Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How My Grandparents Met

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) Do you know how, when and where your parents met?

2)  Please tell the family story in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in your own Facebook or Google+ post.

NOTE:  You can substitute your own story about meeting your spouse, or the story about your grandparents, etc.

I wrote about how my parents met in my post Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How did your parents meet?, so I have decided to write about my grandparents, John Ernest Whimpey and Ivy May Harley.

John was born at Newbridge, and later the family moved to the nearby town of Tarnagulla.  Work in the area was hard to find, so John went to work on the new railway line that was being built to connect Melbourne with the coal mine at Wonthaggi.  He helped build the railway bridge that used to run over the road into the town of Kilcunda.  It was while he was there that he met my grandmother.

Ivy was born at South Melbourne, and in the 1890s, her father selected land at Woolamai, which is where Ivy grew up.

John and Ivy were married 22 September 1914 at the Methodist Church in Kilcunda. After their marriage, they went to live at Tarnagulla.  They had one child, my uncle Alan, while they were living at Tarnagulla.  After John’s father died in 1919, they went to live in Melbourne, firstly boarding with John’s sister Jane at South Melbourne.  It was at South Melbourne that their second son (my uncle John) was born.  They then moved to Heidelberg, where their other three children were born.


 Background of featured image is a photo I took of the railway line at Kilcunda in 1980. I don’t have a photo of the railway bridge.