52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #6 Alfred Docwra

Alfred was christened 13 July 1824 at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. He was the base born son of Tempest Sell and Jane Docwra.

Alfred migrated to Australia in 1848, and he married Mary Scott in 1852.

The records I am featuring are entries for Alfred Docwra in the Moorabbin rate books.

The first is the 1866 rate book

Alfred Docwra 1866 Rate Books
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 7 Mar 2017); owner Alfred Docwra, date 1 Jan 1866, place Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2348/PMicrofilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of Moorabbin [copy of VPRS 583] [1862-1900].
There are two entries for Alfred on this page:

He owned a cottage and land in Cavanagh Rd that he was renting to Mrs Grear(?)

He owned a bakery & store in Point Nepean Rd that he was renting to Ferdinand Musicker(?)

The 1869 rate book shows he was renting the house and land in Cavanagh Road, to Hennessey

A Docwra 1869 rate book
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 7 Mar 2017); Owner A Docwra, date 20 May 1869, place Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2348/PMicrofilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of Moorabbin [copy of VPRS 583] [1862-1900].
The 1881 rate book shows that Alfred was the owner/occupier of 1 acre of land with a house with 4 rooms in Point Nepean Road.  He was the owner of 2 acres of land which he was renting to his son Stephen Docwra, in Cavanagh Road.

Alfred Docwra 1881 rate book
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 7 Mar 2017); Owner A Docwra Occupier Alfred Docwra, date 28 Mar 1881, place Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2348/PMicrofilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of Moorabbin [copy of VPRS 583] [1862-1900].
In 1895, he was the owner of a 4-room brick house in Nepean Road, which he was renting to his son in law, James Parry.

Alfred Docwra 1895 rate book
Ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Rate Books, 1855-1963,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 7 Mar 2017); owner Alfred Docwra, date 4 Mar 1895, place Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia; Public Record Office Victoria; North Melbourne, Australia; Series Title: 2348/PMicrofilm Copy Of Rate Books, City of Moorabbin [copy of VPRS 583] [1862-1900].
Alfred died 2 June 1903 at his son in law, James Parry’s house in Thomas Street, Prahran.  The 1903 directory shows Alfred was living at Point Nepean Road Cheltenham.

Alfred Docwra 1903 directory
Ancestry.com Operations Inc., “Australia, City Directories, 1845-1948,” database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com.au : accessed 7 Mar 2017); entry for Alfred Docwra, 1903 Sands & McDougall Melbourne Directory, p. 21

The directory shows that he was living on the east side, and between Centre Dandenong Road, and Chesterville Road

Background of featured image is a photo from Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/?photo=xcQWMPm9fG8 Photo by Tersius van Rhyn

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