Johanna (Kissane) Lewis (1874 - 1957)

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Johanna (Kissane) Lewis
1874 - 1957
February 10, 1874
Rochester, VIC Australia 3561
September 24, 1957
Maddington in Western Australia Australia
Other Names
Hannah Lewis
Johanna (Kissane) Lewis was born on February 10, 1874 in Rochester, VIC Australia. Her maiden name is Kissane and she married into the Lewis family. She is the child of Michael Kissane and Anne Ennis Kissane, with sibling Margaret. She died on September 24, 1957 at Maddington, Western Australia at age 83. We know that Johanna (Kissane) Lewis had been residing in Maddington, City of Gosnells County, Western Australia Australia 6109.
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Johanna (Kissane) Lewis
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Johanna (Kissane) Lewis
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Hannah Lewis
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Maddington, City of Gosnells County, Western Australia Australia 6109
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Johanna Lewis was born on in Rochester, VIC Australia 3561
Johanna Lewis died on at Maddington in Western Australia Australia
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Karrakatta Cemetery Railway Rd, in Karrakatta, City of Nedlands County, Western Australia Australia 6010
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Johanna or Hannah was a teacher who worked at her mother's school at Boileau Farm in Echuca and she was also a midwife/nurse like her mother as well as a farmer's wife.

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Johanna was always known as Hannah to her family, in fact many members only learnt that her name was Johanna when they saw her birth record. She was a teacher and midwife as her mother and grandmother before her had been. She grew up in Echuca in Victoria. After her father died, when she was about 16, she moved to Melbourne to live at first with her Jewish great aunt and then she worked for the Rabbi of St Kilda Rabbi Elias Blaubaum. She was the nanny/housekeeper for the Rabbis children (two of them were called Athol and Eric). She embraced orthodox Judaism at this stage but after some negative influences she abandoned the synagogue and was a great lover of reading the Bible and she had a deep devotion to the angels (which influenced her granddaughter Laurie when she was a girl). She was a beautiful red head with dark auburn hair (like her mother Anne) and was pursued by the brothers Leonard and Cornelius Lewis. She chose Leonard and was said to have regretted that decision when Leonard moved his mistress into the house with her at one stage. One family member said that Leonard first glimpsed her riding a horse when he was out riding and he followed the beautiful red haired woman. Johanna's parents had moved to Echuca from Geelong (where they were married) because her mother's relatives were farming there. Neither of Johanna and Leonard's mothers approved of the match and they eloped to Wangaratta where they were married in the house of the Wesleyan Methodist minister in 1896. They moved from Corowa to Dumbleyung and then Northcliffe. Hannah used to go by herself with a lantern through the huge Karri tree forest to deliver babies and also to dances late at night. She is said to have loved dancing as do all her descendants. She belongs to the I mt-dna haplogroup (I1a1b mt-dna with T16362C Ashkenazi Jewish marker found only in the I1a1b descendants of Anna and Frances Levy and not other I1a1b descendants) to which only less than 2 percent of Europeans belong. This haplogroup is also called the Iris or Isha group whose more distant origins is in Saudi Arabia and the Hunza Valley of Pakistan.
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Johanna (Kissane) Lewis died on September 24, 1957 at Maddington, Western Australia at age 83. She was buried in Karrakatta Cemetery, Karrakatta, Western Australia Australia. Johanna was born on February 10, 1874 in Rochester, VIC Australia. She is the child of Michael Kissane and Anne Ennis Kissane, with sibling Margaret. We know that Johanna (Kissane) Lewis had been residing in Maddington, City of Gosnells County, Western Australia Australia 6109.

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In 1874, in the year that Johanna (Kissane) Lewis was born, on November 4th, the Democratic Party regained control of the US House of Representatives - the first time since 1860. The Democrats now held 183 seats - up 94 - and the Republicans held 106 - down 93.

In 1900, by the time she was 26 years old, artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

In 1929, she was 55 years old when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1932, when she was 58 years old, on February 27th, actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London. Her parents were Americans living in London and when she was 7, the family moved to Los Angeles. Her first small part in a movie was in There's One Born Every Minute in 1942 but her first starring role was in National Velvet in 1944. She became as famous for her 8 marriages (to 7 people) as she was for her beauty and films.

In 1957, in the year of Johanna (Kissane) Lewis's passing, on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

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