Last week, I talked about my great grandfather Harry Docwra. This week, I’m going to look at his wife, Emily Alice Oliver.
On the birth certificate for her daughter Edith, Emily is listed as being 26 years old, and born in Bairnsdale, Victoria. Using these details, I obtained her birth certificate. She was born 16 July 1877 at Bairnsdale, and her parents were George Oliver and Elizabeth Ann Ball.
After marrying Harry Docwra in 1902, they lived in Warrandyte Road Baxter, where Emily died on 26 October 1925. An inquest was held into her death at Frankston on 27 October 1925 by Dr Berriman, Coroner for District. The verdict was suffocation by hanging by her own act.
Copies of the details of the inquest are held by the Public Record Office, Victoria. An index of inquest entries used to be available at the State Library of Victoria. This index is also available at the Public Record Office. This inquest shows the following details: Docwra Emily Alice, cause suicide hanged, year 1925, reference 1156 date 1925-10-27. I have not yet viewed the original inquest papers.