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Marion Delia QUIRK (?)

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RobynM Report 3 May 2013 00:44

Good morning all,
We're trying to find the death of this lady. Marion Delia QUIRK. We believe in 1984, although we're not sure of what surname. We're assuming QUIRK.
She was born Marion Delia Mulvena (Mulvenna) (05 Aug 1891) in Brisbane, Qld. Australia.
Married George Frederick PRITCHARD (25 Dec 1919)
Divorced (1937)
Took up with Maurice John QUIRK sometime later. Can't find any marriage details, however she took his name.
Found her on the 1949 Electoral Roll as QUIRK at Holland Park in Brisbane with Maurice.
Found on multiple Electoral Rolls after, the last one being 1980, living alone (Maurice died in 1962) at Lytton Road, East Brisbane.
Have tried various cemetery records. Maurice interred at Balmoral Cemetery, Brisbane, no sign of Marion being in the same grave, although she did die some 22 years later. We have an approx date of 1984. Archives only go up to 1983.
Have tried Trove also with no luck.
Any ideas as to where else to look greatly appreciated.


Gai Report 3 May 2013 01:10

Hi Robyn,

The Queensland state Library have a Ask us department and they should look up more recent newspapers for you for a death notice.

Hopefully they can help you.

Good luck



MaryMc Report 4 May 2013 11:16

Queensland Burials

First Name: Marion Delia
Last Name: Quirk
Day: 8
Month: Aug
Year: 1985
Age: 93
Place: Brisbane
Register Reference: 1605/114
Source: Metropolitan
Collections from: Australia & New Zealand
Country: Australia
State: Queensland
Category: Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, Death)
Record collection: Deaths & burials
Record set: Queensland funeral records


MaryMc Report 4 May 2013 13:04

I've looked on every cemetery record I can think of, and I just can't spot her.

Also checked the The Ryerson Index (The Ryerson Index Online Database contains 3,911,083 notices from 218 different Australian newspapers) and I can't see her there either. :-(


MaryMc Report 4 May 2013 13:06

The above death record also says:

"This database includes indexes from records of memorial inscriptions from many Queensland cemeteries and lone graves, and indexes to records from Queensland funeral directors- Metropolitan, Lorisch, Alex Gow, S R Le Grand, K M Smith, Cannon & Cripps, Tucker and Nankivel and the time frame covered is 1820-1996 but not all years are covered for all funeral directors or cemeteries.

Lone graves relate to people who were buried on private property because they were too far from a cemetery.

The funeral directors records may contain information about the address of the deceased, who paid for the funeral, how much was paid, sometimes give names of other family members and sometimes the date and cause of death. They also often mention notices put in the newspaper. These records are held at the Genealogical Society of Queensland Brisbane."

So maybe try the funeral directors?


MaryMc Report 4 May 2013 13:09

Have a read here also


RobynM Report 4 May 2013 13:58

Thank you very much Gai and Mary. Much appreciated.

Might contact Metropolitan directly to find out which cemetery she is in, and any other details they might have as it suggests here. They should be able to tell me from the Register Reference.

Thanks again.