Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Your Ancestors Occupations

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.


For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Geneablogger Diane Gould Hall posted WORKDAY WEDNESDAY – What kind of work did your ancestors do? on her Michigan Family Trails blog this past week, and I thought the topic could be used as an SNGF post.

2)  Please go back several generations (say parents or grandparents or great-grandparents) and list the occupations that they had in the records you’ve found for them.  You could do this, say, by ancestor table number.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.


Here are mine:

2) Ivon Walter Whimpey 1923-2009 my father

1937-1940 worked in lingerie department at H. G. Follettas & Co

1940-1949 turner & fitter – worked for Henderson Springs, an engineering firm (apart from time in Army during WW2)

Ca. 1950-1956 driver & then welder for Cyclone Scaffolding

Ca. 1957 Electric welder for Excavations Pty Ltd in North Balwyn

1959-1987 welder (boilermaker) working for Jahco Welding Engineers in Bayswater

3) Edith Jean Marr 1922-1990 my mother

1944-1953 machinist (Dressmaker) living in North Melbourne – worked in her grandparents’ dressmaking business

1955-1959 Home duties living in Balwyn

1960-1987 Home duties living in Mitcham

1988-1990 Home duties living in Wonthaggi

4) John Ernest Whimpey 1884-1960 my grandfather

1909 labourer in Tarnagulla

1912-1913 labourer at Kilcunda – worked on the railway line

1914-1960 Grocer – from 1914-1919 in Tarnagulla, and then from 1920 in Heidelberg

5) Ivy May Harley 1890-1959 my grandmother

1912-1913 Home duties at Woolamai

1914-1919 home duties at Tarnagulla

1920-1959 home duties at Heidelberg

6) Wilfred Palmer Marr 1892-1955 my grandfather

1909-1921 Fitter living in North Melbourne

1922 listed as farmer at Baxter on marriage certificate

1922 listed as greengrocer at Baxter on daughter’s birth certificate

1922-1924 fitter living in Baxter

1925-1928 farmer at KooWeeRup

1931 labourer living in Frankston

1932-1943 Labourer living in North Melbourne

7) Edith Meriden Docwra 1904-1948 my grandmother

1925-1928 home duties at Dalmore East

1930 home duties Neutral Bay (New South Wales)

1933 home duties Darlinghurst (New South Wales)

1934 home duties King (New South Wales)

1935-1936 home duties at Baxter

8) Joseph Whimpey 1848-1919 my great grandfather

1888-1896 contractor at Newbridge

1899 contractor at Tarnagulla

1903-1919 coach-driver at Tarnagulla

He was the mail contractor between Tarnagulla and Bendigo for many years

9) Sarah Jane Sharp 1853-1906 my great grandmother

1903-1906 home duties at Tarnagulla

10) Alexander Alexander Harley 1866-1939 my great grandfather

1887-ca. 1897 French Polisher at South Melbourne

1897-1900 farmer at Kilcunda

1899 grazier at Kilcunda

1903-1939 Farmer (Dairy) at Woolamai

11) Henrietta Louisa Russell 1865-1949 my great grandmother

1903-1949 home duties at Woolamai

12) Henry Palmer Marr 1859-1944 my great grandfather

1883 contractor at Craigie

1885-1897 railway employee at Myrtleford

1899 railway employee at Ovensvale

1906-1909 railway employee living in North Melbourne

1912-1919 railway ganger for Victorian Railways, living in North Melbourne

1921-1922 farmer at Baxter

1924 labourer at North Melbourne

1926-1927 farmer at Baxter

1928 labourer at North Melbourne

1931-1943 labourer at Baxter

13) Mary Reeves 1864-1951 my great grandmother

1906-1919 home duties living in North Melbourne

1921-1922 home duties at Baxter

1924 home duties at North Melbourne

1926-1927 home duties at Baxter

1928 home duties at North Melbourne

1931-1943 home duties at Baxter

14) Harry Docwra 1866-1934 my great grandfather

1903-1908 carpenter at Langwarrin

1904 carpenter at Baxter (daughter’s birth certificate)

1912-1917 carpenter at Mornington Junction

1919-1934 carpenter at Baxter

15) Emily Alice Oliver 1877-1925 my great grandmother

1903-1908 home duties at Langwarrin

1912-1917 home duties at Mornington Junction

1919-1934 home duties at Baxter

All the events were in Victoria, Australia, unless otherwise indicated.