Turnbull Clan Genealogy Collection

Sarah Benbow

F, #64576, b. 6 January 1835
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherWilliam Benbow (b. 1785, d. 27 March 1843)
MotherRebecca Adcock (b. 1797, d. 24 April 1859)

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BirthSarah Benbow was born on 6 January 1835 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1
MarriageShe married Charles Wiltshire in Tasmania, Australia.1
DeathShe died in Tasmania, Australia.1

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NameSarah Benbow was also known as Sarah Benbow.1
NameShe was also known as Sarah Wiltshire.

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Joseph Benbow

M, #64577, b. 29 April 1837, d. 8 April 1917
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Joseph Benbow

Parents

FatherWilliam Benbow (b. 1785, d. 27 March 1843)
MotherRebecca Adcock (b. 1797, d. 24 April 1859)

BMDB Events

BirthJoseph Benbow was born on 29 April 1837 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1
RelationshipHe had a relationship with Christina McKay about 1859 in Tasmania, Australia. who was a miner in the Eaglehawk area2
RelationshipHe had a relationship with Catherine Maher in 1877.1
DeathHe died on 8 April 1917 at age 79 in Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia. His death certificate states he had been in Victoria for 65 years1,2
BurialHe was buried after 8 April 1917 at Eaglehawk Cemetery in Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia.2,3

Family 1: Christina McKay (b. 29 March 1826, d. 11 November 1882)

SonWilliam Thomas Benbow (b. 21 January 1860)
DaughterLouisa Benbow (b. 10 May 1862, d. 27 August 1938)
SonWilliam Benbow (b. 16 February 1864)
SonJoseph Isaac Benbow+ (b. 13 April 1866, d. 2 October 1942)

Family 2: Catherine Maher

SonCharles Edward Benbow (b. 1877, d. 1913)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon
  2. [S2037] Pauline, "E-Mail from Pauline Ferrinda," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2014. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Pauline Ferrinda."
  3. [S1714] ancestery.com, online, http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?new=1&gsfn=Joseph&gsln=Benbow&rank=1&gss=angs-g&mswpn__ftp=Australia&mswpn=5027&mswpn_PInfo=3-|0|1652397|0|5027|0|0|0|0|0|0|&msbdy=1837&gl=ROOT_CATEGORY&gst=. Hereinafter cited as ancestery.com.

Charles Benbow

M, #64578, b. 19 January 1839, d. 10 March 1855
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherWilliam Benbow (b. 1785, d. 27 March 1843)
MotherRebecca Adcock (b. 1797, d. 24 April 1859)

BMDB Events

BirthCharles Benbow was born on 19 January 1839 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1
DeathHe died on 10 March 1855 at age 16 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Sarsfield Benbow

M, #64579, b. 2 October 1841
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherWilliam Benbow (b. 1785, d. 27 March 1843)
MotherRebecca Adcock (b. 1797, d. 24 April 1859)

BMDB Events

BirthSarsfield Benbow was born on 2 October 1841 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1
MarriageHe married Annie McDowell about 1865 in Tasmania, Australia.1
DeathHe died in Tasmania, Australia.1

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AnecdoteSearsfield Benbow was the only one of the Benbow/Jervis children to be registered. H married Annie McDowell and stayed in Tasmania. He is buried in Oyster Cove.1

Family: Annie McDowell

SonSarsfield 'Charlie' Alexander Benbow+ (b. 13 December 1869, d. 12 May 1913)
DaughterAnnie Amelia Benbow+ (b. 8 November 1874, d. 24 February 1961)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Sarah Cook

F, #64580
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Partners (fam)Sarah Cook was Partners about 1854 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.1

Family: Thomas Benbow (b. 4 January 1833, d. 16 July 1889)

DaughterMary Benbow (b. about 1856)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Mary Ann Brackstone

F, #64581
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

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DeathMary Ann Brackstone died in Victoria, Australia.1
MarriageShe married Robert Carrison on 29 December 1855 in Portland, Victoria, Australia.2
MarriageShe married Thomas Benbow on 9 July 1861 in Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia.2
BurialShe was buried after 1 July 1926 at Wonthaggi Cemetery in Victoria, Australia.

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Partners (fam)Mary Ann Brackstone was Partners about 1855 in Snug, Tasmania, Australia.2
ImmigrationShe immigrated on 5 September 1855 to Portland, Victoria, Australia. on the ship “Cairngorm”2
NameAs of 29 December 1855, Mary Ann Brackstone was also known as Mary Ann Carrison.2
NameAs of 9 July 1861, Mary Ann Brackstone was also known as Mary Ann Benbow.2
DeathShe died on 1 July 1926 in Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia.2

Family 1: Thomas Benbow (b. 4 January 1833, d. 16 July 1889)

SonWilliam Benbow+ (b. 11 April 1855, d. 29 August 1940)
SonFrederick Henry Benbow (b. 19 June 1857, d. 3 June 1915)
DaughterCaroline Benbow (b. 25 March 1859, d. 3 July 1861)
DaughterAdeline Augusta Benbow (b. 28 April 1863, d. June 1952)
SonThomas James Benbow (b. 25 August 1863, d. 27 November 1940)
SonEdwin James Benbow (b. 28 September 1865, d. 2 July 1941)
SonMervin Benbow (b. 22 December 1867, d. 29 February 1892)
SonWalter Albert Benbow (b. 14 March 1870)
DaughterAlice Louisa Benbow (b. 25 December 1875, d. 24 June 1960)

Family 2: Robert Carrison (b. 1830, d. 1908)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon
  2. [S882] Irene Sheppard, "E-Mail from Irene Sheppard," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2007. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Irene Sheppard."

Charles Wiltshire

M, #64582
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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MarriageCharles Wiltshire married Sarah Benbow in Tasmania, Australia.1
DeathHe died in Tasmania, Australia.1

Family: Sarah Benbow (b. 6 January 1835)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Christina McKay

F, #64583, b. 29 March 1826, d. 11 November 1882
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Christina McKay

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BirthChristina McKay was born on 29 March 1826 at Killarrow in Argyllshire, Scotland.1,2
MarriageShe married Benjamin Hingley on 16 October 1843 in Tasmania, Australia.2
MarriageShe married James Graham in 1855 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. even though there was no divorce from Ben Hingley.3
RelationshipShe had a relationship with Joseph Benbow about 1859 in Tasmania, Australia. who was a miner in the Eaglehawk area3
DeathShe died on 11 November 1882 at age 56 at Bendigo Hospital in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. from stroke and heart.1,3
BurialShe was buried after 11 November 1882 at Eaglehawk Cemetery in Victoria, Australia.3

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CriminalChristina McKay was. at the age of 14 convicted in Glasgow for stealing and was sentenced to 7 years in Tasmania.2
ImmigrationShe immigrated on 10 October 1841 to Tasmania, Australia. aboard the "Garland Grove". Upon arrival she was set to work at the Launceston Factory where she met Benjamin Hingley another convict.2
NameAs of 16 October 1843, Christina McKay was also known as Christina Hingley.2
AnecdoteOn 26 April 1848 Freed from servitude and on the 18 November 1850 with her small daughters and husband left Tasmania on the ship "Shamrock" bound for Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia.3
SeparationBenjamin Hingley and she were separated in 1855.
NameAs of 1855, Christina McKay was also known as Christina Graham.3
SeparationJames Graham and she were separated about 1858.3
AnecdoteIn 1865 a Bendigo newspaper article reported an accident where Christina burnt her legs in Mrs Crossers shanty at Jackass Flat, Eaglehawk, her partner Joseph Benbow was a miner there.3
AnecdoteIn 1872 Christina and Joe a carter by now lived at Snobs Hill Eaglehawk .Before1877 Joe and Christina separated and he went on to officially marry a woman named Marr with whom he had children.3

Family 1: Benjamin Hingley

DaughterAnn Maria Hingley (b. 13 March 1845)
DaughterMary Ann Hingley (b. 2 October 1848)

Family 2: James Graham

DaughterCatherine Alice Graham (b. 26 March 1856)

Family 3: Joseph Benbow (b. 29 April 1837, d. 8 April 1917)

SonWilliam Thomas Benbow (b. 21 January 1860)
DaughterLouisa Benbow (b. 10 May 1862, d. 27 August 1938)
SonWilliam Benbow (b. 16 February 1864)
SonJoseph Isaac Benbow+ (b. 13 April 1866, d. 2 October 1942)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon
  2. [S2037] Pauline, "E-Mail from Pauline Ferrinda," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2014, I am writing to state that info re Christina McKay and Benbow is not correct,they were never an item in Tasmania,they did not marry but had 5 children in the Eaglehawk Bendigo area. If you would like the details please let me know. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Pauline Ferrinda."
  3. [S2037] Pauline, "E-Mail from Pauline Ferrinda," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2014. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Pauline Ferrinda."

Catherine Maher

F, #64584
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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BirthCatherine Maher was born.1
RelationshipShe had a relationship with Joseph Benbow in 1877.1

Family: Joseph Benbow (b. 29 April 1837, d. 8 April 1917)

SonCharles Edward Benbow (b. 1877, d. 1913)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Annie McDowell

F, #64585
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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MarriageAnnie McDowell married Sarsfield Benbow about 1865 in Tasmania, Australia.1

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NameAs of about 1865, Annie McDowell was also known as Annie McDowell.1
NameAs of about 1865, Annie McDowell was also known as Annie Benbow.

Family: Sarsfield Benbow (b. 2 October 1841)

SonSarsfield 'Charlie' Alexander Benbow+ (b. 13 December 1869, d. 12 May 1913)
DaughterAnnie Amelia Benbow+ (b. 8 November 1874, d. 24 February 1961)

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Leonard Henry Theodore Duke

M, #64586, b. 2 February 1912, d. 27 March 1980
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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BirthLeonard Henry Theodore Duke was born on 2 February 1912 in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4
MarriageHe married Lillian Joyce Beattie on 14 May 1932 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Leonard Henry Theodore Duke was, age 20, Lillian Joyce Beattie was, age 15.1,4
DeathHe died on 27 March 1980 at age 68 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.1,2,3,1,4

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AnecdoteLeonard Henry Theodore DUKE was born in South Melbourne Victoria 2nd February 1912. His father Humphry Henry James DUKE was a bag dealer & his mother was Idunna SCOTT (Thygesen). He lived most of his early days in South Melbourne. His father died when he was 5 & his mother remarried & had 2 more children, but eventually divorced. All the Duke children were influenced in their love of Australiana by T.C.Alsopp, Head Teacher of Eastern Rd. State School in South Melbourne, where they attended. He taught them Australian songs & poetry & encouraged them to attend operas at the PlayhouseTheatre down by the Yarra River. Len used lines from "The Rubyiat of Omah Khyam" in conversation. "The bird of time has but a little time to fly, and Lo the bird is on the wing" was one he used often & and "The bird is on the wing" was enough to say it was getting late. He knew Banjo Paterson's "Man from Snowy River" & "Clancy of the Overflow" which he taught his daughter Lil. On Sundays as a youngster Len joined the underprivileged kids for breakfast at the nearby Tri-boys Society, and when his stepfather started shouting, he slept with his hat on in case he had to get out quickly! When he was about 11 his mother had the Bluebell Cafe, a Confectionery shop & Tea Rooms in Clarendon St. Sth. Melbourne & kept pies & bread under the counter for Len's friends, among whom were later World Champion Billiard player Walter Lindrum & radio & TV personality Frank Rich. Len & his brother Humphry missed having a father & he was a manly little boy who always looked afterhis sister, more like a big brother. He spent time at the docks (now built on for the tramways in the Banks/Wells St. area) round the campfire with an ex policeman listening to the stories the men told. For pocket money he sold papers.
He was good at sport & got out of bed with the flu to do his Bronze Medallion in swimming He won a swimming race in a school competition & gave the prize to the girl who came second because he was, as the teacher put it "a little gentleman" When he was about 11 he met Lillian Beattie, then 9 years old & a few years later they started going out together. He was quite a whiz with the billiard cue & would often win 5 shillings to take her to the pictures & buy chocolates. He borrowed 1 pound from his sister Jessie "to buy a wedding ring for Lily"& they were married on 14 May 1932 when he was 20 & she not quite 16. They moved into a 2 roomed cottage in Sth Melbourne with rent subsidised by the Government. Len worked on the construction of St.Kilda Rd. for sustenance (Susso) during the Depression and in the early 1930s when their first baby Lennie was one year old they had only enough money to buy an egg, so they fed the baby & had nothing to eat themselves. He acted as midwife for the birth of his daughter Lil above his mother-in-law's fruitshop in West Melbourne. During their early married life he was a foreman in Boles Icecream Factory in Fitzroy & lived just behind the factory so jumped the fence to come home at night, often with a whole bucket of icecream for his kids. While living in South Melbourne he drove Yellow Cab before 1941 then shifted "out bush" to North Caulfield, seven miles from the city & a place with a huge long backyard. He was inducted into the Army during World War 2 on Nov 1942 & served inAustralia as Driver Mechanic at Port Kembla Workshops till February 1946. According to Army doctors he had flat feet so couldn't serve overseas. After discharge he went back to driving taxis for Red Top & in 1954 got a taxi licence so could drive anytime. A couple of times he was bashed & robbed. He eventually left the taxis & went into the tree removal business with his own truck in the 1950s. When the Queen came to Australia he & his son Fran loaded up the truck with fruit boxes & sold them for 5/- (50c) for people to stand on, then collected them after the parade passed & resold them further up the line. He taught them a family whistle which he used whenever he wanted them & they could be anywhere in the world & hear that whistle & see see a member of the Duke family. His daughter Lil's family then passed it on to the Dillons. He admired Richard Tauber & knew all his songs, which he then taught to Fran, who later studied singing whilst overseas in his early twenties. Weekends were for families to get together & Sunday was the day for a roast dinner and working in his big garden. At night the uncles, aunties & cousins came for a cold tea and the children put on a concert first, then the adults sang in harmony all the old songs their mother taught them. His great loves were football & fishing. He was a great South Melbourne footie supporter (Australian Rules) but never got to see them win a premiership. He fished with his brother Humphry & Charlie Cumberland and later his grandson Steve Dillon. They were in his black rubber dinghy once & were rammed by a power boat out on Port Phillip Bay off St. Kilda Pier. Steve was thrown into the water & Len knocked back into the boat. After Steve got them back to shore Len drove to the police Station but couldn't remember the accident. He spent months in a head to waist plaster with a broken neck Years later. he & Steve went to Melbourne from Qld. for the boat owner's trial - they'd all been downstairs drinking & had no look-out. He got a serttlement of a few thousand dollars & gave some to Steve.
He was a self taught golfer & won several golf trophies in his thirties, & for the years leading up to 1979 won the Billiards & Snooker championships at Buderim.. He was so good the Buderim Club decided in his last year to bar him from the Championship because "he always won" His sayings were gems: "Just because the tent's small don't think the show's not good" - "No dogs in single rooms". "When the lighthouse shines across the bay, come home my love, come home" - "Snorkey Marney of the Burrough, fought 3 rounds in a paper bag with a monkey & came out without a scratch." When asked what anything was it was always "A wigwam for a goose's bridle" & if something was lost if would be"Hanging on a skyhook" later abbreviated as all his speech was, to "Hangin'". He couln't read a note of music but could play any tune on the mouth organ or accordian.
He loved his 16 grandchildren & always had time for them. He always did a tapdance for them & had a Donald Duck imitation which accompanied wild tickling.
He loved taking everyone for fishing trips at Kilcunda, mushrooming around the old mineshafts of Wonthaggi, and counter lunches for everydone at the Miners Rest Hotel. His one aim in life was to win Tatts, now Gold Lotto, & take all the family on a big trip or all live together in a big house. He had nicknames for all the family, most girls in the Duke family ended up being called Annie Kate, Katie Annie or just Kate. He was a whiz with Cockney rhyming slang & would come in with Steve after being out fishing and tell him "Better lemon squash (wash) the german bands & plates of meat" (hands & feet) & as Steve became more used to it, he'd just say "Swan, give the germans & plates a lemon". In his business of lopping & felling trees when work was slack he cleaned out sheds, garages, houses & couldn't throw out 'good stuff'. It ended up in the sideway & shed at Wilks St then transferred to Kilcunda when they retired there for a few years, then some made its way to Qld. He wrote a letter during the height of the 1973/74 Xmas Brisbane floods when they were living at Miami on the Gold Coast. Its a classic - describing almost minute by minute the change in events - how the rain was getting heavier, the radio had now gone out, their boa twas tied to the verandah post as the waters were rising in the street & he said "Anybody who lives in Queensland (during the cyclone season) would have to be homeless, or Stateless, or mad!" He would've been proud to know his great-grandfather William Duke came out from Ireland as a young man & became a now-famous artis, with his paintings hanging in two art galleries & museums in Tasmania, one in Geleong & two in the National Library in Canberra, along with several in the W.L.Crowther Library in Hobart. Prints taken from two of William's works were sold at art shops during Expo in Brisbane. One of his whaling pictures travelled Australia during the Bi-Centennial celebrations with the Great Australian Masters exhibition.
He & Lil planned a World Tour in 1974 & four days before they were to sai he had a massive heart attack which resulted in by-pass surgery so he never left Australia. After a few months they shifted to a caravan Park at Alexandra Headland in Queensland & when his daughter Lil & her family arrived back from overseas to live in Buderim he was overjoyed. He enjoyed his various activities & loved his family around him, the more the merrier - "We're a family of champions" was how he thought of them. He visited his sons & siblings in Melbourne in 1980 & went walking with his son Len round St.Kilda Pier where he used to go fishing as a kid. He stood at the end of the Pier gazing at the sea, Len said "as if he was having his last look" & that's just what it was. He came back to Queensland and went into hospital soon after where he died in March 1980 a few weeks after his 68th birthday & was cremated at Albany Creek Crematorium, Brisbane. Like the lines of one of his favourite poems "I'm goin' he said as he rode away, where the Pelican builds his nest."4

Family: Lillian Joyce Beattie (b. 12 August 1916, d. 22 May 1985)

SonLeonard Charles Humphry Duke+ (b. 20 November 1932, d. 20 March 1984)
DaughterLillian Ruby Idunna Duke+
SonFrancis John Duke+
DaughterJennifer Lorraine Duke+

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Lillian Joyce Beattie

F, #64587, b. 12 August 1916, d. 22 May 1985
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherAndrew Charles Beattie (b. 25 January 1893, d. July 1951)
MotherRuby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull (b. 19 November 1900, d. October 1950)

BMDB Events

BirthLillian Joyce Beattie was born on 12 August 1916 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.1,2,3,1,4
MarriageShe married Leonard Henry Theodore Duke on 14 May 1932 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Lillian Joyce Beattie was, age 15, Leonard Henry Theodore Duke was, age 20.1,4
DeathShe died on 22 May 1985 at age 68 in Buderim, Queensland, Australia.1,2,3,1,4

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NameAs of 14 May 1932, Lillian Joyce Beattie was also known as Lillian Joyce Beattie.1,4
NameAs of 14 May 1932, Lillian Joyce Beattie was also known as Lillian Joyce Duke.
AnecdoteLillian Joyce Beattie was born in Hobart, Tasmania12th August 1916 - the
only child of Ruby & Andrew 'Charlie' Beattie. Her parents separated when she was quite young & she was left her in the care of her foster grandparents, George Reynolds & his wife Lillian, after whom she was named. They lived in a Burnett St, then a modest little house in Smith St near the Domain which lead to the riverside. She shared a room with her Aunty Maud eight years older & they became as close as sisters. 'Grandfather' George had his own asphalting business which employed 2 men, with Uncle George helping out now & then. Her grandmother took her for an hour's walk on the Domain searching for herbs used in cooking & medicine. The Dr. had Grandmother on Laudnum for the pain caused by her earlier illness & she apparently had become addicted to it, so when her mother sent dresses for Lily grandmother pawned them to buy Laudnum. Her mother came to collect her & they moved to Victoria where she met Len Duke when she was about 9 years old & he was 11. She worked at the Canteen in the Russell St. Police Station and then Hoadley's Chocolate Factory where the morning shift would sweep all the rat's droppings off the stacks of chocolate before they were wrapped. When she was15 she & Len Duke were married & had 3 children by the time she was 20 For a short time they lived with her mother & stepfather over a fruitshop in West Melbourne, then in Fitzroy behind the Boles Ice Cream Factory where Len worked. The next move was to South Melbourne in a small house right on the roadway with a tiny pocket handkerchief backyard. In 1941 they moved 5 miles from Melbourne to Nth. Caulfield with a huge backyard for the kids. Money was short as with most families & she spent years with no nice clothes for herself, particularly during the war. She sometimes wore her husband's cardigans with curtains from the kitchen wrapped round as a skirt, slippers & pair of Len's sox. She kept the children neat and tidy with bows in the girl's hair and polished shoes all round. She was a real worker always washing, ironing, sewing, scrubhbing & polishing floors, hosing the front verandah & gardening. She loved ballroom dancing and she & Len were both very good ballroom dancers. After the war when her husband came back from the Army a daughter was born when she was 30.
She got her driving licence in her 40s & took their youngest daughter Jenny to school in a little blue Morris van with a soft top & tray back. Later they had an Austin 7 & took their families down for holidays to their old house at Kilcunda on the Coast of South Gippsland. At Easter she had a big cardboard box full of Easter eggs for all the grandkids & liked nothing better than to feed multitudes of family. There was always something found in the cupboard or fridge later which had been missed & she'd say "Here's something we could have had" which became a standing family joke. After the family grew up and married, in 1974 they moved up to Buderim on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland near their daughter Lil, after Len had a big heart operation. In the mid 70s they drove a big yellow car, which being the only one around the Coast at the time was quite conspicuous. They had 6 good years before Len died & a few years later Lil had to give up driving after she injured her ankle very badly but kept the car sitting outside for about a year but eventually had to give up her independence & sell it.
She knew nothing about her family history prior to her mother Ruby being adopted by the Reynolds & was thrilled to find out names & dates back to the early days of Tasmania. She had a great interest in crafts & made soft toys for the grandkids & knitted them jumpers & bedsox & also left little booties & crocheted baby rugs for future great grandchildren. She visited Melbourne for 21st birthdays & weddings of her grandchildren & then a leaking aeorta was diagnosed in the mid-80s so she was only just able to make it to her grandson Steve Dillon & Karen's wedding at Buderim in 1985. Karen had stayed at her house the night before & they had breakfast together before Steve went to take photos & collect Karen. She was also happy she was able to see Dillon grandchildren Pam make it into her teaching job & Sandy engaged. That year when Halley's Comet visited Earth & she saw it for the 2nd time in her lifetime
She had a generfus heart & loved all her family and is remembered by them all with great love and affection. She died during the early hours 22nd May 1985 & was cremated at Buderim.1,4

Family: Leonard Henry Theodore Duke (b. 2 February 1912, d. 27 March 1980)

SonLeonard Charles Humphry Duke+ (b. 20 November 1932, d. 20 March 1984)
DaughterLillian Ruby Idunna Duke+
SonFrancis John Duke+
DaughterJennifer Lorraine Duke+

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Leonard Charles Humphry Duke

M, #64588, b. 20 November 1932, d. 20 March 1984
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherLeonard Henry Theodore Duke (b. 2 February 1912, d. 27 March 1980)
MotherLillian Joyce Beattie (b. 12 August 1916, d. 22 May 1985)

BMDB Events

BirthLeonard Charles Humphry Duke was born on 20 November 1932 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4
MarriageHe married Margaret Gertrude Cromb on 31 July 1955 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Leonard Charles Humphry Duke was, age 22, Margaret Gertrude Cromb was, age 15.1,4
MarriageHe married Glenyse Joyce Harris on 7 March 1970 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,4
DeathHe died on 20 March 1984 at age 51 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4

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DivorceLeonard Charles Humphry Duke and Margaret Gertrude Cromb were divorced before 7 March 1970.1,4
AnecdoteLeonard Charles Humphry Duke was born in 1932. In South Melbourne he attended Eastern Rd. State School, then In 1940 the family moved to Wilks Street, North Caulfield 7 miles from town! He & Lil took up skating at St.Moritz St Kilda during the years just after the war & it became Len's passion. He joined the Monarchs Ice Hockey Club & was one of the foundation members of Melbourne Amateur Speed Skating Club along with David Morgan his longtime school friend. Len wrote the first Constitution of the Club typed up by his 14 yr.old sister Lil. His bedroom was set up like an office complete with filing cabinets & everyone had strict instructions not to disturb anything as he knew exactly where everything was and if one piece of paper got mixed up with another it would ruin everything!
Len & Lil represented Victoria at Speed Skating several times. In Sydney in 1950 at 17 he won 3 SENIOR championships in one night setting new Australian Records although still a Junior. In 1953 in Hobart Tasmania Lil won an Australian Title. They both held Australian & Victorian titles over the years, a fact which their father was proud to point out to visitors!
When he was 20 he fractured his neck when he was thrown over the bonnet of a car which knocked him off his bike. He was in plaster from neck to waist for months He married Margaret Cromb in 1954 & their son Len 3rd was born in April 1955. They had 4 more children over the next 6 years , Joseph, who Verlie, Elizabeth & Tania & built a "contemporary" house in the new suburb of Glen Waverley when the roads were unmade & very rough. The Credit Squeeze in the early 1960s caused the loss of Len's job, his car & his home. They rented in Caulfield while he tried to get another job but everyone told him he was overqualified. He sold encyclopedeas & moved to Redcliffe in Queensland where there was more of a market.
Margaret left the family for another man in Queensland & as Len couldn't look after the kids and go out selling at night the children were brought home to Victoria by their paternal grandmother till Len came down. Margaret collected the youngest Tania after a while & Len tried for years to keep the others together till eventually Margaret came to take the girls back. As they were getting into the car to take them away, young Lennie looked so sad Len said "Do you want to go too" - and of course he went. Len was brokenhearted to lose his kids as he really loved them. The first Christmas without them he was staying at his parent's holiday house at Kilcunda in Sth.Gippsland with some of the family & looked really forlorn as his nephews & nieces opened their Christmas presents. A few years later he married Glenyse Harris & had three lovely kids so once again he was surrounded by a family he loved. As a young man he was always interested in joining the Police force but at the time the regulation height was 6 ft. & he was 5ft.10 ins, but was able to become a member of the Commonwealth Police Force in his 40s due to the minimum height being reduced. He was co-ordinator of the Citizens Radio Emergency Minitors Council involving 2-way radio & Search & Rescue . It was a shock when he was struck down in 1982 with a brain tumour at 49 & had a big operation which gave him back to his young family with sight & hearing for about 6 months. He was quite a solid build & when it got too big a job for Glenys to dress & feed him & they had to shift house over Christmas 1983, she had to have him admitted to Royal Melbourne hospital again & he never left . His mother visited him the year before when he was first ill & his sister Lil & eldest daughters Verlie (she hadn't seen him for 17 years) & later Elizabeth made the trip from Qld. taking her 3rd baby - the only one of his grandchildren he ever saw His elder son Len contacted him so it was nice they made contact again, as they grew up believing he had deserted them. He died 20 March 1984 at the age of 50, when Rebekkah was 9, Sarah 7 & Saul 4. Members of the Drug Squad were well represented at his funeral. He had donated the Len Duke Perpetual Ice Racing Trophy to the Victorian Speed Skating Union & his wife Glenys returned his cups to the Union after he died. When one of the officials asked if anyone in his family wanted them, Lil collected 2 trophies & gave them to his daughters Verlie & Elizabeth who were interested in the family history. The other had been joined to the Duke Trophy to make it bigger, so his name lives on in the skating world.4,5

Family 1: Margaret Gertrude Cromb (b. 7 June 1940, d. 20 June 2003)

SonLeonard Ian Duke
SonJoseph Duke (b. 23 March 1958, d. 23 March 1958)
DaughterVerlie Jane Duke+
DaughterElizabeth Kay Duke+
DaughterTania Margaret Duke+

Family 2: Glenyse Joyce Harris

DaughterRebekah Anne Duke
DaughterSarah Rachel Duke
SonSaul Richard Duke

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon
  5. [S1851] Lil Dillon, "E-Mail from Lil Dillon," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2010. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Lil Dillon."

Gregory Paul Dillon

M, #64593, b. 7 November 1966, d. 7 November 1966
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherJohn Mons Dillon
MotherLillian Ruby Idunna Duke

BMDB Events

BirthGregory Paul Dillon was born on 7 November 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4
DeathHe died on 7 November 1966 at age 0 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Andrew Charles Beattie

M, #64597, b. 25 January 1893, d. July 1951
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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BirthAndrew Charles Beattie was born on 25 January 1893 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.1,2,3,1,4
MarriageHe married Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull on 2 October 1915 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Andrew Charles Beattie was, age 22, Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull was, age 14.4
DeathHe died in July 1951 at age 58 in Sylvan, Victoria, Australia.1,2,3,1,4

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AnecdoteAndrew Charles BEATTIE (Charlie) was born in Hobart on 25th January 1893 the 3rd child of Isaac Harold BEATTIE & Mary Ann BLACKMORE who was living at 120 Murray St. Hobart at the time while his father was a labourer working on farms in the Midlands. Charlie was a short man with dark hair & bushy eyebrows & by all accounts a bit of a rogue - having spent more time in prison for various misdemeanours than out. He married Ruby Kathleen Isabell Turnbull/Reynolds on 2 October 1915 in Hobart Tasmania & their daughter Lillian Joyce was born in Aug 1916. According to his 2nd "wife" Bell Widger he was "A rotter & a no hoper.. and a drunkard. He made it known in public he was not married to his wife Ruby (he was). She had to get permission from the Education Dept. as she was 12 yrs. old (13) He was over 20 years & had to marry her or get jail, then he was supposed to have had divorce. Supposed to have been in 1st War; the Military proved fake."
His daughter Lillian said he broke into her room through the window one night & stole her purse from under the bed. Her foster grandfather George Reynolds was an asphalt contractor & often gave Chas. some money to buy cement. He'd go missing for several days & they'd find the horse & cart tied up outside some pub. At one time he went missing for several months & turned up at home to his wife Ruby dumping a huge cabbage on the table, saying "There's your wages, Cocky". Another time he arrived with a starving looking greyhound & said "We're going to make our fortune!"
Bell Widger said he gave her his name as Hill. When their son Graham was born he registered him as Beattie. Twice he stole Graham from where they lived at Sylvan in Victoria & had him adopted to a Mrs. Burns. Bell & her sons "put it into hands of police & he was ordered to hand him back to her within 24 hours or get a 10 years sentence" Bell consulted the police dept. "about marriage to him they said forget it." Bell said "Graham was a Beattie when it comes to drink -but a good worker & well liked". She wrote to Charlie's granddaughter Lillian "I don't advise you to put him to your family tree" !!. His grandchildren visited him at Sylvan in the 1940s & had a photo taken with him & his young son Graham who was about 3 years old. Andrew Charles BEATTIE died in Sylvan Victoria on and is buried.1,4

Family 1: Bell Widger

SonGraham Beattie

Family 2: Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull (b. 19 November 1900, d. October 1950)

DaughterLillian Joyce Beattie+ (b. 12 August 1916, d. 22 May 1985)

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon

Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull

F, #64598, b. 19 November 1900, d. October 1950
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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Parents

FatherRobert Edwin Lucas (b. 19 February 1876, d. 8 August 1933)
MotherIsabella Adeline Turnbull (b. 12 August 1881, d. 16 December 1921)

BMDB Events

BirthRuby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull was born on 19 November 1900 at 213 Bathurst St. in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.1,2
MarriageShe married Andrew Charles Beattie on 2 October 1915 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull was, age 14, Andrew Charles Beattie was, age 22.1
DeathShe died in October 1950 at age 49 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.1

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NameRuby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull was also known as Ruby Kathleen Isobel Reynolds.1,3
NameAs of 2 October 1915, Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull was also known as Ruby Kathleen Isobel Beattie.1
Partners (fam)She was Partners about 1930.1
AnecdoteRuby Kathleen Isabell TURNBULL was born 19th November 1900 at 213 Bathurst St. Hobart to a single girl - Isabel Adeline TURNBULL. The birth was registered in Hobart by Lillian Reynolds a friend to whom Ruby was fostered out. On the Hobart certificate the father not listed, but a registration a year later in Gordon in 1902 by her grandmother Georgina Turnbull names her father at Robert Lucas, a Mail Driver. Contact with Turnbull relatives disclosed another daughter, Gladys Isabel, born in 1902 (father Robert Lucas) & a son Albert Edward born 1905 (father Albert Holt). Ruby said another young girl about her own age in the town went to the same dances, & if both turned up, one had to leave as they looked so much alike it was an embarrassment. This could have been Gladys Lucas, or Alice Maud, born in 1897.
A family story was that Ruby's father was Labour MP named Bolton. Some members of the Turnbull family thought Isabella was a member of the Tasmanian Legislature "the first woman Parliamentarian in Tasmania". Maybe they confused it with the MP, or she may have worked on a Labour committee. Her obituary called her "a friend to the friendless and a true Labourite."
When Lillian & George Reynolds took Ruby in they already had another fostered child, Maud - and later took in young George. Maud was supposedly about 8 years younger than Ruby, her real surname being Fuchs & she came from the immediate vicinity. George's arrival is surrounded in mystery. He was brought to the house late one night and it was said he came off a British ship; everyone seemed to think he had an aristocratic background. As a young man he ran away to Sydney & lived there all his life.(George Snr's sister was married to a black man named Arbuckle, who owned many dogs. His brother Seth had 13 kids & he boiled potatoes in a large empty kerosine container)
Ruby's foster father George Reynolds was a happy, healthy man who had his own asphalting business which employed 2 men, with young George helping out now & then, & his wife Lillian was a loving little woman who had been so ill when she was younger she'd been confined to a wheelchair. The Dr. had put her on Laudnum for the pain & she apparently had become addicted to it. She was sometimes serious, but loved to laugh, walk & explore nature & play with her tiny brown & white dog Nippy. George called her "the Munching Bird" because she'd take a whole billy full of boiled potatoes up the stairs & eat the lot in bed!

Ruby's mother Isabel later married Albert Edward Holt, a bootclicker in 1905. Ruby tried to make contact with Isabel by calling at her home when she was about 17 & a mother herself, but Isabel became hysterical & had Ruby thrown out of the house. On 2nd October 1915 when she was living with her 'parents' at 131 Murray St. Hobart, Ruby married Andrew Charles BEATTIE, a 22 year old Labourer. The Certificate stated she was 17, but this was later officially amended to 13. Witnesses to the marriage were her guardian Geo.Reynolds & Daisy Jane Marley. Ruby & Charlie's daughter Lillian Joyce was born in Hobart on 12 August 1916. At one time they took her with them picking hops or 6 weeks where they stayed in a hut lined with brown paper. They had to put the hop bush branches into a big hessian lined crate 2 to 3 ft. high - as tall as Lily. Charlie was a bit of a no-hoper & drank a lot, so he & Ruby eventually separated . To earn a living Ruby played the piano in hotels, with 4 year old Lily sitting on top. Ruby moved from Tasmania to Melbourne & left young Lily with her own foster mother, Lillian Reynolds (after whom she was named). When she sent dresses home for her daughter, Grandmother Reynolds pawned them to buy Laudnum to which she'd become addicted when in a wheelchair when she was younger. . One day Ruby came in a cab dressed in a fur coat to visit her daughter, and was so hot they could see the steam rising from her. She was found to have scarlet fever; after she left Grandmother Reynolds blew sulpher on paper down the girls' throats to kill the germs. Ruby eventually collected Lily & took her to live in Melbourne, Victoria. After his wife died he went to Melbourne to live with Ruby & Lil. In 1931 Ruby had another daughter Mary, whose father was Mick Rapa, a Maltese merchant navyman whom she met in Melbourne. There was no divorce from Charlie Beattie so probably no marriage to Mick. Mick sold fruit to the ships from the fruit shop they ran in West Melbourne. Grandfather Reynolds eventually went to live with them after the death of his wife & often bought a dozen reamcakes which he'd put on a tray and take to the front room to eat while sitting in his rocking chair. In 1934 her daughter Lillian, husband Len DUKE & their 2 year old son Lennie were living in one of the rooms above the fruitshop whered a daughter was born with Len acting as midwife. They named her Lillian Ruby Idunna, after her mother & both grandmothers.
Ruby 'Rapa" then ran a fish & chip shop in which the smell of the fish & chips cooking in the large vats permeated her clothes, her hair, the furniture everything! She was and avid horseracing fan & ifanyone visited on Saturday, Mary would be playing on the piano & maybe teaching her nephews & nieces 'chopsticks' but as soon as a race came on the radio Nana would "shush" everyone in the room and literally ride her horse to the post, calling "come on ... come on". Her grandchildren were intrigued by her glass eye and loved being with her as she was a very funny lady with a great sense of humour & a hearty laugh. Later she had second hand shops & here the smell of old furniture & fusty wardrobes took over. Mick RAPA had a dog called Prince & Ruby's big black dog was Jumbo. She kept a cocky in a cage outside at the back of her fish shop which could not only talk but also swear. Mick owned a horse & jinker & often took his daughter Mary & grandchildren for a ride round Collingwood where they lived. A picture appeared in the newspaper years later when he donated both the horse & jinker to some charitable organization after he could no longer look after them.

Ruby Kathleen Isabel died in Melbourne when she was only 49 from a ruptured aeorta when trying to stop a fight between neighbours in October 1950.1,2

Family 1: Andrew Charles Beattie (b. 25 January 1893, d. July 1951)

DaughterLillian Joyce Beattie+ (b. 12 August 1916, d. 22 May 1985)

Family 2: Mick Rapa (b. about 1910, d. after 1932)

DaughterMary Rapa

Citations

  1. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon
  2. [S1851] Lil Dillon, "E-Mail from Lil Dillon," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2010, I have found certificates verifying that Ruby Kathleen Isabel Turnbull was born 19th November 1900 (copy of an original handwritten certificate) registered in 1901 by her grandmother Georgina Turnbull, who also acted as her nurse. The other certificate giving her birth date as Nov. 1901 was registered by Lillian Reynolds in 1902, who was a friend of Rubys mother Isabella Turnbull, and took Ruby in . Therefore you can alter her birth date to read 1900. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Lil Dillon."
  3. [S1851] Lil Dillon, "E-Mail from Lil Dillon," e-mail message from email address (Australia) to Brian Turnbull, 2010, I have found certificates verifying that Ruby Kathleen Isabel Turnbull was born 19th November 1900 (copy of an original handwritten certificate) registered in 1901 by her grandmother Georgina Turnbull, who also acted as her nurse. The other certificate giving her birth date as Nov. 1901 was registered by Lillian Reynolds in 1902, who was a friend of Rubys mother Isabella Turnbull, and took Ruby in . Therefore you can alter her birth date to read 1900. Hereinafter cited as "E-Mail - Lil Dillon."

Mick Rapa

M, #64599, b. about 1910, d. after 1932
Last Edited25 May 2017

 

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BirthMick Rapa was born about 1910 in Malta.1,2,3,1,4
DeathHe died after 1932 in Malta.1,2,3,1,4

Other Life Events

Partners (fam)Mick Rapa was Partners about 1930.4

Family: Ruby Kathleen Isobel Turnbull (b. 19 November 1900, d. October 1950)

DaughterMary Rapa

Citations

  1. [S767] FTW File - John Turnbull
  2. [S768] FTW - George Jones
  3. [S772] FTW - Frederick H. Turnbull descendants
  4. [S775] FTM File from Lil Dillon