52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #12 Margaret Amelia Marr

This week’s topic in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge from Amy Johnson Crow’s blog No Story Too Small is “Same”.

The idea was to focus on an ancestor with the same name, same home town – an ancestor most like you.

None of my ancestors have the same name, or the same home town. I then decided to check – is there anyone in my family tree who was born in the same hospital I was?  Although I must have already known it, after all I entered the information in my tree, I was surprised to see that my aunt was.

This was great, as this was someone I actually knew personally.

Margaret Amelia Marr
Margaret Amelia Marr ca. 1948

Margaret Amelia Marr was born 17 May 1924 at the Royal Women’s Hospital, in Carlton, Victoria, Australia.  She died 29 July 2009 at Kilcunda, Victoria, Australia, and was buried 17 August 2009 at the Kilcunda Cemetery.   She never married.

In an earlier post, I told how my mum had grown up in North Melbourne, where the family had a dressmaking business.  Margaret also grew up there.

Margaret, Aubrey and Jean Marr
Margaret with her sister Jean (my mum) and brother Aubrey, ca. 1940

My first memories of Aunty Margaret were when she was living in Ferntree Gully.  The Australian Electoral rolls 1903-1980 collection at ancestry.com.au shows she was living there from 1958 to 1963, and by 1968 she had moved to Frankston, so I must have been fairly young at the time.

The 1963 Electoral roll shows:
Marr, Margaret Amelia, 2 Kookaburra rd., U.F.T.G., phonogrm. opr.

(Great name for an Aussie street!)  The U.F.T.G. standards for Upper Ferntree Gully. A phonogram operator was basically a switchboard operator.  She worked for the local telephone exchange.  She worked in this occupation until her retirement, sometime in the 1980s.

She lived for many years in Frankston, at 8 Balcombe Street, and I stayed with her for a year when I attended the Frankston State College.  (I did the first year of the Diploma of Primary Education, but it turned out I wasn’t cut out for teaching.)

Margaret at wedding
Margaret was bridesmaid at my mum and dad’s wedding in 1952

In the 1980s, after her retirement, she moved to Kilcunda Ridge Road, Kilcunda.  As a child, our family had spent many holidays at the caravan park at Kilcunda, and I believe she moved there as she knew that’s where my mum and dad wanted to retire.  Mum and dad did retire to the area in 1988 (they lived in the main town near by, Wonthaggi)  but mum died 2 years later. Margaret died in her home on 29 July 2009.

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