Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Ernest Edward Meiklejohn part 2

Last week, I shared notices I have found for Ernest’s marriage to Jane Elizabeth Wilson, and articles about his death.  This week, I will share more articles I found for Ernest.

The first is where he advertised for information about his wife, as he intended to remarry.

Jane E Meiklejohn whereabouts
Advertising (1911, May 24). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), , p. 2. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from

Ernest did remarry, to Mary Emma House in 1914 at Fremantle, and the following notice shows that Letters of Administration of his estate were granted to his wife, Mary Emma Meiklejohn.

Erenst Edward Meiklejohn Letters of Administration
£ S. D. (1920, December 3). The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 – 1950), , p. 4 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved May 31, 2016, from

In searching for more articles, I found the following two notices his wife Jane inserted in newspapers in Queensland and Western Australia.

Missing Friends Ernest Edward Meiklejohn
Advertising (1911, May 19). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), , p. 3. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from

Ernest Edward Meiklejohn missing friend

Advertising (1911, May 27). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), , p. 15. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from


This indicates that as late as 1911, Jane was still living in Sydney.  It therefore seems more likely that Ernest deserted Jane, rather than Jane leaving Ernest.

In researching Ernest, I found another couple of articles:

Ernest Meiklejohn disappearance
Our Summary of Australasian Sews since last Issue. (1894, January 19). The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (NSW : 1856 – 1861; 1863 – 1889; 1891 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from
Ernest Meiklejohn warrant
INTERCOLONIAL TELEGRAMS. NEW SOUTH WALES. (1894, January 12). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), , p. 6. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from



Is that why, and when, Ernest went to Western Australia?  It would appear not, because a daughter Iolene was born in 1896.

Iolene Estella Meiklejohn birth & death
Advertising (1896, February 23). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), , p. 1. Retrieved May 22, 2016, from

Did Ernest return to Sydney sometime in 1895?  Or was the absconding clerk not the same Ernest?

A search of Ancestry located a record for Ernest Meiklejohn in the New South Wales Police Gazette. This Ernest Meiklejohn was 23 years of age – the same age as Ernest Edward Meiklejohn.

And a second entry in the New South Wales Police Gazette, was found for Ernest, this time in 1895.

Apprehensions &c.

Ernest Meiklejohn, charged on warrant with embezzling the sum of £3 7s. 8d., the money of his employer, Quong Tart, has been arrested by Senior-constable Stove, Sydney Police. Discharged – no prosecution. Identical with missing friend, same name, see Police Gazette, 1893, page 405.

So, Ernest had returned to Sydney by 1895.  He therefore moved to Western Australia sometime after Iolene’s birth and death.

Tomorrow, I will provide a summary of the information found so far for Ernest, as well as some additional records found for him.