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SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 04:35

Stanley Gittings is not as unusual a name as it at first seems.

I'm beginning to think that you might have Ada Rawson marrying another Stanley.

You really need one of the Australian helpers to take part.

May I suggest that you edit the title of this thread to read Gittings Family Search - Australia

that will attract their attention!

Just click on Edit on your opening post ............... make sure you don't accidently click on Delete, or the whole thing will disappear!!

Then change the title

click Submit



SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 05:16


that doesn't make any sense!

You are saying that your mother's mother was shown on the birth certificate as Rawson

are you claiming that someone made the wrong declaration as to the maiden name of the mother?


Lynski Report 5 Nov 2012 07:14


Mila Report 5 Nov 2012 11:35

Yes,someone wrote Rawson on my mothers birth certificate as my Grandmothers surname and we do not know who.After reading that Stanley was married at the time and that Ada was 20years older than him it is quite confusing.I have found that there is the name Oldham on Adas' side of the family and that there is Jane Gittings(Oldham) who is Stanleys mother.We dont know why it was written that way on the certificate and after her family staying tight lipped about her father she wanted to know something.Thankyou for all your help.


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 14:15

Sylvia - I have Australian access but I'm not finding that record that you posted above re: 1926 marriage.

Can you post a page link and I'll see if I can get to it that way.

Hi Mila - please don't start a new thread about people we're already working on, causes duplication and confusion!


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 14:17

This must be the 1954 death referred to:

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
Name: Ada Gittings
Death Place: Kew, Victoria
Age: 67
Father's Name: Arthur Rawson
Mother's name: Ann Decham
Registration Year: 1954
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 2690
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887

which would be this lady on the ER, just before she died:

Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980
Name: Ada Gittings
Gender: Female
Electoral Year: 1954
State: Victoria
District: Kooyong
Subdistrict: Kew

Living at 23 Barker's Road. No-one else eligible with same surname listed.

From 1931 to 1949 she lived 22 Elgin Street, Hawthorn, Kooyong


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 19:11

This is rather odd, I think it's the same death as I posted above but also in her maiden name:

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
Name: Ada Rawson
Death Place: Kew, Victoria
Age: 67
Father's Name: Willi Arthur
Mother's name: Ann Dedham
Registration Year: 1954
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 2690
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1887

In both cases, I think the mother's maiden name may be a mis-transcription of Oldham.

Both death records tie in with this birth:

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922
Name: Ada Rawson
Father's Name: Arthur William Rawson
Mother's name: Ann Oldham
Birth Place: Melbourne, Victoria
Registration Year: 1887
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 5949


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 19:25

Mila - you say the name Rawson was written on on your mum's birth certificate as the mother's surname but you don't know by who.

Do you mean that someone has handwritten something different across the original certificate? Or, is that the name that has been filled in by the register office on the cert?


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 19:47


I can't replicate it either!

all I did was put his name in ancestry, ask for Australian records

and that record came up.

But it won't do it now!



SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 19:55

got it!

Not sure it is the same way I found it last night, but it's just worked for me now

I put Stanley Gittings, Marriage 1926 +/- 2

Australian records


Stanley Gittings
Spouse: Ada M Rawson
F: (Name Unknown)

M: (Name Unknown)
Marriage: 1926 - Victoria, Australia



MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 19:59

I see, Sylvia! I never bother looking in One World Tree for results as most of the records in there are worse than submitted records on FamilySearch. They're usually a hodgepodge of mismatches.

I found the record in question and this is what it leads to:

ID: I4955
Name: Ada M. RAWSON
Sex: F
Birth: 1888 in VICTORIA
Death: WFT Est. 1930-1983
Fact 1: See Note Page
Facts about this person:

Record Change January 05, 1995

Father: Henry RAWSON b: 1862 in Melbourne, Vic
Mother: Henrietta HORROCKS b: 1861 in COUNTY DURHAM, ENGLAND

Marriage 1 Stanley GITTINGS b: WFT Est. 1873-1906
Married: 1926 in Victoria

This is attributed to three user submitted trees and the range of the birth and death dates shows the info isn't to be trusted.


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 20:10

that just adds another layer!

you know, a wild and woolly theory has entered my head!

I am so puzzled as to why the mother's name should be entered as Rawson

There should have been no need to do that ................... the birth was in a different state from where Ada lived, so no-one would know if Stanley had had a child with someone else.

I wonder if it was an attempt for ADA and Stanley to have a child??

In other words .................... was he "using" Mona to have a child that she would then give up to Stanley, and he would take back to Victoria for Ada to raise???????

If Mona refused to then give up the child ..............................


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 20:15

Sylvia - I had been thinking most of the afternoon along those lines. Everything seems to point towards surrogacy.

Still can't find any marriage between Ada and Stanley


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 20:28

so, I'm not the only one to get wild and woolly ideas!!

This, which I posted on p.1, is the only other reference to Stanley and Ada getting married that I found ......................

Posted By: Ross Rawson
Subject: Rawson/Oldham 1854
Post Date: August 12, 2004 at 03:51:34
Message URL:
Forum: Rawson Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:

I'm searching for Arthur Rawson(b 1854) married to Ann Oldham (b 1853)family background in England before migranted to Australia in 1880's with their daughter, Lily- Lillie(b 1877). Lily dies in Melbourne 1887. I'm from Geelong, Victoria, Australia, have Rawson family starting Arthur and Ann in Australia. Their son Sydney married to Grace Elizabeth Smout,and their 12 childrens, also their daughter, Ada which I haven't done research on Ada married to Stanley Gittings in Melbourne. Cheers


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 20:31

This is the Ada M Rawson, I think:

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922
Name: Ada Mary Rawson
Father's Name: Henry Rawson
Mother's name: Henrietta Horrocks
Birth Place: Walhalla, Victoria
Registration Year: 1888
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 16340


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Nov 2012 20:40

I looked at trove last night .............. the Australian collection of newspapers. But didn't see any marriage for Sydney and Ada reported


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 20:42

This is the 1954 death notice:

RAWSON, Ada._On March 14, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Dickman, 23 Barker's road, Kew, the devoted sister of Annie, Syd, Stan, Emily (deceased), and Percy (deceased).

from The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) Tuesday 16 March 1954

The funeral notice describes her as Miss:

RAWSON-The Funeral of the late Miss ADA RAWSON will leave Padburys chapel, 13 Cotham road, Kew. THIS DAY (Tuesday), after a service commencing at 1 p.m., for theo Fawkner Crematorium.

(May have reverted if divorced?)


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 20:51

A connection in this notice from The Argus Mon 24 May 1937

AFTER the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria In its Probate Jurisdiction that PROBATE of the WILL bearing date the ??th daY of May I9?4 of ANN RAWSON late of 33 Elgin Street Hawthorn in the said State widow deceased may be granted to Ada Gittings (In the said will called Ada Rawson) of 32 Elgin Street Hawthorn aforesaid married woman the sole executrix named In end appointed by the sold will

Doted this ?? day of May 1937

G D LAWRENCE LL B of 405 Collins Street

(Have tried to correct the transcription, can't be sure of the dates)

Must relate to this death:

Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
Name: Ann Rawson
Death Place: Hawthorn, Victoria
Age: 84
Father's Name: Edwd Oldham
Mother's name: Mary Usherwood
Registration Year: 1937
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 3829
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1853


MarieCeleste Report 5 Nov 2012 23:29

I've just realised - it seems that Ada Rawlins and Stanley Gittings would have been full cousins, their mothers were sisters.

I know the 1871 has already been posted, but:

OLDHAM, Edward Head M 48 1823 Lancashire - labourer, b Gorton
OLDHAM, Mary Wife F 46 1825 Lancashire
OLDHAM, Ann Daughter F 16 1855 Lancashire << mother of Ada
OLDHAM, James Son M 14 1857 Lancashire
OLDHAM, Allen Son M 12 1859 Lancashire
OLDHAM, John Son M 10 1861 Lancashire
OLDHAM, Susannah Daughter F 8 1863 Lancashire
OLDHAM, Jane Daughter F 6 1865 Lancashire << mother of Stanley
OLDHAM, Mark Son M 4 1867 Lancashire

Piece: 3982 Folio: 128 Page: 12
Registration District: Chorlton
Civil Parish: Gorton

Address: Reddish Lane, Gorton County: Lancashire

All apart from Edward born Levenshulme.


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Nov 2012 01:39

Good one MC

I hadn't picked that up!