52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #50 Arthur Alfred Mulder

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week the theme was Naughty. We all have an ancestor who probably received coal in their stocking.

I’ve decided to write about a more distant relative, rather than an ancestor, for this topic.  I decided to have a look on Trove for my ex-husband’s grandmother’s surname, Mulder, and found the following article about Arthur Mulder.

Customer with revolver
CUSTOMER WITH REVOLVER. (1908, May 14). The Argus(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10659306



At the Carlton Court on Wendesday, before Messrs. Munro and Clyne, J.P.’s, Arthur Mulder, aged 28, was charged with having unlawfully assaulted Margaret O’Neil by presenting a revolver at her. Mr. J. P. Brennan appeared for the defence.

Margaret O’Neill said: – I have a confectioner’s shop in Lygon-street. I also sell cigarettes. Shortly after 10 o’clock on the event of Mar. 5 the defendant entered the shop, and asked me for a penny-worth of cigarettes. I held the cigarettes in my hand, and asked for the penny. He said, “Put them down.” I put them down. I still held the cigarettes. He then produced a revolved, and presented it at my face, but did not speak. I screamed, and ran out by the back of the shop. I then saw him looking round the corner. I cannot say whether the revolver was loaded or not.

John Gorman, aged 11, who was in the shop, gave corroborative evidence.

Plain-clothes Constable Sharpe said: – When I arrested the accused, on May 8, I asked him where the revolver was, and he told me that his brother had it. I obtained the revolver, which is a service one, and has six chambers.

The defendant was find 20/-, in default seven days’ imprisonment.

When Mulder was led out of the court his father, mother, sister, and brother embraced him and wept.”

Arthur Alfred Mulder was born in 1878 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.  He was the second eldest son of Thomas Alexander Mulder and Elizabeth Silk (Thomas was the brother of my ex-husband’s great grandfather Patrick John Theodore Mulder).

Arthur married Ada Brown in 1898, and they had a daughter, Louisa Frances Mulder, born in 1899.

In 1906, Ada petitioned for a divorce from Arthur, due to desertion and cruelty.  Articles about her application for a divorce, and the decision to grant her a divorce, can be found on Trove:

DIVORCE COURT. (1906, May 17). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 8. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189370571

DIVORCE COURT. (1906, May 24). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189376789

It appears that Ada (her full name was Adelaide) went on to marry Mr. Stewart, as there is an entry on the marriage indexes for Adelaide Brown to Harry Douglas Stewart in 1906 (registration no 6476).:  Although I haven’t yet found the birth entry for the child of Ada and Harry Stewart mentioned in the article on 24 May 1906, there is a birth entry in 1909 for Hazel Phyllis Stewart, born to Hy Douglas Stewart and Adelaide Stewart (Brown) (registration no 9424).

Arthur went on to serve in the First World War, as shown in his Embarkation roll.  His next of kin is listed as his daughter Miss. L. F. Mulder, care of Mrs. E. Mulder, 36 Roslyn-street, West Melbourne, Victoria.  Mrs. E. Mulder would probably have been his mother Elizabeth Mulder, nee Silk.

Prior to starting this article, I only had a year and place of death for Arthur – he died in 1927 in Carlton.  I therefore decided to see if there was a death notice for him on Trove as well.  His death notice was inserted in the Age, Friday 27 July 1927 (Family Notices. (1927, July 22). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 1. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article206178716).

MULDER:- On the 18th July (suddenly), at Carlton, Arthur Alfred Mulder, late A.I.F., loving brother of Victor and brother-in-law Rose Mulder, uncle of Jessie, also Eddie and Annie Mullard.  Interred 20th July, aged 50 years.
We mourn for you, dear Arthur,
But not with outward show.
For those who mourn silently
Mourn silently and low<
-Inserted by Victor and Rose Mulder, Chapman-street, North Melbourne