Edith Irene Connop

F, #2044, b. 31 Jul 1912, d. 26 Oct 1986
ChartsDescendants of Alfred George SHORTHOUSE
Married NameShorthouse. 
Birth*31 Jul 1912 Jumbunna, VIC, Australia, #B21474 [par Thos Martin CONNOP & Margaret THOMAS].1 
Marriage4 Jan 1936 Spouse: Alfred George "Bill" Shorthouse. Presbyterian Church, Northcote, VIC, Australia, #M2369.2,3
Death*26 Oct 1986 Yarram, VIC, Australia, #D25750 (Age 74) [par Thomas Martin CONNOP & Margaret Elizabeth THOMAS].4 


  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913.
  2. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Liz WALFORD information."
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "#D25750 birthplace Jumbunna."
Last Edited9 Jun 2017

William James Harding

M, #2045, d. 1904
Father*Henry Judd Harding b. 1820, d. 1 Mar 1901
Mother*Elizabeth Brisbane b. 11 Oct 1833, d. 28 Dec 1900
ChartsDescendants of John BRISBANE
Death*1904 Albury, NSW, Australia, #D437.1 
Death-Notice*8 Feb 1904 HARDING.—On the 5th February, at Albury, William J. Harding (formerly of "Thornbury," Elmgrove, Toorak) beloved husband of Clare Harding, and eldest son of the late Henry Judd Harding, of Greville-street, Prahran.2 


  1. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 8 Feb 1904, p1.
Last Edited12 Feb 2020

Sylvester Harold Tabuteau

M, #2047, b. 27 Jan 1901, d. 9 Mar 1964
ChartsDescendants of Alfred George SHORTHOUSE
Birth*27 Jan 1901 Bendigo, VIC, Australia, #B986 [par Jos Aug TABUTEAU & Louisa Rogers JOHNSON].1
Marriage*16 Jan 1926 Spouse: Amy Brydon Shorthouse. Caulfield, VIC, Australia, #M410.2,3
Divorce*25 Nov 1933Sylvester Harold Tabuteau and Amy Brydon Shorthouse were divorced on 25 Nov 1933 Sylvester had left by January 1930.4 
Marriage*22 May 1937 Spouse: Gladys Lawther. Innisfail, QLD, Australia, #M1937/C/1460 - married as Gladys Lawther (spinster.)5,6
Military*30 May 1940Enlisted for military service: Cairns, QLD, Australia, QX7623 - Rat of Tobruk.7,4 
Widower22 Jan 1941Sylvester Harold Tabuteau became a widower upon the death of his wife Gladys Lawther.5,6 
Marriage*1948 Spouse: Minnie Ellen Prescott. VIC, Australia, #M20276/1948.8
Death*9 Mar 1964 Adelaide, SA, Australia, #D969/1477.9 


  • 25 Nov 1933: DECREES FOR DIVORCE: In the Banco Court yesterday Mr Justice Wasley granted the following decrees nisi for divorces: - Bryden Amy Tabuteau aged 24 years of Port Albert from Sylvester Harold Tabuteau, aged 29 years, clerk formerly of Perth, on the ground of misconduct. The marriage took place on January 16, 1926 at Caulfield and there are two children. Amy Brydon Shorthouse2


  1. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 25 Nov 1933 p27.
  3. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "as Bryden Amy."
  4. [S61] Upper Beaconsfield History Archive ,"Information from Lysle Tabuteau 17 Aug 1998."
  5. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, Ken Fryer.
  6. [S8] Queensland Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  7. [S30] World War Two Nominal Roll https://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      QX7623
    Date of Birth      27 Jan 1901
    Place of Birth      BENDIGO, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      30 May 1940
    Locality on Enlistment      FLYING FISH POINT, QLD
    Place of Enlistment      CAIRNS, QLD
    Next of Kin      FOX, E
    Date of Discharge      13 Dec 1943
    Rank      Private
    Posting at Discharge      1 ACD
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  8. [S27] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Marriages) (online).
  9. [S63] South Australian Government. BDM Index South Australia.
Last Edited6 Aug 2019

May Irvine

F, #2051, b. 1890, d. Dec 1971
Married NameHedrick. 
Marriage*1912 Spouse: David Brydon Hedrick. VIC, Australia, #3541/1912 (May born Rutherglen.)2
Illness*30 Jun 1919 At Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Fairfield, VIC, Australia. Admitted suffering from Influenza, stayed at hospital for 11 days, but had been ill for 7 days prior. Address: 136 Hickford Street, Brunswick.3 
Widow31 Dec 1939May Irvine became a widow upon the death of her husband David Brydon Hedrick
Death*Dec 1971 Dandenong, VIC, Australia, #D30584 (Age 81) [par Lawrence IRVINE & Elizabeth MEREDITH].1,4 


  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985 "#D30584 (Age 81) [par Lawrence IRVINE & Elizabeth MEREDITH]."
  2. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "#D30584 (Age 81) [par Lawrence IRVINE & Elizabeth MEREDITH] - indexed as HEDRICH, FREDRICK & IRWINE."
  3. [S20] Various indexed records of GSV - Genealogical Society Victoria.
  4. [S47] Index of burials in the cemetery of Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
    Cremated - remains scattered.
Last Edited26 Nov 2018

Frank Critchley Parker

M, #2070, b. 9 Oct 1862, d. 19 Oct 1944
Note* Critchley Parker House / Wildfell is now 61-63 St Georges Road. 
Birth*9 Oct 1862 Richmond, VIC, Australia, #B23174 (as Ernest Frank.)1,2 
Marriage*13 May 1899 Spouse: Emily Minnie Plummer. Methodist Church, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia, #M3635.3
Marriage*12 Apr 1910 Spouse: Kathleen Kerr. Independent Church, Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Marriage-Notice*30 Apr 1910 PARKER-KERR - On the 12th April, at the Independent Church Melbourne, by the Rev. F. H. Wallace, Critchley Parker to Kathleen youngest daughter of the late Andrew Kerr and Mrs Kerr of Melbourne.4 
Widower1935Frank Critchley Parker became a widower upon the death of his wife Emily Minnie Plummer.5 
Death*19 Oct 1944 28 Tivoli place, South Yarra, VIC, Australia, #D10889/1944 (Age 82) [par William Thomas PARKER & Ellen Sophia BARTLETT] - as Critchley PARKER.1,6 
Death-Notice*23 Oct 1944 PARKER.—On October 19, at his residence, 28 Tivoli place, South Yarra, Critchley Parker, dearly loved husband of Kathleen Kerr Parker, and father of Critchley junior (deceased), aged 82 years. (Cremated privately.)7 


Kathleen Kerr b. 1884, d. 1970
Child 1.Critchley Parker b. 11 Apr 1911, d. May 1942


  • 27 Aug 1909: DIVORCE COURT. THURSDAY, AUG 26. (Before Mr Justice A'Beckett.) PARKER V. PARKER.
    This was a suit by Emily Minnie Parker, aged 41, of the Federal Palace Hotel, Collins-street, for a dissolution of her marriage with Ernest Francis Parker, aged 44, proprietor of the "Australian Mining Standanrd," on the ground of desertion. Mr Woolf (instructed by Mr W J Strong) appeared for Mrs Parker. The parties were married on May 13, 1899, and thereis one child of the marriage, a girl of nine. After the marriage the parties lived in Melbourne at first, but the husband's business then took him to Sydney. He took lodgings for his wife at North Sydney, but he lived at the Hotel Australia, saying that his business necessitated this. They ceased to live together for a time in 1901; they came to Melbourne later, and again returned to Sydney. In 1906 the wife instituted proceedings for divorce in Sydney, but the petition was dismissed on the question of domicile. The husband had been making an allowance to his wife. It began at £12 a month, but it came down by stages to £6, and ceased altogether in February, 1905. Mrs Parker said that her husband wrote to her saying she had better decide for herself and take her own course. A decree nisi with costs and the custody of the child were granted. Emily Minnie Plummer8
    Mr. Critchley Parker, proprietor of the "Industrial Australian and Mining Standard," died at his home in Melbourne on Thursday.
    Born at Richmond, Victoria, Mr. Parker was a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Parker, Tiverton, Devon, England. He was educated at St. Stephen's Grammar School, Victoria.
    In 1889 Mr. Parker established "The Sun" newspaper in Melbourne and Sydney, and from 1908 owned and conducted "Money Market Review," London. He published "Australian Nature Studies" and mining history studies, also "Tasmania, the Jewel of the Commonwealth."
    Fly-fishing was his favourite recreation, and he was a frequent visitor to Tasmania until recently, and was well known for his interest in the fresh water fisheries of the state. He was one of the pioneer anglers of the Great Lake, and fished there regularly during his visits to Tasmania for more than 30 years.
    He contributed many articles to London journals, including "The Field" and "The Fishing Gazette."
    Mr. Parker was a warm advocate of the attractions of Tasmania as a tourist resort, and consistently gave generous publicity to the state not only in the editorial columns of his paper, but in his contributions published from time to time elsewhere.
    Mr. Parker is survived by his wife and a daughter.9

Australian Dictionary of Biography

PARKER, FRANK CRITCHLEY (1862-1944), journalist and publisher, was born on 9 October 1862 at Richmond, Melbourne, son of William Thomas Parker, fitter, and his wife Ellen Sophia, née Bartlett, both English born. He was registered as Ernest Frank. Educated at St Stephen's Grammar School and state schools, he learned printing with Fergusson & Mitchell and later toured the Pacific. In December 1888 in Melbourne he founded and edited the Sun, planned to rival the Bulletin, and brought out a Sydney edition in March 1889. Selling in 1897, he bought the Sydney-based Australian Mining Standard and took it to Melbourne where he developed it into a notable journal with Tom H. Prichard, a talented journalist and father of Katharine Susannah Prichard, on its staff. He published a novel, A King of Shreds and Patches, in 1891 under the pseudonym 'Frank Critchley'. On 13 May 1899 he married Emily Minnie Plummer with Methodist forms at Fitzroy. From about 1900 he adopted the name Critchley in preference to Frank.
With official subsidies Parker wrote and published books on mineral resources in five States, and also published technical and scientific works by others. In 1908 he bought the London Money Market Review, appointing the erudite E. H. C. Oliphant as editor. Selling it in 1912 he recalled Oliphant to edit the Standard and in 1914 published, with his own preface, Oliphant's Germany and Good Faith.
Parker played a controversial part in the conscription debate and election campaign of 1917. A fervent pro-conscriptionist, he displayed inflammatory posters in his windows and used his magazine, now the Australian Statesman and Mining Standard, to attack anti-conscriptionists and Irish Catholicism. Senators T. J. K. Bakhap and J. H. Keating were each awarded £450 for libel after their loyalty was challenged in a leading article. Anti-Irish cartoons, reproduced from Punch of the 1840s and 1850s and circulated widely as leaflets, caused an outcry. Federal Labor members called for a royal commission to investigate their 'publication, issue, distribution and financing'. Although he rejected their demand, Prime Minister W. M. Hughes dissociated himself from Parker's 'sectarian literature', an action approved by the Argus which condemned the pamphlets as 'offensive and irrelevant publications'. Throughout the war Parker published Patriotic Pamphlets written by himself and others as anti-German and pro-British propaganda.
The decline of gold-mining affected Parker's magazine, whose title was amended in 1917 to the Industrial Australian and Mining Standard to widen its appeal. From weekly it changed to fortnightly and then monthly publication. When Oliphant resigned in 1918, Ambrose Pratt succeeded him. On Pratt's retirement in 1927, Parker again became editor. He was also an active publisher for the Victorian Department of Education and others, offering authors financial aid for works on early Australian history.
A keen fly-fisherman at Mt Kosciusko and in Tasmania, Parker compiled Record of Fish Killed at the Great Lake (1899) and contributed articles on fishing to English journals. In 1937 he published Tasmania, the Jewel of the Commonwealth and persuaded the premier, A. G. Ogilvie, to order 20,000 copies. Of medium height, genial and softly spoken, he was well read and an excellent conversationalist. At work he was paternalistic and demanding.
Divorced by his wife in December 1909, Parker married Kathleen Kerr at the Independent Church, Collins Street, Melbourne, on 12 April 1910. Survived by her and a daughter from his first marriage, Parker died at his South Yarra home on 19 October 1944 and was cremated. His son Critchley, who had worked with him, had died in 1942 while hiking in Tasmania.10


  1. [S55] ADB online, online https://adb.anu.edu.au/
  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 "#M3635 (Frank as Ethel Francis PARKER)."
  4. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 30 Apr 1910, p13.
  5. [S7] Registry of NSW Births Deaths and Marriages.
  6. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D10889/1944 - born RICHMOND."
  7. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 23 Oct 1944, p2.
  8. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 27 Aug 1909, p3.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - Examiner (Launceston, Tas.), Mon 23 Oct 1944, p4
  10. [S55] ADB online, online https://adb.anu.edu.au/, J. P. Holroyd, 'Parker, Frank Critchley (1862–1944)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…, published first in hardcopy 1988, accessed online 18 March 2023.
Last Edited18 Mar 2023


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