Family Names

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Does anyone recognize this Thomas Manderson?

Does anyone recognize this Thomas Manderson? I am trying to track down a Thomas Manderson who married Lillian Crump in 1903 in Eaglehawk, Victoria and then went missing 

7 May 1903 Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Is this in the Western Australian Newspapers?

Missing Friends 
Some Local Cases 
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The following persons previously inquired for have been found:- 
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Thomas Manderson, found at Goomalling, near Newcastle 

Citations 
"MISSING FRIENDS" The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) 30 June 1906: 6 (SECOND EDITION). Web. 17 Mar 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article82404925>. 

MISSING FRIENDS (1906, June 30). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), , p. 5 (SECOND EDITION). Retrieved March 17, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article82405063 

Victoria Department of Justice, marriage certificate 2358 (1903), Manderson-Crump; Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Melbourne

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Travelling on the SS Nairnshire in 1889

The SS Nairnshire left Gravesend on the 21st September 1889. Only just escaping the beginning of the dock strike.  On board were 48 servant girls travelling in steerage all under the supervision of Miss Monk. Miss Monk was a well respected Matron who traveled with groups of servant girls all over the world.  A complete passenger list  can be found here

Travel Route from England to Australia based on newspaper reports 

(see below for details on Map artwork)


The SS Nairnshire along with the SS Wilcannia carried the first women selected under the new assisted and protected immigration program after the previous government funded program had been discontinued in the 1870s.  Martha & Kate Ellis arrived together as part of the servant girl group on the Nairnshire.

For two nights prior to leaving England on the Nairnshire, the 48 other girls would have stayed in the Westminster house.  A house that had been designed to prepare them for their 6 week journey. There they learnt how to live in tight quarters and stow all their things neatly. Where they also met Miss Monk for the first time.

The cost of travelling on the SS Nairnshire varied depending on the type of accommodation sought.

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The Servant girls would have been the only steerage passengers on board, a strategy employed to protect their safety, although locking them in their cabins at night does seem a little extreme, particularly if there was a fire.  The cost of the travel would have been borne by the Western Australian Colony.

“The friends of these emigrant women are very conscious of the security derived from there being no other third-class passengers carried" (Notes from London.” (1899, December 14). Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916), p. 12. Retrieved January 30, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32203258)

The first leg of the voyage took a week after which they docked in Las Palmas for two days, until then the weather had been quite pleasant.  They had gone up on deck sang nursery rhyme songs reminiscing over childhood fancies.

However once they left Las Palmas it had been a different story.  There was no more going up on deck; the weather had turned almost violent, making it too dangerous. Miss Monk tried to cheer the girls up, and gave them games and other trifles for entertainment but nothing could overcome that awful feeling that comes from sea sickness. 

They must have been so relieved when we finally disembarked in Western Australia.
 

Sources


  1. SHIPPING. (1889, September 24). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3128686
  2. SHIPPING REPORTS. (1889, October 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 9. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8565779
  3. THE GOLDEN WEST. (1896, May 29). The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901), p. 12. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66532077
  4. Notes from London. (1899, December 14). Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA : 1896 - 1916), p. 12. Retrieved January 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32203258
  5. Tooker, Elisabeth & Hesperian Press & Western Australian History Foundation (1992). The bride ships : experiences of immigrants arriving in Western Australia 1849-1889. Hesperian Press, Carlisle, W.A
  6. Gothard, J. (1990) Protecting labour. Carrie Hall and the master and servant act. Papers in Labour History (6). pp. 41-53.
  7.  "World Map Template - Steampunk/Victorian Style". Accessed February 3 2016. http://floppybootstomp.deviantart.com/art/World-Map-Template-Steampunk-Victorian-Style-295299981 . Red travel line added by Andrew Palmer from Australian Local & Family History Bloggers Facebook Group.
Originally posted 02/02/2016 Edited and updated 03/02/2016 & 4/2/2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

SS Nairnshire

 The SS Narnshire leaves the Shore of England on 21st September, 1889, sailing from Gravesend narrowly avoiding the strike by dock labourers and stevedores.


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As reported in the following Austalian papers - SHIPPING. (1889, September 24). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 2. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84575862; SHIPPING. (1889, September 24). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3128686; SHIPPING. (1889, September 25). The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901), p. 6. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66089423

According to the papers there were 50 servant girls aboard being accompanied by Miss Monk


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As reported in the following papers - SHIPPING. (1889, September 11). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3128366; SHIPPING. (1889, September 12). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), p. 2. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84578198 : SHIPPING. (1889, September 13). The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901), p. 3. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66089268 ; ENGLISH SHIPPING NEWS. (1889, September 14). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954), p. 19. Retrieved January 25, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32730609


Interestingly however the servant girls are never mentioned by name, luckily the shipping manifest survives.  Unfortunately Miss Monks journal of the trip does not although I understand there is a copy for diary for the Nairnshire’s voyage to WA between May and July 1895.


The following is a transcription of the third page of the Shipping Manifest for the SS Nairnshire arriving in Fremantle on the 9th October 1889


- Passengers -
Miss J Castle (for Adelaide) [Julia] Miss A Wright Miss K Bennett
J Ellison, (for Sydney) [Dr John] Miss E Marcham Miss A Smith
G. F. Moore (for Fremantle) Miss S Pepworth Miss H Pearce
Miss Davies Miss J Whitehead Miss S Jackman
M De Nerny Miss J Barnett Miss C Aitkens
Miss Agnes De Nerny Miss R Reaves Miss E Cowl
E. G. Price Miss A Valvemt Miss B Harper
J. Mc Donald Miss M Burt Miss E Rowles
Mis D Moore [Dora] Miss M Wild Miss M Mowett
E. P. Logan [Miss Jean for Melbourne] Miss M Yorman Miss E Hall
Miss Goodwin Miss R McNamara Miss S Jackson
Mrs. Lovegrove Miss A Symon Miss M Williams
Miss Lovegrove Miss S Waller
C Lovegrove Miss A Lovegrove
E Lovegrove Miss E Moris
P Lovegrove Miss M Nibes
T. W. Fladgate Miss R Wright
S. Smith Miss M Ellis
Miss Monk Miss K Ellis
Miss E A Chadwick Miss H Westroll
Miss E Allison(s) Miss E Hasleby
Miss E James Miss M.A Hasleby
Miss C Hedges Miss Marion Hayward
Miss A Wilson Miss A Turner
Miss Amy Blanks Miss C Owens
Miss M Wilson Miss R Randle
Miss L Glover Miss A Tullis
Miss E Hancroft Miss A Williams

I do declare that the above Content is a true Account of all the goods shipped or intended to be shipped on board the above named ship, and correct in all other particulars
Custom House Freemantle.
Signed and declared this 9 day of Octr 1889 ? Wallace Master Wallce before me S Woresley Clifton Collector
Source - Shipping Records for the ‘Nairnshire’, Page 3 Passenger listing, 8 Oct 1885; Passenger and Crew Lists; Shipping Records for the ‘Nairnshire’; State Records Office, Western Australia.






Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Mrs Lucy Henry vs Mrs Martha Todman Prahran Police Court

The Prahran Police & Court House, corner of Greville Street and Macquarie Street where the cases of Mrs Lucy Henry and Mrs Martha Todman were heard in 1901.


“Prahran Court House and Police Station” photographed by Sandra Williamson 2/01/2016















Mrs Henry & family lived at 576 Chapel St, South Yarra next door to the Todman family who occupied the 578 & 580.
Mrs Lucy Henry appeared 3 times in the Prahran Police court. 
Mrs Henry was fined 20 /-and 21/-costs after her first appearance in court  regarding the City Inspector’s charge of having filthy premises.  Martha Todman appeared twice, each time in response to Mrs Henry charges against her.  Martha responded by counter suing, all of the four cases were dismissed without charges.

Details of the Court Cases

Cases heard on the 10th January 1901

Two court cases were held on Thursday 10th January 1901.
The first was regarding an inspection by the Prahran City Inspector Mr Rider on New Year’s Eve, Monday 31st December 1900, of the Henry family property at 576 Chapel St, South Yarra. 
The second case held before the same judges on the same day was brought by Mrs Lucy Henry who charged Mrs Martha Todman of assault.  In return Mrs Martha Todman counter sued Mrs Henry with assault.  Both cases were dismissed.

Background:-

When the Fruit shop next door had closed down in late 1901 next door the Henry family had moved in[i].  The Todmans had complained to the authorities that “of the premises being dirty”[ii]  According to the inspector “There was a lot of clothes in a tub of soapsuds which gave out a smell sufficient to knock you down.”[iv] 
When City Inspector Rider visited the Henrys on the 31st December, he told them that the inspection was due a neighbours complaint.. 
The Henry’s felt that the inspect was a result of the Todman’s spite.
On the same day, possibly after the City Inspector Rider had visited the Henry household, the Henry children had thrown “a paper full of rubbish” [iii] into the Todman’s yard.  Martha went next door to complain, but Mrs Henry would not listen.  The two women then argued, it appears that Martha slapped Mrs Henry across the face and in retaliation Mrs Henry struck Martha with her broom.  Mrs Henry also threw a mallet during the argument.

Case heard on the 17th January 1901

On Thursday 17th January 1901 both Mrs Henry and Mrs Todman were before the courts again, the case being bought by Mrs Henry regarding an incident on Friday 11th January.  The incident began after “the third time on that day her rubbish tin had been turned over and threw dirt at some clothes on her line..”[v]  “Mrs Lucy Henry charged Mrs Martha Todman with assaulting her (Mrs Henry's) boy "Joey." 6 years of age.”[vi]  Both cases were dismissed without costs.

Background

This was the second case brought by Mrs Henry against Mrs Todman.  Mrs Todman appeared to have difficulty withstanding the nervous strain of appearing in court[vii]  The second case was before the court with a week of the first case being heard, both cases referred to separate incidents.

From Martha’s perspective - Washing Day

Martha would always rise early on a Monday morning.  Monday was washing day.  She always hoped for a fine day otherwise there would be wet linen strung up all over the house. She needed to get the sheets dry before the evening as they were the only ones they had. 

She hated Mondays.  If she got up early enough she could have the fire going under the copper and have the water ready to commence the wash straight after breakfast.  She would strip the beds as soon as everyone was up.  The sheets were made of heavy calico, rough to the touch.  It was hot sticky work with the steam rising as she stirred the clothes as they boiled. She used the washing stick to help her pull them out of the copper as they were far too hot to touch.  By the end of the day her back would be sore and her hands raw from scrubbing the clothes on the washing board.  Once they had been put through the wringer they would be ready to hang. 

Walter had strung up the line up in the narrow yard. She hoped it wouldn’t fall as sometimes the wooden pole would be blown over by the wind or knocked by the children during their play.  If they fell she would have to repeat the whole process over again.  After all this the copper would then have to emptied, the fire cleaned away.  And finally the washing after it had dried needed to be put away.


It was no wonder that she had slapped Mrs Henry across the face after her kids had thrown dirt at her newly washed sheets! 

Sources

  1. DIRTY PREMISES. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242991
  2. Prahran Police Court. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165243015
  3. Prahran Police Court. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165243015
  4. PRAHRAN POLICE COURT. (1901, January 12). The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144604687
  5. THURSDAY, JANUARY 17. (1901, January 19). The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144603996
  6. No title. (1901, January 19). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16524202 

Background References

THE HOUSEHOLD. (1907, September 28). Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), p. 47. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198096845




[i] DIRTY PREMISES. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242991
[ii] DIRTY PREMISES. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242991
[iii] Prahran Police Court. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 4. Retrieved December 2, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165243015
[iv] DIRTY PREMISES. (1901, January 12). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved December 3, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242991
[v] THURSDAY, JANUARY 17. (1901, January 19). The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), p. 3. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144603996
[vi] No title. (1901, January 19). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242027
[vii] No title. (1901, January 19). Prahran Chronicle (Vic. : 1894 - 1906; 1914 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article165242027

Monday, 16 November 2015

Finding Alma Dudley Todman’s baptism record

Today I combed through a microfilm searching for the possible baptism records for Walter Todman's children  the clue I was following was based on information that I have sourced from Family Search[i]  that  Alma Dudley Todman was baptised In Christ Church, South Yarra.  According to the State Library Victoria
Catalogue the records for Christ Church, South Yarra were to be found on Film IN 143 & 144.  So far I've managed to review the first of the two films.

The first item on the film was Baptismal Register 1855-1902. I worked my way through the entire item in search of Todman children – none were to be found.  The second item on the film was another Baptismal Register 1902-1946. I worked my way forward from 1902 but it wasn't until I got up to Entry # 1458 that I reached the first only entry for any of the Todmans – that of Alma Dudley Todman.  My heart fell when I looked at the image, there had been a mishap and the photographers hand could be plainly seen unfortunately covering over the second half of the entry, as can be seen below.

Christ Church (South Yarra, Victoria, Australia), "Baptismal Register 1902-1946," Baptismal Entry for Alma Dudley Todman; IN 143, item Number 1458, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.

Then I remembered the golden rule always look both before and after the entry you are interested in so I rolled the film forward and to my relief the operator had taken a second image.....

Christ Church (South Yarra, Victoria, Australia), "Baptismal Register 1902-1946," Baptismal Entry for Alma Dudley Todman; IN 143, item Number 1458, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
You can image how happy I was to find it.

I even managed to find extra information that I didn't have before - Alma's godparents.  I have no idea how important these people are or if I will come across them again, but you never know..

Transcription reads -
"Baptism Solemnised in the Parish of Christ Church, South Yarra, in the County of Bourke, Victoria, A.D 1810
...
Number 1458, When Baptised February 6th 1909; When born January 5th 1910, Child's Christian Name Alma Dudley Parents names Martha & Walter Todman Abode 580 Chapel Str, Sth Yarra; Motor Engineer; God Parents Frances Howlett & Matilda Ford
...."

One Film down another one to go  - “IN 144” to see if I can uncover anything else.


[i] "Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTZS-4GQ : accessed 12 November 2015), Alma Dudley Todman, 06 Feb 1910; citing ; FHL microfilm 993,809.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Searching for Christening records For Walter & Martha Todman's children

To date only one out of a possible seven baptismal records for the children of Walter and Martha have been located.  My cousin tracked the record down for Charlotte Mary Todman, christened on 15 November 1908[i], in a Baptismal Register being held on location at St Matthews Church, Prahran.  Unfortunately at the time of receiving the details of the discovery, many years ago, I was so excited that I didn't think to ask any questions about her process of finding the record other than to make sure that I had the provenance correctly noted.

St Matthews Church, Prahan Image H39357/85 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/300291
Now, a little bit older and wiser I know I need to clarify a few things:-

1.       When she went to Saint Matthews Church did she only look at one record book? 
2.       Did she look at all the pages of the book? 
3.       Were there other record books available and if so did she manage to have a look at them?
4.        The person who allowed her in to look at the register did they give any further clues as to where else we should look next for those c children that we weren’t to locate?

If only I had thought to ask these questions at the time of receiving the photocopy that she graciously gave me.  I’ve sent her off a query and I hope she remembers enough details to fill in some of the answers.

Meanwhile I've decided to continue to concentrate on trying to trying to track down the baptismal records for the other children.  Although I have not yet found any direct evidence that the other children in the family were baptised there is an indication in a local newspaper report concerning the court case where the judge states "it's a pity you didn't go to church and baptise your baby!” and Martha responds “The child is baptised.”[ii] Martha’s response reveals that at least her eldest child, Martha, was baptised, if not the newly born child at that time, Ivy. 

While conducting my first sweep of my database and the internet for possible clues I also came across a reference to the baptism of Alma Dudley Todman[iii], on Family Search, at Christ Church, South Yarra, another possible location to look for baptisms. 

Christ Church, South Yarra Image H39357/84 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/300284 

Possible location of the children’s baptisms

It looks as though there are 3 possibilities that will need to be covered:-
Locaton 1 - All Saints Church, Prahran[iv] where  Walter & Martha were married
Location 2 – Christ Church, South Yarra,   according to Family Search[v] this is where Alma Dudley Todman was baptised on 06 Feb 1910.
Location 3 - St Matthew Parish, Prahran as this is where Charlotte Mary Todman was baptised on the 15 November 1908[vi]
All churches were Anglican.

To do List

  1. Need to locate where the Parish Registers are held for all 3 churches, to do this I will Consult Parish registers in Australia : a list of originals, transcripts, microforms & indexes of Australian parish registers / compiled by Nick Vine Hall. To determine where the original records might be kept for the churches.
  2. Consult Title: [Victorian church records] [microform] Series note: IN series (State Library of Victoria) ; 143-144 Contents/Summary:- Christ Church South Yarra, Baptismal register 1855-1946 -- Baptismal register 1857-1914 -- Marriage register 1857-1903.
  3. Continue to search through the Christ Church, Records, 1854-1967. [manuscript]. Held at the SLV Identifier(s): Accession no(s) MS 11250 (8 reviewed so far, another 6 due to arrive at the SLV on the 16 Nov 2015.) includes   Marriage, Baptism records & Marriage records; plus other materials
  4. Identify other Anglican Churches in the area where the family resided for any other potential churches if the above searches yield no results.




[i] (Original Record from the Parish Book photocopy obtained by Andrea Buckley)
[ii] PRAHRAN POLICE COURT. (1895, December 14). The Prahran Telegraph (Vic. : 1889 - 1930), p. 5. Retrieved November 13, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144631672
[iii] "Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTZS-4GQ : accessed 12 November 2015), Alma Dudley Todman, 06 Feb 1910; citing ; FHL microfilm 993,809.
[iv] Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, "Certificate of Marriage  Walter Todman & Martha Ellis 16 January 1892 Reference# 345" (Original a in family papers of  Myrtle Sharp.
[v] "Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTZS-4GQ : accessed 12 November 2015), Alma Dudley Todman, 06 Feb 1910; citing ; FHL microfilm 993,809.
[vi] Baptism Record Charlotte Mary Todman, 15 November 1908, St Matthew Parish, Prahran

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Challenge of Walter Todman’s Identity

The earliest we have been able to locate my great grandfather Walter Todman in Australia is 1890 when he applies for a patent for his design improvement on shearing equipment, an application that was duly reported in “The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser” on the 27 December 1890[i]  

So I was very excited when I recently found an advertisement in Evening Journal newspaper column for MISSING FRIENDS[ii] on TROVE.

“Willoughby, or Todman (James), left Millwall in 1884; last letter from Sydney, N.S.W., in 1888. Mother asks.”
Family legend states that Walter changed his name from Willoughby to Todman.  The only marriage that my cousins and I have been able to find between a Willoughby and a Todman occurred in 1854 when Charles Willoughby married Mary Ann Ramsey Todman in Gillingham Kent. They had a son James Lincoln Willoughby.  On Walter’s marriage certificate his mother was Mary Ann Willoughby, although the father was listed as Walter Todman[iii].

So now I am seeking to make contact with anyone who might be able to shed light on the mystery. 



[i] "Patent Office Transactions," The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, 27 December 1890, p. 1446, col. 3; digital images, TROVE (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163648327 : accessed 18 Oct 2015), The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912). 
[ii] MISSING FRIENDS. (1901, April 13). Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912), p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207944213
[iii] Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, "Certificate of Marriage  Walter Todman & Martha Ellis 16 January 1892 Reference# 345" (Original in the family papers of  Myrtle Sharp.)