Genealogy do-over

Genealogy do-over – Ivon Walter Whimpey

In my last few posts, I have been writing about how I organize my family history, and the different resources I use for my research. I decided it was about time I wrote a post about someone in my tree.

I don’t want to restrict what I write about by following the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts, or even the idea of writing one post every week. I will simply write about someone in my tree when there is new research, or I have new documents, that I want to write about.

I’ve mentioned before that my sister brought up paperwork for my dad, which included his birth and marriage certificates. I already had his death certificate.  In this post, I’m going to run through the information from these documents.

Ivon Walter Whimpey was born 21 January 1923 in Martin Street, Heidelberg.  He was the son of John Ernest Whimpey, a 38 year old grocer’s assistant, who had been born in Newbridge. Victoria.  John had married his wife Ivy May Harley on 22 September 1914 at Kilcunda, Victoria, and they had 3 children at the time of Ivon’s birth, Alan Arthur age 5, John Harrie age 3 and Keith Harley age 2.  Ivy May Harley was 32 years old at the time of Ivon’s birth, and had been born in South Melbourne, Victoria[1].

Ivon Walter Whimpey married Joyce Lillian O’Neill on 4 November 1944 at the Methodist Church in East Ivanhoe  Ivon was a bachelor, and Joyce was a spinster.  Ivon was 21 years old and been born at Heidelberg, while Joyce was 23 years old born at Middle Park. At the time of their marriage, Ivon was living at Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, and his occupation was A.I.F.  His usual residence was 122 Bridport Street Albert Park. Joyce was living at 11 Menzie Grove Ivanhoe, and she was working as a machinist. Ivon’s parents were listed as John Ernest Whimpey, grocer, and Ivy May Harley.  Joyce’s parents were listed as Arthur James O’Neill, signwriter, and Lillian Edith Moore.  They were married by licence according to the rites of the Methodist Church, by Albert Leslie Sherlock, a Minister of the Methodist Church.  The witnesses to the marriage were Marie Douglas and John H Whimpey. John H Whimpey was Ivon’s brother[2].

Ivon Walter Whimpey then married Edith Jean Marr on 20th December 1952 at the Methodist Church in Brougham Street, North Melbourne. Ivon was a widower, with 2 children from his first marriage, while Edith was a spinster.  Ivon was 29 years old and born in Heidelberg. Edith was 30 years old and born at Somerville.  Ivon was living at 63 Brown Street, Heidelberg and working as an electric welder, while Edith was living at 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne and working as a dressmaker.  Ivon’s parents were John Ernest Whimpey, grocer retired, and Ivy May Harley. Edith’s parents were Wilfred Palmer Marr, farmer retired, and Edith Meriden Dowera, deceased.  They were married by licence according to the rites of the Methodist Church, by Thomas Bernard Harvey, a Methodist Minister.  The witnesses were Margaret Marr and John Whimpey.  Margaret was Edith’s sister, and John would have been Ivon’s brother John[3].

Sources of information

[1] Australia, Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, birth certificate 4651 (1923), Ivon Walter Whimpey; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne.

[2]Australia, Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, marriage certificate 18425 (1944), Whimpey-O’Neill; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne; The certificate didn’t show the registration number – it appears to be the copy of the form sent to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  The Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria index showed the registration number for the marriage was 18425

[3] Australia, Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, marriage certificate 20200 (1952), Whimpey-Marr; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne; Certificate didn’t show the registration number. The Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria index shows the registration number was 20200