William McCrea Hick

M, #2437, b. 3 Sep 1858, d. bt 1941 - 1945
Birth*3 Sep 1858 Napier street, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B14989 [par William HICK & Anne Isabella POLLOCK].1 
Birth-Notice*6 Sep 1858On the 3rd inst., at Napier-street, Collingwood, the wife of William Hick, Esq., J.P., of a son.2 
(Migrant) Migration/TravelMar 1880 To London, England. Ship Garonne travelled with his parents aged 54/48
Age 20.3 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel1888 To New York, USA. Ship Wm Mccrea Hick (Male - 29) Australian embarked at Liverpool - Arrival year 1888 - New York City, New York, United States - Ship Umbeici. Occupation Buyer.4
 
Land-UBeac*21 Sep 1889 PAK-62.62A.X.60 (part). Transfer from Louisa Henrietta Halford to William McCrea Hick. 57a 0r 35p.5 
Land-UBeac*16 Oct 1889 PAK-115. Transfer from Mary Hunter Robert Elwall Jacomb to William McCrea Hick. 19a 2r 5p.6 
Land-UBeac20 Dec 1889 PAK-114. Transfer from Mary Hunter to William McCrea Hick. 19a 1r 13p.7 
Residence*bt 1892 - 1898 Hick, Martin & Drysdale, wool brokers and commission agents, 6 St James'-buildings, 131 William-st. Tel No 1556
Hick, Wm. McCrae (Hick, Martin & Drysdale). "Altadore,"Grange-rd, Tk.8 
Probate (Will)*18 Feb 1897 Father's probate: 63/322. Sole beneficiary of about £7,000.9 
Land-UBeac*9 Jul 1912 PAK-62.62A.X.60 (part). Transfer from William McCrea Hick to Sydney Cornelius Casey. 57a 0r 35p.10 
Land-UBeac9 Jul 1912 PAK-114. Transfer from William McCrea Hick to Sydney Cornelius Casey. 19a 1r 13p.11 
Land-UBeac9 Jul 1912 PAK-115. Transfer from William McCrea Hick to Sydney Cornelius Casey. 19a 2r 5p.12 
Death*bt 1941 - 1945 Madrid, Spain, possible consular death: William M Hick (Age 82) 35 156.13 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
3 Apr 1881Mary A RAMSDEN, 7 Trinity Road, Horton in Bradford, Yorkshire, EnglandAge 22 - Woolbuyer - Lodger14

Grave

  • St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, Anne Isabella, wife of William Hick, 29.5.1891, also the above William Hick, 19.12.1896, & his brother Benjamin Hick, 15.1.1896.15

Newspaper-Articles

  • 1 Jan 1876, Passed matriculation to Melbourne University: William M'Crea Hick, Toorak College16
  • 14 Mar 1885, We the undersigned, WILLIAM HICK and BENJAMIN HICK, in the trade or business of Wool Brokers at No. 6, Market-buildings, William-street, Melbourne, in the Colony of Victoria, and at Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, and elsewhere, under the style or firm of "W. und B. Hick," was Dissolved, as and from the 31st day of January, 1885, by mutual consent; and in future the business will be carried on by WILLIAM M'CREA HICK, the son of the retiring partner, in conjunction with the said BENJAMIN HICK, under the same style or firm as heretofore, and at the same places.
    Witness our hands this 25th day of February, 1885.
    WM. HICK, B. HICK.
    Witness-J. W. JOHNSON, Kew.17
  • 10 Apr 1886, NOTICE is hereby given that the PARTNERSHIP between the undersigned, BENJAMIN HICK and WILLIAM M'CREA HICK, in the trade or business of Wool Brokers at No. 6, Market-buildings, William-street, Melbourne, in the colony of Victoria, and at Sydney, in the colony of New South Wales, and elsewhere, under the style or firm of "W. and B. Hick," was DISSOLVED as and from the 31st day of March, 1886, by mutual consent; and in future the business will be carried on by the said WILLIAM M'CREA HICK in conjunction with WILLIAM PETTREBRIDGE MARTIN, under the same style or firm as heretofore, and at the same places, and who will pay and discharge all debts and liabilities and receive all money payable to the said late firm.
    Witness our hands this 31st day of March, 1886.
    B. HICK.
    WM. M. HICK.
    Witness—CHARLES ROWE, Clerk to Duffett and Manton, solicitors, Melbourne.18
  • 30 May 1891, Death of mother: HICK -On the 29th inst at Toorak, Anne Isabella, beloved wife of Willlam Hick, aged 63 years.
    THE Funeral of ANNE ISABELLA, wife of WILLIAM HICK of Toorak, will move from her late residence, Altadore, Grange-road, Toorak, THIS DAY (Saturday 30th May) at 11 am, for the St Kilda Cemetery.19
  • 21 Dec 1896, Death of father: HICK. -On the 19th December at Grange road, Toorak, William Hick, aged 79 years.20
  • 26 Dec 1896, THE WOOL TRADE. "The Australasian" Office, Wednesday Evening.
    Great regret was experienced in wool circles on Monday at the announcement of the death on Saturday, the 19th inst., of Mr. William Hick, of the old firm of W. and B. Hick, woolbuying brokers. As Mr. Hick had been for many years the oldest living woolbuyer in Victoria, and as his career forms part of the history of the wool trade of Australia, a few particulars of his life will not only be interesting to the wool trade, but will also be of historical value.
    Mr. William Hick was born in 1817 at Bradford, in Yorkshire, the birthplace of so many leading wool men throughout the world. In early life he acted as wool buyer and salesman for Messrs. Horsfall, of Bradford. During bis journeys through the English provinces on behalf of this firm he contracted a very severe chill, which, being neglected, so undermined his constitution that his physician finally advised that in order to save his life it was absolutely necessary to seek a warmer climate. He finally decided on emigrating to Australia, and accordingly in the year 1849, when 32, years old, he arrived in Melbourne in a vessel of 540 tons, then described as a fine clipper packet.
    Although intending to engage in the wool business, he brought out with him for sale in Australia a consignment of Bradford goods. He commenced business in Melbourne as both an importer of Bradford goods and a buyer of wool. In this he was joined by his brother, the late Mr. Benja min Hick, who, though intended for the carreer of an engineer, had come out to take care of his invalid brother on the voyage. On their arrival here they decided to join their fortunes, and afterwards founded the firm of W. and B. Hick. Mr. W. Hick issued circulars to the wool-growers, invit ing them to sell their wool, or to ship it, though the firm for sale in Yorkshire. In due course they built a warehouse in Collins-street, which is still standing, now forming part of M'Cracken's Brewery. Mr Hick gradually built up a good wool- broking business. He purchased largely, and had very many transactions with the late Richard Goldsbrough, who commenced a wool-selling broker at the foot of Market-street about the time of Mr. Hick's arrival here, and being both from Bradford, they fraternised and became great friends, the friendship continuing until the late Mr. Goldbrough's death in 1886.
    Among the interesting relics of the early wool trade is one now possessed by the son of the late Mr. Hick, in the shape of a weight-slip of 22 bales of wool, dated Janu ary 16, 1851, in the handwriting of the late Mr. Richard Goldabrough. It is interest ing to notice that in this weight-slip the tare is 9lb. per bale, and that there is no mention of draft.
    Mr. Hick made several voyages to England for the purpose of obtaining orders for wool purchases, and to meet his clients. In those days, however, it was not possible, as is now customary, to leave here at the end of one wool season, visit clients on the Continent and in England and America, and be here in time for the opening of the next season. On one visit to England he was absent for a year, out of which nine months were occupied by the homeward and outward voyages.
    Mr. Hick was greatly respected for his sterling character and upright conduct, and few men commanded such universal esteem. The only public position which he occupied was that of justice of the peace, and he sat for many years on the Melbourne and Prahran Bench. He died at his residence in Grange-road, Toorak, which was quite in the country when he first settled there.
    Considering his very extensive operations in wool, his interest in wool-growing properties was comparatively small. In 1863 he purchased Ardonachie and Grafton stations, near Macarthur, in the Western dis trict of Victoria, and sold them in 1888.
    For many years prior to his death he had ceased to take any active part in the wool trade. He retired in 1883, and for five years the business was carried on under the old style by his only son, Mr. W. M. Hick, and Mr. W. P. Martin, the latter being the Sydney representative. In 1888 they were joined by Mr. Wm. Drysdale, and the name of the firm was changed to Hick, Martin, and Drysdale, who are very well known as commission wool buyers in this and the Sydney markets.21
  • 4 Feb 1897, William Hick, late of Altadore, Grange road, Toorak, gentleman, who died on the 19th of December last, left a will dated June 7, 1895, bequeathing his property to his son, William M'Crea Hick, of William-street, wool merchant. Value of real property, £2.176 ; personalty, 5,693.22
  • 3 Mar 1902, Messrs. Hick, Ive, and Co., woolbrokers, announce that the partnership hitherto existing between Mr. William M'Crea Hick and Mr. Rowland Ive (trading as Hick, Ive, and Co.) expired by effluxion of time on the 28th ultimo; and that, as from 1st instant, the business will be carried on by Mr. George Kettlewell, under the style of Hick, Kettlewell, and Co.23
  • 26 May 1965, Streeton home keeps artistic atmosphere. HERE LIVED A PAINTER IN LOVE WITH NATURE
    VIEW OF THE Streeton family home from the hack garden acron in bed of lavender shows the gabled slate roof and the veranda. At left is a medlar tree heavy with fruit.
    The walls of Sir Arthur Streeton's old home in Toorak are still covered with his paintings, and it would be hard to imagine an atmosphere more suitable for them.
    ...
    The land on which the Streeton family's home stands was bought for £271 in 1854 by two woolbroker brothers from Yorkshire, William and Benjamin Hick.
    William bought out his brother and built the present house some time between his marriage in 1854 and the birth of his son, William McCrae Hick, in 1858. The house was called "Altadore."
    After the death of William Hick and his wife in the 1890s their son invited Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Kilburn to share the house with him.
    Later, when their daughter, Doris Spence Kilburn, was born, he made over the property to be held in trust for her until she was 21.
    "William McCrae Hick was a great traveller," Mrs. Streeton said, "and he loved Spain. I believe he brought back and planted the olive tree now in the garden."
    The many old trees in the garden include a gum, bearing what are believed to be aboriginal markings on its bark, and an enormous oak which dominates the property. This oak is more than 100 years old. It was said to have been planted when William McCrae Hick was born and is known generally as "Tib's Oak" - "Tib" was his nickname.
    Sir Arthur Streeton bought "Altadore" from Miss Kilburn in 1927, and since then it has keen known simply as "17 Grange Road."24

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B14989 [par William HICK & Anne Isabella POLLOCK]
    - parents married 1854 #M759 Victoria.
    Mother died 1891/4543 Armadale (Age 63) [par Andrew POLLOCK & Anna Marg KEOGH]
    Father died 1896/11986 Armadale (Age 79) [par John & Susannah]."
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Sep 1858, p5.
  3. [S36] Inward & outward passenger lists to and from Victoria. Series: VPRS 14; 7666; 7667; 7786); PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), outward shipping Mar 1880/002.
  4. [S204] Find My Past, online unknown url, New York passenger lists & arrivals.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1742-384 + C/T 1436-190 + C/T 1046-013 + C/T 1587-342 - William McCrea Hick of William Sttreet Melbourne Merchant - C/T 2195-903.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1803-445 - William McCrea Hick of William Street Melbourne Merchant - C/T 2201-160.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2170-929 - William McCrea Hick of William Street Melbourne Merchant.
  8. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Australia, City Directories, 1845-1948 (Sands).
  9. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), 63/322. William HICK, gent, Toorak.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2195-903 - Sydney Casey of "Windarra" Upper Beaconsfield Esquire.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2170-929 - Sydney Cornelius Casey of "Windarra" Upper Beaconsfield Esquire.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2201-160 - Sydney Cornelius Casey of "Windarra" Upper Beaconsfield Esquire.
  13. [S204] Find My Past, online unknown url, GRO CONSULAR DEATH INDICES (1849 to 1965) 1941-1945.
  14. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1881 census: Class: RG11; Piece: 4458; Folio: 28; Page: 1; GSU roll: 1342066."
  15. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,
    Grave 463, 465, 467.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne), 1 Jan 1876, p1S.
  17. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Mar 1885, p24.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Apr 1886, p16.
  19. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 30 May 1891, p1.
  20. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 21 Dec 1896, p1.
  21. [S205] Newspaper - The Australasian 26 Dec 1896, p37.
  22. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 4 Feb 1897, p6.
  23. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Mar 1902, p4.
  24. [S14] Newspaper - Australian Women's Weekly, 26 May 1965, p56-57. By MARGARET BERKELEY.
Last Edited11 Sep 2017

Leah Victoria Annabella Browne

F, #2447, b. 1871, d. 1962
Married NameKellaway. 
Birth*1871 Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, #B6172.1,2 
Marriage*1896Spouse: Amos Owen Kellaway. VIC, Australia, #M150.3
 
Land-UBeac*16 Dec 1931 PAK-62.62A.X.60 (part). Transfer from Sydney Cornelius Casey to Leah Victoria Annabella Kellaway. 57a 0r 35p (Caveat lodged 18 May 1927.)4 
Land-UBeac*12 Jun 1936 PAK-60.62.X (part) l/p 5390 (Lot 1.2 (part). Transfer from Leah Victoria Annabella Kellaway to Stewart St Leger Burton. 19a 3r 28p.5 
Land-UBeac*10 Nov 1942 PAK-60.62.X (part) l/p 5390 (Lot 2 (part).3-9. Transfer from Leah Victoria Annabella Kellaway to Lalla Freda Jaeger. 37a 1r 7p.6 
Widow27 Oct 1957Leah Victoria Annabella Browne became a widow upon the death of her husband Amos Owen Kellaway.1 
Death*1962 Surrey Hill, VIC, Australia, #D18987 (age 90) [par Richard Walter Harding BROWNE & Mary Ann HANDLEY].1 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1928 - 1931Windara, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Amos Owen Kellaway. With Richard Walter Harding Kellaway, Phyllis Seymour Kellaway, Lucy Doris Kellaway, Aileen Louisa Victoria Kellaway.7,8

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2195-903 - Leah Victoria Annabella Kellaway of 49 Rathmines Road Auburn Married Woman.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2195-903 - Stewart St Leger Burton of 10 Grange Road Kew Musician - C/T 6048-441.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2195-903 - Lalla Freda Jaeger of Upper Beaconsfield Nurse - C/T 6585-949.
  7. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  8. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
Last Edited29 Mar 2016

Lalla Freda Jaeger

F, #2451, b. 1894, d. 10 Jul 1953

Upper Beaconsfield Relevance

Beryl POTTER together with her nurse/companion Lalla Freda JAEGER moved to Upper Beaconsfield in 1941, when they bought 'Kia Ora' and renamed it 'Newstead' (named after a Tasmanian property the Potters had lived in). The property was initially in Lalla JAEGER's name but was transferred to Beryl POTTER within a year. They left Upper Beaconsfield in 1944 to move to 'Newstead Park' in Clyde, and later to South Yarra and Brisbane.1
Father*Caspar Ludwig Jaeger
Mother*Jane Craig
Birth*1894 Launceston, TAS, Australia. [par Louis Caspar JAEGER & Jane CRAIG]2 
Land-UBeac*10 Sep 1940 PAK-123.125.29 (part). Transfer from Katie Hudson to Lalla Freda Jaeger.3 
Land-UBeac*11 Jun 1941 PAK-123.125.29 (part). Transfer from Lalla Freda Jaeger to Beryl Potter.4 
Land-Note*11 Jun 1941 PAK-123.125.29 (part): Mortgagee: Lalla Freda Jaeger. Discharged 2 Nov 1944. Mortgagor was Beryl Potter.5 
Land-UBeac*10 Nov 1942 PAK-60.62.X (part) l/p 5390 (Lot 2 (part).3-9. Transfer from Leah Victoria Annabella Kellaway to Lalla Freda Jaeger. 37a 1r 7p.6 
Govt Gazette*19 May 1943The article reads: Restorations to Midwifery Register, Reg# 3262, Jaeger, Lalla Freda, Newstead House, Upper Beaconsfield. Registered 6.3.1942.7 
Land-UBeac*21 Sep 1944 PAK-60.62.X (part) l/p 5390 (Lot 2 (part).3-9. Transfer from Lalla Freda Jaeger to Arthur Joseph Day. 37a 1r 7p.8 
Govt Gazette12 Jul 1945The article reads: Removals 1944 (Midwifery Register), Reg# 3262, Jaeger, Lalla Freda, Newstead House, Upper Beaconsfield. Registered 14.3.1924. Section 14 (c.)9 
Death*10 Jul 1953 Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Age 58.2 
Death-Notice*13 Jul 1953JAEGER.-On July 10, 1953, at Brisbane, Lalla Freda, third daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs, C. L. Jaeger, Launceston. Aged 58 years. (Result of accident.)10 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1924Women's Hospital, Carlton South, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nurse.11

Newspaper-Articles

  • 8 Sep 1951, death of mother: JAEGER.-On September 7, 1951, at the Launceston General Hospital, Jane, loved wife of the late C. L. Jaeger, loved mother of Bertha (dec.), James (dec.), Louisa (dec.), William, Lalla, Doris and Casper, and loved grandmother of Jan McElwee. Aged 88 years. Private funeral, Carr Villa Cemetery, Monday, 3 p.m., from Funeral Chapel. - C. T. FINNEY & SONS, A.F.D.A., 16 Brisbane St.12
  • 12 Jul 1952, Sub-inspector C. Risch (prosecuting) offered no evidence on a third charge against Lake — that between April 1 and June 27 he stole a table cloth valued at £1, the property of Lalla Freda Jaeger. Mr. George discharged Lake on this count.13
  • 12 Jul 1953, ONE DEAD, 1 HURT
    THE licensee of the National Hotel, city, was killed instantly in a car crash on Kedron Bridge at 4.20 pm yesterday.
    She was Miss Lala Freda Jaeger, about 50. Her new Jaguar car veered across the road and crashed into an iron tramway pole on the footpath. The impact wrecked the whole front section of the car, and a passenger, Miss Patricia Zigenhagen, of Arinya Road, Ashgrove, suffered severe head injuries.
    Miss Jaeger was dead when ambulance bearers reached the scene. Miss Zigenhagan was taken to the General Hospital. Her condition is dangerous. Police investigating the accident believe Miss Jaeger may have suffered a heart attack.14
  • 22 Aug 1953, The MANAGEMENT of the National Hotel wishes to THANK all Friends of Sister L. F. Jaeger, for their kind messages of sympathy on her recent death.15
  • 11 Feb 1954, AFTER fourteen clear days Cranston Albury McEachern, of "Dramoch," Ridley road, Aspley, Brisbane, in Queensland, solicitor, the executor to whom probate of the will of LALLA FREDA JAEGER, late of 502 Queen street, Petrie Bight, Brisbane aforesaid, spinster (licensed victualler), deceased, has been granted by the Supreme Court of Queensland, will APPLY to the Supreme Court of Victoria to have its SEAL AFFIXED to the said Probate.
    Dated this 9th day of February.16

Citations

  1. [S207] Simon POTTER "visit on 27 Apr 2014."
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston) 13 Jul 1953, p11.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2329-714 & C/T 2955-857 - Lalla Freda Jaeger of 68 Toorak Road South Yarra Trained Nurse.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2329-714 & C/T 2955-857 - Beryl Potter of Flat No 3 "Abercairn" 102 Toorak Road South Yarra Widow.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2329-714 & C/T 2955-857 - Mortgage No 807059 - discharged 2 Nov 1944.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2195-903 - Lalla Freda Jaeger of Upper Beaconsfield Nurse - C/T 6585-949.
  7. [S194] Newspaper - Victorian Government Gazette "19 May 1943, p1271."
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6585-949 - Arthur Joseph Day of Upper Beaconsfield Medical Practitioner.
  9. [S194] Newspaper - Victorian Government Gazette "12 Jul 1945, p1945."
  10. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 13 Jul 1953, p11.
  11. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  12. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 8 Sep 1951, p13.
  13. [S14] Newspaper - The Courier-Mail, 12 Jul 1952, p9.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - Sunday Mail (Brisbane), 12 Jul 1953, p1.
  15. [S14] Newspaper - The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 22 Aug 1953, p16.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Feb 1954, p14.
Last Edited18 Apr 2018

Robert Roy Jamieson

M, #2453, b. 6 Aug 1895, d. 1957

World War I

Robert Roy Jamieson enlisted on 8 Jul 1915 when he had been with the 70th Infantry. It is said that he attended a cadet training corp at Captain Rushall's property.
A Lance Corporal with the 8th Infantry Brigade Train, he embarked from Melbourne in Nov 1915 either on on board HMAT A11 Ascanius or HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
He was a Corporal with the 18th Company, Australian Army Service Corps and returned to Australia 2 June 1919.
He moved to Upper Beaconsfield c1940.1
Military*Enlisted for military service: Roy Jamieson attended a cadet training corp at Captain Rushall's and went to England with him when the war broke out. 
Note* Muriel Martha Jamieson The Jamiesons used Balmanno solely as holiday house - they had caretakers including Robert Roy Jamieson.2 
Birth*6 Aug 1895 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B17791.3 
Marriage*Spouse: Muriel Martha Dyson.
 
BeaconhillsGolf*1947 Foundation Member of Beaconhills Country Golf Club (No 14.)4 
Death*1957 Toorak, VIC, Australia, #D9806 (Age 61) [par James JAMIESON & Sarah Amelia CLARK].5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1919405 Neil Street, Ballarat, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: warehouseman.6
19248 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda West, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: sales.6
1931Agra, Hammerdale Avenue, St Kilda Central, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: agent.6
1936'Townley', Iona Avenue, Toorak, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: investor. With Muriel Martha Jamieson.6
bt 1937 - 195411 Glen Road, Malvern, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: indentor. With Muriel Martha Jamieson.6

Newspaper-Articles

  • 23 Sep 1936, JAMIESON.—On the 21st September, at Epworth, to Mr und Mrs R. R. Jamieson, Iona avenue, Toorak—a daughter (Diane Muriel).7
  • 29 Mar 1950, THE LIFE OF MELBOURNE
    MR. ROY JAMIESON gave a buffet dinner and dance ITX for more than 100 guests at Glendower last night to welcome home his wife, who has returned after a nine months' world tour.
    Sydney people and friends of their teenage son and daughter, Donald and Dianne, were among the guests. Mrs. Jamieson wore a lavender and gold brocaded gown, which bared one shoulder - and had a double-tiered skirt. Dianne wore a cyclamen batiste frock with bouffant skirt.8
  • 2 Jun 1953, Mrs. Muriel Martha JAMIESON and Mr. Robert JAMIESON are included in the NAMES of 2,300 Victorians who have been awarded Coronation Medals by the Queen are published herewith.
    The medal is of silver-colored metal 1¼ inches in diameter.
    The front depicts the Queen robed and crowned, and on the back is the Royal Cipher with an inscription beneath reading: "Queen Elizabeth II, crowned 2nd June 1953."
    The medal is suspended from a ribbon 1¼ inches wide, dark red with narrow white stripes at the edges and two dark blue vertical stripes near the centre.
    The medal has been classified as an official medal to be worn on the left breast on all occasions on which decorations and medals are worn.9

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=152241
  2. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Julie Jamieson & Audrey Ridgway."
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  4. [S353] Beaconhills Country Golf Club, Beaconhills Minute Books.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wed 23 Sep 1936, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11917914
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 Mar 1950, p10.
  9. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 2 Jun 1953, p13.
Last Edited17 Jun 2018

Colin Wright

M, #2455, b. 2 Feb 1890, d. Jun 1961

World War I

Colin Wright was a coachbuilder when he enlisted on 22 Feb 1915 - SERN 858. His unit embarked on board HMAT A14 Euripides from Melbourne on 10 May 1915. He was a Sergeant in the 23rd Battalion.
He was awarded a Military Medal 'For conspicuous gallantry on 8th/9th November, 1917, in vicinity of BROODSEINDE near YPRES. On the night 8th/9th November, 1917, this N.C.O. was in charge of Pack Transport conveying rations to front line troops. In the forward area his convoy was subjected to heavy enemy shell fire, but his disregard of personal danger and skilful handling of his convoy at a critical time, enabled supplies to be taken forward and delivered. He then packed up supplies of another Battalion whose Limbers could not get through owing to damaged road. His fine leadership and example inspired confidence to men under him, his conduct being most courageous.'
He returned to Australia on 19 April 1919.1,2
Occupation* J P of the Dandenong Court.3 
Probate (Will)* Colin Wright. Gentleman. Upper Beaconsfield. 12 Jun 1961. 573/837.4 
Birth*2 Feb 1890 Bulla-Tullamarine, VIC, Australia, #B1258.5,6 
Marriage*20 Oct 1926Spouse: Winifred Maud Mary Napier. Ascotvale Presbyterian Church, Ascotvale, VIC, Australia.7
 
Marriage-Notice*12 Feb 1927WRIGHT-NAPIER-On the 20th October, at the Ascotvale Presbyterian Church by the Rev J F Anderson, Colin, second son of Mr and Mrs Fred Wright, Essendon, to Winifred, younger daughter of the late Mr and Mrs T Napier, Magdala, Essendon.8 
Land-UBeac*10 Oct 1929 PAK-69 (part). Transfer from Alexander Cornwell to Colin Wright. 10a (southern part, adj PAK-68.)9 
Land-UBeac*26 Mar 1930 GEM-D-33.34 (part). Transfer from Ernst Ferdinand Finger to Colin Wright. 10a 0r 34p.10 
Land-UBeac*10 Jul 1941 GEM-D-33.34 (part). Transfer from Colin Wright to Walter Henry Brown. 10a 0r 34p.11 
Land-UBeac*26 Aug 1941 PAK-69 (part), Balmanno. Transfer from Colin Wright to Muriel Martha Jamieson. 10a (southern part, adj PAK-68.)12 
Land-UBeac*19 Mar 1942 PAK-68 (part) - now 59 St Georges Road. Transfer from James William Goff Claydon to Colin Wright. 3a 0r 29p.13 
Land-Note*1942 PAK-68 (part) - now 59 St Georges Road: A house called 'Glenbervie' on this land.14,15 
Residence*24 Oct 1951 "Glenbervie", St Georges Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia.14 
WidowerApr 1960He became a widower upon the death of his wife Winifred Maud Mary Napier.16 
Death*Jun 1961 Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D10045 (Age 71) [par Frederick WRIGHT & Wilhelmina GARDNER].7 
Land-UBeac*11 Dec 1963 PAK-68 (part) - now 59 St Georges Road. Transfer from Colin Wright to Walter Driffield McMinn. 3a 0r 29p - reportedly sold for £6,000 on 28 Mar 1962.17,18 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1931Balmanno, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: investor. With Winifred Maud Mary Wright.19
1949"Balmanno", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: investor.20
1954"Balmanno", Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: investor.20

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Park, Springvale, VIC, Australia21

Newspaper-Articles

  • 21 Jan 1932, One of the worst bush fires in the memory of the oldest residents occurred here on Friday and Saturday, when a devastating fire swept over the district. On Friday, a fire, which had been burning in the scrub, fanned by a strong north wind, menaced the residence of Mr. McMillan, and in response to a call for help, about 50 men were soon engaged in a fierce fight to save the house and outbuildings. This they managed to do, and the fire then jumped the main road and threatened the residence of the Misses McLean; a break was burned, and the house was safe. On Saturday morning another fire commenced near Miss McLean’s boundary fence, and soon the residences of Messrs. Blair, Boker and Gilpin, and a number of others were in danger. A large band of willing workers managed to save the houses, but unfortunately they could not save the fine lemon orchard of Mr. McMillan, which was destroyed, also a week-end residence of Mr. Harkins. The heat was so great when the place got alight that it was im possible to get near it. In the after noon a sudden change of wind to the south caused the township to be menaced, and a desperate call for help was sent out, and in reply volunteers from Berwick, Narre Warren and Dandenong came to augment the local Bush Fire Brigade, until there were over 200 men, under the direction of Constable Barrett, and other leaders, engaged in the desperate effort to save the homes of Madame Montigue, Messrs. McBride, McDonald, Harvey-Smith, Rev. T. Greenwood, Robinson, J. Campbell, Major Campbell, Miss Elliott, J. Deville, C. Ellis, Claydon, Wright, Binding and Brown. The worst fight was at “Kyogle,” Mr. McDonald’s house; at one time it was felt that this fine residence would go, but the determined fight put up by the willing workers saved it. Here it was that anxiety was felt for one band who had become surrounded by flames, but they managed to get clear, although some of them succumbed to heat and smoke after getting out. The fine garden and plantation of Major Campbell was swept by the fire, despite the efforts of the workers, and hundreds of pounds worth of valuable plants and trees were destroyed, and the fine house was only saved by the superhuman efforts of the fire fighters. Miss Elliott’s house got alight, and part of the roof had to be stripped off before the fire could be put out. Mr. Ellis had the fence and pavilion attached to his tennis court destroyed, and the fire swept through his orchard, only being stopped within a few feet of the house. The house of Mr. Wright was saved by burning a break, as was Mr. Brown’s house and lemon orchard.
    On Sunday afternoon a small fire developed in Salisbury Gully, but it was soon got under control; whilst this was being put out an urgent call for help came from “The Towers,” Mr. Berglund’s property. A large body of men were rushed out, and the fire was got under control before very much damage was done. On Sunday a fire, which had started on the Saturday in Cordner’s Gully, crossed the Officer rd., and threatened the orchard of Mr. F. Love, but it was kept out, and, with the exception of the loss of some fencing, not very much damage was done.22
  • 26 May 1932, Quite a number of accidents have happened recently. ... Then, a few days later, Mr. C. Wright was helping some of his men to roll some logs together, preparatory to burning them, when one of them rolled back and a sharp splinter struck him in the arm, tearing away the flesh and tendons. His arm will be useless for some considerable time.23
  • 10 Feb 1936, TOWN MENACED BY FIRE. TWO HUNDRED FIGHT FLAMES. BEACONSFIELD UPPER OUTBREAK.
    BEACONSFIELD UPPER Sunday - A bush fire menaced the township of Beaconsfield yesterday, but 200 fighters checked the spread of the flames and a heavy downpour of rain virtually extinguished the fire which was the most serious one. In the district this summer.
    Had it not been for the good work of the bush fire brigade assisted by volunteers, considerable loss of property might have occurred.
    The fire began on Friday in the gully below Mr McMillan's house on the main road from Beaconsfield to Beaconsfield Upper. A south east wind carried the fire up a gully to the back of the properties of Messrs Wright and Binding. It was checked there by beaters but crossed the road and damaged the orchard of Mr Walter Brown. The wind dropped in the evening and it was considered that the danger had passed.
    On Saturday morning, however, the south west wind carried the fire up another gully and only excellent work by the brigade and others saved the houses of Miss Elliot and Lieut Colonel Campbell. The wind was working round toward the township. To prevent that danger the brigade under the direction of the captain (Mr a'Beckett) burnt a break of about three quarters of a mile.24

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=332831
  2. [S14] Newspaper - Commonwealth Gazette, No. 110, 25 Jul 1918.
  3. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive.
  4. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 2421; VPRS 7591/P3, unit 393.
  5. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "#B1258 [son of Frederick WRIGHT & Wilhelmina Johanna GARDNER]."
  6. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Birthdate from "Long,Pavey, Freeth, Jones, Adams, Boxshall, Family Tree's."
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Feb 1927, p17.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5218-585 - Colin Wright of Majestic Mansions Fitzroy Street St Kilda Gentleman.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3727-336 - Colin Wright of Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman - C/T 5646-172.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5646-172 - Walter Henry Brown of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist.
  12. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5218-585 - Muriel Martha Jamieson of 11 Glen Road Toorak Married Woman.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4392-348 - Estate of James William Goff Claydon to Colin Wright of Upper Beaconsfield Gentleman.
  14. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, J S Battye Library of West Australian History - Private Archives – Collection Listing: Letters of Sympathy; Some of the early letters were written to support Elizabeth and Sheila in the days before their mother’s death.
    6848A/923 October 24, 1951; Winifred Wright, Glenbervie, St. George’s Road, Beaconsfield Upper. ‘Ans’ 17.5 x 23cm folded sheet writing on 2p. Printed address.
  15. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Notes indicate that Colin Wright built a house on this land - Claydons had a house - did Wright pull it down and rebuild?"
  16. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D22325 (age 78) [par Theodor NAPIER & Mary Ann NOBLE]."
  17. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 4392-348 - Estate of Colin Wright to Walter Driffield McMinn of St Georges Road Upper Beaconsfield Retired.
  18. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 Note in rate book #3322 28 Feb 1962 Smith & Emmerton P.P £6,000 (Assistance granted HSH: 8/1/1964) NAV now £127.
  19. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  20. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  21. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  22. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "21 Jan 1932, p4."
  23. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "Thu 26 May 1932, p4."
  24. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Feb 1936, p3.
Last Edited31 Jul 2017

Winifred Maud Mary Napier

F, #2456, b. 18 Aug 1881, d. Apr 1960
Anecdote*Theodore Napier was born in Collins St., Melbourne in 1845. He was one year old when his family moved to Moonee Ponds. He was sent to Tasmania at the age of 9 for three years of schooling (the schools were reportedly better in the older colony). In 1859 Theodore went to Scotland to complete his high school and University education (Civil Engineering). It was intended that he stay in Scotland to pursue his career however he returned to Port Phillip area in 1865 for health reasons.
He went to the Leichardt District in Queensland for a period of two years as a pastoralist.
Theodore was interested in Medical Subjects and undertook five years of Medical Studies at Melbourne University and subsequently received a degree. He did this solely for interest and never intended to take up the medical profession.
He married Mary Anne Noble in 1877 and had two daughters and a son.
Theodore Napier was well known for his love of his father's birthplace, Scotland and he regularly dressed in a Scot's kilt, complete with heavy silver buckle shoes and carrying a long shepherd's stick. He used to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) in which the Scots were victorious against the the old enemy, the English. Each year he would raise the Scottish Flag on the flag pole at his house. One year he got so excited that he ran to the local Fire Brigade building and rang the fire bell. When he visited Scotland in 1893, he was surprised to find that the battle was not universally celebrated in Scotland.
In 1891, he formed the Victorian Scottish Home Rule Association.
His property was known as Magdala and he built a house also known as Magdala in what is now Carnarvon Road. This house was destroyed by fire in 1927.
Theodore Napier was well known for good deeds the most notable of which was the gift to Essendon Municipality of Napier Park in 1920.
He died in 1924.1 
Married NameWright. 
Birth*18 Aug 1881 Essendon, VIC, Australia, #B16351.2 
Birth-Notice*20 Aug 1881NAPIER.-On the 18th inst., at Essendon, the wife of Theodore Napier of a daughter.3 
Marriage*20 Oct 1926Spouse: Colin Wright. Ascotvale Presbyterian Church, Ascotvale, VIC, Australia.4
 
Marriage-Notice*12 Feb 1927WRIGHT-NAPIER-On the 20th October, at the Ascotvale Presbyterian Church by the Rev J F Anderson, Colin, second son of Mr and Mrs Fred Wright, Essendon, to Winifred, younger daughter of the late Mr and Mrs T Napier, Magdala, Essendon.5 
Residence*24 Oct 1951 "Glenbervie", St Georges Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia.6 
(Witness) Note24 Oct 1951 (an unknown value); J S Battye Library of West Australian History - Private Archives – Collection Listing: Letters of Sympathy; Some of the early letters were written to support Elizabeth and Sheila in the days before their mother’s death.
6848A/923 October 24, 1951; Winifred Wright, Glenbervie, St. George’s Road, Beaconsfield Upper. ‘Ans’ 17.5 x 23cm folded sheet writing on 2p. Printed address.6 
Death*Apr 1960 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D22325 (age 78) [par Theodor NAPIER & Mary Ann NOBLE].7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1931Balmanno, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Colin Wright.8

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Park, Springvale, VIC, Australia9

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Dec 1920, SCOTLAND FOR EVER. AN AUSTRALIAN JACOBITE.
    It is not given to many people to be blessed with a sufficiently vivid imagination to enable them to live in the past. A paragraph in a recent number of "The Scotsman" (Edinburgh) desccribes how Mr Theodore Napier, of Magdala Essendon, presented several acres of his property as a public recreation ground. It serves to direct attention to a picturesque figure that is almost as well known in Edinburgh as it is in Melbourne. With snow white hair falling around his shoulders, with the picturesque lace collar and cuffs, the massive silver buckle, the kilt, the belted plaid, and the buckled brogues that were the costume of a Scottish gentleman of the Stuart period, Mr Napier might have stepped out of an ancestral portrait gallery.
    If his costume is of the cavalier period his outlook on life is intensely Jacobite.
    "I was born 250 years too late," he says plaintively. "When I read of the rebellion of '45, I long to have been able to draw a sword for Scotland " For years Mr. Napier has retained his highland garb, and is an authority on the subject. Curiously enough, he is Australian born. His father came of an old Kincardine family, who traced their ancestry back to the Picts- to the "Men o' "Marans," who fought against Agrícola. Mr. Thomas Napier came to Australia on the Levina in 1832. With him came two countrymen-Mr John Brown, the original owner of the Como estate, and Mr Andrew Clark. "My father came to Australia in the Levinia, ' says Mr Napier, with a smile "but as he sailed direct to Hobart Town, I had better add that unlike a lot of folk in those days, he came of his own free will! He did not like the convict atmosphere of the place, and in 1837 he chartered a schooner and crossed to Melbourne. He was engaged in the building trade, and he brought the first building material to Melbourne. So his arrival was eagerly awaited. He bought the block where the "The Argus" office now stands, and put up a house there, where I was born in 1845. He also bought half an acre of land where the Commercial Bank now stands-I think he paid about £20 for it. The first thing in my life that I clearly remember is a snowstorm at Essendon in 1849. They have never had another there since!"
    Mr Napier took a great interest in the history of Scotland, the land of his fathers, and while still a young man his imagina- tion was fired by a vigorously written pamphlet. It was by Mr. T. D. Wanliss of Ballant, father of Lieut Colonel D. S. Wanliss, commanding officer of the old Victorian Scottish Regiment, and later of the 5th Infantry Battalion, which he led on Gallipoli. The pamphlet was written in protest of the misuse of the words "England" and "English" as applied to "Great Britain and "British." Mr Napier became secretary of a movement to obtain the elimination of the objectionable "Sassenach" terms, and from then on he was an ardent champion of Scottish rights.
    In 1893 he paid a visit to Scotland, and his zeal was fanned anew. He adopted the traditional Scottish costume, and spent his time making pilgrimages to Wallace's monument, to Culloden Moor, to Fotheringay Castle, and to other shrines of Scotland's history. Wherever he went he laid a wreath in the name of the Jacobite cause. "Some people called me a crank," he says, laughingly. "But I am not a crank-I am only an enthusiast. I know the cause that is nearest my heart is a lost cause, but the principle is there just the same. We Jacobites art loyalists as well is royalists. We would like to see the Stuart line come back. But we would rather be loyal to the present king than to no king at all, and had I been a younger man during the war I would have drawn my sword for King George as gladly as I would have loved to draw it for Prince Charlie "
    Four tinted pictures will be given with "The Australasian" Christmas number. Now ready. Price sixpence. Orders received by all news agents.10
  • 1 Sep 1924, Death of mother: NAPIER. On the 29th August, at his residence, Magdala, Essendon, Theodore Napier, beloved husband of the late Mary Napier and loving father of Zoe (Mrs Farquharson), Winifred, and Archie, aged 79 years. (Privately interred.)11

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://home.vicnet.net.au/~strthmre/napierfm.htm
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "#B16351; also #18948x1919 (1881)."
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Aug 1881, p1.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Feb 1927, p17.
  6. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, J S Battye Library of West Australian History - Private Archives – Collection Listing: Letters of Sympathy; Some of the early letters were written to support Elizabeth and Sheila in the days before their mother’s death.
    6848A/923 October 24, 1951; Winifred Wright, Glenbervie, St. George’s Road, Beaconsfield Upper. ‘Ans’ 17.5 x 23cm folded sheet writing on 2p. Printed address.
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D22325 (age 78) [par Theodor NAPIER & Mary Ann NOBLE]."
  8. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  9. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 11 Dec 1920, p6.
  11. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 1 Sep 1924, p1.
Last Edited2 Oct 2015

Myrtle Louise Glasson

F, #2457, b. 1889, d. 4 Mar 1963
Myrtle Louise McMINN (nee GLASSON)
(1890-1963)
Married NameMcMinn. 
Probate (Will)* Myrtle Louise McMinn. Married Woman. Upper Beaconsfield. 04 Mar 1963. 597/932.1 
Married NameWhite. 
Birth*1889 Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #B28374 [par John GLASSON & Louise PACEY].2 
Marriage*22 Oct 1913Spouse: Alexander Henry White. St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #M8766.3
 
Widow7 Aug 1915Myrtle Louise Glasson became a widow upon the death of her husband Alexander Henry White
Marriage*19 Sep 1922Spouse: Walter Driffield McMinn. Scots Church, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.4
 
Marriage-Notice*3 Jan 1923McMINN--WHITE. -On 19th September, at Scots Church, Melbourne, by the Rev Dr Marshall, Walter Driffield, younger son of Mr and the late Mrs G R McMinn, to Myrtle Louise, widow of the late Lieut. Colonel A H White, and daughter of Dr and Mrs John Glasson, Ballarat.4 
Death*4 Mar 1963 Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D4428 (Age 73) [par John GLASSON].5 
Death-Notice*5 Mar 1963McMINN.—On March 4, at St Georges Rd., Upper Beaconsfield, Myrtle Louise, beloved wife of W. D. McMinn. Private interment.
McMINN.—On March 4, at Upper Beaconsfield, Myrtle Louise, beloved mother of Alex, mother-in-law of Jean and loving grandmother of Alexander and Marjorie.6 

Grave

  • Plot 4-618-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia7

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Jul 1937, Welcomed Home. To enable friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. McMinn to welcome them on their return to Hobart, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Fay gave a delightfully arranged sherry party at their Sandy Bay home on Monday. Mr. and Mrs. McMinn are able to tell many thrilling details of the Coronation festivities; they sailed from Tilbury in the Strathnaver, only two days after the historic event and had on board as fellow passengers several Maharajahs returning to India. The travellers have been away for nearly 18 months, and during that time have travelled extensively in Great Britain, and made several trips to the Continent, where their travels were also very comprehensive. On one occasion they took their car and motored all through Germany, down the Rhine and through the Black Forest, and were amazed at the friendliness of the Germans. They were enraptured with the opera in Vienna, and found the prices much cheaper than in England. Of all the beauty spots they visited, Lugano, in the Italian lakes, seems to have impressed them as much as any. They thoroughly enjoyed Winter sports in Switzerland, and although full of enthusiasm about their Continental tours were always glad to get back to England, where the hospitality extended to oversea visitors was found remarkable. To entertain her guests Mrs. Fay wore an attractive ankle-length frock of navy blue sheer georgette, finely shirred about the bodice; the long full sleeves were gathered into a band at the wrist, and a cluster of white flow- ers adorned the high neckline. The guest of honour was smartly dressed in black relieved with a subtle touch of green, showing in an upstanding kilted frilling which edged the high neck, and in the tie knotted in front; her small halo hat of black felt was worn well on the back of the head. Sherry and savouries were served in the drawing-room, where the soft green toning of hydrangea and variegated foliage, and the red-bronze of New Zealand red beech harmonised perfectly with the furnishings of the room. Among others who accepted invitations were: Mr. Francis Foster, M.H.A., and Mrs. Foster, Major and Mrs. R. H. Robinson, Major and Mrs. H. N. Boyle, Capt. and Mrs. J. R. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Davies and Mr. K. B. Davies, Mr. and Mrs. H. Allport, Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Sweetnam, Dr. and Mrs. E. A. Rogers, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Whishaw, Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Shugg, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Crosby, Messrs. W. F. Hinman, H. W. Strutt, and G. A. Walch.8
  • 21 Jul 1937, Parties For Travellers: Since their return to Hobart after a most interesting trip abroad for nearly 18 months, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. McMinn have been entertained at several parties. Mrs. E. A. Rogers invited a group of friends to tea one afternoon when Mrs. McMinn, and her sister Miss Mollie Glasson, of Ballarat, were present.
    Mr. and Mrs. McMinn were special guests at an evening party given by Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Sweetnam, at their Sandy Bay home, on Thursday, when card games were the order of the evening. The guest of honour wore an attractive frock in one of the new scintillating materials, in a lovely shade of blue embossed with silver flowers; the fullness of the skirt came from the waist, and the bodice was designed with a cape effect A long sleeved frock of flowered georgette was worn by the hostess, the effective patterning being in shades of pink on a black background. Others at this enjoyable party were: Major and Mrs. H. N. Boyle, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Fay, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Allport, and Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Crosby.
    Mrs. McMinn and her husband were entertained on Saturday night at dinner by Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Shugg at their attractive home.9
  • 14 Feb 1940, Miss Molly Glasson, of Ballarat (V.), who is visiting Hobart for a few months, is staying with her brother in-law and sister, Cnpt. and Mrs. W. D. McMinn, Red Chapel Ave., Sandy Bay.10
  • 20 May 1941, DR. JEAN WHITE WELCOMED
    To welcome Dr. Jean White, wife of Dr. Alex White, her mother-in-law (Mrs. W. D. McMinn) entertained more than 40 guests at a tea party at Wrest Pt. Riviera Hotel, Hobart, yesterday. Tea arranged in buffet style was served from long tables decked with bowls of pink and lemon toned dahlias. The guest of honour looked charming In a pretty powder blue wool frock, a boxy Jacket of silver fox, and a becoming black felt hat tilted well over one eye.
    The hostess, who was assisted in looking after the guests by her sister, Miss Mollie Glasson (Melbourne), favoured a shadow green woollen frock, which had a pin-tucked bodice and finely pleated skirt Her upturned hat and accessories were brown.11

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 2900; VPRS 7591/P3, unit 485.
  2. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Jan 1923, p1.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "reg. Beaconsfield."
  6. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 5 Mar 1963, p14.
  7. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-618-A     McMinn Myrtle Louise F 73 3/03/1963 1468
    4-618-A     McMinn Walter Driffield M      11/08/2008 3692.
  8. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart), 14 Jul 1937, p4S.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart) 21 Jul 1937, p3S.
  10. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart) 14 Feb 1940, p5.
  11. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart) 20 May 1941, p4.
Last Edited28 Dec 2016