52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #14 Ivon Walter Whimpey

As part of my genealogy do-over, I am working on each ancestor in turn, and so I am sharing my process in my 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks series.  This week, I will be working on my dad.

These are the documents I have so far for dad.

dad's documents

From these documents, I have the following information:

Dad was born 21 January 1923 in Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.  He was the son of John Ernest Whimpey and Ivy May Harley.

Dad first married Joyce Lillian O’Neill on 4 November 1944 at the Methodist Church at East Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia.

After Joyce died, dad then married my mum, Edith Jean Marr.  Mum and dad became engaged on 24 May 1952, and married 20 December 1952 at North Melbourne.

After their marriage, they first lived at 5 Power Street Deepdene, and then between 1954 and 1962 moved to 9 Beaufort Street Mitcham.  The electoral rolls show that dad worked as a welder.  My birth certificate, and dad’s death certificate, show he was a boiler maker.

Mum died in 1990, and at the time mum and dad were living at 131 McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi.  Dad then married for a third time in 1993.

Dad died 16 December 2009 at the Wonthaggi Base Hospital, Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia, from cardiovascular arrest.  At the time of his death he was living at 63 Murray Street, Wonthaggi.  He had suffered from massive hematemesis for days.   Dad was buried 21 December 2009 at the Box Hill Cemetery, in the same grave as my mum, and my sister Lynda, after a funeral service at Le Pine Funerals in Box Hill.

My next step is to use my checklist to check for any other documents that might be available for dad.

This is my checklist.


I don’t have dad’s birth and marriage certificates.  I’m waiting for my sister to send me copies.  I had found the marriage notice for dad’s first marriage, and the engagement notice for mum and dad.  I then checked to see if there was an engagement notice for dad and his first wife, Joyce Lillian O’Neill, and I found one.

O'Neill Whimpey engagement
Family Notices (1943, December 22). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 6. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11795813

Although I have his cemetery record from the Box Hill Cemetery, since mum is on Find a Grave, I checked for a memorial for dad.  Dad’s Find a Grave memorial number is # 123944957

I was sent paperwork as one of the beneficiaries of dad’s will, but I don’t have a copy of the will, so I checked the Public Record Office Victoria website to see if there is an index entry for him. I found the entry for him, and will order his file when I am able to get down to Melbourne to view it at the reading office in North Melbourne.  I have added this to the To-Do List for dad in Legacy Family Tree.

The next item on my checklist is death notices.  The only site that has online copies of death/funeral notices in 2009 is the Herald Sun Tributes site. I found dad’s obituary and funeral notices on this site.

I then checked the Ryerson Index to see if there were notices in any other papers.  This index showed that as well as the death notice in the Herald Sun, there were death notices in The Age on 18th and 19th December 2009.  These aren’t available online, so I will need to go to the State Library of Victoria to view these.  I have also added this to dad’s To-Do List.

For military records, the first place to check is the National Archives Australia website.  This site has online copies of World War 1 service records, and some from World War 2.  Dad’s file isn’t available online, so I will send for a copy when I can afford it, but the index entry did provide a birth date and place of birth for dad. It showed he was born 21 January 1923 at Heidelberg.

The next place to look is the World War 2 Nominal Roll, as it contains more information than the index on the National Archives Australia website.  The World War 2 Nominal Roll can be found at http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/.  This site provides a link to a new site that is being set up at http://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/. I decided to view dad’s record on the new site.

I then did a search for Ivon Walter Whimpey on Ancestry.com.  The only record I didn’t already have, either from searching for records for mum, or from another website, was the 1949 Electoral roll.  This showed that dad was living at 63 Brown Street Heidelberg, and he was a fitter.  Also at this address was Ivy May Whimpey, his mother, John Ernest Whimpey, his father, and Keith Harley Whimpey, his brother.

I didn’t find any records for Ivon Whimpey in Australia on FindMyPast, but he should appear in the 1946 Electoral roll, so I expanded my search to everyone with the surname Whimpey, and then navigated through the results to the entries without a given name, or initials. I then had to check each entry for the 1946 Electoral roll, to find the one for dad.  I don’t have a subscription to FindMyPast at the moment, but I had viewed these records previously, so I was still able to access them.

The only entry for dad at FamilySearch was the Find A Grave collection.  Since I had already found dad on Find A Grave, I ignored this entry.

I then searched Trove and Newspapers.com for Ivon Whimpey (without quotation marks), and was unable to find any other articles for dad.



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