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Divorce in Australia in 1924

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David Report 6 Oct 2013 11:12


I ordered and received divorce records for my grandmother and her first husband (Clara Wilson - nee Reynolds and Leslie William Wilson - Divorce Number 0439 Sydney Australia).

The records I have are the petition to divorce filed by my grandmother - there is nothing which actually indicates the divorce went through- nil decree absolute or even a decree nisi. There is of course the divorce number in the NSW records!!

One of the remarks on the records indicate that the divorce had been listed in the 1923 index -Nos 0140 & 1515- no papers.

Would anyone with a better understanding of this be able to comment as to whether the divorce may have gone through?

Your thoughts gratefully appreciated

David Manwaring


MarieCeleste Report 6 Oct 2013 14:15

There's an article about them here but it's before the divorce ......


David Report 6 Oct 2013 23:43

Many thanks MarieCeleste

I had tried Trove before - but nothing came up - I think I narrow down the search parameters too much.

Grandma has always said her first husband was a drunkard.

thanks again.


David Report 12 Oct 2013 06:02



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 Oct 2013 21:13

Have you thought about using the NSW 'Ask a Librarian' service? If they can't answer your question, they may be able to put you on to someone who does


David Report 13 Oct 2013 03:21

HI DetEcTive - no I had not - thanks for the suggestion.


David Report 22 Oct 2013 02:41


I have since contacted NSW 'Ask a Librarian Service' awaiting response