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"UPDATE" Boroondara General Cemetery, Kew

I'm hoping that someone can visit the Cemetery and see if our family plot has a headstone.

I've contacted the Cemetery but they couldn't assist me.


Grave Location IND B 0077
Section Name Independent

Date Service Name Age
30-Nov-1901 Burial NORGROVE, FLORRENCE 29
28-May-1915 Burial SIMPSON, JAMES 41

I have my fingers crossed that there is a headstone with more details on James SIMPSON as we don't know who he is and no death certificate can be found anywhere. He is a real mystery.

11 comment(s), latest 4 years ago

Charles Anderson Allan b28 Jan 1902 Hamilton Scotland. F: James Allan M:Agnes Anderson. Last known details, Arrival 18 Aug 1928 Quebec Canada, on board "Regina" Winnipeg Manitoba Occ: Ploughman Harvester.

I have been searching for quite a few years trying to find Charles. Does anyone have any pointers on where I could possibly look, he may have returned to Scotland but he is not with any of the other family members.

2 comment(s), latest 2 years ago

KEIGWIN Family line

2 comment(s), latest 7 years ago

Looking for Alfred HAWKES

I'm looking for information on Alfred HAWKES b2 Sept 1853 in Aston Warwickshire England occupation Watchmaker.

Alfred married Clara Jane NORGROVE they had three children
Kate Margery b1883 Erdington Warwickshire
Mary Ellen b1885 Erdington Warwickshire
Mabel Kathleen b1889 Rusholme Lanarcshire

Alfred was on the 1891 England Census along with Clara and girls, he was missing on 1901 Census.
Clara and girls on 1901, girls on 1911 can't find Clara as yet.

Alfred then appears on a ships passenger list of OROTAVA
Date of departure: 8 April 1904
Port of departure: London
Passenger destination port: Sydney, Australia
Passenger destination: Sydney, Australia
Date of Birth: 1855 (calculated from age)
Age: 49
Marital status: Married
Sex: Male
Occupation: Watchmaker
Passenger recorded on: Page 5 of 10

H Collins

The OROTAVA arrived Sydney 21 May 1904, Alfred is noted on passenger list as going on to Wellington New Zealand.

Can any one help me with information or where I can find out more on New Zealand arrivals.

21 comment(s), latest 7 years ago

Looking for Annette W WARE of New York

I'm looking for information on Annette W WARE born 1907/1908 New York death Unknown and her brother Arthur WARE born 27 Dec 1915 New York died 7 Jan 1997 Nassau New York

Parents of Annette & Arthur

Arthur W WARE B 31 Dec 1864 San Francisco California.
Death Unknown applied for passport in 19 Feb 1919 unable to trace after this.

married 9 Oct 1906 Manhattan New York

Edna FROEHLICH B 3 Dec 1884 New York, Edna then married Harry BUDWIG I don't know when, she died Jan 1987 as Edna BUDWIG in Nassau New York.

I have no information on Harry BUDWIG.

I have been unable to find any information on Annette W WARE after the 1920 Census she was 12 living in Manhatan New York.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Looking for Arrival information for Hannah HEDGE or HILL

I'm looking for information on the arrival of Hannah HEDGE or HILL to NSW Australia between 1851-1853, with infant son.

I have information on her prior to 1851 and after 1853 as follows,

In 1851 Census she is with her parents in Bedford Befordshire England she was born March 1834 Bedford Bedfordshire England.

Her son George Woodward HEDGE was born 8 June 1851 Bedford Bedfordshire, reputedly the son of George Woodward of Bedford. However there is no proof of this.

Hannah then appears in NSW where a second son Thomas HILL is born 28 August 1853 Petersham NSW his father is named Samuel HILL, but I can't find proof of any marriage either in England or in Australia, her youngest son George Woodward HEDGE is with her in NSW.

Hannah then married Henry BEZER in 1854 Willoughby NSW Australia and Thomas was baptised as Thomas Bezer-Hill but he continued to use the name HILL for his marriage and for his children, strangely George Woodward HEDGE Hannah's first son was not baptised Bezer but remained HEDGE.

On Hannah's will it states that she leaves her property to her two natural born sons George Woodward HEDGE and Thomas HILL as well as her other BEZER sons.

I can't find any reference for Hannah arriving in Australia between the Birth of George and the birth of Thomas as HEDGE/S or HILL/S. I have even tried HUMPHRIE/S and HUMPHREY/S which was her mothers maiden name, I have also tried various combinations of her name Ann/Anne/Anna/Hanna etc. but nothing.

Hannah's older brother Samuel Hedge arrived with his wife Sarah nee Ives and two small children in 1856 on the Blackfriar he listed Hannah as sister living in Sydney.

If someone could find her entry to Australia it would be much appreciated.

Looking for Cyril Thomas WHITEHOUSE

I'm looking to find information on Cyril Thomas Whitehouse b1885 Baldock Hertfordshire England, he was also known as Thomas Cyril Whitehouse.

Father - Thomas Whitehouse b1856 Coren Breewood Staffordshire

Mother - Elizabeth Ann Norgrove b1860 Birmingham Warwiskshire England

Cyril Thomas Whitehouse married Eleanor Martha Colohan in 1919 in Victoria Australia

in Aug 1929 they are on board the "Santa Marta" out of Kingston Jamaica bound for New York and then on to Malaysia his Occupation is listed as Planter, they are traveling as Cyril & Martha Whitehouse.

How and when did Cyril arrive in Victoria in order to marry Eleanor?

What happened to them after their arrival in Malaysia?? did they stay or leave.

2 comment(s), latest 4 years, 11 months ago

Looking for Duncan Wright Davidson Scotland/USA

I'm hoping that some one can find Duncan or his family in USA or back in Scotland,

Duncan Wright Davidson
Born 10 Nov 1860
Carmunnock Lanarkshire Scotland

Father: John Sinclair Davidson b 26 Apr 1829 Archattan Argyll
Mother: Agnes Glassford b 1830 Glasgow Lanarkshire

I have Birth death & Marriage for John & Agnes and also Birth Cert for Duncan and for his siblings Jane & John.

on 21 Jan 1869 family arrived in New York USA, departed Glasgow Scotland.

from "Caledonia" Passenger List
John 37, Gardener
Mrs, 35, Wife, (Agnes)
Jane, 11,
John, 9
Duncan, 7,

the family is on the 1861 Census in Castlemilk Carmunnock

and I have them in the 1870 Census at
Dwelling 91, Township 3, Hinds, Mississippi
John 37, farm lab
Agnes 33, Wash woman
Jane 12,
John 10,
Duncan 7,

Details for Jane & John

Jane McAdam Davidson b12 Aug 1857 Carmunnock Lanarkshire Scotland

John Sinclair Davidson 8 Dec 1858 Carmunnock Lanarkshire Scotland

I did find a John S Davidson with wife Laura and children in 1900 Census mother Agnes which would be possible but can't seem to find Jane or Duncan anywhere.

Any help would be most appreciated.

8 comment(s), latest 2 years, 8 months ago

Looking for information on John SHEPPARD b1833

I have been searching for a while for this man, here is what I have

John SHEPPARD Surname spelling on Baptism SHEPHERD
Baptised St Marys Nottingham 16 July 1833

Mother Elizabeth born abt. 1797 in Frean Gatus Derby Derbyshire England
Father John - occupation Lace Maker

I have been unable to find any further information for father John or later listed as Alfred.

On 1841 Census with Mother Elizabeth and sister Mary
1841 England Census about John Shephard
Name: John Shephard
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1833
Gender: Male
Where born: Nottinghamshire, England

Civil parish: St Mary
Hundred: Nottingham
County/Island: Nottinghamshire
Country: England

Street Address: Rose's Row

Registration district: Nottingham
Sub-registration district: Byron
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 869
Book: 2
Folio: 54
Page Number: 19
Household Members:
Name Age
John Dalley 43 ??? (not sure who this person is doesn't appear with family again)
Elizabeth Shephard 41 occupation Tambourer
Mary Shephard 11
John Shephard 8

1851 Census
6 Burdett Court
Household Members:
Name Age
Elizabeth Sheperd 52 Tambourer
John Sheperd 17 Lace Maker
George Widdowson 15 parents live next door
Maria Widdowson 14 parents live next door

On 23 January 1853 John SHEPHARD married Elizabeth Musson in St. Marys parish church he was living at Burdett Court his father is listed as Alfred Shepherd - deceased labourer.
John signs his name as SHEPHARD Elizabeth makes her mark 'x'
They are both listed as "under age"

John & Elizabeth have two children

born 11 Aug 1854 Burdett Court St Marys, Nottingham
Father John SHEPPHERD lace Maker,
Mother Elizabeth Sheppherd formerly Musson

Jane died 1927 - surname SHEPHERD her sons surname SHEPPARD (that's a whole other story)

2. George SHEPPARD
born 16 July 1857 Burdett Court St Marys, Nottingham
Father John SHEPPARD lace maker
Mother Elizabeth Sheppard formerly Musson

George died 1876

John's sister Mary was baptised 17 Feb 1830 no father listed mother Elizabeth SHEPHERD.

The spelling of the surname changes back and forward.

I can't find any trace of John b1833 on the 1861 Census, Elizabeth is with her parents and her mother in law (Johns mother) at her parents address Mall Mill Lane

Census 1861
Civil parish: St Mary
Ecclesiastical parish: St John
Town: Nottingham
County/Island: Nottinghamshire
Country: England
Household Members:
Name Age
George Musson 51
Hannah Musson 51
>>>Elizabeth Shephard 29
>>>Jane Shephard 6
>>>George Shephard 3
Harriet Musson 11
Elizabeth Sheppard 64 Johns Mother

I have details of the Musson family and for Elizabeth Sheppard nee Musson and most of the information on Jane Sheppard b1854.

Can any one find my John, he is my husbands Great Great Grandfather and we would love to know what happened to him.

Looking for James SIMPSON Australia

This is a real mystery.

I'm looking for information on James SIMPSON, below are the only details I have for him.

James SIMPSON buried 28 May 1915 aged 41 died Austin Hospital Kew Victoria Australia.

James is buried in the same grave as two of my husbands relatives

Grave Ref. IND B0077 Boroondara General Cemetery also known as Kew Cemetery, Kew Victoria Australia.

1. Florence NORGROVE buried 30 Nov 1901 husbands Great Great Aunt

2. Theophilus Corban NORGROVE buried 10 Aug 1901, Florence's father and husbands Great Great Grandfather.

other family members don't know who James SIMPSON is or how he is connected to the family if at all.

The Boroondara General Cemetery have no information other than what they have provided above, only to say that it would be highly unusual that a non relative would be buried in the same grave. They were unable to give me direction on how to find any further information on James SIMSPON.

I have checked the Victoria BMD and found one James Simpson but he was 88 years old.

I have tried ancestry but nothing jumps out, nothing in family search either. I have tried National archives, and Newspapers online can't see him there either, then again I could just be missing him.

Does anyone have any ideas on where to go from here, any help would be greatly appreciated.

many thanks.

3 comment(s), latest 6 years, 9 months ago