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Robert John Cunningham Jaunay 1890–1965
to rags The story of Robert John Cunningham Jaunay
Robert John Cunningham Jaunay, the only surviving son of Frank and Mary, had the distinction of being the only male Jaunay in our family since 1776 to be born in France when he was born in Reims on 24 April 1890.
The family emigrated to Australia in 1894 and young Robert
who was called Bert, could not recall his time in France.
Even at an early age, Bert was showing all the signs of
being a rather naughty lad! Despite having the children
of the Governor of South Australia, Alfred Lord Tennyson,
as playmates of good influence, he was always in trouble.
On one occasion he caused the horses of the Adelaide stage
coach waiting at the Scenic Hotel to bolt away with the
coach all the way down the steep hills towards Adelaide
without their driver. Bert attended school at Tanunda and
Norton Summit Public Schools apart from a brief period in
Tanunda when his father took all the children out of school
and had them educated by a governess, Miss Lucia von Bertouch.
This was due to some concerns about the head teacher. Discipline
extremes together with a particular bizarre practice on
the death of a student caused this move. When a child died
from typhoid fever, the coffin was paraded around the school
yard in front of all the children.
When the family moved to Adelaide at the beginning of the
twentieth century, Robert attended St Peters Anglican Collegiate
School, considered by the establishment as the leading private
school in South Australia. However, Robert was up to his
old tricks and was expelled for the seemingly minor offence
of driving his car on the footpath over the City Bridge
in Adelaide's main thoroughfare.