Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Trove Tuesday

Courtesy of the National Library of Australia (Trove), The Argus, Tuesday 31 March 1868, p. 4

Following on from yesterday's post about the Ellis Family....
Tonight I found a death notice for Isobel Blanche Victoria Ellis who was the fourth child and first daughter of George and Isabella Ellis.  

George and Isabella went on to have 12 children altogether - four more girls - Esther Isobel, Kate Emelia, Isobel Mary and Beatrice Sarah Louisa.  Isobel Mary died in 1881.  Both Kate and Beatrice died as young women after having their own children.  Poor Isabella really only got to keep one of her daughters Esther, who lived to the ripe old age of about 86, outliving her mother and dying in 1954.

At the time of Isobel Blanche's death, George and Isabella were living at 54 Napier Street Fitzroy.  They would have had George aged about 6 and Charles aged about 4.  George and Isabella had lost baby Paul four years earlier and Esther was a baby or on the way.

Poor George and Isabella - what a long hard road having children can be.

What I find amusing though is how this family and my life keep intersecting in terms of place.  They lived in Glebe at one stage (so did I).  My first home after being born was in Hurstville, which is where they died.  Here is a map showing the route from my first home to their last home.

It's a bit sad that where they used to live is now all blocks of flats.

In the Sydney Morning Herald on 10 December 1919, their estate after their death was listed as follows:


1. No. 25 St George's Parade Braeside - a well built WB cottage containing 6 rooms, kitchen, wash-house, bath etc Land 80 x 123 With well laid out garden ornamental shrubs and fruit trees.
2. (It's a bit hard to read the numbers here because of the print) 23 ?? St George's Parade Pepita - a WB cottage of three rooms Land 40 x 185?
3. 21 (??) St George's Parade - Ararat WB Cottage of three rooms Land 40 x 185
4. 19 (?) St George's Parade - Inverary WB Cottage of four rooms etc Land 40 x 183 (?)

These four cottages are all adjoining, well situated, good outlook and five minutes of the Station on the city side.


5. Mona Vale Pittwater two weekend sites convenient to ocean beach and Pittwater each containing one acre

6. Katoomba - Twynam Street Weekend Block of Half Acre

Raine and Horne will sell the above by Public Auction in the rooms 70 Pitt Street Sydney on Thursday 18 December 1919 at 11:30am.

Wow!  George and Isabella certainly managed their money very well with 12 children.  Much better than we have with two!!  I love how they have named the cottages after places they have lived e.g. Inverary, Ararat.  Not sure what Pepita is name after...something else to research I suppose.


Jill Ball said...

They certainly built up a bit of a property portfolio. Have you found the probate files?

Alex Daw said...

Hi Jill...no I haven't. I managed to glimpse George and Isabella's wills on Find My Past before that particular aspect of the site went "off-air". I only just discovered this Estate Notice on Trove last thing last night. Quite a find really. I was delighted because all the funeral notices and electoral rolls to date have given me just the street name e.g. St George's Parade but not the number.