52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #3 Harry Docwra

Last week I shared information for my ancestor Alfred Docwra.  This week I am sharing information on his son, Harry Docwra.  Harry was my great grandfather.

The first information I had for Harry was from my grandmother’s birth certificate.  Her birth certificate showed that at the time of her birth in 1904, he was 37 years old, and had been born in Dandenong, Victoria.  Her birth certificate also shows that he married Emily Oliver on the 5th November 1902 in Sale, Victoria.

Civil registration began in Victoria in 1853, and all the birth, death and marriage certificates since this time are kept centrally at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria.   A selection of Parish Registers prior to 1853 are also available at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – as the area which later became the Colony of Victoria was part of the Colony of New South Wales up until 1851, these records are also available from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in New South Wales.

At the time I was researching this family, I applied for certificates by mail (using applications forms that were available at Post Offices).  Now, historical certificates can be accessed from the website  https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/home.  In order to find the registration details for the certificate, you can use the Historical Indexes section, and once you have the details, you can then also apply fora certificate.

In the early days of my family history research, the birth, death and marriage indexes for Victoria were on Microfiche.  A copy of these microfiche were available at my local library, so I searched these indexes for all the entries I could find for the surname Docwra.  Fortunately, there were not that many entries for the surname.  At this time, I found the registration details for Harry’s birth, death and marriage.

Birth: Docwra Harry 1866 reg no 7231 Father Alfred Mother Mary Scott birthplace Keysboro

Marriage: Docwra Harry 1902 reg no 6927 Spouse Oliver Emily Alice Birthplace Dnong.

Death: Docwra Harry 1934 Reg no 17051 Father Alf: Mother Mary Scott age 68 Place: S’ville

From these details, I applied for his certificates.  He was born 8 May 1866 in Dandenong Road, Keysborough.  He died 21 August 1934 at Warrandyte Road, Baxter, and he was buried on 22 August 1934 at Frankston Cemetery. I haven’t yet applied for the marriage certificate, to confirm the date and place of marriage from Edith’s birth certificate.

Transcriptions of the Frankston Cemetery are held on Microfiche at the State Library of Victoria, and these are the details from Harry and Emily’s gravestone.

DOCWRA ILMO/ Emily and Harry/ DOCWRA/ Their son Ron/ settled Warrandyte Rd/ Baxter year 1900/ DOCWRA at Foot

The Electoral rolls are also held on microfiche at the State Library, and a search of these found that Harry was a carpenter. From 1903 to 1909, Harry and Emily are listed as living at Langwarrin, from 1912 to 1917 at Mornington Junction, and from 1919 at Baxter.  Emily died in 1925.

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