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Looking for the family of Walter Douglas (NSW) born in Oxford, England

Query by Elounda

I am looking for the relatives of a Walter Douglas who lived in NSW for 45 years after emigrating from England in 1908. It appears that he married a Helena Horne in 1913 and they had children together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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on 2012-10-17 14:25:26

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by noggin on 2012-10-19 08:30:30
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by noggin on 2012-10-19 08:56:47
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by janilye on 2012-10-19 10:38:09

In 1930 Walter and Helena Douglas were living at Flushcombe Rd., Blacktown Walter was a Railway Employee.
In 1936 both living at 30 Lane St., Wentworthville and Walter was with the Council
In 1937 moved to 11 Smith St., Wentworthville, Walter still with the Council.
In 1943 Walter was retired and living with Helena at 20 Ross St., Parramatta - also in the same house was;
George Maxwell Douglas 20 Ross St., timber worker
Ada Amelia Douglas 20 Ross St., Finisher
Helen Margaret Douglas 20 Ross St., Finisher
Leslie John Douglas 20 Ross St., No Occupation
Ruby Alice Douglas 20 Ross St., No Occupation
In 1949 Walter and Helena are living at 86 Windsor Rd., Northmead
also in this house is;
George Maxwell Douglas Timber worker
Helen Margaret Douglas, Textilist
Walter James Douglas, No Occupation
In 1954, still at 86 Windsor Rd., Northmead is Helena Douglas, George Maxwell Douglas, Helen Margaret Douglas and Walter James Douglas; but no Walter Douglas.
I searched nsw deaths between 1949 and 1954 and found this:
17970/1953 DOUGLAS WALTER JOHN SARAH PARRAMATTA
Living at Northmead the death would surely be registered in Parramatta.
In 1958 Helena is still living at Windsor Rd., Northmead with the same people.
In 1963 Helena Douglas and Walter James Douglas are living at 74 Windsor Rd., Northmead.
I searched msw. deaths between 1963 and 1981 with only one result:
53357/1974 DOUGLAS HELENA ARTHUR SELINA

by Elounda on 2012-10-19 14:25:09

Thank you so much to you both for searching for me. I had found him on the passenger list and had managed to find his marriage and death but had no idea of the years in between and names of his children. Can I ask Janilye where you obtained all of this information? Many thanks again to you both.

by janilye on 2012-10-19 19:26:29

I searched the New South Wales Electoral Rolls.
Original data from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Since 2010 Electoral Rolls may also be searched online through Ancestry.com.au
If you don't belong to Ancestry - phone a friend or ask in FamilyTreecircles.

NSW.BD&M. Births are not available after 1911 unless you are a relative, know who you are looking for and make a written application; therefore names of children are not available.

If you obtain either Walter's or Helena's DEATH certificates they should list the names of all children living and deceased.

The women named on the electoral rolls could be wives of the males listed and not sisters.

by janilye on 2012-10-19 20:36:31

In 1968 George Maxwell Douglas was living at 103 Blacktown Rd., Occupation Clerk, with May Eleanor Douglas.
here is his marriage:-
20665/1960 DOUGLAS GEORGE MAXWELL IBBETT MAY ELEANOR PARRAMATTA

In 1980 George Maxwell Douglas is living alone at 36 Paton St., Woy Woy, Occupation Clerk.
Wife May Eleanor died in 1976
106944/1976 DOUGLAS MAY ELEANOR HENRY GEORGE EDITH ELEANOR

by noggin on 2012-10-20 10:03:22
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by noggin on 2012-10-20 12:18:39
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by Elounda on 2012-10-21 04:30:26

Janilye, Many thanks for all of this info, it is a great help. I have ordered Walter's death certificate and his marriage certificate so hopefully this will throw more light with his children's names.

Noggin, Many thanks to you too! You have certainly got the right family. Amy, who is 2 in the 1901 census is my Great Grandmother so I had already managed to go back quite a long way through Oxfordshire censuses and BMD certificates. All of her brothers and sisters stayed within Oxfordshire, apart from Walter and another brother Ernest James(James).
They were both in the army and I have obtained their army/naval records but then it was unclear what happened to them.
It seems the mystery of Walter has now been solved but I have no more information on Ernest James (James). His Sea Service records state that he was transferred to R.N Barracks, Chatham in 1916 and then that's about as far as I can go. If you are able to find anything more on him after 1916 that would be very much appreciated. He was born in 1886 in Standlake, Oxfordshire. Thank you both for all of your help.

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