Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Where Your Ancestors were 100 years go

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)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 16 September 1917 – 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?


3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

My grandparents, John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) and Ivy May Harley (1890-1959), were living in Tarnagulla, with their 5-month-old son, my uncle Alan Arthur Whimpey (1917-1990).  I don’t know exactly where in Tarnagulla they were living, so I don’t have a photo, and I don’t know if the house still exists.

John’s father, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919), was also living in Tarnagulla, in Commercial Road. This was where John’s mother Sarah had died in 1906.  Joseph’s daughter Ethelind Hannah Whimpey (1889-1969), and her daughter Rita Whimpey (1912-1999) were living with Joseph, as they had been deserted by Ethel’s husband.  Three of Joseph’s sons, Albert Roy Whimpey (1892-1965), Arthur Edgar Whimpey (1896-1965) and Herbert Whimpey (1897-1974) were serving in World War 1, and another son William Claude Whimpey (1895-1917) had been killed in the war on 3 May 1917.  I think they were all still living at home when they enlisted.  The oldest four children were married and had left home.  I don’t have a photo of the house, and I don’t know if it still exists.

Ivy’s parents, Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949), were living on the family farm at Woolamai, with their children Cecil Rupert Harley (1896-1977), Keith Aubrey Harley (1905-1941), Dorothy Agnes Harley (1907-1976) and Edna Winifred Harley (1909-1987).  Their eldest son had married and left home.  I don’t have a photo of the house, but we visited my great aunt and uncle there when I was growing up, before they died in the 1970s, so I knew the house well.  The farm house was burnt down sometime in the 1980s or 1990s.

Henrietta’s mother, Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925), was also still alive in 1917.  I don’t know where exactly she was living in 1917.  In 1919, she was living at 76 Carrington Rd Box Hill, and in 1914 she was living at 124 Peel St Windsor.  I haven’t been able to find her on the 1917 Electoral roll.

1998-12-02 M Reeves grocer
58 Lothian St North Melbourne On left Mary Marr, nee Reeves, On right her mother Mary Reeves, nee Gill

My grandfather, Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955), was still living with his parents, Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951) at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne. Also living at home were Amelia Marr (1885-1954), George Marr (1895-1949), Martha Marr (1901-1996) and Stuart Marr (1904-1945). Two other sons, Alexander Marr (1897-1970) and John James Marr (1899-1967) may have still been living at home as well.  The other children had married and left home. I have a photo of the building at 58 Lothian Street. It has since been pulled down and apartments built in its place.

My grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948), was living with her parents Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925), at Baxter (the Electoral roll in 1917 lists them as living at Mornington Junction, but, according to the Victorian Places website, the change of name from Mornington Junction to Baxter occurred in 1916).  Edith’s brother, George Henry Docwra (1906-1972) and sister, Annie Eileen Docwra (1909-1997) would also have been living at home with their parents.  The youngest child Ronald James Docwra (1917-1957) was born in 1917.  I don’t have an exact date of birth for him, so I don’t know if he was born before or after 16 September 1917.  I’m not sure if the family were already living on the farm in Warrandyte Road, or at another location in Baxter.  I don’t have a photo, and I don’t know if it still exists.

Emily’s father George Oliver (1846-1930) was living at Swan Reach.  He may have been living with his daughter Mary Ann Oliver (1875-1942) and her family, as they were also living at Swan Reach.   I don’t know where exactly in Swan Reach he was living. I don’t have a photo of the house, and I don’t know if it still exists.

I have 13 direct ancestors who were living in 1917.

Background of featured image is a photo from Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/search/photos/trees?photo=Ut3SlyxOpIc Photo by Vinicius Amano

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