Rev Harry Joseph Harvey

M, #3213, b. 1865, d. 6 Dec 1950
Rev HARVEY
c1900
(source Charlie Hammond Sketchbook No4, State Library of Victoria)
(Witness) History At St John's Anglican Church, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, Vicar Jul 1899-Jul 1903 (Parish of Berwick and Upper Beaconsfield.)1,2 
Birth*1865 England.3 
Marriage*1907 Spouse: Ella Marguerite Lewes. VIC, Australia, #M2858.3
 
Death*6 Dec 1950 20 Victoria Street, Brighton, VIC, Australia, #D14221 (age 85) [par William HARVEY & Elizabeth TOMLINSON].4 
Death-Notice*8 Dec 1950HARVEY.-On December 6, at his home, No. 20 Victoria street, Brighton, Rev. Harry Joseph, dearly loved husband of Ella, and loved father of Whilton, Mary, and Harold (Bob).5 

Citations

  1. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Ken Hudson's memories of his time as a vestryman."
  2. [S59] John Milligan, Book: The History of St. John's Anglican Church, Upper Beaconsfield.
  3. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 Dec 1950, p19.
Last Edited27 Aug 2015

Rev Alfred James Cole

M, #3214, b. 1862, d. 22 Nov 1938
(Witness) History At St John's Anglican Church, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, Vicar Aug 1903-Apr 1932 (Parish of Berwick and Upper Beaconsfield.)1,2 
Birth*1862 Malvern, VIC, Australia, #B7451.3 
Marriage*1895 Spouse: Clara Peters. VIC, Australia, #M3806.4
 
Memorial* Anglican Church, 55 Peel Street, Berwick, VIC, Australia.
Death*22 Nov 1938 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D17807 (Age 76) [par William Henry COLE & Sarah EDWARDS].5 
Death-Notice*24 Nov 1938COLE. -A loving tribute to the Rev. A. J. Cole, late of Berwick, who passed to the higher life November 22, 1938, beloved and loving husband of Clara, his fellow-worker and faithful helpmate. O for the touch of a vanished hand, And the sound of a voice which is still. -(Charlie)
COLE.-On the 22nd November at his residence, Peel street, Berwick, the Rev. Alfred James, late vicar of Berwick, son of the late William Henry Cole, and brother of William Grey, Robert Gearing (deceased), Henry Edwards and the Rev. Charles Kingsley - I have finished my course: I have kept the faith.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1903 - 1931Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: clergyman. With Clara Cole.7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22

Grave

  • 4-274-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia, Cole Alfred James 1938 76 hus/ Clara; Cole Clara 1955 91 wife/ Alfred James23

Newspaper-Articles

  • 13 Jul 1910, Death of father: COLE.- On 10th July, William Henry Cole, late of Harrow, England, the beloved father of William G. Cole, Robert G. Cole, Henry E. Cole, the Rev. A. J. Cole, of Berwick, and the Rev. C. K. Cole, of Oxford, England, aged 84.24
  • 23 Nov 1938, Obituary. The Rev. Alfred James Cole died at his home at Berwick at the age of 77 years. He had been ill for some time. Mr. Cole lived in Berwick for the last 35 years, and for 28 years he was vicar of Christ Church. He also conducted services at Beaconsfield Upper. In Berwick's early days he planted many trees in the township. In his youth he was a keen tennis player. A widow survives him.25
  • 24 Nov 1938, COLE.—Friends of the Rev. A. J. COLE are respectfully informed that his remains will be interred In the Berwick Cemetery, after a short service in Christ Church, Berwick, beginning at 3 p.m. THIS DAY (Thursday).
    COLE.—Berwick Lodge No 359, A., F. and A. Masons of Victoria. - Officers and Members of above Lodge and Craft in general are informed that the remains of their late esteemed Bro. the Rev. ALFRED JAMES COLE will be interred in Berwick Cemetery THIS DAY (Thursday, 24th November). Service in the Church of England at 3 pm.
    Wor. Bro. J. S. LOVERIDGE W.M.
    Wor. Bro. J. HAMMOND Sec.6
  • 6 Nov 1939, BERWICK WINDOWS. Sunday.—In memory of the late Rev. A. J. Cole who was vicar of the church for 28 years. Archbishop Head to-day unveiled a window given by Mrs. Cole, and a chancel window given by members and friends of the church. Archbishop Head said that Mr Cole had endeared himself to all religious denominations in Berwick during his service there.26

Citations

  1. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Ken Hudson's memories of his time as a vestryman."
  2. [S59] John Milligan, Book: The History of St. John's Anglican Church, Upper Beaconsfield.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "reg Gard."
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Nov 1938, p10.
  7. [S103] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903.
  8. [S109] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1909.
  9. [S114] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1914.
  10. [S115] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1915.
  11. [S116] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1916.
  12. [S117] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1917.
  13. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  14. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  15. [S121] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1921.
  16. [S122] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1922.
  17. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  18. [S125] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1925.
  19. [S126] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1926.
  20. [S127] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1927.
  21. [S128] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1928.
  22. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  23. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    4-274-A     Cole     A.J.     M     77     24/11/1938     1005
    4-274-A     Cole     Clara     F     93     26/04/1955     1353
    Photograph: bw0744.
  24. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Jul 1910, p1.
  25. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 23 Nov 1938, p14.
  26. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Nov 1939, p2.
Last Edited1 Jan 2017

Walter Driffield McMinn

M, #3220, b. 16 Jul 1892, d. 19 Apr 1978

World War I

Walter Driffield McMinn enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement on 12 Jun 1915 while he was living in Hawthorn and working as a traveller. His unit embarked from Melbourne on 1 Apr 1916 on board HMAT A23 Suffolk. He was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Australia on 5 Apr 1918.
He moved to Upper Beaconsfield after he retired from the military where he achieved the rank of Major.1
Probate (Will)* Walter Driffield McMinn. Gentleman. Beaconsfield Upper. 19 Apr 1978. 851/564.2 
Birth*16 Jul 1892 Minto, NSW, Australia.3 
Marriage*19 Sep 1922 Spouse: Myrtle Louise Glasson. 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 
Military*14 Mar 1941Enlisted for military service: Hobart, TAS, Australia, Australian Army - Service Number TX6064 (T253520.)5 
Widower4 Mar 1963Walter Driffield McMinn became a widower upon the death of his wife Myrtle Louise Glasson.6 
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 1962.7,8 
Death*19 Apr 1978 Noble Park, VIC, Australia, #D8483 (age 86) [par Gilbert Roth McMINN & Madge MARSH].9 
Death-Notice*20 Apr 1978McMINN.—On April 19th W. D. McMinn, at Noble Park, late of St Georges Rd., Upper Beaconsfield, husband of the late Myrtle Louise, late of Orford and Hobart, Tasmania.
No flowers or condolences by request.
McMINN, W.D. — Loving stepfather of Alex (dec) and Jean and loving grandpa of Alex and Marjorie.
McMINN. — The friends of the late Mr. W. D. McMINN are notified that his funeral will leave St. John's Church of England, Upper Beaconsfield, TOMORROW (FRIDAY) after a service to commence at 10 a.m. for the Necropolis Crematorium, Springvale, arriving approx. 11.30 a.m.10 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1963Yallambee, St Georges Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil.11

Grave

  • Plot 4-618-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia12

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.13
  • 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.14
  • 6 Jan 1940, COMMITTED FOR TRIAL
    John Colin McDonald, who appeared in the Hobart Police Court yesterday on a charge of breaking and entering and theft, was committed for trial at the next sitting ot the Criminal Court at Hobart. Accused, who was represented by Mr. F. C. Mitchell, was charged with having at Hobart between April 7 and 12 last, broken and entered the house of Walter Driffield McMinn, and stolen a quantity of goods valued at £40. He pleaded not guilty. The Police Magistrate (Col. J. P. Clark) presided and Detective-Inspector R. W. Fleming prosecuted.
    Walter Driffield McMinn, army officer, Red Chapel Ave., Hobart, said accused on two occasions had been employed as a gardener by witness. Witness was absent from his home between April 7 and 12, and on returning found it had been forcibly entered and a quantity of goods stolen.
    Evidence also was given by Alice Ann Kettlewell, second-hand dealer, Liverpool St., Hobart, Detective-Sergeant T. J. Marshall, and Detective H. T. Reid, who described an interview with accused. Witness on that occasion had recovered a suit which the witness McMinn identified as his property.15
  • 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.16
  • 22 Nov 1978, Beaconsfield Upper. Executor's Auction. Under Instructions from The Union-Fidelty Trustee Company of Australia Limited and Ors. On the property "YALLAMBEE" St Georges Road, Saturday Dec 9 at 11.30 am
    Also Sale of Furniture to start at 10 am same day. (inspections from 9am)
    3 Acres - 1.28 ha
    Property comprises a charming Weatherboard Home set in a beautiful old garden of many attractive trees and flowering shrubs.
    Home has 3 bedrooms, lounge, diningroom, &c. and includes WW carpets, curtains, ELFs and sun blinds. Sweeping driveway leads to garage and shedding. Mains water connected.
    Terms: 10 % deposit, ba. 60 days.
    Furniture includes Six Antique Chairs and Tables, early Victorian Buffet, Ellingsen Rolltop Desk, Bedroom Suite, Pictures, Books, Edwardian Whatnot, Bow-fronted Chest of Drawers, Mahagony Card Tables and Color TV.
    G.H. Hudson Pty Ltd 57 High Street Berwick 707 1944, 707 1634, AH 707 1541, 707 1312
    Cotton-Stapleton & Co 116 Main Street Pakenham. Pf (059) 41 1022, AH (059) 41 1695.17

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI.
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P9, unit 5; VPRS 7591/P5, unit 1.
  3. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Military File, 2nd World War.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 3 Jan 1923, p1.
  5. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, MCMINN, WALTER DRIFFIELD
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      TX6064 (T253520)
    Date of Birth      16 Jul 1892
    Place of Birth      MINTO, NSW
    Date of Enlistment      14 Mar 1941
    Locality on Enlistment      LOWER SANDY BAY, TAS
    Place of Enlistment      HOBART, TAS
    Next of Kin      MCMINN, MURTLE
    Prisoner of War      No.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "reg. Beaconsfield."
  7. [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.
  8. [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.
  9. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  10. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 20 Apr 1978, p23.
  11. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
  12. [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.
  13. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart), 14 Jul 1937, p4S.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart) 21 Jul 1937, p3S.
  15. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart), 6 Jan 1940, p12.
  16. [S14] Newspaper - The Mercury (Hobart) 14 Feb 1940, p5.
  17. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 22 Nov 1978, p34.
Last Edited2 Feb 2019

Alexander Henry White

M, #3221, b. 9 May 1882, d. 7 Aug 1915
Birth*9 May 1882 Ballarat, VIC, Australia. 
Marriage*22 Oct 1913 Spouse: Myrtle Louise Glasson. St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat, VIC, Australia, #M8766.1
 
Death*7 Aug 1915 Gallipoli, Turkey. 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Alexander Henry White (1882-1915), army officer and maltster, was born on 9 May 1882 at Ballarat, Victoria, fifth child of Alexander White, a maltster from Scotland, and his English wife Eliza, née Collison. Educated by a private tutor and at Grenville College, Ballarat, Alexander followed his father and brother into the malting business, joining Wendouree Malt House. He became a citizen-soldier in 1899: his 'whole heart and soul was in his military work from the time he joined the old (Victorian) Mounted Rifles in Ballarat after leaving school'. Commissioned in March 1904, he gained steady promotion and by 1914 was brigade major in the 5th Light Horse Brigade. On 22 October 1913 he had married Myrtle Louise Glasson at St Peter's Anglican Church, Ballarat.
Transferring to the Australian Imperial Force on 21 September 1914, White was given command of the 8th Light Horse Regiment. He was promoted lieutenant-colonel on 1 January 1915, eight weeks before the regiment embarked for Egypt as part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. The unit landed at Gallipoli on 21 May to be employed as infantry. White was wounded in action on 27 June, but resumed command on 4 July.
At 4.30 a.m. on 7 August 1915 the 3rd Light Horse Brigade mounted a bayonet assault on the Turkish trenches at The Nek. Seven minutes earlier, due to an error, the preliminary bombardment had ceased, allowing the enemy to prepare for the attack. White led the first of his regiment's two waves, but was shot down a short distance from his trench. Of the 300 officers and soldiers under his command, 153 died with him and 80 were wounded within minutes. The charge has endured as one of the best-known episodes of the Gallipoli Peninsula campaign: it was the subject of a painting by George Lambert and the setting for the finale in the 1981 Australian film, Gallipoli.
Charles Bean criticized White for leading the charge instead of remaining to supervise the operation; had he stayed behind he might have lent support to Lieutenant-Colonel N. M. Brazier, the commanding officer of the accompanying 10th Light Horse Regiment, in his appeals to Lieutenant-Colonel John Antill, brigade major of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade, to halt the third and fourth waves of the assault. A sensitive man and a conscientious, brave and respected officer, White was mentioned in dispatches for his bold action. His wife survived him, as did their only son, Alexander John Middleton, who joined the Australian Army Medical Corps during World War II and was made a prisoner of war by the Japanese in 1942.2

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  2. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, Burness, Peter, 'White, Alexander Henry (1882–1915)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/white-alexander-henry-9068/…, accessed 28 July 2011.
Last Edited2 Feb 2019

Keith Frederick Gibbs

M, #3225, b. 1912, d. Aug 1989
Keith Frederick GIBBS
Father*Claud Chipton Browse Gibbs b. 1885, d. 1943
Mother*Rita Evelyn Walker
Birth*1912 Sandringham, VIC, Australia, #B7008 [par Claud Cripton B GIBBS & Rita Evelyn WALKER].1 
Marriage*1938 Spouse: Helen Duff Fisher. VIC, Australia, #M539.2
 
Land-UBeac*9 Apr 1945 GEM-D-1A l/p 1137 (Lots 7.8). Transfer from Sydney Albert Cheney to Keith Frederick Gibbs. 10a 0r 7 9/10p.3 
Land-UBeac9 Apr 1945 GEM-D-1A l/p 1137 (Lots 9-12). Transfer from Sydney Albert Cheney to Keith Frederick Gibbs. 20a 0r 17p.4 
Land-UBeac9 Apr 1945 GEM-D-1A l/p 1137 (Lot 6). Transfer from Sydney Albert Cheney to Keith Frederick Gibbs. 4a 2r 7p.5 
Land-UBeac*14 Feb 1949 GEM-D-1A l/p 1137 (Lots 7.8). Transfer from Keith Frederick Gibbs to Alric Oliver Yourn. 10a 0r 7 9/10p.6 
Land-UBeac14 Feb 1949 GEM-D-1A l/p 1137 (Lots 9-12). Transfer from Keith Frederick Gibbs to Alric Oliver Yourn. 20a 0r 17p.7 
Note*28 Apr 1954 Poultry farmer.8 
Death*Aug 19899 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1954 - 1968'Wistow', Sugarloaf Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Helen Duff Gibbs.10,11

Grave

  • A C Downard Lawn, Bed 19, Position 62, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia9

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3880-980 - Keith Frederick Gibbs of "Kardinia" Yarra Glen Farmer.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6683-491 - Keith Frederick Gibbs of "Kardinia" Yarra Glen Farmer.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1840-978 - Keith Frederick Gibbs of "Kardinia" Yarra Glen Farmer.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3880-980 - Alric Oliver Yourn of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6683-491 - Alric Oliver Yourn of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Apr 1954, p7.
  9. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  10. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
  11. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
Last Edited22 Sep 2016

Helen Duff Fisher

F, #3226, b. 11 Nov 1916, d. 29 Apr 2012
Married NameGibbs. 
Birth*11 Nov 19161 
Marriage*1938 Spouse: Keith Frederick Gibbs. VIC, Australia, #M539.2
 
WidowAug 1989Helen Duff Fisher became a widow upon the death of her husband Keith Frederick Gibbs.1 
Death*29 Apr 2012 VIC, Australia.1 
Death-Notice*1 May 2012GIBBS (Fisher).—Helen Duff. 11.11.1916 - 29.04.2012 Dearly loved wife of Keith (dec. ). Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Margaret, Pam and Felix Goldschmied, Barbara and Darrell Hardy. Dearest Gran to Katie, Andrew, Antony. Lisa, Jason, Bridget and Matthew and proud Super Gran to 17 great grandchildren. Will be sadly missed Thank you to the staff at Melville Grange for their special care.
GIBBS (Fisher). - A Service of Thanksgiving for the late Mrs Helen Duff Gibbs will be held at the Berwick Anglican Church, cnr Elgin and Peel Sts, Berwick on FRIDAY (May 4, 2012) at 11.30 a. m. Privately Cremated Following the Service refreshments will be served in the Church foyer.3 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1954 - 1968'Wistow', Sugarloaf Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Keith Frederick Gibbs.4,5

Newspaper-Articles

  • 19 Apr 1944, GIBBS (Fisher).-On April 10, at Margaret Coles, to Mr. and Mrs. K. F. Gibbs -a daughter.6
  • 18 Feb 1950, GIBBS-On February 16 at Berwick B.N.H., to Helen, wife of Keith Gibbs, Upper Beaconsfield-a daughter.7

Citations

  1. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "1 May 2012 - viewed online."
  4. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
  5. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Apr 1944, p2.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Feb 1950, p13.
Last Edited9 Apr 2016

Alfred Luke Gibbs

M, #3228, b. 7 Apr 1925, d. 27 Apr 2008
Father*Alfred Freeland Gibbs b. Jun 1894, d. 28 Apr 1973
Mother*Agnes Alice Lees b. 1892, d. Jan 1987
Birth*7 Apr 1925 VIC, Australia. 
Land-UBeac*24 Dec 1954 GEM-E-3A. Transfer from Public Trustee to Alfred Luke Gibbs. 19a 2r 20p.1 
Land-UBeac*26 Jun 1961 GEM-E-3A (part) l/p 47971 Lot 1. Transfer from Alfred Luke Gibbs to Alfred Freeland Gibbs Agnes Alice Gibbs. 5a 3r 19p (contains a brick house.)2 
Land-Note*22 Aug 1961 GEM-E-3A: Cancelled as to part pursuant to Regulation 12 and Titles issued as set out hereunder on 22 Aug 1961. (Lots 1, 2) l/p 47971. Lot 1 (5a 3r 19p) contains a brick house - Lot 2 (13a 3r 27p).3 
Land-UBeac*18 Oct 1967 GEM-E-3A (part) l/p 47971 Lot 2. Transfer from Alfred Luke Gibbs to Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. Lot 2 (13a 3r 27p.)4 
(Witness) Residencebt 1972 - 1977 Clovelly, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Note*c 1975 Pony Club history: Local man Lou Gibb and several Upper Beaconsfield Adult Riding Club Members (UBARC) held small gatherings of local children on ponies at the Rec Reserve.5 
Village Bell*Jan 1981The article reads: Luke Gibbs, his brother, and his mother (who is now around the "Three score years and thirty" mark) came to Dewhurst in 1946. He lived and worked there until the Board of Works took over, and latterly he worked on clearing and levelling for the Board's huge dam.
Much of the land as he recalls it was taken up with orchards, market gardens, pasture, and pine plantations, and on the outskirts was bushland. There was still a profusion of wildlife; a gully running up from Gibbs' place to Ladd's, sheltered wombats and helmeted honeyeaters.
Ladd Road was only a bush track, until it was formed into a road of sorts in 1947-48, but even then it was inadequate for traffic, and it was the subject of appeals from the Fire Brigade to the Shire, as it gave access to the most difficult part of the Brigade's territory.
The majority of landowners were residents, but there were a few weekenders. There was a Post Office and Store, Fire Station, Church, School and Hall, a Guest House, and the Jewish Youth Club Camp.6 
Death*27 Apr 2008 Salisbury House, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Death-Notice*29 Apr 2008GIBBS. - Alfred Luke. Apr. 17, 1925 - Apr. 27, 2008. Died peacefully at Salisbury House, Upper Beaconsfield. Aged 83 years. Formerly of Dewhurst and Upper Beaconsfield. Long time friend who will be sadly missed with fond memories. Good bye Lou. - Helen, Peter and family.7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1949Norwood, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer.8
1954'Norwood', Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With John Freeland Gibbs.9
1963Norwood, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Alfred Freeland Gibbs and Agnes Alice Gibbs and John Freeland Gibbs.10
1968Norwood, Ladd Road, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Alfred Freeland Gibbs and Agnes Alice Gibbs and John Freeland Gibbs.11
1972Stoney Creek Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Alfred Freeland Gibbs and Agnes Alice Gibbs and John Freeland Gibbs.12
1977Stoney Creek Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Agnes Alice Gibbs and John Freeland Gibbs.13
198012 Albers Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Agnes Alice Gibbs.14

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia15

Newspaper-Articles

  • 1 Dec 1954, UNDER THE HEALTH. ACT No. 3697, Part V, Section 82.
    I, Alfred Luke Gibbs, hereby give notice of my intention to establish an offensive trade, namely a PIGGERY, situated on Stockyard Hill Rd., 3a Section E, Counties of Evelyn and Mornington, Shire of Berwick. (Sgd.) ALFRED L. GIBBS. November 22. 1954.16

Citations

  1. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7960-137 - Alfred Luke Gibbs of "Norwood" Dewhurst Farmer (A Queen's Caveat No 138357 had been lodged on 30 Nov 1953 - withdrawn 24 Dec 1954).
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8309-079 - Alfred Freeland Gibbs Retired and Agnes Alice Gibbs Married Woman Both of Reigate Ladd's Road Dewhurst - joint proprietors.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7960-137 - Cancelled as to part pursuant to Regulation 12 and Titles issued as set out hereunder on 22 Aug 1961. (Lots 1, 2) - C/T 8309-079 and 080.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8309-080 - Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.
  5. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.upperbeaconsfield.ponyclubvic.org.au/site/…
  6. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "16-1981, p12."
  7. [S13] Newspaper - Herald Sun "29 Apr 2008 - viewed online 10 Nov 2013
    http://tributes.heraldsun.com.au/obituaries/heraldsun-au/."
  8. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  9. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
  10. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
  11. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
  12. [S172] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1972.
  13. [S177] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1977.
  14. [S180] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1980 "Agnes' residence = Albers Road ; Luke's = 12 Albers Road."
  15. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  16. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "1 Dec 1954, p19."
Last Edited20 Sep 2016

Alfred Freeland Gibbs

M, #3229, b. Jun 1894, d. 28 Apr 1973
Birth*Jun 1894 Weymouth, Dorset, England, Jun Q [Weymouth] 5a 293
baptism 24 Jun 1894.1,2,3 
Military*24 Nov 1914Enlisted for military service: Regimental number 1352 - Farm labourer - Next of kin Father, Captain A W Gibbs, Hill View, Newdigate, Surrey, England - Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915 - Regimental number from Nominal Roll 3152 Rank Sergeant Unit AHQ.4 
Marriage*1923 Spouse: Agnes Alice Lees. Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #M3276.5,6
 
Land-UBeac*26 Jun 1961 GEM-E-3A (part) l/p 47971 Lot 1. Transfer from Alfred Luke Gibbs to Alfred Freeland Gibbs Agnes Alice Gibbs. 5a 3r 19p (contains a brick house.)7 
Land-UBeac*30 Apr 1968 GEM-E-3A (part) l/p 47971 Lot 1. Transfer from Alfred Freeland Gibbs Agnes Alice Gibbs to Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. 5a 3r 19p (contains a brick house.)8 
Land-UBeac*29 May 1968 GEM-D-3 (part).D-4.GEM-D-43 (part). Transfer from William Rupert John Shields to Alfred Freeland Gibbs Agnes Alice Gibbs. 16a 9p 4/10p + 11a 2r 38 1/2p.9,10 
Residence*bt 1972 - 1977 Clovelly, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia. 
Death*28 Apr 1973 Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia, #D9752 (age 79) [par Alfred William GIBBS & Fanny LEYTON].11 
Death-Notice*30 Apr 1973GIBBS. On April 28th Mr Alfred Freeland Gibbs of Stoney Creek Rd, Upper Beaconsfield, dearly loved husband of Agnes Alice, loving father of John and Alfred. Rest in peace.
GIBBS. A service will be held to Mr ALFRED FREELAND GIBBS at Tobins chapel, 505 Princes Hwy., Noble Park, TO-MORROW (TUESDAY), at 10.15 a.m. A private cremation will follow at the Necropolis Springvale. Mourners are invited to use our carpark at reae of chapel.12 
Land-Note*12 Mar 1975 GEM-D-43 (part): Agnes Alice Gibbs of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield Widow is now the surviving proprietor.13 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
2 Apr 1911Alfred William GIBBS, Hillview, Cudworth Newdigate, Surrey, EnglandAssisting father (Retired Engr Capt RN Now Farmer)14
bt 1924 - 195452 Empress Road, Surrey Hills, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: clerk. With Agnes Alice Gibbs.15,16,17
1963Norwood, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil. With Agnes Alice Gibbs. With John Freeland Gibbs Alfred Luke Gibbs.18
1968Norwood, Ladd Road, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil. With Agnes Alice Gibbs. With John Freeland Gibbs Alfred Luke Gibbs.19
1972Stoney Creek Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: no occ. With Agnes Alice Gibbs. With John Freeland Gibbs Alfred Luke Gibbs.20

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, BANKSIA, WALL NICHE SINGLE, WALL E NICHE 577 & 58121

Family

Agnes Alice Lees b. 1892, d. Jan 1987
Child 1.Alfred Luke Gibbs b. 7 Apr 1925, d. 27 Apr 2008

Citations

  1. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/WY(HT).
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
    Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.
  2. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1911 census."
  3. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  4. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, Regimental number     1352
    Religion     Church of England
    Occupation     Farm labourer
    Marital status     Single
    Age at embarkation     20
    Next of kin     Father, Captain A W Gibbs, Hill View, Newdigate, Surrey, England
    Enlistment date     24 November 1914
    Rank on enlistment     Private
    Unit name     6th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
    AWM Embarkation Roll number     23/23/2
    Embarkation details     Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
    Regimental number from Nominal Roll     3152
    Rank from Nominal Roll     Sergeant
    Unit from Nominal Roll     AHQ
    Fate     Effective abroad (still overseas).
  5. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, mace Family Tree - Owner: vivmace - give marriage date as 6 Apr 1924.
  6. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8309-079 - Alfred Freeland Gibbs Retired and Agnes Alice Gibbs Married Woman Both of Reigate Ladd's Road Dewhurst - joint proprietors.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8309-079 - Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8080-500 - Alfred Freeland Gibbs Gentleman and Agnes Alice Gibbs Married Woman both of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 6791-166 to C/T 8733-938 - Alfred Freeland Gibbs Gentleman and Agnes Alice Gibbs Married Woman both of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors.
  11. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  12. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 30 Apr 1973, p23.
  13. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8080-500 - Agnes Alice Gibbs of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield Widow is now the surviving proprietor.
  14. [S83] Online index to the UK census "1911 census: Class: RG14; Piece: 3179; Schedule Number: 164."
  15. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  16. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  17. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
  18. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
  19. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
  20. [S172] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1972.
  21. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited15 Oct 2016

Walter Merritt

M, #3230, b. 1877, d. 19 Nov 1965
Walter MERRITT

World War I

MERRITT, Walter [known as 'Loo' (from Waterloo)]. Private [494], A Squadron. Born Camberwell, 6/6/78. Station Hand. Single. NOK: Mother, Eliza Merritt, nee Kirkpatrick, 14 Farmer Street, Burnley. Father: John Merritt. Religion: Roman Catholic. Height 5 feet 8 1/2 ins. Chest measurement 35 1/2 ins. Left Melbourne on the Euryalus, 10/3/00; disembarked Beira, 3/4/00 to join Rhodesian Field Force. Invalided to Australia via Tasmania on the Waiwera, thence to Melbourne on the Coogee, arriving 14/12/00. Discharged 25/1/01. Medal entitlement: QSA and two clasps: tvl/rhod. In 1901 married Elizabeth Hart Gloster, and in 1914 was living in Upper Beaconsfield. He was employed as a locomotive driver. WW1: AIF: Enlisted 4/11/1914 as Private (105), C Company, 3rd Bn. AN & MEF. Corporal 15/5/15. Reverts to Private, 29/9/15, at his own request. Discharged 13/10/16.
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2,3
Probate (Will)* 636/707. Walter MERRITT Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: East Kew , Walter MERRITT Date of grant: 02 Mar 1966; Date of death: 19 Nov 1965; Occupation: Gentleman; Residence: East Kew.4 
Birth*1877 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #B16152 [par John MERRITT & Eliza KIRKPATRICK].5 
Marriage*1901 Spouse: Elizabeth Harriett Gloster. VIC, Australia, #M6231.6
 
Land-UBeac*15 Jul 1919 GEM-C-12. Transfer from Edgar Elmore Williams to Walter Merritt. 19a 3r 12p.7 
Land-UBeac*7 May 1921 GEM-C-12. Transfer from Walter Merritt to Arthur William 'Boss' Shorthouse. 19a 3r 12p.8 
Widower7 Jul 1942Walter Merritt became a widower upon the death of his wife Elizabeth Harriett Gloster.9 
Death*19 Nov 1965 Caulfield, VIC, Australia, #D26030 (Age 86) [par William MERRITT & Emily KIRKPATRICK].9 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1914 - 1919Yuulong, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: manager. With Elizabeth Harriett Merritt.10,11,12,13,14,15
1921Yuulong, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: manager.16

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT N SECTION 6 GRAVE 1617

Newspaper-Articles

  • 10 Mar 1900, 199. Private MERRITT. Walter S., station hand, 14 Farmer-street, Burnley (494).18
  • 28 Aug 1917, WOMAN WORKS IN ORCHARD WHILE HER HUSBAND SERVES
    To enable Walter Merritt, an orchardist of Upper Beaconsfield, to serve with the colors, his wife has been working the orchard. Merritt enlisted in August, 1914, with the Light Horse.
    When volunteers were called for the expedition to German New Guinea, he transferred to the Tropical Forces, and served 710 days in the German colonies. Early in the campaign he was appointed police master, and claims to have been the first white man to cross a chain of mountains running through the heart of New Guinea.
    One of his many experiences was administering the oath of allegiance to the natives at Morobi, one of the outstations in the former German colonies.
    Merritt was a member of the First Victorian Bushmen's Contingent which went to South Africa, where he served for 355 days. At Rustenberg, when on extended scout duty, he was cut off from his party, and was forced to spend two days in hiding. Eventually he found his way to Pretoria, where he again joined the Australians. Later he was appointed despatch rider to Colonel Tom Price, and had many exciting experiences.
    On October 13,1916, he was discharged from the Tropical Forces as medically unfit, but recently was accepted for home service.19

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=206977
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Photo of Walter and Elizabeth Merritt, 1901, courtesy Brooke Turner.
  4. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 7591/ P3 unit 623, item 636/707
    VPRS 28/ P4 unit 3670, item 636/707.
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2097-397 - Edgar Elmore Williams to Walter Merritt of Upper Beaconsfield Farmer.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2097-397 - Walter Merritt to Arthur William Shorthouse of Upper Beaconsfield Coach Driver.
  9. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  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. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    also buried in the same grave is Ethel Joy TURNER, service 26 Oct 1942 (no death found in VIC).
  18. [S14] Newspaper - Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), Sat 10 Mar 1900, p25
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198529605
    photo page 36.
  19. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Tue 28 Aug 1917, p8
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242481026
Last Edited13 Feb 2018

Elizabeth Harriett Gloster

F, #3231, b. 1874, d. 7 Jul 1942
Probate (Will)* 334/573. Elizabeth H MERRITT Date of grant: 18 Aug 1942; Date of death: 07 Jul 1942; Occupation: Married; Residence: Caulfield.1 
Married NameMerritt. 
Birth*1874 Axedale, VIC, Australia, #B20525 (as unnamed Female.)2 
Marriage*1901 Spouse: Walter Merritt. VIC, Australia, #M6231.3
 
Land-UBeac*12 Sep 1914 GEM-C-14. Transfer from Henry Wooldridge to Elizabeth Harriett Merritt. In Wooldridge probate (1902) valued at £100 - unimproved - in 1906 (unrealised).4,5 
Land-UBeac*14 Apr 1919 GEM-C-13. Transfer from Robert William Berry MacKenzie to Elizabeth Harriett Merritt. 19a 3r 28p.6 
Land-UBeac*15 Apr 1921 GEM-C-14. Transfer from Elizabeth Harriett Merritt to Harry Tassell Mary Ann Beatrice Tassell. 20a 0r 0p.7 
Land-UBeac*13 Jul 1921 GEM-C-13. Transfer from Elizabeth Harriett Merritt to Frederick Funnell. 19a 3r 28p.8 
Death*7 Jul 1942 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D6682 (age 66) [par Edwin GLOSTER & Harriet HARDINGHAM].9 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1914 - 1919Yuulong, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Walter Merritt.10,11,12,13,14,15

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT N SECTION 6 GRAVE 1616

Newspaper-Articles

  • 21 Dec 1916, From E. Merritt, Upper Beaconsfield, re need of culvert at entrance into Pakenham road from Split Rock road.17
  • 28 Aug 1917, WOMAN WORKS IN ORCHARD WHILE HER HUSBAND SERVES
    To enable Walter Merritt, an orchardist of Upper Beaconsfield, to serve with the colors, his wife has been working the orchard. Merritt enlisted in August, 1914, with the Light Horse.
    When volunteers were called for the expedition to German New Guinea, he transferred to the Tropical Forces, and served 710 days in the German colonies. Early in the campaign he was appointed police master, and claims to have been the first white man to cross a chain of mountains running through the heart of New Guinea.
    One of his many experiences was administering the oath of allegiance to the natives at Morobi, one of the outstations in the former German colonies.
    Merritt was a member of the First Victorian Bushmen's Contingent which went to South Africa, where he served for 355 days. At Rustenberg, when on extended scout duty, he was cut off from his party, and was forced to spend two days in hiding. Eventually he found his way to Pretoria, where he again joined the Australians. Later he was appointed despatch rider to Colonel Tom Price, and had many exciting experiences.
    On October 13,1916, he was discharged from the Tropical Forces as medically unfit, but recently was accepted for home service.18

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/ P3 unit 3677, item 334/573
    VPRS 7591/ P2 unit 1179, item 334/573.
  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 2026-186 - Henry Wooldridge died on 11th July 1902 - Probate granted to Perpetual Executors and Trustees Association of Australia Limited - land transferred to Elizabeth Harriet Merritt of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman - C/T 3829-757.
  5. [S66] Berwick Shire Rates, 1870-1965 Still in rate book 1913/14 as Wooldridge Estate.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-751 - Elizabeth Harriet Merritt of Upper Beaconsfield Married Woman.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3829-757 - Elizabeth Harriet Merritt to Harry Tassell Signalman and Mary Ann Beatrice Tassell both of 6/4 Barker Street Footscray - joint proprietors.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1154-751 - Frederick Funnell of Upper Beaconsfield Orchardist - C/T 4464-741.
  9. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  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. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,
    also buried in the same grave is Ethel Joy TURNER, service 26 Oct 1942 (no death found in VIC).
  17. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 21 Dec 1916, p3.
  18. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Tue 28 Aug 1917, p8
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242481026
Last Edited13 Feb 2018

Christopher Peel Potter

M, #3236, b. 7 Aug 1926, d. 21 Oct 1944
Christopher Peel POTTER
(1926-1944)
Father*Gerald Peel Potter b. Jun 1882, d. 3 Sep 1930
Mother*Beryl Scott b. 19 Apr 1890, d. 9 Mar 1953
Birth*7 Aug 1926 Launceston, TAS, Australia.1 
Military*9 Nov 1943Enlisted for military service: Royal Australian Navy PM7170      Ordinary Seaman HMAS Australia.2 
Death*21 Oct 1944 Leyte Gulf, Phillipines. 
Note*a 21 Oct 1944 Memorial for the sailors killed on the HMAS Australia.3
Death-Notice*28 Oct 1944POTTER.-On October 20, killed in action, H.M.A.S. Australia, Christopher Peel Potter, R.A.N.R. dearly loved younger son of Beryl and the late Gerald Peel Potter.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Aug 1926, POTTER--On the 7th of August, at "Nauru," the wife of G. P. Potter - a son.5
  • 27 Oct 1944, BOMBING KILLS FIVE TASMANIANS IN FLAGSHIP ATTACK. "The Mercury" Special Service. CANBERRA. Thurs.
    The announcement by the Prime Minister on the losses on HMAS Australia stated:
    "The damage was confined to the upper deck, in the vicinity of the flagship's bridge, and although only superficial damage was caused to the ship herself the casualties suffered in that exposed position were heavy, in all 19 being killed or subsequently dying of wounds, and 54 being wounded.
    "A list of those who were killed, or who have died of wounds, is as follows:
    "Killed.-Lt Henry Brinsmead Bayley, Lt. Ivor Maurice Jones, CPO George Frederick Hutchison, OS Ronald Hocking, AB Francis Gerard Miller, AB Noel Aubrey Rattray.
    "Died of wounds.-Capt Emil Frank Verlaine Dechaineux, Acting Commander John Francis Rayment. Acting AB Max Buckland, AB Gordon Kenneth Fenton, AB Vincent Leo Hansen, AB John Wilson Hocking, AB Allan Richard Maunsell, AB Richard John Parkinson, AB Frederick Percival Perrin, Leading Seaman Donald Pittendright, OS Christopher Peel Potter, OS Ronald Hamilton Sharpe, AB Francis Frederick Spurr.
    "The next of kin of all have been imformed," said Mr Curtin. -"In announcing this, the Government and I, representing the Australian people, extend to all these next of kin the sincerest sympathy in their loss
    '*The Royal Australian Navy has suffered heavily in this war in ships and personnel. It is a source of gratification to know that these losses, suffered in all cases in following the highest traditions of the service, have not been in vain. All operations have been leading up to this present situation, where the Royal Australian Navy, in company with our gallant American allies and with the Royal Navy, is in the spearhead of the attack which is inflicting successive defeats on the enemy.
    "The enemy's blow at HMAS Australia is sobering proof of the constant warnings given to the Australian people that there will be no bloodless paths to victory. Much as I regret the deaths, of gallant Australians and the damage to a fine ship, I point to both as a demonstration that complacency among the Australian people must cease.
    "Australian fighting men have a hard road to Tokio. Their tasks and their sacrifices must be paralleled on the home front. I call for oversubscription of the Second Victory Loan in the name of these men.".
    Capt Dechaineux, who was, 42, was the eldest son of Mr L Dechaineux, of Hobart, and chose the Navy as his career in his boyhood. He was educated at the Friends' School, Hobart, and entered Jervis Bay Naval College as a cadet at the age of 13. He married in 1936 Miss Mary Harbottle, of Hobart.
    One of Australia's most brilliant naval officers, he took command of the Australia in March, and participated in the Hollandia landings, the bombardment of Wakde and Aitape, the landings at Biak, Noemfoor, and Morotai, and the invasion of the Philippines.
    He was promoted lieutenant in 1924 and commander in 1937. He went to England in 1936. Capt Dechaineux specialised in torpedoes, in which he took the advanced course, and won the Ogilvy Medal for gaining first place in the examinations for torpedo lieutenants at the RN staff college in England. His next appointment was to the tactical division at the Admiralty, where he served until 1940.
    He then served in command of destroyers overseas until August 1941, and was awarded the DSC for outstanding zeal and devotion to duty. He was recalled to Australia, in 1941 to act as Director of Operations. He held that post until November 1942, when he was appointed to command HMAS Warramunga. He commanded that ship in the Gasmata bombardment in November 1943. The landings at Arawe and Cape Gloucester in December, and the landings at Saidor in January 1944.
    He was promoted captain in December 1943, and until his transfer to the Australia in March was in command of task force destroyers with Australian and American ships under his operational control.
    Capt Dechaineux is survived by his widow, a son and daughter.
    AB Gordon Kenneth Fenton was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs K. B. Fenton, of Claremont. He was aged 19. He joined the RAN on July 13, 1942.
    AB Richard John Parkinson was the only son of Mr and Mrs R Parkinson, of Moonah. He was aged 23.
    OS Christopher Peel Potter was born in Tasmania, and joined the RAN on Nov. 9, 1943. He had served also in HMAS Allenwood.
    AB Noel Audrey Rattray was born in Tasmania, and joined the RAN on July 15, 1940. He had also served in HMAS Hobart.6

Citations

  1. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/
  2. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Name      POTTER, CHRISTOPHER PEEL
    Service      Royal Australian Navy
    Service Number      PM7170
    Date of Birth      7 Aug 1926
    Place of Birth      LAUNCESTON, TAS
    Date of Enlistment      9 Nov 1943
    Locality on Enlistment      Unknown
    Home Port/Port Division      PORT MELBOURNE, VIC
    Next of Kin      POTTER, BERYL
    Date of Death      21 Oct 1944
    Rank      Ordinary Seaman
    Posting on Death      HMAS Australia
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No
    Roll of Honour      MELBOURNE VIC.
  3. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Source Citation: Peter Singlehurst; Naval Memorials in the Untied Kingdom Plymouth Part 8; Roll #: 40465_291219.
    Source Information:
    Ancestry.com. UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 28 Oct 1944, p2.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 9 Aug 1926, p1.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Mercury (Hobart), 27 Oct 1944, p2.
Last Edited28 Apr 2014

Beryl Scott

F, #3238, b. 19 Apr 1890, d. 9 Mar 1953

Upper Beaconsfield

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
Note* Robert Steele Scott was born in 1837 at Ardmeen, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. In 1858 he came to Victoria where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits for 10 years. After a trip to England he returned to Melbourne and opened a business as an importer. He married Alice Tulloch on 8 Oct 1878 in Launceston. About three years later they returned to Launceston and established an importing business, handling principally hardware. Mr Scott, with Mr M Boland, took the contract for constructing the Launceston-Scottsdale railway. Robert was also a pastoralist at 'Dunedin', St Leonards, for many years.
Robert was made a JP in 1890 and was member of the Legislative Council for South Esk from 1899. He was a Benevolent Society supporter, was associated with the National Agricultural Society and director of various companies, including the National Bank of Tasmania, the Launceston Gas Company and the Queensland Insurance Company. He was also a prominent Freemason, being a member of Lodge of Hope for 42 years. He died on 28 July 1924 at his residence, 'Annsbrae', Launceston at the age of 86 and was buried at the Carr Villa Cemetry.
Place of Residence 'Annsbrae' 2 Brisbane Street Launceston, Tasmania
Wife: Alice Florence Tulloch
Children: Florence (Nonee), Samuel, Beatrice, Muriel, Rupert, Beryl, Stanley & Thelma.2 
Married NamePotter. 
Birth*19 Apr 1890 Launceston, TAS, Australia, #B241 [par Robert Steele SCOTT & Alice Florence TULLOCH] - as F(emale) SCOTT.3,4 
Marriage*18 Dec 1917 Spouse: Gerald Peel Potter. Holy Trinity Church, Launceston, TAS, Australia.5
 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel18 Feb 1920 Sailing with Gerald Peel Potter, Audrey Hope Potter, Eva Daphne Potter, Judith Shirley Potter to Plymouth, England. Ship Mantua leaving Australia
Age 29.6
(Migrant) Migration/Travel16 Oct 1920 Sailing with Gerald Peel Potter, Audrey Hope Potter, Eva Daphne Potter, Judith Shirley Potter to Australia. Ship Nestor leaving Glasgow for Australia. Intended Residence Tasmania.7
Widow3 Sep 1930Beryl Scott became a widow upon the death of her husband Gerald Peel Potter.8 
Land-UBeac*11 Jun 1941 PAK-123.125.29 (part). Transfer from Lalla Freda Jaeger to Beryl Potter.9 
Land-Note*11 Jun 1941 PAK-123.125.29 (part): Mortgagee: Lalla Freda Jaeger. Discharged 2 Nov 1944. Mortgagor was Beryl Potter.10 
Land-UBeac*2 Nov 1944 PAK-123.125.29 (part). Transfer from Beryl Potter to John Bruce Chirnside Frances Mary Chirnside.11 
Death*9 Mar 1953 Private Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.12 
Death-Notice*10 Mar 1953POTTER.—On March 9, 1953, at a private hospital, Brisbane, Beryl, wife of the late G. P. Potter.12 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1942Newstead, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.13

Family

Gerald Peel Potter b. Jun 1882, d. 3 Sep 1930
Children 1.Hugh Tulloch Potter+ b. 11 Feb 1922, d. 1 Feb 1953
 2.Christopher Peel Potter b. 7 Aug 1926, d. 21 Oct 1944

Newspaper-Articles

  • 20 Dec 1917, WEDDING BELLS. POTTER-SCOTT. At Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday afternoon, 18th inst., at 2.30, the marriage was solemnised of Miss Beryl Scott, daughter of the Hon. R. S. Scott and Mrs. Scott, "Annsbrae," Brisbane-road, with Mr Gerald Potter "Tullochgorum," Fingal Canon de Coetlogon (rector) performed the ceremony, in the presence of immediate relatives and intimate friends only. The bride, who entered the church with her father, wore a lovely accordeon-pleated frock of the palest pink Georgette, the only garniture being a girdle of small shaded roses at the waist. Her white lace hat was swathed with "powder blue tulle, one end falling on to her shoulder, and she carried a beautifully arranged shower bouquet of powder blue delphiniums tied with a sash of palest pink satin ribbon. She also wore the bridegroom's gift, a diamond and sap phire brooch. Miss Thelma Scott (sister) attended as bridesmaid. Her smart frock of powder blue Celia silk was accordeon pleated, and finished with a scarf at the waist. Her black velvet hat had lime velvet crown swathed with shaded tulle and she carried a shower bouquet of shaded carnations tied with lime satin ribbon to match her hat. The bridegroom presented her with a diamond and pearl ring. Lieutenant Dudley Pansome (in khaki) accompanied the bridegroom as best man. The decorations in the chancel were beautiful water lilies, white hydrangeas, and many palms and pot plants being effectively grouped. Afterwards Mr. and Mrs. Scott received the wedding party and guests at "Annesbrae" to wedding tea. The reception-rooms and hall were exquisitely decorated with quantities of pink sweet peas and pink carnations, and graceful trails of asparagus fern. Lovely palms added greatly to the gene ral effect, which was most artistic. In the dining-room, where lavish wedding tea (catered for by Mrs. J. Fisher, who also made the artistic wedding cake) was served. The tables were done entirely with pale pink carnations and sweet peas, pale pink tulle, and ribbons, in charming effect, and on the mantle were masses of delphiniums, so that the colour scheme of the 'bride's toilette was reflected. Messrs. JH Taylor, Brisbane-street, arranged all the house de corations, as well as the bouquets. Mrs. R S Scott (bride's mother) wore a navy blue satin charmeuse and large black hat, and she carried a lovely bou quet of crimson roses, with pale blue ribbon bow and sash. Mrs. G. H. Hogg (bride's sister)-Electric blue crepe de chene frock, with Oriental trimming, and black hat with shaded silk swathe and tassel. Mr. and Mrs. Potter left later by motor for the country. Mrs. Potter's travel ling frock was of sand colour gaberdine with white satin collar and cuffs; hat to match, with powder blue swathe and a bunch of shaded roses at one side.5
  • 1 Oct 1918, POTTER.-On the 30th September, the wife of G. P. Potter, "Tullochgorum"—a daughter.14
  • 9 Aug 1926, POTTER--On the 7th of August, at "Nauru," the wife of G. P. Potter - a son.15
  • 10 Sep 1938, Miss Shirley Potter returned on the Monterey with her mother, Mrs. Gerald Potter, of Toorak, after a holiday in the United States.16
  • 29 May 1943, Wanted to buy. TRACTOR, for pulling stump, clearing, &c. Price, particulars, Potter, Upper Beaconsfield.17
  • 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.18

Citations

  1. [S207] Simon POTTER "visit on 27 Apr 2014."
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, www.launcestonfamilyalbum.org.au
    Marion Sargent Apr 2008.
  3. [S64] Archives Office of Tasmania. BDM Index Tasmania.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "two older siblings born in St Kilda 1879 & 1881."
  5. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 20 Dec 1917, p4.
  6. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Class: BT26; Piece: 678; Item: 101.
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
    Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces.
  7. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Source Citation: Class: BT26.
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  8. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  9. [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.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2329-714 & C/T 2955-857 - Mortgage No 807059 - discharged 2 Nov 1944.
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2329-714 & C/T 2955-857 - John Bruce Chirnside Grazier and Frances Mary Chirnside Married Woman both of Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors - C/T 6722-218 & C/T 2955-857.
  12. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 10 Mar 1953, p9.
  13. [S142] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1942.
  14. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 1 Oct 1918, p1.
  15. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston), 9 Aug 1926, p1.
  16. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 10 Sep 1938, p29.
  17. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 29 May 1943, p17.
  18. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 11 Jan 1944, p3.
Last Edited8 Jan 2019

Hugh Tulloch Potter

M, #3239, b. 11 Feb 1922, d. 1 Feb 1953
Hugh Tulloch POTTER
(1922-1953)
Father*Gerald Peel Potter b. Jun 1882, d. 3 Sep 1930
Mother*Beryl Scott b. 19 Apr 1890, d. 9 Mar 1953
Birth*11 Feb 1922 Fingal, TAS, Australia.1,2 
Military*8 Oct 1941Enlisted for military service: Australian Army VX64469. Discharge: 30 Oct 1945 Sergeant, PUBLIC RELATIONS FIELD UNIT. Locality on Enlistment Upper Beaconsfield.3 
Marriage*16 Jun 1944 Spouse: Illma Joan Rutledge. Christ Church, South Yarra, VIC, Australia.
 
Death*1 Feb 1953 Royal Park, VIC, Australia, #D7646 (age 30.)1 
Death-Notice*5 Feb 1953POTTER Hugh Tulloch.—On February 1 beloved husband of Joan and loving father of Simon and Andrew, late of Yea.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 12 Jun 1943, Engagements: RUTLEDGE-POTTER.-Joan Rutledge. A.A.M.W.S. elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Rutledge, Echuca, and Hugh Tulloch Potter, A.I.F., elder son of Mrs. G. P. Potter, Newstead, Upper Beaconsfield, and of the late G. P. Potter, Tullochgorum, Tasmania.5
  • 24 Jun 1944, Wedding of Echuca Service Girl Potter—Rutledge
    The bride, bridegroom and attendants, at the wedding of Sergeant Illma Joan Rutledge, AA.MWS, and Corporal Hugh Tulloch Potter (A.I.F.) all wore service uniforms. The marriage, took place at Christ Church, South Yarra, on Friday, June 16, and was celebrated by Padre McPherson.
    The bride, who is the elder daughter of Mr and Mrs H. J. Rutledge, Hare St., Echuca, was attended by Corporal Lorraine Bygate as matron of honor, and Captain H. Chapman was best man for the groom, who is the elder son of Mrs Potter, Upper Beaconsfield, and the late Mr G. P. Potter, Tullochgorum, Tasmania.
    After the ceremony, relatives and a few close friends were entertained at a wedding buffet tea at Amesbury House, Domain Road, South Yarra, where all the services were represented.
    The honeymoon is being spent in Melbourne, after which both bride and groom will return to their respective units.
    The romance of this happy couple began before they joined the services. They met at Mentone, where Joan was the popular junior teacher on the staff of the Girls' Grammar School, and the groom was an equally popular member of the staff of Standard Newspapers Pty. Ltd. Very pleasant memories of Mentone will remain with them through their lives.6

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Date of Birth 11 Feb 1922 ; Place of Birth FINGAL, TAS.
  3. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Name      POTTER, HUGH TULLOCH
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      VX64469
    Date of Birth      11 Feb 1922
    Place of Birth      FINGAL, TAS
    Date of Enlistment      8 Oct 1941
    Locality on Enlistment      UPPER BEACONSFIELD, VIC
    Place of Enlistment      ROYAL PARK, VIC
    Next of Kin      POTTER, BERYL
    Date of Discharge      30 Oct 1945
    Rank      Sergeant
    Posting at Discharge      PUBLIC RELATIONS FIELD UNIT
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Feb 1953, p15.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 12 Jun 1943, p10.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW), 24 Jun 1944, p2.
Last Edited28 Apr 2014
 

NOTE

Many family sections show only the children who were associated with Upper Beaconsfield.