Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Ernest Edward Meiklejohn

During the week, I have been mapping locations in my online family tree, and I came across the place:
Ingleside, Waverley, New South Wales

Since these are two separate places in New South Wales that are quite a distant apart, I went back through my research to see where I had obtained this place name.  This place was linked to the marriage of Ernest E. Meiklejohn and Jane E. Wilson, and the place name came from a marriage notice:

The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 20 February 1893 page 8 colum 3
MEIKLEJOHN – WILSON – February 1, at Ingleside Waverley, by the Rev. W. H. Rogers, Ernest Edward Meiklejohn to Jane Elizabeth Wilson.

I decided to have a look on Trove, to double check the details I had obtained from the marriage notice, and I found a different notice, inserted two days earlier

Meiklejohn Wilson marriage notice
Family Notices (1893, February 18). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), , p. 1. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

MEIKLEJOHN – WILSON. – February, 1, 1893, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Ingleside, Botany-street, Waverley, by the Rev., W. H. Rogers, Ernest Edward, youngest son of Donald Sinclair Meiklejohn, of Morpeth, to Jane Elizabeth (Jiania), second daughter of Lewis Ferement Wilson, Waverley.

This marriage notice clarified that Ingleside was the name of the house, which was in Botany Street Waverley.  I was now able to plot this location properly on Google maps.

In looking at the information I had for Ernest and Jane, I noticed I didn’t have death details for either of them, so I went looking for Ernest on Ancestry, and found an Ernest Edward Meiklejohn living in the Pilbara area (at Port Hedland).  Was this the same Ernest?  I couldn’t find a death entry that matched, so I decided to go back to Trove, to see if I could find any information for him, and found the following article, showing he died 26 October 1919, by drowning.

Ernest Edward Meiklejohn death notice
Family Notices (1919, October 28). The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar, WA : 1897 – 1923), , p. 2. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

MEIKLEJOHN. – On the 26th October, 1919, Ernest Edward Meiklejohn, accidentally drowned.
Deeply lamented by all who knew him,
Aged 47 years.

I then went looking for more information about his drowning, and this was the first article I found.

Ernest Meiklejohn drowning
HOLIDAY FAMINES IN W.A. (1919, October 30). World (Hobart, Tas. : 1918 – 1924), , p. 6. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

A Broome telegram reports that Ernest Meiklejohn and William Grey were overtaken by the tide while dry shelling on a reef at Roebuck Bay. Meiklejohn was drowned, but Grey managed to swim shore.

There were a number of other articles, but this next one provided the most amount of information.

Drowning fatality at Broome
SWEPT OFF ROCKS. (1919, October 28). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 – 1950), , p. 8. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

The treacherous incoming tide at Broome got a victim on Sunday, the details being telegraphed to Police Commission Connell from Inspector Drewry. Ernest Meiklejohn, a married man, and a youth, William Gray, went dry-shelling at the outer reef at the four-mile beach, early Sunday morning. Dry-shelling or beach-combing signifies the picking up of shells when the tide is out, and sometimes the tide at Broome rises 20ft. Being on the reef, the men did not notice the rising of the tide until it was too late to reach the beach over the rocks. Gray swam ashore, but Meiklejohn was drowned in his attempt to gain the beach. Constable Robertson commenced a patrol of the beach, and also searched in a motor boat for the body, which has not yet been recovered.

I also found this article about his In Memoriam Service

Meiklejohn In Memoriam
Local and General. (1919, November 11).The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar, WA : 1897 – 1923), , p. 2. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

IN MEMORIAM SERVICE. – On Sunday night the Mechanics’ Institute was filled by a congregation of all denominations, the occasion being a memorial service in connection with the death of Ernest Meklejohn. The Rev. K. D. McDonald preached a most impressive sermon, which was listened to with rapt attention. The rev. gentleman eulogised deceased, who was secretary and treasurer of both the Presbyterian Church and Nursing Home, and he was sure his place would be difficult to fill in our little town. In this respect no doubt everyone agreed with him. During his discourse the preacher mentioned a strange incident relating to deceased. About a fortnight before the sad fatality, Mr. McDonald learned from the unfortunate man that he had a premonition of death. He stated that he did not think he would live long, and the preacher was perhaps the least surprised of all when he learned of the sad event. At the conclusion of the service all remained standing whilst “The Dead March” was rendered by the organist.

I found the above articles when just searching in Western Australia.  When I expanded the search to all of Australia, I found the following two death notices. The first one mentions his mother and brother.

Ernest Edward Meiklejohn death notice
Family Notices (1919, November 5). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), , p. 10. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from

MEIKLEJOHN – Ernest Edward, youngest son of Mrs. H. Downie, late of Waverley, and only brother of J. H. Meiklejohn, Daceyville, Sydney, in his 49th year, accidental drowned at Port Hedland, W.A.

The second one mentions his son.

Accidentally drowned
Accidentally Drowned (1919, November 1).Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 – 1962), , p. 2. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from

Accidentally Drowned
Mr R. St. C. Meiklejohn, successor of Mr Purdie, chemist, Penrith, received a wire on Tuesday stating that his father, Mr. Ernest Edward Meiklejohn, had been accidentally drowned at Port Headland, West Australia. Particulars of the fatality are not yet to hand. Deceased, who was only 49 years of age, was well-known in business circles in this state. Some 15 years ago he went to the West and for some time engaged as a mining manager. In recent years, however, he held an important post at Port Headland as a shipping agent, and was prominently identified with the town in other ways. Among other positions he was for a time mayor of the town. His wife pre-deceased him many years. Mr Meiklejohn, of Penrith, is an only son, and there is no daughter.

These death notices from New South Wales helped to verify that the Ernest Edward Meiklejohn who drowned in Western Australia, was the same Ernest Edward Meiklejohn who had married Jane Elizabeth Wilson, and who was the son of Donald Sinclair Meilkejohn and Harriet Fountain.

At the time of Ernest’s death, Harriet had the surname Downie. Tomorrow I’ll share information I have found for Ernest’s parents.

And next week, I’ll share some additional articles I have found about Ernest Edward Meiklejohn.

How I’m related:

My husband Ernest Edward Meiklejohn (1871-1919)
His father Murray Irwin Willis (1931-1964) His father Donald Sinclair Meiklejohn (1834-1893)
His mother Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Smith (1904-1979) His father Donald Meiklejohn (1803-1863)
Her mother Louisa May Clyne (1881-1949) His father Donald Meiklejohn (1772-1838)
Her father David Clyne (1825-1896) His father John Meiklejohn (1738-1781)
His mother Elizabeth Sinclair (1803-1890) His father Donald Meiklejohn (1701-?)
Her mother Elizabeth Meiklejohn (1764-?) His father John Meiklejohn (1670-?)
Her father John Meiklejohn (1736-?)
His father John Meiklejohn (1714-?)
His father John Meiklejohn (1670-?)
Common ancestors: John Meiklejohn and Isabel Burn, married 25 June 1698 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland