – boisterous, loud and always busy.  As the youngest child, Ken was spoiled by his […]

Boer War: Transporting The Troops

On October 11, 1899 the Boers of South Africa declared war on Great Britain.  A short eighteen days later, on October 28th, the troops of the first Australian contingent were gathered and set sail upon the SS Kent, commanded by Thomas Priske, for Capetown, South Africa. Captain Priske, now 47 years of age, had sailed […]