Hilda Mabel Tilley

F, #2832, b. 14 Feb 1900, d. 30 Mar 1985
Hilda Mabel LADD (nee TILLEY)
(1900-1985)
c1917
Father*William Avila Tilley b. Mar 1874, d. 8 Sep 1945
Mother*Elsie Emilie Ladd b. 1874, d. 1964
Married NameLadd. 
Birth*14 Feb 1900 Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #B693.1 
Marriage*1921 Spouse: Harry Matthew Ladd. VIC, Australia, #M2320 ... Hilda & Harry were 1st cousins.2
 
Widow1 May 1948Hilda Mabel Tilley became a widow upon the death of her husband Harry Matthew Ladd.3 
Death*30 Mar 1985 North Balwyn, VIC, Australia, #D07809 (age 85) [par William TILLEY & Elsie Emily].3 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1924262 High Street, Northcote, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Harry Matthew Ladd.4
1931Karrawinna, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Harry Matthew Ladd.5
bt 1936 - 1943Glenard Drive, Heidelberg, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties. With Harry Matthew Ladd.6,7,8
1949Leytonstone, Glenard Drive, Heidelberg, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.9
1954392 Lower Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.10
19633 Moody Street, Balwyn, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: home duties.11

Grave

  • Wall 20, Row C 0013/0014, Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, VIC, Australia12

Family

Harry Matthew Ladd b. 10 Mar 1891, d. 1 May 1948
Child 1.Edward Wilfred Ladd+ b. 18 Nov 1921, d. 27 Aug 1976

Citations

  1. [S3] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Edwardian Index Victoria 1902-1913 "[par William TILLEY & Elsie Emilie LADD]."
  2. [S6] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942.
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S124] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1924.
  5. [S131] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1931.
  6. [S136] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1936.
  7. [S137] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1937.
  8. [S143] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1943.
  9. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949 "Merv's name crossed out. Only his address showed 'Leytonstone.'"
  10. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954.
  11. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
  12. [S46] Index of burials in the cemetery of Boroondara, Kew,
    Ladd Harry M 01-Jan-2001 MAUS NW 20 C 0013
    Ladd Hilda M 01-Jan-2001     MAUS NW 20 C 0014
    MAUS NW 20 C 0013 / 0014 Section Name      Wall 20, Row C
    Ladd Harry M 17-Jun-1985 OW 19 C 0002
    Ladd Hilda M 06-Jun-1985 OW 19 C 0003
    Ashes may have been relocated.
Last Edited26 Apr 2017

Edward Wilfred Ladd

M, #2833, b. 18 Nov 1921, d. 27 Aug 1976
Father*Harry Matthew Ladd b. 10 Mar 1891, d. 1 May 1948
Mother*Hilda Mabel Tilley b. 14 Feb 1900, d. 30 Mar 1985
Probate (Will)* Edward Wilfred Ladd. Pensioner. Greensborough. 27 Aug 1976. 818/939.1 
Birth*18 Nov 1921 Carlton, VIC, Australia.2 
Birth-Notice*26 Nov 1921LADD (nee Hilda Tilley). - On the 18th November, at 'Strathearn" private hospital, to Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Ladd-a son (Edward Wilfred). Both doing well.3 
Military*31 Jul 1940Enlisted for military service: Albert Park, VIC, Australia, Australian Army Service Number V54046 - Date of Discharge 18 Jul 1943 - Rank Corporal - Posting at Discharge SIGNALS 4 DIVISION.4 
Marriage*6 Apr 1942 Spouse: Diana Maud Aitken. Heidelberg Presbyterian Church, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #M12362.5,6
 
Land-UBeac*17 Nov 1948 GEM-E-3F (M3). Transfer from Harry Matthew Ladd to Edward Wilfred Ladd. 39a 3r 39.7 
Land-UBeac*23 Dec 1948 GEM-E-3E GEM--48C. Transfer from Lillian Victoria Salter Ladd to Edward Wilfred Ladd Diana Maud Ladd. 59a 3r 11p.8 
Land-UBeac24 Sep 1951 GEM-E-3F (M3). Transfer from Edward Wilfred Ladd to Thomas Leslie Ashdown. 39a 3r 39.9 
Land-UBeac*24 Sep 1951 GEM-E-3E GEM--48C. Transfer from Edward Wilfred Ladd Diana Maud Ladd to Thomas Leslie Ashdown. 59a 3r 11p.10 
Death*27 Aug 1976 Heidelberg, VIC, Australia, #D21547 (Age 54.)11 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1949Wyoming, Upper Beaconsfield, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Diana Maud Ladd.12
1954Samford, Mt Nebo, QLD, AustraliaOccupation: bus driver. With Diana Maud Ladd.13
19587 Lawrence Street, Ivanhoe, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: draftsman. With Diana Maud Ladd.14
19636 Hume Street, Greensborough, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engrs asst. With Diana Maud Ladd.15
19686 Hume Street, Greensborough, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engrs asst. With Diana Maud Ladd.16
1972112 Hume Street, Greensborough, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: engineer's assistant. With Diana Maud Ladd.17

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 28/P8, unit 125; VPRS 7591/P4, unit 667.
  2. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 26 Nov 1921, p13.
  4. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Name      LADD, EDWARD WILFRED
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      V54046
    Date of Birth      18 Nov 1921
    Place of Birth      CARLTON, VIC
    Date of Enlistment      31 Jul 1940
    Locality on Enlistment      HEIDELBERG, VIC
    Place of Enlistment      ALBERT PARK, VIC
    Next of Kin      LADD, HARRY
    Date of Discharge      18 Jul 1943
    Rank      Corporal
    Posting at Discharge      SIGNALS 4 DIVISION
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  5. [S71] "Barbara Ladd, Email 8 May 2017."
  6. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Diana's name as Diana Gore AITKEN."
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5758-459 - Edward Wilfred Ladd of Emerald Farmer.
  8. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3344-752 - Edward Wilfred Ladd, Farmer and Diana Gore Ladd, Married Woman, both of Dewhurst Emerald.
  9. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 5758-459 - Thomas Leslie Ashdown of 12 Portland Place South Yarra Farmer.
  10. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 3344-752 - Thomas Leslie Ashdown of 12 Portland Place South Yarra Farmer.
  11. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  12. [S149] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1949.
  13. [S154] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1954 "Samford only mentioned in Wilfred's address."
  14. [S158] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1958.
  15. [S163] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1963.
  16. [S168] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1968.
  17. [S172] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1972.
Last Edited23 Jul 2017

Armstrong 'Dub' Matthews

M, #2835, b. 19 Nov 1911, d. 12 May 1987
Father*Richard Ernest Matthews b. 1883, d. 1959
Mother*Eva Garrett b. 1885, d. 9 Feb 1919
Birth*19 Nov 1911 Perth, WA, Australia, #B1752.1 
Military*24 Oct 1939Enlisted for military service: South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Australian Army VX1948 - Discharged 6 May 1945 - Lieutenant AASC 1 AUST FARM COY.2 
Marriage*24 May 1945 Spouse: Lorna Wilson Yates. St Andrews, Canberra, ACT, Australia.3
 
Marriage-Notice*26 May 1945MATTHEWS — YATES. —On May 24, 1945, at St. Andrew's, Canberra, Capt. Lorna Wilson Yates, AAMWS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Yates, Canberra, to Lieut. A Matthews (A.I.F., returned), son of Mr. R. E. Matthews, Dewhurst, Victoria. (All capital city papers please copy.)4 
Widower3 Jun 1947Armstrong 'Dub' Matthews became a widower upon the death of his wife Lorna Wilson Yates.3 
Marriage*1950 Spouse: Emerald Evelyn Legg. VIC, Australia, #M13884.5
 
Land-UBeac*29 Aug 1960 GEM-E-7A. Transfer from Richard Ernest Matthews to Armstrong 'Dub' Matthews. 20a 2r 13p - for the sum of three hundred and fifty-five pounds ten shillings and seven pence.6 
Land-UBeac*5 Oct 1961 GEM-E-7A. Transfer from Armstrong 'Dub' Matthews to William Gustaf Leslie Knapton Joan Crofton Knapton. 20a 2r 13p.7 
Death*12 May 1987 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D11130 (Age 75) [par Richard MATTHEWS & Unknown].8 

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

DateAddressOccupation and other people at same address
1934Woodlands, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer.9
1954Woodlands, Dewhurst, VIC, AustraliaOccupation: farmer. With Emerald Evelyn Legg.10

Grave

  • Emerald Cemetery, Emerald, VIC, Australia11

Citations

  1. [S62] Western Australian Government. BDM Index Western Australia.
  2. [S30] Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial - WWII, http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/, Name      MATTHEWS, ARMSTRONG
    Service      Australian Army
    Service Number      VX1948
    Date of Birth      19 Nov 1911
    Place of Birth      PERTH, WA
    Date of Enlistment      24 Oct 1939
    Locality on Enlistment      DEWHURST, VIC
    Place of Enlistment      SOUTH MELBOURNE, VIC
    Next of Kin      MATTHEWS, RICHARD
    Date of Discharge      6 May 1945
    Rank      Lieutenant
    Posting at Discharge      AASC 1 AUST FARM COY
    WW2 Honours and Gallantry      None for display
    Prisoner of War      No.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Canberra Times, 4 Jun 1947, p4.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - Canberra Times, 26 May 1945, p2.
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  6. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8274-673 - Armstrong Matthews of Dewhurst via Emerald Orchardist as Administrator of the Estate of Richard Ernest Matthews late of Dewhurst via Emerald Orchardist deceased intestate.
  7. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 8274-673 - William Leslie Knapton Orchardist and Joan Crofton Knapton Married Woman both of Old Emerald Road Upper Beaconsfield - joint proprietors.
  8. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "#D11130 birthplace Geraldton WA."
  9. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980 "1934 + 1942."
  10. [S101] Electoral Roll for Australia, 1903 - 1980 "1954."
  11. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.rootsweb.com/~ausvsac/Index.htm
Last Edited26 Apr 2018

John Theodore Thomas Boyd

M, #2836, b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Birth*14 Nov 1825 Tralee, Kerry, Ireland.1 
Marriage*4 Feb 1857 Spouse: Lucy Charlotte Martin. St Stephen's Church, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M364.2
 
Marriage-Notice*6 Feb 1857At St. Stephen's Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, John Theodore Thomas Boyd, Esq., of Her Majesty's 11th Regiment of Foot, assistant military secretary, to Lucy Charlotte, eldest daughter of Robert Martin, Esq., M.D., of Heidelberg.3 
Death*8 Mar 1891 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D4144 (Age 66) [par Alex BOYD & Susan BROWN].4 
Death-Notice*17 Mar 1891BOYD.—On the 8th March, at his residence, Inkerman-road, East St. Kilda, Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd, late H.M. 11th Regiment, North Devon, Military Secretary in Victoria from 1856 to 1859, in his 66th year.5 

Grave

  • Other Denominations 64,66, 68, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, Capt. Theodore BOYD, late of H.M. 11th Reg. North Devon, formerly Military Secretary in Victoria, b. 14.11.1825 d. 8. 3.1891
    Lucy Charlotte, wife of the late Capt. Theodore BOYD, b. 19.3.1835 d. 16. 10.19086,7

Family

Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Children 1.Robert Alexander Boyd b. 15 Feb 1858, d. 26 Dec 1891
 2.Theodore Fielding Boyd b. 12 Oct 1860, d. 10 Sep 1942
 3.Arthur Merric Boyd+ b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
 4.Lucy de Guzman 'Lily' Boyd b. 1 Feb 1864, d. 1956
 5.Frederick Charteris Boyd1 b. 1865, d. 6 Mar 1921
 6.Thornton Marshall Boyd b. 1868, d. 1929
 7.Harry Lascelles Boyd1 b. 2 Feb 1869, d. 5 Oct 1917
 8.Reginald Septimus Boyd b. 26 Jul 1870, d. 4 Dec 1935
 9.Rupert Montague Boyd1 b. 1872, d. 11 Aug 1943
 10.Montague Kirby Boyd b. 19 Sep 1873, d. 1940
 11.Edith Enid Boyd+ b. 5 Sep 1874, d. 3 Jan 1960
 12.Norman Gear Boyd b. 5 Sep 1876, d. 23 Sep 1876

Newspaper-Articles

  • 3 Apr 1891, CAPTAIN J. T. BOYD. Advices from Melbourne announce the sudden death of Captain Boyd, an old Otago resident, well known in Dunedin in the early days. He came of a military family, his father and brothers having been all in the service. When quite a lad he obtained a commission in the 11th Foot, where in consequence of his youth he was known by the soubriquet of “ Baby Boyd.” He came out with his Regiment to Tasmania in charge of convicts, and did duty at the various convict stations both there and in New South Wales for some years. He was then appointed Aide-de-camp to the Governor of Victoria, and shortly afterwards married Miss Martin, daughter of the well known Dr Martin, of Heidelberg, near Melbourne, when he retired from the service. After his marriage he came across to Dunedin, and settled in the Opoho suburb there, purchasing at the same time the well known Waipahi station. He was a popular and important figure in those days, as every old Otago resident will remember, and those of them who knew him will remember his kindness, his urbanity, his liberality, and bis warm-hearted generous nature—a genial man, a gentleman “sans peur set sans reproche.” Requiescat in pace. We tender his wife and children our heatfelt sympathy in their bereavement.8

Citations

  1. [S356] Brenda Niall, The Boyds.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Feb 1857, p4.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S14] Newspaper - The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Tue 17 Mar 1891, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3523686
  6. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, irianb.
  7. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,.
  8. [S14] Newspaper - New Zealand Mail, 3 April 1891, p30.
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

Lucy Charlotte Martin

F, #2837, b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Father*Robert Martin b. 1798, d. 1874
Mother*Lucy Gear
Married NameBoyd. 
Birth*19 Mar 1835 Islington, London, England.1 
Marriage*4 Feb 1857 Spouse: John Theodore Thomas Boyd. St Stephen's Church, Richmond, VIC, Australia, #M364.2
 
Marriage-Notice*6 Feb 1857At St. Stephen's Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, John Theodore Thomas Boyd, Esq., of Her Majesty's 11th Regiment of Foot, assistant military secretary, to Lucy Charlotte, eldest daughter of Robert Martin, Esq., M.D., of Heidelberg.3 
Widow8 Mar 1891Lucy Charlotte Martin became a widow upon the death of her husband John Theodore Thomas Boyd.4 
Death*16 Oct 1908 South Yarra, VIC, Australia. 
Death-Notice*17 Oct 1908BOYD.—On the 16th October, at "Melrose," Domain-road, South Yarra, Lucy Charlotte, wife of the late Captain J. T. T. Boyd, North Devons, Eleventh (R.G.T.)5 

Grave

  • Other Denominations 64,66, 68, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, Capt. Theodore BOYD, late of H.M. 11th Reg. North Devon, formerly Military Secretary in Victoria, b. 14.11.1825 d. 8. 3.1891
    Lucy Charlotte, wife of the late Capt. Theodore BOYD, b. 19.3.1835 d. 16. 10.19081,6

Family

John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Children 1.Robert Alexander Boyd b. 15 Feb 1858, d. 26 Dec 1891
 2.Theodore Fielding Boyd b. 12 Oct 1860, d. 10 Sep 1942
 3.Arthur Merric Boyd+ b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
 4.Lucy de Guzman 'Lily' Boyd b. 1 Feb 1864, d. 1956
 5.Frederick Charteris Boyd7 b. 1865, d. 6 Mar 1921
 6.Thornton Marshall Boyd b. 1868, d. 1929
 7.Harry Lascelles Boyd7 b. 2 Feb 1869, d. 5 Oct 1917
 8.Reginald Septimus Boyd b. 26 Jul 1870, d. 4 Dec 1935
 9.Rupert Montague Boyd7 b. 1872, d. 11 Aug 1943
 10.Montague Kirby Boyd b. 19 Sep 1873, d. 1940
 11.Edith Enid Boyd+ b. 5 Sep 1874, d. 3 Jan 1960
 12.Norman Gear Boyd b. 5 Sep 1876, d. 23 Sep 1876

Citations

  1. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, irianb.
  2. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 6 Feb 1857, p4.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 17 Oct 1908, p13
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10173061
  6. [S48] Index of burials in the cemetery of St Kilda,.
  7. [S356] Brenda Niall, The Boyds.
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

Arthur Merric Boyd

M, #2838, b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Note* Http://www.artema.com.au/Boyd/index.htm. 
Probate (Will)* 315/709. Arthur M BOYD Date of grant: 06 Sep 1940; Date of death: 30 Jul 1940; Occupation: Artist; Residence: Murrumbeena.1 
Birth*19 Mar 1862 Opoho, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, #B13748/1862 (Name not recorded.)2,3 
Marriage*14 Jan 1886 Spouse: Emma Minnie A'Beckett. All Saints' Church, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M442.4
 
Marriage-Notice*19 Jan 1886BOYD-A'BECKETT.-On the 14th inst., at All Saints', St Kilda, by the Rev. J. N. Gregory, assisted by the Rev. B. Reed, Arthur Merric Boyd, third son of Captain Theo Boyd, late H. M. 11th Regiment, to Emma Minnie, second daughter of Hon. W. A. C. A'Beckett.5 
Widower13 Sep 1936Arthur Merric Boyd became a widower upon the death of his wife Emma Minnie A'Beckett.6 
Death*30 Jul 1940 Murrumbeena, VIC, Australia, #D7283 (age 80.)6 

Family

Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
Children 1.John Gilbert A'Beckett Boyd b. 20 Oct 1886, d. 21 Jan 1896
 2.William Merric Boyd b. 24 Jun 1888, d. 9 Sep 1959
 3.Theodore Penleigh Boyd+ b. 15 Aug 1890, d. 28 Nov 1923
 4.Martin A'Beckett Boyd b. 10 Jun 1893, d. 3 Jun 1972
 5.Helen A'Beckett Boyd b. 7 Apr 1903, d. 1999

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Oct 1885, MISS MINNIE A'BECKETT, second daughter of Mr. W. A. C. a'Beckett, of High-street, Prahran, and granddaughter of the Hon. Thomas Turner a'Beckett, of Brighton, is engaged to be married to the second son of Captain Boyd, of East St. Kilda. We have not heard of any date having been fixed for the wedding.7

Australian Dictionary of Biography

BOYD, ARTHUR MERRIC (1862-1940), artist, was the father of WILLIAM MERRIC (1888-1959), potter, and THEODORE PENLEIGH (1890-1923), artist.
Arthur Merric was born on 19 March 1862 at Opoho, New Zealand, son of Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd, formerly of County Mayo, Ireland, and his wife Lucy Charlotte, daughter of Dr Robert Martin of Heidelberg, Victoria. The Boyds came to Melbourne in the mid 1870s and on 14 January 1886 Arthur married Emma Minnie à Beckett, artist; they settled at Brighton. In 1890 they left for England to live at the à Beckett seat, Penleigh House, near Westbury, Wiltshire. They both exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1891 after which they moved briefly to Paris. On their return to Melbourne in 1894 they lived at Sandringham. In 1898 their works were included in the Exhibition of Australian Art in London at the Grafton Galleries. The family travelled overseas from time to time, and spent summers in Tasmania where the scenery inspired some of Boyd's best work; he exhibited regularly with the Victorian Artists' Society.
At some time Boyd had studied to become an engineer but he did not practise. He was an artist of charm and ability, who painted best in water-colour, without reaching the heights of his contemporaries in the Heidelberg school. While he was friendly with Frederick McCubbin and E. Phillips Fox, he did not associate much with other artists. According to his son Martin (1893-1972), the novelist, he was, if a little remote, just and generous, with a tolerant and enlightened way of bringing up children.
His wife Emma Minnie (1858-1936) was born on 23 November 1858 at Collingwood, second daughter of William Arthur à Beckett and his wife Emma, née Mills. Many critics believe her work to be superior to her husband's. She, too, painted landscapes in Tasmania and many seascapes, but she had a particular talent for genre. At their farm at Yarra Glen she painted the four seasons in a frieze around the dining-room. She was lively, handsome, cultivated and compassionate. Restless, she had something of the religious mystic in her make-up. After her death at Sandringham on 13 September 1936, her husband lived at Rosebud where he was joined by his grandson Arthur, to whom he gave painting lessons. Boyd died at Murrumbeena on 30 July 1940, survived by two sons and a daughter.
His son William Merric, known as Merric, was born on 24 June 1888 at St Kilda, and attended Haileybury College and Dookie Agricultural College. Unsuccessful as a farmer at Yarra Glen, at one time he considered entering the Church of England ministry; he was the model for 'a difficult young man' in Martin Boyd's novel under that title. However, in 1908 at Archibald McNair's Burnley Pottery, he successfully threw his first pot. His parents helped to provide a workshop for him at Murrumbeena and pottery kilns were established there in 1911 (destroyed by fire in 1926).
Merric studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School under L. Bernard Hall and McCubbin. He held his first exhibition of stoneware in Melbourne in 1912 and a second exhibition soon afterwards, and was employed by Hans Fyansch of the Australian Porcelain Works, Yarraville. On 12 October 1915 he married Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Gough, a fellow student and potter. In May 1917 he joined the Australian Flying Corps but was discharged later in England. Before his return to Australia in September 1919 he undertook training in pottery technique at Wedgwood's, Stoke-on-Trent.
Merric produced his best works in the 1920s and 1930s. These were mostly pieces for domestic use, often decorated by Doris, and some pottery sculptures. He believed that 'the first impulse of the maker of hand-pottery is to obtain pleasure in making and decorating an article, and making that pleasure intelligible … the use of our own fauna and flora is of the first importance'. In spite of his aversion to creating art that would sell well, he worked hard to provide for his growing family. In the 1930s he was employed at the Australian Porcelain Co. Pty Ltd, Yarraville, in the manufacture of Cruffel art porcelain; he earned £4 a week. Doris worked there also on a half-time basis.
In his later years Merric became something of a recluse. He had adopted his wife's faith in Christian Science and from the 1930s read little beyond its teachings and the Bible. Subject to epileptic fits, he died at Murrumbeena on 9 September 1959. Doris died on 13 June 1960. They were survived by their five children, all noted artists: Lucy, Arthur, Guy, David and Mary. Merric had considerable influence on younger artists. 682 of his drawings were collected and published by Christopher Tadgell as Merric Boyd Drawings (London, 1975). His portrait by his son-in-law John Perceval is one of several.
Theodore Penleigh was born on 15 August 1890 at Penleigh House, Wiltshire, and was educated at Haileybury College and The Hutchins School, Hobart. He studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School (1905-09) and in his final year exhibited at the Victorian Artists' Society. He arrived in London in 1911 and his 'Springtime' was soon hung at the Royal Academy. He occupied studios at Chelsea, Amersham and St Ives, but for a time made Paris his headquarters. There his studio adjoined that of Phillips Fox who brought him into contact with the French modern school and through whom he met Edith Susan Gerard Anderson; they were married in Paris on 15 October 1912.
After touring France and Italy, the couple returned to Melbourne. In 1913 Boyd held an exhibition and won second prize in the Federal capital site competition; he also won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1914. In October he exhibited at the Athenaeum Hall paintings of Venice, Paris, Sydney, Tasmania and Victoria, including some of Warrandyte, where he had built The Robins, a charming attic house set in bushland.
In 1915 Boyd joined the Australian Imperial Force, becoming a sergeant in the Electrical and Mechanical Mining Company, but was badly gassed at Ypres and invalided to England. In 1918 in London he published Salvage, for which he wrote a racy text illustrated with twenty vigorous black and white ink-sketches of army scenes. Later that year he returned to Melbourne and in November held an exhibition at the Victorian Artists' Society's gallery. Although he suffered from the effects of gas, he held one-man shows in 1920, 1921 and 1922; his work, both water-colours and oils, sold quickly. In September 1922 he visited England to choose a collection of contemporary European art for a government-sponsored exhibition to Australia.
On 28 November 1923 Penleigh Boyd was killed instantly when the car he was driving to Sydney overturned near Warragul; he was buried in Brighton cemetery. Next March, Decoration Co. auctioned most of his remaining work, including some of his finest paintings, without reserve.
In his short career Penleigh Boyd was recognized as one of Australia's finest landscape painters, with a strong sense of colour controlled by smooth and subtle tones. 'Wattle Blossoms', hung at the Royal Academy in 1923, was much admired. He loved colour, having been influenced early by study of Turner and the example of McCubbin.
His wife Edith Susan (1880-1961), was born on 16 February 1880 in Brisbane, daughter of John Gerard Anderson, head of the Department of Public Instruction, and his wife Edith Sarah, née Wood. She studied at the Slade School, London, and in Paris with Phillips Fox. After her marriage she continued to paint and excelled in drawing. In later years she wrote several dramas, staged by repertory companies, and radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in which she took part. She died at East Burwood on 31 March 1961, survived by her two sons, of whom Robin Gerard Penleigh (1919-1971) was a distinguished architect and writer. She may be recognized as the beautiful red-haired woman in several of Phillips Fox's paintings; three of his portraits of her are held by the family.8

Citations

  1. [S35] Probate Records, PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 7591/ P2 unit 1112, item 315/709
    VPRS 28/ P3 unit 3393, item 315/709.
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.artema.com.au/Boyd/aus_nz/arthur.htm
  3. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  4. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  5. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Jan 1886, p1.
  6. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Fri 9 Oct 1885, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145712032
  8. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070382b.htm
    Select Bibliography: T. P. Boyd, The Landscapes of Penleigh Boyd (Melb, 1920); K. Hood, Pottery (Melb, 1961); Bernard Smith, Australian Painting 1788-1960 (Melb, 1962); J. Reed, Australian Landscape Painting (Melb, 1965); M. Boyd, Day of My Delight (Melb, 1965); Modern Art News (Melbourne), 1 (1959), no 2; Pottery in Australia, 14 (1975), no 2; Home, 1 Dec 1921; Australian Women's Weekly (Sydney), 26 Apr 1972; Herald (Melbourne), 30 Oct 1920, 9 Sept 1959; Times (London); 29 Nov 1923; Age (Melbourne), 4 Feb 1933, 10 Sept 1959, 3 Apr 1961, 1 Feb 1975; P. Nase, Martin Boyd's Langton Novels: An Interpretative Essay (M.A. thesis, Australian National University, 1969); M. Boyd, Boyd-à Beckett Family Tree and Associated Papers (State Library of Victoria); Doulton Insulators Australia Pty Ltd Archives (Yarraville, Victoria); private information.
    Print Publication Details: Marjorie J. Tipping, 'Boyd, Arthur Merric (1862 - 1940)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 371-373.
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Robert Alexander Boyd

M, #2839, b. 15 Feb 1858, d. 26 Dec 1891
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Birth*15 Feb 1858 Upper Jolimont, VIC, Australia, #B1241 [Melbourne] (as Unnamed Male.)1 
Birth-Notice*18 Feb 1858On the 15th inst., at Upper Jolimont, the wife of J. T. Boyd, Esq., assistant military secretary, of a son.2 
Death*26 Dec 1891 Logan River, QLD, Australia.3 
Death-Notice*9 Jan 1892BOYD.—On the 26th ult., at his residence, Lara, Logan River, Queensland, Robert Alexander, eldest son of the late Captain Theodore Boyd, Glenfern, Inkerman-road, East St. Kilda, in the 34th year of his age.4 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 30 Jan 1891, New Insolvents.
    The following were adjudicated insolvent in chamber on Wednesday, before his honour Mr. Justice Harding. Robert Alex. Boyd, of Beaudesert, grazier, on the petition of the Commercial Bank of Australasia, first meeting February 5.5
  • 15 Jun 1891, Insolvents Discharged.
    In the Supreme Court, insolvency jurisdiction, on Friday, before bis Honour Mr. Justice Harding, certificates of discharge were granted in the estates of ... Robert Alex. Boyd, a grazier, Beaudesert, on the application of Mr. Ferske.6

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 18 Feb 1858, p4.
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, irianb.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 9 Jan 1892, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8393514
  5. [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Fri 30 Jan 1891, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172649882
  6. [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Mon 15 Jun 1891, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article172684631
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Norman Gear Boyd

M, #2840, b. 5 Sep 1876, d. 23 Sep 1876
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Birth*5 Sep 1876 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B19558.1 
Birth-Notice*6 Sep 1876BOYD.—On the 5th inst., at St. Kilda, the wife of Captain J. T. Boyd of a son.2 
Death*23 Sep 1876 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #D10489 (age 18D.)1 
Death-Notice*26 Sep 1876BOYD. —On the 23rd inst., at St. Kilda, Norman Gear, the infant son of Captain J. T. Boyd.3 

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Wed 6 Sep 1876, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5901381
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 26 Sep 1876, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5903736
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Lucy de Guzman 'Lily' Boyd

F, #2841, b. 1 Feb 1864, d. 1956
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Married NameGurner.1 
Birth*1 Feb 1864 Opoho, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, #B6776.2 
Birth-Notice*2 Feb 1864On the 1st instant, at Opoho, Dunedin, the wife of Captain J. T. Boyd, of a daughter.3 
Marriage*5 Dec 1891 Spouse: John Augustus Gurner. All Saints' Church, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M7063.1
 
Marriage-Notice*19 Dec 1891GURNER—BOYD.—On the 5th inst, at All Saints', St Kilda, by the Rev. Canon Gregory, John A. Gurner, barrister-at-law, second son of the late Henry Field Gurner, Crown solicitor, to Lily, elder daughter of the late Captain Theodore Boyd, of Glenfern, St Kilda, and of the 11th (North Devon) Regiment, formerly military secretary in Victoria.4 
Widow1937Lucy de Guzman 'Lily' Boyd became a widow upon the death of her husband John Augustus Gurner.1 
Death*1956 Woodend, VIC, Australia, #D17670 (Age 92) [par BOYD] - as GURNER.5 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 11 Sep 1891, THE engagement is announced of Miss Lily Boyd, eldest daughter of the late Captain Theodore Boyd, 11th (North Devon) Regiment, formerly Military Secretary in Victoria to Mr. John A. Gurner, Prosecutor for the Crown, second son of the late Mr. Henry Field Gurner, Crown solicitor, of Princes-street, St. Kilda.6

Citations

  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), 2 Feb 1864, p4 and 16 Feb 1864, p4.
  4. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Sat 19 Dec 1891, p2
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article241562408
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Place of birth MELBOURNE."
  6. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Fri 11 Sep 1891, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147285704
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Thornton Marshall Boyd

M, #2842, b. 1868, d. 1929
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Birth*1868 Opoho, Dunedin, New Zealand, #B30414/1868 (as Thornton Martin BOYD.)1,2 
Marriage*1909 Spouse: Ruby Gertrude Roberts. TAS, Australia.
 
Death*1929 Brighton, VIC, Australia, #D484 (age 61.)1 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 10 Sep 1910, BOYD. —On the 5th September, at Beaconsfield, Tasmania, the wife of Thornton M. Boyd—a daughter.3

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  3. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 10 Sep 1910, p11
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10459852
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Reginald Septimus Boyd

M, #2843, b. 26 Jul 1870, d. 4 Dec 1935
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Birth*26 Jul 1870 Opoho, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, #B34547/1870.1,2 
Birth-Notice28 Jul 1870On the 26th July, at Opoho, Dunedin, the wife of Captain J. T. Boyd, of a son.3 
Birth-Notice*25 Aug 1870BOYD.—On the 26th ult., at her residence, Opoho, Dunedin, Otago, N.Z., the wife of Captain J. Theodore Boyd of her seventh son.4 
Marriage*2 Jun 1900 Spouse: Edith Gwendolyn Chomley. St John's Church, Riddell's Creek, VIC, Australia, #M2063.5
 
Death*4 Dec 1935 Bacchus Marsh, VIC, Australia, #D17397 (age 65.)1 
Death-Notice*4 Dec 1935BOYD.—On the 4th December, at Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh, Reginald Septimus Boyd, husband of Gwendolyn E. Boyd.
BOYD—The funeral of the late MR R. S. BOYD, of Glenmore, will arrive at Bacchus Marsh Cemetery at 3.30 on THURSDAY, 5th DECEMBER.6 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 14 Mar 1896, A marriage has been arranged between Mr. Reginald Boyd, third son of the late Captain Boyd and Mrs. Boyd, Glenfern, Inkerman street, Balaclava, and Miss Gwendoline Chomley, second daughter of Judge Chomley, Riddell's Creek.7
  • 9 Jun 1900, WEDDINGS. BOYD—CHOMLEY
    The marriage of Reginald Septimus, son of the late Captain Theodore Boyd, 11th Regiment, Devonshire, formerly military secretary of Victoria, and Edith Gwen-dolyn, second daughter of Judge Chomley..., Riddell's Creek, Victoria, and granddaughter of the Rev. Francis Chomley, rector of Wicklow, Ireland, took place at St. John's Church, Riddell's Creek, on June 2, at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Pelham Chase officiating. The choir was led by Miss Ethel Godfrey. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore white duchesse satin, court train draped with Limerick lace, bodice of tucked chiffon and lace, em-broidered tulle veil, coronet of orange-blos-som; bouquet of white carnations and or-chids. The only bridesmaid was Miss Au-brey Chomley (youngest sister of the bride). She wore white serge, Eton jacket and skirt, front of tucked silk, and cerise velvet ribbon; hat of burnt straw, trimmed with cerise velvet and flowers, bouquet of red carnations. The bridegroom's gift was a turquoise enamel watch. The best man was Mr. Cherles Osborne. After the service a re-ception was held at Dromkeen, and the guests, numbering about 100, received by Judge and Miss Mary Chomley. At luncheon the toast was proposed by Mr. Justice A'Beckett. Miss Mary Chomley wore shot-green and black matelasse, with touches of turquoise blue on the bodice; hat of violet straw, trimmed with violets and pale blue panne. Miss Daisie Chomley, blue-grey voile, folded bodice, and toque. Miss Eilleen Chomley, black grenadine, pale blue sailor collar, jabot of point lace; burnt straw hat, blue chiffon, and black plumes. Mrs. Boyd travelled in a grey cloth tailor-made coat and skirt, os-trich-feather boa; hat of green satin straw, trimmed with heliotrope. The honeymoon is being passed at Braemar House. Following are the presents: —
    Bride to bridegroom, hair brushes in case; bridegroom to bride, diamond and opal ring, hunter, and bridle; father of bride, old family tea and coffee service, cheque; Mrs. Boyd, Chesterfield sofa, armchair, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Chomley, crown Derby tea service; Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Chomley, carved oak and silver biscuit barrel; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Chomley, silver stand and mirror; Miss Mary Chomley, revolving book case; Mr. and Mrs. John Burner, silver and Doul-ton cake dish, Wedgewood jug; Misses Eilleen and Aubrey Chomley, silver entree dishes; Lieutenant W. B. Chomley (South Africa), gold brooch; Mr. F. G. Chomley, set of carvers; Miss Daisy Chomley, picture; Miss Enid Boyd, tea service; Mr. H. L. Boyd, sewing machine; Mr. and Mrs. Alec Chomley, copper reading lamp; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Chomley, oak and silver biscuit barrel, Mr. and Mrs. Molesworth Gr...e, cheque; Miss Violet Chomley, engraving; Miss Aubrey Chomley, linen sachet; Miss L. Lyon, Silver spoons; Captain and Mrs. Bernard (Burmah), Burmese carved table; Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton Kenny, gold cable bangle; Lord and Lady Charles Fitz-gerald, silver asparagus tongs; Mr. and Mrs. H. Robinson, honey jar; Mr. and Mrs. W. Weigall, carved chair; Mrs. W. B. Jones, set specimen glasses, hand-painted panel; Miss Jones, silver vase; Mr. and Mrs. Brock Hollingshead, engraving; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Johnson, set of carvers; Miss Ga...an Duffey, vase; Lieut. Biddiecombe, V.N., silver stamp-box; Mr. Evelyn Skinner, jewelled belt buckle; Judge and Mrs. Hamilton, silver egg-boiler; Mr. and Mrs. M. Mogg, break-fast dish; Mr. and Mrs. B. Mogg, toast-rack and butter dish; Mrs. Fitzgerald Moore, bronze and ... lamp; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hamilton, butter dish; Mr. Justice and Mrs. Hood, silver frame; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blackwood...fing dish; Mrs. Robert Moore and Miss Zita Moore, silver and Doulton egg-stand; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. C. A'Beckett, carved table and chair; Miss Ethel Godfrey, purse; Miss Ella O'Loghlan, scone d'oyley; Madame Howard, Water-colour by Mathew; Mr. and Mrs. Pelham Chase, lamp-shade; Miss Dickson, vases; Judge and Mrs. Molesworth, silver hot-water jug; Miss Elaine Molesworth, handkerchief sachet; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Travers... table set... Marsden, silver dessert servers; Mrs. Azar Wynn, silver pepper castors; Mr. and Mrs. G. Skinner, travelling rug and straps, Miss May Skinner, brush in embroidered case; Miss Margery Skinner, tea cloth; Judge and Mrs. ..; silver hot-water kettle; Miss Pearl Brougham, embroidered cosy and scone d'oyley; Mr. C. Rudall, silver frame; Mr. and Mrs. Campbell Hogg, vase; Mrs. Gerald Weigall, dessert d'oyleys; Misses Tuckett, teacups; Mrs. Barton, pair ..; Miss E. Barton, photograph in frame; Mr. William Godfrey, vase; Miss Dove Greene, tea cloth; Miss Mabel Cooper, carved ..; Mr. W. and Miss Harper, scent bottle; Mrs. J. F. Hamilton, purse; Miss Wagner, frame; Mr. J. M. Grant, silver pin-tray; Mr. Hilton Mackay, silver smelling-salts; Miss Carre-Riddell, silver sugar-basin; Mr. Hubert Miller and Miss Miller, pair silver photograph frames; Mr. Fred Boyd, cheque; Mr. T. A'Beckett, silver cruets; Miss Geva Stanley, cheese-dish; Mr. and Mrs. Cowie (Mildura), purse; Mr. and Mrs. Vereker Hamilton, silver frame; Miss Fran Broughton, silver pen-holder; Mr. and Mrs. William Davidson, silver tea-service; Miss and Mr. G. A'Beckett, silver tea-spoons and sugar-tongs; Dr. and Mrs. Giles (Adelaide), frame; Mr. Justice and Mrs. A'Beckett, writing-table; Misses M'Mullen, silver tea-spoons and sugar-tongs; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chomley, bread-fork; Mrs. E. N. Rowe (Sydney), silver puff-box and pin-tray; Mr. Raw-don Chomley, watercolour; Miss Annie Dwyer, cheque; "Ellen," silver serviette-rings; Mrs. W. M. Burnett, Honiton lace handkerchief; Captain and Mrs. M'Williams, silver knife-rests; Messrs. Clive and Lance Gaunt, silver nutcrackers; Mr. and Mrs. Enthoven, silver brushes; Mrs. Casimir Rowe and Mr. Hay, Coalport vase; Miss Eva Robertson, purse, Mr. Bush-James, carriage-whip; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Coxon (India), Indian embroidery sachet and tea-cosy; Mr. and Mrs. Ross-Watt, standard lamp, sparklet and flask; Mr. and Mrs. J. Currie, serviette-rings and knife-rests; H. M'Bean, cut-glass bowls; Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Wei-gall, opal reading-lamp; Mrs. Bernard (Burmah), handkerchief sachet; Misses Hood, purse; Mr. and Mrs. John Amess, salad-bowl; Mr. and Mrs. Ed-wards, silver serviette rings; Mr. Fred Youl, silver afternoon teaspoons; Miss Rose Crisp, carved frame and tea-cloth; Misses O'Lochlan, silver shoe-horn and buttonhook; Mr. C. E. Osborne, cable bangle set with opals; Mr. and Mrs. Athol Tatham, silver frame; Mr. and Mrs. Murray Jones, engraving; Mrs. Sylvester Browne, cheque; Dr. and Mrs. Power, silver candlestick; Miss Mollie Power, silver toilet-box; Mrs. E. A'Beckett, silver vase; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clarke, pair silver candle-sticks; Mr. Raynes Dickson, jam-jar; Miss Muriel Anderson, hand-painted sachet; Major and Mrs. Dobbie (Burmah), cheque; Mr. Edwin Hayes, cruet; Mr. and Mrs. F. Lang, pair engravings; Mr. John Burnett Box, lamp; Miss Rica Godfrey, gold brooch; Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Moore, salad-bowl, biscuit-barrel, card-table, butter-dish, Vene-tian bowls, Belique honey-jar, Japanese tobacco-jar, Indian bowls; Mr. Campbell Chomley, cruets; Dr. and Mrs. Ulick Daly, opal lamp and glass flower-bowl; Lieutenant Guy Gaunt, R.N., silver sweet-dishes; Mr. and Mrs. W. Stawell, set of carvers.8
  • 4 Aug 1934, Engagements announced: Gwenda, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Boyd, of Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh (V.), to Roger Leo, youngest son of Dr. and Madame Marcel Crivelli, of The Righi, South Yarra, Melbourne.9
  • 25 Jan 1935, Engagements announced: Mary Lucy, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Boyd, of Glenmore, Bacchus Marsh, to Llewellyn Thomas Edwards, of Floraston, Tarwin, second son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Campbell Edwards, of Nanowie, Burke road, East Malvern.10
  • 19 May 1938, GRAMMAR CHAPEL WEDDING FOR MISS GWENDA BOYD AND MR ROGER CRIVELLI
    Autumn inted flowers in the church and at the reception matched those carried by the bridesmaids against their creamy chiffon frocks when Miss Gwendolyn Julie Boyd and Mr. Roger Leo Crivelli were married at the Melbourne Grammar School Chapel on Wednesday of last week.
    The late afternoon sunshine glinting through the windows of the little chapel lit up the vivid gladioli, maple leaves and chrysanthemums which were massed by the chancel steps and formed a lovely background for the bride in her snowy satin gown.
    The frock was very lovely, relying on the simplicity of its cut to show off the gleaming satin. The bodice had its folds caught into shirring at the base of the V neckline, and the long close-fitting sleeves were finished over the hands in tiny points. Cut on the bias the skirt clung softly to the figure and swirled out behind into a long train which was covered by the truly beautiful veil of Limerick lace mounted on frothy tulle. This veil, which had been lent to her by Mrs Percy Howard, was caught to her head by a high tiara of creamy pearls sewn together in rows, and she carried a lovely bouquet of Sunny Morn roses, which trailed softly down her frock.
    The bride, who was given away by Mr W. F. Weigall, is the elder daughter of the late Mr Reginald Boyd and of Mrs Boyd, 10 Bruce Street, Toorak, and the bridegroom is the youngest son of Dr. and Madame Marcel Crivelli, of Arrov, Shipley Street, South Yarra.
    Two bridesmaids, Misses Mary Boyd and Joan Andrew, attended the bride. Their frocks of creamy chiffon were made on Grecian lines with a swathed bodice and slim skirt. Round their waists they wore corselette belts of gold tissue, and twists of the same tissue encircled their hair. Lovely autumn flowers, striking a rich note against their frocks, formed their bouquets. After the ceremony, which was performed by the Reverend St. John Wilson, relatives and close friends were entertained at 10 Bruce Street, Toorak. Mrs Boyd, who received with her son, Mr, Chomley Boyd, wore an elegant frock of black flamenga crepe softened at the neckline by a V of white satin matching the lily of the valley spray on one shoulder. Her black velvet hat had a winged feather set across the front. Madame Crivelli chose a lovely shade of Beechwood brown for her georgette frock, which had an embroidered yoke of ivory lace. A tiny eyeveil finished her velvet hat and her bouquet of golden roses added just the right note.11

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), 28 Jul 1870, p2.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thu 25 Aug 1870, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5829852
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  6. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Wed 4 Dec 1935, p23
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article244771881
  7. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 14 Mar 1896, p39
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139723024
  8. [S14] Newspaper - Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 9 Jun 1900, p46.
  9. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 4 Aug 1934, p12
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145239613
  10. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Fri 25 Jan 1935, p10
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11010091
  11. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Thu 19 May 1938, p43
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article149326133
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Montague Kirby Boyd

M, #2844, b. 19 Sep 1873, d. 1940
Father*John Theodore Thomas Boyd b. 14 Nov 1825, d. 8 Mar 1891
Mother*Lucy Charlotte Martin b. 19 Mar 1835, d. 16 Oct 1908
Birth*19 Sep 1873 Opoho, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, #B42917/1873.1,2 
Birth-Notice*2 Oct 1873On the 19th September, at Opoho, Dunedin, the wife of Captain J. T. Boyd, of a son.3 
Marriage*15 Sep 1909 Spouse: Evelyn Newbery. St Georges Church, Malvern, VIC, Australia, #M5006.4
 
Death*1940 Ferntree Gully, VIC, Australia, #D21402 (age 66.)5 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 25 Sep 1909, BOYD—NEWBERY.
    A pretty wedding was celebrated at St George's Church, Malvern, on September 15th at .... between Montague Kirby, youngest son of the late Captain Boyd, Glenfern, Hotham-street, East St. Kilda, Evelyn, third daughter of the late James Cosmo Newbery, C.M.G., Waratah, Hotham-street, East St Kilda. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. C. De ..., and a choral service was held. The bride, who was given away by Mr. Andrew Newell, wore an Empire gown of flowered .... ... glacie silk, trimmed with lace and ... veil of Limerick lace, and orange blossom. The bridesmaids, Miss Panton and Miss Newberry, were in pale-blue silk.... and pink roses; and the two little bridesmaids, Miss Grace Fuller and Miss Rolly Thompson, wore white silk dresses with wreaths of forget-me-nots.
    The bridegroom's present to the bride was a silver ...let set, and to the bridesmaids .... rings and pearl broaches. The bride carried a bouqeut of white carnations, and the bridesmaids bouquets of pink car
    nations. The best man was Mr. Leslie White, and groomsman Mr Penligh Boyd.
    The bride travelled in a dress of old-rose pink, with hat to match.6

Citations

  1. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  2. [S10] New Zealand Government Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes.
  3. [S14] Newspaper - Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), 2 Oct 1873, p3.
  4. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  5. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online) "Death #D21402/1940 BOYD Montague Kirby [par BOYD John Theodore & Lucy Charlotte (Martin)]
    Place of birth OPOHO DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
    Place of death FERNTREE GULLY
    Age 66."
  6. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 25 Sep 1909, p47
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139686853
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

Emma Minnie A'Beckett

F, #2845, b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
Father*William Arthur Callander A'Beckett b. 7 Jul 1833, d. 16 Dec 1901
Mother*Emma Mills b. 10 Jan 1838, d. 26 Feb 1906
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Married NameBoyd. 
Birth*23 Nov 1858 Collingwood, VIC, Australia, #B233/1859.1 
Marriage*14 Jan 1886 Spouse: Arthur Merric Boyd. All Saints' Church, St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #M442.1
 
Marriage-Notice*19 Jan 1886BOYD-A'BECKETT.-On the 14th inst., at All Saints', St Kilda, by the Rev. J. N. Gregory, assisted by the Rev. B. Reed, Arthur Merric Boyd, third son of Captain Theo Boyd, late H. M. 11th Regiment, to Emma Minnie, second daughter of Hon. W. A. C. A'Beckett.2 
(Witness) Civil Case1906 1906/695 The Trustees Executors and Agency Company estate of William Arthur Callander aBeckett Emma aBeckett v William Gilbert aBeckett Arthur Heywood aBeckett Emily aBeckett Backhouse Emma Minnie Boyd Constance Matilda Brett Ethel Beatrice Ysobel Chomley.3 
(Witness) Land-Note9 Apr 1906 PAK-71: Probate - see citation.4 
Death*13 Sep 1936 Sandringham, VIC, Australia, #D8197 (Age 77.)5 
Death-Notice*14 Sep 1936BOYD.—On the 13th September, at Sandringham, Emma Minnie, beloved wife of Arthur Merric Boyd.
BOYD.—The Friends of Mr. ARTHUR MERRIC BOYD are respectfully informed that the funeral of his beloved wife, Emma Minnie, will leave his residence, No. 5 Edwards street, Sandringham, THIS DAY (Monday, September 14), at 2 p.m., for the Melbourne Crematorium, Fawkner.6 

Family

Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Children 1.John Gilbert A'Beckett Boyd b. 20 Oct 1886, d. 21 Jan 1896
 2.William Merric Boyd b. 24 Jun 1888, d. 9 Sep 1959
 3.Theodore Penleigh Boyd+ b. 15 Aug 1890, d. 28 Nov 1923
 4.Martin A'Beckett Boyd b. 10 Jun 1893, d. 3 Jun 1972
 5.Helen A'Beckett Boyd b. 7 Apr 1903, d. 1999

Newspaper-Articles

  • 9 Oct 1885, MISS MINNIE A'BECKETT, second daughter of Mr. W. A. C. a'Beckett, of High-street, Prahran, and granddaughter of the Hon. Thomas Turner a'Beckett, of Brighton, is engaged to be married to the second son of Captain Boyd, of East St. Kilda. We have not heard of any date having been fixed for the wedding.7
  • 13 Feb 1897, Mrs. W. A. C. A'Beckett, of the Grange, Narre Warren, held a drawingroom meeting on Monday, February 1, for the purpose of discussing woman suffrage. Over thirty guests were present. To suit their convenience they were invited to the Rechabite hall, Berwick. The speakers were Mrs. Bear Crawford, Miss Lister, Mrs. Lowe, and Mrs. A. M. Boyd. Afternoon tea was then served. Among those present were Mrs. and Miss Elmes, Mrs. and Miss Barrows, Mrs. and the Misses Walter, the Misses A'Beckett (Walwyn), Miss Mackie, Miss Jennings, Mrs. Brown, Mrs, Ponder, Miss Higgins, and others.8

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 19 Jan 1886, p1.
  3. [S34] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 267/ P7 unit 1395, item 1906/695.
  4. [S185] Property Titles. ; PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), C/T 1607-348 Memo 36737 - William Gilbert A'Beckett of "Lansdown," Dandenong Road East St Kilda Barrister-at-Law, and Emma Minnie Boyd of Sandringham Married Woman are registered as proprietors as executors to whom probate of Emma A'Beckett was granted 9 Apr 1906.
  5. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Mon 14 Sep 1936, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11914383
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), Fri 9 Oct 1885, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article145712032
  8. [S14] Newspaper - The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Sat 13 Feb 1897, p39
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139737973
Last Edited1 Sep 2018

John Gilbert A'Beckett Boyd

M, #2846, b. 20 Oct 1886, d. 21 Jan 1896
Father*Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Mother*Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Note* John Gilbert a'Beckett (known as Gilbert), born October 1886.
In his tenth year he was thrown from his pony and killed at Berwick, Victoria, where he is buried in Berwick (General) Cemetery.
His maternal grandmother, Emma a'Beckett wrote of the incident, which happened on a January afternoon in 1896, when she and her daughter, Minnie, were out riding in their carriage while Gilbert rode on his pony alongside:
"Gilbert wanted us to go on quickly that the pony might canter and kept telling us to look how he went. Minnie got out to walk part of the way home. I watched Gilbert and in a moment the pony made a little shy and Gilbert fell off. I expected to see him get up at once but he never moved. Sam (the coachman picked him up and put him in my arms he never moved or spoke again. We sent for Dr. Blume who said the base of the skull was fractured and he died about three hours after the accident, at half-past nine. May our darling be happy."1,2 
Birth*20 Oct 1886 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B29969.3 
Birth-Notice*23 Oct 1886BOYD.—On the 20th inst., at Glenfern, Inkerman-road, East St. Kilda, the wife of Arthur Merric Boyd—a son.4 
Death*21 Jan 1896 Berwick, VIC, Australia, #D688 (Age 9.)5 
Death-Notice*25 Jan 1896BOYD.—On the 21st inst., at The Grange, Narre Warren, Gilbert A'Beckett, eldest son of Arthur M. Boyd.6 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 23 Jan 1896, FATAL RIDING ACCIDENT. BERWICK, WEDNESDAY. A sad accident occurred at Narre Warren yesterday afternoon to a little boy, nine years old, named Gilbert Boyd, son of Mr. A. M. Boyd, artist, and grandson of Mr. W. A. C. A'Beckett. Mrs. Boyd and Mrs. A'Beckett were out driving about 6 o'clock, and the lad was following on his pony. He was seen to fall by the occupants of the buggy, but on going to his assistance it was found that he was unconscious, and bleeding profusely from the mouth and nostrils. Dr. Bennie was immediately sent for, but on his arrival at once saw that the case was hopeless, as the base of the skull was badly fractured. Death occurred at 9 o'clock without the little fellow having regained consciousness.7

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.artema.com.au/Boyd/aus_nz/gilbert.htm (no longer available).
  2. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://everything.explained.at/Boyd_Family/
  3. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 23 Oct 1886, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11577053
  5. [S2] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901.
  6. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 25 Jan 1896, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8888885
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Thu 23 Jan 1896, p5
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8888719
Last Edited24 Jul 2018

William Merric Boyd

M, #2847, b. 24 Jun 1888, d. 9 Sep 1959
Father*Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Mother*Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*24 Jun 1888 St Kilda, VIC, Australia, #B25016.1 
Birth-Notice*30 Jun 1888BOYD.—On the 24th inst., at Tindale, Acland street, St. Kilda, the wife of Arthur M. Boyd—a son.2 
Marriage*12 Oct 1915 Spouse: Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Gough.
 
Death*9 Sep 1959 Murrumbeena, VIC, Australia. 

Australian Dictionary of Biography

BOYD, GUY MARTIN à BECKETT (1923-1988), sculptor and potter, was born on 12 June 1923 at Murrumbeena, Melbourne, third child of William Merric Boyd, potter, and his wife Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield, née Gough, a painter. Grandson of the painters Arthur Merric and Emma Minnie Boyd, nephew of the novelist Martin Boyd, cousin of the architect Robin Boyd, and brother of the painters and potters Arthur and David Boyd, Guy never doubted his vocation as an artist. He chose sculpture, he said, because in painting he could not compete with Arthur, the brother he always revered. The à Beckett family fortunes, on which his father depended, dwindled to nothing in the Depression years. Guy and his brothers, for whom a Murrumbeena state primary school education had to suffice, took labouring jobs. In 1941-46 he served in the Militia. A committed pacifist, he refused to bear arms and worked at first as a draughtsman. Conflicts with his superiors were resolved when he was posted in 1944 to the 103rd Convalescent Depot, Ingleburn, New South Wales, to teach pottery to the patients.

Taking up a Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme grant, Boyd enrolled in 1945 at the East Sydney Technical College, where he studied sculpture under Lyndon Dadswell. In 1946 at Neutral Bay he founded a commercial pottery which, confusingly, he called the Martin Boyd Pottery. With moderate prices, functional designs and Australian decorative motifs, his products were popular with postwar homemakers.

On 22 April 1950 at St John’s Church of England, Darlinghurst, Boyd married 18-year-old Barbara Dawn Cooper, a secretary; they separated within a year. Divorced in 1952 and having sold his Sydney business, he moved back to Melbourne and, on 1 December at the office of the government statist, married Phyllis Nairn, an Adelaide-born graduate in social work. He moved into a disused pottery at his father’s property in Murrumbeena. After twenty months of communal living with his parents, and with Arthur and his sister Mary Perceval and their families, Guy bought his first home, at nearby Oakleigh. While his second commercial venture, the Guy Boyd Pottery, flourished, with Phyllis as an active business partner, Guy began to sculpt part time. In 1964 he was confident enough to sell the pottery, move to Brighton, and start his career in sculpture. At a time when abstract sculpture prevailed, he was committed to figurative art, but he soon won high praise for his finely textured work in bronze and in aluminium overlaid with silver, and for the strength and delicacy of his female nudes. His first big commissions included wall sculptures for Tullamarine (1970) and Sydney (1971) airports.

Study in Europe and Asia, on a Churchill fellowship in 1969, persuaded Boyd to test his work internationally. In 1976 he moved to Toronto, Canada; his wife and their youngest four children accompanied him. With access to the big galleries of Chicago and New York, his sculpture flourished. It was a bonus that `being a Boyd’ was not an issue, as it was in Australia. However, it was family feeling that brought him home. On a visit in 1980 he could not resist buying his grandfather’s house in Edward Street, Sandringham, because it held happy memories of childhood.

The Boyds returned to Melbourne in 1981 to restore the house and live in it. Continuing his career as a sculptor, with major works that expressed his Christian faith, Guy had also become a public figure who did not shirk controversy. A former president (1973-76) of the Port Phillip Bay Conservation Council, he remained active in environmental matters: he was arrested in 1983 while protesting against the damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania. With his wife and elder daughters he campaigned tirelessly to reverse Lindy Chamberlain’s conviction for murdering her baby daughter, Azaria, at Ayers Rock (Uluru).

Conservative in his views on religion and family life, but ready to defy the law for his pacifist beliefs; ambitious to make his name in art, but selflessly dedicated to causes that depleted his energies, Boyd was a man of great charm, good looks and gentleness, with an inflexible will. In his remarkable family, he was never just `another Boyd’. He died on 26 April 1988 from coronary artherosclerosis and was buried with Anglican rites in Brighton cemetery. His wife, and their five daughters and two sons, survived him. Boyd had held one-man exhibitions in all Australian capital cities and in London, Montreal, Chicago and New York. His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and in the State galleries of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.3 William Merric, known as Merric, was born on 24 June 1888 at St Kilda, and attended Haileybury College and Dookie Agricultural College. Unsuccessful as a farmer at Yarra Glen, at one time he considered entering the Church of England ministry; he was the model for 'a difficult young man' in Martin Boyd's novel under that title. However, in 1908 at Archibald McNair's Burnley Pottery, he successfully threw his first pot. His parents helped to provide a workshop for him at Murrumbeena and pottery kilns were established there in 1911 (destroyed by fire in 1926).

Merric studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School under L. Bernard Hall and McCubbin. He held his first exhibition of stoneware in Melbourne in 1912 and a second exhibition soon afterwards, and was employed by Hans Fyansch of the Australian Porcelain Works, Yarraville. On 12 October 1915 he married Doris Lucy Eleanor Bloomfield Gough, a fellow student and potter. In May 1917 he joined the Australian Flying Corps but was discharged later in England. Before his return to Australia in September 1919 he undertook training in pottery technique at Wedgwood's, Stoke-on-Trent.

Merric produced his best works in the 1920s and 1930s. These were mostly pieces for domestic use, often decorated by Doris, and some pottery sculptures. He believed that 'the first impulse of the maker of hand-pottery is to obtain pleasure in making and decorating an article, and making that pleasure intelligible … the use of our own fauna and flora is of the first importance'. In spite of his aversion to creating art that would sell well, he worked hard to provide for his growing family. In the 1930s he was employed at the Australian Porcelain Co. Pty Ltd, Yarraville, in the manufacture of Cruffel art porcelain; he earned £4 a week. Doris worked there also on a half-time basis.

In his later years Merric became something of a recluse. He had adopted his wife's faith in Christian Science and from the 1930s read little beyond its teachings and the Bible. Subject to epileptic fits, he died at Murrumbeena on 9 September 1959. Doris died on 13 June 1960. They were survived by their five children, all noted artists: Lucy, Arthur, Guy, David and Mary. Merric had considerable influence on younger artists. 682 of his drawings were collected and published by Christopher Tadgell as Merric Boyd Drawings (London, 1975). His portrait by his son-in-law John Perceval is one of several.4

Citations

  1. [S1] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888.
  2. [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph, St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian (Vic. : 1866 - 1888), Sat 30 Jun 1888, p4
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article107815420
  3. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A170130b.htm
    Select Bibliography: A. von Bertouch and P. Hutchings, Guy Boyd (1976); B. Niall, The Boyds (2002).

    Print Publication Details: Brenda Niall, 'Boyd, Guy Martin à Beckett (1923 - 1988)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press, ????, pp 133-134.
  4. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070382b.htm
    Select Bibliography: T. P. Boyd, The Landscapes of Penleigh Boyd (Melb, 1920); K. Hood, Pottery (Melb, 1961); Bernard Smith, Australian Painting 1788-1960 (Melb, 1962); J. Reed, Australian Landscape Painting (Melb, 1965); M. Boyd, Day of My Delight (Melb, 1965); Modern Art News (Melbourne), 1 (1959), no 2; Pottery in Australia, 14 (1975), no 2; Home, 1 Dec 1921; Australian Women's Weekly (Sydney), 26 Apr 1972; Herald (Melbourne), 30 Oct 1920, 9 Sept 1959; Times (London); 29 Nov 1923; Age (Melbourne), 4 Feb 1933, 10 Sept 1959, 3 Apr 1961, 1 Feb 1975; P. Nase, Martin Boyd's Langton Novels: An Interpretative Essay (M.A. thesis, Australian National University, 1969); M. Boyd, Boyd-à Beckett Family Tree and Associated Papers (State Library of Victoria); Doulton Insulators Australia Pty Ltd Archives (Yarraville, Victoria); private information.
    Print Publication Details: Marjorie J. Tipping, 'Boyd, Arthur Merric (1862 - 1940)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 371-373.
Last Edited24 Jul 2018

Theodore Penleigh Boyd

M, #2848, b. 15 Aug 1890, d. 28 Nov 1923
Father*Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Mother*Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*15 Aug 1890 Penleigh House, Wiltshire, England. 
Birth-Notice*30 Sep 1890BOYD.—On the 15th ult., at Penleigh-house, Westbury, Wiltshire, England, the wife of Arthur Merric Boyd—a son.1 
Marriage-Notice*31 Aug 1912The "British Australasian" of 25th July announces the engagement of Miss Edith S. G. Anderson, daughter of the late Mr. J. G. Anderson, M. A., formerly Under Secretary for Education, Queensland, to Mr. T. Penleigh Boyd, a well known Victorian artist, now residing in London.2 
Marriage*15 Oct 1912 Spouse: Edith Susan Gerard Anderson. Paris, France.
 
Death*28 Nov 1923 Warragul, VIC, Australia, #D3682 (age 33.)3 
Death-Notice30 Nov 1923BOYD.-Friends of the late Mr. PENLEIGH BOYD are informed that his remains will be interred in the Brighton Cemetery.
The funeral will move from B. Matthew's mortuary chapel, 106 Toorak road, South Yarra, THIS DAY (Friday, November 30), at 3.30. B. MATTHEW'S PTY. LTD., Undertakers, Tel. 66 Windsor Ex.4 
Death-Notice*30 Nov 1923BOYD.—On the 28th November, at Warragul, by motor accident, Theodore Penleigh, beloved husband of Edith Gerard Boyd, and father of Pat and Robin, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Boyd, aged 33 years.5 
Inquest15 Jan 1924Inquest held 1924/44. Male, Boyd, Theodore Penleigh, Car accident, Warragul.6 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 24 Jan 1924, DEATH OF MR. PENLEIGH BOYD - EVIDENCE AT INQUEST. Result of Accident.
    WARRAGUL Tuesday -The adjourned inquest concerning the death of Mr Theodore Penleigh Boyd, the well known artist was concluded to-day before Mr E J Hunter, deputy coroner, in the Warragul courthouse.
    Merric Boyd, artist potter, of Murrumbeena and brother of Penleigh Boyd, gave evidence of identification. He stated that his brother was an expert motor-driver and a man of temperate habits; also that he had been a sergeant in the motor transport corps of the Australian Imperial Forces in France.
    The evidence of Lieut Colonel Hurley, of the Commonwealth immigration office, taken at Cooinda private hospital, Warragul on December 28, was read. It indicated that a good journey was made from Melbourne to Warragul. The party did not stop at Warragul, and all went well until the car was approaching a sharp turn at Nilma at a speed of 25 to 30 miles an hour. Mr Penleigh Boyd, who was driving swung the car out wide to round the turn and the left front wheel of the car ran over the bank, which was about two feet high. After the car had run along the grassy bank for 30 yards, Mr Boyd tried to regain the road, but the car overturned killing Mr Boyd and rendering Lieut Colonel Hurley unconscious.
    Norman Roger, manager for the Wertheim Piano Co, a resident of Warragul, said that he was motor-cycling from Nilma to Warragul on the afternoon of the fatality, and when within a few yards of the turn he heard two clashes. He dismounted and ran to the car, which had regained its normal position and found Mr Boyd and Lieut Colonel Hurley under the car. With the assistance of other motorists he extracated them, rendered aid, and sent for doctors.
    Sergeant Ryan stated that on arriving at the scene of the accident he saw the car standing upright on the grass and facing in the opposite direction to that in which the party had been driving. The hood and windscreen were smashed to pieces, and the steering gear bent and damaged. Drs Trumpy sen and jun, pronounced Mr Boyd dead and ordered the removal of Lieut Colonel Hurley to Cooinda private hospital. Sergeant Ryan further stated that apparently both Mr Boyd and his companion were sober at the time of the accident.
    A verdict was returned that Mr Boyd met his death through the overturning of a motor-car driven by himself, and the occurrence was purely accidental.7

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Theodore Penleigh was born on 15 August 1890 at Penleigh House, Wiltshire, and was educated at Haileybury College and The Hutchins School, Hobart. He studied at the Melbourne National Gallery School (1905-09) and in his final year exhibited at the Victorian Artists' Society. He arrived in London in 1911 and his 'Springtime' was soon hung at the Royal Academy. He occupied studios at Chelsea, Amersham and St Ives, but for a time made Paris his headquarters. There his studio adjoined that of Phillips Fox who brought him into contact with the French modern school and through whom he met Edith Susan Gerard Anderson; they were married in Paris on 15 October 1912.
After touring France and Italy, the couple returned to Melbourne. In 1913 Boyd held an exhibition and won second prize in the Federal capital site competition; he also won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1914. In October he exhibited at the Athenaeum Hall paintings of Venice, Paris, Sydney, Tasmania and Victoria, including some of Warrandyte, where he had built The Robins, a charming attic house set in bushland.
In 1915 Boyd joined the Australian Imperial Force, becoming a sergeant in the Electrical and Mechanical Mining Company, but was badly gassed at Ypres and invalided to England. In 1918 in London he published Salvage, for which he wrote a racy text illustrated with twenty vigorous black and white ink-sketches of army scenes. Later that year he returned to Melbourne and in November held an exhibition at the Victorian Artists' Society's gallery. Although he suffered from the effects of gas, he held one-man shows in 1920, 1921 and 1922; his work, both water-colours and oils, sold quickly. In September 1922 he visited England to choose a collection of contemporary European art for a government-sponsored exhibition to Australia.
On 28 November 1923 Penleigh Boyd was killed instantly when the car he was driving to Sydney overturned near Warragul; he was buried in Brighton cemetery. Next March, Decoration Co. auctioned most of his remaining work, including some of his finest paintings, without reserve.
In his short career Penleigh Boyd was recognized as one of Australia's finest landscape painters, with a strong sense of colour controlled by smooth and subtle tones. 'Wattle Blossoms', hung at the Royal Academy in 1923, was much admired. He loved colour, having been influenced early by study of Turner and the example of McCubbin.
His wife Edith Susan (1880-1961), was born on 16 February 1880 in Brisbane, daughter of John Gerard Anderson, head of the Department of Public Instruction, and his wife Edith Sarah, née Wood. She studied at the Slade School, London, and in Paris with Phillips Fox. After her marriage she continued to paint and excelled in drawing. In later years she wrote several dramas, staged by repertory companies, and radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Commission in which she took part. She died at East Burwood on 31 March 1961, survived by her two sons, of whom Robin Gerard Penleigh (1919-1971) was a distinguished architect and writer. She may be recognized as the beautiful red-haired woman in several of Phillips Fox's paintings; three of his portraits of her are held by the family.8

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Tue 30 Sep 1890, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8438588
  2. [S14] Newspaper - The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), Sat 31 Aug 1912, p14
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article178643370
  3. [S5] Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Death Index Victoria 1921-1985.
  4. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Fri 30 Nov 1923, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1992173
  5. [S16] Newspaper - The Age The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), Fri 30 Nov 1923, p1
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206238467
  6. [S24] PROV (Public Records Office Victoria), VPRS 24/P0000 unit 1047, item 1924/44
    Male, Boyd, Theodore Penleigh, Car accident, Warragul, 1924/44, 15 Jan 1924,.
  7. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 24 Jan 1924, p9.
  8. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070382b.htm
    Select Bibliography: T. P. Boyd, The Landscapes of Penleigh Boyd (Melb, 1920); K. Hood, Pottery (Melb, 1961); Bernard Smith, Australian Painting 1788-1960 (Melb, 1962); J. Reed, Australian Landscape Painting (Melb, 1965); M. Boyd, Day of My Delight (Melb, 1965); Modern Art News (Melbourne), 1 (1959), no 2; Pottery in Australia, 14 (1975), no 2; Home, 1 Dec 1921; Australian Women's Weekly (Sydney), 26 Apr 1972; Herald (Melbourne), 30 Oct 1920, 9 Sept 1959; Times (London); 29 Nov 1923; Age (Melbourne), 4 Feb 1933, 10 Sept 1959, 3 Apr 1961, 1 Feb 1975; P. Nase, Martin Boyd's Langton Novels: An Interpretative Essay (M.A. thesis, Australian National University, 1969); M. Boyd, Boyd-à Beckett Family Tree and Associated Papers (State Library of Victoria); Doulton Insulators Australia Pty Ltd Archives (Yarraville, Victoria); private information.
    Print Publication Details: Marjorie J. Tipping, 'Boyd, Arthur Merric (1862 - 1940)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 371-373.
Last Edited15 Oct 2018

Martin A'Beckett Boyd

M, #2849, b. 10 Jun 1893, d. 3 Jun 1972
Martin A'Beckett BOYD
(1893-1972)
Father*Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Mother*Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*10 Jun 1893 Lucerne, Switzerland. 
Publicationbt 1919 - 1970Martin A'Beckett Boyd published: BOYD, Martin (à Beckett) 10 June, 1893-1972. (pseudonyms Martin Mills and Walter Beckett)
Writer and poet, born in Lucerne, Switzerland, the younger son of Arthur Merric Boyd and Minnie a'Beckett.
Brought up in Melbourne, he Trinity Grammar School in Kew as a boarder. He then studied theology at St John's College in 1912 but left within a year. He then articled to the firm of Purchas and Teague to train as an architect. In 1927 he wrote 'Domestic Architecture in Australia' a summary of the ideas he developed in his time with Purchas and Teague.

His first novels, such as The Montforts (1928), appeared under pseudonyms.
His best work is now referred to as the Langton tetralogy:
The Cardboard Crown (1952),
A Difficult Young Man (1955),
Outbreak of Love (1957), and
When Blackbirds Sing (1962).

His Novel: Lucinda Brayford was made into an Australian Television mini-series

A complete list of his published work:
Verses by M.a'B.B. (London ?, The Author, c. 1919)
Retrospect (Melbourne, J. J. Champion, Australiasian Authors' Agency)
Love Gods by Martin Mills (London, Constable)
Brangane: A Memoir by Martin Mills (London, Constable)
The Aristocrat: A Memoir by Martin Mills (Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1928)
The Madeleine Heritage by Martin Mills (Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1928)
The Montforts by Martin Mills (London, Constable, 1928 - Revised edition of the Madeleine Heritage)
Dearest Idol by Walter Beckett (Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1929)
Scandal of Spring (London, Dent, 1934)
The Lemon Farm (London, Dent, 1935)
The Painted Princess: A Fairy Story. Illustrated by Jocelyn Crowe (London Constable, 1936)
The Picnic (London, Dent, 1937)
Night of the Party (London, Dent, 1938)
A Single Flame (London, Dent, 1939)
Nuns in Jeopardy (London, Dent, 1940)
Lucinda Brayford (London, Cresset Press, 1946)
Such Pleasure (London, Cresset Press, 1949)
The Cardboard Crown (London, Cresset Press 1952)
A Difficult Young Man (London, Cresset Press 1955)
Outbreak of Love (London, John Murray 1957)
Much Else in Italy: a Subjective Travel Book (London, MacMillian, 1958)
When Blackbirds Sing (London, Abelard-Schuman, 1962)
The Montforts. Revised Edition. (Adelaide, Rigby, 1963)
Day of My Delight: An Anglo-Australian Memoir (Melbourne, Lansdowne, 1965)
The Tea-Time of Love: The Clarification of Miss Stilby (London, Bles, 1969)
Why They Walk Out: An Essay in Seven Parts (Rome, The Author, 1970.)1 
Publication*bt 1925 - 1969He published: Publications (some as Pseudonym Martin MILLS)
Love Gods (1925) - Anglican Franciscan order in Dorset
Brangane (1926)
The Montforts (1928) - History of the A'Becketts in Australia
Scandal of Spring (1934)
The Lemon Farm (1936)
The Picnic (1937)
Night of the Party (1938) - deft social comedies
A Single Flame ( - morality of War
Nuns in Jeopardy (1940)
Lucinda Brayford (1946)
Langton series of Novels had their impulse on his dicovery of his grandmother a'Beckett's diary at the Grange.
- The Cardboard Crown (1952)
- A Difficult Young Man (1955)
- Outbreak of Love (1957)
- When Blackbirds sing (1962)
The Tea-time of Love (1969)
Day of my delight (1965) 2nd Autobiography. 
NoteJun 1948 Returned to Australia with plans to restore The Grange, Narre Warren. Nephew Arthur painted Frescos, house demolished in late 1960s. 
Death*3 Jun 1972 Hospital of the Blue Nuns, Rome, Italy.2 

Grave

  • Protestant Cemetery, Rome, Italy3

Australian Dictionary of Biography

BOYD, MARTIN à BECKETT (1893-1972), author, was born on 10 June 1893 at Lucerne, Switzerland, fourth son of Arthur Merric Boyd and his wife Emma Minnie, née à Beckett. His parents, both painters, were then touring Europe, accompanied by their elder children, Gilbert, William Merric and Penleigh. Travelling with them was Emma Minnie's mother, Emma à Beckett, matriarch of the family, whose private fortune (the legacy of her ex-convict father John Mills, founder of the Melbourne Brewery) supported the Boyds. In March 1890 Emma's husband William Arthur à Beckett had bought Penleigh House, Wiltshire, from a cousin: they intended to divide their time between the Grange—their home at Harkaway, outside Melbourne—and the Wiltshire property.
In Melbourne's financial crash of 1892-93 the à Becketts' income was halved; Penleigh House was sold; and the Boyds, returning to Melbourne with Emma à Beckett in December 1893, were to live on a much smaller allowance. Martin Boyd's idealization of Europe may have stemmed from a sense of deprivation; the stories told to him in his childhood powerfully evoked a myth of past glories. The family suffered a deeper loss in January 1896 when 9-year-old Gilbert was killed in a riding accident at the Grange. Martin and his brothers nevertheless had a happy and secure childhood, living first at Sandringham, on Port Phillip Bay, and later (1906-13) at Tralee, a dairy farm at Yarra Glen which the Boyds bought with the hope of establishing Merric on the land. A fifth child, Helen, was born in 1903.
In 1906 Martin became a weekly boarder at Trinity Grammar School, Kew, where the headmaster George Merrick Long gave this small Anglican establishment an unusually informal, non-authoritarian atmosphere. Boyd did respectably in academic work; he edited the school magazine, the Mitre; he developed a love of English poetry; and, through Long's example, he began to consider a future as a clergyman. Hitherto his main religious influence had been his mother's strict fundamentalism, while his own temperament inclined him to Anglo-Catholicism. Canon Long, neither a High- nor a Low-Churchman, seemed to offer an acceptable compromise between the two extremes.
In 1912 Boyd enrolled as a theological student at St John's College, St Kilda; he soon became bored and restless, missing social life and finding no spiritual or aesthetic sustenance. Like his elder brothers Merric and Penleigh, Martin had no sense of urgency about earning a living. Accepting, however, his mother's suggestion that he might try architecture, he was articled in 1913 to the Melbourne firm of Purchas & Teague. Boyd liked the work well enough and showed promise, especially in domestic architecture, but he had no professional ambition. He wrote a play and some poems, and went to as many parties as possible. It was the pleasant, easy social life of pre-1914 Melbourne that he missed when the outbreak of war changed the direction of his life.
Boyd was reluctant to enlist. His instincts, he later said, were pacifist; yet, in a family with close loyalties to Britain, it was only a matter of time before he would feel the pressure to volunteer. After Gallipoli, when several of his friends were killed, he made up his mind. He chose not to join the Australian Imperial Force, but to sail for Europe to seek a commission in a British regiment; if he were to be killed, he would at least have seen England. In August 1915 he left Melbourne in the Miltiades. Having completed an officers' training course, in the summer of 1916 he was posted to the Royal East Kent Regiment, known as the 'Buffs'.
By good fortune Boyd's experience of the trenches was delayed until early 1917. As he waited, he explored the English countryside and visited Penleigh House. He stayed in country houses, discovered the London theatre and went to a great many dances. Adaptable, amusing and sociable, he made himself at home in English life. Although less striking in appearance than his elder brothers, he was considered handsome: he was tall and well built, with a clear complexion and fine, grey-blue eyes.
While spending his leaves at the London house of his mother's sister Ethel and her husband Charles Chomley, editor of the British-Australasian, Boyd often helped his uncle and cousins with cutting and pasting copy on the dining-room table and occasionally writing a paragraph or a review. It was a useful, if amateurish, introduction to a writer's life, though it is possible that Boyd would never have become a serious writer if he had not been sent to fight in France in 1917. His first autobiography, A Single Flame (1939), written when another world war was imminent, describes the impact of the trenches on a sheltered, sensitive young man. Brought up to believe that a life of absolute virtue was 'not only possible but usual', he was confronted for the first time with suffering and violence, not in any abstract way but in his own nature. Killing was evil—and he himself was capable of killing. He was a competent officer, he had plenty of physical courage and he enjoyed the comradeship of the regiment.
In September 1917 Boyd applied for a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. There the casualty rate was even higher than in the infantry, but flying avoided the immediate horror of fighting hand to hand. He went as observer on bombing raids over Belgium in early 1918 before returning to England to train as a pilot. Boyd chose the single-seater fighter plane, the Sopwith Camel, because he did not want to risk the life of an observer. The Armistice came as he was awaiting orders to return to France. In his poems (Verses, privately published c.1919, and Retrospect, 1920) Boyd's incipient pacifism is less apparent than his idealization of the doomed youth of his generation.
After his demobilization in May 1919, Boyd sailed for Melbourne in the troop-ship, Prinz Hubertus. It was a disappointing homecoming. Because his war experience had been with the British rather than the A.I.F., he had little shared experience with other returned men, and he was said to have become 'too English'. His parents were living in Murrumbeena, where Merric had established a pottery. Martin did not want to be drawn into this enterprise, nor did he want to resume his training as an architect. His closest friends at this time were his second cousins Mim and Nancy Weigall; and there is reason to believe that he was in love with Nancy. If so, it was not a whole-hearted courtship: what Boyd wanted most was to go back to England, which he did in May 1921, with his parents' reluctant consent and an allowance of £100 a year.
In London again, Boyd wrote for the British-Australasian, but after two years he had accomplished little; and London social life had ceased to charm him. In August 1923 he was spending a few weeks retreat at Batcombe, Dorset, with a new order of Anglican Franciscan friars, when he had news from Melbourne that his brother Penleigh had been killed in a motorcar crash. Desolate at the loss, Martin decided to join the monastic community in its mission to derelicts. The spiritual renewal and 'disinterested love' he had hoped to find at Batcombe seemed to lose itself in squabbles between the 'High' and 'Protestant' elements; after a brief period as a novice (in which he appointed himself as cook), Boyd left the order.
The experience gave him material for his first novel, Love Gods, published in 1925 and favourably reviewed. His next work, Brangane (1926), drew on the eccentric London career of the Australian writer Barbara Baynton, then by her third marriage the Baroness Headley. The Montforts (1928) which, like its predecessors, was published under the pseudonym 'Martin Mills', was based on the history of the à Beckett family in Australia; some thinly-veiled portraits caused offence in Melbourne. It won the Australian Literature Society's first gold medal in 1929.
In 1925-38 Boyd lived mainly in Sussex, in rented, seaside cottages; he wrote in winter and travelled in Europe in summer. His novels of this period, Scandal of Spring (1934), The Lemon Farm (1936), The Picnic (1937) and Night of the Party (1938), deft social comedies with serious undertones, show his grasp of English life and manners. In A Single Flame, written during the Munich crisis, he debated the morality of war, and concluded that appeasement of Hitler was futile as well as dishonourable. The semi-allegorical Nuns in Jeopardy (1940) explored good and evil in human nature in a desert-island setting. Lucinda Brayford (1946) brought together all the preoccupations of Boyd's earlier work. With its Australian-born heroine, it moved from pre-1914 Melbourne to England in the 1940s. Written in Cambridge where Boyd made his home for the war years, it reflected the renewal of his religious faith and the clarification of his ideas about war. When British bombs fell on civilian targets in Germany, Boyd denounced church and state for what he saw as crimes against humanity.
Lucinda Brayford had high praise from critics in Britain and sold well; it was translated into Swedish and Danish, and, as a Literary Guild choice in the United States of America, added welcome dollars to Boyd's small bank balance. He already had his own cottage, Plumstead, Little Eversden, outside Cambridge, bought when his share of his mother's estate came to him following his father's death in 1940.
With his first major literary success, Boyd felt ready to go back to Australia. In June 1948 he sold Plumstead, and made plans to restore and live in his à Beckett grandfather's home, the Grange. A great deal of energy and money transformed the neglected, old house into an elegant, neo-Georgian setting for Boyd's eighteenth-century furniture. He commissioned his nephew Arthur Boyd to paint frescoes in the dining room; this ambitious work was lost when the house was demolished in the late 1960s.
Living at the Grange proved lonely and disappointing; there was little left of the life Boyd remembered, and, as in 1919, he was seen as 'too English'. Lucinda Brayford was ignored in a literary climate which devalued expatriate writing and Boyd found his reputation obscured by the rising stars of his nephews, Arthur and Robin Boyd. The one great gain, however, was the new perspective on his past: it provided a new subject which he took back with him to England in 1951. The Langton series of novels—The Cardboard Crown (1952), A Difficult Young Man (1955), Outbreak of Love (1957) and When Blackbirds Sing (1962)—had its initial impulse in Boyd's discovery of his à Beckett grandmother's diaries at the Grange. Having failed to make the past live again at the Grange, Boyd made enduring art from that failure. The first three novels won high praise in Britain and the U.S.A; in spite of their Anglo-Australian themes and settings, they were scarcely noticed by Australian reviewers.
Lonely and restless again in England, Boyd went to Rome in 1957 and lived for the rest of his life in a series of pensiones and apartments, on a diminishing income. The last Langton novel was a critical failure, as was the Roman comedy, The Tea-Time of Love (1969). In 1965 he published a second autobiography, Day of My Delight. Although his wit, charm and generosity had won him many friends in England, Boyd became isolated in Rome. His main resource was the 'English Centre' of the Church of San Silvestro where, as he often complained, he met too many priests and 'R.C. ladies'. Boyd's faith in youth, especially the anti-Vietnam War protesters of the late 1960s, was his mainstay against depression in this period. He defended them in Why They Walk Out (1970), a personal statement of belief, published at his own expense.
In Rome Boyd's affections were centred on an Italian youth Luciano Trombini, for whom he played a quasi-paternal role until Trombini married and moved to Milan in 1964. No record of any closer or more lasting attachment appears in Boyd's life, and, although the question of his homosexuality is often raised, it has never been demonstrated that any one of a series of sentimental friendships with young men amounted to an affair. The only sexual relationship for which there is persuasive evidence involved a woman of his own age during his Sussex years. Those who knew Boyd best stress his 'correctness', his reticence and a fastidious temperament which would not easily adapt to casual sex, nor, perhaps, to any full emotional commitment. It may be questioned whether anyone was allowed to know his deepest feelings.
His family and friends were unprepared for his reception into the Catholic Church which took place a few days before he died of cancer on 3 June 1972 in the Hospital of the Blue Nuns, Rome. His niece Mary Perceval and Arthur Boyd who, with his brothers Guy and David, had helped Martin Boyd financially during his last illness, attended his burial in Rome's Protestant English cemetery, after a service in which the Anglican vicar joined the Catholic priest in prayer. Boyd had lived just long enough to see his major works reprinted and his literary stature recognized in Australia; and, to his astonishment and ironic amusement, he was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fund pension—for life—as he awaited his death.2

Citations

  1. [S50] Miscellaneous Source, http://www.artema.com.au/Boyd/aus_nz/martinsnr.htm
  2. [S55] Adb online, online http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonline.htm, http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130268b.htm
    Select Bibliography: B. Niall, Martin Boyd (Melb, 1988), and for bibliography; Martin Boyd papers (National Library of Australia); Emma à Beckett diaries (National Library of Australia).

    Print Publication Details: Brenda Niall, 'Boyd, Martin à Beckett (1893 - 1972)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, Melbourne University Press, 1993, pp 235-237.
  3. [S80] Ancestry - Family Tree, dawesj.
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Helen A'Beckett Boyd

F, #2850, b. 7 Apr 1903, d. 1999
Father*Arthur Merric Boyd b. 19 Mar 1862, d. 30 Jul 1940
Mother*Emma Minnie A'Beckett b. 23 Nov 1858, d. 13 Sep 1936
ChartsDescendants of William A'BECKETT
Birth*7 Apr 1903 Sandringham, VIC, Australia. 
Birth-Notice*11 Apr 1903BOYD.—On the 7th April, at Bay-road, Sandringham, the wife of A. M. Boyd—a daughter.1 
Death*1999 

Newspaper-Articles

  • 17 Jan 1935, WEDDING - Read-Boyd - A charming wedding was celebrated at Christ Church, South Yarra, yesterday afternoon when Helen a'Beckett, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Boyd, of 5 Edward street, Sandringham, was married to Lieut.-Commander N. R. Read, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Read, of Springhurst, Victoria. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. L. Townsend.
    The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a lovely gown of pale crocus yellow chiffon with two soft folds of the material banding the high neck in front, and tying In a bow at the back. Two graceful panels flowed from the hips and fell softly below the hem of her gown. A wreath of leaves In lovely autumn-tinted shades bound her hair, and her bouquet was of miniature golden arum lilies.
    Miss Helen Ogilvie was the only bridesmaid. Her berry-red georgette frock was made with a deep, square neck and a shoulder cape, and was finished with a vivid green sash. Green hydrangeas and scarlet berries formed her wreath and her posy. The best man was Mr. James Read.2

Citations

  1. [S11] Newspaper - Argus The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Sat 11 Apr 1903, p9
    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9820325
  2. [S11] Newspaper - Argus 17 Jan 1935, p12.
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NOTE

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