Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford

M, #3896, b. 26 Sep 1892, d. 3 Jun 1980
(Owner) UBeac-Land(Selector) Robert Henry H Dowling; PAK-pt 60 (pt Lot 38), Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia.
Bought from Fitzsimons for £5,500. 31 March 1965?, year unclear  
Birth*26 Sep 1892 London, England. 
Marriage*1931 Spouse: Annabel Elsie Couper. Scotland.
 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel1949 Sailing with Annabel Elsie Couper.
 
Land-Note*6 Sep 1972 PAK-60 l/p 1137 (Lot 38 part), Armstrong Road, Annabel Elsie Ford. subdivision into two lots. 
Village Bell*May 1980 FAREWELL
The many friends of Lt. Colonel F. O'N. Ford and Mrs. Ford will be sorry to learn that they will be moving to Berwick next month after living in A'Beckett Road for the past 16 years.
Lt. Colonel Ford was commissioned in 1917 and served in Mesopotamia during the First World War and in Burma during the Second World War. He had a distinguished career and following the Japanese invasion he commanded both the CHIN and KACHIN guerilla forces in Burma. After he retired he moved to Berwick and then Upper Beaconsfield. Amongst other activities, he was a member of our R.S.L. and also became a competent golfer; playing at Beacon Hills for many years.
Mrs. Ford is well known for her Red Cross activities, being a member of the Berwick-Upper Beaconsfield Branch for many years and Treasurer of the Branch for the last 11 years. An excellent golfer, Annabelle holed in one at the 4th in 1970, played in the All Australia Championship at the age of 68 years, was six times Champion of Beacon Hills Associates Golf Club, and one-time President of the Club.
Our best wishes go with them and we hope they will be very happy in Berwick.1 
Death*3 Jun 1980 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D12493 (Age 87) [par Charles Wyat FORD & Kathleen].2 
Village Bell*Jul 1980 SAD NEWS FROM a'BECKETT ROAD
It is with regret that we report the death of Lt. Col. Frank Ford, and offer our sympathy to his widow who is now living in Berwick.3 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1954 - 1968Carinya, Peel Street, Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil. With Annabel Elsie Ford.4
bt 1972 - 1977A'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: retired. With Annabel Elsie Ford.4

Grave

  • Plot 1-212-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia5

Citations

  1. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell 012-1980, p10 by Charles Wilson.
  2. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  3. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell 013-1980, p11.
  4. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  5. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    1-212-B     Ford     Frank O'Neil     M     78     6/06/1980     1823
    1-212-B     Ford     Annabel Elsie     F     97     3/05/2005     2924.
Last Edited28 Dec 2016

Annabel Elsie Couper

F, #3897, b. 2 Aug 1906, d. 3 May 2004
Probate (Will)* ANNABEL ELSIE      FORD. WIDOW. BERWICK. 03 May 2004. 1242358.1 
Married NameFord. 
(Owner) UBeac-Land(Selector) Robert Henry H Dowling; PAK-pt 60 (pt Lot 38), Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, Australia.
 
Birth*2 Aug 1906 Edinburgh, Scotland. 
Marriage*1931 Spouse: Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford. Scotland.
 
(Migrant) Migration/Travel1949 Sailing with Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford.
 
Land-Note*6 Sep 1972 PAK-60 l/p 1137 (Lot 38 part), Armstrong Road, Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford. subdivision into two lots. 
Village Bell*May 1980 FAREWELL
The many friends of Lt. Colonel F. O'N. Ford and Mrs. Ford will be sorry to learn that they will be moving to Berwick next month after living in A'Beckett Road for the past 16 years.
Lt. Colonel Ford was commissioned in 1917 and served in Mesopotamia during the First World War and in Burma during the Second World War. He had a distinguished career and following the Japanese invasion he commanded both the CHIN and KACHIN guerilla forces in Burma. After he retired he moved to Berwick and then Upper Beaconsfield. Amongst other activities, he was a member of our R.S.L. and also became a competent golfer; playing at Beacon Hills for many years.
Mrs. Ford is well known for her Red Cross activities, being a member of the Berwick-Upper Beaconsfield Branch for many years and Treasurer of the Branch for the last 11 years. An excellent golfer, Annabelle holed in one at the 4th in 1970, played in the All Australia Championship at the age of 68 years, was six times Champion of Beacon Hills Associates Golf Club, and one-time President of the Club.
Our best wishes go with them and we hope they will be very happy in Berwick.2 
Widow3 Jun 1980Annabel Elsie Couper became a widow upon the death of her husband Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford.3 
Land-Note*8 Aug 1980 PAK-60 l/p 1137 (Lot 38 part) (Lot 1). Annabel Elsie Ford is now the surviving proprietor.4 
(Mentioned) Village Bell2Dec 1981 BERWICK LEGACY WIDOWS' CLUB
Formed last May, this is the third club to be founded by Dandenong/West Gippsland group of Melbourne Legacy. Members come from a wide area, including Upper Beaconsfield. Ev Vance, Nell McTaggart, Doris Rudd and Gwen Johnston are locals who are regular attenders.
The President is Annabel Ford, a former resident, and Esther Whitelaw and Mary Sutherland rarely miss a meeting. Others come from Emerald, Beaconsfield, Hallam, Cranbourne and of course, Berwick. Monthly meetings are held and interesting talks and demonstrations, picnics and other outings all help the objective of mutual support and companionship.5 
Death*3 May 2004 VIC, Australia. 
Village Bell*Jun 2004 It is sad to report that early in May, the Unit lost one of its most delightful members when Mrs Annabel Ford passed away. Annabel, a former resident of Upper Beaconsfield, led an extremely interesting life and was a member of the Unit for over fifty years. Until a short while ago Annabel was attending Unit meetings and could be seen zipping around Berwick on her motorized scooter. Annabel, aged 97, enjoyed exercising her brain on the “The Age” cryptic crossword each day and was a most enthusiastic raffle ticket seller - not many could walk past the raffle table in the High Street, or outside Ritchies, when Annabel was in charge!6 
Village BellDec 2004 A wonderful life. Vale Annabel Ford 1906 -2004
Annabel was born and educated in Scotland. When she was 23 she made a trip to Burma which gave her so much pleasure that she returned to the region the following year.
On this occasion whilst in Mandalay she was given a part in a play, which was seen by Captain Frank O'Neil Ford, a British army officer stationed in Burma. After the show Frank said to his companion "I am going to marry that actress" and arranged for an introduction. They fell in love and were married in Scotland two years later.
The newly weds returned to army work in Burma, where they spent 10 happy years. Four of their children were born there and their youngest child was born in India.
Annabel enjoyed the army life, although often a bit lonely whilst Frank was away on duty. The army constantly emphasised the importance of physical fitness for all, so Annabel played golf, tennis, and walked a lot. On one occasion Annabel travelling partly by mule, and partly by walking covered more than 100 miles to meet her husband whilst he was working in the interior.
Soon after the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939, the Ford family was moved to a beautiful hill station called Taunggyi where Frank recruited and then trained soldiers, while Annabel worked closely with the local people, whom she came to love and respect.
About this time Annabel was appointed a cipher clerk, decoding for the army. For this work she had to sign the Official Secrets Act, forbidding her to disclose to anyone, even her husband, the knowledge she acquired as the result of her work.
Following the Pearl Harbour attack, and then the fall of Singapore, the Japanese were uncomfortably close, as Annabel became aware from her work. Air raid warnings became frequent as Mandalay was bombed, and it became necessary for the women and children to leave. This could only be done safely by train, as the roads were too dangerous and cholera was rife.
Carrying bare necessities, wives and children were seen off by their husbands on a special train which had all the doors barred, hopefully to ensure the safety of its passengers. After a terrifying, incident-filled trip, the train reached its destination safely. Then followed a short flight in a crowded plane to Bangladesh, and a boat trip across the Ganges delta, before Annabel and her children were fortunate enough to reach Calcutta. The youngest child, who had developed severe dysentery, was treated in hospital there.
During the three years Annabel spent in India whilst Frank was waging war in Burma, she began to work with the Red Cross, a task she continued throughout her lifetime. In 2001 she received the Red Cross Laurel Wreath Service Award for 50 years service.
In 1944 the Fords returned to England, but found it hard to settle, after such an exciting life. In 1949 they left for Australia, settling in Berwick, where Annabel was soon involved in a number of community activities, continuing her Red Cross work, and also joining the CWA, and the Berwick Hospital Auxiliary. She was a very active member of any group she joined and became known as an excellent fundraiser and organiser. From these activities arose many close and long lasting friendships.
In the early 1960s when the family moved to Upper Beaconsfield, Annabel added to her interests, joining the local RSL Auxiliary, and attending St. John's Church.
In 1965 she became a member of Beaconhills Golf Club. A gifted golfer, she won the Beaconhills Ladies Championship two years later, and held the championship for six years in succession. Older players remember her as a legend.
After Frank died in 1980, Annabel returned to Berwick to live, becoming a member of Women's Legacy and Probus. Annabel maintained close contact with St. Johns and Upper Beaconsfield and was often seen with a group of friends who have been meeting for Saturday lunch at the Pine Grove Hotel for more than 30 years.
Annabel was naturally friendly, gracious, generous, and charming. She had a lovely smile and a mischievous sparkle in her eyes. She enjoyed her family, her friends and her life; a great inspiration to all who knew her.7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1954 - 1968Carinya, Peel Street, Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford.8
bt 1972 - 1977A'Beckett Road, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Lt. Col. Frank O'Neill Ford.8
19805/4 Gibb Street, Berwick, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.9

Grave

  • Plot 1-212-B, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia10

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P34, unit 352.
  2. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell 012-1980, p10 by Charles Wilson.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5622-318 - Annabel Elsie Ford is now the surviving proprietor.
  5. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell 021-1981, p9 by John Bellair.
  6. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell Issue 156, Jun 2004, p9 by Barbara Jackson.
  7. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell Issue 158, Dec 2004, p8+10 by Charles Wilson.
  8. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  9. [S180] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1980.
  10. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    1-212-B     Ford     Frank O'Neil     M     78     6/06/1980     1823
    1-212-B     Ford     Annabel Elsie     F     97     3/05/2005     2924.
Last Edited3 Nov 2018

Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin

M, #3898, b. abt 1930, d. 14 Nov 1985
Place in Upper Beac* Tommy Griffin Reserve. This reserve was named after Tommy Griffin, a long time owner and licensee of the Pine Grove Hotel. 
Birth*abt 1930 [par Vincent Thomas GRIFFIN & Margaret Cecelia McMAHON].1 
Marriage* Spouse: Adrienne Madge Duncan.
 
Land-UBeac*19 Mar 1968 GEM-D-11 l/p 51543 (lots 7+8), 53 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Vincent Micallef to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.2 
Land-UBeac*14 Dec 1973 GEM-D-11 l/p 51543 (lot 9), 43 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Sydney Mathew 'Matt' Andrewartha Daisy May Andrewartha to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.3 
Land-UBeac17 Jan 1974 GEM-D-2 (part) l/p 36756 (Lot 10), 61 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road. Transfer from Albert Reginald Bickham to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.4 
Land-UBeac*9 Feb 1977 GEM-D-11 l/p 51543 (lots 7+8), 53 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin to Alfred Ellis Loveridge.5 
Land-UBeac*19 Jan 1978 GEM-D-11 l/p 57184 (Lot 1), 45 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Pine Grove Hotel Pty Ltd to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.6 
Land-UBeac28 Apr 1978 GEM-D-11 l/p 98212 (Lot 28), 2 Grant Court. Transfer from Wickham Development & Finance Pty Ltd to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.7 
Land-UBeac28 Apr 1978 GEM-D-11 l/p 98212 (Lot 27), 4 Grant Court. Transfer from Wickham Development & Finance Pty Ltd to Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin.8 
Land-UBeac*3 Oct 1979 GEM-D-2 (part) l/p 36756 (Lot 10), 61 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road. Transfer from Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin to Hans Georg Friedrich Nowak Else (Ellen) Nowak.9 
Land-UBeac*3 Nov 1980 GEM-D-11 l/p 57184 (Lot 1), 45 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin to Normdor Hotel Pty Ltd. 1a 2r 14p.10 
Land-UBeac3 Nov 1980 GEM-D-11 l/p 51543 (lot 9), 43 Stoney Creek Road. Transfer from Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin to Normdor Hotel Pty Ltd.11 
Land-Note*3 Nov 1980 GEM-D-11 l/p 57184 (Lot 1), 45 Stoney Creek Road: Mortgagee: Thomas Vincent 'Tommy' Griffin. Discharged 6 Jan 1988. Mortgagor was Normdor Hotel Pty Ltd.12 
Death*14 Nov 1985 QLD, Australia. 
Death-Notice*23 Nov 1985GRIFFIN Thomas Vincent (Tom) Death notice 23 NOV 1985.13      
Village Bell*Dec 1985 VALE TOMMY GRIFFIN
The Village of Upper Beaconsfield is sad at the loss of one of its much loved people. Mr. Tom Griffin died on 14.11.85 in Queensland after a brief illness.
The Griffin family came to Upper Beaconsfield from Ferntree Gully in 1967 where Tom was the proprietor of the Tuck Shop at the Ferntree Gully Technical School.
Purchasing the Pine Grove Hotel in 1967, Tom was Mine Host until the Hotel was sold by auction in 1980 to the Houghtons and Sansoms.
Tom Griffin leaves a host of friends made during his lifetime. He had a great love of sport and took a great interest in bike riding, boxing, golf tournaments and took a pride in Stephen in his body-building prowess.
He was a proud grandfather of two grandchildren and a great family man.
Tom was one who did many quiet things to help people in hard times and this was evident during the post Ash Wednesday period when he did a lot to assist the people around him.
His effort in getting his "Pancake Tuesday" get-together off the ground was a great morale booster for a Village which was at a low ebb in spirits after the chaos of the bushfires. On behalf of the people of Upper Beaconsfield we say "well done, Tommy Griffin, we are the richer for your having lived and worked among us."
We extend our sympathy and love to Adrienne and family.14 
Village BellFeb 1991 Pancakes in the Park
Members of the Rotary Club and their wives and families extend to all the residents of Upper Beaconsfield warmest wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. Even in these difficult times, we are sure that if we all work together, then we can make it a really successful year for one and all.
The first event from the Rotary Club for the Upper Beaconsfield community is the now annual.....
"PANCAKES IN THE PARK"
12th February, 1991.
6.00 - 6.30pm.
Grant Court Reserve.
This event was founded by the late Tommy Griffin, and was first held on Shrove Tuesday 1984, a year after the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983. Tommy dedicated the event as his very special way of bringing the people of Upper Beaconsfield together, and to get people meeting one another, especially the children and young people. After Tommy Griffin passed away, the event was run by Eric Chaplin, who wanted to ensure that Tommy's idea was retained for the community at large, and that people were always able to come together once a year in fun and friendship. After two years of Eric running the evening, the Rotary Club agreed to sponsor and run the evening, and hence, this year's "Pancakes in the Park".
Pancakes are free of charge, and there is no admission fee. We do suggest that you bring some refreshments for you and the children, but above all, BE THERE !!! Come and enjoy a pleasant evening with friends and family.15 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1954Main Road, Fern Tree Gully, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: baker.16

Grave

  • 3-550-A, Berwick Cemetery, Berwick, VIC, Australia, Thomas Vincent Griffin 1985 Age 55 husband of Adrenne, father of Mark and Stephen17

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "parents married 1922/10708."
  2. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8646-882 - Thomas Vincent Griffin of Pine Grove Hotel Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield Licensed Victualler.
  3. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8613-159 - Thomas Vincent Griffin of Pine Grove Hotel Upper Beaconsfield Hotelkeeper.
  4. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 7228-591 - Thomas Vincent Griffin Hotel Keeper and Adrienne Madge Griffin Married Woman both of Pine Grove Hotel Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors - C/T 9031-683 (F168080).
  5. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8646-882 - Alfred Ellis Loveridge of High Street Berwick Director as to two equal undivided fourth parts or shares and Russell Thomas Sholer Hotel Proprietor and Elsie May Sholer Married Woman both of Emerald Road Beaconsfield each as to one equal undivided fourth parts or shares as tenants in common.
  6. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8390-122 - Thomas Vicent Griffin of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield Manager.
  7. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 9029-791 - Thomas Vincent Griffin Hotelier and Adrienne Madge Griffin Married Woman both of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors.
  8. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 9029-790 - Thomas Vincent Griffin Hotelier and Adrienne Madge Griffin Married Woman both of Stoney Creek Road Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors.
  9. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 9031-683 - HANS GEORGE NOVAK Engineer and ELLEN NOWAK Home Duties both of Yackatoon Road Upper Beaconsfield as joint proprietors as to One equal undivided half part or share and DOUGLAS JOHN NOWAK of Yackatoon Road Upper Beaconsfield Motor Mechanic as to the other One equal undivided half part or share are now proprietors as TENANTS-IN-COMMON.
  10. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8390-122 - Normdor Hotel Pty Ltd of 500 Collins Street Melbourne.
  11. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8613-159 - Normdor Hotel Pty Ltd of 500 Collins Street Melbourne.
  12. [S185] Property Titles ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8390-122.
  13. [S16] Newspaper - The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 23 Nov 1985 - edition not on Google News.
  14. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell 047-1985, p17 by Ray Ratcliff with Frank Sansom.
  15. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell Issue 78, Feb 1991, p7.
  16. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954 "with parents."
  17. [S44] Index of burials in the cemetery of Berwick,
    Griffin Thomas Vincent 1985 55 hus/ Adrenne, f/ Mark,Stephen bw1444/45.
Last Edited4 Mar 2020
 

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