Trove Tuesday

Trove Tuesday – George Marr

The other day, I was working on my grandfather Wilfred Palmer Marr’s brother George as part of my genealogy do-over.  George was killed when he was struck by a train at the railway crossing near Bell Railway Station in Preston, so I decided to check Trove for articles about his death.

George died in 1949.  Since these types of articles can sometimes be found in other states, I decided to leave the search for all states, but I narrowed my search to articles in 1949.

The first result was his death notice

George Marr death notice
Family Notices (1949, October 17). TheArgus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 9. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22785851

MARR. – On October 15 (suddenly), George, devoted husband of Austral, and loved father of Lillian (Mrs. Irwin), Eileen (Mrs. Meehan), Doris, Kathleen (Mrs. Dean), Rene (Mrs. Trotman), Patrick, Patricia, Richard, and William, aged 54 years.

The second result was an article about his death.

Killed by train
KILLED BY TRAIN (1949, October 19). Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article224946141

KILLED BY TRAIN

George Marr, 50, of Stoke Street, Preston, Melbourne, was killed on Saturday night, when he was run over by a train at Bell station. His body was found on the line at 11 o’clock. It is not known how the man came to be on the line.

I also found another article about his death, with slightly different wording

Man Killed by Train
Man Killed by Train (1949, October 17). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189473920

Man Killed by Train

George Marr, 50 years, of Stokes-street, Preston, was killed on Saturday night when he fell under a train at Bell-street station, Preston. Death was instantaneous.

There was another article in the Argus

Man killed on railway line
Three killed, many injured in road smashes (1949, October 17). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 3. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22785953

Man killed on railway line

George Marr, 50, of Stoke st,Northcote, was killed instantlyon Saturday night when he was run over by a train at Bell railway station.

I also found some more death notices in The Age

George Marr death notices
Family Notices (1949, October 17). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189473823

MARR. – On October 15, suddenly, George, devoted husband of Austral and loved father of Lillian (Mrs Ir-win), Eileen (Mrs Meehan), Doris, Kathleen (Mrs Dean), Rene (Mrs Trotman), Patrick, Patricia, Richard and William, aged 54 years.

MARR. – On October 15 (result of accident), George Marr, of 57 Stokes=street, Preston, dearly beloved husband of Austral, loved father of Lily (Mrs. Irwin), Eileen (Mrs. Meehan), Doris, Kathleen (Mrs. Dean), Rene (Mrs. Trotman), Patrick, Patricia, Richard and William. Requiescat in pace.

And the last article I am sharing is his funeral notice from The Age

George Marr funeral notice
Family Notices (1949, October 17). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 9. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189473823

MARR. – Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Mr GEORGE MARR will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Bell-street, Preston, TOMORROW, at 9 a.m. The Funeral will leave the church at the conclusion of Mass for the Preston Cemetery.
MULQUEEN & SONS PTY. LTD.
FW174G

2 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday – George Marr

  1. Thank you for the post. Most interesting! I’ve yet to work out which Marr left Victoria and headed to the Goldfields in WA. Would be my great grandparents. My grandmother was born in Boulder, in the Goldfields. I’m enjoying your posts and sharing the info with my family members, thank you again. Kind regards,

    Sue Hanson

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    1. There were three brothers who went to Western Australia – James Joseph Matthias Marr, Peter Marr, and Alexander William Marr. Peter married Lily May Murton, Alexander married Edith Selina Emma Murton, and James married Hannah Isabella Quine. The three brothers were sons of Peter Marr and Harriet Rebecca Gregory. Peter was the son of James Marr and Martha Richardson. Peter was born in 1847 in Dundee, Scotland, and came to Australia with his parents in 1849. One daughter had died in Scotland. The rest of the family were born in Victoria. Peter died in 1889.

      I’m descended from Peter’s brother Henry Palmer Marr.

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