Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Harry Sylvester Oliver

I have recently been researching the children of Elizabeth Ann Ball, in order to determine if there were more grandchildren I didn’t have in my tree yet.  In this post, I will share articles I found for her son Harry Sylvester Oliver, that helped me determine how many children he had, and what their names were.

First, I looked for any articles for “Harry Sylvester Oliver”, and the only result was his obituary.

Harry Sylvester Oliver obituary
OBITUARY (1954, August 19). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved November 29, 2016, from


The death of Mr. Harry Syl-
vester Oliver , of No. 13 Lum-
ley-street, Cairns, occurred on
Wednesday in Cairns at the age
of 68 years.
He was born at Bairnsdale,
Victoria, and came to North
Queensland about 45 years ago
and was 25 years dairy farm-
ing at Malanda before coming
to Cairns where he was em-
ployed by the Cairns Timber
Limited for the past seven
The late Mr. Oliver is sur-
vived by his widow, two
daughters, Mrs. W. F. Taylor
(Millaa Millaa) and Mrs. S.
Christian (Townsville) and
three sons, Mr. H. Oliver (Mal-
anda), Mr. E. J. Oliver (Bun-
daberg) and Mr. J. W. Oliver
The funeral, at which the
employees of the Cairns Tim-
ber Limited were well repre-
sented, moved from the Church
of England, Cairns, at 4 o’clock
yesterday afternoon when Rev.
Tully Firth officiated at the
church and graveside.

I then went searching for any articles for “H.S.Oliver”, in order to try and find marriage or engagement notices for his children.

The first article was the marriage notice for his youngest son, John William Oliver.

Oliver Kidner wedding
Family Notices (1947, December 8). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved November 29, 2016, from


The next article found was the marriage notice for his son, Edward James Oliver.

Oliver Woolcock wedding
Family Notices (1946, January 29). Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 – 1954), p. 4. Retrieved November 29, 2016, from

And the third was the engagement notice for his son, Henry Sylvester Oliver.

Oliver Neuendorf engagement
Family Notices (1954, December 8). Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 12 (Daily). Retrieved November 29, 2016, from

I wasn’t able to find marriage or engagement notices for the 2 daughters on Trove, using their father’s full name or both initials, so I checked Ancestry, and found birth entries for Patricia Mary Oliver in 1917, and Henry Sylvester Oliver in 1919.  I then went searching for a marriage notice for “Patricia Oliver”

Christie Oliver wedding
WEDDING. (1941, October 24). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved November 29, 2016, from

This notice showed that Patricia was the Mrs. S. Christie on her father’s death notice, and that she was the second eldest daughter of Harry and Annie.   I then turned to the Queensland Births Deaths and Marriages, this time looking for the surname Lynch, mother Annie, from 1910 to 1916, and found the entry for Agnes Rose Lynch in 1913, mother Annie Julia (registration no. C11318).

I then searched the Electoral rolls and found Agnes Rose Taylor in the 1943 Electoral roll for the state Queensland, district Kennedy, Subdistrict Atherton.  She was living at Malanda.  There was also a William Frederick Taylor on the same page. I then found a marriage of Agnes Rose Oliver to William Frederick Taylor in 1941 (registration no. C1852).

I was unable to find a marriage notice for Agnes and William.