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Blogging from A to Z – T is for Tarnagulla

The family with the closest connection to Tarnagulla is the Whimpey family.

Joseph Whimpey was born 13 August 1819 in Frome, Somerset, England. He married Margaret Price on 15 January 1840 at Bedwellty, Monmouthshire.  Joseph and Margaret had a daughter Elizabeth, who was born in December 1840.  She appears with them on the 1841 census, which was held in June 1841.  Joseph and Margaret emigrated to Australia later that year, and daughter Elizabeth is not mentioned on the immigration records.  She therefore appears to have died between June 1841 and August 1841, when they sailed from Bristol.  No death record has been found for Elizabeth yet.

Joseph and Margaret travelled to Australia with his brother John, and John’s wife Caroline.  The two brothers lived for a few years in the Melbourne area, and baptised their children at the Parish of St James in Melbourne.  They then moved to South Australia, where John and his family stayed.

Joseph and Margaret returned to Victoria in 1851, and lived for a few years in the Castlemaine area, before moving to Sandy Creek (the early name of Tarnagulla) by 1861.  The Post Office directories show that Joseph was a farmer at Newbridge from 1868 to 1872, a shoemaker at Newbridge from 1884 to 1889, and a bootmaker at Tarnagulla from 1897 to 1900.

Joseph died 6 May 1902 at Tarnagulla, and was buried 8 May 1902 at the Tarnagulla Cemetery.

Joseph Whimpey death notice
OUR COUNTRY SERVICE. (1902, May 8).Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 – 1918), , p. 3. Retrieved April 23, 2016, from


One of our oldest residents, Mr. Joseph Whimpey, aged 83 years, died last night. Deceased resided in this locality over 45 years, and was held in the highest esteem. He took an active interest in Methodist Church work, and was a local preacher up till a few years ago, when old age overtook him.

His wife had died the previous year.  Margaret died 31 July 1901 at Tarnagulla, and was buried 1 August 1901 at the Tarnagulla Cemetery.

From The Tarnagulla Courier Saturday August 3 1901 (microfilm at the State Library of Victoria viewed 19 Nov 1997)

Mrs Whimpey

On Wednesday morning the intelligence was spread that Mrs Whimpey, wife of Mr Joseph Whimpey, sen., had breathed her last.  The deceased lady, who had reached the ripe old age of 87 years, has been ailing for a long time, and her life has been despaired of several times, but the vital spark was strong in her, and she rallied time and again, but each time becoming feebler. For a considerable time past she has been almost helpless, and her end was expected.  She leaves an aged husband who is older than herself.  The funeral took place on Thursday, at the local cemetery, the service at the grave being read by the Rev. C Lancaster.

The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr W Roper.

Joseph and Margaret had the following children:

  • Elizabeth Whimpey 1840-1841
  • John Whimpey 1843-1926. More about John below.
  • Elizabeth 1845-1942 Elizabeth married Joseph Bannister Stow. Their first two children were born at Newbridge. Their next three children were born in the Castlemaine area, and then the family moved to Newcastle, in New South Wales
  • William 1846-1846.
  • Joseph 1848-1919 More about Joseph below
  • Eliza 1851-1920 More about Eliza below.
  • Sarah Ann 1853-1861. Sarah died at Sandy Creek (Tarnagulla)
  • Isaac 1855-1886. Isaac married Flora McArthur in 1884 at Salisbury West.  They had 1 daughter, Annie, who was born in 1885 at Tarnagulla.  Isaac died in 1886 at Inglewood Hospital, and was buried at Newbridge Cemetery.  Annie and Flora later moved to Melbourne.

John Whimpey married Harriet Justin on 20 September 1869 in Tarnagulla.   They had four children who were born in the Tarnagulla district:  They later moved to Melbourne.

  • John William Whimpey born 9 June 1870 at Newbridge. John moved to Western Australia
  • Eliza Whimpey born 1872 at Tarnagulla. She died in 1917, and is buried with her parents at Brighton Cemetery. She never married
  • Ada Whimpey born 1877 at Tarnagulla, she died in 1879, aged 1 year 3 months
  • Margaret Elizabeth Whimpey born in 1880 at Tarnagulla. She married William Henry Harricks in South Melbourne, and their two children were born at South Melbourne.  William died at South Melbourne, and Margaret died at Elsternwick.

Joseph Whimpey married Sarah Jane Sharp on 27 March 1872 at Laanecoorie. They had 12 children:

  • Jane Elizabeth Whimpey born 10 June 1873 at Woodstock on Loddon. Jane married Frederick William Nicholls on 29 July 1901 at Tarnagulla.  They then moved to Western Australia, where they had 2 children, and then moved back to Victoria, to South Melbourne.  Jane died in Malvern.
  • Alfred Henry Whimpey born 2 April 1874 at Newbridge. Alfred married Violet Hilda Rielly on 24 November 1910 at Tarnagulla, and their three children were born in Tarnagulla, before the family moved to Brunswick.
  • Joseph Whimpey born 17 Jan 1876 at Newbridge. Joseph married Margaret Jane Clark on 12 May 1908 at Arnold.  Their first 4 children were born at Tarnagulla, before they too moved to Brunswick.
  • Walter Whimpey born 9 June 1879 at Newbridge. He married Ellen Vera Russell on 7 August 1907 at the Methodist Church in Inglewood.  Their eldest three children were born at Tarnagulla.  They also moved to Brunswick.
  • John Ernest Whimpey born 19 May 1884 at Newbridge. I’ve written about my grandfather before. He married Ivy May Harley in 1914 at Kilcunda.  Their first two children were born at Tarnagulla, one child was born at South Melbourne, and then the family settled in Heidelberg.
  • Emily Whimpey born 6 Sep 1887 at Newbridge. She died 19 December 1897 at Tarnagulla.
  • Ethelind Hannah Whimpey born 8 July 1889 at Tarnagulla. Ethel’s daughter Rita was born in 1912 at Tarnagulla.  Ethel married George Wilshusen on 26 April 1915 at her residence in Commercial Road Tarnagulla.  After her father’s death, Ethel moved to South Melbourne.
  • William Norman Whimpey born 26 December 1890 in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla, died 4 April 1891 in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla, buried 16 April 1891 at the Tarnagulla Cemetery
  • Albert Roy Whimpey born 17 February 1892 at Tarnagulla. Roy married Phyllis Walsh in England, during WW1.  When they returned to Australia after the war, they also settled at Heidelberg.
  • William Claude Whimpey born 26 January 1895 at Tarnagulla. Claude was killed in action in World War 1.
  • Arthur Edgar Whimpey born 11 July 1896 at Tarnagulla. He married Ella Mary Alexander on 29 September 1923 at the Presbyterian Church in Tarnagulla.  They also moved to Heidelberg.
  • Herbert Whimpey born 22 December 1897 at Tarnagulla. He married Mary Elizabeth Maude Ford in Port Melbourne, and he died in 1974 at Garden City.

Joseph died 13 July 1919 at Tarnagulla, and was buried 14 July 1919 at Tarnagulla Cemetery.

From The Loddon Valley Courier and Farmers Advocate (microfilm at the State Library of Victoria viewed abt 3 Mar 2000)
Friday July 18 1919
Death of Mr J Whimpey Senior
The news that Mr J Whimpey had passed away after a short illness on Sunday last cast quite a gloom over Tarnagulla and District.  The grand old man was widely known and universally loved by all as one of those whose kindly influence in this world has done, and is doing, more than sermons to promote that feeling of brotherhood which we all hope some day to find the corner-stone of mundane affairs.  The words of Moultrie, when writing of the beautiful life of McCaulay, that he was “pure and simple as a child unbreathed on by the world”, comes into our mind when writing of the splendid old man, who has just crossed the Barrier, to be one of the elect of that God in heaven he so faithfully served on earth.  For half a century in this district, deceased lived loved by all who knew him as a true Christian gentleman, whose clean, unsophisticated life made him a shining example to all.  And now his turn has come to quit this mortal strife, but he had the great privilege of again meeting the three sons who have returned from the front ere the Great Ruler called him hence to meet that other brave son who made the supreme sacrifice on the fields of France.  The body was interred in the Tarnagulla Cemetery, Messrs H Chambers, A Comrie, W Kilgour, C Falder, W Newton and D Atkins acting as pall-bearers and, with the poet we can say kind hands never lifted a better man into the grave The Rev. Trebilco read the burial service, and the mortuary arrangements were in the hands of Messrs Stafford + Sons, Dunolly.

His wife Sarah died 28 June 1906 at Tarnagulla, and was buried 1 July 1906 at the Tarnagulla Cemetery.

The Tarnagulla + Llanelly Courier Saturday June 30 1906 (microfilm at State Library of Victoria viewed abt 3 Mar 2000)

Funeral Notice
The friends of the late Mrs Joseph Whimpey are respectfully invited to follow her remains to the place of interment – the Tarnagulla cemetery.  The funeral will leave her late residence, Commercial Road on Sunday (Tomorrow) at 3 o’clock) W Roper, undertaker.
Death of Mrs J Whimpey
We regret to announce the death of Mrs Whimpey, wife of Mr Joseph Whimpey, of this town, which sad event took place at her late residence, Commercial Road, on Thursday morning, the cause of death being ulceration of the bowels.  For several years past the deceased lady had been a great sufferer from the complaint, and about four years ago she went to Melbourne and underwent an operation, but the relief was only of a temporary nature.  Periodically ever since she has had bad attacks, which caused her great suffering and confined her to her bed, each attack leaving her weaker than before.  Although in great pain at times, Mrs Whimpey bore it with Christian fortitude, and never murmured or complained.  Every care was bestowed on her and all that medical still could do was used by Dr Rinder to give relief.  The deceased lady had a kind and loving disposition, and was greatly esteemed by a very large circle of friends, who were always anxious to learn the state of her health, and were pleased to hear when there was an improvement.  Mrs Whimpey ……. husband and ten children – eight sons and two daughters – to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother.
The deepest sympathy is expressed for Mr Whimpey and family in their sad bereavement.
The funeral will take place at the local cemetery to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, and will leave her late residence at 3 o’clock.

Eliza Whimpey married Frederick Latimer on 23 June 1870 at a private residence in Newbridge.  They had 3 children:

  • George Whimpey Latimer born 3 April 1871 at Tarnagulla. George married Isabella Mary Florance, and they moved to Camperdown.
  • Eliza Margaret Latimer born 1873 in Tarnagulla. Eliza married Robert John Flowerday. They had one child who was born at Balwyn, and two children born at Kerang. Robert died in Kerang.  Eliza died in 1958 at Chelsea.
  • Frederick Sidney Latimer born 1875 at Tarnagulla. Frederick married Annie Mary Chadder Dimond, and their eldest son was born at Essendon.  Their second son was born in Brighton.  Frederick died in 1936 at Brighton, and Annie died in 1940 at Brighton East.

Eliza and Frederick died in Bendigo.