Out of curiosity today I went to our friendly Carlingford LDS FHC
got out the Madras Births Index for 1911 and looked up Estelle May Thompson
and there she was large as life, isn't it wonderful what we can find at the
LDS, if the producer of the Doco had realised it she could have saved
herself a whole lot of expence but then she wouldn't have been able to
string out the story for so long.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Holland" <rampais(a)ans.com.au
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 11:47
Subject: [India-L] Merle Oberon Documentary
I watched the Merle Oberon Doco last night, The first part showed
of Tasmanians all knowing Merle, there is a complete mythology
covering her birth to a chinese woman, her childhood, then her being wisked
of to live in India. There is however a complete lack of documentation to
back up any of the fantasies. The program travelled to India then finally to
Canada to meet Merles "nephew". He put the record straight by telling how he
went to the records office in Bombay and found the birth certificate of
Estelle May Thompson, aka Queenie Thompson, aka Merle Oberon which showed
her to be his half-sister. His mother Constance Thompson had given birth to
Estelle May Thompson when she was fifteen the father being recorded as
Arthur Thompson, Contance's stepfather! say no more!. The child was taken
over and brought up by Contance's Mother as her own. It's no small wonder
that the film studio gave her a new more palatable genealogy.
THe third part of the film covered her return to "the land of
with a Lord Mayors civic reception at Hobart Town Hall in Tasmania,
woman nearly had a nervous breakdown living the lie, but not to worry none
of them doubted her Tasmanian ancestory and curiously none of then to this
day doubt it.
So let this be a lesson to those who dig up "strange" family trees, they
may be the true story.
Also come on all you Bombay Thompsons start researching hard you may
Kind regards Bob Holland
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