George Gibbs

M, #841, b. 1891, d. 7 Oct 1917
Father*George Gibbs b. Jun 1848, d. 28 Oct 1898
Mother*Mary Ellen Dodson b. 1863, d. 30 Mar 1933

World War I

George Gibbs, aged 24 and working as a labourer enlisted on 24 Feb 1915. He enlisted at the same time as two other soldiers from Upper Beaconsfield, James Berry and William John Knapton and they all embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915 with the 23rd Battalion. Colonel George Knox was also on board the same ship. SERN 553.
He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front.
George was in the C Company of the 23rd Battalion. He died on 7 Oct 1917 of multiple gunshot wounds received at Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium.
His name is listed on the Upper Beaconsfield War Memorial and on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2
Birth*1891 Yarrawonga, VIC, Australia, #B18559.3 
Death*7 Oct 1917 26th General Hospital, Etaples, France, died of wounds. 
Death-Notice*18 Oct 1917GIBBS.—On the 7th October, 1917, of multiple gunshot wounds, at 26th General Hospital, France, Private George Gibbs, dearly beloved son of Mrs T H Cregan and the late G. Gibbs, Walpeup, late of Yarrawonga and Beaconsfield.
Rest in peace.4 
Village Bell*2005The article reads: Private George Gibbs
2nd Australian Pioneers. He was the son of George Gibbs and M.E. Cregan, he worked as a labourer, and embarked on HMAT Euripides A14, on 10/5/1915, from Melbourne. He died 7/10/1917 at Etaples, France, aged 27.5 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 31 Oct 1917, The toll of war goes on unceasingly, and where there are so many volunteers from a district, we must expect honors. The latest lists contain the names of Ptes. A. S. Anderson, Galah; G. Gibbs, Walpeup; R. Munro, Yellumjip; and F. J. Solamano (brother of Mrs. Fox, Galah). Sympathy in their bereavement is sincerely offered. But heroes never die, they only sleep for ever.6

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=109856
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B18559."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Oct 1917 p1.
  5. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 162-2005, p16."
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Ouyen Mail, 31 Oct 1917, p1.
Last Edited14 Nov 2014

Harold Bailey

M, #842, b. Mar 1885, d. 26 Aug 1918
Father*William Bailey b. 1857, d. Mar 1940
Mother*Harriett Chitty b. 1857, d. Mar 1906

World War I

Harold Bailey had arrived in Australia shortly before the war and was working at Runnymede Guesthouse as a valet when he enlisted on 16 Feb 1915. He was 30 years old. He embarked from Melbourne on 17 Apr 1915 on board HMAT A20 Hororata with the 6th Battalion. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front. SERN 2058.
He was wounded several times, suffered a gunshot wound to arm, neck and shoulder on 25 July 1916 and was transferred to England to recover. He returned to France on 15 Dec 1916. Nothing is noted in the military file about his service in 1917 until he suffered from a fever in Dec 1917 and was allowed leave to England until late January 1918. He suffered from traumatic septic abrasions to his face in May 1918 and rejoined his unit on 16 July 1918. He was shot in the back on 23th August 1918, and died of his wounds three days later.
His name is listed on the Upper Beaconsfield War Memorial and on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2
Birth*Mar 1885 Peterfield, Hampshire, England, Mar Q [Petersfield] 2c 147.3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel1 Apr 1913 To Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Port Macquarie
Age 28 - Man Servant.4
Death*26 Aug 1918 Rouen, France. 
Death-Notice*12 Oct 1918BAILEY.-Died of wounds on active service August 26, after 3 years 9 months, No. 2058 H. Bailey, formerly of Runnymede, Upper Beaconsfield (Inserted by Alice E. Cannon.) A brave man.5 
Probate (Will)*24 Jul 1919 164/248. Soldier. Up Beaconsfield.
In his will he left £25 to Mrs Bessie Voice, Flinders Naval Base, Crib Point; £50 to Annie Gertrude Hewett of Station Approach Whytekepe, Surrey; £10 to Mrs Mildred Harman, Ramsdeane House, Shalford; £15 to Mrs Annie Kate Morrell, 23 Osborne Road, Petersfield, Hants; £15 to Francis Sydney Bailey, 7 Maldon Road, Acton, London; balance to Mrs Sarah Hewett of Station Approach Whytekepe, Surrey. See: Mildred Bailey, Annie Kate Bailey, Francis Sydney Bailey, Elizabeth Ann Voice.6 
Village Bell*2005The article reads: Private Harold Bailey
Australian Infantry, 6th Battalion. He was born in England, and worked as a manager at the guest house “Runnymede” in St. Georges Rd before enlisting. He embarked on HMAT Hororata A20, on 17/4/1915. He died of wounds, on 26/8/1918 near Rouen, France. He served for the longest of all our soldiers, enlisting in 1915, serving at Gallipoli, then in Egypt, France and England, several times being wounded in action before dying of wounds in hospital in France.7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 189180 Chapel Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, England(Head of Household) William Bailey;
Age 6
Member(s) of Household: Harriett Bailey, George Bailey, Annie Kate Bailey, Francis Sydney Bailey8
31 Mar 1901Margaret SIMPSON, Feyning House, Rogate, Sussex, EnglandAge 16 - Footman9
2 Apr 1911Ernest G RAPHAEL (Foreign Banker), 38 Hill Street, W, St George, Hanover Square, London, EnglandAge 26 - Footman Domestic10
1914Runnymede, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: manager.11
bt 1916 - 1918Runnymede, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: valet.12,13,14

Newspaper-Articles

  • 10 Jul 1919, NOTICE-A Role to administer the estate (with the will annexed) of Harold Bailey, late of A.I.F. abroad, Soldier, formerly of Upper Beaconsfield (occupation unknown), deceased, who died on the 26th August, 1918, has been granted to me, and creditors, next of kin, and all others having claims against the estate are required to send in particulars of their claims to the Curator of the Estates of Deceased Persons No. 483 Collins Street, Melbourne, on or before the 19th August, 1919, or they may be excluded from the distribution of the estate when the assets are being distributed. WALTER B. HOUSE, Curator of the Estates of Deceased persons. Melbourne, 4th July, 1919 2/1715
  • 24 Jul 1919, Estimated value of Estate £252 1 1016

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=10460
  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=3044922
  3. [S9] GRO.
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Ancestry.com. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Oct 1918 p11.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 923; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 602.
  7. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 162-2005, p16."
  8. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG12; Piece: 945; Folio: 88; Page: 13; GSU Roll: 6096055."
  9. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG13; Piece: 974; Folio: 86; Page: 2."
  10. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, 1911 census: Class: RG14; Piece: 423.
  11. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  12. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  13. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  14. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  15. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 10 Jul 1919, p2.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Jul 1919, p10.
Last Edited31 Mar 2015

William Russell Evans

M, #843, b. 1839, d. 4 Jun 1905
Father*Russell Evans b. 1810, d. 10 Aug 1842
Mother*Rachel Morris b. 1816, d. 1 Sep 1900
Birth*1839 Wales. 
Marriage*1865Spouse: Louise Amelia Crosbie. VIC, Australia, #M197.1
 
Widower5 Jun 1889William Russell Evans became a widower upon the death of his wife Louise Amelia Crosbie.2 
Marriage*4 Jul 1891Spouse: Rosetta Jane Kimber. St Silas Church, Albert Park, VIC, Australia, #M4791 (as George Russell EVANS.)3
 
Marriage-Notice*18 Aug 1891EVANS— KIMBER.— On the 4th July, at St. Silas Church, Albert Park, Melbourne, by the Rev. S. Kent, W. R. Evans, South Melbourne, to Rose J., eldest daughter of C. Kimber, Esq., Woodleigh, Clare, South Australia.4 
Death*4 Jun 1905 Albert Park, VIC, Australia, #D3934 (Age 66) [par Russell EVANS & Rachel REYNOLDS].5 
Death-Notice*6 Jun 1905EVANS. On the 4th inst. (suddenly), at his residence, Tarooma, Canterbury-road, Albert Park, William Russell Evans, late manager of the Bay Excursion Company, formerly manager of the Western Steam Navigation Company, Warrnambool. (Private Funeral.)6 
Probate (Will)*17 Jul 1905 95/232. Owned a piece of land in Wangoom, County of Villiers. Valued L180.7 

Grave

  • Baptist, Compartment B, Grave 379, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia8

Family

Rosetta Jane Kimber b. 15 Aug 1867, d. 8 Jun 1935
Children 1.Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans+ b. 1892, d. 29 Sep 1963
 2.Evan Charles Russell 'Dick' Evans b. 1896, d. 18 Sep 1918
 3.Bronwyn Rose Evans+ b. 1901, d. 16 Feb 1993

Newspaper-Articles

  • 6 Jun 1905, Yesterday evening a Melbourne telegram stated that Mr. William Russell Evans, the manager of the Bay Excursion Co. and a familiar figure in Melbourne shipping circles, died at his residence, Albert Park, aged 66.9

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. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M4791."
  4. [S14] Newspaper - South Australian Register, 18 Aug 1891, p3.
  5. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Jun 1905, p1.
  7. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 95/232.
  8. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - The West Australian. 6 Jun 1905, p5.
Last Edited10 Apr 2014

Rosetta Jane Kimber

F, #844, b. 15 Aug 1867, d. 8 Jun 1935
Note* "Lallah Rookh" was an oriental romance written by Sir Thomas Moore. 
Married NameEvans. 
Birth*15 Aug 1867 Clare, SA, Australia.1,2 
Marriage*4 Jul 1891Spouse: William Russell Evans. St Silas Church, Albert Park, VIC, Australia, #M4791 (as George Russell EVANS.)3
 
Marriage-Notice*18 Aug 1891EVANS— KIMBER.— On the 4th July, at St. Silas Church, Albert Park, Melbourne, by the Rev. S. Kent, W. R. Evans, South Melbourne, to Rose J., eldest daughter of C. Kimber, Esq., Woodleigh, Clare, South Australia.4 
Widow4 Jun 1905Rosetta Jane Kimber became a widow upon the death of her husband William Russell Evans.5 
Land-UBeac*13 Feb 1914 GEM-E-9.16.16A. Transfer from Henry Edwin Dixon to Rosetta Jane Evans.6 
Land-Note*13 Feb 1914 GEM-E-9.16.16A: Mortgagee: Henry Edwin Dixon. Mortgage discharged 18 Oct 1928. Mortgagor was Rosetta Jane Evans.7 
Land-UBeac*9 Sep 1915 GEM-E-9 (part). Transfer from Rosetta Jane Evans to Samuel Charles Brittingham. 1a 2r 19p (small SW corner of land.)8 
Land-UBeac18 Oct 1928 GEM-E-9. Transfer from Rosetta Jane Evans to Albert 'Boss' Turner. Transfer by mortgagee.9 
Land-UBeac*18 Oct 1928 GEM-E-16.16A. Transfer from Rosetta Jane Evans to Albert 'Boss' Turner. 18a 1r 0p (16 = 15a 2r 8p) & (16A = 2a 2r 32p.)10 
Death*8 Jun 1935 23 Wolseley Crescent, Blackburn, VIC, Australia, #D13890 age 65 [par Charles KIMBER & Maria NANKERVIS].1 
Death-Notice*10 Jun 1935EVANS.—On the 8th June at 23 Wolseley Crescent Blackburn, Rose, widow of the late Captain W R Evans, daughter of Charles Kimber (Woodleigh Clare, South Australia) South Australian papers please copy.)
EVANS.—On the 8th June at 23 Wolseley Crescent, Rose dearly beloved mother of Jack, Evan (deceased) and Bronwyn, loved nana of Evan, Betty, Dick and Judith.11 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1914Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans.12
bt 1917 - 1918Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans Evan Charles Russell 'Dick' Evans.13,14
bt 1919 - 1921Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans.15,16
1922"Lalla Rookh", Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans Bronwyn Rose Evans.17
1924"Lalla Rookh", Emerald/North Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans, Isabella Gall Evans, Bronwyn Rose Evans.18
1925"Lalla Rookh", Emerald/North Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans Isabella Gall Evans.19
1926Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.20
1931Wolsley Crescent, Mitcham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Robin Archibald David 'Bob' Bell and Bronwyn Rose Bell.21

Grave

  • Fawkner Cemetery, Fawkner, VIC, Australia, Garden Of Remembrance 1 Compartment 33 Niche 125.22

Family

William Russell Evans b. 1839, d. 4 Jun 1905
Children 1.Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans+ b. 1892, d. 29 Sep 1963
 2.Evan Charles Russell 'Dick' Evans b. 1896, d. 18 Sep 1918
 3.Bronwyn Rose Evans+ b. 1901, d. 16 Feb 1993

Newspaper-Articles

  • 1 Sep 1913, THE LATE MR. CHARLES KIMBER. Tragic End.
    Much regret is felt by residents here at the tragic death of Mr. Charles Kimber, one of the oldest and best known men of the district (writes our Clare correspondent). Mr.Kimber was 88 years of age, and lately had been suffering intense agony. Frequently during the past month he had wished that his time would come, as he could, not bear the pain. On Friday he ended his sufferings by strangling himself with the string from his pyjamas. The matter was reported to Mr. J. Bentley, who deemed an inquest unnecessary. Great sympathy is felt for the widow and family. The late Mr. Kimber was one of the identities of the lower north, and one of the oldest residents of Clare. He was a well read man, and a public-spirited citizen. Deceased was born on January 15, 1826, at Newbury, Berks, England. He arrived in South Australia by the ship John Woodhall on January 5, 1849, and began as a storekeeper at Burra. Subsequently, he followed the same business on Yorke's Peninsula. He was also a farmer for some time in the vicinity of Mintaro. Deceased, who was a large fruitgrower, planted the first currant vines in the Clare district. He conducted flourmills at Kadina, Clare, and Riverton. He was at one time Chairman of the Clare District Council, Mayor of Clare, a member of the North Midland Road Board, a member of the Education Board of Advice, and a member of the Clare Licensing Bench. He sat in the House of Assembly for the old district of Stanley, having been elected to that constituency in 1887.23
  • 27 Jan 1916, From R. Evans, 'Lalla Rookh," Emerald, asking for re-building of culvert-.Clerk of Works to have pipe culvert put in.24
  • 15 Mar 1918, Berwick Shire Correspondence: From R. Evans, Emerald, re the bad state of the culverts at the red hill (Emerald-Beaconsfield road); also re a petition in regard to this road. Clerk of works to attend, on the motion of Crs Martin and a'Beckett.25

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D13890 age 65 [par Charles KIMBER & Maria NANKERVIS]."
  2. [S63] South Australian Government. BDM Index South Australia "[Indexes] South Australian Birth 1842-1906, Cla 57 64."
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#M4791."
  4. [S14] Newspaper - South Australian Register, 18 Aug 1891, p3.
  5. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2971-159 + C/T 2420-953 - Rose Evans of 21 Canterbury Road Albert Park Widow.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2971-159 (GEM-E-16.16A states mortgage discharged 18 Oct 1928
    C/T 2420-953 (GEM-E-9 states transfer by mortgagee).
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2420-953 - Samuel Charles Brittingham of Christobel Cresent Hawthorn Architect - C/T 3914-685.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2420-953 - Transfer by Mortgagee - Albert Turner of Emerald Orchardist (also known as Henry Albert Rainey) - C/T 5464-703.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2971-159 - Rose Evans to Albert Turner of Emerald Orchardist (also known as Henry Albert Rainey).
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Jun 1935, p1.
  12. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  13. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  14. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  15. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  16. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  17. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922 "Brownwyn's address as Lalla Rookh."
  18. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  19. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  20. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  21. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  22. [S39] Index of burials in the cemetery of Fawkner Memorial Park, online @ http://www.gmct.com.au/deceased-search/.
  23. [S14] Newspaper - The Register (Adelaide), 1 Sep 1913, p8.
  24. [S196] Newspaper - Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) "27 Jan 1916, p2."
  25. [S18] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette "15 Mar 1918, p3."
Last Edited15 Oct 2016

Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans

M, #846, b. 1892, d. 29 Sep 1963
Father*William Russell Evans b. 1839, d. 4 Jun 1905
Mother*Rosetta Jane Kimber b. 15 Aug 1867, d. 8 Jun 1935
Probate (Will)* Gwilym Jack Russell Evans. Storeman. E Ivanhoe. 29 Sep 1963. 608/552.1       
Birth*1892 Albert Park, VIC, Australia, #B9386.2 
Marriage*16 May 1923Spouse: Isabella Gall Anderson. Presbyterian Church, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia.3
 
Marriage-Notice*7 Jul 1923EVANS-ANDERSON.-On the 16th May, at the Hawthorn Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. A. Irving Davidson, M.A., Gwilym Jack Russell, eldest surviving son of Mrs. W. R. Evans, Upper Beaconsfield, and the late William R. Evans (late Bay Ex. Co.), to Isabelle, youngest daughter of Mrs. J. Anderson, Windsor, and the late J. Anderson, J.P. (late of Eaglehawk). Present address, Emerald.3 
Death*29 Sep 1963 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D20677 (Age 71.)4 
Death-Notice*30 Sep 1963EVANS.—On September 29, Gwilym Jack Russell of 18 Wilfred Road, East Ivanhoe, dearly loved husband of Belle, loved father of Evan, and father-in-law of Phyllis, aged 71 years.
EVANS, G. J. R. (Jack).—On September 29, elder son of the late Captain W. R. and Mrs Evans, loving brother of Evan (deceased) and Bronwyn (Mrs R. A. D. Bell).
EVANS, G. J. R.—A tribute of sincere affection from the Vicar, Westry and people of St. George's Church of England, East Ivanhoe. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
EVANS.—The funeral of Mr GWILYM JACK RUSSELL EVANS, of 18 Wilfred Road, East Ivanhoe, will leave St George's Church of England, Warncliffe Road, East Ivanhoe, on Wednesday after a service commencing at 11 am for the Melbourne Crematorium Fawkner.5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1914Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans.6
bt 1917 - 1918Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Evan Charles Russell 'Dick' Evans.7,8
bt 1919 - 1921Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans.9,10
1922"Lalla Rookh", Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Bronwyn Rose Evans.11
1924"Lalla Rookh", Emerald/North Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Isabella Gall Evans Bronwyn Rose Evans.12
1925"Lalla Rookh", Emerald/North Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Isabella Gall Evans.13
bt 1931 - 196318 Wilfred Road, Ivanhoe, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: storeman. With Isabella Gall Evans.14,15,16,17,18

Newspaper-Articles

  • 19 Sep 1925, EVANS-In loving memory of my brother Evan Charles Russell killed at St Quentin September 18, 1918, 46th Batt. Greater love hath no man than this -(J.R. Evans, Emerald.)19

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 3109; VPRS 7591/P3, unit 524.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B9386."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 7 Jul 1923, p11.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 30 Sep 1963, p13.
  6. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  7. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  8. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  9. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  10. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  11. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922 "Brownwyn's address as Lalla Rookh."
  12. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  13. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  14. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  15. [S143] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1943.
  16. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963 "Jack's occupation is now nil."
  17. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949 "also their son Evan (RAN)."
  18. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954 "also their son Evan (RAN)."
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Sep 1925, p17.
Last Edited12 Apr 2015

Bronwyn Rose Evans

F, #847, b. 1901, d. 16 Feb 1993
Father*William Russell Evans b. 1839, d. 4 Jun 1905
Mother*Rosetta Jane Kimber b. 15 Aug 1867, d. 8 Jun 1935
Married NameBell.1 
Birth*1901 Albert Park, VIC, Australia, #B23753.2 
Marriage1924Spouse: Robin Archibald David 'Bob' Bell.1
 
Death*16 Feb 19933 
Probate (Will)* 1066928. Widow. Croydon.4       

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1922"Lalla Rookh", Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans.5
1924"Lalla Rookh", Emerald/North Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Rosetta Jane Evans and Gwilyn Jack Russell Evans Isabella Gall Evans.6
1924Norwood, Emerald, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.7
1931Wolsley Crescent, Mitcham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Robin Archibald David 'Bob' Bell. With Rosetta Jane Evans.8
bt 1936 - 197719 Wolsley Crescent, Blackburn, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Robin Archibald David 'Bob' Bell.9,10,11

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Clayton, VIC, Australia12

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source,.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B23753."
  3. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, My Heritage Family Tree by David BELL - need to register to contact.
    http://www.myheritage.com/site-family-tree-189950232/david
  4. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P23, unit 98.
  5. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922 "Brownwyn's address as Lalla Rookh."
  6. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  7. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924 "supplemental roll."
  8. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  9. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  10. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963 "address as 19 Wolsley Crescent."
  11. [S177] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1977.
  12. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited12 Apr 2015

Victoria Jean Robertson

F, #848, b. 27 Jan 1881, d. 14 Aug 1923
Father*John Robertson b. 26 Oct 1850, d. 13 Feb 1885
Mother*Mary Jane Smith b. 1854, d. 13 Apr 1889
Name Variation Victoria Jean Robertson was also known as Jean. 
Married NameCotter. 
Birth*27 Jan 1881 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B5822.1 
Birth-Notice*28 Jan 1881ROBERTSON. —On the 27th inst., at Wimmera-place, St. Kilda, the wife of John Robertson, of Wargam, of a daughter.2 
Note*1888 Half sister: Mary Agar WYNNE, born Ballarat 1888/8378.3 
Marriage*23 Dec 1911Spouse: Thomas Lombard Cotter. Colombo, Ceylon.
 
Marriage-Notice*1 Jan 1912ROBERTSON-COTTER. —On the 23rd December, at Colombo, Thomas Lombard, younger son of the late Sir James Lombard Cotter, Bart, of Rookforest, Mallow, Co. Cork, to Jean, younger daughter of the late John Robertson, of Wargam, N.S.W.4 
Land-Note*4 Sep 1913 GEM-E-10A+B: Jean COTTER took out two mortgages with August John Annesly Dudgeon of Sandringham to the value of £1000 (£800 on 4 Sep 1913; £200 on 13 Oct 1913 at 7%) Dudgeon was Jean's step-brother, as Jean's step-father Agar Wynne had married Dudgeon's mother. 
Residence*9 Aug 1917 "Glenbrae", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, "Glenbrae" Orchard. Situated on main road from Upper Beaconsfield to Gembrook. Property had 8-roomed house, 1 horse and 1 cow (mentioned in codicil to will.)5 
Widow1923Victoria Jean Robertson became a widow upon the death of her husband Thomas Lombard Cotter.6 
Death*14 Aug 1923 South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D12606 (Age 42) [par John ROBERTSON & Mary Jane SMITH].7 
Death-Notice*18 Aug 1923COTTER.—On the 14th August, Jean Cotter, daughter of the late John Robertson, of Wargam (N.S.W.) and step-daughter of Agar Wynne, St Kilda.8 
Note*a 1 Dec 1923 Albert John 'Bert' Brain 'Glenbrae' property was sold for 2000 pounds - inventory of furniture in probate. Mr Brain bought horses and implements for 120 pounds.5 
Probate (Will)*28 Feb 1924 194/482. Widow. Upper Beaconsfield. Owned Crown Allot 10B and part of 10A Parish of Gembrook. 58 acres. Volume 3707 Fol 741233.9 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1914 - 1921Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Thomas Lombard Cotter.10,11,12,13,14,15,16
1922Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.17

Newspaper-Articles

  • 16 Feb 1885, Death of father: ROBERTSON-On the 13th inst., at his residence Montacute-house, Grey street, St Kilda, John Robertson, youngest son of the late Duncan Robertson, of Englefield, age 34.
    The Friends of the late John Robertson, Esq., late of Wargam, N. S. W., are informed that his remains will be interred in the Boroondara Cemetery.
    His funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, Montacute-house, Grey-street St Kilda, THIS DAY (Monday, the 16th Inst ), at 2 o'clock.18
  • 18 Apr 1889, Death of mother: WYNNE. —On the 13th inst., at Terinallum, Darlington, Mary, wife of Agar Wynne, aged 33 years.19
  • 17 Jul 1909, BEACONSFIELD UPPER.-At the close of an entertainment by the Beaconsfield Dramatic Club on Saturday evening a presentation of a manicure set and bracelet holders was made to Miss Jean Robertson.20
  • 18 Nov 1920, DIVORCE COURT.
    Before Mr Justice Schutt in the Divorce Court yesterday, Victoria Jean Cotter (39), of Nerrin Nerrin, formerly of St Kilda, sought divorce from Thomas Lombard Cotter (32), of Upper Beaconsfield orchardist, a native of Cork, Ireland, on the ground of his repeated misconduct with an unknown woman. The parties were married in Colombo, Ceylon, on December 23, 1911, and have two children. A decree nisi for divorce was granted, with costs, petitioner to have the custody of the children of the marriage. Mr L S. Woolf (instructed by Messrs Hamilton, Wynne, and Riddell) appeared for the petitioner.21
  • 18 Nov 1920, DIVORCE COURT. Before Mr. Justice Schutt.—Wednesday, 17th November.
    COTTER v. COTTER. Victoria Jean Cotter, 30, of Nerrin Nerrin, for whom Mr. L. S. Woolf appeared, sued for divorce from Thomas Lombard Cotter, 32, on the ground of misconduct by him. Petitioner stated that previous to marriage she was living on a settled income derived from her parents, and was still living on that income. Respondent was employed on a tea plantation in Ceylon before marriage. Lately he was an orchardist at Upper Beaconsfield. They were married on 23rd December, 1911, and two children were born to them. Witness left her residence At Upper Beaconsfield on 4th September last to go to a private hospital at Toorak. While she was there she was informed that respondent was guilty of misconduct with a woman. For a month previous to 6th September he had been living with this woman as man and wife at Hotham-street, East Melbourne. She also had ascertained that in July respondent went with a married woman, whose name was unknown to her, to Sydney. These statements were corroborated and a decree nisi was granted, with costs, petitioner to have custody of her children.22
  • 1 Dec 1923, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6. At Three O'Clock, AT SCOTT'S HOTEL. MELBOURNE.
    SALE of BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN HOME AT UPPER BEACONSFIELD,
    Containing 59 ACRES.
    About 7 Miles from BEACONSFIELD and 3 from UPPER BEACONSFIELD.
    On Account of the Estate of Mrs. V. J. Cotter, Deceased.
    SPLENDID HEALTHY CLIMATE, BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, OVERLOOKING DANDENONG RANGES, BERWICK, THE BAY, and ALL the SURROUNDING DISTRICTS.
    TO BE SOLD ON GOOD TERMS.
    To Tourists, Week-enders, and Others.
    W S. KEAST, stock and station agent,
    Queen's House. Queen street, Melbourne,
    has received instructions from the executor of the estate of the late Mrs. V. J. Cotter, to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION
    That commodious weatherboard bungalow mountain home, containing 10 rooms. in good condition, all lined and panelled throughout; stone fireplaces, fly-proof doors and windows, 3 pantries, good bath room, kitchen, and sleep out; 14ft. verandah, all lined.
    This property is situated in a beautiful position, overloking some of the most magnificent scenery to be found in Victoria. Situated about seven miles from Beaconsfield and three miles from Upper Beaconsfield, and containing 59 acres. This property is situated on the main road from Upper Beaconsfield to Gembrook, und is an ideal mountain home, and my instructions are to sell.
    Solicitors, Messrs. Hamilton, Wynne, and Riddell, 121 Collins street, Melbourne.
    For fuller particulars apply W. S. KEAST, Stock and Station Agent, Queen's House, Queen street, Melbourne.23

Australian Dictionary of Biography

step-father of Jean ROBERTSON: Agar Wynne (1850-1934), politician, was born on 15 July 1850 in London, son of Edward Agar Wynne, builder, and his wife Sarah Maria, née Palmer. The family migrated to Victoria in his boyhood. Educated at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, Agar represented the school in football and matriculated in 1868. Having completed the articled clerk's course at the University of Melbourne, he was admitted as an attorney on 7 July 1874 and entered a succession of legal partnerships, initially with (Sir) Henry Cuthbert. In Melbourne on 10 November 1886 he married with Australian Church forms a widow with two children, Mary Jane Robertson, née Smith (d.1889). On 21 February 1896 at the Collins Street Independent Church he married a widow with three children, Annie Dudgeon, née Samuel.
Both a 'country-man and city man', in politics Wynne was not exactly a tory and not exactly a liberal. In 1888 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as a member for Western Province. He held this seat until he resigned in 1903, serving as postmaster-general and solicitor-general in 1893-94 in (Sir) James Patterson's administration, and as solicitor-general in 1900-02 in Sir George Turner's and (Sir) Alexander Peacock's ministries. Wynne's outlook changed little: his early commitment to small government, national development, decentralization, and the promotion and proper regulation of business and industry remained prominent themes in his parliamentary speeches; more liberal in complexion were his support for old-age pensions and his advocacy of women's suffrage.
In 1906 Wynne won the Federal seat of Balaclava as an Independent Protectionist. He gave most of his attention in the House to issues involving commerce and economic development, often citing his legal and business experience in support of his arguments. Swept up in the Fusion of 1909, he became postmaster-general (June 1913–September 1914) in (Sir) Joseph Cook's ministry, but, by mid-1914, had decided to retire. Melbourne Punch attributed his decision to frustration with his inability to make his department run on sound business lines.
For Wynne, another three years out of parliament was enough. In 1917 he stood successfully for the Victorian Legislative Assembly seat of St Kilda. Once more, his energy and competence elevated him to ministerial rank, but no further. Reputed to have been a contender for the premiership, he was attorney-general, solicitor-general, minister of railways and a vice-president of the Board of Land and Works during the four months in office (November 1917–March 1918) of (Sir) John Bowser's 'economy' government. The need for restraint in public spending exercised Wynne's mind more as he aged; before his final retirement from politics in 1920, he warned of dark days ahead.
His long-standing commitment to breaking up the great estates and seeing 'bone and sinew settled on the country' did not prevent Wynne from acquiring Nerrin Nerrin, a 7297-acre (2953 ha) property near Streatham. There he established his country home, ran merinos, raised thoroughbreds and created a sanctuary for wildlife. He had other pastoral interests in Victoria and Queensland. In the city he was a founder of the Argus and the National building societies, chairman of the Colonial Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Ltd, Dennys Lascelles Ltd and Melbourne Electric Supply Co., and had interests in mining and real estate. He had practised law until 1910.
Some 5 ft 6 ins (168 cm) tall, fine-featured and balding, Wynne sported a bushy moustache, kept dark at the tips by cigar smoke. Occasionally severe in manner, he was a tolerant Anglican who valued friendship and enjoyed life to the full. His first love was racing and from 1905 he was a committee-member of the Victoria Racing Club. His horses won the Australian Cup in 1903 and 1908, but his hope for a Derby winner at Flemington was never realized. He was sometime president of the Melbourne Swimming and St Kilda Yacht clubs, and of the Melbourne and Athenaeum clubs.
Late in life a series of strokes robbed Wynne 'of the power to move or speak'. He died on 12 May 1934 at Nerrin Nerrin and was buried in Camperdown cemetery. The daughter of his first marriage survived him and was the principal beneficiary of his estate, sworn for probate at £105,803. His portrait by W. B. McInnes is in the Athenaeum Club, Melbourne.24

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B5822."
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Jan 1881, p1.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "[par Agar WYNNE & Mary Jane SMITH]."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Jan 1912, p1.
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 194/482. residence mentioned in codicil.
  6. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.thepeerage.com/p26103.htm#i261030
  7. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "[no death place on disk], but South Yarra online."
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Aug 1923, p17.
  9. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 1417;     VPRS 7591/P2, unit 690.
  10. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  11. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  12. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  13. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  14. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  15. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  16. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  17. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  18. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 16 Feb 1885, p1.
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Apr 1889, p1.
  20. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Jul 1909, p16.
  21. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Nov 1920 p9.
  22. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 18 Nov 1920, p10.
  23. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Dec 1923, p5 also 6 Dec 1923 p2 (shorter ad).
  24. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/wynne-agar-9208
    Select Bibliography:
    P. Loveday et al (eds), The Emergence of the Australian Party System (Syd, 1977)
    Parliamentary Debates (Commonwealth), 1934, p 18
    Punch (Melbourne), 2 Nov 1911, 2 July 1914
    Age (Melbourne), 14 May 1934
    Argus (Melbourne), 14 May 1934
    Smith's Weekly (Sydney), 14 Oct 1933
    G. A. Richardson, Personal Reminiscences (notes, held on ADB file).
Last Edited7 Jul 2018

Thomas Lombard Cotter

M, #849, b. 7 Nov 1888, d. 1923
Birth*7 Nov 1888 Mallow, Cork, Ireland, Dec Q [Mallow] 5 403 [son of James Lombard COTTER & Claire Margaret SEGRAVE].1 
Marriage*23 Dec 1911Spouse: Victoria Jean Robertson. Colombo, Ceylon.
 
Marriage-Notice1 Jan 1912ROBERTSON-COTTER. —On the 23rd December, at Colombo, Thomas Lombard, younger son of the late Sir James Lombard Cotter, Bart, of Rookforest, Mallow, Co. Cork, to Jean, younger daughter of the late John Robertson, of Wargam, N.S.W.2 
Land-UBeac*27 Jun 1913 GEM-E-10B. Transfer from John Tyler to Thomas Lombard Cotter. Containing 48a 0r 5p.3 
Land-UBeac27 Jun 1913 GEM-E-10A. Transfer from John Tyler Egbert Charles Tyler to Thomas Lombard Cotter. Containing 50a 0r 5p.4 
Death*19235 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
31 Mar 1901George Francis McGRATH, private schoolmaster, Shirley, Hampshire, EnglandAge 12 - pupil6
bt 1914 - 1921Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Victoria Jean Cotter.7,8,9,10,11,12,13

Newspaper-Articles

  • 25 May 1906, Warwickshire; Thomas Lombard Cotter, Gentleman, to be Second Lieutenant Dated 1st
    May, 1906.14
  • 21 Jan 1915, From T. Cotter, Upper Beaconsfield, calling attention to state of road between Tinkham's orchard and his property. Just now all the drainage from the road ran through his orchard, and even in the dry season the water had cut a gutter a foot deep; he had referred the matter to Cr Martin--The clerk of works said the council could not interfere with the drainage-On motion of Crs Sharp and Barr, clerk of works to inspect and report.15
  • 5 Apr 1915, COUNTRY SHOWS. BERWICK.— A show was held at Beaconsfield Upper on Saturday under the auspices of the local progress association, when there was a good, display ot fruit, flowers, vegetables, &c. Amongst the principal prize takers in the fruit sections were the Brierfield Orchard, J. Crooke and T. L. Cotter. Dr. Drake was was principal prize winner in the flower sections. At the close a sale of exhibits took place in aid of the Belgians, when about £15 was realised.16
  • 15 Nov 1916, Berwick Shire Council: From T. L. Cotter and 54 other ratepayers at Beaconsfield Upper, re the road to Emerald. It was pointed out that the road from Stoney Creek to Emerald had been brought under notice of the local progress association by the residents of the district, part of it being specially condemned. During the wet weather the cross drains were frequently a foot deep in slush and water, and the corduroy on the rises were so washed out that vehicular traffic was almost intolerable. The crowning of the road was necessary, and the cleaning out of the side drains would assist the drainage. The Red Hill on the road was very slippery and at times the haulage of an empty waggon was as much as possible for one horse. The association hoped the road would receive attention. -On the motion of Crs James and Sharp the road was referred to the annual inspection.17
  • 18 Nov 1920, DIVORCE COURT. Before Mr. Justice Schutt.—Wednesday, 17th November.
    COTTER v. COTTER. Victoria Jean Cotter, 30, of Nerrin Nerrin, for whom Mr. L. S. Woolf appeared, sued for divorce from Thomas Lombard Cotter, 32, on the ground of misconduct by him. Petitioner stated that previous to marriage she was living on a settled income derived from her parents, and was still living on that income. Respondent was employed on a tea plantation in Ceylon before marriage. Lately he was an orchardist at Upper Beaconsfield. They were married on 23rd December, 1911, and two children were born to them. Witness left her residence At Upper Beaconsfield on 4th September last to go to a private hospital at Toorak. While she was there she was informed that respondent was guilty of misconduct with a woman. For a month previous to 6th September he had been living with this woman as man and wife at Hotham-street, East Melbourne. She also had ascertained that in July respondent went with a married woman, whose name was unknown to her, to Sydney. These statements were corroborated and a decree nisi was granted, with costs, petitioner to have custody of her children.18
  • 18 Nov 1920, DIVORCE COURT.
    Before Mr Justice Schutt in the Divorce Court yesterday, Victoria Jean Cotter (39), of Nerrin Nerrin, formerly of St Kilda, sought divorce from Thomas Lombard Cotter (32), of Upper Beaconsfield orchardist, a native of Cork, Ireland, on the ground of his repeated misconduct with an unknown woman. The parties were married in Colombo, Ceylon, on December 23, 1911, and have two children. A decree nisi for divorce was granted, with costs, petitioner to have the custody of the children of the marriage. Mr L S. Woolf (instructed by Messrs Hamilton, Wynne, and Riddell) appeared for the petitioner.19

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://thepeerage.com/p26103.htm#i261030
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Jan 1912, p1.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2580-876 - Thomas Lombard Cotter - see 3707-233.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2773-546 - Thomas Lombard Cotter - see 3707-233.
  5. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.thepeerage.com/p26103.htm#i261030
  6. [S83] Online index to the UK census "RG13; Piece: 1072; Folio: 120; Page: 4
    with his brother James Laurence Cotter aged 13."
  7. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  8. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  9. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  10. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  11. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  12. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  13. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - The London Gazette, 25 May 1906, p3660.
  15. [S196] Newspaper - Dandenong Advertiser and Cranbourne, Berwick and Oakleigh Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) "21 Jan 1915, p2."
  16. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 5 Apr 1915, p6.
  17. [S19] Newspaper - Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette "15 Nov 1916, p3."
  18. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 18 Nov 1920, p10.
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Nov 1920 p9.
Last Edited14 Jul 2015

Edith Ball Russell

F, #856, b. 23 Jul 1888, d. 4 Jul 1966
Edith Ball KEEBLE (nee RUSSELL)
(1888-1966)
Father*William Russell b. 1852, d. 11 Oct 1922
Mother*Mary Ann Ball b. 1850, d. 29 May 1927
Married NameKeeble. 
Birth*23 Jul 1888 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel20 Aug 1912 Sailing with William Russell Mary Ann Russell to Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Ship Moravian arriving Oct 1912
Age 23 (as Miss E B Russell.)2
Marriage*1920Spouse: Frederick Percy Keeble. VIC, Australia, #M2274.3
 
Residence*1920 "Braeside", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Widow29 May 1925Edith Ball Russell became a widow upon the death of her husband Frederick Percy Keeble.4 
Land-Note*8 Sep 1925 GEM-D-39 (part): Frederick Percy Keeble died 29 May 1925. Probate granted to Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.5 
Land-UBeac*8 Sep 1925 GEM-D-39 (part). Transfer from Frederick Percy Keeble to Edith Ball Keeble. 4a 2r 10p.6 
Land-UBeac*18 Aug 1939 GEM-D-39 (part). Transfer from Edith Ball Keeble to May Mafferzoni Bartolo Mafferzoni. 4a 2r 10p.7 
Death*4 Jul 1966 Hospital, Penola, SA, Australia, #D4464/12A (Age 78.)8,9 
Death-Notice*5 Jul 1966KEEBLE.—On 4th July, at hospital, Penola, Edith Ball, of Church Street, Penola, and formerly of Berwick, Victoria, loved wife of the late Frederick Percy, loved mother of Russell, also Fred (deceased). Aged 77 years.
KEEBLE.—The friends of the late Mrs EDITH BALL KEEBLE are advised that her funeral will arrive at the Berwick Cemetery Tomorrow (Wednesday) for a service commencing at 11.30 a.m.10 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
5 Apr 189155 Victoria Street, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Russell;
Age 2
Member(s) of Household: Mary Ann Russell, Nathaniel Corstorphine, Florence Corstorphine, William C Russell11
31 Mar 190118 Budhill Avenue, Shettleston, Lanarkshire, Scotland(Head of Household) William Russell;
Age 12 - Scholar
Member(s) of Household: Mary Ann Russell William C Russell12
bt 1914 - 1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nurse. With William Russell and Mary Ann Russell.13,14,15,16,17,18
bt 1921 - 1924Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Frederick Percy Keeble.19,20,21
bt 1925 - 1937Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29
194290 Brighton Road, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.30
194990 Brighton Road, St Kilda, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.31
1963Dergholm Road, Kanawinka, VIC, Australia32

Grave

  • Plot 4-038-A & B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia33

Family

Frederick Percy Keeble b. Sep 1893, d. 29 May 1925
Child 1.Frederick Percy Keeble b. 26 Dec 1922, d. 1959

Citations

  1. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 13719/P1 Index to Teacher Record Books - see VPRS 13718 on microfilm at the PROV for more detailed information.
  2. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 857 006.
  3. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 "#M2274."
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4191-026 - Frederick Percy Keeble died 29 May 1925. Probate granted to Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4191-026 - Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4191-026 - May Mafferzoni Married Woman and Bert Mafferzoni Gentleman both of Beaconsfield - proprietors as tenants-in-common in equal shares - C/T 6309-789.
  8. [S63] South Australian Government. BDM Index South Australia "Relative Name: Frederick Percy KEEBLE [DH]."
  9. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    Age from burial.
  10. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 5 Jul 1966, p16.
  11. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Govan; ED: 31; Page: 17; Line: 20; Roll: CSSCT1891_307."
  12. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Parish: Shettleston; ED: 12; Page: 31; Line: 18; Roll: CSSCT1901_244."
  13. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  14. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  15. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  16. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  17. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  18. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  19. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  20. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  21. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  22. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  23. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  24. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  25. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  26. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  27. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  28. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  29. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  30. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  31. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  32. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963 "Casterton District."
  33. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-038-A     Keeble     Frederick     M     31     31/05/1925     741
    4-038-B     Keeble     Mrs Frederick     F     7/07/1966     1547
    1-248-B     Russell     William     M     70     13/10/1922     702
    1-248-B     Russell          F     77     31/05/1927     776.
Last Edited31 Mar 2017

Frederick Percy Keeble

M, #857, b. Sep 1893, d. 29 May 1925

World War I

Frederick Percy Keeble enlisted on 11 Aug 1915, aged 21 years, working as a groom. SERN 88. His next of kin was his sister at the Grosvenor hotel in Felixstowe, England. He was assigned to the Remount Unit 1, 1st Squadron and they embarked from Melbourne on board Transport A67 Orsova on 12 Nov 1915. He was a driver in the 12th Artillery Brigade, and returned to Australia on 31 Jul 1918.
He is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1
Birth*Sep 1893 Whitechapel, London, England, Sep Q [Whitechapel] 1c 327.2 
Land-UBeac*14 Mar 1919 GEM-D-39 (part). Transfer from Christine Maybelle Harris to Frederick Percy Keeble. 4a 2r 10p.3 
Residence*1920 "Braeside", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Marriage*1920Spouse: Edith Ball Russell. VIC, Australia, #M2274.4
 
Occupation*1921 Groom at Drakes of 'Woonda Mia'. William Elliot DRAKE left Frederick £50 in his will.5 
Death*29 May 1925 "Braeside", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D4177 (Age 31) [par William Frost KEEBLE & Adeliza Louise BARKER].6 
Death-Notice*30 May 1925KEEBLE.—On the 29th May, at Braeside Beaconsfield Upper the dearly beloved husband of Edith B Keeble, and loving father of Russell and Freddy.
KEEBLE.—The friends of the late Mr. FREDERICK P. KEEBLE are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Berwick Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his residence, Braeside, Beaconsfield Upper, Tomorrow (Sunday), at 2 p.m., arriving Berwick 3 p.m.7 
Probate (Will)*3 Jul 1925 202/145. Farmer. Owned freehold Allot 39 Sec D Parish of Gembrook. Volume 4191 Fol 838026. 4 acres, 2 roods, 10 perches. 4-roomed WB cottage and outbuildings.8 
Land-Note*8 Sep 1925 GEM-D-39 (part): Frederick Percy Keeble died 29 May 1925. Probate granted to Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.9 
Land-UBeac*8 Sep 1925 GEM-D-39 (part). Transfer from Frederick Percy Keeble to Edith Ball Keeble. 4a 2r 10p.10 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: groom.11
bt 1921 - 1924Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: groom. With Edith Ball Keeble.12,13,14

Grave

  • Plot 4-038-A & B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia15

Family

Edith Ball Russell b. 23 Jul 1888, d. 4 Jul 1966
Child 1.Frederick Percy Keeble b. 26 Dec 1922, d. 1959

Newspaper-Articles

  • 4 Jun 1925, Mr. Frederick Keeble, a returned soldier, has died, leaving a widow and two young children.16

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=160448
  2. [S9] GRO "Sep Q [Whitechapel] 1c 327."
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-966 - Christine Maybelle Drake to Frederick Percy Keeble of Upper Beaconsfield Returned Soldier - C/T 4191-026
    Note: This land is along Harpfield Road, connecting to the boundary of GEM-D-39A.
  4. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920 "#M2274."
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 30 May 1925 p17.
  8. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 202/145. Farmer.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4191-026 - Frederick Percy Keeble died 29 May 1925. Probate granted to Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4191-026 - Edith Ball Keeble of "Braeside" Upper Beaconsfield Widow.
  11. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  12. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  13. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  14. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  15. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-038-A     Keeble     Frederick     M     31     31/05/1925     741
    4-038-B     Keeble     Mrs Frederick     F     7/07/1966     1547
    1-248-B     Russell     William     M     70     13/10/1922     702
    1-248-B     Russell          F     77     31/05/1927     776.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thu 4 Jun 1925, p18.
Last Edited23 Jun 2018

Frederick Percy Keeble

M, #858, b. 26 Dec 1922, d. 1959
Father*Frederick Percy Keeble b. Sep 1893, d. 29 May 1925
Mother*Edith Ball Russell b. 23 Jul 1888, d. 4 Jul 1966
Birth*26 Dec 1922 "Braeside", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia.1,2 
Birth-Notice*4 Jan 1923KEEBLE. - On the 26th December at "Braeside," Beaconsfield Upper, to Mr and Mrs F P Keeble-a son (Frederick Percy.3
Military*9 Apr 1941Enlisted for military service: Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Royal Australian Air Force Service Number 40060 - Discharge 19 Dec 1946 - Sergeant - Station HQ Rathmines.4 
Marriage-Notice*21 Mar 1947MULLINS-KEEBLE. - Jessie Carmel, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs J. P. Mullins, of 53 New street, Armadale, to Frederick Percy, youngest son of Mrs. E. B. Keeble, of 90 Brighton road, Elsternwick, and the late Mr. F. P. Keeble.5 
Death*1959 Footscray, VIC, Australia, #D11270 (Age 36.)1 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 26 Jul 1934, Stories About Cats
    An amusing story from F. P. Keeble (Beaconsfield Upper) is to the effect that he was feeding a visiting kookaburra on a post when the household cat appeared, chased the bird away, and climbed up on the post and waited there to be fed.6

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D11270 age 36."
  2. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 Jan 1923 p1.
  4. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.awm.gov.au/database/, Name      KEEBLE, FREDERICK PERCY
    Service      Royal Australian Air Force
    Service Number      40060
    Date of Birth      26 Dec 1922
    Place of Birth      BEACONSFIELD, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      9 Apr 1941
    Locality on Enlistment      ELSTERNWICK
    Place of Enlistment      MELBOURNE, VIC
    Next of Kin      KEEBLE, EDITH
    Date of Discharge      19 Dec 1946
    Rank      Sergeant
    Posting at Discharge      Station HQ Rathmines
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Mar 1947, p8.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Jul 1934, p4S.
Last Edited28 Aug 2018

David Hedrick Thomson

M, #860, b. 1894, d. 5 Feb 1956
Father*David Thomson b. 1845, d. 16 Jan 1940
Mother*Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick b. 1862, d. 24 Feb 1939

World War I

David Hedrick Thomson enlisted when he was 21 and working as a farrier. He had been with the 13th Light Horse prior to enlistment. SERN 6755. His unit embarked from Melbourne on 18 Nov 1915 on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire.
He was a gunner with the 4th Artillery Brigade (12th Battery). He returned to Australia on 22 Dec 1918.
He is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.
Some members of his family still reside in Upper Beaconsfield.1,2
Birth*1894 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B17394.3 
Land-UBeac*3 Aug 1926 GEM-D-12.13.24. Transfer from David Thomson to David Hedrick Thomson. 54a 3r 32p.4 
Land-UBeac3 Aug 1926 GEM-D-23.25. Transfer from David Thomson to David Hedrick Thomson. 19a 3r 27p + 19a 3r 8p.5,6 
Marriage*1931Spouse: Alma May Ryan. VIC, Australia, #M7944.7
 
Land-UBeac*8 Jul 1946 GEM-D-12 (part).13. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Gordon Nugent Ayrey. 27a 0r 5p - purchase price £375.8 
Death*5 Feb 1956 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #D1531 age 62.9 
Death-Notice*6 Feb 1956THOMSON.-On February 5, at Melbourne, David Hedrick, beloved husband of Alma May, and loving father of Royce, David, and Audrey (Mrs. Kevin Arnott), aged 62 years. -In God's care.
THOMSON. - The friends of the late Mr. DAVID HEDRICK THOMSON, of Upper Beaconsfield, are notified that his Funeral will leave his home TOMORROW (Tuesday), after a service commencing at 1.50 p.m., for the Spring Vale Crematorium.10 
Land-Note10 Oct 1956 David Hedrick Thomson died on 5 Feb 1956. Letters of Administration of his estate have been granted to Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow.11 
Land-Note*18 Oct 1956 David Hedrick Thomson died on 5 Feb 1956. letter of Administration have been granted to Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow.12 
Land-UBeaca 18 Oct 1956 GEM-D-23. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Alma May Thomson.13 
Land-UBeac*18 Oct 1956 GEM-D-12 (part).24. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Alma May Thomson. 27a 3r 20p.14 
Land-UBeac*13 Oct 1965 GEM-D-25. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Royce David Thomson. 19a 3r 8p.15 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1921 - 1931Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist.16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23
1934"Yackatoon", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist. With Alma May Thomson.24

Grave

  • Springvale Crematorium, Springvale, VIC, Australia, TRISTANIA, WALL NICHE SINGLE - PARTIAL CR'S, WALL 2BB NICHE 70625

Family

Alma May Ryan b. 1910, d. 24 May 1989
Child 1.Royce David Thomson+ b. 12 Jun 1933, d. 4 Jun 1999

Newspaper-Articles

  • 24 Nov 1917, Wounded. Gnr. D. H. Thompson, Upper Beaconsfield26
  • 4 May 1918, GASSED.
    Gnr D. H. Thomson, Upper Beaconsfield (2nd occ. wd.)27

Citations

  1. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  2. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=300034
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B17394."
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3213-503 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4696-030 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  7. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3213-503 - David Hedrick Thomson to Gordon Nugent Ayrey of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer - C/T 7181-098.
  9. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D1531 age 62."
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Feb 1956, p10.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - David Hedrick Thomson died on 5 Feb 1956. Letters of Administreation of his estate have been granted to Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7181-098.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - not listed as owner, but Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow was the administrator of the estate and it was not transferred to Royce Thomson until 1965.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7181-098 - Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow and Audrey Elsie Arnott of Moore's Road Clyde Married Woman - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares. Title dated 29 Oct 1965 - C/T 8599-857.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4696-030 - Royce David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  16. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  17. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  18. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  19. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  20. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  21. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  22. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  23. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  24. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  25. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    TRISTANIA, WALL NICHE SINGLE - PARTIAL CR'S, WALL 2BB NICHE 706.
  26. [S14] Newspaper - Weekly Times, 24 Nov1917, p32.
  27. [S14] Newspaper - Weekly Times, 4 May 1918, p32.
Last Edited10 Sep 2016

Alma May Ryan

F, #861, b. 1910, d. 24 May 1989
Married NameThomson. 
Birth*1910 
Marriage*1931Spouse: David Hedrick Thomson. VIC, Australia, #M7944.1
 
Widow5 Feb 1956Alma May Ryan became a widow upon the death of her husband David Hedrick Thomson.2 
Land-UBeaca 18 Oct 1956 GEM-D-23. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Alma May Thomson.3 
Land-UBeac*18 Oct 1956 GEM-D-12 (part).24. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Alma May Thomson. 27a 3r 20p.4 
Land-UBeac*13 Oct 1965 GEM-D-23. Transfer from Alma May Thomson to Royce David Thomson. 19a 3r 27p.5 
Death*24 May 1989 VIC, Australia. 
Probate (Will)* Alma May Thomson. Widow. Prahran. 24 May 1989. 1018/636.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1934"Yackatoon", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With David Hedrick Thomson.7

Grave

  • Springvale Crematorium, Springvale, VIC, Australia, TRISTANIA, WALL NICHE SINGLE - PARTIAL CR'S, WALL 2BB NICHE 7068

Family

David Hedrick Thomson b. 1894, d. 5 Feb 1956
Child 1.Royce David Thomson+ b. 12 Jun 1933, d. 4 Jun 1999

Citations

  1. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D1531 age 62."
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - not listed as owner, but Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow was the administrator of the estate and it was not transferred to Royce Thomson until 1965.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7181-098 - Alma May Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Widow and Audrey Elsie Arnott of Moore's Road Clyde Married Woman - proprietors as tenants in common in equal shares. Title dated 29 Oct 1965 - C/T 8599-857.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - Royce David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist is now the proprietor.
  6. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P19, unit 309; VPRS 7591/P15, unit 75.
  7. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  8. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    TRISTANIA, WALL NICHE SINGLE - PARTIAL CR'S, WALL 2BB NICHE 706.
Last Edited10 Sep 2016

Royce David Thomson

M, #862, b. 12 Jun 1933, d. 4 Jun 1999

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

Orchard in Albers Road. Had Thomson road named after the family.
Father*David Hedrick Thomson b. 1894, d. 5 Feb 1956
Mother*Alma May Ryan b. 1910, d. 24 May 1989
Birth*12 Jun 1933 Berwick, VIC, Australia. 
Education*3 Apr 1938 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, UBSS 2560. No previous schooling. Father David Thomson, Beaconsfield, Orchardist. Merit Certificate 29 Nov 1946. Left 19 Dec 1946 for Dandenong High School.1 
Military*1950Enlisted for military service: Navy 1950-1952. 
Marriage*1953Spouse: Shirley Mae Andrews.
 
Land-UBeac*13 Oct 1965 GEM-D-25. Transfer from David Hedrick Thomson to Royce David Thomson. 19a 3r 8p.2 
Land-UBeac*13 Oct 1965 GEM-D-23. Transfer from Alma May Thomson to Royce David Thomson. 19a 3r 27p.3 
Widower2 Mar 1983He became a widower upon the death of his wife Shirley Mae Andrews.4 
(Mentioned) Village BellDec 1983The article reads: STATE AWARDS FOR BRAVERY.
The community of Upper Beaconsfield would like to add their congratulations to those of the Governor and the media, to Harry ('Pa') Moore, Royce Thomson and Alan Orr for their special heroism on the night of the Ash Wednesday bushfires. On Wednesday, 16th November, these three locals were honoured by Sir Brian Murray at Government House. We are proud of our local Heroes.5 
Village BellFeb 1987The article reads: NAMING OF NEW ROAD (THOMSON ROAD)
A government road which runs off Albers Road which is unformed but gravelled, and presently leads to the property of Mr. Peter Deering, has recently been named Thomson Road by the Council. Being so close to the property of Mr. Royce Thomson, it is satisfying for us as a Council to perpetuate the Thomson name. Royce Thomson has done much for the community of Upper Beaconsfield over many many years.6 
Land-UBeac*21 Dec 1989 GEM-D-25 (part). Transfer from Royce David Thomson to Shire of Pakenham. Transfer as to part - for Road 310 m2.7 
Death*4 Jun 1999 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Death-Notice*7 Jun 1999THOMSON. - Royce David, on June 4, 1999, suddenly at home, Upper Beaconsfield. Loved husband of Shirley (dec.) Loved father of Phillip, Stephen, Glenn and Iain. With little fuss or much a do, Would drop a line and have a wine And discuss atopic or two, But at the end of the day, Before it got too late, Said it's time I think to plefogerate. With love from your sons - Phillip, Stephen, Glenn and Iain. Pa, We wish to let you know, We did not want you to go. You always had a smile And a chat for a little while. Your quiet manner will be missed And we know you loved to fish. Rest your weary soul, We will never forget your role. Love your Grandchildren Chloe and Brooke; Step Grandchildren James and Sarah.8 
Village Bell*Aug 1999The article reads: Vale - Royce Thomson 12.6.1933 - 4.6.1999
Family and friends were saddened by the sudden death of Royce Thomson recently. He was 66 years of age when he died and had enjoyed good health until quite recently when he was diagnosed with diabetes. Until then, he had not seen a doctor for 30 years.
Born in Berwick, Royce lived in Upper Beaconsfield all his life on the family farm in Alber Road, the only son of Alma and David Thomson, orchardists. He went to the Upper Beaconsfield Primary School when it was just one classroom, and later attended Dandenong High School as it was the closest.
He left school at 15 to work on the orchard originally established by his grandfather. He married Shirley Andrews in 1953 and together they raised a family of four sons. They lived simply and worked hard on the farm.
Changing economic circumstances led Royce to let the orchard go and he took up as a fencing contractor, which he did for 30 years. Nicknamed the “Phantom Fencer” as no one knew where he was, he learned his trade from Chris Hunt and over the years fenced many properties in Upper Beaconsfield. His son Steven also worked with Royce in the fencing business.
Tragedy struck the family in 1983 when bushfire came through Upper Beaconsfield. The fire caught Royce’s wife Shirley, her mother and a neighbour as they tried to escape in a car and they died of smoke inhalation. Royce tried to rescue them but to no avail. His efforts were recognised by the Royal Humane Society of Australia with a silver medal for bravery. The Thomson family home and possessions were destroyed, together with irreplaceable mementoes and historical items as Royce had hoarded everything.
Royce had taken part in many local and community organisations, including Montuna Golf Club and Upper Bcaconsfield Cricket Club were he played as an all-rounder He was a member of the Upper Beaconsfield Returned Services League having served in the Navy 1950-52 after getting a friend to sign his National Service papers. He served the Scouting movement for 20 years and the youth of the area benefited from his interest and old-fashioned values. Son Steve has also followed his father with 20 years in Scouting.
He liked cooking and preserving and was famous for his pickles. He enjoyed fishing, catching up with mates at the Pine Grove and brewing his own beer, which he called “Gazunda Lager” for obvious reasons!
Royce had a wicked sense of humour and enjoyed the Goons. He once met Harry Secombe at a concert and shook his hand saying how he used to listen to the Goons on the crystal set, to which Harry replied “Yes, I knew Crystal too!”
He had a favourite word that he had made up - plerfoggerating - which meant departing with panache. He was a good tradesman with his fencing, but not so hot with the accounts. He sent clients their accounts on any available paper. One that he had written was on the back of a lunch bag. This client who was at the time working in London as Australian Trade Commissioner sent back a reply on an English pie wrapper.
Royce will be fondly remembered as a man with old-fashioned values of honesty and loyalty who was proud of his sons. He used to say that the world would be a better place if everyone was uncomplicated. His sister Audrey and sons Phillip, Steven, Glen and Iain, daughter-in-law Karen and grandchildren Brooke, Chloe, James and Sarah, survive him.9 
Land-Note*21 Oct 1999 Royce David Thomson died on 4 Jun 1999. Letters of Administration of his estate have been granted to Phillip Craig Thomson of 52 Princes Av Longwarry.10 

Citations

  1. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4696-030 - Royce David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - Royce David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist is now the proprietor.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D06746 age 50 [par Stanley ANDREWS & Kathleen Patricia ASHFORD]
    mother died with her in Ash Wednesday Fire: #D06707 age 74 [par William ASHFORD & Leah Clara]."
  5. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "035-1983, p15."
  6. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "054-1987, p13 by Cnr Peter Meeking."
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4696-030 - C/T 9956-675 - Shire of Pakenham.
  8. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "7 Jun 1999 - viewed online 10 Nov 2013
    http://tributes.heraldsun.com.au/obituaries/heraldsun-au/."
  9. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "Issue 129, Aug 1999, p9 Edited by Helen Smith from Ron Thomas’ service of thanksgiving for the life of Royce David Thomson."
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - Royce David Thomson died on 4 Jun 1999. Letters of Administration of his estate have been granted to Phillip Craig Thomson of 52 Princes Av Longwarry.
Last Edited8 Nov 2018

David Thomson

M, #864, b. 1845, d. 16 Jan 1940
Father*David Thomson b. 1816, d. 15 Jun 1862
Mother*Margaret Robertson b. 1815, d. 11 Oct 1867
Probate (Will)* David Thomson. Farmer. Upper Beaconsfield. 16 Jan 1940. 311/591.1 
Birth*1845 Glasgow, Scotland.2 
Marriage*13 Dec 1882Spouse: Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick. Cairney Hill, Mount Buninyong, VIC, Australia, #M5468.3
 
Marriage-Notice*22 Dec 1882THOMSON-HEDRICK-On the 13th inst, by the Rev Wm Henderson, at Cairney hill, Mount Buninyong, the residence of George Innes, Esq, the bride's grandfather, David, third son of the late David Thomson, of Melbourne, to Euphemia Chalmers (Phemie), only daughter of the late James Hedrick, of Learmonth.4 
Land-UBeac*b 26 Jun 1883David Thomson selected land from the Crown. GEM-D-16. 19a 2r 30p - Crown Grant to D. THOMSON on 26 Jun 1883.5,6 
Land-UBeac*22 Oct 1888 GEM-D-16. Transfer from David Thomson to John Veevers. 19a 2r 30p.7,8 
Land-UBeac*8 Feb 1898 GEM-D-22. Transfer from John Beatty to David Thomson. 19a 2r 22p.9 
Land-Note*8 Feb 1898 GEM-D-22: Mortgagee: The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank. Discharged 20 Nov 1906. Mortgagor was David Thomson.10 
Land-UBeac*11 Jul 1907 GEM-D-12.13.24. Transfer from The Mercantile Bank of Australia Ltd to David Thomson. 54a 3r 32p.11 
Land-Note*11 Jul 1907 GEM-D-12.13.24: Mortgagee: The Mercantile Bank of Australia Ltd (in liquidation). Discharged 23 Oct 1912. Mortgagor was David Thomson.12 
Land-Note1 Sep 1913 GEM-D-22: Mortgagee: William Peacock - discharged 11 Aug 1924. Mortgagor was David Thomson.13 
Land-Note*1 Sep 1913 GEM-D-12.13.24: Mortgagee: William Peacock - discharged 11 Aug 1924. Mortgagor was David Thomson.14 
Land-UBeac30 Sep 1915 GEM-D-28. Transfer from The Mercantile Bank of Australia Ltd to David Thomson. 19a 2r 15p.15 
Land-UBeac25 Jun 1917 GEM-D-28. Transfer from David Thomson to Tom Henry Appleby. 19a 2r 14p.16 
Land-UBeac*6 Jul 1918 GEM-D-23. Transfer from Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd to David Thomson. 19a 3r 27p.17 
Land-UBeac8 May 1923 GEM-D-25. Transfer from Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd to David Thomson. 19a 3r 8p.18 
Land-UBeacc 1925He selected land from the Crown. GEM--39B.C. 95a 3r 15p - Land File 19681/47.49/1901
Crown Grant to D. THOMSON on 11 Nov 1927. Paid rates from 21 May 1925. This land was pt GEM--127A.+127D.E.F.G on old map. See Tulloch, Tanner, Barnard, O'Donnell.19,20 
Land-UBeac*3 Aug 1926 GEM-D-12.13.24. Transfer from David Thomson to David Hedrick Thomson. 54a 3r 32p.21 
Land-UBeac3 Aug 1926 GEM-D-23.25. Transfer from David Thomson to David Hedrick Thomson. 19a 3r 27p + 19a 3r 8p.22,23 
Widower24 Feb 1939David Thomson became a widower upon the death of his wife Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick.24 
Death*16 Jan 1940 Turner Street, Malvern, VIC, Australia, #D540 age 95 [par David THOMSON & Lorna ROBERTSON].25 
Death-Notice*17 Jan 1940THOMSON - On the 16th January 1940 at Turner street Malvern (late Beaconsfield Upper) David beloved husband of the late Euphemia Thomson aged 95 years.26 
Land-UBeac*13 Aug 1942 GEM-D-13A. Transfer from Alice Alp to David Thomson. 6a 1r 4p.27 
Land-Note*13 Aug 1942 David Thomson died on 16 Jan 1940. Probate of his will has been granted to Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.28 
Land-UBeac*13 Aug 1942 GEM-D-13A.22. Transfer from David Thomson to Dorothy Frances 'Girlie' Bredin. 6a 1r 4p + 19a 2r 22p.29 
Land-UBeac*4 Mar 1947 GEM--39B.C. Transfer from David Thomson to Michael de Cesar "Donkey Dave" Valentino. 95a 3r 15p.30 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1903 - 1909Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Euphemia Chalmers Thomson.31,32,33,34
bt 1912 - 1934Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: independent means. With Euphemia Chalmers Thomson.35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51

Grave

  • Plot 4-719-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia52

Family

Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick b. 1862, d. 24 Feb 1939
Children 1.David Hedrick Thomson+ b. 1894, d. 5 Feb 1956
 2.Douglas George Thomson b. 1897, d. 1959
 3.Dorothy Frances 'Girlie' Thomson+ b. 1902, d. 16 Feb 1983

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 May 1912, From D. Thompson, Upper Beaconsfield, asking for compensation for damage to his horse through it falling down on Middle road.--Received.53
  • 18 Aug 1917, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST, 22. At Two O'Clock. SALE of CROWN LANDS in FEE SIMPLE. MESSRS. BAILLIEU ALLARD PROP. LTD. will OFFER for SALE by AUCTION, at their rooms, 360 Collins street, at two o'clock, on Wednesday, August 22, Crown lands as hereunder:
    Parish of Gembrook, the Old State School Site at Upper Beaconsfield. Allot. 13b, of Sec. D. Area 5a. Upset, £60 lot. (Building and all existing improvements sold with land.)54
  • 26 May 1932, Quite a number of accidents have happened recently. ... On Friday afternoon a man, named Malone, was engaged lopping some pine trees at Mr. D. Thomson’s, when the axe slipped and he gashed his foot very badly; he was hurried to the doctor by Mr. Burnett, and, after have the cut attended to, was taken to Melbourne.55
  • 12 Dec 1932, GOLDEN WEDDING.
    THOMSON-Mr and Mrs David Thomson of Elmslea, Upper Beaconsfield wish to announce the celebration of their golden wedding.56

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 3330; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1098.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M5468 gives birthplace Glasgow."
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M5468."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Dec 1882, p1.
  5. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3919 Land File 925/49.4
    DAVID THOMSON GEMBROOK 16 D 19--2--30. 1877 - 1883.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1480-942 - David Thomson of Beaconsfield Labourer.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1480-942 - David Thomson to John Veevers of High Street Prahran Estate Agent.
  8. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 Veevers paid rates for Lots 16+54 from 1889/90 (House, NAV 60) until 1892/3, then Land Mortgage Bank, and he may have remained as tenant for a time. Owner Land Mortgage Bank through to 1899/00 (NAV reduced 40, then 25, then 20). Then Eliza Knapton 1909.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-458 - David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-458 -.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2255-907 - The Mercantile Bank of Australia Limited to David Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 3213-503.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3213-503 - David Thomson to The Mercantile Bank of Australia Limited (in liquidation).
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1123-458.
  14. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3213-503 - David Thomson to William Peacock.
  15. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2255-907 - The Mercantile Bank of Australia Limited to David Thomson - C/T 3920-928.
  16. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3920-928 - Tom Henry Appleby of Upper Beaconsfield Labourer.
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1683-577 - to David Thomson of "Elmslea" Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 4133-533.
  18. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1683-577 - to David Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 4696-030.
  19. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3600     - 19681/47.49. DAVID THOMSON. GEMBROOK 39B 39C. 95--3--15. 1884 - 1928.
  20. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5384-602 - David Thomson of Upper Beaconsfield Retired Banker.
  21. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3213-503 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  22. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4133-533 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  23. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4696-030 - David Hedrick Thomson of Elmslea Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  24. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D1627 age 80 [par Unknown & unknown HEDRICK]."
  25. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D540 age 95 [par David THOMSON & Lorna ROBERTSON]."
  26. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Jan 1940 p8.
  27. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2760-000 - David Thomson of Beaconsfield Upper Orchardist.
  28. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2760-000 - David Thomson died on 16 Jan 1940. Probate of his will has been granted to Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  29. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2760-000 + C/T 1123-458 - Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  30. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5384-602 - Michael Decesare Valentino of Dewhurst Farmer.
  31. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  32. [S105] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1905.
  33. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  34. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  35. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912.
  36. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913.
  37. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  38. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  39. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  40. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  41. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  42. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  43. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  44. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  45. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  46. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  47. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  48. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  49. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  50. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  51. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  52. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-719-A     Thomson     Euphenia     F          1/02/1939     1015
    4-719-A     Thomson     D.     M     95     17/01/1940     1038.
  53. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 9 May 1912, p4.
  54. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Aug 1917, p3.
  55. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "Thu 26 May 1932, p4."
  56. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Dec 1932, p1.
Last Edited22 Jul 2017

Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick

F, #865, b. 1862, d. 24 Feb 1939
Married NameThomson. 
Birth*1862 Learmonth, VIC, Australia, #B9092 [par James HEADRICK & Mary Erskine INNES] - also registered #B1884/10573 [par James HEADRICK & Mary Erskine INNES].1 
Marriage*13 Dec 1882Spouse: David Thomson. Cairney Hill, Mount Buninyong, VIC, Australia, #M5468.2
 
Marriage-Notice*22 Dec 1882THOMSON-HEDRICK-On the 13th inst, by the Rev Wm Henderson, at Cairney hill, Mount Buninyong, the residence of George Innes, Esq, the bride's grandfather, David, third son of the late David Thomson, of Melbourne, to Euphemia Chalmers (Phemie), only daughter of the late James Hedrick, of Learmonth.3 
Death*24 Feb 1939 Private Hospital, Malvern, VIC, Australia, #D1627 age 80 [par Unknown & unknown HEDRICK].4 
Death-Notice*27 Feb 1939THOMSON -On the 24th February 1939 at private hospital Malvern, Euphemia beloved wife of David Thomson (Upper Beaconsfield) aged 80 years.
THOMSON -On the 24th February at East Malvern Euphemia Chalmers (late of Beaconsfield Upper) the beloved wife of David and loving mother of Florence (Mrs Magrath, Sydney), David, Douglas, and Dorothy (Mrs Bredin), and loving grandma of Florence and Edward (Inserted by her loving daughter and son-in-law Charles and Dorothy Bredin).5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1903 - 1909Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With David Thomson.6,7,8,9
bt 1912 - 1934Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With David Thomson.10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26

Grave

  • Plot 4-719-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia27

Family

David Thomson b. 1845, d. 16 Jan 1940
Children 1.David Hedrick Thomson+ b. 1894, d. 5 Feb 1956
 2.Douglas George Thomson b. 1897, d. 1959
 3.Dorothy Frances 'Girlie' Thomson+ b. 1902, d. 16 Feb 1983

Newspaper-Articles

  • 12 Dec 1932, GOLDEN WEDDING.
    THOMSON-Mr and Mrs David Thomson of Elmslea, Upper Beaconsfield wish to announce the celebration of their golden wedding.28

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B9092 [par James HEADRICK & Mary Erskine INNES] - also registered #B1884/10573 [par James HEADRICK & Mary Erskine INNES]. Father died 1863/8349 age 30 [par William HEADRICK] born Stirlingshire. Parents had married in 1861/2934."
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#M5468."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 22 Dec 1882, p1.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D1627 age 80 [par Unknown & unknown HEDRICK]."
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 27 Feb 1939 p8.
  6. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  7. [S105] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1905.
  8. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908.
  9. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  10. [S112] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1912.
  11. [S113] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1913.
  12. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  13. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  14. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  15. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  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.
  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.
  26. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  27. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-719-A     Thomson     Euphenia     F          1/02/1939     1015
    4-719-A     Thomson     D.     M     95     17/01/1940     1038.
  28. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Dec 1932, p1.
Last Edited28 Jan 2016

Douglas George Thomson

M, #867, b. 1897, d. 1959
Father*David Thomson b. 1845, d. 16 Jan 1940
Mother*Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick b. 1862, d. 24 Feb 1939

World War I

Douglas George Thomson enlisted on 1 Nov 1918, but did not see any active service.
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1
Birth*1897 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B487.2 
Death*1959 Parkville, VIC, Australia, #D4968 (Age 58) [par THOMSON & unknown].3,4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1925 - 1942"Elmslea", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: orchardist.5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Jan 1944, BEACONSFIELD MYSTERY. Man With Bullet Wound in Head. Medical evidence is now definite that Douglas Thompson, 48 years, farm hand of Upper Beaconsfield, who is on the danger list at Alfred Hospital, is suffering from a bullet wound in the forehead.
    Thompson, who left his employment on Mrs. Beryl Potter's farm at Upper Beaconsfield early on Thursday night last, had a pea rifle with him. He was not seen again unlit late on Saturday night, when he called at a farm a quarter of a mile from his home, and said he had been knocked down by a motor car two days before.
    Police have not been able to get any confirmation of this story, and Thompson is now too ill to be further questioned. Senior-Detective Donelly and a black tracker were out yesterday trying to trace Thompson's movements. There is no suspicion of foul play.14
  • 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.15

Citations

  1. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B487."
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "#D4968 - born Ballarat."
  4. [S24] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), no inquest for Douglas THOMSON in 1959.
  5. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  6. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  7. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  8. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  9. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  10. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  11. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  12. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  13. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  14. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 11 Jan 1944, p3.
  15. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Jan 1944, p3.
Last Edited17 Dec 2015

Dorothy Frances 'Girlie' Thomson

F, #869, b. 1902, d. 16 Feb 1983
Father*David Thomson b. 1845, d. 16 Jan 1940
Mother*Euphemia Chalmers Hedrick b. 1862, d. 24 Feb 1939
Married NameBredin. 
Birth*1902 Brunswick, VIC, Australia, #B16326.1 
Marriage*1929Spouse: Charles Joseph Bredin. VIC, Australia, #M7940.2
 
Land-Note*13 Aug 1942 David Thomson died on 16 Jan 1940. Probate of his will has been granted to Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.3 
Land-UBeac*13 Aug 1942 GEM-D-13A.22. Transfer from David Thomson to Dorothy Frances 'Girlie' Bredin. 6a 1r 4p + 19a 2r 22p.4 
WidowOct 1972She became a widow upon the death of her husband Charles Joseph Bredin.5 
Death*16 Feb 1983 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D7205 (Age 80) - Ash Wednesday Bushfires.6 
Probate (Will)* 923/074. Widow. Upper Beaconsfield.7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1925 - 1928Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia8,9,10,11
bt 1931 - 1942Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.12,13,14,15,16
bt 1949 - 1954Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Charles Joseph Bredin.17,18

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#B16326."
  2. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2760-000 - David Thomson died on 16 Jan 1940. Probate of his will has been granted to Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2760-000 + C/T 1123-458 - Dorothy Frances Bredin of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "birthplace Melbourne."
  7. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P13, unit 180.
  8. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  9. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  10. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  11. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  12. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  13. [S134] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1934.
  14. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  15. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  16. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  17. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  18. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
Last Edited10 Sep 2016

Shirley Mae Andrews

F, #870, b. 1933, d. 2 Mar 1983
Father*Stanley Ellis Andrews b. 1903, d. 1981
Mother*Kathleen Patricia Ashford b. 1909, d. 16 Feb 1983
Married NameThomson. 
Birth*1933 
Marriage*1953Spouse: Royce David Thomson.
 
Death*2 Mar 1983 VIC, Australia, #D06746 (Age 50) [par Stanley ANDREWS & Kathleen Patricia ASHFORD] - died from injuries received on Ash Wednesday.1 

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D06746 age 50 [par Stanley ANDREWS & Kathleen Patricia ASHFORD]
    mother died with her in Ash Wednesday Fire: #D06707 age 74 [par William ASHFORD & Leah Clara]."
Last Edited8 Nov 2018