On Saturday, in my H is for Heidelberg post I mentioned Arthur Whimpey. Yesterday, when preparing my I is for Inglewood post, I went looking for any articles about my Whimpey family and a connection to Inglewood. I didn’t find any, but I did come across a few articles about Arthur.
“It is sometimes said that gratitude
does not belong to the region of youth,
but the following case, reported in last
Saturday’s “Argus,” discounts the value
of that statement::—Yesterday several
schoolboys were bathing in a dam, at
Tamagulla, when one of. their number.
Claud James, aged 10 years, slipped
into deep water and disappeared. The
only swimmer amongst them was Arthur
Whimpey, also aged 10 years, who
brought his mate into shallow water.
After treatment, the partially-drowned
boy went home and gave his rescuer
all his earthly treasure—namely, a box
I found two other articles:
“A DROWNING BOY RESCUED.
A boy named Claude James, ten years of
age son of the manager of the Tarna-
gulla Dredging Company, was bathing with
some other boys in Growler’s dam on Wed-
nesday night when lie got out of his depth.
Another little fellow, named Arthur Whim-
pey, pluckily went to his rescue and suc-
ceeded in saving him.”
“GRATEFUL. FOR RESCUE,
BOY’S EARTHLY TREASURE.
TARNAGULLA, Friday. – Yesterday
several schoolboys were bathing in a dam,
when one of their number, Claud James,
aged 10 years, slipped into deep water and
disappeared. The only swimmer amongst
them was Arthur Whimpey, also aged 10
years, who brought his mate into shallow
water. After treatment the partially
drowned boy went home and gave his
rescuer all his earthly treasure, namely, a
box of silkworms.”
Arthur Edgar Whimpey was born 11 July 1896 at Tarnagulla. He was the 11th child, and 8th son, of Joseph Whimpey and Sarah Jane Sharp. He was my grandfather’s brother.
He enlisted in the Army on 23 January 1916. He was a private in 57th Battalion. He returned to Australia on 15 May 1919. His service number was 5234. There is a photo of Arthur and his brother Roy, with a group of other Tarnagulla soldiers at http://www.tarnagulla.org/photogallery/gallery3/index.php/School-and-social-Groups/groups/ArmyTrainingCamp1916Whimpeyetc
Arthur married Ella Mary Alexander on 29 September 1923. Their wedding photo can be found at http://www.tarnagulla.org/photogallery/gallery3/index.php/individuals/Arthur-Edgar-Whimpey-b-1896-and-Ella-Mary-Whimpey-nee-Alexander-b-15-Nov-1898-Wedding-29-Sep-1923
Arthur and Ella moved to Heidelberg around 1926, and Arthur died 10 April 1965. I have not yet been able to find a death record for him – the death date comes from a death notice. His wife Ella died 17 December 1987.