52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2014) #34 Henry Palmer Marr

This week my ancestor is my great grandfather, Henry Palmer Marr. Henry was born 1 Jun 1859 at Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.

He was still living in the area in 1883, when he married Mary Reeves, at her parents’ house in Craigie, on the 25 October. At this time, his rank or profession was listed as contractor.

By 1885, they had moved to Myrtleford, where their eldest daughter Amelia was born.  They remained in Myrtleford until around 1899.  His son Wilfred’s birth certificate (Wilfred was born in 1892), shows that Henry’s occupation was railway employee.  The 1899 Electoral roll listed him as a railway employee at Ovensvale.

By December 1899, they had moved to 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne, where their son John James Marr was born at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne.  This property remained in the family until the death of their eldest daughter, Amelia, in 1954.  The Electoral rolls show that Henry and Mary divided their time between the house at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, and the farm at Baxter.

The Victorian Electoral rolls show Henry’s residence and occupation as:

  • 1906-1909 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, railway employe
  • 1912-1914 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, railway ganger
  • 1921-1922 Baxter, farmer
  • 1924 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, labourer
  • 1926- 1927 Baxter, farmer
  • 1928 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne, labourer
  • 1931-1936 Baxter, labourer
  • 1943 Baxter, labourer

Henry died 10 April 1944 in Melbourne.  His occupation was listed as ganger with Victorian Railways.  His funeral service was held at the family home at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, and he was buried at the Fawkner Cemetery.

The following obituary was found for Henry on the Trove website.

Henry Palmer Marr obituary
BAXTER. (1944, April 20). Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 – 1949), p. 6. Retrieved February 8, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75050300

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