Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – Arthur Alfred Mulder

I decided today that I wanted to do a Trove Tuesday post.  I feel that I haven’t done many posts on my ex-husband’s side of the family, so today I decided to have a look for articles for his grandmother’s surname – Mulder.  The first article that came up when I searched for the surname was the following article:

Mulder vs Mulder
MULDER V. MULDER. (1906, May 19). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 – 1954), p. 18. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

I then decided to see what other articles I could find for Arthur, and I found an article from a week later, when the divorce was granted.

In divorce
IN DIVORCE. (1906, May 24). Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 – 1929), p. 4. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from


Mr. Justice A’Beckett gave his reserved decision to-day in a divorce suit instituted by Ada Mulder, of Geelong, against Arthur Mulder, laborer, on the ground of desertion. The marriage took place at Holt’s matrimonial agency, in March, 1898, and a child had been born. The petitioner admitted that since the desertion she had become the mother of a child of which one Harry Stewart was the father, and that Stewart was prepared to marry her when in a position to do so. His Honor said that the evidence showed that the respondent frequently ill-treated his wife and deserted her, leaving her penniless. She then, after three years, formed an intimacy with another man, which resulted in the birth of a child. He felt that he would not be running counter to any uniform course of action by the Victorian Court in granting a decree, notwithstanding the petitioner’s misconduct. He did not doubt that discretion might be exercised with reference to the interests of public morality as well as those, of the suitor. It was apparent that no satisfactory definition could be given of the class of misconduct which would leave the  door open for relief to the petitioner, who committed it. It appeared to him that the matter was one which must be left to the unfettered discretion of the judge, and that the only uniformity of decision which could be hoped for was that resulting from the recognition of general principles. The decree nisi was granted, with costs, and the petitioner was granted custody of the child of the marriage.

Arthur was the victim of a stabbing in 1914.

Crime Reports A Stabbing Affray
CRIME REPORTS. (1914, June 24). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 15. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

In 1908, he presented a revolver at a shopkeeper

Customer with revolver
CUSTOMER WITH REVOLVER. (1908, May 14). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 7. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

I also found this article from 1912.

Threatened to kill himself
GEELONG POUCH COURT. (1912, August 17). Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 – 1929), p. 7. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

The last article I am sharing today is from when Arthur was a child, in 1880.

Town Talk Arthur A Mulder
TOWN TALK. (1880, April 30). Geelong Advertiser (Vic. : 1859 – 1929), p. 2. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from

Arthur’s relationship to my ex-husband is:

Arthur Alfred Mulder Russell relationshiop

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