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trudianne Report 4 Nov 2012 13:22

Hi Cherilyn,

Got some information, that a relative of my SIL told me, which I find quite interesting-James apparently married as a Reid/Read to a Hellen Eliza Watson in 1939. Could you please give me the details if you can find it.

Strangely, his 1st wife followed and hounded him after their divorce, so she couldn't find him he went by the name of Reid, but all his children were named Brownlee.

Btw they were known as 'Barney' & 'Wilma' after the flintstones!!


Aspen Report 4 Nov 2012 10:34

I have gone through pages in Trove and found this......
The friends of Alexander Spence, late of Mount Mulligan are respectfully invited to attend his funeral which will leave The Cairns District hospital forenoon at 10.30 en route for Martyn Street cementery. This was 3rd. December 1920. Funeral directors were Smallwoods Bros of Sheridan Street.
As i did not see a invite for family to attend, I did think it could be my ancestor as he was not married. It did not give an age but he would have been 64 but probably thought he was 60 as he did not have his year of bitrh correct. :-)
Kind regards
I now found this.....1920/C4318 Alexander Spence and parents were Robert Spence and Lizzie McAteer. Then found 1931/B13911 Alexander Spence and no parents name. I wonder how to get info on this one!


Aspen Report 3 Nov 2012 15:54

I sent for that cert to find it was not my Alexander Spence. That Alexander came from Falkirk Scotland. I was so disappointed!
Kind regards
Alison :-(


trudianne Report 3 Nov 2012 13:35

Thanks Cherilyn,

SIL doesn't remember her, only that she died in the U.K. while on holiday. Apparently James was known as 'Barney' that's where he thinks Wilma came into it!!

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Nov 2012 10:07

Hi Alison

There is an Alexander SPENCE who died in NZ in 1927 aged 78??? BUt abt 10 years too early...

Can't see him in Vic wills index though it ends in 1925. Not having much luck sorry :( Australia is such a big place and a sheep station could be anywhere. All states and territories keep separate records...he may have even been in the Northern Territory.

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 3 Nov 2012 09:54

Hi Trudianne

Welcome to the west! :-)

The only Vic marriage for Jas BROWNLEE is in 1936 to Marjorie Jean CARR (reg 10275). Seems unlikely Wilma was her nickname!


trudianne Report 3 Nov 2012 01:19

Hi Cherilyn,

Could you please have a look for a marriage of James Brownlee to a possible Wilma? in Victoria, in the mid to late 1930's.

Unfortunately, I have put all my discs. into storage while waiting to move into my new home. I have moved to W.A. (your state!!) for six months, so now have to rely on other people to help me.


Aspen Report 2 Nov 2012 15:30

I was trying to get it on my watched threads! I know Cherilyn is in Australia but the nudge was to try for my watched threads only! :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Nov 2012 14:29

Alison has sent me a PM. Like me, she was trying to add the thread to her 'Watched' list for future reference. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to have worked. :-(

Never mind - at least it is in our 'My Threads' list :-D


jax Report 2 Nov 2012 13:54


Why are you nudging this thread?

If it is for Cherilyn she may have gone to bed if she is in Australia


Aspen Report 2 Nov 2012 13:18

Nudge ;-)


Aspen Report 2 Nov 2012 13:04

looking forward to hearing something! <3


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Nov 2012 10:48

Nudge to add to watched threads


Aspen Report 2 Nov 2012 09:31

I have tried all Ireland census. He had been in the army some years back and was in India. So he was used to travelling. He was an agrl. labourer on the 1901 census. Army records, he was a labourer. He could have gone to New Zealand and maybe it was thought it was Australia when info was handed down. I have checked passenger list and nothing stood out to say it was him. The only hope is a death cert. I did send for one in New Zealand only to get the wrong one. Very disappointing. His father died 1905 and I did think he could have left before that as I wondered would he leave his mother on her own then. Mary J was living on her own 1911!! Also, it was said that when this Alexander died, money came over to his Nephew. That must have been a will. I was told he owned a sheep station. Is there records of probate and wills?
Kind regards
Alison :-S

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 2 Nov 2012 01:55

The most likely immigrations from FMP are in 1903 as adult male A Spence from , London to Adelaide, male Alex Spence (age unknown) from London to Fremantle in 1911, and Alexander Spence (age unknown), from London to Melbourne in 1912.

The others too young or too late.

Having said that I can't see him in WA or SA (which is not to say he isn't there), and th eonly one in Vic deaths with father Alexander was born c1882. It is not an uncommon name, surprisingly.

Also he may have left from Ireland and stayed in England for a while. I assume you can't find him on the 1911 census?


Aspen Report 31 Oct 2012 13:42

I wonder if you could do a look-up for my ancestor, Alexander Spence. He was born in Raphoe Co Donegal Ireland in 1856 but other details show he had 1860. He emigrated to Australia after 1901. I was hoping for details of his death. Also he was not married by 1901 and was reported he had or worked on a sheep station in Australia. Parents names were Alexander Spence and Mary Jane Hamilton of Raphoe Co Donegal Ireland. Any little bits of information will be great as I have nothing on him after 1901.
kind regards
Alison :-D


Gins Report 30 Oct 2012 20:06

Another, for your expert eyes!

Thank you


۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 27 Oct 2012 04:02

Nothing in Vic...neither of their death notices mention any children...


Bernard Report 26 Oct 2012 16:49

Hello Cherilyn,
Thanks for your e-mail. Sorry, I was not concentrating when I sent mine. You are right, Frederick and Rose Bentham were in Victoria State. I have probably drawn another blank in trying to discover whether, or, not, they had any family. The biggest mystery is where on earth were they between 1908 and 1926?

۞ Cherilyn ۞

۞ Cherilyn ۞ Report 24 Oct 2012 09:58

Hi Kathleen

A search on the NSW State Records of probate records shows Chas Arthur Bentham 1957, Walter Bentham 1959 and Wm Bentham 1960...not Fredk or Rose though (weren't they in Victoria?).