Margaret Letitia Cross

F, #4141, b. 1854, d. 11 Aug 1926
Probate (Will)* Letitia Richards. Widow. St Kilda. 11 Aug 1926. 209/544. No relative in the state of Victoria at the time of her death able to take probate. Left an estate valued at £519.9.5, including a freehold property at 61 Blanche Street, St. Kilda.1 
Married NameRichards. 
Birth*1854 Kilkenny, Ireland.2 
Marriage*8 Feb 1880 Spouse: William James Richards. Berwick, VIC, Australia, #M436.3
 
Marriage-Notice*5 Apr 1880RICHARDS-CROSS -On the 8th February, at Berwick, by the Rev D S Lindsay, William James Richards to Margaret Letitia Cross.4 
Widow23 Jan 1899Margaret Letitia Cross became a widow upon the death of her husband William James Richards.5,6 
Death*11 Aug 1926 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D11921 (age 72) [par Miller Robert CROSS & Margaret McGRATH].7 

Grave

  • Church of England, Comp J, Sec 9, Grave 26, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia8

Family

William James Richards b. 1839, d. 23 Jan 1899
Children 1.Letitia Cross Beechworth Richards b. 2 Dec 1881, d. 26 Dec 1951
 2.Jeannie Curtis Richards b. 13 Sep 1883, d. 1897
 3.Mildred Richards b. 8 Jul 1885, d. 25 Apr 1961
 4.Frances Ada Richards b. 30 Sep 1887, d. 1967
 5.Alexander Henry 'Paddy' Richards b. 15 Nov 1887, d. 28 Jul 1952

Newspaper-Articles

  • 3 Jun 1896, Berwick Police Court, Wednesday, May 27. Before Mr Creswell, P.M., and Mr James Wilson, J.P.
    NEIGHBORS' QUARREL.
    T. C. Mackley, of Upper Beaconsfield, summoned a lot of children to answer for threatening language and general bad behavior. The first case was against Milly Richards for threatening language, and the next cases were for damaging property, the defendants being Milly, and her brother and sister Paddy and Janie Richards.
    Mr Coburn appeared for Mr Mackley and explained to the Court that these children were deliberately set upon by their mother to systematically annoy the Mackley family, and that Mr Mackley having stood it as long as possible now found it absolutely necessary to seek the protection of the Court.
    Mrs Richards, the mother of these children, appeared and took a prominent part in the proceedings, shewing at times a fair acquaintance with police court procedure but ultimately it was found impossible to get on with the evidence while she was present, and she was on the order of the Chairman expelled from the Court, when things again went smoothly.
    After a lot of evidence had been taken Mr Cresswell stated that the Bench were satisfied of the justice of Mr Mackley's complaint. He was very averse to sending these children to the Industrial Schools, and this seemed to be the only course open to the Court.
    Mr Coburn suggested that the Court should order sureties to be found for their good behavior, and thus the mother might be reached and made to feel that she must cease these annoyances.
    Mrs Richards was then called into Court and asked if she would become surety for their good behavior, and she declined. Mr Coburn then asked that a small fine might be inflicted, and costs awarded, as this would probably have to be paid by Mrs Richards, who was the person really complained against. All the defendants were thereupon fined 5s on each charge, and 24s costs.9

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 1668.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "Marriage Entry gives birth place."
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 5 Apr 1880, p1.
  5. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria).
  6. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901 "indexed as RICHARD Wm."
  7. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  8. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
  9. [S12] Newspaper - South Bourke and Mornington Journal 3 Jun 1896, p3
    possibly refers to the Richards children living at PAK-117.

Last Edited30 Jul 2015

Letitia Cross Beechworth Richards

F, #4142, b. 2 Dec 1881, d. 26 Dec 1951
Father*William James Richards b. 1839, d. 23 Jan 1899
Mother*Margaret Letitia Cross b. 1854, d. 11 Aug 1926
Note* SA Marriages: of Jason Hollebon GILBERT: 1903: 216/587 to GARE Eliza Ann (Adelaide) - died 1905: 314/244.1 
Note Gravestone states name as Letitia Cross GILBERT.2 
Married NameGilbert. 
Birth*2 Dec 1881 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #B627/1882.3,4 
Education*Jul 1892 Upper Beaconsfield attended State School 2560 - age at admission 10y 6m.5 
Marriage*14 Aug 1907 Spouse: Jason Hollebon Gilbert. Norwood, SA, Australia, #M752/232. Letitia married as Letitia Richards ALLEN, but father as William James RICHARDS.1
 
Widow1950Letitia Cross Beechworth Richards became a widow upon the death of her husband Jason Hollebon Gilbert
Death*26 Dec 1951 Possible death: #D777/7055/1951 GILBERT Letitia Cross - relative Jason Hollebon GILBERT [DH] - Adelaide. 
Death-Notice*29 Dec 1951GILBERT.— On December 26, at a private hospital, Letitia Cross, widow of Jason Hollebon Gilbert, of 'Eastbourne,' 414 Gilles street, Adelaide, and loving mother of Keith and Laurel (Mrs. B. T. McCormack).6 

Citations

  1. [S63] South Australian Government. BDM Index South Australia.
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Birthdate listed in School Building File 795/P0/1543 School 2560.
  5. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560: father/guardian William Richards, labourer - previous school 2990.
  6. [S14] Newspaper - The Advertiser (SA), 29 Dec 1951, p12.
Last Edited9 May 2017

Jeannie Curtis Richards

F, #4143, b. 13 Sep 1883, d. 1897
Father*William James Richards b. 1839, d. 23 Jan 1899
Mother*Margaret Letitia Cross b. 1854, d. 11 Aug 1926
Birth*13 Sep 1883 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #B14705/1884.1,2 
Education*Jul 1892 Upper Beaconsfield attended State School 2560 - age at admission 8y 10m.3 
Death*1897 Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC, Australia, #D2899 (Age 13.)4 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Birthdate listed in School Building File 795/P0/1543 School 2560 (as Jane).
  3. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560: father/guardian William Richards, labourer - previous school 2990.
  4. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
Last Edited9 May 2017

Frances Ada Richards

F, #4144, b. 30 Sep 1887, d. 1967
Father*William James Richards b. 1839, d. 23 Jan 1899
Mother*Margaret Letitia Cross b. 1854, d. 11 Aug 1926
Married NameBrener. 
Birth*30 Sep 1887 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #B17086 - as Ada RICHARDS.1,2 
Education*Jul 1892 Upper Beaconsfield attended State School 2560 - age at admission 5y 11m.3 
Marriage*1913 Spouse: Frank John Brener. VIC, Australia, #M8543.4,5
 
Death*1967 Essendon, VIC, Australia, #D363 (Age 80) [par William RICHARDS & Margaret CROSS] - as Frances Ada BREWER.6 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Birthdate listed in School Building File 795/P0/1543 School 2560 (as Fanny Richards).
  3. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560: father/guardian William Richards, labourer - previous school 2990.
  4. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "birth place not listed on online index, but result indicates UB."
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "as Frances Ada BREWER."
Last Edited9 May 2017

Alexander Henry 'Paddy' Richards

M, #4145, b. 15 Nov 1887, d. 28 Jul 1952
Father*William James Richards b. 1839, d. 23 Jan 1899
Mother*Margaret Letitia Cross b. 1854, d. 11 Aug 1926

World War I

Alexander Henry 'Paddy' Richards enlisted aged 28 and working as a labourer. SERN 2607.
His next of kin was his mother, Mrs Letitia Cross Richards, 61 Blanche Street, St Kilda, Victoria. His unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916.1
Probate (Will)* Henry A Richards. Pensioner. Fish Creek.      28 Jul 1952. 456/360.2 
Name Variation Alexander Henry 'Paddy' Richards was also known as Adam Henry Richards in mother's probate named as Adam Henry, known as Paddy. 
Birth*15 Nov 1887 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #B26847/1888 [as Adam Harry RICHARDS].3,4 
Education*Jul 1892 Upper Beaconsfield attended State School 2560 - age at admission 4y 6m.5 
Death*28 Jul 1952 Foster, VIC, Australia, #D20946 (Age 63.)6 

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=253734
  2. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P4, unit 420; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 1587.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S199] Series: VPRS13718 PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Birthdate listed in School Building File 795/P0/1543 School 2560 (as Harry).
  5. [S25] School Records - Beaconsfield North 2560: father/guardian William Richards, labourer.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "as Alexander Henry RICHARDS."
Last Edited9 May 2017

Ernest Cyril Holt

M, #4160, b. 1903, d. 28 Mar 1974
Probate (Will)* Ernest Cyril Holt. Farmer. Kongwak. 28 Mar 1974. 783/953.1       
Birth*1903 Clifton Hill, VIC, Australia, #B16918 [par Valentine Ernest HOLT & Levenia Maria LYONS].2 
Marriage*1929 Spouse: Hazel Gladys Dow. VIC, Australia, #M6832.3
 
Land-UBeac*19 Jun 1942 GEM--142P. Transfer from Allan John Matthews to Ernest Cyril Holt. 114a 3r 15p (Caveat lodged 11 Sep 1940.)4 
Land-UBeac*20 Aug 1969 GEM--142P. Transfer from Ernest Cyril Holt to Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. 114a 3r 15p.5 
Death*28 Mar 1974 Korumburra, VIC, Australia, #D9243 (Age 70) [par Valentine Ernest HOLT & Levena LYONS].6 
Village Bell*Feb 1983The article reads: THE SCRAP BOOK OF THE DEWHURST PROGRESS ASSOCIATION     
This book comprises cuttings from the "Pakenham Gazette" and the "Dandenong Journal". Cuttings in 1957 show that as the original Dewhurst Public Hall was becoming inadequate the Hall Committee applied to the then Berwick Shire for funds. Committee members were George and Jessie Beattie, John and Lorna Hill, Ernest and Hazel Holt, Mirrion Matthews, Eric and Edith Moore, Joseph and Ethel Peart, Rubina Pratt, Stanley and Ursula Stephens, William and Maude Wade, Raymond and Myra Wilson.7 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1936 - 196339 Woolcock Avenue, North Kew, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engineer. With Hazel Gladys Holt.8,9

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P7, unit 354; VPRS 7591/P4, unit 493.
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3171-174 - Ernest Cyril Holt of 39 Woolcock Avenue East Kew Mechanic.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3171-174 - Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "028-1983, p6."
  8. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  9. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
Last Edited20 Nov 2016

Hazel Gladys Dow

F, #4161, b. 1902, d. 19 Aug 1980
Probate (Will)* Hazel Gladys Holt. Widow. Kongwak. 19 Aug 1980. 886/056.1 
Married NameHolt. 
Birth*1902 Carlton North, VIC, Australia, #B16997 [par Ernt Alex DOW & Mable Francis BURGESS].2 
Marriage*1929 Spouse: Ernest Cyril Holt. VIC, Australia, #M6832.2
 
Widow28 Mar 1974Hazel Gladys Dow became a widow upon the death of her husband Ernest Cyril Holt.3 
Death*19 Aug 1980 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D19980 (Age 78) [par Ernest Alex DOW & Mable Frances].3 
Village Bell*Feb 1983The article reads: THE SCRAP BOOK OF THE DEWHURST PROGRESS ASSOCIATION     
This book comprises cuttings from the "Pakenham Gazette" and the "Dandenong Journal". Cuttings in 1957 show that as the original Dewhurst Public Hall was becoming inadequate the Hall Committee applied to the then Berwick Shire for funds. Committee members were George and Jessie Beattie, John and Lorna Hill, Ernest and Hazel Holt, Mirrion Matthews, Eric and Edith Moore, Joseph and Ethel Peart, Rubina Pratt, Stanley and Ursula Stephens, William and Maude Wade, Raymond and Myra Wilson.4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
bt 1936 - 196339 Woolcock Avenue, North Kew, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Ernest Cyril Holt.5,6

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P11, unit 68; VPRS 7591/P7, unit 14.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S15] Newspaper - Village Bell "028-1983, p6."
  5. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  6. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
Last Edited20 Nov 2016
 

NOTE

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