52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #5 George Oliver

Last week I looked at my great grandmother Emily Alice Oliver.  This week, I’m going to look at her father, George Oliver.

Emily’s birth certificate showed that George was 31 years old at the time of her birth, and that he was born in Cambridgeshire, England.  Her birth certificate also shows that he married Elizabeth Ann Ball on 13 September 1875 in Bairnsdale.

Using this information, I applied for the marriage certificate, which showed they were actually married on the 12 September.  The marriage certificate stated that George was born in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, and his parents were Frederick Oliver and Susannah Campkin.

A search of the Assisted Immigration index microfiche at my local library found an entry for George Oliver, who came to Australia with his parents Frederick and Susanna in 1849, arriving in Port Phillip on 4 April 1849.  They travelled on the “Mary Shepherd”.  Also with them was an infant, Ralph Oliver. Frederick’s occupation was listed as shoemaker.

A search of the International Genealogical Index on microfiche at the State Library of Victoria found an entry for George Oliver, christened 22 November 1846 in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, parents Frederick Oliver and Susanna.  I now have the Melbourn Parish Registers on CD Rom (purchased from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society), which has the following entry:

Nov 22 Oliver George of Frederick & Susanna otp shoemaker

As he was born after 1837, his birth is also on the England and Wales Birth index at ancestry.com.au.  His birth was registered in the Oct-Nov-Dec quarter in 1846, Registration district Royston, volume 6, page 590.

At the time of originally posting this entry, I had not yet applied for his birth certificate, to obtain his date of birth.  I have since received the certificate, which shows he was born 9th October 1846 at Melbourn.  His father was Frederick Oliver, mother Susannah Oliver formerly Campkin.  Frederick was a cordwainer.

After he arrived in Australia, the family lived in Richmond.  His father Frederick died there in 1855, and his mother remarried. It is not yet known when George moved to Bairnsdale, as his mother was still in Richmond at the time of her death in 1880, and we know from his marriage certificate that George was in Bairnsdale by 1875.

George appears on the Wise’s Post Office Directories for Victoria from 1891 to 1900.  He was a hop grower in Bairnsdale.

The Gippsland Directory for 1884-85 shows that George was a hop grower at Eagle Point Road, Bairnsdale.

The Electoral rolls show that he was a storekeeper at Cunninghame from 1903 to 1909.  From 1912 to 1922 he was listed as a gardener at Bruthen, and from 1924 to 1928 he was listed as a gardener from Swan Reach.

He died 17 July 1930 at Swan Reach, and was buried at the Bairnsdale Cemetery.  The AIGS Cemetery index, held on microfiche at the State Library of Victoria, has the following entry for him:
Oliver George Death Date 18-7-1930 Age 84
Usual residence Swan Reach
Grave 1957 Cemetery Bairnsdale