Blogging from A to Z

Blogging from A to Z – H is for Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a north eastern suburb of Melbourne. It is also the birthplace and home town of my father.

My grandparents, John Ernest Whimpey and Ivy May Harley, moved to Heidelberg around 1920. They lived first in Martin Street, and then bought their home in Brown Street Heidelberg. Originally, the house was at number 53 Brown St, but after the houses were renumbered, it became 63 Brown Street. John Ernest Whimpey worked as a grocer.

My uncle Keith, my dad and John and Ivy’s youngest daughter were all born in Heidelberg, and they attended the Heidelberg State School.

In the early 1940s, my grandparents were running a grocery business, and living, in South Melbourne, and my dad, and his first wife Joyce, were living in the home in Heidelberg. After Joyce died, my grandparents returned to Heidelberg to help my dad with my two older sisters, and they lived there until their deaths. My grandfather died 16 July 1960, and my grandmother died the previous year, on 4 June 1959. My grandmother died at their home at 63 Brown Street, while my grandfather died in the Box Hill Hospital. They were both cremated at Fawkner Crematorium.

My grandfather had two brothers who also settled at Heidelberg,

Albert Roy Whimpey and his wife Phyllis (nee Walsh) moved to Heidelberg in 1926. Roy worked as a driver. The Electoral rolls show they lived at the following addresses:
1926-1927 Cape & Burgundy Sts
1928-1934 63 Darebin St
1936-1937 61 Darebin St
1938-1941 115 Banksia St
1945 26 Munich St
1946-1966 90 Edwin St

After Roy’s death Phyllis stayed with her son Lou for a while, and then moved to Flat 20 100 Waterdale Road Heidelberg.
Roy and Phyllis had 2 sons, Geoffrey Roy Whimpey, and Louis Charles Whimpey. Both of the sons grew up at Heidelberg. Lou was the same age as my dad, so they were in the same class at Heidelberg State School. Geoff was still living at home with his parents at the time he enlisted for service in WW2. He served in the RAAF, and was killed in a flying battle over France.

Lou continued to live at home with his parents in Heidelberg until his marriage in 1951. Lou died in 2013.

Roy and Phyllis continued to live in Heidelberg until their deaths. Roy died 1 November 1965 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, and Phyllis died 30 July 1981 at the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg. They were both cremated at the Necropolis Crematorium in Springvale.

Arthur Claude Whimpey and his wife Ella Mary (nee Alexander) moved to Heidelberg around 1925, and they lived in Haig St. Prior to 1931, no number is listed on the Electoral rolls, but from 1931 they were living at 8 Haig St. Arthur worked as a carpenter. Arthur and Ella didn’t have any children of their own, but they did adopt a son, Peter Gordon Whimpey. Peter died in 1964.

Arthur and Ella lived in Heidelberg until their deaths. Arthur died on 10 April 1965. His funeral service was held at the Presbyterian Church in West Heidelberg. Ella died 17 December 1987 in Heidelberg. Her funeral service was held at the Heidelberg Presbyterian Church. They were both also cremated at Fawkner.

When I tried to plot where the family had lived in Heidelberg over the years, GoogleMaps couldn’t find Munich Street. After trying Google, and having no luck trying to find any mention of when the street changed its name, and to what, I turned to Trove. I found the following article at the bottom of the first page of results for “Munich Street Heidelberg”

Munich St to Montgomery St
Soldiers Ever Remembered (1947, August 25). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), , p. 3. Retrieved April 9, 2016, from

And here’s the map of where the three brothers, and their wives, lived.