(last updated 14 May 2020)
Born in England in around 1847, Emma was only one year old when she and her parents and baby sister Eliza sailed from London to South Australia, arriving at Port Adelaide on 8 August 1849. She lived initially at Mount Barker in South Australia before moving to Victoria in around 1854. Emma grew up in the Victorian goldfields town of Clunes where she married a Cornishman, Richard Mitchell (1835-1927), on Xmas Day in 1866. The couple's wedding certificate states that he was a 26 year-old miner and she was 20. Neither had been married before and both lived at Clunes. According to the Mitchell Family Tree on Ancestry, Richard was born at Redruth in Cornwall, the son of John Mitchell and Mary Hannah Kendall (1798-1853). He had nine siblings: Mary Ann (1820-1915), Thomas, Mary, James (1828-1906), Elizabeth, Jennifer (1837-1920), William Henry Kendall (1838-1911), Joanna and Hannah Mitchell.
After their marriage Richard and Emma lived initially at Clunes where their first four children were born. In around 1878 they moved to East Charlton where Richard and his sons farmed land at Buckrabunyule and Barrakee. Not long after they arrived, the East Charlton Tribune reported (on 30 November 1878) that 'an unfortunate accident happened to Mr Mitchell of Buckrabanyule on Wednesday last. He was engaged with a stripper at Mr Hickmott's selection, and unfortunately got his hand jammed in the machinery, two of his fingers were broken and entirely smashed, and the back of his hand was completely turned over. He was immediately brought in to Dr Dean who, after dressing the wounded limb, advised his removal to the St Arnaud hospital'. A week later the paper told its readers: 'We are informed that Mr R. Mitchell of Buckrabanyule, who met with an accident a short time ago and was removed to St Arnaud Hospital, is improving slowly. He is still very weak, but no serious symptoms have presented themselves'.
The Gazette notices in the 18 June 1880 edition of the East Charlton Tribune recorded that Richard Mitchell of East Charlton had an application approved to alter the terms and condition of his existing lease. A week later he was issued with a summons by the school truant inspector and fined 2s 6d with 5s costs. The report of the Korongshire Council meeting contained in the 21 September 1881 edition of the same paper noted the council had received a letter from Richard Mitchell of East Charlton, accepting the office of caretaker of a tank near his land. On 19 October the paper reported that a tender of 29/12/- had been awarded to a J. Lemon to provide fencing for Mitchell's dam in the parish of Buckrabunyule.
The 1909 electoral roll shows Richard, a farmer, living at Charlton together with Emma and Richard jnr, also a farmer. In 1914 Richard and Emma were registered at Barrakee while Richard jnr was still at Charlton. Emma Mitchell nee Hickmott died at Barrakee on 28 June 1914. Her death certificate, which was informed by her son-in-law Thomas Jenkyn, indicates that she died from the effects of influenza and acute bronchitis. She was 67 years old, was said to have been born in Kent in England, and had been 57 years in Victoria. Her issue at the time of her death were: Mary Sophia (47), Emma (45), Richard (41), John Henry (39), Alice Elizabeth (34), Florence Louisa (30), Eliza Ruby (28) and William James (25).
Emma was buried at Charlton on 30 June 1914. Her headstone reads: 'In loving memory of Emma Mitchell a loved wife and mother who departed this life June 28 1914 aged 67 years. "I know that my redeemer liveth". The electoral rolls show that following his wife's death Richard continued to live at Barrakee until his own death there in 1927. He was buried with Emma at Charlton, the headstone being amended to include: 'Also our beloved father Richard Mitchell called home February 17 1927, aged 92. "And he was not, for God took him"'. The following death notice for Richard was published in the Melbourne Argus on 19 February 1927: MITCHELL. On the 17th February, at his residence, Redruth, Charlton, Richard Mitchell, late of Barrakee, dearly beloved husband of the late Emma Mitchell, loved father of Mary (deceased), Emma, Richard, John, Alice, Florrie, Ruby, and William'.
From Lisa Wahlsten's 'Osborne/Wahlsten Family Tree' on Ancestry, this photo is of Henry Hickmott not long before his death in 1914. He
is seated next to his daughter Eliza Osborne. The woman standing behind Henry could be another daughter, Emma Mitchell, with whom
Henry lived when he returned to Victoria. The man standing on the left could be either Eliza's husband, Robert Osborne, or
Emma's husband, Richard Mitchell. The two boys at the front are probably Robert and Eliza's two youngest sons:
Charles Stanley and George Alfred Osborne although this has not been confirmed.
As the above notice indicated, Richard and Emma Mitchell nee Hickmott had eight children, as follows:
Mary Sophia Mitchell (1867-1925). Born in Clunes in 1867, Mary married a miner, Thomas Jenkyn (1857-1936), at Clunes in 1896 (Thomas is pictured on the right). The Gledhill Family Tree on Ancestry'. tells us that he was born at St Ives in Cornwall on 25 July 1854, the third son of James Jenkyn (1828-81) and Mary Kitty Paynter (1829-1920). James and Mary had been married at St Ives on 28 October 1849 and had eleven children, three in Cornwall and the remainder in Australia. The website notes that 'In 1854 James Jenkyn migrated to Australia, leaving his wife Mary Kitty in Cornwall with the children. She did not see him again for three years, when she and her three boys (James, John Paynter and Thomas) travelled to Australia on the Ebbe Brahe'. In her book Charlton in the Vale of the Avoca, Grace Cadzow tells us that James and his sons spent time on the goldfields at Creswick and Ballarat before, in 1874, selecting land at Buckrabanyule near Charlton. As the following report in the Bendigo Advertiser shows, our Thomas had earlier married Charlotte Ann Rowe (in 1883 probably at Charlton although that has still to be confirmed). He had six children with her - Charlotte Olive, Harriet Lilian Rowe, Vivienne Myrtle, Thorton Raymond, Adela Violet Rosetta and Wilfred Campbell Niell Dowrick Jenkyn (who died as an infant in 1891) - before Charlotte was tragically killed in a railway accident at Barrakee in 1894:
FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT. A WOMAN KILLED. [By Wire. From Our Correspondent.] Charlton. 30th November. A shocking accident occurred this afternoon near the Barrakee railway station. Mrs. Thomas Jenkyn, wife of a farmer at Barrakee, was in the act of crossing a cattle pit when the 11.40 train from Bendigo (Driver Hindson) collided with the vehicle, killing Mrs. Jenkyn instantaneously. The horse escaped, but the buggy was completely destroyed. The deceased was 40 years of age, and leaves a family of five. The body was taken to Charlton. Much sympathy is felt for the relatives (1 December 1894)
Thus Mary Sophia had five step-children to raise as well as a further four she would have with Thomas: Thomas Lindsay Jenkyn (1897-1955), Richard Campbell Jenkyn (1899-1966), Bertram Russell Jenkyn (born in 1900) and Harry Mitchell Jenkyn (1902-75). She and Thomas also had a daughter, Marion Mavis Jenkyn, who died as an infant in 1908. The Australian electoral rolls show Thomas, a farmer, and Mary Sophia lived at Barrakee from 1914 until Mary Sophia's death there in 1925. The following death notices were published in the Melbourne Argus on 17 March 1925: 'JENKYN - On the 15th March at Charlton Mary S. Jenkyn, of Raybourne, Barrakee and loving mother of Lindsay, Campbell, Bertram, Harry and little Marion (deceased), and loving step-mother of Olive, Lilian, Myrtle, Ray and Violet'. 'JENKYN - On the 15th March at Charlton, Mary S. Jenkyn, beloved eldest daughter of Mr and the late Mrs R. Mitchell, and sister of Emma, Richard, John, Alice, Florrie, Ruby and Will'. After Mary Sophia's death, Richard moved from Barrakee to Charlton where he died in 1936. His estate which was made up of 'real estate of a gross value of 2,733 pounds and personal property to the value of 4,593 pounds' was left to his sons 'subject to gifts to his daughters' (Argus, 5 June 1936).
And their children? Born at Charlton, Thomas and Sophia's eldest son, Thomas Lindsay ('Len') Jenkyn (1897-1955), enlisted in the First AIF at Charlton on 2 April 1918. He was said to be a farmer and gave his father as his NOK. He underwent training at Broadmeadows and sailed from Sydney on the HMT Orantes on 5 June. After disembarking at Liverpool on 11 August, he underwent training with the 14th Training Battalion and was allocated to the 58th Battalion which he joined in France on 2 December 1918. Lindsay returned to England in February 1919 and sailed back to Australia on the Argyleshire in August the same year. The 1919 and 1924 electoral rolls show Thomas Lindsay, a farmer, living on his parents' property at Barrakee. Sometime between 1924 and 1928 he married Elsie Wills (1900-53), the daughter of Orlando Thomas Wills (1862-1926) and Mary Elizabeth Tresise. As described in the Inglewood Advertiser, Elsie's older brother, Henry Mills, had married Lindsay's half- sister, Violet Jenkyn, at Moonee Ponds in Melbourne in 1916:WILLS - JENKYN. A very quiet and pretty wedding was solemnised at St Thomas', Moonee Ponds, on August 29th, by the Rev Canon Hancock, between Henry, second son of Mr and Mrs O. T. Wilis, of Borung, and Violet, youngest daughter of Mr Thomas Jenkyn, of Barrakee. Miss Elsie Wills acted as bridesmaid, and Mr D. Wills as best man. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming gown of white crepe de chene, a wreath and chapIet of pearls with her mother's veil, and a pearl necklet, the gift of the bridegroom, and carried a prayer book. The bridesmaid wore a pretty dress of silk lace with cap of pearls, and wore a signet ring, the gift of the bridegroom. She carried a posey of blush pink roses and maiden hair fern. The gift of the bride to the bridegroom was a pair of gold sleeve links. After the ceremony the guests motored to Sargent's, where the wedding breakfast was held. The happy couple left for Sydney and the Blue Mountains by the S.S. Cooma next day, the bride travelling in a brown cloth tailored costume, and brown sailor hat. Many handsome and useful presents were received (3 October 1916).
The Australian Electoral Rolls show that after their marriage Len and Elsie lived for a time at Barrakee before farming land at Tarnook near Benalla. In 1931 Len appeared in the Violet Town Court where he 'was charged with shooting duck and teal on Sunday 11th December. He was fined £5 with a penalty of £1 for each of three birds, and£1/6/10 costs, making it total of £9/10' (Northern Eastern Ensign (20 February 1931). As the following obituary notes, Elsie died at Tarnook in 1953:Sudden Death of Mrs. Elsie Jenkyn. Sincere regret was expressed throughout the town and district on Sunday last, when news was received of the sudden death of Mrs. Elsie Jenkyn of Tarnook. She had a stroke early on Saturday evening and was admitted to the Bush Nursing Hospital, where she passed away early on Sunday morning. She was 53 years of age. The late Mrs. Jenkyn was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Wills, and was born at Borung. She was married in Bendigo 28 years ago to Mr. Thomas Lindsay ('Len') Jenkyn, who survives her. One daughter, Marion (Mrs. C. Webster) is also left to mourn their loss. A leading member of the Country Women's Association, The late Mrs. Jenkyn endeared herself to everyone with whom she came in contact. She possessed a bright and happy disposition, and was a charming hostess. She was an active member of the Benalla A. and P. Society, and gave valued service over many years in the industrial section at the show. Only recently, when she was in hospital with a broken leg, a letter of appreciation was sent to her from the Show Society, expressing their appreciation of her wonderful work. The funeral, which was of a private nature, took place to the Fawkner cemetery on Monday last. The casket was borne by Messrs. R. Wills, M. Brown, F. Phillips, R. T. Meadows, jnr., J. Spencer and J. Connolly.
Len continued to live at Tarnook after Elsie's death. A number of Family Trees on Ancestry suggest he re-married - to Hazel Irene Edith Hipkins (1905-83) - although we have not yet confirmed this. We believe he died at Euroa in central Victoria in 1955. Len and Elsie had one daughter we know of: Marion Jenkyn (1926-2004) who married Benalla-born Colin William Webster (1916-97). Colin had served in the 8th Cavalry Regiment during the Second World War. According to the Myers family Tree on Ancestry, he and Marion had four children all still living.
Mary Sophia and Thomas' other boys also served in the armed forces during the Second World War, Richard and Bertram in the Army (both were discharged in 1944) and Harry in the Air Force from which he was discharged in 1946. After the war Richard lived with his parents at Barrakee and, following their deaths, in the family home on Clifton Street in Charlton. He died in 1966 and, we think, never married. The electoral rolls show that Bertram and Alice Myrtle Jenkyn lived at Barrakee until sometime between 1949 and 1954 when they moved to Kanangra near Lockhart in NSW where Bertram worked as a grazier. They were still registered there in 1980 along with Neil Mitchell, Thomas Watson and Myra Shirley Jenkyn. Harry Mitchell and May Thompson Jenkyn farmed at Charlton until the early 1950s when they moved to the Victorian coastal town of Portland where Harry worked as a foreman until his death there in 1975. May was still registered as living at Portland at the time of the 1980 election. We don't know if she and Harry had any children.
Emma Mitchell (1870-1940). Born in Clunes, Emma married John Edwards in 1894. Ancestry's index of Australian bdms and local electoral rolls show that, after their wedding, Emma and John farmed land at Yeungroon near Charlton until at least 1924. They may have then moved to Melbourne to live although that has still to be confirmed. We do know that Emma Edwards nee Mitchell, aged 78 years, died at Canterbury in Melbourne in 1948. We have yet to discover John's birth or death dates. He and Emma had at least four children all born at Charlton: 1) Linda Marion Edwards (1895-1980) who married a local grocer, Clive William Horace Curnow (1890-1968), the son of William Curnow and Mary Jane Johns. She and Clive eventually moved to Melbourne along with their daughter Nancy Claire Curnow who worked as a teacher. 2) Ralph Murray Edwards (1897-1956) who married Constance Ivy Green in 1919 probably at Charlton although that still has to be confirmed. They seem to have taken over the running of Ralph's parent's farm and had at least one daughter, Elizabeth Marion Edwards (who worked as a nurse). 3) Frank Mitchell Edwards (1903-96). 4) Flora Ester Edwards.
From Gordon Beach's 'Beckham Version 2017' Family Tree on Ancestry, this photo shows Charles Curnow who married Linda Marion Edwards
at Charlton in around 1922. We are unsure whether and how the other Curnows in the photo are related to Charles. The C. Dew
seated at the front is probably Cyril John Dew who married Eliza Ruby Mitchell at St Arnaud in 1929 (see below).
Richard Mitchell (1872-1958). Born at Clunes, Richard seems to have been married twice, first to Margaret Doyle in 1883 and second to Charlotte Olive Rowe Jenkyn (1884-1969) at Ballarat East in 1909. Charlotte was the eldest daughter of Richard's uncle, Thomas Jenkyn, and his first wife Charlotte Ann Rowe who was killed in a railway accident at Charlton in 1894 (see above).The electoral rolls show that Richard and Charlotte lived all their married lives at Charlton where Richard was a farmer. We don't think they had any children although this has still to be confirmed.
John Henry Mitchell (1874-1942). John worked as a farmer and lived all his adult life at Charlton initially with his parents and, following their deaths, with his older brother Richard and his wife Charlotte.
Alice Elizabeth Mitchell (1880-1953). Born at Clunes, Alice married a local butcher, Harry Williams in 1910, probably at Charlton although that has still to be confirmed. His miltary file in the Australian Archives shows that Harry was born at Rhyl in Wales on 23 October 1882. Married with one child, he enlisted in the Australian Army at Melbourne on 30 April 1918. His NOK was Mrs Alice E. Williams of Barrakee in Victoria. He seems not to have left Australia and was discharged on demobilisation on 24 December 1918. The electoral rolls show that after the War, Alice and Harry lived at Charlton, then St Arnaud and finally Glen Iris in Melbourne. As the following death notice indicates, Alice died at South Melbourne in 1953: 'WILLIAMS. On July 1, as a result of an accident. Prince Henry's Hospital. Alice Elizabeth the dearly beloved wife of Harry, 22 Mills Street, Burwood, loving mother of Ivor (deceased), BilI, Bronwyn (Mrs. Fox) and Hal (deceased), fond mother-in-law of Allen and Jean, dearly loved grandmother of Glenys, Jocelyn. Richard and Robert, Carol. Cenarth and Meredith, aged 73 years' (Melbourne Age, 2 July 1953). The electoral rolls show a Harry Williams, no occupation, living at 'Rhyl' on Lanarch Road in Baxter near Frankston in 1954 (his and Alice's son William and William's wife Jean were registered as living at 'Island View' on Lanarch Road in the same year). While still to be confirmed, we think Harry died sometime between 1954 and 1963 (Ancestry's Australian deaths index shows a Harry Williams, born in around 1880, died in the Melbourne suburb of Deepdene, near Balwyn where our Harry's daughter Bronwyn was living, in 1959).
We do know, from Alice's death notice that she and Harry had four children, two of whom - Ivor Mitchell Williams (1910-12), who died at Charlton, and Harry Meredith ('Hal') Williams (1924-42) who died at St Arnaud - did not marry. Their only daughter, Emma Bronwyn Myfanwy Williams (1920-2005) married Allen William Fox in Victoria in 1941 and lived all her life in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn. We think she and Allen had four children, the three mentioned in her mother's death notice plus Alison Elizabeth Fox who was living with Bronwyn at Balwyn at the time of the 1977 election. The Ryerson Index shows that Bronwyn Mifanwy Fox died on 6 April 2005 (Herald Sun, 9 April 2005).
Alice and Harry's second son, William Edwin Lloyd ('Bill') Williams (1916-2004) was born at Charlton and married a Methodist minister's daughter, Margaret Jean Butler (1917-2004), in Victoria in 1940. Jean's parents were James Frederick Butler (1885-1985) and Violet Stella Jeanetta Oppy (1890-1972) who were married at Maryborough in Victoria on 5 April 1916. Frederick was then ministering at nearby Newstead where Margaret was born the following year. The Australian electoral rolls show the family spent time at Mornington, Nathalia, Sale and St Arnaud before settling in Melbourne where Frederick retired in around 1963. He lived on for a further two decades, dying at the Melbourne suburb of Kilsyth on 19 May 1985. The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust website shows he was cremated at the Springvale Botanical Crematorium two days later and is memorialised in the cemetery's Banksia section (Wall C, Niche 845). It further shows his wife, Violet Stella Jeanetta Butler, was cremated there on 24 November 1972 and is memorialised at the Niche 841 gravesite.
After their marriage in 1940, William Edwin and Jean lived and worked on their farm 'Island View' on Lanarck Road at Pearcedale (near Frankston), until the late 1960s when they moved to Hamilton in Victoria's western district. The 1972 and subsequent electoral rolls show Bill working as a storekeeper and he and Jean living 'off Portland Road'. The Ryerson index shows that both Bill and Jean died at nearby Coleraine in Victoria in 2004. Both are buried at the Hamilton Lawn Cemetery. Their respective tributes, posted in the Melbourne Herald Sun, read: 'WILLIAMS (nee Butler). Margaret Jean (Jean) on May 27, passed away peacefully at Coleraine, aged 87 years. Devoted wife of Bill for 64 years. Loved and caring mother of Glenys, Jocelyn, Richard, Robert, Graeme and their families. Grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Sister to Carol, Ruth (dec), Robin and Jeanette' (28 May 2004); and 'WILLIAMS. William Edwin Lloyd (Bill) On Dec. 5 at Coleraine. Aged 88 years. Beloved husband of the late Jean, loving father of Glenys and Paul; Jocelyn and Noel; Richard and Noelene; Robert and Margaret; Graeme and Debbie and families' (5 December 2004).
Florence Louisa Mitchell (1883-1970). Born at Charlton in central Victoria, Florence married Ernest William Holland (1885-1962), at 'Hillside', her parents' residence at Barrakee, on 29 December 1909. The Reverend Adams officiated. Ernest was then a primary school teacher at Gowar East, a farming community near St Arnaud. According to the 'Borthwick & Benn Family Tree' on Ancestry, Ernest was born at Drouin in western Gippsland, the son of Robert Henry Holland (1852-1926) and Emily Eleanor Waycott (1855-1925), who were married in Victoria in 1878. Apparently Emily signed her wedding certificate as Emily England, using the surname of her stepfather, James England. James died at Taradale in Victoria in 1897 and left his estate to Emily, her mother Frances and half brother Henry Goyus England. Robert Holland's obituary, published in Brisbane's The Week on 19 March 1926, tells us he:
. . . first saw the light of day in Melbourne and spent his early days in farming pursuits. He later entered the Education Department of Victoria in which service he remained until the retiring age of 65 years, after which he came to Brisbane, and resided with his son, Mr. F J. Holland (of Holland Motors Ltd). In his younger days the deceased gentleman held the iron quoits championship of Victoria, but he later turned his attention to bowls. He became a life member of the East Brisbane Bowling Club. Mr Holland was predeceased in death by his wife, who passed away in October last. Seven children remain, only two of whom reside in Queensland.
Emily's funeral notice in the 25 October 1925 issue of Brisbane's The Daily Mail tells us her and Robert's surviving children were Mr and Mrs Frederick J. Holland (of Holland Motors Ltd in Brisbane), Mr and Mrs R. T. Holland (Caboolture), Mr and Mrs R. L. Holland (Wycheproof, Victoria), Miss I. M. Holland (Melbourne), Mr and Mrs E. W. Holland (Wlnchelsea, Victoria), Mr and Mrs J. Buckingham (Melbourne), Mr and Mrs F. Wilson (Melbourne), and Mr and Mrs A. Martin (Melbourne).
The Australian electoral rolls show that, as a country school teacher's wife, Florence moved around a great deal especially in the early years. Between the time of their marriage at Barrakee in 1909 and 1937, she and Ernest had lived at Gowar East, Mickleham in Melbourne's north-west, Campbeltown near Clunes, Yallock on the western approach to Gippsland, Fyansford in Geelong (where Ernest was headmaster of the local primary school and, in 1924, oversaw the establishment of a junior tennis club in the town), Bridgewater on Loddon west of Bendigo, and Winchelsea where Ernest served as headmaster for twelve years. The 1937 electoral roll has them registered at 8 Harksburn Road in the inner Melbourne suburb of South Yarra (Ernest was then teaching at St Kilda). A year later they moved to Elsternwick where, on 29 December 1939, they placed the following announcement in the Melbourne Argus: 'HOLLAND - MITCHELL. Mr and Mrs E. W. Holland of 19 Blanche Street Elsternwick, announce with pleasure the 30th anniversary of their wedding celebrated at Hillside, Barrakee on the 29th December 1909 by the late Reverend Adams'. They were still at Blanche Street when Ernest died in 1962. His death notices, published in the Melbourne Age on 10 August that year, read: 'HOLLAND - On August 9 at a private hospital, Caulfield, Ernest William, dearly beloved husband of Florence, loving father of Bert, Grace, Esther, Bob, Richard, Jim and Laurie'; and 'HOLLAND - fond father-in-law of Vere, loved grandfather of Jeffrey and Judy'. Ancestry's 'Find-a-Grave' database shows that an Ernest W. Holland, who died on 9 August 1962, was either buried or cremated at Brighton Central Cemetery in Caulfield South. The same record shows that Florence Louisa Holland and Grace Mitchell (Holland) Curtis (1913-99) were also either buried or cremated there (Florence was said to have died on 17 July 1976). We believe Florence and Ernest had eight children one of whom, Mary Mitchell, died at Caulfield as an infant in 1915.
6.1) Their eldest son, Bertram Mitchell (Bert) Holland (1911-82) was born at Footscray and married Eileen De Vere Billings (1914-75) in 1938. As reported in Melbourne's Table Talk on 15 December 1938, the wedding took place at All Saint's Church in East St. Kilda where:
The bride, who is the elder daughter of Mr and Mrs E. A. Billings, Newton, Queenscliff entered the church on the arm of her father. Her delightful frock was of blue romaine and was finished with fine pin tucks and worn with a matching hip length jacket. Navy accessories completed her ensemble and she carried a sheaf of pink gladioli. The only bridesmald was the bride's sister, Miss Gwendoline Billings who was dressed in patou pink and carrled a sheaf of blue delphiniums and pink carnations. The bridegroom, who is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs E. W. Holland of Blanche Street, Elsternwick, was supported by his brother, Mr Robert, Holland. After the ceremony, the guests were entertained at "Corrina" on Seymour Road, Elsternwick.
Born at the inner Melbourne suburb of Newport, Vere as she was known as, trained as both a mothercraft and a general nurse and was working at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital at the time of her marriage to Bert (who worked as a clerk and later a manager). The Australian electoral rolls indicate they lived all their married lives in Melbourne, initially in the suburb of Bentleigh and later Caulfield. Vere died in the Alfred Hospital at Prahran in 1975. The 1977 and 1980 electoral rolls show Bert and a Mary Gertrude Holland, a chemist, living at Waverley. The Ryerson Index tells us Bertram Mitchell Holland died on 25 October 1982 (confirmed by Ancestry's index of Wills and Probate Notices which shows he died at Carnegie). The Ryerson Index also shows that a Mary Gertrude (Molly) Holland, aged 91, died at the Bethlehem Hospital in Melbourne in 2001. The tribute to her, published in the Herald Sun on 22 November of that year reads: 'HOLLAND (Ley - Hynes). Mary Gertrude (Molly), passed away peacefully at Bethlehem Hospital aged 91 years. Beloved wife of Roland (dec) and Bertram (dec), loved mother of Stewart and Roger, mother-in-law of Helen and Margaret, stepmother of Judy Tippett and Geoff Holland. Loving grandmother of Nicole, Marcus and Marnie, Christian and Damian. A wonderful mother and Nana at rest. Beloved daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Hynes (both dec), loving sister of Edward (dec), Eileen (Mrs Callanan), Sheila Hynes and Pat (dec)'.
As indicated in Molly's tribute, Bert and Vere had two children: 1) Jeffrey Bertram Holland (1940-2005) who worked as a manager and company director, was twice married and died at Albury in NSW. His tribute in the Herald Sun on 8 March 2005 reads: 'HOLLAND Jeffrey. After a courageous battle with cancer, Jeff died on Sunday, March 6, 2005 at Albury. Devoted husband of Lyn, doting father of David, Tim, Andrew, Penny, Jordan and Teneal, father-in-law of Shona and Nick, loving Poppa of Samantha, Kelly, Matthew and Luke, much loved brother of Judy (dec) and Ross, respected uncle of Justin and Matthew'. 2) Judith Gwendoline Holland (1944-2005) who lived with her parents and worked as a florist until she married an accountant, Alexander Ross Tippett, in around 1967. The Ryerson Index shows that a Judith Gwendoline Tippett died on 6 January 2005. Her tribute in the Herald Sun reads: 'TIPPETT - Judith Gwendoline. Passed away on January 6, 2005. Dearly beloved wife of Ross. Much loved mother of Justin and Matthew'.
6.2) Florence and Ernest's eldest daughter, Grace Mitchell Holland (1913-99) married Francis George Stones, only son of Mr and Mrs F. Stones of Geelong, at the Elsternwick Methodist Church in December 1937. At the time of the 1942 election, they were living in the Melbourne suburb of Carrum and Francis was working as an agent. It seems they were divorced some time later and Grace re-married. Ancestry's Find a Grave database shows a Grace Mitchell (Holland) Curtis, born in 1913, was buried with her parents at the Brighton General Cemetery in Caulfield South in 1999. According to the The Ryerson Index she had died in Sydney on 19 October of that year.
6.3) Born at Prahran in Melbourne, Esther Mary Holland (1916-2007) was living with her parents at Caulfield and working as a telephonist when she married Lionel James Pay (1919-98) there in 1951. The son of Arthur Samuel Pay (1876-1937) and Elsie Freda Johnson (1882-1974), Lionel had served in both the Army and the Air Force during the Second World War. At the time of his marriage to Esther, he was living with his widowed mother at Caulfield and working in the textile industry. The Australian electoral rolls show Lionel and Esther lived most of their married lives in Melbourne before moving to Everton Hills in the Moreton Bay region of Queensland. Lionel died there in 1998 and Esther in 2007. A tribute to her in Melbourne's Herald Sun tells us Esther was 'Taken into God's care on March 24, 2007. Aged 91 years. Dearly loved wife of Lionel (dec), loving mother and mother-in-law of Jenny and Ken. Loved Granny of Liz and Bec' (27 March 2007).
6.4) Like his father and grandfather, Robert Ernest (Bob) Holland (1917-93), pursued a career as a primary school teacher. His first appointment was at Patchewollock North State School in 1939. While there he enlisted in the Australian Army in which he served as a private soldier until April 1946. The Australian electoral rolls show Bob living with his parents at Caulfield after the War and again working as a teacher, initially at Port Melbourne and then Fawkner. In 1957 he married a Melbourne lass, Bernice Jean Mackay (1921-2006), who was then living with her widowed mother in the suburb of Bentleigh and working as a stenographer.
Bernice's father was a First World War veteran, John Mackay (1891-1947), who married Bernice's mother, Bernice Marion Hooper (1891-1967), in Melbourne six days before he sailed from Australia on the HMAT ASCANIUS on 10 November 1915 (their wedding photo is shown on the right). He was bound for Egypt where he joined the 13th Field Artillery Brigade. John later served with the 29th Battalion on the Western Front where he was wounded in action, probably at Polygon Wood in Belgium, in October 1917 and sent back to England for treatment at the Bath War Hospital. He was repatriated to Australia in December the same year. After the War, John lived with Bernice and their three children in Melbourne where he worked as a storeman. His death notice in the Melbourne Argus tells us John died 'On October 12 , at his home at 38 Miller street, North Fitzroy . . . the dearly loved husband of Bernice Marion, loving father of John, Bernice, and Jessie (Mrs Hoskin) [and] loved grandfather of Jennette'. Bernice Marion Mackay nee Hooper died in Melbourne on 9 August 1967 and is buried with John in the Melbourne General Cemetery at Carlton. The inscription on their grave reads: 'In loving memory of John MACKAY loved husband of Bernice father of Bernice, Jim and Jessie died 12 Oct 1947, age 56 years also Bernice Marion loved wife and mother of above died 9 Aug 1967, age 76 years. [And] Robert James MACKAY died 11 Aug 1948, age 3 hours'.
The year after his marriage to Bernice, Bob graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts. The 1963 and subsequent electoral rolls show he and Bernice living at Frankston (the 1980 roll has a David Robert, student, and Stephen Mackay Holland, clerk, also living with them). The Ryerson Index shows that a Robert Ernest (Bob) Holland died on 19 July 1992 and a Bernice Jean Holland, late of Langwarrin, died on 10 September 2006. Her tribute, published in the Herald Sun two days later, simply says: 'HOLLAND - Bernice. With our Lord on Sept. 10, 2006. David, Stephen, Andrew, Lisa, spouses and grand children will miss our dearly loved mother and Grandma'.
6.5) Born at Koo Wee Rup in Victoria, Richard John Holland (1919-2008) married Margaret (Garry) Dolan (1921-2001) at St Mary's Church of England in the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield on 28 March 1942. Margaret was the second daughter of Albert Gordon Dolan (1886-1966) and Alice Muriel Robinson (1892-1951), who were married in Victoria in 1917. His military file in the Australian Archives shows that the then 27 year-old Gordon, born at Clifton Hill and working as a musician, enlisted at Essendon on 17 August 1914 (he gave as his NOK his father, John Dolan of 7 Dean Street Moonee Ponds). Gordon was allocated to the 7th Battalion which he joined on Gallipoli on the 5th of May. Two months later, he was wounded (a GSW to the head) at Lone Pine and hospitalised in Malta and then England before being sent back to Australia on the KANOWNA on 28 January 1916. The Australian electoral rolls show that after their marriage, Gordon and Alice lived in Tasmania, where Gordon worked as a lighthouse keeper at Eddystone Point and Low Head and their five children - Dorothy, Margaret, Elizabeth, Jack and Barbara Dolan - were born. After Gordon retired in the late 1940s, they returned to Melbourne where Alice died in 1951 (she was cremated at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery). Gordon re-married and went to live at Bundaberg in Queensland where he died in 1966.
The Australian electoral rolls show Richard John, a librarian, and Margaret Holland, clerk, lived at 6 Frederick Street in Caulfield East from the time of their wedding until at least the mid-1960s. In 1967, Richard, who was a devout Christian, founded and served as the inaugural minister of, the Waverley Christian Fellowship which met in a small shopfront in Glen Waverley. Later re-badged as the CityLife Church, the Fellowship's following has expanded from around ten to over 10,000 souls, making it one of Melbourne's largest Churches. In the same year Margaret wrote to the Army Records Office requesting she be given her deceased father's Gallipoli Medallion. We don't know if she was as successful in her enterprise as Richard was in his. Margaret died on 27 March 2001 and was buried in the Lilydale Memorial Park cemetery (Spotted Gum EC, Row 26, Grave 57). Richard died at Vermont South in Melbourne seven years later. His tribute, posted in the Herald Sun on 15 May reads: 'HOLLAND - Richard John. 03.01.1919 - 12.05.2008. Husband of Margaret (Garry) (dec). Loved father of Robin and Gail, Pier and Hilary. Grandfather of Matt and Julie, Kerry and Simon, Sally, Stephen, Renee. Great Grandfather of Kirrily and Brianna'. He is buried with Margaret at Lilydale Memorial Park.
Richard John and Margaret (Garry) Holland nee Dolan.
6.6) James Edward Holland (1922-70) married Gwendoline Slater (1918-2002) in Brisbane in 1945. According to the 'Hope' family tree on Ancestry, Gwendoline's father was John Brown Slater (1886-1950) - pictured on the right - who was born at Paisley in Renfrewshire in Scotland. Together with his sister Grace Sutherland and her husband and young son, John had sailed from England to Australia in 1911 on the ESSEX, arriving at Brisbane on 22 March. The Australian electoral rolls show a John Brown Slater, who was working as a machinist, living on Latrobe Terrace in the inner Brisbane suburb of Paddington in 1913 (along with a William, labourer, and Bella Brown Slater). All three together with a George Slater, a carter, were at Swan Street in Brisbane's Swan Hill in 1915 and 1917, the year that John was married. His wife was a native of Bellshill in Lanarkshire, Sarah Craig Anderson (1895-1970), who had come to Australia as a 17 year-old in 1912. On 22 May the following year, John and Sarah's only child, a daughter Gwendoline, was born. The Australian electoral rolls show John, a motor mechanic, and Sarah Craig Slater spent all their married lives in Brisbane, initially at Swan Hill and later 157 Lutwyche Road Windsor (where a Gwendoline Slater, stenographer, was also registered as living in 1943). As the following notice in the Brisbane Telegraph informs us, John died there in 1950: 'The Relatives & Friends of Mrs S. Slater and Mr & Mrs J. E. Holland & Family are invited to attend the Funeral of her beloved Husband, their Father, Father-in-law & Grandfather, John Brown Slater, of 157 Lutwyche Road, Windsor' (21 July 1950). Sarah continued to live in Brisbane after John's death until her own death there on 26 July 1970.
The Australian electoral rolls show James Edward, a commercial traveller, and Gwendoline Holland were also living at 157 Lutwyche Road in Windsor in 1949. They then moved to Toowoomba, where James was a company representative, before returning to Brisbane in the early 1960s. James died in Brisbane in 1970. Gwendoline died there in 2002. Her father's death notice cited earlier indicates they had children although we don't know how many.
6.7) Ernest and Florence's youngest son, Lawrence Lindsay Holland, was born at Winchelsea in Victoria in 1926 and served in the Australian Army during the last year of the Second World War (on his discharge on 20 December 1946 he was serving as a Cpl with 104 Casualty Clearing Station). He was living with his parents at Caulfield when he married Erica Dawn Prescott in Melbourne in 1955. The Australian electoral rolls show Lawrence, an engineering assistant, and Erica were living on Short Street in Kempsey in NSW in 1958. At the time of the 1963 election, Lawrence was working as a teacher and he and Erica were living in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. The subsequent electoral rolls have them registered at Greensborough (along with a Peter John Holland, student, in 1977 and 1980).
Eliza Ruby Mitchell (1886-1973). Born at Charlton, Ruby married a local law clerk Cyril John Dew (1895-1986) at St Arnaud in Victoria on 21 December 1921. Cyril was born at Wooroonook in Victoria in 1889, the son of the grazier Isaac Dew (1865-1942) and Jessie Mary Fisher (1872-1953) who were married at Granite Flat near Charlton in 1894 and had three children in addition to Cyril: Clement Robert (1898-1927), Doris (1901-94) and Phyllis Jessie Dew (1908-71). Cyril and Ruby lived at Charlton after their marriage and later Surrey Hills in Melbourne where Ruby died in 1973. Cyril died at Kew in Melbourne in 1986.
Cyril and Ruby had only one child, John Mitchell Dew, who was born at Charlton in 1924. The Department of Veterans Affairs' World War 2 nominal roll shows that John enlisted in the Australian Army at Prahran on 1 March 1942. He was then living at East Prahran and gave as his NOK Cyril Dew. He was later discharged while serving with Melbourne University Rifles. He re-enlisted in the RAAF at Melbourne on 15 March 1944 and was discharged on 1 February 1946 as a Leading Aircraftman with 1 Stores Depot. He studied engineering at Melbourne University and married Pauline Terese Dobson in 1951. The electoral rolls show them living initially at Box Hill and later Surrey Hills where John worked as a metallurgical engineer. John died at Surrey Hills in 2008 and was cremated at the Altona Memorial Park on 1 December 2009. His memorial plaque reads: John Mitchell Dew 5.1.1924 - 23.7.2008. Only child of Cyril and Ruby. Husband of Pauline. Father of Joanne and Timothy. The family's tribute to him published in the Melbourne Herald Sun tells us that 'John enjoyed all aspects of cricket - playing, watching, reading and writing about the game. In an environment unknown to those he leaves, perhaps he is watching a game, writing about mining and people he will always remember with affection. Stumped by cancer, before another century, and the end of following Collingwood since 1933. Go Pies!'
From Gordon Beach's 'Beckham Version 2017' Family Tree on Ancestry, the photo on the left is of 147844 Leading Aircraftsman John Mitchel Dew
in 1944. The one on the right shows three generations of Dews, from L/R: John Mitchell, Cyril John and Timothy Dew.
William James Mitchell (1889-1955). Ancestry's Australian bdm database shows that William married Elizabeth Minnie Conn (1889-1958) in 1915, most likely at Charlton. Minnie was born at nearby Wooroonook, the daughter of Henry Robinson Conn (1855-92) and Maria Grethia Louisa (Minnie) Stoltz (1864-1924). According to the 'English' and a number of other family trees on Ancestry, Henry was born at Kilkenny in Ireland, sailed to Australia on the WHAMPOA in 1878, and married Maria at St Arnaud on 7 December 1881. Born at Ballarat, Maria was the daughter of two Danish emigrants, Knud Ditlev Winther Stoltz and Ane Sophie Wegge. As described in her death notice, published in the Melbourne Argus on 22 October 1924, Maria died at Bendigo on 21 October, 1924. Late of Barrakee, she was the 'dearly beloved wife of the late Henry Robinson Conn, of Charlton, and loved mother of Louisa [Grace] (Mrs. D. Curtain, Rutherglen), Henry [Ludwig] (of Barrakee), Annie [Amelia] (Bendigo), and Minnie (Mrs. W. Mitchell, Barrakee), aged 62 years'.
The Australian electoral rolls show that William and Minnie Mitchell spent all their married lives on their farm at Barrakee where William died in 1955 and Minnie three years later. The Find-a-Grave website shows they are buried together in the Charlton cemetery where their headstone reads: 'In Loving Memory of William James Mitchell Passed away Dec 6th 1955 aged 66 years and his beloved wife Minnie Elizabeth died May 4th 1958'. They had four children and ten grandchildren we are aware of:
8.1) Jack Conn Mitchell (1916-98) who, with his wife, Margaret Beasley, who he married in 1955, also farmed all his life at Barrakee. The Find-a-Grave website shows he is buried in the Charlton cemetery where his headstone reads: 'In Loving Memory of Jack Conn Mitchell died 28-10-1998 aged 82 years. Loved husband of Margaret. Devoted father of Jeff'.
8.2) William Lindsay (Lin) Mitchell (1917-95). Born at Charlton, Lin enlisted in the Australian Army at Alice Springs in January 1943. He was serving with 120th Australian General Transport Company when he was discharged in October 1945. Two years later he married Effie Marion Douglas (1923-83) who went to live with him on their farm at Barrakee. The Find-a-Grave website shows they are buried together in the Charlton cemetery, their headstone reading: 'In Loving Memory Effie Marion Mitchell Loving wife of Lin Died 11-1-1983 aged 59 years. Loved mother of Dawn, Judith, Elizabeth and Rick. William Lindsay Mitchell Loved husband and father Died 14-4-1995 Aged 75 years'.
8.3) Isla Grace Mitchell (1922-2016) married Ian Scott (1929-2009), the second son of Mr and Mrs R. Scott of 'Rowsley' Bacchus Marsh, in Victoria in 1955. The electoral rolls show that after their marriage they lived at Charlton where Ian worked as a company secretary. The Ryerson Index shows an Isla Grace Scott, 94 and late of Charlton and Mirridong, died on 14 March 2016. Her tribute, published in the Herald Sun on 16 March 2016 reads: 'SCOTT (Mitchell) - Isla Grace. From Charlton, recently of Mirridong, passed away Mar. 14, 2016, aged 94. Cherished mother, granny, and great granny of Chris, Bill, Janet and their families. In our hearts you will always stay, loved and remembered every day'.
8.4) Howard James Mitchell (1926-2018) was farming land at Barrakee when he married Margaret Wilson (Peg) Makeham in 1949. Margaret was the daughter of two First World War veterans, John William (Jack) Makeham (1887-1981), and his English wife, Ada Mary Wilson (1890-1974), who were married in Victoria in 1919. Jack served in Egypt, Gallipoli and then on the Western Front with the 7th Battalion while Ada worked as a British Army nursing sister in France and England. The Australian electoral rolls show that Howard and Margaret lived most of their working lives at Barrakee and Mysia, the birthplace of Margaret's father. The Ryerson Index shows that Howard James Mitchell, aged 92, died at Loddon on 2 June 2018. His tribute, published in the Bendigo Advertiser on 4 June 2018, reads: 'MITCHELL Howard James. Peacefully at Loddon Place on June 2nd 2018. Aged 92 Years. Loved Husband of Peg. Loved Father & Father in Law of Pam, Peter and Lois. Loved Pa of James and Anisa, Nick, Ben and Kelly, Simon and Lauren, Katie and Callum. Loved Great Grand Pa of Thea, Sebastian, Archer, Kai, Angus, Finn, Cail, Lacy and Violet'.
The photo on the left is of VX135 Sergeant John William (Jack) Makeham, 7th Infantry Battalion (taken from 'peter courts family tree' on Ancestry).
The photo on the right shows Jack's brother, 374 Private James Makeham (last on the right), with other members of
the 21st Machine Gun Company near Strazeele in France in April 1918 (AWM EO4746).
Hickmott family Rootsweb site Henry Edward Hickmott Rebecca Smith Henry Hickmott in Victoria First families home page First families index
'Thomas Jenkyn', from pamphlet on Charlton's Pioneers, courtesy of Grace Cadzow.
Johan Mackay wedding 1918, taken from the 'mackay Family Tree' on Ancestry.
'John Brown Slater' taken from the 'Hope' family tree on Ancestry.
All others as detailed in the underlying notes.