52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #18 Edith Meriden Docwra

Last week, I wrote about my grandfather Wilfred Palmer Marr. This week I am writing about his wife, my grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra.

Edith was born 26 January 1904 at 6 Canterbury Place, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.  She was the eldest child of Harry Docwra and Emily Alice Oliver.

Edith grew up on the family’s farm at Baxter.  It was here that she met Wilfred Palmer Marr, who had come to the area with his parents shortly before meeting Edith.

Edith and Wilfred were married 8 May 1922 at Baxter, and they had three children: my mum, Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990), my aunt, Margaret Amelia Marr (1924-2009), and my uncle, Aubrey Ronald Marr (1926-1996).

Edith deserted my grandfather and her 3 young children around 1930, and went to live in New South Wales.  The 1930 Electoral roll shows she was living at 34 Murdoch Street, Neutral Bay.  In 1933 she was living at 25 Roslyn Street, Darlinghurst.  She was living at 120 Macquarie Street, King in 1934, and later in 1934, she returned to Victoria, and was living with her sister and brothers on the family farm on Warrandyte Road Baxter. She was listed at this address on the 1934, 1935 and 1936 Electoral rolls.

I have not been able to track her whereabouts after 1936, until her death in 1948.  She died on 26 June 1948 at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg.  She was known as Edith Meriden Campbell, and she had been living at 63 Hawksburn Road South Yarra. She died from cachexia, months, and carcinoma cervix, years.  She was buried on 28 June 1948 at the Preston Cemetery.

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