Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett

M, #2, b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Edward Fitzhaley A'BECKETT
(1836-1922)
Father*Sir William A'Beckett b. 28 Jul 1806, d. 27 Jul 1869
Mother*Emily Haley b. 2 Mar 1810, d. 1 Jun 1841
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*16 Apr 1836 Hammersmith, London, England. [par William A'BECKETT & Emily HALEY] 
Marriage*31 Dec 1867Spouse: Jane Deodata Burke. All Saints, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M3602.1
 
Land-UBeac*26 Mar 1874Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett selected land from the Crown. GEM--26. 20a 0r 0p. Land File 11069/49. On 6 May 1875 E F A'Beckett asked the Lands Department to put up his land for sale by auction at an upset price of £1 per acre with valuation of £150 for improvements. It appears that this did not happen as he penned a letter on 26 Sep 1876 asking again to have his land put up for auction, this time with a valuation for improvements of £100. The improvements consisted of a house, in which he lived with his family for three months, fencing, grubbing of trees and clearing.2,3 
Note*May 1876 E F A'Beckett was mentioned in the Victorian Government Gazette on 26 May 1876, p1007 for being in arrears in rent for a 20a property at Gembrook, original licence dated 1 Oct 1874, and on 24 Nov 1876, p 2153 had a Section 49 licence approved (dated 1 Oct 1876, licence number 11069), also 20 acres.4 
Land-UBeac*6 Aug 1877 GEM--26. Transfer from Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett to William George Palmer. 20a 0r 0p.5 
Land-UBeac*18 Aug 1880 PAK-126.127.128. Transfer from Thomas Ford to Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. 55a 1r 17p.6 
Land-Note*28 Nov 1882 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Australian Alliance Assurance Company. Discharged 31 Dec 1901. Mortgagor was Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.7 
Land-UBeac*28 Nov 1882 PAK-129 (part). Transfer from The Universal Permanent Building and Investment Society to Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. 6a 0r 0p.8 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac7 Dec 1883 PAK-66 (pt Lot 1). Transfer from Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 0.8/10p - transfer to new owners as Trustees.9 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeac6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall). Transfer from Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff. 1a 0r 20p - transfer to new owners as Trustees. This was a gift from T J Martin to the trustees.10,11 
(Mortgagor) Land-Note6 May 1884 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall): Mortgagee: John Wood Fleming and Gilbert Burn Macintyire - discharged 13 Apr 1891. Mortgagor was George Britton Halford, William Elms, George Frederick Brind, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, William Henry Goff.12 
Land-Note15 Feb 1889 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Australian Alliance Assurance Company. Discharged 31 Dec 1901. Mortgagor was Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.13 
Land-Note5 Aug 1890 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Australian Alliance Assurance Company. Discharged 31 Dec 1901. Mortgagor was Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.14 
Directory*1895 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, A'Beckett, Ed. T. registrar.15 
Land-Note31 Dec 1901 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Australian Alliance Assurance Company. Discharged 13 Oct 1922. Mortgagor was Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.16 
Land-Note*5 Oct 1904 Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Britton Halford, William Henry Goff engaged for his land dealings in Upper Beaconsfield By direction of the Commissioner of Titles ... George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhayley A'Beckett and William Henry Goff are registered as sole proprietors of the within land.17 
Land-UBeac*5 Oct 1904 GEM-D-1 l/p 2461 (Assembly Hall). Transfer from Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett George Britton Halford to Rawson Parke Francis, Edgar William Walker, John Tyler, William Henry Grant. Trustees of the Assembly Hall.18 
Land-Note30 Jun 1909 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Australian Alliance Assurance Company. Discharged 13 Oct 1922. Mortgagor was Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.19 
Land-Note27 Sep 1921 PAK-66 (pt Lot 1): 1a 0r 0.8/10p (as trustees)
Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett the survivor of the proprietors named herein is by direction of the Commissioner of Titles, now registered as sole proprietor of the land now comprised herein.20 
Land-UBeac*27 Sep 1921 PAK-66 (pt Lot 1). Transfer from Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett to The Church of England Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Melbourne. 1a 0r 0.8/10p.21 
Death*25 Mar 1922 "Ttekceba", a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D437 (Age 85) [reg Berwick].22 
Death-Notice*27 Mar 1922A'Beckett. On the 25th March at Ttekceba, Upper Beaconsfield Edward Fitzhayley, beloved husband of Jane Deodata, third son of the late Sir William A'Beckett (Private Interment.)23 
Probate (Will)*5 Jul 1922 182/834. Barrister At Law. Will written 9 Sep 1914. The property was valued at £1519. Vol. 1414 Fol. 282658.24 
Land-Note*21 Dec 1922 Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett died on 25 March 1922. Probate has been granted to Edward Burke a'Beckett of Carlisle Street Balaclava Estate Agent.25 
Land-UBeac*6 Aug 1923 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett to Jane Deodata A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.26 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.27
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: no occupation. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett Christine Mary A'Beckett.28
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.29
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.30
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.31
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.32,33
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.34
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.35,36,37,38,39

Grave

  • Plot 4-146-A & B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia40

Family

Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
Children 1.Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett b. 6 Dec 1868, d. 12 Apr 1945
 2.William Francis 'Willy' A'Beckett b. 17 Sep 1870, d. 3 Apr 1947
 3.Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett b. 8 Sep 1872, d. 11 Dec 1950
 4.Estelle Emma Louise A'Beckett+ b. 25 Jun 1874, d. 27 Oct 1907
 5.Christine Mary A'Beckett b. 6 Feb 1876, d. 5 May 1932
 6.Margaret Deodata A'Beckett+ b. 9 Jun 1879, d. 19 Aug 1953
 7.Ulick Burke A'Beckett b. 3 Jul 1882, d. 6 Oct 1963
 8.Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett b. 21 Jul 1884, d. 7 Aug 1915
 9.Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett b. 20 Apr 1888, d. Jun 1964

Newspaper-Articles

  • 29 Sep 1882, A largely attended meeting of residents and property holders at Beaconsfield was held on Thursday, at Messrs Byrne and Vale's auction rooms, Mr G F Brind in the chair, for the purpose of making arrangements for the erection of a church in the district. The matter was taken up warmly, and a desire was manifested to have the building completed, if possible, by Christmas, so that the numerous visitors at that season of the year might avail themselves of it. A committee, consisting of the chairman, Professor Halford, Messrs. A'Beckett, Bullen, Vale, Goff, and Elms, was appointed to carry out the resolution. The meeting expressed great disatisfaction with the state of the roads, and requested the chairman to write to the shire council, pointing out to them forcibly how the business of the district was retarded by the impassable conditition of the main road.41
  • 13 Dec 1893, "On information I had received," as Robert before the magistrate would say, I interviewed a lady who attended a meeting held at Mrs Craik's, of Kincraik, on Thursday last, and who informed me that the ladies, who had set themselves the task of raising funds for the expenses in connection with the conduct of the Church of England services here, had determined on holding a garden fete or fair in the grounds of Ttekceba, kindly placed at their disposal for the occasion by the owner, Mr E. A'Beckett. The function is to take place on New Year's Day, and in their capable hands, which in the face of the most adverse conditions last year, secured success where failure seemed inevitable, it only wants fine weather to make things hum. The programme is of course in an inchoate state at present, but I can promise when the time comes round, to point out "the place to spend a happy day," and what to do when you get there.
    by Todea Africana42
  • 3 Jan 1894, The promoters of the Church of England Garden Féte must have cast many anxious glances at the barometer and at those truly Delphian oracles, the weather forecasts of our able astronomer royal. As it was, the day was almost all that could be desired so far as the skies were concerned. True the solar greetings were a trifle ardent, but this could well be borne after the old-world Christmas we had had, and being accompanied by a pleasant wind, tempted the holiday-makers to drive to the breezy heights. There could be no mistake as to the direction most of the people were taking for their day's pleasure, for some miles around; "Ttekceba" was evidently the order of the day.
    And very gay and festive did Ttekceba look in all the pride of flapping flags of many hues and multicolored, strange devices. First of all we came to the imposing entrance gates, and were appropriately greeted by a gorgeously painted standard, held high aloft by a young sapling, wishing "A prosperous New Year, to all," a sentiment which no one could take exception to, as little as to the execution of the lettering, which shows clearly that we have no need to go to Melbourne for a signpainter should we require one. The banner is connected with the gables of the side gates by ropes of flags, and underneath are lanterns, each bearing a figure of the New Year's name.
    The stalls or booths of the various ladies of the district, who have self-sacrificingly consented for the time to act as saleswomen, do every credit to their task, and the ingenuity and industry of themselves and their male coadjutors. I am strongly tempted to give a detailed account of these cunning erections, each with a pronounced individuality, in due accordance with the respective occupiers, altered as they are in the costumes of many countries. Alas ! the exigencies of space more than any hard-heartedness on the part of my editor, whom, indeed, I have to thank for a liberal indulgence to my prolixitical tendencies (is he luring me on to my destruction ?) prevents me from being as discursive as the subject seems to demand. A mere glance as we pass is all that can he afforded. The first stall, presided over by Mrs. Mauger and Miss Craik, and temptingly stocked with the choicest of strawberries and other things comes first in point of order, and certainly not second in any other respect. Next on the same side we come to a tent, tenanted by a shocking example, who, if you have not quite rendered up the ghost, will give you fits, and then hand you over to the celebrated medical man, whose ser vices he has retained for the occasion, who is death on fits. Crosssing over the drive we espy the produce stall, under the energetic management of the Misses Glissman and Clarke. The supply of vegetables seems plentiful, and in point of size as well as quality could not easily be surpassed. Let those who alliteratively aspersed our ranges as the Barren hills of Beaconsfield, hide their diminished heads after they have gazed on the giant turnip of eleven pounds and a half, and calculated the solid contents of the cabbage weighing ten. Who can be so unsentimental as to be uncharmed by the pretty little bower devoted to the sale of flowers for the button-hole. Surely it must be a very Eden which will produce such specimens als the Misses Hollow and Seaward so tastefully arrange or winningly offer you. Proceeding on our way we are arrested by the sight of a Japanese um brella with what appears to be a veritable Japanese maiden and attendant country man, demurely seated under its shade. This quaint little picture, with the back ground of cunningly embroidered cloth of gold arras, exists for the benefit of those who may wish to indulge in the wand of enchantment. Attracted by a crowd of children who are gathered like flies round a honeypot, we must perforce investigate the next stall that comes in view; there we find a stalwart, six-foot, young peasant, evidently by his bronzed southern visage, his scarlet beret, knee breeches, and red lapelled coat a Pyrennean peasant, gallantly assisting a charming maiden who, unmistakably Italian in costume, has, like her companion, suspiciously fluent English. Leaving this young couple to cope as best they may with the exigent crowd of youngsters so impatient till they got served, and in such a state of extatic enjoyment of the long dreamt of pleasure, we come to Miss Williams with her tempting works of fancy and of art, who has a share, as she de serses, of the visitors attention, all of whom are glad, and some of the younger ones specially so, to welcome her back, if only for a short time. The once popular bran pie does not seem to exert quite its ancient charm over the too sceptical ris ing generation, and even the winning smile of Miss Ingram, and the assurance that there is money in it, cannot win the pennies from one boy who smirkingly re marks, - "Oh yes ! I know, bran-pie, put in a penny and pull out a pincushion; not if I knows it, oh no." Will this Socrates of seven profit by his early experiences, painful as they must have been, and so avoid the pincushion in the bran-pie of future land booms and bogus building societies. And echo answers, Will he ?
    Those who by this time have acquired a thirst may have an opportunity of quench ing it under the agreeable superintendence of Miss Margie a'Beckett and Mr. Fowler, who do a roaring trade all, the afternoon near the sports ground, where running, high jump, obstacle races; and other athletic delights attract a large crowd. To do justice to the young athletes who com peted is impossible in the absence of a reliable record of the results, which as yet has pot reached me. Suffice it at present to say that there were some very respect able performances in each department. Both competitors and onlookers will be glad at the conclusion of this entertain ment to be regaled with one of a different but by no means less delectable character, which they may readily have by adjourning to the sign of the South Pole, hard by, where, under the anything but Arctic influences of Mademoiselles a'Beckett, Brunt and Anderson, all clad in snowy white, with snowflake headgear, assisted by their able henchman, Mr. Laurie, and presided over by the beneficent providers of most of the good things there, the Mesdames E. a'Beckett and Mackley, they may have a refreshing yet inexpensive tea with the appetising etceteras, while gazing at the enchanting, snow-covered lolly stall opposite, with its dangling row of cut glass icicles and its charmingly attired attendant, Miss Fowler, who, alone in her glory, dispenses the delightfully delectable sweetmeats so dear to the days of our youth, to her admiring young clientelle.
    When dusk comes on there is a display of lanterns, of many kinds and patterns, and although the somewhat boisterous breeze is otherwise pleasant enough after the heat of the day, one is tempted to wish it otherwhere, as it hinders the enjoyment of what would otherwise be a perfect feast of lanterns, of all shapes, colors and sizes, artfully contrived and artistically fashioned. But more than ever do we regret that the evening is not more calm when Miss Craik's concert commences, as an otherwise excellent and altogether enjoyable entertainment is rather marred by the effects of the wind. Time fails to do justice to the excellent singing and playing which was so kindly volunteered by the ladies and gentlemen who figured in the programme, which did every credit to Miss Craik's selection.
    After the concert a little dancing on the tennis court was indulged in, and then an adjournment was made to the refreshment stall, where raffles were drawn and the remainder of the goods unsold sub mitted to auction. And here let mention the poultry and live stock stall of Mrs. M. Beckett and her daughter, whose charming and energetic advocacy of the excellence of their lively wares all through the day did not merit such a slight. As to the results of the day I must speak in my next, and rectify any other faults or omissions which post haste now present.
    by Todea Africana43
  • 10 Jan 1894, The Upper Beaconsfield Church of England Services Fund will benefit to the extent of about £20 by the garden fete recently held at Ttekceba, the residence of Mr. E. a'Beckett. This result must be very gratifying to the promoters.44
  • 2 Mar 1898, Last week bush fires throughout the district did extensive damage. ... At Upper Beaconsfield the following had a lot of fencing burnt: Messrs. Renfree, Cavalier, Mahon, T. Mackley, Noble and E. a'Beckett.45
  • 29 Aug 1901, UNIVERSITY FUNDS. ALLEGED EXTENSIVE EMBEZZLEMENT. £10,000 SAID TO BE MISSING. THE ACCOUNTANT ARRESTED.
    The council of the Melbourne University was yesterday acquainted with the startling news that for years past a series of alleged embezzlements have been successfully perpetrated, with the result that there is a shortage in the University accounts of several thousands of pounds. It is impossible to say at the present time what the exact amount is, but it is roughly estimated at between £7,000 and £10,000.
    The accounts during the past 18 years have been kept by Mr Frederick Thomas James Dickson, the accountant. He is a married man, and lives at Parkville. After a short period of probation as assistant accountant, Mr Dickson, who had previously occupied a position in the Bank of Victoria, was entrusted with the University accounts, and among his other duties were those of receiving fees and grants and making disbursements on behalf of the University.
    His work was carried on in the office of the registrar, but he had sole charge of the accounts. Every 12 months he has been in the habit of presenting to the auditor the pass-book showing the receipts and expenditure in each scholarship and bursary fund, as well as the amount of fees received from students, and endowments from the Government and from private donors. Each account is kept in a separate pass-book. Accompanying each pass-book is the certificate of the Bank of Victoria, signed by the manager, as to the amount dwposited to the credit of the University.
    When the time for an annual audit approached the accounts were presented as usual, and the debentures were removed from the Safe Deposit Company and taken to the University, one key being in charge of Mr Dickson and the other in the care of Mr Ellery, the chairman of the finance committee. Whether the debentures have been interfered with it is impossible to say, as they have not yet been examined.
    During the audit, which was made by Mr William Ferguson, Government auditor, the acountant remained away from the office, and sent a medical certificate to the registrar, stating that he was not well enough to attend to his duties. The audit went along smoothly enough until an item for £83/6/8 was reached, which, according to the statement, had been owing to the endowment account by the Government for some months past. Mr Dickson was questioned as to the item on two difierent occasions, and is stated to have given different explanations, neither of which was satisfactory. The pass-book continuing the item was taken to the Bank of Victoria where it was immediately repudiated by the bank.
    The auditor's suspicions were aroused, and the remainder of the pass-books were presented, with the same result. They were all in the handwriting of a man who has subsequently admitted that he filled them in at the dictation of Dickson. An examination of the bank certificates also leads to the suspicion that they too were tampered with in order to make the amounts certified to by the manager tally with the state ments prepared by the accountant, and set out in the pass-books. It is alleged that on the preparation of the bank certificates the items showing the correct position, as far as the bank was concerned, were enumerated, a blank space of three or four lines being left at the top of each sheet. After receiving the signature of the bank manager, the document easily admitted of alteration to agree with the pass-book.
    The suspicions of the auditor were confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, and were announced to the registrar yesterday morning. Mr E F A'Beckett, who of all persons suspected his accountant the least, collapsed on hearing the news, and had to be taken home in a cab. The utmost consternation was caused in every de partment of the University when the fact became known that the accountant was likely to be arrested on a charge of embezzlement.
    A special meeting of the University Council was called without delay. Dr Morrison presided at the earlier stage of the meeting, and later in the day the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir John Madden) arrived, and took the chair. There were also present Mr Ellery, Mr Justice Hood, Professor Allen, Dr MacFarland, Mr Thwaites, Dr Leeper, Dr Bride, Dr Grant, Dr Barrett, Mr Grice, and Dr Williams. The matter was discussed at considerable length and the man who was stated to have written out the bogus pass books at the dictation of Dickson admitted having done so, but stated that he had no idea that there was anything un usual in the proceeding.
    As a result of their deliberations the council resolved to prosecute Dickson, and, an information being sworn, a warrant was issued for Dickson's arrest on two charges of embezzlement between January 1, 1899, and January 31, 1901, the amounts being £4,136/3/5 and £83/6/8. The first amount represents the estimated de ficiency in the general account, and the smaller sum is the item which led to the revelation.
    At the close of yesterday's meeting the members of the council waited on the state Premier (Mr Peacock), and informed him of the matter, as one which concerned the Government, the accounts having been passed by the Government auditor.
    The warrant was placed in the hands of Detectives D G O'Donnell, Fryer, and Arthur last night. They went to Dicksons house in Park street, Parkville, where he was formally arrested. He made no answer, beyond a request to the detectives to "make things as pleasant as possible for him." As his state of health made it impossible to remove him to the watchhouse, he was left in charge of two constables, who were given orders not to leave his bedside.
    The University Council will meet again at 4 o'clock to-day, when the members will be acquainted of the results of further inquiries which will be made by the auditor.
    The accused, who is about 40 years of age, has been employed in the registrar's office for 19 years, during almost the whole of which time he carried out the duties of accountant. He has an intimate knowledge of bookkeeping which he gained while employed at the Bank of Vic toria 20 years ago. He is an Australian, his father the late Mr Thomas Dickson, being a well known Melbourne merchant. The recently deceased Federal Minister Sir J R Dickson was a relative of his. He was an enthusiast in musical matters, and occupied the position of honorary secre tary to the University Conservatorium of Music. He was in receipt of a salary of about £300 per annum from the University, where his long services had entitled him to a position of trust and respect in the estimation of his colleagues and the members of the council.46
  • 19 Sep 1901, UNIVERSITY EMBEZZLEMENT
    The loss of upwards of £10,000 from the funds of the Melbourne University, which is alleged to be the result of the operations of the ex-accountant, Dickson, is likely to cause serious embarrassment in the near future, and it is doubtful whether the most generous assistance which the Government could be expected to offer will place the institution in anything like a sound financial position, for some years past the University has been drifting into debt. The council remembered the days when the Government granted an annual sum of £9,000 to the University when it was only one sixth of its present size, and viewed with disappointment the grants of later years, which were increased by sums varying from £4,000 to £7,000. During the Turner Administration the policy of retrenchment affected the University grant, und commenced the embarrassment which has been rendered intolerable by the recent discovery of fraud. At present the Uni- versity is overdrawn to the extent of about £13,000 at the Bank of Victoria, and assistance of a very substantial nature is urgently needed, as the payment of heavy interest on borrowed money is daily plunging the institution deeper into debt.
    It will be interesting to know in what direction the annual expenditure will be curtailed to meet the altered conditions. A member of the council, when questioned on the subject, stated that the salaries of the professors were the first charge on the revenue, and that the defalcations would not cause any reduction in that direction. The students fees amounted annually to about £15,000, and the professors' salaries to about the same sum. Next in importance were the salaries of the lecturers, which also would not be likely to be touched.
    The interest on the missing money, amounting to about £600 per annum, will, in his opinion, be balanced by corresponding curtailment of the scholarships with which the University is endowed, which proved a rich source of revenue to the person who has been drawing upon them during the past 10 years. It is a recognised fact that the fees demanded of students at the Melbourne Univeisitv, compared with those of similar institutions elsewhere, are abnormally high, and the students who are required to pay excessive fees will have reason to resent the curtailment of rewards for successful work.
    The reorganisation of the office staff is a matter which is engaging the attention of the committee of inquiry appointed by the council. It has been shown that there exists grave cause for dissatisfaction with a system which permits the registrar to be a person of nominal importance, and the accountant to absorb his duties, while neglecting to share his responsibilities. It is expected that this question will receive the consideration of the University Council at an early date.47
  • 25 Feb 1902, THE UNIVERSITY FRAUDS. DICKSON ON TRIAL. OBJECTION TO MR. JUSTICE HODGES. CASE FOR THE PROSECUTION CLOSED.
    The trial of Frederick Thomas James Dickson, late accountant of the Melbourne University, for making false entries in the books of that institution was opened yesterday, before Mr. Justice Hodges Mr.
    Coldham appeared to prosecute for the Crown, and Mr Schutt (instructed by Messrs Parkinson and Wettenhall) for the defence.
    The prisoner having answered to his bail, Mr Schutt took objection to Mr Jus tice Hodges trying the case. He had been a member of the University Council in 1893, and without wishing to suggest that he would be in any way biassed, he desired to draw mention to the fact that decisions of the Full Court in two cases favoured his contention. The fact of Mr Justice Hodges having been a member of the coun cil might induce members of the public to conclude that he was reasonably biassed, and not competent to try the case.
    Mr Justice Hodges-Do you put it that the public would suppose I was biassed if I had been a member of the council in the year 1? (Laughter)
    Mr Schutt said he did not go back to the year 1. It was only nine or ten years ago, when the accused was in the employ of the council.
    Mr Justice Hodges -I never even heard his name.
    Mr Schutt-Most people would think a member of the council would know the name of its accountant.
    Mr Justice Hodges-Then they would do so unreasonably.
    Mr Schutt continued that he had not taken Mr Justice Hodges by surprise, as a letter had been sent, not directly to him, but in such a way as to be placed before him.
    Mr Justice Hodges said the letter was, he believed before the Chief Justice. He was told, however, that objection would be taken.
    After Mr Schutt had quoted cases in support of his contention, Mr Justice Hodges said: -This objection is taken because I was a member of the University Council in 1893, and it is suggested the public might believe me to be biassed owing to that fact. As to my being biased, no one can ever say that. No more absolutely colourless a case on one side or the other has ever come before me. I cannot accept your objection that there is any reasonable ground for believing that the public would think I had the slightest leaning one way or the other.
    Here in this place, where it is my duty to stand between the prisoner and the Crown in a case in which I have not the remotest interest, except as every individual in the country — interest in the guilty being punished, the innocent being acquitted, interest in the University. If that disquali fies me from sitting, certainly I am not competent but that is all. It is suggested that I may be embarassed by something which may possibly take place as the case proceeds. It would be very pleasing to withdraw from trying this criminal case, as it would be from trying any criminal case, but it would be a shirking of responsibilities. If embarrassment should come-I do not see how it can-I must do my best to discharge my duties. I cannot see my way to state a case, but I will note your objection.
    The jury was then impanelled and Mr Justice Hodges then intimated that, seeing that the Chief Justice md Mr Justice A'Beckett could not sit he would, while of the same opinion as before, consent to
    state a case.
    The charge upon which the prisoner was presented consisted of four counts of falsi fying the books and documents of the University.
    Mr Coldham opened briefly stating that Dickson had to prepare a balance-sheet to present to the Government auditor, show nig the position of affairs on December 31 of each year. The audit itself, however, did not take place until about six months later, when the balance-sheet was printed and submitted to the gentleman appointed by the Government to conduct the audit, together with vouchers in support of it. The statement for 1900 showed that the Wyselaskie Scholarship Fund was apparently in credit to the extent of £365, the Kernot Fund to the extent of £45/9/6, the Conservatorium of Music Fund to the extent of £94/15/9, and the Robert Dixon Fund to the extent of £257/19/4. This was supported by a certificate signed by the officers of the Bank of Victoria, stamped by the bank's stamp, and by what appeared to be the genuine pass-books of that institution. These were prepared in a most artistic fashion. It would be shown in evidence that the certificate had been tampered with after it left the bank, and that the pass-books were wholly prepared at Dickson's direction by a clerk in his employ. No auditor could be expected to cope with the system of wholesale forgery which had been adopted. Each of the accounts referred to, instead of being in credit were considerably overdrawn, and Dickson, having given no explanation, it was to be assumed that the money went into his own pocket.
    Dr John Henry MacFarland, master of Ormond College, and a member of the University Council (examined by Mr Cold ham), gave evidence proving the appointment of Dickson as accountant.
    Cross examined by Mr Schutt-He was not a lawyer, and could not say if the council had power to appoint an accountant. At the time of Dicksons appoint ment the duties of the registrar (Mr
    A'Beckett) were defined in a minute, and included the keeping of books of account.
    Witness could not say whether Dickson's duties were defined to a similar extent.
    Witness was not a member of the finance committee prior to 1900.
    Mr Schutt.-The council consisted principally of professional men?-There was some good business talent on the council (Laughter.)
    Mr Schutt-Who were the business talent?-Mr John Grice and Mr Murray Smith.
    Witness continued that he was not aware that the registrar was in the habit of taking the University's funds from the accountant and leaving IOU's.
    Mr Coldham objected to the line of the cross examination.
    Mr Justice Hodges said he could not see the drift of the questions.
    Mr Schutt said he had no objection to stating his reasons. It might be satisfactorily established that the accused had got his accounts into a state of tangle, and did not know how it arose, and, supposing that he had made some false statement under stress of circumstances to conceal the fact that the accounts were not kept properly, that would be a good defence.
    Mr Justice Hodges-To conceal his bad bookkeeping?
    Mr Schutt -Yes. The prosecution must show fraud.
    r Justice Hodges uphold the objection.
    Witness identified a letter from the regis trar to Dickson, which contained the following passages:-
    "I am in a financial fix, and in want of £100. This arises through the Lands office having slipped up Teddy, he having compulsorily paid me the same compliment. The Lands office promised to arrange matters for him so that he could borrow on his property £200, £50 of which I got for you, and £50 I have been putting off my tradesmen in the expectation of receiving a repayment from Teddy, and I cannot put them off any longer. Now what I propose is this, and if you cannot do it let me say I will not be in the least an noyed, because you have assisted me so much in all our transactions, have been most liberal and kind in every respect, and it is nothing but a fact that but for you I would have been in a hole. I owe you now about £100, and now if you could lend me another £100 that would make it £200, for which I propose to give you interest at the rate of 10 per cent. My debt to you has gone on for so long a time that you must have felt that practically you might as well have given me the money straight out, but I have always regarded it as a debt which I was in honour bound to pay as soon as I possibly could."
    Prisoner was receiving £300 per annum last year.
    John Grice, a member of the University Council, examined by Mr Coldham, said that the annual accounts for the Govern ment auditor were prepared by Dickson for the past four or five years.
    Cross examined by Mr Schutt.-Witness did not see these accounts in Dickson's handwriting, but he was the only person who had the accounts under his control.
    It was not true that the finance committee allowed Dickson to exercise his judgment as he thought proper. As far as the investments were concerned, they pursued a policy of active superintendence.
    Mr Schutt-Did the committee take any steps to see that their orders were carried out?-By report from Dickson at the next meeting.
    Beyond that nothing was done?-No.
    James Ferguson, civil servant in the audit branch at the Treasury, examined by Mr. Coldham said that he had attended the University to audit the accounts in 1898, 1899, 1900, and 1901. He identified the documents presented to him by Dickson in July, 1900. There was an entry of £365/5/ in the summary of accounts opposite the Wyselaskie scholarship fund in support of which Dickson had tendered the banker's certificate and pass-book which corre sponded with it. The summary showed that the Kernot scholarship account had a credit balance of £49/9/6, the Conservatorium of Music fund £94/15/0, and the Robert Dixon scholarship fund £257/19/4. These figures corresponded with the balances shown in the statement of accounts in the bank certificate and in the bank pass-book.
    Cross examined by Mr Schutt-Witness had been a clerk in the Audit office about seven years. He was not the sole auditor employed in this audit. The Commissioners of Audit were his superiors and accepted the work witness had done with the vouchers. Prior to entering the Audit department witness was a relieving clerk in the Postal department, and had then had no experience of auditing, and had not passed any examinations. On the first occasion of his visiting the University in 1898, Mr Morrah, the Commissioner of Audit had shown him how to conduct the audit. He considered himself competent to conduct the details of the audit when first he went to the University. Witness accepted the bank-books as genuine. He did not ask for cheque-blocks. That would have been an ordinary precaution to take, but for Dickson's stating that the accounts were all passed by the finance committee.
    John Michael Marzorini, secretary of "Alma Mater," examined by Mr Cold ham said that the credit entries in the pass-book of the Wyselaskie scholarship fund from August 3, 1897 until April 30, 1901 were in witness's handwriting. Dick son had employed witness doing clerical work from 1895 and in 1897 he asked witness to copy some entries into the books. Witness could not remember if anything was said about payment at that time. Sub sequently Dickson said he would pay witness half-a-crown an hour. The entries were not made at any particular time, but continuously through the year. The credit entries in the Wyselaskie, Kernot, Conserva torium, and Robert Dixon funds accounts were written by witness at the dictation of Dickson who was reading from a similar book. The whole of the bank certi ficate was written by witness with the exception of the date, the signature of Mr Bennie, the Bank of Victoria stamp, and certain ticks. The first portion was written on July 6, 1900. He did not think that the signature, stamp, and date were on the paper at that time. He did not remember.
    Mr Coldham-Where did you get it?— Mr Dickson handed it to me.
    Was it a blank sheet of paper?-Yes.
    There was nothing on it?-No.
    Witness (continuing).-Dickson asked witness to copy down the items at his dictation. Witness could not remember when he next saw the document, but at a subsequent date, about a week later, witness wrote in the entries referring to the University general fund, the Dixon scholarship fund, the Kernot scholarship fund, the Wyselaskie scholarship fund, and the Sir James MacBain memorial fund. He did not write the words certifying to the correctness of the statement. Dickson told witness that he had omitted these entries. Witness could not say wether the bank's stamp was on the paper when he wrote the last entries. He did not remember it. The words July 6, 1900," were written by witness and on that date.
    George Robert Thwaites, ledgerkeeper in the Bank of Victoria, examined by Mr Coldham stated that the pass-books purporting to be issued by the Bank of Victoria in respect to the different accounts of the University were not true copies of the bank's ledger He recognised a copy of the actual entries of the Wyselaskie fund showing a debit balance of £29/8/6 on December 31. The Kernot fund account showed a debit bdance of £26/1/2, the Conservatorium fund a debit balance of £54/7/8, and the Robert Dixon fund a debit balance of £325/16/8. The bank certificate was checked by witness, but the latter entries had been added since.
    Cross-examined by Mr Schutt.-The Sir James MacBain memorial fund was on the certificate when witness checked it.
    James Bennie acting inspector in the Bank of Victoria examined by Mr Coldham, said that in July, 1900 he was chief clerk in the head office. The bank certificate was signed on July 6, 1900; the date was in his handwriting. The items in reference to the Wyselaskie, Kernot, Dixon, and general funds had been added in witness's opinion.
    Edwin Drake inspector under the Audit Act (examined by Mr Coldham), described the results of his investigation into the documents before the court.
    Cross-examined by Mr Schutt.- He did not regard the keeping of the University accounts as difficult. There were about 20 accounts. Starting straight the work would not be difficult.
    Arthur Morrah, late commissioner of audit (examined by Mr Coldham), said he had initialled the balance-sheet after seeing what purported to be the bank certificate and the pass-book.
    Cross examined by Mr Schutt-He did not trouble about detailed statements, and may not have been at the University more than one hour.
    Mr Schutt. I suppose you just put a tick and your initials wherever you saw Mr Ferguson's tick and his initials? (Laughter.)-No.
    This closed the case for the prosecution.
    The Court then adjourned until half past 10 o'clock this morning.

    CITY COURT PROCEEDINGS.
    In the City Court yesterday, Mr Jeffreson, of the firm of Nunn, Smith and Joffre son, the University solicitors, applied for a further remand in the case of Frederick Thomas James Dickson, the University accountant, who is charged with the embezzlement of £4,136/5/3 and £83/6/8, moneys of that institution. Mr Wettenhall, who appeared for the defendant, asked the Bench to discharge his client on the present charges. Dickson had to appear at the Supreme Court at half past 10 that morning, and consequently he could not be present in the City Court. These charges had been hanging over the defendant's head since last August. He had been committed for trial on three other charges, and the Crown had filed two presentments against him, which covered the embezzlement with which he was now charged.
    Mr Panton, P.M., who occupied the Bench in company with Messrs. C J Cook, Lancashire, Cherry and Captain Garside, J.P.'s sai that under these circumstances, Mr Wettenhall would be able to satisfy the Bench by some evidence when this case came up. It was only a matter of form, and the charge could not be struck out meanwhile. A month's adjournment was accordingly granted, the question of bail being allowed to stand over until the conclusion of Dickson's trial at the Supreme Court.48
  • 26 Feb 1902, THE UNIVERSITY FRAUDS. DICKSON CONVICTED. HE PLEADS GUILTY TO THREE FURTHER CHARGES.
    The trial of Frederick Thomas James Dickson, late accountant of the Melbourne University, for falsifying the books and documents of that institution for purposes of fraud, was concluded yesterday before Mr Justice Hodges -Sir Coldham appeared to prosecute, and Mr Schott (instructed by Messrs Parkinson and Wettenhall) to defend.
    The case for the Crown had been closed on Monday, and on Mr Justice Hodges taking his seat yesterday Mr Schutt arose and took the objection that the balance sheet and other documents said to have been false were not prepared by Dickson in the capacity of accountant. The duties for the accountant did not include such a task, and the documents referred to did not become the property of the University until they had been signed by the auditors.
    Mr Justice Hodges-But he did the work as clerk, though he may have had no obligation to do so. However, I will reserve the point.
    Mr Schutt took the further objection that the section under which the charge was laid dealt with cases in which books were falsified with the intention of committing fraud. Nothing had been advanced to show that there was any prospective fraud in view when those actions had taken place.
    Sir Justice Hodges-Then a person, having pocketed some money, and making an entry to cover the pocketing has no intent to defraud (Laughter. )
    Mr. Schutt contended that such was the object of the section.
    Mr Justice Hodges consented to reserve that point also.
    Mr. Schutt addressed the jury on behalf of the accused. He hoped they would disregard anything which they might have read regarding the case. There had been a great deal in the newspapers from time to time, and it was becoming the custom for papers to comment at great length on cases they deemed to be sensational. This might be described as a growing evil. However wrong Dickson might have been, he had not been guilty of any intent to de fraud. He had been appointed to a posi tion in the office of the University when quite a young fellow, and had found the accounts in a state of confusion. The responsibilities of the position had grown, and it could be easily understood that, starting under such circumstances, confusion was bound to continue. Dickson was also considerably helped towards this confusion by the conduct of the registrar who, instead of exercising supervision and control, had assisted him in getting further into a muddle. He did not suggest that the University Council were bound to in vestigate the finances in detail, but they appeared to have had very little indeed to do with them, and left everything to the finance committee who had in turn practically accepted Dickson's statement for eventhing. The result was that he got more and more into confusion, receiving no assistance from the auditor, which was not surprising, seeing who the auditor was. Mr Ferguson, seven years ago a relieving telegraph officer, was not likely to give the accountant much assistance in the capacity of auditor. Dickson tried to keep matters straight and failed. His salary had been increased by only £100 in 10 years, and it was of the greatest importance to him that he should keep his position. To admit that the accounts were in a muddle would mean instant dismissal, so he did his best to satisfy the auditors. From beginning to end the whole thing was a matter of error. He was overworked, and the consequence was that everything got to be in a tangle. Dickson was simply an unfortunate man crushed by the burden of his responsibilities.
    The prisoner, who had been accommodated with a seat at the solicitors' table, so that he might communicate with his legal representatives, returned to the dock, and read a lengthy statement. He said that the balance-sheets of the University had always been prepared by the auditor prior to the visits of Mr Ferguson. He had been appointed to the University after four years' experience in the Bank of Victoria, but during that period he had been exclusively engaged as exchange clerk, and knew nothing of bookkeeping or ac countancy. His predecessor at the University had told him that he would not be able to endure the work for 12 months, and, but for the advice of his parents, he would have himself resigned. The work, however, was light at that time, as compared with subsequent years. The students' fees, in place of being paid at the bank, were made payable at the office, the work falling upon him. He got little or no assistance from the University authori ties. There were no proper books pro vided, and the methods were such that he found in the petty cash-box a cheque for £1/1/ on a bank which had been defunct for two years. There was no system of bookkeeping whatever-no ledgers and no cash books. Since that time the funds of the institution had increased from £13,000 to £80,000—set his salary had been increased by only £100, and for four years had undergone a reduction. Additional work was rendered necessary by the in crease of the students fees from £10 to £16 and he had had to face the confusion caused by the banking crisis of 1893. He had always endeavoured to show the true position of affairs, as far as he knew himself. What he regarded as the crux of the whole thing was the fact that he was responsible for the students roll. The name of every student had to appear on the roll before he could attend lectures, and, for every name so appearing, fees had to be found. A law student, for instance, was required to pay £25, and if his name was on the roll, he (Dickson) was personally responsible for that £25. He paid all the wages of the gardeners and other workmen from the petty cash, and the week before he left the University he had drawn £15 out of his private account for this purpose. There was also a system at the University of paying salaries without getting receipts for the amounts, and, in addition to other duties, he had had forced upon him the position of secretary to the Conservatorium of Music, although another man got £150 a year for the work. The Conservatorium students frequently got into arrears with their fees, for the system was very lax, and he had stupidly attempted to account for money he had not received. Dr MacFarland had written, cordially thanking him and Mr Laver for the work they did for the Conservatorium. If he had not put in a true balance-sheet, it was not because he did not try. No intention of systematically robbing the University had ever entered his head. He had suffered so much during the last few years that he did not think he could suffer much more.
    Mr Coldham replied briefly, that the en tries were made by Dickson, and that they were false, was not denied, and regarding his intent, there could be no other conclusion on the evidence than that it was fraud. The jury might accept or reject the statement that Dickson had advanced money to the registrar (Mr A'Beckett). Assuming that he had, it pointed to a condition of things which everybody must deeply regret. To see a man in Dickson's position lending money to the head of the executive of the body that employed him was a thing that could lead only to dis organisation, and put the subordinate in a position no junior should occupy. Still, that statement did not conflict with any fact advanced by the Crown, and there was nothing to show that these debts had not been squared up. Dickson's plea of ignorance of accountancy could scarcely hold, after 16 years' experience with the books of the University. He complained of overwork, yet he did not ask for assistance. He engaged a clerk at his own expense not to keep the books honestly, but to write up an elaborate series of forgeries to deceive the auditors, and cover his defalcations.
    Mr Justice Hodges in summing up told the jury they had nothing to do with the legal points raised by Mr Schutt. They would be decided by another tribunal. He then said:—"Before coming to the evidence of this case I wish to refer to two general topics. Mr Schutt said that there has been paragraph after paragraph in the newspapers regarding this case calculated to prejudice the minds of people, and lead to the prejudgment of the accused. It is singularly unfortunate that sensational statements should occur in the public press upon subjects which will afterwards be come subjects of judicial investigation. It may be impossible to present it, but it is nevertheless unfortunate that it should occur. It is very unfortunate that anybody who has to try the accused should have any preconceived notion whatever, or go into the jury box with any sensations arousing antipathy or feelings unfavourable to the person charged. It is your duty, as far as human nature will enable you, to free yourselves as far as possible from any thing you have heard or read on the sub ject you are now investigating, and to regard only what has taken place in this court. I wish also to refer to another matter. The registrar (Mr A'Beckett) is not on his trial before you and what he has to say you have had no opportunity of hearing. We have not anything like a complete account of his connection with the accused. We have only a vast amount of suggestion, and certainly one very ugly letter signed by the registrar. Language is not strong enough to express condemnation of the man who occupies the position of registrar of the University, proceeds to borrow from his subordinate officer, and, more especially, when he is borrowing from the subordinate officer who has the control of the funds of the institution of which he is registrar. This is one of those acts almost sure to lead to disaster in one direction or another. It places the superior officer under the thumb of the inferior officer, largely at his mercy. It may make it impossible for the superior officer to deal with the inferior officer as he should. But I say we have not Mr A'Beckett's explanation. The letter is there, it is in evidence, and I am bound to make this observation. But I am bound on the other side to ask what it has to do with the charge against the accused, except for the purpose of throwing mud upon someone. It does not enlighten your minds upon the particular questions you have to decide. If it were said, 'I did not derive all the profit from the false entries; other persons were in it with me,' that might have been addressed to me at a later stage, if there were a conviction but it has nothing to do with it at this stage. It is not a defence to say, 'It is true I robbed the University, but there were two of us in it.' That would be only proving the case against himself. It is difficult to see what bearing this has on the case but it is impossible to refrain from commenting upon the facts that have appeared."
    Mr Justice Hodges then reviewed the evidence in detail pointing out that the prisoner's plea of the confusion of accounts was not consistent with his non-production of the true bank books.
    After a retirement of half an hour the jury returned a verdict of guilty on each of the four counts.
    Dickson was then presented on further charges of embezzling £1,010/7/5 on December 31, 1901, of embezzling £751/13/6, and of larceny as a servant of Metropolitan Board of Works debentures on January 14, 1901. To each of these three charges he pleaded guilty in a strong voice.
    The prisoner was then remanded until Thursday at half past 10 o'clock by which time the legal points will have been decided.49
  • 28 Feb 1902, THE UNIVERSITY FRAUDS. DICKSON SENTENCED. SEVERE JUDICIAL REMARKS. FIVE YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.
    The late accountant of the University, Frederick Thomas James Dickson, was brought before Mr Justice Hodges yesterday to receive sentence for the crimes of which he was convicted on Tuesday. The offences were three-making false entries, to which he had pleaded not guilty, and was found guilty, larceny of debentures, and embezzlement, to which he pleaded guilty.
    Mr Schutt announced that he did not intend to proceed further with his application to have a case stated on some technical points which had been raised during the trial. After referring to the previous good character borne by the prisoner, he went on to say that some comment had been made on the fact that Dickson had throughout the proceedings preserved a cheerful demeanour. That was merely a mask. During the whole trial the prisoner had suffered the keenest mental worry, and had, since his conviction, been an inmate of the gaol hospital. Some reference had also been made to the financial relations existing between the late registrar and the prisoner. Mr A'Beckett had returned a sum of £100 to Dickson. Forty pounds of this sum was given to the University. The balance was Dickson's own money, and was much needed by him for the purposes of the defence. He would ask his Honour not to inflict such a punishment as would wither all hope which the prisoner might have of redeeming his character in the future.
    Dickson in reply to the usual questions, said he had nothing to add to the statement of his counsel.
    Mr Justice Hodges said-I will inflict the smallest punishment which to my mind can meet this case. I propose that you be imprisoned for two years on the charge of making false entries, two years on the charge of embezzlement, and one year on the charge of larceny, with hard labour, the sentences to be cumulative. I will give my reasons for those sentences. The false entries were not the result of any sudden or immediate temptation, yielded to under pressure, and repented of as soon as yielded to. They were not the result of some sudden gust of overwhelming passion. They were calm, deliberate, carefully thought out plans for defrauding the persons who trusted you. In the course of them you have had to draw in others. You had to make fictitious pass books, and you employed others so that your hand might not be discovered in them, and so that they might appear as though made up by the bank. You had to fraudulently alter a certificate from the bank, which offence is ordinarily regarded as forgery, and so that you might do this you had to make four fictitious pass books. You had to alter in four respects a certficate that was issued by the bank manager, and purported to show what were the credit balances at the bank, and those bank pass books were made from time to time. This was a deliberate crime, and a crime extending over a long period. I feel bound, also, to make some reference to your demeanour during the trial. Your counsel has said that your jaunty air was assumed. I think that is quite likely, but your attitude up to the last moment of conviction was one of innocence, one of denial, and of strongest opposition, one that indicated that, so far as the offence was concerned, you did not repent. The only regret you appeared to have was that you yourself should suffer. Under those circumstances I cannot treat you as I would treat a first offender. To the other offence of embezzlement similar remarks apply. The larceny of the debentures, was not such a serious thing but the whole three taken together show premeditation, deliberation, and a sucession of acts all in the direction of obtaining your employers' money and using it for yourself. You have urged in the paper you have sent up that you were embarrassed by the number of accounts which you had to keep, and the impossibility of keeping them accurately. But in that case the moneys should all have been accounted for, even though it had been credited to the wrong accounts. It appears to me that you started from an early time, and went steadily on and because the auditors were not as skilful, as careful, or as watchful as they ought to have been you came to the conclusion that you would go on deceiving them. And, therefore, unpleasant though it may be to award such a long term of imprisonment I feel that, in justice to the public, I should inflict such punishment as will be a lesson to you and a deterrent to others.
    Dickson, who gave his age as 41, was then removed.50
  • 19 Jul 1902, THE UNIVERSITY FRAUDS AND MR. E. F. A'BECKETT.
    TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
    Sir, The comments of the press on the report of the University commission may do me serious injury, and therefore, in justice to myself and to the council of the University, I trust that you will allow me to show that in some respects they are based upon misconception.
    The council, in their report, prepared after the discovery of the Dickson frauds wrote -- "But in practice, this responsibility
    (i.e. responsibility in financial matters) was not insisted on by the council. The council desire, however, to record their sense of the value of Mr. A'Beckett's long services, his careful attention to the business which he undertook and the loyal work generally which he did for the University."
    The University commissioners say that they can only accept this as evidence of a general desire on the part of the majority of the council to deal kindly with an old servant. In other words, that I ought to be held responsible, and that I was permitted to occupy my position after I had become incapable. Dealing with the latter suggestion. I may be permitted to say though no man can be a judge in his own cause that I was not concious of any failing capacity, and that my belief in my ability to do the highest class of work was encouraged by special resolutions of the council recording their appreciation of my work. At the close of the year 1900, I devised and drafted a scheme to extend the terms of lectures and to synchronise the lectures and examinations of the medical school with those of the other schools of the University. This was considered so valuable that it was immediatly adopted, and it was brought into operation at the beginning of last year, and has, as I understand from the present registrar, worked admirably. At the conclusion of the council's work in relation to it, Professor Allen rose to express the council's indebtedness to me in the matter. Furthermore, in July of last year, immediately before I left the University, I prepared a scheme for the rearrangement of the matriculation examination and the introduction of a separate preliminary science examination. This was printed and circulated amongst members of the council, and might have been adopted if the Dickson catastrophe had not prevented its consideration.
    The construction of a practical scheme for such a purpose could not, I venture to say, have been originated by an effete or indolent officer. Last year an action was brought against the council by the executors of Professor M'Coy for the nonpayment of the full amount of increments to his salary. The council appointed Mr. Ellery, the treasurer, Dr. Morrison, and Mr. Grice to give evidence on their behalf, acompanied by the accountant. My name was not mentioned, but I was summoned as a witness for the other side. Not knowing what evidence I might be required to give, I prepared in anticipation a statement showing clearly that the council were not in sufficient funds to pay the increments in full. I gave my evidence, and I might say that I was the only witness, as neither Mr. Ellery nor Mr. Grice attended, and Dr. Morrison merely supplemented my evidence.
    The case was made so clear to the judge that after hearing counsel on the law points he was enabled, without adjourning, to pronounce judgment in favour of the University. This so pleased Dr. Morrison that he moved that I receive the commendation of the council. I mention this incident not only because it is proof of energy and ability, but it is evidence of my contention that I was not regarded either as the financial authority or the financial agent of the University, not having been appointed by the council to represent them in the action.
    I now pass to doubtless the most important part of the report, viz., that the council was good naturedly misstating facts when it said that my responsibility for the accounts was in practice not insisted on by the council. This, so far from being a charitable concession in my favour, put the case most unfavourably for me. If space permitted, I could show that I was, in effect, relieved by the council from the performance of duties taken completely out of my hands and out of my control. Those who assert my responsibility have nothing to rely on but a minute of July, 1898, that the duties of the registrar shall be those hereinafter set forth, giving a list lettered from (a) to (o), of which (b) says, "to keep all registers and books of account." Since that date a series of administrative changes have been made. In 1890, while I was absent on leave, the council, on the recommendation of the finance committee, authorised Dickson, the accountant, to draw from the Treasury the endowments for the month, as they became due. In June 1896, the treasurer, who was the sole custodian of the key of the Safe Deposit, in which the securities were kept, authorised Dickson to act on his behalf, and to use the key. I could not have had access to this safe, and the loss has arisen through Dickson's access to it. The finance committee met usually about once a month Dickson attended all their meetings, and I was never called to attend any. Under the circumstances, and considering the complete practical severence of the different branches of University management, I assumed that the council had relieved me from duties which their own action made it impracticable for me to perform. Their report says:--"The registrar did not protest against the withdrawal of his statutory functions." Is it usual for servants to protest against their masters arrangement of work of the household, and why should I, as I approved of this arrangement and it was on my recommendation that the council appointed a skilled accountant to relieve me of this very work, which I did not consider myself sufficiently qualified to perform? It should be borne in mind that Dickson committed his embezzlements by the aid of forgery, and that the face value of his balance-sheets and statements of accounts were apparently so correct that there was nothing to arouse suspicion. Moreover, it never occurred to me that it was possible to rob the University without being promptly found out, considering the very minute way in which the audit was conducted. It now appears, however, there were some grave defects, but I was unaware of them, as the auditors never communicated with me, nor asked me for any information.
    One word as to my borrowing from Dickson. As I always repaid him, and trusted him, as others have done, I did not see, as I do now, the objectionable character of the proceeding. The commission does not question my honesty, but says, "It does not appear from the committee's report or from the minutes of the council that Mr. A'Beckett's practice of borrowing from the accountant was known either to the committee of the council generally." As a matter of fact, directly Dickson's frauds were discovered, I, on my own motion, made a statutory declaration, fully disclosing all the transactions I had had with him, and sent it to the vice-chancellor. This declaration was, as I am informed, read to the council at a meeting held shortly after its receipt, and it was with the full knowledge of these facts that the council granted me my pension, and recorded the value of my services.
    In your remarks upon me, you have taken the report of the commission as your text. I have therefore ventured to ask for space to point out that in some important particulars the text is misleading.
    Yours &c.
    E. F. A'BECKETT
    Ex Registrar of the University
    St. Kilda, July 17.51
  • 4 Jan 1917, UPPER BEACONSFIELD. The special event on Boxing Day at Beaconsfield Upper was a garden fete which was held at "Langower," the residence of Captain Rushall.
    There was a large gathering of visitors and residents. The object was to raise funds for the renovation of the Assembly Hall. Stalls of fancy goods, flowers, garden produce and refreshments were arranged in the shade of the trees, and for two or three hours the holders were kept busy. Code's band played during the afternoon. Mr Edward a'Beckett, one of the first trustees of the hall property, opened the fete, and in a reminiscent address made kindly references to the services rendered to the district by his co-trustees (Messrs W. Elms, T. Brind, W. Goff, and Professor Halford). In the evening a concert was given in the hall for the same object, and on the next day a gymkhana was held by the visitors at Salisbury House. The total net amount raised was about £35.52
  • 20 Jun 1919, Ellalong News.
    Mr. A. Beckett met with an accident last Saturday and as a result he has been under the doctor with a couple of broken ribs. It is said there is to be a sequel to the occurrence which will occupy the attention of the police magistrate at Cessnock.53
  • 27 Mar 1922, The news of the death of Mr E F a'Beckett, who was formerly 40 years registrar of the Melbourne University, will be learned with deep regret. He was the son of the late Sir William a'Beckett, and after being called to the English Bar, came of Australia in the early sixties. The university had not long been opened, and there had been already two registrars, each holding office for a short period, when Mr a'Beckett took charge, and he held office until his resignation in 1902. Then he retired to his farm at Upper Beaconsfield where he died on Saturday. Mr a'Beckett leaves a widow and grown up family.54

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "birthplace for Edward: Hammersmith; birthplace for Jane: Glenelg."
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3790     
    11069/49. EDWARD FITZHAYLEY ABECKETT. GEMBROOK 26. 20--0--0. 1874 - 1877.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 902-330 - is probably the crown grant, dated some time before 6 Aug 1877.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - Victorian Government Gazette, 26 May 1876, p1007 & 24 Nov 1876, p2153.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 902-330 - C/T 971-022 - William George Palmer of Hawthorn County of Bourke Sergeant at Arms of the Legislative Assembly Victoria.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-511 / C/T 1114-624 / C/T 1125-972 - Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett of Carlton Barrister-at-law - C/T 1193-499.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 / C/T 1414-658 - Mortgage No 52430 - discharged 31 Dec 1901.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1290-959 - Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett of Carlton Barrister-at-Law and Registrar of the Melbourne University - C/T 1414-658.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1297-366 - Arthur Knight to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff - see C/T 1524-764 (this land is reserved for the church or another community building).
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-605 - Thomas Jacques Martin to George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett, George Frederick Brind, William Elms, William Henry Goff all of Melbourne Gentlemen - C/T 1565-907.
  11. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 2998 School Building File. Letter from W H Goff to the Education Department, 15 May 1889.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - Mortgage No 59635 - discharged 13 Apr 1891.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 / C/T 1414-658 - Mortgage No 98448 - discharged 31 Dec 1901.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 / C/T 1414-658 - Mortgage No 115141 - discharged 31 Dec 1901.
  15. [S361] G. F. Witton's Commercial Directory, Listed under Beaconsfield Upper. 33 miles S.E. from Melbourne; rail to Beaconsfield R.S., thence hire, 5 miles; post and tel. office; State school; mechanics' institute and free library; assembly hall. Population 510.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 / C/T 1414-658 - Mortgage No 208096 - discharged 13 Oct 1922.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - By direction of the Commissioner of Titles ... George Britton Halford, Edward Fitzhayley A'Beckett and William Henry Goff are registered as sole proprietors of the within land.
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1565-907 - William Henry Goff of Beaconsfield School Teacher Rawson Parke Francis of 309 Flinders Lane Melbourne Wholesale Druggist Edgar William Walker Gentleman John Tyler and William Henry Grant both Orchardists all of Upper Beaconsfield proprietors.
  19. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 / C/T 1414-658 - Mortgage No 273625 - discharged 13 Oct 1922.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1524-764 (this land is reserved for the church or another community building) - Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett the survivor of the proprietors named herein is by direction of the Commissioner of Titles, now registered as sole proprietor of the land now comprised herein.
  21. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1524-764 (this land is reserved for the church or another community building) - The Church of England Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Melbourne of Swanston Street Melbourne.
  22. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "death registered at Berwick."
  23. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 27 Mar 1922, p1.
  24. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 1224; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 656.
  25. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 - Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett died on 25 March 1922. Probate has been granted to Edward Burke a'Beckett of Carlisle Street Balaclava Estate Agent.
  26. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 -Jane Deodata a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Widow- C/T 4737-383.
  27. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  28. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  29. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  30. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  31. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  32. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  33. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  34. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  35. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  36. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  37. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  38. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  39. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  40. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-146-A: A'Beckett Jane W.;     F; 01/02/1930; 827 & A'Beckett E.B.; M; 76; 13/04/1945; 1153
    4-146-B: A'Beckett Edward F. M; 85; 27/03/1922; 691 & A'Beckett Christina M.; F; 53; 07/05/1932; 863.
  41. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Sep 1882, p7.
  42. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 13 Dec 1893, p3.
  43. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 3 Jan 1894, p3.
  44. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 10 Jan 1894, p2.
  45. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 2 Mar 1898, p3.
  46. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Aug 1901, p5.
  47. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Sep 1901, p6.
  48. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Feb 1902, p5.
  49. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Feb 1902, p6.
  50. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Feb 1902, p5.
  51. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Jul 1902, p14.
  52. [S196] Newspaper - Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) "4 Jan 1917, p2."
  53. [S14] Newspaper - The Cessnock Eagle and South Maitland Recorder (NSW), 20 Jun 1919, p4.
  54. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 27 Mar 1922, p6.
Last Edited11 Dec 2018

Jane Deodata Burke

F, #3, b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
Jane Deodata A'BECKETT (nee BURKE)
(c1848-1930)
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Married NameA'Beckett. 
Birth*c 1848 Mt Shadwell, VIC, Australia, baptism 1850 #B17098, baptised together with brother William Ulick and sister Sarah at St James' Melbourne, Fiche 296.1 
Marriage*31 Dec 1867Spouse: Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. All Saints, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M3602.2
 
Widow25 Mar 1922Jane Deodata Burke became a widow upon the death of her husband Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett.3 
Land-UBeac*6 Aug 1923 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett to Jane Deodata A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.4 
Death*13 Feb 1930 'Ttekceba', a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D388 (Age 82) [par Robert Bartlett BURKE & Sarah MONTGOMERY].3 
Death-Notice*15 Feb 1930A'BECKETT.-On the 13th February, at Ttekceba, Upper Beaconsfield, Jane Deodata, beloved wife of the late Edward Fitzhayley a'Beckett, (Inserted by E. B. a'Beckett, 287 Carlisle street, Balaclava.)5 
Land-Note*18 Jun 1930 Jane Deodata a'Beckett died on 13th February 1930. Probate of her will has been granted to Christine Mary a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Spinster.6 
Land-UBeac*a 18 Jun 1930 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Jane Deodata A'Beckett to Christine Mary A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.7 
Probate (Will)* 234/967. Widow. Upper Beaconsfield.8 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.9
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett Christine Mary A'Beckett.10
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.11
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.12
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.13
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.14,15
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.16
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.17,18,19,20,21
bt 1924 - 1928"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.22,23,24,25,26

Grave

  • Plot 4-146-A & B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia27

Family

Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Children 1.Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett b. 6 Dec 1868, d. 12 Apr 1945
 2.William Francis 'Willy' A'Beckett b. 17 Sep 1870, d. 3 Apr 1947
 3.Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett b. 8 Sep 1872, d. 11 Dec 1950
 4.Estelle Emma Louise A'Beckett+ b. 25 Jun 1874, d. 27 Oct 1907
 5.Christine Mary A'Beckett b. 6 Feb 1876, d. 5 May 1932
 6.Margaret Deodata A'Beckett+ b. 9 Jun 1879, d. 19 Aug 1953
 7.Ulick Burke A'Beckett b. 3 Jul 1882, d. 6 Oct 1963
 8.Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett b. 21 Jul 1884, d. 7 Aug 1915
 9.Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett b. 20 Apr 1888, d. Jun 1964

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Jul 1886, Death of brother: BURKE.-On the 12th inst., at the Bank of New South Wales, Napier, N Z., of congestion of the lungs, William Ulick, beloved son of Robert Bartlett Burke, formerly of Mount Shadwell.28
  • 28 Jan 1891, Death of mother: BURKE.-On the 20th inst., at Parkville, Sarah Louisa, the beloved wife of Robert Bartlett Burke.29
  • 20 Jun 1892, Death of father: BURKE.-On the 18th inst., at Carlton, Robert Bartlett Burke, aged 74 years30
  • 28 Jun 1893, The above was not the only convivial assemblage we have had in these regions of late. On Friday last Mrs. A'Beckett gave a dance at her residence in honor of her eldest daughter's birthday. Many friends journeyed from Melbourne in order to be present, and a considerable contingent came from Berwick. A most enjoyable evening was spent and dancing was kept up un til past three in the following morning.31

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "birthplace for Edward: Hammersmith; birthplace for Jane: Glenelg."
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "death registered at Berwick."
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1193-499 -Jane Deodata a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Widow- C/T 4737-383.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 15 Feb 1930, p13.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Jane Deodata a'Beckett died on 13th February 1930. Probate of her will has been granted to Christine Mary a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Spinster.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Christine Mary a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Spinster (no official transfer).
  8. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 2094;     VPRS 7591/P2, unit 823.
  9. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  10. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  11. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  12. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  13. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  14. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  15. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  16. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  17. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  18. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  19. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  20. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  21. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  22. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  23. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  24. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  25. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  26. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  27. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-146-A: A'Beckett Jane W.;     F; 01/02/1930; 827 & A'Beckett E.B.; M; 76; 13/04/1945; 1153
    4-146-B: A'Beckett Edward F. M; 85; 27/03/1922; 691 & A'Beckett Christina M.; F; 53; 07/05/1932; 863.
  28. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Jul 1886, p1.
  29. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Jan 1891, p1.
  30. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Jun 1892, p1.
  31. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 28 Jun 1893, p2.
Last Edited30 Nov 2017

Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett

M, #4, b. 6 Dec 1868, d. 12 Apr 1945
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*6 Dec 1868 116 Leicester Street, North Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B3454 (1869) [N Melb].1 
Birth-Notice*7 Dec 1868A'BECKETT.-On the 6th inst., at 116 Leicester-street, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett, Esq., of a son.2 
Marriage*1910Spouse: Emily Louisa 'Totie' Henderson. VIC, Australia, #M8780.3
 
Widower22 Jun 1937Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett became a widower upon the death of his wife Emily Louisa 'Totie' Henderson.4 
Death*12 Apr 1945 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D18105 age 76 [Berwick].4 
Death-Notice*13 Apr 1945A'BECKETT.-On April 12, at Berwick, Edward Burke a'Beckett, of Ttekceba, Beaconsfield Upper, and formerly of Auburn, husband of the late Emmalina Louise (Totie) a'Beckett, aged 76 years.5 
Probate (Will)* 364/611, Estate Agent, Beaconsfield.6 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.7
1942Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil.8

Grave

  • Plot 4-146-A & B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia9

Newspaper-Articles

  • 18 Apr 1945, MR. EDWARD BURKE A’BECKETT, well-known and highly respected resident of “Ttekceba,” a’Beckett’s Rd., Beaconsfield Upper, passed away at the Berwick Hospital on April 12th at the age of 76. He had been ill for some weeks. Before retiring to Upper Beaconsfield the late Mr. a’Beckett lived at Auburn and was formerly director of E. a’Beckett and Co., the well-known Balaclava firm of Estate Agents. He was born at Carlton, his late father having been a former registrar at the Melbourne University. Throughout a long and honorable career the late Mr. a’Beckett was noted for his integrity and he carried this trait into his private life. He was very highly regarded in the district. He was married but his wife pre-deceased him.
    Before the funeral left for the Berwick cemetery on Friday Rev. W. P. Daunt held a service at the Christ Church of England, Berwick. A large number were present at the church and also at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs. F. K. Sampson, P. Willis, F. R. Gubbins, C. S. Crouch, J. T. Berkley, S. W. Swann and G. H. Millar. W. J. Garnar and Son were in charge of the mortuary arrangements.10

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Dec 1868, p4.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Apr 1945, p2.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 4135;     VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1280.     
  7. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  8. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  9. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-146-A: A'Beckett Jane W.;     F; 01/02/1930; 827 & A'Beckett E.B.; M; 76; 13/04/1945; 1153
    4-146-B: A'Beckett Edward F. M; 85; 27/03/1922; 691 & A'Beckett Christina M.; F; 53; 07/05/1932; 863.
  10. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954), Wed 18 Apr 1945, p11
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214330905."
Last Edited3 Nov 2018

William Francis 'Willy' A'Beckett

M, #5, b. 17 Sep 1870, d. 3 Apr 1947
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*17 Sep 1870 Carlton, VIC, Australia, #B24521.1 
Birth-Notice*19 Sep 1870A'BECKETT.—On the 17th inst., at 112 University-square, Carlton, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a son.2 
Marriage*1924Spouse: Alice Marion 'Neeta' Robertson. VIC, Australia, #M10786 - married as Von Rantzow.3
 
Death*3 Apr 1947 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D4420 (Age 77.)4 
Death-Notice*5 Apr 1947A'BECKETT.-On April 3, William Francis, beloved husband of Neeta, and loved brother of Ulick a'Beckett.5 
Death-Notice7 Apr 1947A'BECKETT - On April 3, William Francis loved son of the late Edward Fitzhayley and Jane Dedata, of Ttekceba, Upper Beaconsfield.6 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1903Orrong road, Caulfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: valet.7
1909Orrong road, Caulfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: attendant.8
bt 1931 - 194312 Davis Avenue, South Yarra, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: accountant. With Alice Marion 'Neeta' A'Beckett.9

Grave

  • St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, OTHER DENOMINATIONS, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT D GRAVE 6410      

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 19 Sep 1870, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5832233
  3. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Arus 5 Apr 1947 p2.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Apr 1947, p2.
  7. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  8. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  9. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980 "Neeta as Alice Marion."
  10. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,.
Last Edited30 Nov 2018

Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett

M, #6, b. 8 Sep 1872, d. 11 Dec 1950
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*8 Sep 1872 Carlton, VIC, Australia, #B17889.1 
Birth-Notice*10 Sep 1872A'BECKETT.—On the 8th inst., at Barry-street, Carlton, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a son.2 
Land-UBeac*27 Feb 1925 GEM-E-8. Transfer from Matthew Walker to Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett. 15a 3r 12p.3 
Land-UBeac*11 Apr 1929 GEM-E-8 (part). Transfer from Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett to Country Roads Board. Small part of land for road.4 
Land-UBeac*10 Oct 1946 GEM-E-8 (part) and part of former govt road. Transfer from Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett to Kirkland Buttrey Johnstone. 15a 2r 29p.5 
Death*11 Dec 1950 'Ttekceba', a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D22633 (age 79.)6 
Death-Notice*13 Dec 1950A'BECKETT.- On December 11, at Ttekceba, Beaconsfield Upper, Gilbert Arthur Cecil a'Beckett, aged 79 years.7 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: school teacher. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett, Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.8
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.9
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.10
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.11,12
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaWith Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.13
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.14,15,16,17,18
bt 1924 - 1928"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.19,20,21,22,23
bt 1931 - 1949"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Christine Mary A'Beckett and Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett Ulick Burke A'Beckett.24,25,26,27,28,29

Grave

  • Plot 4-037-B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia30

Newspaper-Articles

  • 4 Nov 1910, BEACONSFIELD UPPER.-An "American Progressive" Tennis Tournament was held at Beaconsfield Upper on Tuesday. The new flag, presented by Mr. W. Kerr, jun., and mounted by Mr. G. A'Beckett. was unfurled by Mrs. J. H. Smith, the wife of the president.31

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 10 Sep 1872, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5838491
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4093-404 - Gilbert Arthur Cecil a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist - C/T 4970-972.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4970-972 - Country Roads Board - C/T 5524-772.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4970-972 - C/T 6921-005 - Kirkland Buttrey Johnstone of 1 Young Street Brighton Engineer.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "registered at Berwick."
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 13 Dec 1950 p18.
  8. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  9. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  10. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  11. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  12. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  13. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  14. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  15. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  16. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  17. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  18. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  19. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  20. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  21. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  22. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  23. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  24. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Kathleen."
  25. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  26. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  27. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  28. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  29. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  30. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-037-B      A'Beckett      Gilbert      M      79      03/12/1950      1268.
  31. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 Nov 1910, p8.
Last Edited20 Jul 2018

Estelle Emma Louise A'Beckett

F, #7, b. 25 Jun 1874, d. 27 Oct 1907
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Married NameCrouch. 
Birth*25 Jun 1874 St. Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B19520.1 
Birth-Notice*13 Jul 1874A'BECKETT.—On the 25th ult., at Grosvenor-street, Balaclava, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a daughter.2 
Marriage*1899Spouse: Charles Stanton Crouch. VIC, Australia, #M6197.3
 
Death*27 Oct 1907 "Trevalla", 25 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D14171 (age 33.)4 
Death-Notice*28 Oct 1907CROUCH.—On the 27th October, at "Trewalla," 25 Carlise street, St Kilda, Estelle, the dearly loved wife of C. Stanton Crouch, and eldest daughter of Edward F. A'Beckett, aged 33 years.
The friends of Mr C STANTON CROUCH are informed that the remains of his late beloved wife will be interred in the St. Kilda Cemetery. The funeral is appointed to move from his residence 'Trewalla' 25 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, THIS DAY (Monday the 28th) at 3.30, arriving at cemetery gates about 4 o'clock.
APPS, Undertaker, High Street St Kilda.5 

Grave

  • Plot 0592-0597, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, Family Grave of Crouch family. Leila Harcourt CROUCH 29.3.1865 Age 2 ; Mary Emma CROUCH 20.10.1867 Age 8 ; T. Leslie Lyttelton CROUCH 21.2.1883 Age 7 ; Estelle, wife of C. Stanton CROUCH 27.10.1907 Age 33 ; Ernest William Marston CROUCH 1.5.1919 Age 53 ; Thomas J. CROUCH 4.12.1889 Age 56 ; also his wife Mary Emma Bloor CROUCH 12.10.1904 Age 69 ; Anne TURNER, widow of the Rev. Nathaniel TURNER, pioneer Wesleyan Missionary to Australasia 10.10.1893 Age 95 ; also her daughter Hannah Jane TURNER 23.3.1907 Age ; Annie Rebecca, wife of R.W.G. SHOOBRIDGE 25.8.1888 Age 396,7

Newspaper-Articles

  • 28 Jun 1893, The above was not the only convivial assemblage we have had in these regions of late. On Friday last Mrs. A'Beckett gave a dance at her residence in honor of her eldest daughter's birthday. Many friends journeyed from Melbourne in order to be present, and a considerable contingent came from Berwick. A most enjoyable evening was spent and dancing was kept up un til past three in the following morning.8

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 13 Jul 1874, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5873958
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  4. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Oct 1907 p1.
  6. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    0592-0597 buried with the Crouch family.
  7. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Members Online resources: St Kilda Cemetery Transcriptions."
  8. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 28 Jun 1893, p2.
Last Edited20 Jul 2018

Christine Mary A'Beckett

F, #8, b. 6 Feb 1876, d. 5 May 1932
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*6 Feb 1876 Grosvenor Street, Balaclava, VIC, Australia. [not registered] 
Birth-Notice*23 Feb 1876A'BECKETT.-On the 6th inst., at Grosvenor-street, Balaclava, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a daughter.1 
Land-UBeac*a 18 Jun 1930 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Jane Deodata A'Beckett to Christine Mary A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.2 
Land-Note3 Jul 1930 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Francis Roche Gubbins - discharged 12 Dec 1932. Mortgagor was Christine Mary A'Beckett.3 
Death*5 May 1932 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D7174 (age 53) - died as a'BECKETT.4 
Death-Notice*7 May 1932A'BECKETT - On the 5th May, at Melbourne, Christine Mary, beloved daughter of the late Edward F. and Jane D. a'Beckett, of Upper Beaconsfield. - a'BECKETT - Christine Mary dearly loved aunt of Bert, Frank and Jack Wilson.5 
Probate (Will)* ABeckett Christine M, Spinster, Upper Beaconsfield, 05 May 1932, 250/558.6      
Land-UBeac*a 13 Dec 1932 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Christine Mary A'Beckett to Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.7 
Land-Note*13 Dec 1932 Christine Mary a'Beckett died on 5th May 1932. Probate of her will has been granted to Ulick Burke a'Beckett Orchardist and Katheleen Dorothy a'Beckett Spinster both of Upper Beaconsfield.8 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.9
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett.10
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.11
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.12
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.13
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.14,15
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.16
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.17,18,19,20,21
bt 1924 - 1928"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.22,23,24,25,26
bt 1931 - 1949"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.27,28,29,30,31,32

Grave

  • Plot 4-146-A & B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia33

Newspaper-Articles

  • 8 Feb 1908, BEACONSFIELD UPPER. - Ellim Atta, comfortable mountain HOME for visitors. The Misses A'Beckett.34
  • 19 Dec 1908, BEACONSFIELD UPPER. "Hekceba." - Comfortable mountain HOME for visitors, tennis, Misses A'Beckett.35
  • 13 Mar 1909, HOTELS. SEASIDE RESORTS. &c.
    BEACONSFIELD UPPER, "Ttekceba." - Comfortable mountain HOME for visitors, tennis. Misses A'Beckett.36
  • 7 Jan 1925, BEACONSFIELD UPPER: The new Douglas golf links were opened by the president (Mr J E Dixon), in the presence of an enthusiastic crowd of players and their friends. The links are situated on the combined grounds of the two guest houses, Ttekceba and Kia Ora, and consist at present of nine holes coveting almost a mile. About 50 of those present took part in a long driving competition, the two first balls being played by Mrs J E Dixon and Mrs D L Henry, the wife of the captain.37

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 23 Feb 1876 p1.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Christine Mary a'Beckett of Upper Beaconsfield Spinster (no official transfer).
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Francis Roche Gubbins - discharged 12 Dec 1932.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 7 May 1932 p17.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 2351; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 878.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Ulick Burke a'Beckett Orchardist and Katheleen Dorothy a'Beckett Spinster both of Upper Beaconsfield (no official transfer).
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Christine Mary a'Beckett died on 5th May 1932. Probate of her will has been granted to Ulick Burke a'Beckett Orchardist and Katheleen Dorothy a'Beckett Spinster both of Upper Beaconsfield.
  9. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  10. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  11. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  12. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  13. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  14. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  15. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  16. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  17. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  18. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  19. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  20. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  21. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  22. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  23. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  24. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  25. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  26. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  27. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Kathleen."
  28. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  29. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  30. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  31. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  32. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  33. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-146-A: A'Beckett Jane W.;     F; 01/02/1930; 827 & A'Beckett E.B.; M; 76; 13/04/1945; 1153
    4-146-B: A'Beckett Edward F. M; 85; 27/03/1922; 691 & A'Beckett Christina M.; F; 53; 07/05/1932; 863.
  34. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Feb 1908, p23.
  35. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Dec 1908, p23.
  36. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Mar 1909, p21.
  37. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Jan 1925, p9.
Last Edited20 Jul 2018

Margaret Deodata A'Beckett

F, #9, b. 9 Jun 1879, d. 19 Aug 1953
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Married NameWilson. 
Birth*9 Jun 1879 Grosvenor Street, Balaclava, VIC, Australia. [not registered] 
Birth-Notice*11 Jun 1879A'BECKETT.-On the 9th inst., at Grosvenor-street, Balaclava, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a daughter.1 
Marriage-Notice*16 Dec 1915The marriage of Miss Margaret Deodata a'Beckett, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. a'Beckett, "Ttekceba," Upper Beaconsfield, to Mr. J. A. Wilson, of the Grange School, South Yarra, will be celebrated at "Ttekceba," on Saturday, December 18, at noon.2,3 
Marriage*18 Dec 1915Spouse: John Albert Earl "Devil Jaw" Wilson. 'Ttekceba', a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #M9818.4
 
Marriage-Notice26 Feb 1916WILSON - A'BECKETT. - On the 18th December, 1915, at "Ttekceba," Upper Beaconsfield, by Rev. S. L. Buckley, of Ivanhoe, John Albert Earl, eldest son of Bunting Wilson, late of Ballarat, to Margaret Deodata, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. A'Beckett, late registrar of Melbourne University. Present address, 76 Chatsworth road, East Prahran.5 
Widow29 Aug 1932Margaret Deodata A'Beckett became a widow upon the death of her husband John Albert Earl "Devil Jaw" Wilson.6 
Death*19 Aug 1953 Surrey Hills, VIC, Australia, #D9183 (age 74.)6 
Death-Notice*20 Aug 1953WILSON, Margaret.- On August 19, at Surrey Hills, loved wife of the late John Albert Earl Wilson, and loving mother of Bertram, Frank, and John, mother-in-law of Peg, Elizabeth, and Margaret, grandmother of Ruth and Robin, aged 74 years.
WILSON, Margaret (Margie).- On August 19, at Surrey Hills, loved sister of Ulick and Nina a'Beckett.
WILSON.- The Friends of the late Mrs. MARGARET WILSON of Claremont avenue, Malvern, are notified that her Funeral will leave our parlors, 10 Walker street, Dandenong, TOMORROW (Friday), after a service to commence at 1 p.m., for the Berwick Cemetery.7 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
190388 Williams Street, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Christine Mary A'Beckett.8
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.9
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.10
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.11,12
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.13
194943 Norwood Road, Armadale, VIC, AustraliaWith Bertram Fitzhaley Wilson, Margaret Montgomery Wilson, Frank Arthur 'Bill' Wilson.14

Grave

  • Plot 4-079-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia15

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 11 Jun 1879 p1.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk, 16 Dec 1915, p8.
  3. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, Punch (Melbourne), 9 Dec 1915, p27.
  4. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 26 Feb 1916 p13.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Aug 1953, p11.
  8. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  9. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  10. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  11. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  12. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  13. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  14. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  15. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-079-B      Wilson      J.A.E.      M      53      30/08/1932      872
    4-079-B      Wilson      Margaret F      78      21/08/1953      1324.
Last Edited19 Dec 2014

Ulick Burke A'Beckett

M, #10, b. 3 Jul 1882, d. 6 Oct 1963
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT

World War I

Ulick Burke A'Beckett enlisted on 27 Jul 1915, just a few days before his younger brother was killed at Gallipoli. Ulick was 33 years old, and working as an orchardist. He had been with Senior Cadets for 5 years before his enlistment. He embarked from Melbourne on 2 May 1916 on board HMAT A66 Uganda and was part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement.
He served in Egypt and was promoted to Temporary Sergeant but reverted to the rank of Trooper on more than one occasion. From early 1918 he had problems with varicose veins, and on 21 Oct 1918 was promoted to Extra Regimental Sergeant. He returned to Australia on 11 Jun 1919.
His parents and siblings were long time residents of Upper Beaconsfield and Ulick's name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2
Birth*3 Jul 1882 Carlton, VIC, Australia, #B14415.3 
Birth-Notice*5 Jul 1882A'BECKETT.- On the 3rd inst., at 3 Bayview-terrace, Carlton, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a son.4 
Land-UBeac*a 13 Dec 1932 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Christine Mary A'Beckett to Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.5 
Land-Note*12 Dec 1932 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Julian Johnstone Searby and Sidony Isaac Silberberg - discharged 21 Jul 1950. Mortgagor was Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.6 
Land-UBeac*21 Jul 1950 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett to Edmund Henry Turner. 61a 1r 17p.7 
Death*6 Oct 1963 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D20900 (Age 81.)8 
Death-Notice*7 Oct 1963A'BECKETT.—On October 6, at Repatriation General Hospital, Ulick Burke of Upper Beaconsfield, loved brother of Nina.
A'BECKETT.—The Funeral of the late Mr. ULICK BURKE A'BECKETT will leave the Church of England, Upper Beaconsfield, on Wednesday, after a service commencing at 1.45 p.m. for the Berwick Cemetery.9 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.10
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.11
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.12,13
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.14
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.15,16,17,18,19
bt 1924 - 1928"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.20,21,22,23,24
bt 1931 - 1949"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: coach-driver. With Christine Mary A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.25,26,27,28,29,30

Grave

  • Plot 4-077-B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia31

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Sep 1915, Frank a'Beckett, Upper Beaconsfield, erstwhile cricketer, sport and good fellow, is another amongst the list of young heroes, who have given their lives for their country. He was attached to the ill-fated 8th Light Horse. His brother Ulick is now in camp. Percy Brown, son of Mr Enos Brown is also amongst the list of wounded. He played cricket for Upper Beaconsfield and was a fairly decent bat.32
  • 27 Dec 1921, BEACONSFIELD UPPER.-A machine-gun, captured by the 46th Batt, A.I.F., and presented to the district by the War Museum Committee, was unveiled by Captain A'Beckett. Three of the returned men present:-Messrs. W. O. Gibb, C. Harris and U. A'Beckett, who were appointed custodians of the gun, requested the Assembly Hall trustees to place it in the hall for the people of the district. This was promised by Mr. Harvey Smith, chairman.33
  • 10 Feb 1936, TOWN MENACED BY FIRE. TWO HUNDRED FIGHT FLAMES. BEACONSFIELD UPPER OUTBREAK.
    BEACONSFIELD UPPER Sunday - A bush fire menaced the township of Beaconsfield yesterday, but 200 fighters checked the spread of the flames and a heavy downpour of rain virtually extinguished the fire which was the most serious one. In the district this summer.
    Had it not been for the good work of the bush fire brigade assisted by volunteers, considerable loss of property might have occurred.
    The fire began on Friday in the gully below Mr McMillan's house on the main road from Beaconsfield to Beaconsfield Upper. A south east wind carried the fire up a gully to the back of the properties of Messrs Wright and Binding. It was checked there by beaters but crossed the road and damaged the orchard of Mr Walter Brown. The wind dropped in the evening and it was considered that the danger had passed.
    On Saturday morning, however, the south west wind carried the fire up another gully and only excellent work by the brigade and others saved the houses of Miss Elliot and Lieut Colonel Campbell. The wind was working round toward the township. To prevent that danger the brigade under the direction of the captain (Mr a'Beckett) burnt a break of about three quarters of a mile.34
  • 11 May 1938, WEDNESDAY MAY 25. At Half past Three O Clock On the Property. BY ORDER OF THE MORTGAGEES
    TTEKCEBA, a'BECKETTS RD UPPER BEACONSFIELD
    Old W B Buildings Comprising 14 Rooms, Kitchen, Pantry, Bathroom, Detached Building with Extra Rooms; Also Garage, Sheds and Other Out-buildings.
    About 6 Acres Orchard. About 45 Acres Timbered ; Fern Gully, Tennis-court. Splendid View Over Beaconsfield Reservoir to Westernport Bay. Suitable Guest House or Mixed Farm.
    On Land Containing 61 ACRES 1 ROOD 17 PERCHES, or Thereabouts, Being Crown Allotments 126, 127, and 128, and Part of Crown Allotment 129, Parish of Pakenham, County of Mornington, Being the Land Comprised in Certificate of Title Volume 4737, Folio 947383.
    TERMS-One forth Deposit, One-fourth at Three Years, and the Balance Within Five Years. Interest 5 Per Cent Per Annum.
    TITLE Certificate under the Transfer of Land Act. May be Inspected at the Office of Mr Sidney I Silberberg, 360 Collins street, Melbourne.
    PHILLIPS and NICHOLSON, Auctioneer, 59 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Will OFFER by PUBLIC AUCTION as Above.35
  • 18 May 1938, Beaconsfield Upper, Mortgagee's Auction, Wed., 25th May, on Property, 3.30 p.m., Ttekceba, a'Beckett's Rd.—Old W.B. Building, 14 rooms, outbldgs; LAND 61 ACRES, tennis court, orchard, fern gully, timbered; fine view over Beaconsfield reservoir. Terms.
    SUIT GUEST HOUSE, MOUNTAIN HOME, or MIXED FARM.
    PHILLIPS and NICHOLSON 59 Swanston St36
  • 31 Jan 1939, BLAZE NEAR BERWICK. Homes in Danger.
    BERWICK, Monday. - A week-end home was destroyed and several other properties were endangered by a fire, which broke out shortly after 2 p.m. today near the reservoir, between Beaconsfield and Beaconsfield Upper.
    The fire ran up Walker's Gully toward Upper Beaconsfield. When the wind changed from the north to the west it headed toward Tumuc Valley and valuable orcharding districts. A change to the south about 7 pm helped to quell the intensity of the fire and aided the fighters in bringing it under control.
    The weekend home of Miss D. Rogers and its contents were destroyed, and a shed and a garage on the property of Mr. J. Ballantyne, and a shed on Mr. Ken Hudson's property were also destroyed.
    Strenuous efforts on the part of the fire-fighters saved the homes of Mr. Ballantyne, Dr. Day, Miss O. Bennie, and Mr. K. Hudson. Other houses which were in danger were those of Judge Bevan (the hedge of which caught fire), Mr. V. a'Beckett, Mrs. Renfrey, Mr. Hudson, sen., and Mr. C. R. Walker. Mr. Walker was delivering a lecture in Berwick in aid of the bush-fire appeal when he was called to his home.
    At 10.30 pm the fire was still burning in the timber country east of Beaconsfield Upper, but it is believed that no houses are in immediate danger. The fire was fought by approximately 300 volunteers from Beaconsfield, Upper Beaconsfield, Berwick, Dandenong, and surrounding districts.
    A change of wind to the north or east tomorrow would again make the situation very serious.37
  • 11 Jan 1944, POLICE PROBE BUSH WOUNDING MYSTERY
    Homicide squad detectives and blacktrackers went yesterday to Upper Beaconsfield to probe the mysterious head injuries suffered by Douglas Thompson, 48, farm labourer, who is in Alfred Hospital.
    Thompson said on Saturday night that he had been knocked down by a car at Upper Beaconsfield on Thursday night. He had been wandering in the bush with a fracture of the skull. Severe wounds in his forehead and the side of his head appeared to have been caused by a bullet entering and leaving.
    Early police investigations failed to reveal that Thompson had been struck by a car, and detectives believe that he could have been wounded by a bullet from a rifle he was carrying when he walked into Mr U. a'Beckett's home on Saturday night. There is no suspicion of foul play.38

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=42
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
    http://www.aa.gov.au/cgi-bin/Search?O=I&Number=3017247
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wed 5 Jul 1882, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11545629
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Ulick Burke a'Beckett Orchardist and Katheleen Dorothy a'Beckett Spinster both of Upper Beaconsfield (no official transfer).
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Julian Johnstone Searby and Sidony Isaac Silberberg - discharged 21 Jul 1950.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Edmund Henry Turner of 3 Upton Road Windsor Engineer.
  8. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  9. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 7 Oct 1963, p13.
  10. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  11. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  12. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  13. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  14. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  15. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  16. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  17. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  18. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  19. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  20. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  21. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  22. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  23. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  24. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  25. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Kathleen."
  26. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  27. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  28. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  29. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  30. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  31. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-077-B      A'Beckett      Ulrick Burke M      81      09/10/1963      1481
    4-077-B      A'Beckett      Kathleen      F      75      08/06/1964      1496.
  32. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 9 Sep 1915, p2.
  33. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 27 Mar 1921, p2.
  34. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Feb 1936, p3.
  35. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 May 1938, p15; also 21 May 1938, p21.
  36. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wed 18 May 1938, p16.
  37. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 31 Jan 1939 p2.
  38. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Jan 1944, p3.
Last Edited20 Jul 2018

Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett

F, #11, b. 20 Apr 1888, d. Jun 1964
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*20 Apr 1888 University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. [not registered] 
Birth-Notice*21 Apr 1888A'BECKETT. —On the 20th inst, at the University, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a daughter.1 
(Transfer to) Land-UBeaca 13 Dec 1932 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Christine Mary A'Beckett to Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett. 61a 1r 17p.2 
Land-Note*12 Dec 1932 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part): Mortgagee: Julian Johnstone Searby and Sidony Isaac Silberberg - discharged 21 Jul 1950. Mortgagor was Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.3 
(Transfer from) Land-UBeac21 Jul 1950 PAK-126.127.128.129 (part). Transfer from Ulick Burke A'Beckett Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett to Edmund Henry Turner. 61a 1r 17p.4 
Death*Jun 1964 Armadale, VIC, Australia, #D10747 (age 76) - died as A'Beckett.5 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett.6
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.7
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.8
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.9,10
1916"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.11
bt 1917 - 1922"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.12,13,14,15,16
bt 1924 - 1928"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.17,18,19,20,21
bt 1931 - 1949"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Christine Mary A'Beckett and Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett Ulick Burke A'Beckett.22,23,24,25,26,27

Grave

  • Plot 4-077-B (no stone), Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia28

Newspaper-Articles

  • 8 Feb 1908, BEACONSFIELD UPPER. - Ellim Atta, comfortable mountain HOME for visitors. The Misses A'Beckett.29
  • 19 Dec 1908, BEACONSFIELD UPPER. "Hekceba." - Comfortable mountain HOME for visitors, tennis, Misses A'Beckett.30
  • 13 Mar 1909, HOTELS. SEASIDE RESORTS. &c.
    BEACONSFIELD UPPER, "Ttekceba." - Comfortable mountain HOME for visitors, tennis. Misses A'Beckett.31
  • 7 Jan 1925, BEACONSFIELD UPPER: The new Douglas golf links were opened by the president (Mr J E Dixon), in the presence of an enthusiastic crowd of players and their friends. The links are situated on the combined grounds of the two guest houses, Ttekceba and Kia Ora, and consist at present of nine holes coveting almost a mile. About 50 of those present took part in a long driving competition, the two first balls being played by Mrs J E Dixon and Mrs D L Henry, the wife of the captain.32
  • 26 Oct 1935, TTEKCEBA GUEST HOUSE. — Golf, Tennis, Tel. 11. Miss a'BECKETT.33
  • 11 May 1938, WEDNESDAY MAY 25. At Half past Three O Clock On the Property. BY ORDER OF THE MORTGAGEES
    TTEKCEBA, a'BECKETTS RD UPPER BEACONSFIELD
    Old W B Buildings Comprising 14 Rooms, Kitchen, Pantry, Bathroom, Detached Building with Extra Rooms; Also Garage, Sheds and Other Out-buildings.
    About 6 Acres Orchard. About 45 Acres Timbered ; Fern Gully, Tennis-court. Splendid View Over Beaconsfield Reservoir to Westernport Bay. Suitable Guest House or Mixed Farm.
    On Land Containing 61 ACRES 1 ROOD 17 PERCHES, or Thereabouts, Being Crown Allotments 126, 127, and 128, and Part of Crown Allotment 129, Parish of Pakenham, County of Mornington, Being the Land Comprised in Certificate of Title Volume 4737, Folio 947383.
    TERMS-One forth Deposit, One-fourth at Three Years, and the Balance Within Five Years. Interest 5 Per Cent Per Annum.
    TITLE Certificate under the Transfer of Land Act. May be Inspected at the Office of Mr Sidney I Silberberg, 360 Collins street, Melbourne.
    PHILLIPS and NICHOLSON, Auctioneer, 59 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Will OFFER by PUBLIC AUCTION as Above.34
  • 14 May 1938, BEACONSFIELD UPPER, Auct., Wed., 25th May, TTEKCEBA Old W B Building, 14 rooms, outbldgs. LAND 61 ACRES, orchard, fern gully, Timbered, Good View. Terms. PHILLIPS and NICHOLSON, 59 Swanston Street.35
  • 18 May 1938, Beaconsfield Upper, Mortgagee's Auction, Wed., 25th May, on Property, 3.30 p.m., Ttekceba, a'Beckett's Rd.—Old W.B. Building, 14 rooms, outbldgs; LAND 61 ACRES, tennis court, orchard, fern gully, timbered; fine view over Beaconsfield reservoir. Terms.
    SUIT GUEST HOUSE, MOUNTAIN HOME, or MIXED FARM.
    PHILLIPS and NICHOLSON 59 Swanston St36
  • 4 Aug 1938, VICTORIA Beaconsfield Upper (Country)
    TTEKCEBA- Now Booking Vacancies for September holiday. Phone U.B. 11. Miss a'Beckett.37

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 21 April 1888 p1.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Ulick Burke a'Beckett Orchardist and Katheleen Dorothy a'Beckett Spinster both of Upper Beaconsfield (no official transfer).
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Julian Johnstone Searby and Sidony Isaac Silberberg - discharged 21 Jul 1950.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4737-383 - Edmund Henry Turner of 3 Upton Road Windsor Engineer.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  7. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  8. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  9. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  10. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  11. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  12. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  13. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  14. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  15. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  16. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  17. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  18. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  19. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  20. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  21. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  22. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Kathleen."
  23. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  24. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  25. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  26. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  27. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  28. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-077-B      A'Beckett      Ulrick Burke M      81      09/10/1963      1481
    4-077-B      A'Beckett      Kathleen      F      75      08/06/1964      1496.
  29. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Feb 1908, p23.
  30. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Dec 1908, p23.
  31. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Mar 1909, p21.
  32. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Jan 1925, p9.
  33. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Oct 1935, p30 - (last advertisement).
  34. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 May 1938, p15; also 21 May 1938, p21.
  35. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 May 1938, p22.
  36. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wed 18 May 1938, p16.
  37. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 Aug 1938, p15.
Last Edited20 Jul 2018

Emily Louisa 'Totie' Henderson

F, #12, b. 25 Jul 1865, d. 22 Jun 1937
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Married NameA'Beckett. 
Birth*25 Jul 1865 Brunswick, VIC, Australia, #B13718 [par Peter Edwin HENDERSON & Jeanne L LEBLOND].1 
Marriage*1910Spouse: Edward Burke 'Teddy' A'Beckett. VIC, Australia, #M8780.2
 
Death*22 Jun 1937 552 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #D5054 (age 72) [par Peter Edwin HENDERSON & Caroline Marie LEBLOND].3 
Death-Notice*23 Jun 1937A'BECKETT.—On the 22nd June, at 552 Burwood road, Hawthorn, Emily Louisa, beloved wife of E. B. a'Beckett, sister of G. G. and Caroline, and Marie Henderson.
A'BECKETT.—Friends of Mr. E. B. a'BECKETT are informed that the remains of his dearly loved wife, Emily Louisa, will be interred in the Booroondara Cemetery, Kew. The funeral is appointed to leave from his residence, 552 Burwood road, Auburn, THIS DAY (Wednesday, 23rd June), at 2 p.m.4 

Grave

  • Plot R/C B 0209, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, In memory of Albert Jules HENDERSON, husband of Annie Mabel HENDERSON, b 10 Dec 1867, d 13 Feb 1909, Emilie Louisa A'BECKETT, wife of E. B. A'BECKETT, b 25 Jul 1865, d 27 Jun 1937, Caroline Marie HENDERSON, d 30 Dec 1940, 77 years.5,6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 June 1937 p1.
  5. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,
    Interred with brother Albert Jules (burial 14.2.1909) & sister Caroline Marie (burial 31.12.1940) HENDERSON.
  6. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Boroondara Memorial Inscriptions compiled by Port Philip Pioneers Group Inc 1993
    grave is next to 208/209 Alma Maril, daughter of Victor Edwin & Julia HENDERSON, b 16 Feb 1887, d 4 Apr 1888, Victor Edwin HENDERSON, brother of Julia HENDERSON, b 6 Jun 1849, d 3 Apr 1922, Julia HENDERSON b 30 Nov 1860, d 20 Dec 1929
    and
    (unnumbered)
    In memory of Annie Louisa HENDERSON, b at Paris 28 May 1825, d at Melbourne 12 Aug 1882, also of husband of above Peter Edwin HENDERSON, b at Yarm County Yorkshire, England 6 Oct 1813, d at Hawthorn 14 May 1904."
Last Edited4 Sep 2018

Charles Stanton Crouch

M, #13, b. 1871, d. 17 Oct 1945
Father*Thomas James Crouch b. 20 Dec 1832, d. 4 Dec 1889
Mother*Mary Emma Bloor Turner b. 20 Jul 1835, d. 12 Oct 1904
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*1871 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B5742.1 
Marriage*1899Spouse: Estelle Emma Louise A'Beckett. VIC, Australia, #M6197.2
 
Widower27 Oct 1907Charles Stanton Crouch became a widower upon the death of his wife Estelle Emma Louise A'Beckett.3 
Marriage*15 Dec 1912Spouse: Martha Florence Wyman. Methodist Church, Balaclava, VIC, Australia, #M9689.3
 
Marriage-Notice*8 Feb 1913CROUCH—WYMAN.—On the 15th December, at the Methodist Church, Balaclava, by the Rev. E. Nye, B.A., assisted by the Rev. J. R. Harcourt, B.A., Charles Stanton Crouch, B.A., LL.B.. barrister and solicitor, Wesley College, to Martha Florence Wyman, third daughter of Thomas J. Wyman, 47 Gourlay street, Balaclava. Present address, 25 Carlisle-street, St. Kilda.4 
Widower1942Charles Stanton Crouch became a widower upon the death of his wife Martha Florence Wyman.5 
Death*17 Oct 1945 Armadale, VIC, Australia, #D10848 (age 75) [par Thos Chas CROUCH & May Emma TURNER].6 
Death-Notice*19 Oct 1945CROUCH.-On October 17, at Windermere Hospital, Armadale, Charles Stanton, beloved husband of the late Martha Florence, loving father of Edward (R.A.A.F.) Estelle (Mrs. May). Geoffrey, (A.I.F.) Kenneth (A.I.F.) Thomas (A.I.F.) and Elaine.
CROUCH.-On October 17, C. Stanton Crouch, third son of the late T. J. Crouch, brother of Ada (Mrs. Eggleston. deceased), Amy, Lucy (Mrs. Jolly, deceased). Ernest (deceased). Herbert (deceased). Florence (Mrs. Elms), Ella, and Sydney (deceased), in his 75th year.
CROUCH. - In affectionate remembrance of our late M.E. Companion Charles Stanton Crouch, whose death occurred on Wednesday, October 17. (Inserted by the Companions of the Victorian Naval and Military Royal Arch Chapter. D. H. Holden, Z; F. C. McPhail. S.E.)
CROUCH. - A tribute of respect from the members of the Victorian Naval and Military Mark Lodge to the memory of their late immediate Past Master, Wor. Bro. Charles Stanton Crouch, who passed to the higher life on Wednesday, October 17. J. H. M. Lee, Master: F. C. McPhail. Sec.
CROUCH.-A tribute to the memory ol our late beloved Companion Charles Stanton Crouch, who passed away on October 18. (Inserted by the members of the Public Schools' R.A. Chapter, No. 66.)7 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 20 Oct 1945, CROUCH.-A tribute to the memory of our late brother, Charles Stanton Crouch, who passed away on October 17. (Inserted by the members of the Wesley Collegians' Lodge, No. 358.)
    CROUCH.-A last sad tribute to Charles Stanton Crouch, who served us faithfully and well for over 40 years as honorary secretary. (Old Wesley Collegians' Association.)
    CROUCH.-A tribute of respect from the members of the Victorian branch of the British Medical Association, of which C. Stanton Crouch was secretary from 1914 to 1934.8

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - Prahran Telegraph, 8 Feb 1913, p1.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D12105 age 66 [par Thos WYMAN & Eliza BUCKLEY]."
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Oct 1945 p2.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Oct 1945 p 2.
Last Edited6 Jun 2016

Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett

M, #15, b. 21 Jul 1884, d. 7 Aug 1915
Frank Leigh Browning A'BECKETT
(1884-1915)
Father*Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett b. 16 Apr 1836, d. 25 Mar 1922
Mother*Jane Deodata Burke b. c 1848, d. 13 Feb 1930
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT

World War I

Frank Leigh Browning A'Beckett enlisted on 27 Nov 1914, when he was 30 years old and working as a farmer, but was discharged as being medically unfit (details not known). He re-enlisted on 10 Feb 1915 and embarked on board HMAT A54 Runic on 25 Feb 1915. He was a Private and part of the 8th Light Horse Regiment. Before the war he had served in the Junior Cadets, the Citizen Military Forces and the 10th Regiment of the Australian Light Horse. SERN 678.
He saw war service in Egypt and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli on 16 May 1915. He was reported missing and subsequently confirmed killed in action on 7 Aug 1915. He was mentioned in despatches for conspicuous services rendered.
His parents and siblings were long time residents of Upper Beaconsfield and Frank's name is listed on the Upper Beaconsfield War Memorial and on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2,3
Birth*21 Jul 1884 "Ttekceba", a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #B14702 [Berw].4 
Birth-Notice*29 Jul 1884A'Beckett.-On the 21st inst. at Ttekceba, Beaconsfield, the wife of E. F. A'Beckett of a son.5 
Death*7 Aug 1915 Dardanelles, Turkey. 
Death-Notice*11 Sep 1915KILLED IN ACTION. A'BECKETT. - On the 7th August, 1915 (killed in action at the Dardanelles), Private Frank Leigh A'Beckett, fifth son of E.F. A'Beckett, "Ttekceba," Beaconsfield Upper.6 
Village Bell*2005The article reads: Trooper Frank Leigh a’Beckett. Australian Light Horse, 8th Regiment. He was the son of E.F. and Jane D. a’Beckett, lived in “Ttekceba” in a’Beckett Rd., worked as a farmer, and embarked on HMAT Runic A54, on 25/2/1915, from Melbourne. He was twice mentioned in despatches for his bravery. He died on 7/8/1915 at the Nek, Gallipoli.7 

Census (UK/IRL) and Electoral Rolls (Australia)

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett.8
1909"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett.9
1912"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.10
1913"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett.11
bt 1914 - 1915"Deodatta", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Edward Fitzhaley A'Beckett and Jane Deodata A'Beckett and Christine Mary A'Beckett, Gilbert Cecil Arthur 'Gilly' A'Beckett, Margaret Deodata A'Beckett, Kathleen Dorothy "Nina" A'Beckett, Ulick Burke A'Beckett.12,13

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Sep 1915, PRIVATE FRANK LEIGH A'BECKETT (Killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 7) was the fifth son of Mr E F A'Beckett, of Ttekceba, Beaconsfield Upper and was 31 years of age. He enlisted in December 1914 in the 3rd division of the 8th Light Horse, and went into camp at Broadmeadows.14
  • 9 Sep 1915, Frank a'Beckett, Upper Beaconsfield, erstwhile cricketer, sport and good fellow, is another amongst the list of young heroes, who have given their lives for their country. He was attached to the ill-fated 8th Light Horse. His brother Ulick is now in camp.15
  • 9 Feb 1916, Private Frank a'Beckett, who was in the 8th Light Horse, and was killed in the fateful charge of Lonesome Pine, was mentioned in despatches by Sir Ian Hamilton and awarded the D.S.O. His many friends will not be surprised, as it was always known that he was just the type to make a daring soldier.16

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=37
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
    http://www.aa.gov.au/cgi-bin/Search?O=I&Number=3017195
  3. [S14] Newspaper - London Gazette, Supplement No 29455, 28 January 1916
    Mentioned in Despatches.
    "I have the honour to submit herewith the name of No 678 Private F. L. a'Beckett, (killed) 8th Light Horse Regiment, whose services I wish to bring to your Lordship's notice in connexion with the operations described in my despatch of 11th December, 1915."
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B14702 [Berw] (as Frank Browning)."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 29 July 1884 p1.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 11 Sep 1915 p11.
  7. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 161:2005."
  8. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  9. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  10. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  11. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane & Kathleen."
  12. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914 "'Deodatta' "location only listed with Jane, Margaret & Kathleen."
  13. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  14. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 9 Sep 1915 p10.
  15. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 9 Sep 1915, p2.
  16. [S19] Newspaper - Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette "9 Feb 1916, p2."
Last Edited17 Apr 2015

John Albert Earl "Devil Jaw" Wilson

M, #16, b. 1879, d. 29 Aug 1932
John Albert Earl WILSON
(1879-1932)
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*1879 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B13649.1 
Marriage-Notice*16 Dec 1915The marriage of Miss Margaret Deodata a'Beckett, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. a'Beckett, "Ttekceba," Upper Beaconsfield, to Mr. J. A. Wilson, of the Grange School, South Yarra, will be celebrated at "Ttekceba," on Saturday, December 18, at noon.2,3 
Marriage*18 Dec 1915Spouse: Margaret Deodata A'Beckett. 'Ttekceba', a'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #M9818.4
 
Marriage-Notice26 Feb 1916WILSON - A'BECKETT. - On the 18th December, 1915, at "Ttekceba," Upper Beaconsfield, by Rev. S. L. Buckley, of Ivanhoe, John Albert Earl, eldest son of Bunting Wilson, late of Ballarat, to Margaret Deodata, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. A'Beckett, late registrar of Melbourne University. Present address, 76 Chatsworth road, East Prahran.5 
Occupation*bt 1917 - 1930 Teacher at Scotch College. 
Death*29 Aug 1932 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D931 (Age 53) [par Bunting WILSON & Jane CROWTHER].6 
Death-Notice*30 Aug 1932WILSON.-On the 29th August, John Albert Earl Wilson, master at Scotch College, beloved husband of Margaret D. Wilson, of 34 Henrietta street, Hawthorn, and loving father of Bertram, Frank, and John, aged 53 years.
WILSON.-The Friends of the late Mr. JOHN ALBERT EARL WILSON (master at Scotch College) are informed that his remains will be interred in the Berwick Cemetery. The funeral will arrive at cemetery entrance THIS DAY, (Tuesday, August 30), at 10.30 a.m.7 
Note* John Albert Earl Wilson was educated at Ballarat College where he was "dux". He married at the age of 36 on the 18 December 1915 to 36 year-old Margaret Deodata a'Beckett at her parent's home in Beaconsfield Upper, about 30 miles from Melbourne. Bertie (as he was known) was a school teacher at The Grange Preparatory School for boys in South Yarra, Melbourne. Later, between 1917 and 1930, Bertie became a teacher at Scotch College, a noted private school in Melbourne where his nickname was “Devil Jaw” Wilson. He died in Prahran, Melbourne on 29 August 1932 aged 53.8 
Note Their eldest child, John Albert Earl Wilson was educated at Ballarat College where he was "dux". He married at the age of 36 on the 18th December 1915 to 36 year-old Margaret Deodata a'Beckett at her parent's home in Beaconsfield Upper, about 30 miles from Melbourne. Bertie (as he was known) was a schoolteacher at The Grange Preparatory School for boys in South Yarra, Melbourne. Later, between 1917 and 1930, Bertie became a teacher at Scotch College, a noted private school in Melbourne where his nickname was “Devil Jaw” Wilson. He died in Prahran, Melbourne in 29th August 1932 aged 53.
Margaret Deodata a'Beckett was born in 1879, the daughter of barrister Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett and Jane Deodata Burke. The a'Becketts were a prominent Australian legal family and their descendants still operate a large legal practice in Melbourne today. In his younger days, Margaret's grandfather, Sir William a'Beckett wished to become a poet, but whilst he made some money from his literary endeavours, it was not enough to support a wife and family. He was recommended to apply his qualifications as a barrister in the rising colony of NSW and he took his young family to Sydney from London in 1837. His attainments at the Sydney Bar were immediate and spectacular. He advanced to Solicitor-General and then became an acting judge after a fierce contest with rivals. Appointed Resident Judge at Port Phillip (Melbourne) in 1846, he progressed to be the first Chief Justice of Victoria in 1852. Afflicted by paralysis of the legs, attributable to youthful cricketing injuries, a'Beckett was sometimes an irritable judge. He was much criticised for his outspoken support of the temperance movement, for his attacks upon excesses (as he saw them) of the gold rush, and for his alleged bias in the Eureka Trials at Ballarat.
Two of his sons: Edward Fitzhayley and Malwyn a'Beckett played cricket for Victoria in the 1850s. Sir William's eldest son - William Arthur Callendar a'Beckett, who was also a barrister, was the father of the famous Australian painter (Emma) Minnie a'Beckett (1858-1936) who married painter Arthur Merric Boyd (1862-1940 of the famous Australian Boyd family. It is understood that Edward Fitzhaley a'Beckett was the first pupil enrolled in Melbourne Grammar School in 1857 after first attending Scotch College, where he won a prize for excellence in music. Edward was also a painter and there is an 1881 painting by Minnie a'Beckett depicting her uncle Edward himself painting a portrait.
Margaret died in Surrey Hills, Victoria in 1953 aged 74 years. They had three children:
Bertram Fitzhaley Wilson was born 1st November 1916 at Toorak, Melbourne and was educated at Scotch College from 1929-1932. Bertram became an accountant, and was chairman of the Sherwood Group of Co-op Societies, director, secretary and treasurer of the Mental Health Auxiliaries of Victoria, president of the Cranbourne Historical Society, and a charter member of the Melbourne Lions Club. At one time he worked for (or possibly owned) a company based in Collins Street, Melbourne called Trustees Extr's & Agency Company. He married first Margaret Montgomery Whyte at Scotch College on the 29th November 1941 and later a lady called Patricia. He died in Melbourne 31st October 2005 leaving a widow, children and grandchildren.
Frank Arthur Earl Wilson, born 29th August 1918 in Armadale, Melbourne. Educated at Scotch College like his brothers, Frank worked as a salesman at the time of his enlistment in the Australian Army in 1941. He saw service with the 9th Infantry Division in New Guinea and New Britain before returning to Australia in 1945. There is a marriage recorded during 1940 in Victoria for a Frank Arthur Wilson with Kathleen Margaret Stainthorpe, but it is not certain if it is F.A.E. Wilson.
John Nigel Elliot Wilson, born 21st October 1921 in Armadale, Melbourne. Educated at Scotch College between 1930 and 1938, John was a bank clerk, living at 19 Alexander Street, Armadale when he joined the Australian Army in 1942. He served first on an anti-aircraft battery in Northern Territory of Australia and then joined the 2/3 Australian Forestry Company in June 1945 and helped clear the jungles of Monatai in New Britain of the remaining Japanese forces. He returned to Australia in 1946.9 

Grave

  • Plot 4-079-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia10

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk, 16 Dec 1915, p8.
  3. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, Punch (Melbourne), 9 Dec 1915, p27.
  4. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus Argus 26 Feb 1916 p13.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 30 Aug 1932, p1.
  8. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, bernienchris1 originally submitted this to Kapel Family Tree on 2 Apr 2011.
  9. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.ossett.net/toaustralia.html
  10. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-079-B      Wilson      J.A.E.      M      53      30/08/1932      872
    4-079-B      Wilson      Margaret F      78      21/08/1953      1324.
Last Edited4 Sep 2018

Martha Florence Wyman

F, #20, b. 1876, d. 1942
Married NameCrouch. 
Birth*1876 
Marriage*15 Dec 1912Spouse: Charles Stanton Crouch. Methodist Church, Balaclava, VIC, Australia, #M9689.1
 
Marriage-Notice*8 Feb 1913CROUCH—WYMAN.—On the 15th December, at the Methodist Church, Balaclava, by the Rev. E. Nye, B.A., assisted by the Rev. J. R. Harcourt, B.A., Charles Stanton Crouch, B.A., LL.B.. barrister and solicitor, Wesley College, to Martha Florence Wyman, third daughter of Thomas J. Wyman, 47 Gourlay street, Balaclava. Present address, 25 Carlisle-street, St. Kilda.2 
Death*1942 Elsternwick, VIC, Australia, #D12105 age 66 [par Thos WYMAN & Eliza BUCKLEY].3 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Nov 1942, CROUCH.-The friends of C. Stanton and Elaine Crouch are asked to accept their grateful THANKS for the numerous flowers, telegrams, and letters received during their recent bereavement.4

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Prahran Telegraph, 8 Feb 1913, p1.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D12105 age 66 [par Thos WYMAN & Eliza BUCKLEY]."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 14 Nov 1942 p2.
Last Edited6 Jun 2016

John Kitchen

M, #25, b. 1799, d. 6 Aug 1890
John KITCHEN
(1799-1890)
Photograph by Johnstone
Father*John Kitchen
Mother*Sarah Hambleton
Birth*17991 
Marriage*13 Feb 1825Spouse: Ruth Susan Freeman. Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsay, London, England, M001581.2
 
WidowerMar 1853John Kitchen became a widower upon the death of his wife Ruth Susan Freeman.3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travelc 1855 Sailing with Philip Freeman Kitchen Theophilus Kitchen to Port Phillip, VIC, Australia. Ship New Great Britain.4
 
Marriage*1864Spouse: Mary Bracher. VIC, Australia, #M4516 (as Mary HOGAN.)5
 
Death*6 Aug 1890 Padmore, Charles Street, Kew, VIC, Australia, #D12382 (age 91) [par John KITCHEN & Sarah HAMBLETON].6 
Death-Notice*7 Aug 1890KITCHEN.—On the 6th inst., at Padmore, Charles street Kew, John Kitchen, formerly of Reading, England, in his 92nd year.7 
Death-Notice8 Aug 1890THE Funeral of the late Mr. JOHN KITCHEN will leave his late residence, Padmore, Charles-street, Kew, for interment in the Boroondara Cemetery THIS DAY (Friday, the 8th August), at 3 o'clock pm.
A. W. PADBURY, Cotham road, Kew, and Auburn road, Auburn.8 

Grave

  • Plot Bapt A0720, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, In remembrance John KITCHEN d 6 Aug 1890 in his 92nd year, text, also his wife Mary d 18 Aug 1891, 74 years, text.9,10

Family

Ruth Susan Freeman b. 1798, d. Mar 1853
Children 1.Philip Freeman Kitchen+ b. 3 Jan 1832, d. 11 Oct 1898
 2.John Ambrose Kitchen+ b. 27 Feb 1835, d. 24 May 1922
 3.Theophilus Kitchen+ b. Dec 1840, d. 1 Nov 1909

Citations

  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#D12382 age 91 [par John KITCHEN & Sarah HAMBLETON]."
  2. [S31] IGI "M001581."
  3. [S332] General Register Office Indexes "KITCHEN, RUTH Age 55 GRO Reference: 1853 M Quarter in READING Volume 02C Page 271."
  4. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Aug 1890 p1.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Aug 1890 p1.
  9. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,
    Bapt A0720.
  10. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Boroondara Memorial Inscriptions compiled by Port Philip Pioneers Group Inc 1993."
Last Edited18 Mar 2016

Ruth Susan Freeman

F, #26, b. 1798, d. Mar 1853
Married NameKitchen. 
Birth*1798 
Marriage*13 Feb 1825Spouse: John Kitchen. Saint Mary Magdalene, Bermondsay, London, England, M001581.1
 
Death*Mar 1853 Reading, Berkshire, England, Mar Q [Reading] (Age 55) 2c 271.2 

Family

John Kitchen b. 1799, d. 6 Aug 1890
Children 1.Philip Freeman Kitchen+ b. 3 Jan 1832, d. 11 Oct 1898
 2.John Ambrose Kitchen+ b. 27 Feb 1835, d. 24 May 1922
 3.Theophilus Kitchen+ b. Dec 1840, d. 1 Nov 1909

Citations

  1. [S31] IGI "M001581."
  2. [S332] General Register Office Indexes "KITCHEN, RUTH Age 55 GRO Reference: 1853 M Quarter in READING Volume 02C Page 271."
Last Edited28 Jul 2017

John Ambrose Kitchen

M, #27, b. 27 Feb 1835, d. 24 May 1922
John Ambrose KITCHEN
(1835-1922)
Photograph by Johnstone

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

In the late eighteen-seventies John Ambrose and Theo Kitchen built holiday homes on neighbouring hills in the Toomuc Valley to the north of Beaconsfield. They owned a large area of land in the valley and on adjoining slopes, and at one time had a very large dairy farm and butter factory. John Ambrose also owned in the valley an extensive apple orchard with its own cool stores and an important export business shipping apples to England.
Kitchen Road was named after the Kitchen brothers.1
Father*John Kitchen b. 1799, d. 6 Aug 1890
Mother*Ruth Susan Freeman b. 1798, d. Mar 1853
Birth*27 Feb 1835 Watlington, Oxfordshire, England.2 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelDec 1854 Sailing with Henry Hambleton Kitchen. Ship Champion of the Seas Liverpool.3
 
Marriage*11 Dec 1860Spouse: Catherine Miller Sandeman. Registry Office, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M4332.4
 
(Witness) Death-Notice10 Dec 1863KITCHEN.-On the 9th inst., at Sandridge, of inflamation of the lungs, Thomas Sandeman, the beloved infant son of John and Catherine Kitchen, aged seven months.5 
Widower15 Nov 1874John Ambrose Kitchen became a widower upon the death of his wife Catherine Miller Sandeman.4 
Marriage*3 Sep 1875Spouse: Gertrude Walker. VIC, Australia, #M3452.4
 
Marriage-Notice*6 Oct 1875KITCHEN-WALKER.—On the 3rd ult., by the Rev. Joseph King, John Ambrose Kitchen to Gertrude, daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Walker, of the London City Mission.6 
Land-UBeac*22 Nov 1877John Ambrose Kitchen selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-40. 19a 2r 33p - Land File 467/49. Originally selected by J. A. KITCHEN on 22 Nov 1877 (1877 map has it as J. J. Kitchen - may be misprint), but crown grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 14 Jan 1879 - Land SALE 4993, upset £1/ac, value £346 13s.7,8 
Land-UBeac*b 24 Jan 1879 GEM-C-41. Transfer from Philip Freeman Kitchen to John Ambrose Kitchen. 18a 3r 16p - Originally selected by P. KITCHEN, but crown grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 24 Jan 1879 - Land SALE 4996, upset £1/ac, value £139 (original selection by P Kitchen.)9,10 
Land-UBeac*b 8 Apr 1879 GEM-C-44. Transfer from Joseph Henry Flack to John Ambrose Kitchen. 19a 2r 3p - No Land File. Originally selected by E. SILVERBERG, then J. H. FLOCK, but crown grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 8 Apr 1879 - Land Sale 5058, upset £1/ac, value £121 10s 6d (original selection J H FLOCK.)11 
Land-UBeac*b 16 Apr 1879 GEM-C-45. Transfer from Herbert Rocke to John Ambrose Kitchen. 19a 2r 26p - Selected by H. ROCKE, but crown grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 16 Apr 1879 - Land SALE 5062, upset £1/ac, value £87 16s.12,13 
Land-UBeac*b 18 May 1880 GEM-C-64. Transfer from Gertrude Kitchen to John Ambrose Kitchen. 19a 1r 28p - Selected by Gertrude KITCHEN, but crown grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 18 May 1880. - Land SALE 5282 (17/2/1880) & SALE 5333 (18/5/1880), upset £1/ac, value £75.14 
Land-UBeacb 22 Jun 1880He selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-67. 230a 1r 39p - No Land File - Crown Grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 22 Jun 1880.15 
Land-UBeacb 22 Jun 1880He selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-66. 34a 2r 30p - No Land File - Crown Grant to J. A. KITCHEN on 22 Jun 1880.16 
Land-UBeac*27 Oct 1881 GEM-C-37. Transfer from John Masters to John Ambrose Kitchen. 19a 3r 31p.17 
Land-UBeac*16 Oct 1882 GEM-C-40.41.44. Transfer from John Ambrose Kitchen to The Sixth Union Terminating Building Society. 58a 0r 12p.18 
Land-UBeacb 27 Jul 1886John Ambrose Kitchen selected land from the Crown. PAK-248. 300a 1r 5 p - No Land File
Selected by J. A. KITCHEN on 27 Jul 1886.19 
Land-UBeac21 Dec 1886 GEM-C-40.41.44. Transfer from The Sixth Union Terminating Building Society to John Ambrose Kitchen. 58a 0r 12p.20 
Land-UBeac*10 Feb 1887 GEM-C-65. Transfer from John Hambleton Kitchen to John Ambrose Kitchen. 320a 0r 0p.21 
Land-UBeac*10 Feb 1887 GEM-C-62.63. Transfer from Theophilus Kitchen to John Ambrose Kitchen.22,23 
Land-Note*28 Feb 1887 GEM-C-37.40.41.44.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Edward Keep. Discharged 30 Aug 1888. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.24 
Land-Note30 Aug 1888 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Edward Keep. Discharged 4 Jun 1894. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.25 
Land-UBeac*6 Dec 1889 GEM-C-40.41.44. Transfer from John Ambrose Kitchen to Joseph Blumfield. 58a 0r 12p.26 
Land-Note*19 Dec 1891 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Philip Freeman Kitchen. Discharged 4 Jun 1894. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.27 
Land-Note2 Apr 1892 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Edward Keep. Discharged 4 Jun 1894. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.28 
Land-Note4 Jun 1894 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Philip Freeman Kitchen. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.29 
Land-Note4 Jun 1894 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248: Mortgagee: Edward Keep. Mortgagor was John Ambrose Kitchen.30 
Land-UBeac*b Apr 1899 GEM-C-37.45.62.63.64.65.66.67 PAK-248. Transfer from John Ambrose Kitchen to Edward Keep. Foreclosed on mortgage.31 
Death*24 May 1922 Malvern East, VIC, Australia, #D5920 (age 87.)32 
Death-Notice*25 May 1922KITCHEN.—On the 24th May, 1922 at his residence, "Waitangi," Finch street, East Malvern, John Ambrose,the dearly beloved husband of Gertrude Kitchen, in his 88th year.33 
Probate (Will)*1 Jul 1922 183/299. Will written 18 May 1921, Codicil written 4 April 1922.34 

Grave

  • CofE 1394/1395, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, In loving memory of Kate, devoted wife of John Ambrose KITCHEN, d 15 Nov 1874, 35 years, text, also Thomas Sandeman KITCHEN at Sandridge on 9 Dec 1863 8 months buried in the St Kilda Cemetery, also John Ambrose KITCHEN, died 24 May 1922, in his 88th year and his devoted wife Gertrude, died 10 Jan 192535

Family 1

Catherine Miller Sandeman b. 1839, d. 15 Nov 1874
Children 1.John Hambleton Kitchen+ b. 1862, d. 22 Jan 1925
 2.Alfred Ernest Kitchen b. 1867, d. 18 Apr 1936

Family 2

Gertrude Walker b. 1855, d. 10 Jan 1925
Child 1.Frederick William Kitchen b. 1879, d. 19 Mar 1940

Newspaper-Articles

  • 17 Nov 1880, Berwick Shire Council, Correspondence. From J. A. Kitchen complaining of the necessity of bridge over a gully leading to his residence ; offering to pay a third of the cost if work was done at once and a good crossing was made.—It was resolved to accept the offer, after about half an hours' conversation.36
  • 25 Feb 1891, See Government Gazette, 20th February 1891, p909. Magistrates. THE Governor, with the advice of the Executive Council, has been pleased to appoint the gentlemen named in the schedule hereunder to keep the peace in the bailiwicks mentioned in conjunction with their respective names :- Central Bailiwick.
    William Henry Goff, Esq. ... Beaconsfield
    John Alfred Kitchen, Esq. ... Pakenham
    Cyrus Mason, Esq. ... ... Pakenham37
  • 15 Jun 1892, TUESDAY, JUNE 28. At Twelve Noon.
    W. R. LOOKER and SONS are instructed to SELL by AUCTION at the rooms, corner of Queen and Bourke-streets, Melbourne.
    PAKENHAM CRANBOURNE
    Mortgagee's Sale
    FARMS, ORCHARDS, and COUNTRY RESIDENCE
    Among the Hills
    Farming or gardening lots from 20 acres to 380 acres.
    Full particulars from auctioneers.
    Terms Extremely Easy.38
  • 25 Feb 1893, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1. At Half-post One O'clock. IMMENSE SALE.
    W. BRISBANE will OFFER by AUCTION, on the above date, at the rooms of Munro and Baillieu the following PROPERTIES, most of which will be sold without reserve,
    BEACONSFIELD.-Ten Acres, fenced wire netting, four acres cleared, two acres orchard ; House, outhouses, &c, good roads.
    BEACONSFIELD.-Property known as Cavesham, 363 acres, magnificent house; land laid out with orchard, shrubbery, and flowers; beautiful views; abundance of water.
    BEACONSFIELD.-Eight allotments of Land, 12 acres in each, partly cleared and fenced; creek.
    BEACONSFIELD.-Large brick House, 10 rooms, with tower, magnificent shrubbery and flower garden, orchard, 57 acres of land, all cleared, beautiful views.
    BEACONSFIELD.-Lot 130, 19 Acres, all fenced, creek, well adapted for fruit-growing, good road.
    BEACONSFIELD UPPER.-Six Acres, all cleared and cultivated, brick villa, five large rooms, bathroom, &c., tanks, stabling, &c, orchard and flower garden.
    Plans, particulars, and complete lists on application to W. Brisbane, auctioneer, 60 Queen street.39
  • 16 Dec 1896, I learn that a buggy accident occurred on Sunday morning in the neighborhood of the Tower - a beautifully situated residence formerly belonging to one of the Kitchen family - to a party from Dandenong. One of the ladies had her nose injured and a gentleman was rather severely injured, all being considerably shaken by the upset which occurred at rather an awkward part of the road, not far (as I am informed), from the scene of a former contretemps of a similar nature.40
  • 24 Mar 1897, Upper Beaconsfield. BY TODEA AFRICANA.
    I hear that the "Tower," formerly belonging to Mr. Jno. Kitchen, has been sold, and that the residence of the late Mr. Walford, known as "The Fernery," is let on lease for eight years.41
  • 25 May 1922, Mr. John Ambrose Kitchen, managing director of J. Kitchen and Sons Pty. Ltd. whose death occurred last evening, at his residence, Waitangi, Finch street, E. Malvern, in his 88th year, arrived in the State 68 years ago Mr Kitchen was educated as a solicitor in Reading, England, but came to Australia in 1854. He was soon afterwards joined by his father and brothers Philip and Theodore. In 1856 they together commenced the manufacture of candles and this initial effort, under the guidance of Mr J. A. Kitchen, has developed into the very large manufacturing business now so well known throughout Australia. Besides the manufacturing business, Mr. Kitchen had one of the largest apple orchards in the country. Toomuc Valley, Pakenham, and he pioneered shipping of apples from Australia to England. Mr. Kitchen took a keen interest in church matters, first at Holy Trinity, Kew, and later at St John's, East Malvern where for the last 30 years he took a leading part in church work. He leaves a widow, four sons, and four daughters.42
  • 3 Jul 1922, WILL OF MR. J. A. KITCHEN. Numerous Bequests Made.
    The Will of the late Mr. John Ambrose Kitchen, managing director of J. Kitchen and Sons Proprietary Limited, which was lodged in the probate office on Saturday disposes of real estate valued at £3,522 and personal property valued at £41,492. Mr. Kitchen died on May 24, and his will was dated May 18, 1921. There was also a codicil.
    To his widow he left £5,000 worth of Commonwealth war bonds redeemable in 1930, together with a life interest in Waitangi, Finch street, East Malvern (his former home). The following bequests were also made:
    Home Mission Fund of the Church of England, £1,000; Victorian branch of the Church Missionary Society of Australia and Tasmania, Ridley College, Parkville, St. John's Church of England, East Malvern, £500 each: Young Men's Christian Association Melbourne, Melbourne City Mission, Deaf and Dumb Asylum Melbourne, Church of England Mission to Streets and Lanes, Church of England Home for Boys, Church of England Home for Girls, Church of England Babies' Home, Carlton Refuge, £250 each: Association for the Blind Melbourne, £150; British and Foreign Bible Society, Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne Church of England Pakenham, Try Society South Yarra, £100 each.
    There is a bequest to Mary Walker, widow of the late Rev. John Richard Walker, of £250 ; to Ada Collins of £250 ; to Mary T. Davies (a niece) of £100 ; to Margaret Knight (a niece) of £100, to Marion King, wife of the Rev. Joseph King, £100, to Ambrose Clarke (a nephew), £100, to the Rev. H. R. Hewett. £100, to Maria Clark £100, and to various others bequests of £50 and £60.
    The rest of the estate is left to children and grandchildren.43

Australian Dictionary of Biography

KITCHEN, JOHN AMBROSE (1835-1922), businessman, was born in February 1835 at Watlington, Oxfordshire, England, second son of John Kitchen (1799-1890), grocer, and his wife Ruth, née Freeman. Raised at Reading, Berkshire, John Ambrose became a solicitor's clerk there, but after his mother's death and his father's business failure the family migrated to Victoria in 1854.
Arriving ahead of his father and two brothers (Philip and Theophilus), Kitchen sold newspapers and second-hand books at the Caledonian diggings. He prospected unsuccessfully at Mount Blackwood, before returning to Melbourne, where his father was managing a candle factory. The family began making tallow candles from butchers' scraps in the backyard of their Emerald Hill (South Melbourne) house. Ordered out as an offensive trade, the business removed to Sandridge (Port Melbourne) in 1858. On 11 December 1860 at the registry office, Melbourne, Kitchen married Scottish-born Catherine Miller Sandeman (d.1874).
Fire destroyed the company's premises in 1860, but they were quickly rebuilt and a Melbourne office was opened. In 1870 the Kitchens bought Gossage Bros' soap and candle factory at Footscray, to which they transferred their boiling-down operations. Manufacture of stearine candles commenced in 1871, when the Duffy government increased the protective tariff. The driving force in the subsequent expansion of J. Kitchen & Sons was John Ambrose, who established a factory in Wellington, New Zealand (1876), and bought out competitors at Sandhurst (Bendigo) in 1878, Echuca (1887) and Wangaratta (1887). By the early 1880s the firm employed some 300 workers in Melbourne. The merger with the Apollo Stearine Candle Co. made it the pre-eminent soap and candle manufacturer in the eastern mainland colonies, with a factory in Brisbane and a half-interest in the Sydney Soap & Candle Co.
Baptized a Wesleyan Methodist, Kitchen joined the Plymouth Brethren in Victoria, but by 1870 belonged to the Church of England. On 3 September 1875 at Kew he married with Congregational forms 21-year-old, Irish-born Gertrude Walker. Having left his Sandridge cottage for Kew in 1868, in 1876 he acquired the mansion Elsinore. Kitchen also developed an apple orchard at Pakenham from the late 1870s, set up the Melbourne Coffee Taverns Co. with William McLean and (Sir) Matthew Davies in 1878 and co-founded the Royal Bank of Australasia (1888). Financed by the Commercial Bank of Australia, Kitchen speculated in real estate during the 1880s. After the bank crashes, he made a secret composition for his £167,507 debt in July 1892, resigned briefly from the board of J. Kitchen & Sons, and moved to a modest, eight-room villa in East Malvern. All company property was mortgaged when the banks threatened foreclosure, and in 1894 the New Zealand business was sold.
Kitchen's company had expanded to Western Australia and South Australia by 1902, and in 1907 began producing copra oil from a plantation at Milne Bay, Papua. Velvet soap was introduced as a brand name by 1906 and Solvol by 1915. The firm was employing 1000 workers across Australia when it merged with the British firm Lever Bros in 1914; the Australian subsidiary, however, remained under Kitchen family control.
John Ambrose died on 24 May 1922 at Malvern and was buried in Kew cemetery, survived by his wife and their two sons and by three sons and four daughters of his first marriage. His estate was valued for probate at £46,014 and he made substantial bequests to charities. One son, Frederick William (1879-1940), succeeded him as managing director and another, John Hambleton (1862-1925), managed the Sydney company. Lever had fully acquired the business by 1924; in 1976 John Kitchen & Sons was renamed Unichema, and Lever and Kitchen soaps became Lever Rexona.44

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://member.melbpc.org.au/~tonkit/kitchen/docs/…
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D5920 age 87."
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Dec 1863, p4.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Oct 1875 p1.
  7. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 467/49. VPRS 5357/P0/3650.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1100-868 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  9. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3650     
    468/49. PHILIP KITCHEN. PAKENHAM 41 C. 18--3--16. 1877 - 1879.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1098-465 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1125-866 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  12. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3905
    821/49 HERBERT ROCKE PAKENHAM 45 19--2--26. 1876 - 1879.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-222 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1194-632 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1199-693 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1199-692 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1133-424 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer - C/T 1301-040.
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1100-868 / C/T 1098-465 / C/T 1125-866 - The Sixth Union Terminating Building Society - C/T 1403-401.
  19. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1890-875 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Melbourne.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1403-401 - John Ambrose Kitchen of Flinders Lane West Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer - C/T 1877-366.
  21. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1235-824 - John Ambrose Kitchen of No 28 Flinders Lane West, Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer.
  22. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1187-278 - John Ambrose Kitchen of No 28 Flinders Lane West, Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer.
  23. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1182-256 - John Ambrose Kitchen of No 28 Flinders Lane West, Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer.
  24. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1877-366 ; C/T 1127-222 ; C/T 1301-040 ; C/T 1187-278 ; C/T 1182-256 ; C/T 1194-632 ; C/T 1235-824 ; C/T 1199-692 ; C/T 1199-693 ; C/T 1890-875 - Mortgage No 79745 - discharged 30 Aug 1888.
  25. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-222 ; C/T 1301-040 ; C/T 1187-278 ; C/T 1182-256 ; C/T 1194-632 ; C/T 1235-824 ; C/T 1199-692 ; C/T 1199-693 ; C/T 1890-875 - Mortgage No 94001 - discharged 4 Jun 1894 - see discharge on C/T 2527-293.
  26. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1877-366 - Joseph Blumfield of Stony Creek Gembrook Farmer - a caveat had been lodged 17 Jul 1888 and was withdrawn 9 Jan 1890 (possibly by Edward Keep Mortgagee to Kitchen).
  27. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-222 ; C/T 1301-040 ; C/T 1187-278 ; C/T 1182-256 ; C/T 1194-632 ; C/T 1235-824 ; C/T 1199-692 ; C/T 1199-693 ; C/T 1890-875 - Mortgage No 130261 - discharged 4 Jun 1894 - see discharge on C/T 2527-293.
  28. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1127-222 ; C/T 1301-040 ; C/T 1187-278 ; C/T 1182-256 ; C/T 1194-632 ; C/T 1235-824 ; C/T 1199-692 ; C/T 1199-693 ; C/T 1890-875 - Mortgage No 133576 - discharged 4 Jun 1894 - see discharge on C/T 2527-293.
  29. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2527-293 - Mortgage No 157694.
  30. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2527-293 - Mortgage No 157693.
  31. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2527-293 - foreclosed on mortgage.
  32. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  33. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 May 1922, p1.
  34. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  35. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Boroondara Memorial Inscriptions compiled by Port Philip Pioneers Group Inc 1993."
  36. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 17 Nov 1880, p3.
  37. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette, 25 Feb 1891, p59.
  38. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 15 Jun 1892, p2
    not sure if this refers to Kitchen's properties.
  39. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 Feb 1893, p5 - part of ad.
  40. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 16 Dec 1896, p3.
  41. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 24 Mar 1897, p3.
  42. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 25 May 1922 p6.
  43. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 July 1922 p6.
  44. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/AS10269b.htm
    Select Bibliography: G. D. Meudell, The Pleasant Career of a Spendthrift (Lond, 1929); M. Cannon, The Land Boomers (Melb, 1966); G. Serle, The Rush to be Rich (Melb, 1971); Parliamentary Papers (Victoria), 1883, vol 4, paper no 50, 1894, vol 2, paper no 37, 1895-96, vol 2, paper no 3; Parliamentary Papers (Commonwealth), 1906, vol 4; Industrial Australian and Mining Standard, 31 Oct 1918, p 684; Unilever Australia Reporter, Sept 1956; Victorian Historical Journal, 64, no 1, Apr 1993, p 46; Argus (Melbourne), 25 May 1922, p 6.

    Print Publication Details: Damian Veltri, 'Kitchen, John Ambrose (1835 - 1922)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, Melbourne University Press, 2005, p. 218.
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Catherine Miller Sandeman

F, #28, b. 1839, d. 15 Nov 1874
Married NameKitchen. 
Birth*1839 Scotland.1 
Marriage*11 Dec 1860Spouse: John Ambrose Kitchen. Registry Office, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #M4332.2
 
(Witness) Death-Notice10 Dec 1863KITCHEN.-On the 9th inst., at Sandridge, of inflamation of the lungs, Thomas Sandeman, the beloved infant son of John and Catherine Kitchen, aged seven months.3 
Death*15 Nov 1874 VIC, Australia, #D10721 (age 35) [par Thos SANDEMAN & Margaret DICK].2 

Grave

  • CofE 1394/1395, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia, In loving memory of Kate, devoted wife of John Ambrose KITCHEN, d 15 Nov 1874, 35 years, text, also Thomas Sandeman KITCHEN at Sandridge on 9 Dec 1863 8 months buried in the St Kilda Cemetery, also John Ambrose KITCHEN, died 24 May 1922, in his 88th year and his devoted wife Gertrude, died 10 Jan 19254

Family

John Ambrose Kitchen b. 27 Feb 1835, d. 24 May 1922
Children 1.John Hambleton Kitchen+ b. 1862, d. 22 Jan 1925
 2.Alfred Ernest Kitchen b. 1867, d. 18 Apr 1936

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#D10721 age 35 [par Thos SANDEMAN & Margaret DICK]."
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Dec 1863, p4.
  4. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Boroondara Memorial Inscriptions compiled by Port Philip Pioneers Group Inc 1993."
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John Hambleton Kitchen

M, #29, b. 1862, d. 22 Jan 1925
John Hambleton KITCHEN
(1862-1925)
Photograph by Johnstone
Father*John Ambrose Kitchen b. 27 Feb 1835, d. 24 May 1922
Mother*Catherine Miller Sandeman b. 1839, d. 15 Nov 1874
Birth*1862 Sandridge, VIC, Australia, #B5059.1 
Land-UBeac*b 16 Nov 1880John Hambleton Kitchen selected land from the Crown. GEM-C-65. 320a 0r 0p - No Land File
Selected by H. H. KITCHEN on 16 Nov 1880.2 
Marriage*1886Spouse: Annie Elizabeth Robertson. VIC, Australia, #M3877V.3
 
Land-UBeac*10 Feb 1887 GEM-C-65. Transfer from John Hambleton Kitchen to John Ambrose Kitchen. 320a 0r 0p.4 
Death*22 Jan 1925 Monte Carlo, Monaco. 
Probate (Will)*1 Sep 1925 203/921. Will written 6 December 1924.5 
Note*16 Dec 1926 Pictorial sale prospectus of Toomuc Valley Orchard available for download http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/135517. 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 17 Dec 1926, TOOMUC VALLEY ORCHARD. - Property Passed in at £23,000. Mr. W, S. Keast, stock and station agent, Queen's House, Queen street, submitted to public auction yesterday, on behalf of the estate of the late Mr. John H. Kitchen, the property known as Toomuc Valley orchard, Pakenham, containinig 1,004 acres, out of which 209 acres is planted. Bidding began at £12,000, and rose quickly to £20,000 in bids of £1,000, and was then taken on in bids of £300 to £23,000, at which price the property was passed in, the bidding not having reached the owner's reserve. It has now been put under offer for private sale.6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1235-824 - John Hambleton Kitchen of Melbourne.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M3877V."
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1235-824 - John Ambrose Kitchen of No 28 Flinders Lane West, Melbourne Soap and Candle Manufacturer.
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), http://prov.vic.gov.au/search_details
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Dec 1926 p24.
Last Edited26 Nov 2018