Saturday, 18 July 2020

Ann Jane Thompson nee Fleming

Ann Jane Fleming was the firstborn daughter of William Finlay Fleming and his wife, Ann Jane Knight.
She was born on the 7th of March 1853 at River Plenty, Victoria, Australia.

A couple of years later the family were at Creswick, Victoria where Ann's brother William James Fleming was born in 1855

They remained in the general area and Ann Jane met Arthur Thomson who was a musician born in Birkenhead, England.
Ann and Arthur Married at the Manse in Creswick on the 11th of November 1870.
Witnesses were her parents.

Arthur's parents on his marriage were listed as John Abraham Thompson and Martha Williams.

Marriage record 4224 / 1870 Ann Jane Fleming and Arthur Thompson

Ann gave birth to twelve children in the following years.

Their first son, Arthur Fleming Thomson was born at Creswick in 1871. Birth reg # 8456 / 1871


They had moved to Inglewood where Ann's parents were living at the time and their daughter Louisa was born there in 1874, birth reg # 9495 / 1874


Jane was born next back in Creswick in 1875. Birth reg # 8307 / 1875
 followed by Blanche in 1877, birth reg # 1398 / 1877
 and Florence in 1880, birth reg # 14322 / 1880
  both at Castlemaine.

1883 saw them in the Nathalia area where Ann's parents had settled to farming at Kotupna and it was there that Thomas was born in 1883, birth reg # 6952 / 1883
 Selina in1884, birth reg # 15286 / 1885
 Laura about 1886 but no birth registration found and Emily Augustine in 1887. birth reg # 25982 / 1887
(I wonder if Emily was known as Laura?)


There were ten children listed on Ann Jane's death certificate in 1925.  Ethel and Emily weren't listed.  
perhaps either Emily died either at birth or as an infant but I can't find a death registration so maybe she is Laura?

Death record 13936 / 1925, Thompson, Ann Jane Hotham East Victoria


After Emily, it seems that Oliver was born at Elmore, then Ethel in 1889 at Kerang but I can't find their birth registrations. 
Bertha Elsie Adeline was the last born in 1891 at Minyip and her birth was registered but father's name not given.

I haven't been able to find a death for Arthur Thomson but according to some records found for their later children, he was deceased before 1893.

Perhaps this was what set Ann on her difficult times. 
Unless there are family stories out there we may never know.

Bertha's granddaughter, Joy Parker, who was a DNA match to me in Ancestry contacted me to ask if I knew anything about her grandmother being a State Ward.

I knew where to look for the records at the Public Records Office Victoria website and lo and behold 6 of the youngest children,  Thomas, Selina, Laura, Oliver, Ethel and Bertha were all made Wards of the State in 1893.

A Mrs Faulkner in Bendigo was Foster carer to most of the children.

Following are transcriptions of those records as far as I could read them.

Thomas Thompson No. 19164
Date of Birth:   29 - 3 - 83
Native Place:   Kotupna 
Religion:  C of E
Date of Committment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Committment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  29 - 3 - 1901

Previous History Of Child -
Father-  Arthur Thompson, Deceased
Mother- Ann Jane Thompson, character bad of drunken habits.  at present doing 3 months in gaol for vagrancy.

Relations- Brother 19170  Sisters 19168, 19169, 19171 & 19172

Subsequent history of relations:  
Cut off all communication between Mother & Children says secretary 4 - 9 - 93
Grandfather & Grandmother Wm Findlay and Jane Knight Fleming also Uncles James, Donald & Findlay Fleming are farmers in good circumstances at Kotupna Victoria & good repute.  In P office Kotupna G94/3646 of 28 - 5 -94  still there on 13-1-95 G 95/320 In Post office Koyuga.  G95/4838 of 30-7-95 In still there on 14-10-95 G95/6774 In Post Office.  ? ? on 7-2-96 G96/1057.  Sister J Thompson ? St,  ? on 13-7-96 G96/5076, M Mrs A J Thompson, Womboo Hotel, Womboo, N S Wales G97/1504, ? Womboo NSW G97/6227 17-8-97 Sister Mrs Frauenfelder Black Range PO ? Albury

PRO Victoria SERIES:Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION:VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 137


Selina Thompson No. 19168
Date of Birth:   11 - 3 - 84
Native Place:  (Nathalia) Katupna (sic)
Religion:  C of E
Date of Commitment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Commitment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  11 - 3 - 1902
 ? not to be extended for ? mandate ?

Previous History Of Child -
Father- & Mother } See folio 137

Relations- Brother 19164 & 19170  Sisters 19169, 19171 & 19172

Subsequent history of relations:  see folio 137

Subsequent history of child
Where Stationed
Date:  2 - 9 - 93  Girls depot, 20 - 9 - 93  Girls Depot, 14 - 1 - 95   Girls Depot, 31 - 12 - 98   Girls Depot
        20 - 12 - 99   Training Institute,  31 - 7 - 99  Training Institute,  22 - 2 - 01 Training Institute
             Training Institute, Training Institute (see ? orders?)
          
Date: 14 - 9 - 93    
Foster Parent:  Mrs Faulkner, Bendigo
1 - 2 - 95 Rel? Mrs Faulkner

With whom & where licensed:  
1 - 10 - 97  Mrs Galbraith Forest St Bendigo, 14 - 5  - 98 Mrs Noonan ? street Benalla.
             30 - 5 - 99 Mrs Gray Vale st East Melbourne. 5  - 8 - 99    Mrs Smaile, ?
  4 - 3 - 01 ?,   18 - 11 - 01 ?,   26 - 11 - 01 Mrs Shindrow? Balwyn Rd, Canterbury

Date of Discharge:   22 - 12 - 93
Manner of Discharge: ? page 137

PRO Victoria SERIES:Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION:VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 141

Laura Thompson  No. 19169
Date of Birth:   14 - 9 - 86
Native Place:   Nathalia
Religion:  C of E
Date of Committment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Committment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  14 - 9 - 1904

Previous History Of Child -
Father- Mother - } See folio 137

Relations- Brother 19164 & 19170  Sisters 19168, 19171 & 19172

Subsequent history of relations:  see folio 137

Subsequent history of child
Where Stationed
Date:  2 - 9 - 93     Girls depot, 20 - 12 - 93  Girls Depot, 14 - 1 - 95    Girls Depot.
     more writing but too faint to read
          
Date: 14 - 9 - 93    Foster Parent:  Mrs Faulkner, Bendigo, 1 - 2 - 95 Rel? Mrs Faulkner

Date of Discharge:   22 - 12 - 93
Manner of Discharge: on probation sec 30
SS ? Act ?
Mrs Fleming of Kotupna

State of Health when Discharged
30 - 5 - 02  ???
Has gone to sister Mrs W Frauenfelder   
Black Range N S Wales No 5282

PRO Victoria SERIES:Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION:VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 142


Next is the interesting record.  

It appears that Oliver had a different father.

Morris, August, Oliver Thompson
No. 19170
Date of Birth:   14 - 8 - 89
Native Place:   Elmore
Date of Committment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Committment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  14 - 8 - 1907

Previous History Of Child -
Father-  August, Henry, Sherlock, Zimmerman, Oyster Saloon ? Benalla
Mother- Ann Jane Thompson

Relations- Brother 19164  Sisters 19168, 19169, 19171 & 19172
The mother states Zimmerman is in good circumstances.  She states he has a house at Warracknabeal for which he accrues? 16/6 per week rent she also believes he has property in Portland and Kerang.  The justices refused to make order against him on the statement of the woman only

Subsequent history of relations:  
see folio 137  Mother's address P. Office Kotupna G94/1804 of 13-3-94 ? page 137

Subsequent history of child
Where Stationed
Date:  2 - 9 - 93     Girls depot
          
Date: 14 - 9 - 93    
Foster Parent:  Mrs Faulkner, Bendigo

With whom and where Licensed        
11 - 9 - 02    Mr Geo J Butcher Campaspe

PRO Victoria SERIES:Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION:VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 143

Transcription of Record for 

Ethel Thompson No. 19171
Date of Birth:   3 - 12 - 89 (3 - 12 - 90 crossed out) Notation under date of birth that I can't decipher
Native Place:   Kerang
Date of Committment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Committment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  3  - 12 - 1909 (3 - 12 - 1908 crossed out)

Previous History Of Child -

Father- Morther -  See folio 143
Relations- Brothers 19164 & 19170  Sisters 19168, 19169 & 19172
Subsequent history of relations:  see folio 137

Subsequent history of child
Where stationed:
Date:  2 - 9 - 93,  5 - 10 - 07, 10 - 4 - 07, 29 - 7 - 08 
Depot: Girls Depot
          
With whom and where boarded out
Date: 14 - 9 - 9 Foster Parent:  Mrs Faulkner, Bendigo

With whom & where licensed:  
11 - 12  - 03 Mrs Butcher?, Colbinabbin
8 - 4 - 04 Mrs Jno Cail? Kamarooka
            1 - 12 - 04 Mrs Reeves, ? King St.  Bendigo
                   23 -10 - 06         Mrs Moloney, 28 Denmark Hill? Road, ? Hawthorn
6 - 2 - 07 Mrs Jenkins, 76 Highbury Grove, Kew?
                      1 - 5 - 07 Mrs Westwood, St Helens, Cochrane St, Elsternwick

State of Education when Discharged
1 - 8 - 08  (I can't decipher it)

PRO Victoria SERIES:Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION:VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 144

Transcription of Record for 
Bertha Elsie Adaline Thompson No. 19172
Date of Birth:   17 - 9 - 91
Native Place:   Minyip
Date of Committment:   1 -9 - 93
Committing Bench:   Nhill
Cause of Committment:  Neglected
Expiration of Term:  17 -9 - 1909
Extension of term unnecessary
If Vaccinated:  (there is a notation that I don't understand)

Previous History Of Child -

Father- Mother - See folio 143
Relations- Brothers 19164 & 19170  Sisters 19168, 19169 & 19172
Subsequent history of relations:  see folio 137

Subsequent history of child
Date:  9 - 93 Girls Depot

Date: 14 - 9 - 93 Foster Parent:  Mrs Faulkner, Bendigo
With whom & where licensed:  
17 - 9 - 04 Mrs Faulkner, Kangaroo Flat
  2 - 2 - 05 Mrs Reeves, Bagshot 
17 - 2 - 06 Mrs Morris, Kamarooka
18 - 4 - 06 Mrs M J Watts, Kamarooka
 1 -10 - 06 Mrs ?, Kangaroo Flat


PRO Victoria SERIES: Ward Registers (known as Children's Registers 1864 - 1887)
CITATION: VPRS 4527/ P2  item Vol. 15, record page 145


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The ward registers might record:       
name
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ability to read or write
cause of admission to State care 
dates of admission to State care
the court which ordered the child to State care 
term (length of time to be in State care)
details of parents and other family members (if known)
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if ‘licensed’ or ‘boarded out’ (dates and location of placements of children made with named, approved individuals within the community)
From late 1880 children in State care for their protection were mostly placed with approved private individuals within the community through ‘licensing’ / apprenticeship or ‘boarding out’  arrangements. Formal State organised adoptions of wards of the state commenced when the Adoption of Children Act 1928 became law in July 1929."

Ann Jane Thompson died of apoplexy and cardiac failure on the 26th of December, 1925 at 15 Vale Street, North Melbourne.

I've been trying to see if I can find out anything further about her later life.

Thanks to Lenore Frost for pointing me to this Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works Map from 1897, held by the State Library of Victoria http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/120816
which shows 15 Vale Street where Lenore says would have stood a row of narrow-fronted terraces right on the street which around Melbourne were often widow's rentals.

I had to chuckle at the name of the lane the little red arrow is pointing at.  Hit or Miss Lane!

Again thanks to Lenore looking in the Sands & Mc online at the State Library for the year 1925, living at 15 Vale Street was a John M Gallagher.  
In the electoral roll, I found a John Michael Gallagher living for some years with his wife Susan at 2 Vale Street.  It appears Susan died in 1924.
Perhaps John owned 15 Vale Street.


I looked in the 1924 electoral roll for Ann Jane Thompson and found her living at 13 Vale Street.

Still searching, to be continued...........

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Alexander Morgan and Ann Lennon of Rowan, Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Alexander and Ann Morgan, lived in Rowan Road, Derrynoose, Armagh in 1864 and I'm pretty sure the house is still there and pictured below. (from Google maps)

​A message board reply to my query quite a while ago is as follows.

"The property that Alexander Morgan had in 1864 was plot 33, in Griffiths Valuation, which was a farmhouse, outbuildings and 12 acres of land" which fits with Griffith's valuation taken in 1864. 

Google Maps street view




The old buildings are even shown in the old map

  
Google Maps satellite view



Children of Alexander Morgan and Ann/Nancy Lennon:

Born - 1827 Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - Annie Bloomer (to be confirmed)
Died - Unknown, United States of America

*
Born - 1829 Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - Margaret "Alice" Kelly
Died - 24 Feb 1880 Essendon, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death - Chronic Alcoholism
Buried - Melbourne General Cemetery

*
Born - 1833, Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - Bernard Clark
Died - 8 August 1863 Inglewood, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death - Inflammation of Lung
Buried - 10 Aug 1863 Inglewood Cemetery

*
Born - 1838 Probably Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - Thomas Gaffney
Died - 31 March 1912, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Cause of death - Bronchitis and Mitral regurgitation
Buried - 2 April 1912 Melbourne General Cemetery

*
Born - 1831 Probably Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - Catherine McAdam
Died - 17 April 1937 at Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death - Septicemia from an infected hand
Buried - St. Michael's Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA

*
Born - 1846 Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - John Courtney
Died - 4 August 1935 Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Buried - St. Michael's Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
*

Born - 1847 Derrynoose, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Married - James Fitzgerald
Died - 28 December 1920 Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death - Endocarditis
Buried - St. Michael's Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, In USA

​*

In John, Bridget and Margaret's Victorian certificates Alexander Morgan's occupation is
farmer.
Bridget, 21 years and Margaret 19 years both Farm Servants, were sponsored by a Mrs. Morgan, sister in law of Flinders Lane Melbourne.
I haven't yet found this Mrs Morgan.
Do they have a brother named Felix?

*

In searching for any further record of Alexander and Agnes/Ann Morgan I found one Alexander Morgan at Rowan, Derrynoose in the Griffiths Valuation for Ireland and a death record for 1870 in the Parish of Keady. 

Derrynoose RC church is included in Parish of Keady. 

© Copyright Dean Molyneaux and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Derrynoose Roman Catholic Church, Armagh, Ireland


Also in that Parish was the death of an Agness Morgan in 1869.

I cannot yet confirm with certainty that these are my ancestors though.

If this is our Alexander Morgan then the death of Agness above isn't ours as she was listed as a widow.

The Catherine Murphy who was the informant was a close-by neighbour.

Perhaps, once all Alexander's children had emigrated, Catherine kept an eye on Alexander's welfare.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Photo wish list

I have been extremely lucky over my years of research in having found or been given some fantastic photos of ancestors and family members.

To those many people who have shared photos with me over the years, I can't thank you enough.

Today I happened to notice in the pedigree view of my family tree that in my first four generations I am missing photos of only three of my ancestors.


So I made up a wish list image in the hope that one day the universe may smile on me and fill in these blanks on my paternal side.

John Adams parents were George Adams and Catherine Barry



John Morgan's parents were Alexander Morgan and Ann Lennon


Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Stanley Raymond Tuckett


Stanley Raymond Tuckett was born on the 8th of March 1919 in Kensington, Victoria, Australia.

 He was the second eldest son of Ambrose Percival Tuckett and Violet Maude Gibb.

Stanley married Hazel Stephens on the 14th of August 1939 at Collingwood, Victoria.

He was a painter and decorator. 
Hazel and Stanley.
Photo courtesy of their daughter Lynne Evans.

Stanley served in the Citizens Military Forces from the 26th of March until the 20th of October 1942.

Stanley in uniform
Photo courtesy of his daughter Lynne Evans.

Stanley enlisted and served with the Australian Army Ordnance Corps.
He served in the Army from the 21st of October, 1942 until the 1st of February, 1946.

At the time of enlistment Stanley and Hazel were living at 2 Kiewa St, Clifton Hill, Victoria.
Sadly, in 1943, their firstborn son Raymond Lyle Tuckett passed away aged only 9 months.


  • 17-03-45 Transferred in from 3rd Australian Base Ordnance Depot
  • 10-03-45 Embarked Townsville per Katoomba
  • 17-03-45 Disembarked Jacquinot Bay (New Guinea)
  • 14-04-45 Evacuated to 2/8 Aus General Hospital* (Tonsilitis) and ? x list
  • 28-04-45 ? 2/8 AGH to unit
  • 28- 04-45 Rejoined Unit from 2/8 AGH
  • 07-07-45 Promoted Corporal (clerk)
  • 20-12-45 Appointed Lieutenant Sergeant
  • 04-01-46 Transferred to Leave and Transit Depot Vic* for discharge
                     
Photo from
https://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-katoomba
   
        
* Part of the 2/8 Australian General Hospital at Jacquinot Bay, New Guinea
At some stage during his war service, Stanley contracted Malaria and suffered relapses throughout the rest of his life.

Stanley and Hazel went on to have a daughter and another son during the war. 

In early 1946 Stanley was transferred to the Camp Pell leave and transit depot at Royal Park, Parkville for discharge.



Camp Pell leave and transit depot
After the war, Hazel and Stanley had two more daughters.

Stanley passed away on the 24th of April 1972  and Hazel on the 20th of June 2015.




Saturday, 4 April 2020

Herbert Hulme Obituaries

On a long-planned trip to the State Library of Victoria with my friend Jenny back in early March this year, before all this coronavirus craziness began, we did some searching of the newspaper archives.
This was my first experience accessing the newspaper archives at the SLV. 
Thanks for your very helpful tuition, Jenny.

I found obituaries related to my Nana's (Daisy Fleming nee Morgan) maternal Uncle Herbert Hulme.


Photo from Daisy Fleming's photo album

Chronicle Despatch Wednesday, October 8,1969 Page 12


Chronicle Despatch Thursday October  9, 1969 Page 10

Chronicle Despatch Friday October 10, 1969 Page 10

Chronicle Despatch Oct 20 1969






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