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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Baptismal Records for the children of William Carbis & Ann Drew

William Carbis & Anne Drew were married on 29 September 1783 in Paul, Cornwall, England. Together they had five children. Their 3rd child died tragically at only eleven months of measles.


Baptismal record for Anne Drew daughter of William and Ann Carbis
"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-137203-30?cc=1769414 : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 13 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro. Entry for Anne Drew Carbis
Baptismal record for William son of William and Ann Carbice
"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-140471-83?cc=1769414 : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 18 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro. Entry for William Carbice
Baptismal record for Martha daughter of William and Martha Carbice
"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-146403-25?cc=1769414 : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 21 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro. Entry for Martha Carbice
Burial record for Martha daughter of William and Ann Carbis

"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-144074-36?cc=1769414  : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 64 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro. Entry of burial record for Martha daughter of William and Ann Carbis.




Baptismal record for Martha daughter of William and Ann Carbis
"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-144620-24?cc=1769414 : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 26 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro.





Baptismal record for Richard son of William and Ann Carbis




"England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-146230-26?cc=1769414  : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 30 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro.

Research Notes:-
  1. All the above records were found in a single volume of the Parish registers for Paul entitled “Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812”.  There is one other volume that could potentially offer further baptisms for the family, the volume is entitled “Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1694-1775”.  Both of these registers can be found on line at FamilySearch - https://familysearch.org and are free to access.
  2. There are two couples during this period of time that have the Christian names William and Anne.  The family of William & Ann(e) listed above use the surname of Carbis or Carbice, as both parents were unable to write (based on the lack of a signature on their marriage record) this would explain the variable spelling.  The other couple listed are William and Ann Carter, a sample entry is show below
  • Baptismal record for Francis son of William and Ann Carter
    "England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11597-138266-37?cc=1769414  : accessed 24 May 2016), Cornwall > Paul > Baptisms, burials, 1776-1812 > image 29 of 82; Cornwall Records Office, Truro.

    It is important to make sure that the families are not confused which could easily happen as some of the entries are so faded.

    Do you recognize anyone in this Carbis family?  Leave a comment and let me know.

    Sunday, 1 May 2016

    Where is Margaret PALMER?

    Andrew MUNRO sailed on the 11 October 1848, after enlisting in the Honourable East India Company, on the “Lady Nugent” with the Artillery Corps for Bombay, India.[i]

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    Figure 1 : Ships - Bangalore, Dominion, Duke of Portland, Lady Nugent, Midlothian and Canterbury in the East India docks 1851.[ii]

    We don’t see Andrew MUNRO in any records until he enlists in 1848.[iii] Unfortunately no parents have been identified in any of the Military records that have been located to date. Trying to locate his parents has been an ongoing challenge. Recently I thought I had located his mother much to my delight, however it was a case of mistaken identity.

    According to Andrew MUNRO he was born near Falkirk in the County of Stirling, however no trace of him can be found between 1826 and 1830.[iv],[v]

    On his death certificate, his father’s Christian name is not known, and his surname was given as PALMER, his mother’s name was given as Margaret PALMER formerly MUNRO. [vi] It could be that the surnames were confused on the death certificate and entered the wrong way around.

    My current working theory for the name of Andrew MUNRO’s father is that his name was James MUNRO and his mother’s name was Margaret PALMER.

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    Figure 2 Margaret PALMER unidentified[vii]

    Thanks to my friends at WikiTree someone suggested an entry in the “Scotland Select Marriages 1561-1910” might be Andrew MUNRO’s mother. It was the marriage of Robert MUNRO to Margaret PALMER Sept 3 1858 in Stirling. Although the first name of the father didn’t match the index entry did look promising.

    I found a copy of the certificate on ScotlandPeople, and paid 5 credits to view it. For a whole three days I thought I had found my girl. It was Margaret PALMER's second marriage. If this was Margaret PALMER the mother of Andrew MUNRO then it was likely that Andrew's father and her first husband had already passed away. Based on the age that Margaret gives in the certificate (36) she is likely to have been born in 1821/1, but where she was born was a mystery. Her parents were listed as Thomas PALMER commissioned Officer in the Army ? of ? Mary Frisken/r maiden name of mother deceased (as you can see I had difficulty reading the writing.)

    My excitement at finding a tangible lead made me blind to the fact that Margaret PALMER would have had to been 5 or 6 years of age at the time of Andrew MUNRO’s birth. However a fellow researcher was able to point out my error! This is why it is better to do research with a few people, as what one person doesn't pick up another will.

    I have now updated my analysis of the above record in relation to Andrew MUNRO to read as follows-
    Analysis for this certificate
    Citation 1858 Scottish Marriage Record Robert MUNRO - Margaret  PALMER, Sitrling, [Statutory Marriages 490/000096]

    Margaret MUNRO married twice her second marriage was to Robert MUNRO who was also a widower. The certificate specifically notes that the parties are not related, so if Margaret’s first husband was a MUNRO he was not related to Margaret’s second husband.
    Margaret’s first husband would have died prior to 1858. Margaret’s possible birth year based on the marriage certificate is 1822 calculated on the following:
    Margaret MUNRO married a second time in 1858 year of marriage at the age of 36. This would give her a possible birth year of 1822. As Andrew MUNRO is thought to have been born in 1826 this then makes Margaret too young to be the mother of Andrew MUNRO.

    Conclusion
    Unfortunately this Margaret MUNRO nee PALMER is not the mother of Andrew MUNRO born in 1826 in Scotland.

    And so the search continues. Although disappointed I am still glad that I got the certificate, if she had been older she may have fit the bill. This has really become a process of elimination now, as we slowly identify potential candidates and then dismiss them if they are not suitable. Fingers crossed that we will have better luck next time.
     

    [i] IOR L/MIL/9/7 Andrew Munro; IOR L/MIL/9/33 Andrew Munro; IOR L/MIL/9/102 Andrew Munro.
    [ii] 1851, The Canterbury Association ships Bangalore, Dominion, Duke of Portland, Lady Nugent, Midlothian and Canterbury in the East India docks Illustrated London news, [London viewed 2 May 2016http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-136062271 [note out of copyright]
    [iii] Entry into the service, Registers of Recruits 1817-1860 (Recruits enlisted for the East India Company's Service in the London District. L/MIL/9/7 Oriental and India Office, British Library, St Pancras, London; Embarkation list for Lady Nugent, embarked 11 Oct 1848 (Embarkation Lists 1753-1861 L/MIL/9/102 Oriental and India Office, British Library, St Pancras, London; United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913." Database with Images. FindMyPast. http://findmypast.com  : accessed 15/4/2016. citing WO97, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. Entry for Andrew Munro Service Number 96. “born in the Parish of Falkirk near the Town of Falkirk in the County of Stirling”
    [iv] United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913." Database with Images. FindMyPast. http://findmypast.com  : accessed 15/4/2016. citing WO97, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. Entry for Andrew Munro Service Number 96. “born in the Parish of Falkirk near the Town of Falkirk in the County of Stirling”
    [v] Filiamundi, Christine, “Research done in Scotland, September 2010, on Andrew/Alexander Munro/Palmer”, Copy held by Sandra Williamson.
    [vi] Victorian death certificate 1901/14775 South Melbourne Andrew PALMER
    [vii] Figure 2 - Free Vector Cameo Silhouettes. (2016). [online] Vector4free.com. Available at: http://vector4free.com/vector/vector-cameo-silhouettes/ [Accessed 2 May 2016].


























    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 
    .... 

    The following persons previously inquired for have been found:- 
    .... 

    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.