FRED WRIGHT, EARLY BLACKSMITH AT TULLAMARINE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
FRED WRIGHT, TULLAMARINE'S EARLY BLACKSMITH.
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Fred's biography was in Alexander Sutherland's VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT in 1888.
In 1917, Fred was selling his blacksmith and wheelwright business as well as some other properties nearby according to an advertisement I found in a Tullamarine school search on trove. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/74603241
I WONDERED IF HE WAS RETIRING and this made me realise that in my Tullamarine histories of 1989, 1998 and DHOTAMA, the only genealogy of pioneers that I'd written had come during oral history interviews. I think that Fred and his brother Edgar (Ted) the wheelwright on the downhill corner of Black St (now Coopers Hill Drive) and Fawkner St in Broadmeadows Township (now Westmeadows), were sons of Wallis Wright of Sunnyside near the creek end of Wright St (west side adjoining Nash's "Fairview.") Edgar was apprenticed to Fred.
HUNTING FRED'S GENEALOGY.
WRIGHT.—On the 5th January, at Govendale, Wilson-street, Moonee Ponds, the wife of Fred Wright, Tullamarine—a son. (P. 59, The Australsian, 28-1-1905.)
The baby's birth record tells us that Fred had married Wilhelmina Gardner, whose given name makes me think of Bulla cemetery.
EventBirth Event registration number2769 Registration year1905
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFredk Jas Menzies SexMale Father's nameFredk Mother's nameWilatlmina Johan (Gardner) Place of birthESSENDON
Fred had married in 1886.
EventMarriage Event registration number3225 Registration year1886
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFred SexMale Spouse's family nameGARDNER Spouse's given namesWilhelmina Johanna
WRIGHT - GARDNER. -[Silver Wedding] -On the 5th May 1886, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Milawa, by Rev. Alexander McDonald, Frederick, third son of late Wallis Wright,Tullamarine, to Wilhelmina, second daughter of Colin Gardner, of Milawa.(P.1, Argus, 5-5-1911.)
Despite not having found Fred's birth certificate, it has been confirmed that Fred was a son of Wallis Wright. Is there a birth record for Edgar? NO!
However he was Broadmeadows Township's oldest resident in 1950, and you'll enjoy this article.
Edgar was definitely Fred's brother, being a son of Wallis and Mary Wright.
EventDeath Event registration number8498 Registration year1956
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesEdgar Allan SexMale Father's nameWRIGHT Wallis Mother's nameMary (Bateson) Place of birthTULLAMARINE Place of deathDEEPDENE Age89
Thanks to Neil Mansfield, Fred's details,and why Wilatlmina (Wilhelmina!) made me think of my 1989 Bulla cemetery visits to copy inscriptions.
2323 WRIGHT Frederick 82Y 00/00/1860 00/05/1943 28/05/1943 Meth. Row 3 plot 20 Son of Wallis Wright & Mary Bateson. Died in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
2329 WRIGHT Wallis 38Y 00/00/1887 00/01/1925 21/01/1925 Meth. 3 20 Son of Frederick Wright & Wilhelmina Gardner. Died in Frankston, Victoria, Australia.
There's a heck of a story behind the death of Fred and WILHELMINA'S son. The incorrect spelling of the handsome cripple's given name can be understood and the photo of Wallis is a bonus.
Fred was born in 1860 so he would have been 57 in 1917 when he advertised his Tullamarine business and land. Edgar was born in about 1867 and probably started with Fred to learn the trade in the early 1880's.
FRED AND WILHELMINA'S 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.
Same text as in the silver wedding notice in 1911, except for the addition of "and Mary Gray" (between COLIN and GARDNER) and the current address, "(Present address 14 Mackay street,Essendon)", so I haven't bothered to correct the digitisation.
EventDeath Event registration number4941 Registration year1943
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesFrederick SexMale Father's nameWRIGHT Wallis Mother's nameMary (Bateson) Place of birthTULLAMARINE Place of deathESSENDON Age82
Wilhelmina died in 1945.
EventDeath Event registration number4166 Registration year1945
Family nameWRIGHT Given namesWilhelmina SexFemale Father's nameGARDINER Colin Mother's nameMary (Gray) Place of birthMILAWA Place of deathKEW EAST Age82
WRIGHT.-On May 6. at private hospital, Kew, Wilhelmina, loving wife of the late Frederick Wright, late of Essendon, aged 81 years. (Privately Interred.)
The regard in which Fred was held at Tullamarine is illustrated by his appointment as Electoral Registrar. This position of registrar was usually held by the postmaster such as James Cousins of Tullamarine in the 1860's, William Bethell of Bulla, George Couser of Broadmeadows Township and Robert George Ely of Keilor. I trust that Fred kept his copy of the Roll in his house rather than near his forge. From memory, Fred held the position for many years.
Electoral district of BOURKE EAST,,
Broadmeadows and Mickleham Divisions.
The RATEPAYERS' LISTS for the above divisions
are now printed, and copies may be INSPECTED, free
of charge, until the day appointed for revision at my
office, and at every post office within the divisions.
Registrar at Broadmeadows.
12th January, 1895.
ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF BOURKE EAST.
The RATEPAYERS' and GENERAL LISTS for the
above division are now printed, and may be INSPECTED
at my office and the office of my deputy, as under
Mr. R. H. Eley, Keilor Post Office.
FREDK. WRIGHT, Electoral Registrar.
Tullamarine, 14th January, 1895.
(P.8, The Age, 15-1-1895.)
It seemed strange that Fred and Wilhelmina's 50th wedding notice in 1936 added the name of Wilhelmina's mother to the text of their silver wedding notice in 1911. There's quite a story behind the addition of "Punk's" mother's name! https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/1836426
TO DO- TRANSCRIBE FRED'S 1888 BIOG TO SEE WHEN HE BOUGHT MUNSIE'S BUSINESS.
From page 8 of my TULLAMARINE BEFORE THE JETPORT (1998).
William Munsie had made enough at the diggings to establish a smithy 400 metres up Bulla Rd from Conders Lane. After being his apprentice, Fred Wright took it over when he (Munsie) rEtired in 1883.
VICTORIA AND ITS METROPOLIS: PAST AND PRESENT (Alexander Sutherland, 1888.)
Volume 2, page 439.
Wright, Frederick, Tullamarine, is a Victorian native, born at Broadmeadows of English parents. He served his apprenticeshipto the trade of blacksmith to Mr Munsie, the owner of the premiseshe now leases, Mr. Munsie having retired in 1883, when Mr Wright purchased the goodwill of the business, and has carried it on ever since, employing three workmen. He was married in 1886, to Miss Gardner, a native* of the colony, by whom he has one son.
* WILHELMINA'S BIRTH RECORD.
EventBirth Event registration number11255 Registration year1863
Family nameGARDNER Given namesWilhelmina Joann SexUnknown Father's nameColin Mother's nameMary (Gray) Place of birthOXLE**
** Oxley is due west of Milawa, the latter on the Oxley Flats Rd, the distance between the two places being (8.9 km) via Snow Rd/C522.
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