FRANK WRIGHT OF "STRATHCONAN", TULLAMARINE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
You can't always believe what you read and Frank Wright's death notice is a prime example.
WRIGHT.—On the 22nd April, at private hospital, Darling, Frank Wright, of Strathavon, Tullamarine, husband of the late Jessie Wright, and loving father of Mary (Mrs. E.Barwick, Glen Iris), Harry (Landsborough West), and Alex, loving granddad of Judith and Peter Barwick, in his 78th year. (P.1, Argus,23-4-1936.)
WRIGHT.— On the 22nd April, Frank, second son of the late Wallis and Mary Wright, Tullamarine. (Interred Bulla Cemetery, April 23.) P.13, ARGUS, 25-4-1936.
The death notice illustrates why I had not find a death record for Frank in Victorian BDM. Frank had married Jessie Rowe not long after she had transferred from the Holden school to Tullamarine S.S. 2613. She had died in 1935 at the Alfred Hospital.
Miss Rowe, the new teacher, was tendered a complimentary social on leaving the Holden school for Tullamarine.--'Essendon Gazette.' (P.2, The Sunbury News, 25-4-1903.)
A very enjoyable. evening was spent in the Tullamarine State School on September 28th, when about eighty of the scholars and their friends assembled to say goodbye to Miss J. T.Rowe, the late head teacher, who has severed herconnection with the Education Department.------. He (James Henry Parr) also said that although sorry to lose such a good teacher they had the pleasure of knowing that Miss Rowe would not leave the district, but as Mrs
Frank Wright would still reside amongst them.(P.1, Independent, Footscray, 10-10-1908.)
JESSIE ROWE'S MARRIAGE NOTICE.
EventMarriage Event registration number5670 Registration year1908
Family nameROWE Given namesJessie Thomson SexUnknown Spouse's family nameWRIGHT Spouse's given namesFrank
EventDeath Event registration number6724 Registration year1935
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesJessie Thompson SexFemale Father's nameROWE John Henry Mother's nameCath (Mcivor) Place of birth Place of deathPRAHRAN Age63
Frank was one of the sons of Wallis and Mary Wright of "Sunnyside" (which from 1923 became the property of William Heaps and his 14 year old son, HARRY HEAPS.) In 1908, Mary died at Frank's farm, which is ALMOST correctly named in her death notice.
WRIGHT.—On the 17th September, at the residence of her son, "Strathconon," Broadmeadows-road, Tullamarine, Mary, relict of the late Wallis Wright,Surrey Sid.(Sunnyside), Tullamarine, aged 80 years. A colonist of 5 years.
HARRY HEAPS grew up on Sunnyside and when he married in 1942*, he moved to Bulla Rd onto two acre blocks(judging by his frontage of about 40 metres in 1989) now occupied by Strathconnan Square at Melway 5 G 9-10. His interest in Tullamarine's history was intense and many of his anecdotes are recorded in my WHERE BIG BIRDS SOAR (1989.)
EventMarriage Event registration number19320 Registration year1942
Family nameHEAPS Given namesHarry SexUnknown Spouse's family nameROBINSON Spouse's given namesOlive Alice Emily
His blocks backed onto Derby Street and the north west corner of Strathconan was just across Derby St, or the back lane as it was known. When he subdivided the land around his house, he named the subdivision street. Come to think of it, Harry might have been the person who told me that Frederic Ferdinand Kowarzik, manager of Australian National Airways and owner of Strathconan in the 1940's and 1950's till he sold it to Stanley Korman, was persuaded to change his surname to Kay.
The only thing that puzzled me was that Harry pronounced the farm name with a long O but the street name appeared in Melway as STRATHCONNAN; the DOUBLE N would have made the vowel short. Strathconnan is a place in Scotland but there was no such place in Victoria. Therefore I believe the following stock report refers to Frank Wright and his brother at Tullamarine and has the correct spelling of their farm name.
AGENTS' REPORTS FAT SHEEP.
Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954) Saturday 2 March 1918 p 34 Article
... . Parrls; Blairgowrie Estate, to £1/0/9; 59, Wright Bros., Strathconan,; at £1/2/,
However, as in the case of Clackmannon or Clackmannan, Strathconnan (in Scotland) also seems to be commonly written as Strathconon so the spelling in Mary Wright's death notice could be correct. The farm's name was definitely not STRATHAVON as written in Frank's death notice.
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