Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Who Is Your “Bad Behavior” Relative

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week’s mission was:

1) Who is one of your relatives (ancestor or not) who behaved poorly during his or her life? It can be any time period.

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

The person I chose is Vernon Frederick Whimpey. Vernon was born in 1916 and died 30 May 1997. He was the son of Frederick Isaac Whimpey and Annie McIntosh. Frederick was the son of Joseph Whimpey and Martha Freeman. Joseph was the son of John Whimpey and Caroline Jones. John was the brother of my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey.

The following are articles about when Vernon stole and crashed a car.

Illegally used car crashed into tree
ILLEGALLY USED CAR CRASHED INTO TREE (1935, July 30). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 5. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from

Youth to be Imprisoned
When Vernon Whimpey aged 19 years of Finley street Albert Park appeared before Mr W Bond PM in the City Court yesterday he pleaded guilty to charges of having used a motor car without the consent of the owner of having driven a motor car without having had a licence and of having driven a motor car in a manner dangerous to the public. On the first charge he was sentenced to imprisonment for three months on the second he was fined £1 in default distress and on the third charge he was fined £5 in default distress and was disqualified from holding a licence for 12 months
Wellesley Gordon Fountain commercial traveller of Anderson road Sunshine gave evidence that he left his motor car parked at the southern kerb of Collins street between Swanston and Elizabeth streets at 5 30 pm on Saturday. When he returned 10 minutes later the car was missing.
Constable J E Williamson said that he was on duty in the police patrol car in Middle Park at 11 p m on Saturday. He saw Whimpey driving Fountain’s car in Cowderoy street.The patrol pursued the car. In McGregor street the car accelerated to almost 70 miles an hour and
crashed into a tree. Wimpey jumped out and ran into Richardson street Williamson
followed and arrested him. In the car was a young woman who was seriously injured She was unconscious and was later admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. At the city watchhouse Whimpey admitted having stolen the car.
He made a statement under a false name and indicated his age as 19 vears

Ran Away From Home
Boy in Stolen Car (1935, August 1). The Central Queensland Herald (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1930 – 1956), p. 45. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from

The boy captured by the police gave his name as Vernon Whimpey, 16, of no fixed place of abode. He said he had lived with his parents at Leichville, but had run away from home when nine years of age. Since then he had earned his living working on farms in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.
Police inquiries showed that a family named Whimpey had lived at Leichville until a few years ago.
The boy was charged with illegally using the car and driving without a licence.