Stanley Gordon H Donovan

M, #4354, b. 1893, d. 20 Aug 1964
Father*Thomas Donovan b. 1872
Mother*Carol Eliza Dredge b. 1 Oct 1873, d. 27 Jun 1952

World War I

Stanley Gordon H Donovan was 22 and an orchardist when he enlisted. He was probably living with his aunt Bessie Pittard in Upper Beaconsfield. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT 54 Runic on 20 Jun 1916 with the 38th Battalion, D Company. There were 3 more lads from Upper Beaconsfield on the same ship, Edward Dineley, Claud Harris and Lionel Smith. SERN 1154.
He returned to Australia on 26 Sep 1917.
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2
Related* Elizabeth 'Bessie' Pittard Bessie PITTARD was the aunt of Stanley DONOVAN. 
Birth*1893 Northcote, VIC, Australia, #B34126.3 
Marriage*1922 Spouse: Mary Laura Giddens. VIC, Australia, #M1159.4
 
Death*20 Aug 1964 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D18166 (Age 70.)5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
191941 Raleigh Street, Northcote, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: mechanic. James & Agnes DONOVAN at same address.6
192431 Carlisle Street, Preston, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: mechanic.7

Grave

  • R/C, Fawkner Cemetery, Fawkner, VIC, Australia8

Newspaper-Articles

  • 23 Feb 1916, The name of Stanley G. Donovan, of Beaconsfield Upper, appears in a list of new recruits published to-day.9

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=81594
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  4. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  7. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  8. [S39] Index of burials in the cemetery of Fawkner Memorial Park, online @ http://www.gmct.com.au/deceased-search/.
  9. [S19] Newspaper - Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette "23 Feb 1916, p2."
Last Edited19 Nov 2015

James Donaldson

M, #4355, b. 1851, d. 18 May 1939
Birth*1851 NSW, Australia, [a brother was born in Victoria 1854]
possible birth 18 May 1851 Carcoar NSW (no registration found.)1,2 
Marriage*1882 Spouse: Helen Davidson Birrell. VIC, Australia, #M5987.3
 
Land-UBeac30 Jun 1911 PAK-182.189.190.191.192. Transfer from John Leppitt to James Donaldson. 98a 2r 0p.4 
Land-UBeac*17 Feb 1915 PAK-182 (part). Transfer from James Donaldson to Shire of Berwick. Land to build Officer Road.5 
Death*18 May 1939 Cheltenham, VIC, Australia, #D4089 (Age 84) [par William DONALDSON & Rose Ann BURNS].6,7 
Land-Note*28 Apr 1941 James Donaldson died on 18th May 1939. Probate of his will has been granted to Helen Davidson Donaldson of 25 Centre Road East Brighton Widow.8 
Land-UBeac*28 Apr 1941 PAK-182.189.190.191.192. Transfer from James Donaldson to Ernest James Griffiths. 96a 2r 39p.9 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Helen Davidson Donaldson. With James Alexander Thomas Donaldson.10
1912Pakenham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Helen Davidson Donaldson. With James Alexander Thomas Donaldson.11
1921Pakenham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Helen Davidson Donaldson.11
193141 Leila Road, Glenhuntly, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: nil. With Helen Davidson Donaldson. With Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson.12

Grave

  • 8*164*N, New Cheltenham Cemetery, Cheltenham, VIC, Australia, V: Sacred to the memory / - of - / James DONALDSON / died 18th May 1939. / aged 88 years. / B: DONALDSON13

Family

Helen Davidson Birrell b. 1861, d. 19 Feb 1947
Children 1.James Alexander Thomas Donaldson b. 1886, d. 1963
 2.Avenel William John Donaldson b. 1 Feb 1889, d. 1 Dec 1969
 3.Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson+ b. 1892, d. 12 Aug 1951

Newspaper-Articles

  • 13 Feb 1883, Death of father: NUMURKAH, FEB. 12. Mr. William Donaldson, late of Kilmore, died this morning, at his residence, Katandra home station.14
  • 16 Feb 1883, Death of father: DONALDSON.— On the 12th February, at his residence, Katandra, Dunbulbalane, William Donaldson, late of Kilmore, in his 64th year. Lamented by a large circle of friends. Home papers please copy.15,16
  • 24 Jul 1896, Death of mother: An old resident, Mrs. Donaldson, died last week, after being bedridden for many months. A large number of relatives and friends followed the remains to the local cemetery, where they were interred, the Rev Mr. Neville officiating at the grave.17,18
  • 30 Aug 1918, Berwick Shire Council Correspondence: From Jno. P. Sandy, H. Pernbaum, James Donaldson and J. Leppit re the dangerous state of Dickey's road, and asking that portion of it be attended to.-The clerk of works said some of the worst parts were being attended to. --Crs Martin and Anderson both spoke of the bad state of this road and also referred to various bad spots on the Toomuc Valley road that required immediate attention, and it was agreed that the clerk of works attend to them.19

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Timothy Crutchett - Crutchett Family Tree.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3036-135 - James Donaldson of Pakenham Farmer - C/T 3514-722.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3514-722 - The President Councillors and Ratepayers of the Shire of Berwick - C/T 3882-330.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death entry #D4089 - gives place of birth as New South Wales."
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3514-722 - James Donaldson died on 18th May 1939. Probate of his will has been granted to Helen Davidson Donaldson of 25 Centre Road East Brighton Widow.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3514-722 - Ernest James Griffiths of Gembrook Road Upper Pakenham Farmer - C/T 6478-560.
  10. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908 "as Ellen Davidson DONALDSON."
  11. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  12. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  13. [S49] Index of burials in the Cheltenham Cemetery.
  14. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Tue 13 Feb 1883, p6
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190605028
  15. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Fri 16 Feb 1883, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article190596341
  16. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death of father: #D2731/1883 (Age 64) spouse Rose BURNS [par Donald Samuel DONALDSON & Unknown]."
  17. [S14] Newspaper - Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 - 1920), Fri 24 Jul 1896, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article65524738
  18. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death of mother: #D8263/1896 (Age 77) parents unknown."
  19. [S18] Newspaper - Pakenham Gazette "30 Aug 1918, p3."
Last Edited16 Dec 2018

Helen Davidson Birrell

F, #4356, b. 1861, d. 19 Feb 1947
Married NameDonaldson.1 
Birth*1861 Kilmore.2,3 
Marriage*1882 Spouse: James Donaldson. VIC, Australia, #M5987.1
 
Widow18 May 1939Helen Davidson Birrell became a widow upon the death of her husband James Donaldson.4,5 
Death*19 Feb 1947 Hawthorn, VIC, Australia, #D2337 (age 86) [par Alex BIRRELL].4 
Death-Notice*20 Feb 1947DONALDSON. - On February 19, at 19 Smart street, Hawthorn, Helen Davidson, beloved wife of the late James Donaldson, and loving mother of James, Avenel and Montrose in her 87th year. -At rest. (New South Wales papers please copy.)
DONALDSON. - The Funeral of the late Mrs. HELEN DAVIDSON DONALDSON will leave the Herbert King Memorial Chapel, 174 Lennox st., Richmond, at 1.45 p.m. THIS DAY (Thursday) for the New Cheltenham Cemetery.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James Donaldson. With James Alexander Thomas Donaldson.7
1912Pakenham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James Donaldson. With James Alexander Thomas Donaldson.8
1921Pakenham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James Donaldson.8
193141 Leila Road, Glenhuntly, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With James Donaldson. With Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson.9

Grave

  • 8*164*N, New Cheltenham Cemetery, Cheltenham, VIC, Australia, V: Sacred to the memory / - of - / James DONALDSON / died 18th May 1939. / aged 88 years. / B: DONALDSON10

Family

James Donaldson b. 1851, d. 18 May 1939
Children 1.James Alexander Thomas Donaldson b. 1886, d. 1963
 2.Avenel William John Donaldson b. 1 Feb 1889, d. 1 Dec 1969
 3.Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson+ b. 1892, d. 12 Aug 1951

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 "no birth registration found in Victoria."
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Ancestral Trails - Owner: Chris O'Sullivan gives birth place as Moranding VIC on 3 Sep 1860.
  4. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death entry #D4089 - gives place of birth as New South Wales."
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 20 Feb 1947, p2.
  7. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908 "as Ellen Davidson DONALDSON."
  8. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
  9. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  10. [S49] Index of burials in the Cheltenham Cemetery.
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

James Alexander Thomas Donaldson

M, #4357, b. 1886, d. 1963
Father*James Donaldson b. 1851, d. 18 May 1939
Mother*Helen Davidson Birrell b. 1861, d. 19 Feb 1947
Birth*1886 Katandra, VIC, Australia, #B19368.1 
Marriage*11 Feb 1928 Spouse: Marguerite Perman. Presbyterian Church, Gardenvale, VIC, Australia, #M2061.2
 
Death*1963 Rosebud, VIC, Australia, #D10131 (Age 75.)3 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1908Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With James Donaldson and Helen Davidson Donaldson.4
1912Pakenham, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With James Donaldson and Helen Davidson Donaldson.5

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "[par James DONALDSON & Helen]."
  4. [S108] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1908 "as Ellen Davidson DONALDSON."
  5. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980.
Last Edited23 Sep 2018

Avenel William John Donaldson

M, #4358, b. 1 Feb 1889, d. 1 Dec 1969
Father*James Donaldson b. 1851, d. 18 May 1939
Mother*Helen Davidson Birrell b. 1861, d. 19 Feb 1947

World War I

Avenel William John Donaldson, a farmer, aged 28, enlisted on 11 Mar 1917 with the Camel Corp, May 1917 Reinforcements. His unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 Sep 1917. SERN 3283. The Camel Corp was later incorporated in the 14th Light Horse Regiment.
While he served in Egypt where he suffered from mumps and psoriasis. He was promoted to Corporal and was awarded a Military Medal on 17 Oct 1918 for bravery in the field in Palestine. His citation reads: 3283 Tpr. Donaldson, A., 14th Aust. L.H.R. (EGYPT).
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL, as is his brother's name. His parents farmed on Leppitt Road.1,2,3,4
Birth*1 Feb 1889 Avenel, VIC, Australia, #B241.5 
Marriage*30 Aug 1921 Spouse: Emily Theresa Meacham. Temora, NSW, Australia.6
 
Death*1 Dec 1969 Temora, NSW, Australia.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1968Thanowring, Temora, NSW, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Emily Theresa Donaldson.7

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=80993
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - The London Gazette, 3 Jul 1919, Issue 31430, p8356
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31430/supplement/…
    His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men: —
    3283 Tpr. Donaldson, A., 14th Aust. L.H.R. (EGYPT).
  4. [S206] Website Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au) "http://www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_10575.asp."
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Chalmers & Meacham Owner: Rmault155.
  7. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
Last Edited23 Sep 2018

Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson

M, #4359, b. 1892, d. 12 Aug 1951
Father*James Donaldson b. 1851, d. 18 May 1939
Mother*Helen Davidson Birrell b. 1861, d. 19 Feb 1947

World War I

Montrose Richard Ferguson Donaldson aged 23 and a labourer, enlisted on 16 Jul 1915. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 Nov 1915 with the 23rd Battalion 7th Reinforcement. SERN 3088.
He served in Egypt and on the Western Front. He was transferred to the 59th Battalion where he was shot in the leg at Weimereux in July 1916. Upon recovery he joined the 5th Machine Gun Battalion, probably at their Depot. He was sick in hospital with psoriasis, and was gassed on at least two occasions. He returned to Australia on 8 May 1919.
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL, as is his brother's name. His parents farmed on Leppitt Road. See also: https://www.pakenhamww1.com/donaldson-montrose-richard-ferguson.1,2
Birth*1892 Avenel, VIC, Australia, #B354.3 
Marriage*7 Jan 1920 Spouse: Ethel May Gale. Methodist Church, Blackburn, VIC, Australia, #M2781.4
 
Death*12 Aug 1951 Box Hill, VIC, Australia, #D8877 (age 59.)5 
Death-Notice*13 Aug 1951DONALDSON. -On August 12, at 47 Doncaster road, Box Hill, Montrose, R. F., beloved husband of Ethel, dearly loved father of Nancy (Mrs. D. Sterland, Harbord, N.S.W.), devoted grandpa of Colin. Late 5th Machine Gun Co 1st A.I.F. -Our loved one at rest.6 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
193141 Leila Road, Glenhuntly, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: burner. With James Donaldson and Helen Davidson Donaldson.7
194319 Martin Road, Camberwell, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: burner - with Ethel May, home duties.8
194926 Martin Road, Glen Iris, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: labourer - with Ethel May, home duties.9

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, DODONAEA, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, GARDEN N3 BED 3 ROSE 2610

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, https://aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=81079
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 13 Aug 1951, p15.
  7. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  8. [S143] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1943.
  9. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  10. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited16 Dec 2018

Bryan Foster

M, #4361, b. 1856, d. 11 Mar 1947
Birth*1856 Nottinghamshire, England.1 
Marriage*Dec 1876 Spouse: Mary Ann Pearson. Leicester, Leicestershire, England, Dec Q [Leicester] 7a 566.1,2
 
Widower2 Apr 1921Bryan Foster became a widower upon the death of his wife Mary Ann Pearson.1 
Land-UBeac*2 Aug 1932 PAK-64 (part). Transfer from Maude Florence Philpot to Bryan Foster. Small block.3 
Death*11 Mar 1947 Sunbury, VIC, Australia, #D17389 (age 95) [par unknown].1 
Death-Notice14 Mar 1947FOSTER. — On March 11, Bryan Foster (late Clayton and Beaconsfield), beloved father of George (Clayton), William (Garden City) and Joseph (Brisbane), aged 95.4 
Death-Notice*19 Mar 1947Death Of Former Clayton Veteran
RESIDENTS of Clayton and Beaconsfield, at which centres Mr. Bryan Foster resided for many years, were very sorry to learn of his passing on March 11th. He had reached the grand age of 95, so the end not altogether unexpected. Mr. George Foster of Clayton, is a son.5 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
3 Apr 188124 Shakespear St, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, EnglandHead of Household: Bryan Foster. Age 25 - butcher (shopman) - born Nottinghamshire. Also Nellie aged 1
Member(s) of Household: Mary Ann Pearson Nellie Foster.6
bt 1918 - 1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: caretaker. With Mary Ann Foster.7,8

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT I SECTION 12 GRAVE 409

Family

Mary Ann Pearson b. 1858, d. 2 Apr 1921
Child 1.William Henry Foster+ b. Sep 1893, d. Jul 1977

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1403-542 - Bryan Foster of Beaconsfield Pensioner - C/T 5802-255.
  4. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Fri 14 Mar 1947, p7.
  5. [S218] Newspaper - The Dandenong Journal (1927-1954) "The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954), Wed 19 Mar 1947, p5."
  6. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, 1881 census RG11; Piece: 4288; Folio: 27; Page: 53; GSU roll: 1342024.
  7. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  8. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  9. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited30 Jul 2017

Mary Ann Pearson

F, #4362, b. 1858, d. 2 Apr 1921
Married NameFoster.1 
Birth*1858 Frisby, Leicestershire, England.1 
Marriage*Dec 1876 Spouse: Bryan Foster. Leicester, Leicestershire, England, Dec Q [Leicester] 7a 566.1,2
 
Death*2 Apr 1921 Oakleigh, VIC, Australia, #D7207 (age 63) [par Mathew PEARSON & Mary KNAPP].1 
Death-Notice*4 Apr 1921FOSTER.-On the 2nd April, at her residence, Clarinda Road, Clarinda, Mary Ann, beloved wife of Bryan Foster, late of Nottingham, England.3 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
3 Apr 188124 Shakespear St, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England(Head of Household) Bryan Foster;
Age 22 - born Frisby Leicestershire
Member(s) of Household: Nellie Foster4
bt 1918 - 1919Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Bryan Foster.5,6

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia, CHURCH OF ENGLAND, MONUMENTAL, COMPARTMENT I SECTION 12 GRAVE 407

Family

Bryan Foster b. 1856, d. 11 Mar 1947
Child 1.William Henry Foster+ b. Sep 1893, d. Jul 1977

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  3. [S16] Newspaper - The Age 4 Apr 1921, p1.
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, 1881 census RG11; Piece: 4288; Folio: 27; Page: 53; GSU roll: 1342024.
  5. [S118] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1918.
  6. [S119] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1919.
  7. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited21 Apr 2014

William Henry Foster

M, #4364, b. Sep 1893, d. Jul 1977
Father*Bryan Foster b. 1856, d. 11 Mar 1947
Mother*Mary Ann Pearson b. 1858, d. 2 Apr 1921

World War I

William Henry Foster enlisted on 28 Oct 1914 when he was 21 years old and a stoker. He is also recorded as a team driver. He married his girlfriend shortly before he embarked from Melbourne on 2 Feb 1915 on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray with the 14th Battalion 2nd Reinforcement. SERN 1450/1552.
He returned to Australia on 11 Apr 1916, because of heart trouble and rheumatism.
His name is listed on the Honour Board at the Upper Beaconsfield RSL.1,2
Birth*Sep 1893 Frisby on Wreak, Leicestershire, England, Sep Q [Melton M] 7a 323.3,4 
Marriage*1915 Spouse: Dorothy Winifred Praill. VIC, Australia, #M587.5
 
Note*12 Mar 1916 Six years ago at the age of 17 years he got a heart strain doing heavy work, firing big boilers, was then advised to go to Australia, which he did, doing mostly team driving there. Says he was 13 stone on enlistment now 11 stone, gets shortness of breath and dizziness on excertion also precordial pain. Last year was evacuated to England for rheumatism + VDH. Some days after returning from England fainted here in Egypt and was sent here.
Cause of disability: heavy work in adolescence.2 
Land-UBeac*25 Jun 1916 PAK-79A l/p 5112 (Lot 1). Transfer from William Hendry to William Henry Foster. 1a 3r 17p.6 
Land-UBeac*15 Sep 1919 PAK-79A l/p 5112 (Lot 1). Transfer from William Henry Foster to Jane Kelsall. 1a 3r 17p.7 
Death*Jul 1977 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D17014 (age 84.)3 

Grave

  • Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, VIC, Australia8

Citations

  1. [S29] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWI, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=102239
  2. [S33] Australian Government: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx, Enlistment Records for World War I.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  5. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3689-782 - William Henry Foster of Beaconsfield Labourer.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3689-782 - Jane Kelsall of 35 Armadale Street Armadale Married Woman.
  8. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery,.
Last Edited28 Feb 2019

Dorothy Winifred Praill

F, #4365, b. Mar 1895, d. 20 Aug 1983
Father*William Praill b. 1864, d. 1948
Mother*Mary Jane Batley b. 1860, d. 1946
Married NameFoster. 
Birth*Mar 1895 Billericay, Essex, England, Mar Q [Billericay] 4a 523.1 
Marriage*1915 Spouse: William Henry Foster. VIC, Australia, #M587.2
 
WidowJul 1977Dorothy Winifred Praill became a widow upon the death of her husband William Henry Foster.3 
Death*20 Aug 1983 Heath, VIC, Australia, #D19417 (age 88) [par William PRAILL & Mary Jane].3 
Probate (Will)* Dorothy Winifred Foster. Widow. Garden City. 20 Aug 1983. 925/014.4 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
2 Apr 1911George CRUIKSHANK, 35 St Thomas' Road, Brentwood, Essex, EnglandAge 16 - servant5

Citations

  1. [S9] Free BMD. Index. Online @ https://www.freebmd.org.uk/.
  2. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P13, unit 220; VPRS 7591/P9, unit 45.
  5. [S83] Online index to the UK census "Class: RG14; Piece: 9999; Schedule Number: 72."
Last Edited3 Apr 2016

John Robertson

M, #4372, b. 1831, d. 24 Jun 1905
Birth*1831 Perth, Scotland. 
Marriage*1861 Spouse: Isabella Mill. VIC, Australia, #M640.1
 
Land-UBeac*15 Oct 1877John Robertson selected land from the Crown. PAK-103. 18a 3r 21p - Land File 819/49. Govt Land Sale 5185 14 Oct 1879. Upset price £1/ac, valued £63. Selected by J. ROBERTSON.2,3 
(Witness) Land-Note19 Jun 1879 To the Honorable, The Minister of Lands, Melbourne. Sir, Being holders of Licenses under the 49 Section of the Lands Act 1869 situated in the Parish of Pakenham and having complied with the necessary conditions.
We now respectfully request that the said land be sold by public auction at the earliest possible date.
Graham Mitchell. Improvements: Fencing and sowing down
R W Emerson MacIvor. Improvements: Fencing and sowing down
John Robertson. Improvements: Fencing and sowing down.4 
Land-Note*29 Jul 1879 PAK-103: 89 Lonsdale Street, East Melbourne
July 29th, 1879
A Morrah, Esq. Secretary for Lands
Sir, In reply to your letter of the 18th inst. I have the honor to state that I complied with the regulations by fencing and sowing with Eng. grasses, the same as my neighbour Mr A May who has purchased his selection, and others (with the exception that Mr Brisbane conducted his application). My selection can only be reached on foot till the roads are cleared of fallen timber and crossings made. The ground is of such poor description that I doubt that even grass will grow on it, except in patches on the low-lying portions.
I have the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant. John Robertson
Reply to letter of 18th inst Corr No 819 49 Survey Dist.
see statement of improvements in attached image.2
Land-Note30 Sep 1879 PAK-103: 89 Lonsdale Street, East Melbourne
September 30, 1879
A Morrah, Esq. Secretary for Lands
Sir, Having had no reply to my letter of the 29th July (in which I answered your's of 18th same month) I cannot understand how there could be any objection to having my block put up for sale, when Messrs May, Mitchell and McIvor have got theirs, and I have done all that they have. By referring to the plan of Pakenham you will see that I had a great deal more fencing to pay for than either of the above gentlemen, and I may state that it was fenced by the same man who did theirs.
I paid at the same rate as they did, and I have done everything that they have done, and along with them, and I cannot see why there can be any distinction made, unless in my favor, as my fencing cost me more than either of theirs.
An early answer will oblige.
I am, Sir, Your obedient servant. John Robertson.2 
Widower14 Sep 1881He became a widower upon the death of his wife Isabella Mill.5 
Death*24 Jun 1905 Melbourne East, VIC, Australia, #D6323 (age 74) [par John ROBERTSON & Mary Murray McDONALD].6 
Death-Notice*26 Jun 1905ROBERTSON.-On the 24th June, at his residence, 118 Lonsdale-street, Melbourne, John Robertson formerly of Perth, Scotland), aged 74 years. A colonist of 48 years. Home papers please copy.
The Friends of the late Mr. JOHN ROBERTSON are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, Melbourne General Cemetery.
The funeral will leave his late residence, 118 Lonsdale-street, Melbourne, To-morrow (Tuesday, 27th June ), at 3 o'clock.
JOHN DALEY. Undertaker. Latrobe and Spring streets, Melbourne. Telephone 827.7 
Probate (Will)*15 Aug 1905 96/669 Dyer of Melbourne. At the time of his death was the owner of PAK-103 rated at £60, valued at £50 (page 80+83 of probate.)8 
Land-Note5 Dec 1905 PAK-103: Memo No 35525. Harry Emmerton of Raveloe, Domain Road, South Yarra, Solicitor and Thomas Bogue Atkinson of Duke Street, Abbotsford Gentleman, are registered proprietors of the within-described land as Executors to whom probate of the Will and codicil of John Robertson (who died 24th June, 1905) was granted the 15th August, 1905.9,10 
Land-UBeac*5 Dec 1905 PAK-103. Transfer from John Robertson to Harry Emmerton. 18a 3r 21p - Red Ink No 1853810. Harry Emmerton the survivor of the proprietors named herein is, by the direction of the Commissioner of Titles given under section 268 of the Transfer of Land Act 1915, now registered as sole proprietor of the within described estate.11 

Grave

  • Presbyterian Section E, Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, VIC, Australia, Front. In memory of John ROBERTSON formerly of Perth Scotland ; and for 47 years of Lonsdale St. Melbourne, died 24 Jun 1905 age 74 yrs
    also his wife Isabella died 14 Sep 1881 age 42 yrs.
    Right. Also David ROBERTSON died 27 Nov 1880 age 41 yrs ; Betsy ROBINSON died 23 Jan 1876 age 35 yrs.
    Left. Also Georgina MILL died 6 Apr 1873 age 21 yrs ; Alexr. MILL died 9 Mar 1868 age 18 yrs.12

Newspaper-Articles

  • 4 Apr 1879, ROBERTSON, John. Pakenham Gazetted; 4 Apr 1879 Issue of New Licenses under Land Act Approved; 7 Nov 1879 Land Sold13

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 5357/P0000/3905
    819/49 JOHN ROBERTSON PAKENHAM 103 18--3--21. 1876 - 1879.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1162-299 - John Robertson of Melbourne.
  4. [S81] Land Records, Parish Maps & Council Rate Books. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), Land File 565/49 (1880 map). - Land file not indexed, appears to be stuck to other file?
  5. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Jun 1905, p1.
  8. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), no title number given.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1162-299 - Memo No 35525. Harry Emmerton of Raveloe, Domain Road, South Yarra, Solicitor and Thomas Bogue Atkinson of Duke Street, Abbotsford Gentleman, are registered proprietors of the within-described land as Executors to whom probate of the Will and codicil of John Robertson (who died 24th June, 1905) was granted the 15th August, 1905.
  10. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Thos Bogue ATKINSON #D13011/1915 (Age 68) [par Thos Bogue ATKINSON & Elizabeth SWIGGE] died Collingwood."
  11. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1162-299 - Red Ink No 1853810. Harry Emmerton the survivor of the proprietors named herein is, by the direction of the Commissioner of Titles given under section 268 of the Transfer of Land Act 1915, now registered as sole proprietor of the within described estate.
  12. [S45] Index of monumental inscriptions in the Melbourne General Cemetery,
    "inscription from GSV."
  13. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria "Govt Gazette Index."
Last Edited8 Aug 2018

Catherine Muir

F, #4377, b. 1840, d. 6 May 1918
Married NameStubbs. 
Birth*1840 Scotland. 
Marriage*1859 Spouse: Edward Stubbs. Carisbrook, VIC, Australia, #M4646.1
 
Land-UBeac*30 Sep 1903 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (part Lot 10) 'Fernacre', 55 St Georges Road. Transfer from Rowland Edgar Reed to Catherine Stubbs. 7a 2r 11p (transferred with mortgage.)2 
Land-UBeac*21 Nov 1906 GEM-D-38.39, St Georges Road. Transfer from The English Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank to Catherine Stubbs. 34a 2r 32p (check size.)3,4 
Land-UBeac*28 Aug 1911 GEM-D-38.39, St Georges Road. Transfer from Catherine Stubbs to Christine Maybelle Harris. 34a 2r 32p (check size.)5 
Land-UBeac28 Aug 1911 PAK-66 l/p 1265 (part Lot 10) 'Fernacre', 55 St Georges Road. Transfer from Catherine Stubbs to Christine Maybelle Drake. 7a 2r 11p.6 
Death*6 May 1918 South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #D5971 (Age 78) [par Alex MUIR & Mary GRAHAM].7 
Death-Notice*8 May 1918STUBBS.-On the 6th May, Catherine, dearly beloved wife of Edward Stubbs, of 113 Beaconsfield parade, Albert Park, beloved mother of Edward G. and Frank S. Stubbs, and Mrs. E. J. Robinson. Privately interred.
She hath done what she could. For ever with the Lord.8 
Probate (Will)*13 Jul 1918 Catherine Stubbs. Baths Propr. Albert Park. 6 May 1918. 159/282.
No mention of Upper Beaconsfield in probate.9 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2323-590 - Catherine Stubbs of Beaconsfield Parade South Melbourne, wife of Edward Stubbs of the same place Gentleman.
  3. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-966 (D-39) - The English Scottish + Australian Bank Limited to Catherine Stubbs of 71 Beaconsfield Parade Albert Park Married Woman.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-965 (D-38) - The English Scottish + Australian Bank Limited to Catherine Stubbs of 71 Beaconsfield Parade Albert Park Married Woman - this mortgage was discharged when land was sold to Catherine Stubbs.
  5. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1750-965 and 966 - Catherine Stubbs to Christine Maybelle Drake of Upper Beaconsfield the wife of William Elliot Drake.
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 2323-590 - Christine Maybelle Drake of Upper Beaconsfield the wife of William Elliot Drake.
  7. [S4] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 8 May 1918, p1.
  9. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P3, unit 847; VPRS 7591/P2, unit 587.
Last Edited27 Jan 2019
 

NOTE

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