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Covert family reunites

Torika Chandra
Friday, September 05, 2014

THE Covert family from around the world got together in Suva for their first family reunion.

Family members came from Australia and New Zealand to meet one another, most of them for the first time.

"It's been such a beautiful weekend, just meeting family members we did not know existed, tracing back our family trees and catching up," said Josephine Quinn (nee Covert).

About 120 people attended the two-day reunion which ended with a lunch at the My Suva Picnic Park bure.

Ms Quinn explained they were all relatives of William Dennis Covert who was originally from New Haven in Connecticut, US. According to her research, William Covert, son of Bob Covert, was a whaler, born in 1890.

His work took him to Micronesia then to New Zealand with his daughter Mary. He travelled to Samoa and married Fa'asala and moved back to NZ then Norfolk Island. Eventually they moved to Levuka then Macuata where Byron, Olive and Dan were born.

"William Covert was an overseer at coconut plantation in Macuata and he was buried at Matuatonga, an estate and land that we own in Vanua Levu," Ms Quinn said.

"It has been such an amazing journey tracing our family back to William Covert and having to relay all of that to our family during the reunion."

She said she hoped every one who attended the reunion would keep in touch and relay everything they had learnt to their future generations.

"Hopefully, we can have another reunion in five years and include all our families from New Haven in America and many more."

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