Rachel KIRBY nee CARR formerly BEITZ 1864-1939
Born Rachel CARR 21 May 1864. at Old Machar, Aberdeen,Scotland. Rachel's parents Margaret and John Carr had 6 children - a boy (who died of rheumatic fever at 10 yrs) followed by 5 girls. When the mother, Margaret, died (tuberculosis) in 1869, and the father, John, died (pleuritis) in 1870, Margaret Carr (John's sister who never married) looked after the girls until her death (tumour) in 1878. The two youngest girls were put into the Female Orphan Institute, 19 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, and in July 1883 the girls all migrated to Queensland, Australia; only one Sophia had married in Scotland and her husband came out too.
Rachel, nee CARR 1869-1939 and Carl Friedrich BEITZ 1872-1906 were married on the 12 August 1884 at St.Paul's Church of England, Roma, Queensland.all born in Queensland were:-
1.Minnie BEITZ 1889 - 1941 m Charles Herbert EATHER 1872-1942 in 1905 the son of Thomas EATHER 1843-1900 and Jane BARNETT 1845-1932.
The children of this marriage were:-
Isabel Victoria EATHER 1906 – xxxx
Charles Herbert Leslie EATHER 1908 – 1986 m. Laura May DALEY 1911-1974
Walter Barnett EATHER 1909 – 1999 m. Alfreda Jean KENT 1911-2006
Warwick George EATHER 1913 – 1914
2.Francis Frederick BEITZ 1891 -1926 m. Florence Joan HACKER 1888-1919 the daughter of Charles HACKER and Myra BYRD, in Roma, Queensland, in 1912 they had one child Doris Irene BEITZ 1919 – 2003 Florence died 30 January 1919 in Brisbane. Francis Frederick next married Olive May KENNEDY 1893-xxxx at Brisbane in 1919 this couple had two children; Francis James Beitz 1921 – 2007 and Leslie George Beitz 1929 – 1929
3.Charles Frederick BEITZ 1893-1944 m. Norah BOWDEN 1892-1975 in Queensland in 1915.
The children (I have found) from this marriage were:-
Irene Cecilia Beitz 1916 – 1982
William David Beitz 1917 – 1975
Gordon Thomas Beitz 1921 – 1942
Charles Bernard Beitz 1922 – 1985
Harold John Beitz 1926 – 1987
Joan Esme Beitz 1930 – 1987
4.Rachel Ann BEITZ 1895-1985 m. William Munro HENDERSON 1889-1982
5.William Frederick BEITZ 1897-1917 Killed in Action 4 March 1917, France
6.Henry Frederick Carl BEITZ 1898-1951 m. Dorothy Margaret Louisa MURRAY 1901-1953 in Queensland in 1923. A son of this marriage was Mervyn Henry Norman Beitz 1925 – 2002
7.Ernest Frederick Joseph BEITZ 1901-1926 m. Violet Emily GRIEVE 1900-xxxx in Queensland in 1921
8.Allan John Frederick BEITZ 1905-1944 m. Julia Mary KNOWLES in Queensland in 1924
In 1910 at Queensland the widow, Rachel BEITZ nee CARR next married Robert KIRBY, born in 1859 at Easington Yorkshire, England. The son of John Kirby 1818-1892 and Mary Ann DOBSON 1826-1895. This marriage ended when Robert died at Roma, Queensland in 1918.
The photograph from the Australian War Memorial is Private (Pte) Henry Frederick Beitz, 49th Battalion, of Brisbane, Qld, 379 Pte William Frederick Beitz, 41st Battalion, of Roma, Qld, and their mother Mrs Rachel Kirby. Henry and William were station hands prior to enlisting on 14 January 1916. Pte Henry Beitz embarked from Sydney with the 2nd Reinforcements on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916. He was wounded in action in France on 4 April 1917 and returned to Australia in October 1919. Pte William Beitz embarked with the 41st Battalion from Sydney on board HMAT Demosthenes (A64) on 18 May 1916. He died, aged 20, on 4 March 1917 of wounds received in action in France.