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GILLESPIE Thomas married Amelia ATKINS 1888

Journal by tonkin

Information Journal.

Groom: Thomas Henry GILLESPIE.
Age: 26 years.
Status: Single.
Father: David GILLESPIE.

Bride: Amelia ATKINS.
Age: 23 years.
Status: Single.
Father: William ATKINS.

Date married: 17 September 1888.
Place: Residence of William ATKINS, Moonta Mines, South Australia.

Marriage note.
South Australian Marriage Index recorded GILLESPIE as GILLISPIE.
Keep this in mind when searching the marriage records.
I have used the correct spelling for this family record.

Thomas died 01 January 1915 in Cummins, South Australia.
Age 52 years.
Status: Married.
Residence: Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Amelia died 09 November 1944 in Barmera, South Australia.
Age: 80 years.
Residence: Barmera, South Australia.
Deceased husband named as Thomas Henry GILLESPIE.

Birth note.
Amelia was born 15 June 1865 in Meadows, South Australia.
Parents named as William ATKINS and Sophia Amelia STAPLES.

Ten children located South Australian records for Thomas and Amelia.


Born: 05 July 1889, Petersburg, South Australia.
Died: 10 August 1968, Daw Park, South Australia.
Age: 79 years.
Status: Widower.
Residence: Berri, South Australia.
Deceased wife named as Elsie Holman GILLESPIE.

Married: Elsie Holman SECOMBE.
Date: 02 April 1923.
Place: Wesleyan Church, Norwood, South Australia.

Elsie died 16 June 1958 in Barmera, South Australia.
Age: 70 years.
Status: Married.
Residence: Barmera, South Australia.
Husband named as Thomas GILLESPIE.

Birth note.
Elsie was born 13 December 1888 in Cherry Gardens, South Australia.
Birth recorded as Elsie Holman SECORME.
Parents named as John Henry SECORME and Susanah BROADBENT.

First World War Embarkation Roll.

Name: Thomas GILLESPIE.
Service number: 3647.
Rank: Private.
Roll title: 27 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements.
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918.
Date of embarkation: 12 January 1916.
Place of embarkation: Adelaide.
Ship embarked on: HMAT Borda.
Ship number: A30.

Tom became a German POW on 02 April 1917. He was taken to Germany and was returned to London after the war on 11 December 1918.


William Charlton GILLESPIE.
Born: 11 November 1890, Petersburg, South Australia.
Died: -

Married: Constance Mary SECOMBE.
Date: 13 June 1914.
Place: Methodist Church, Grange, South Australia.

Birth note.
Constance was born 26 May 1892 in Blackwood, South Australia.
Parents named as John Henry SECOMBE and Susanna BROADBENT.


Elizabeth Alice GILLESPIE.
Born: 11 February 1892, Petersburgh, South Australia.
Died: -

Married: Alfred Henry GOODWIN.
Date: 16 November 1912.
Place: Residence of T H GILLESPIE, Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Birth note.
Alfred was born 16 January 1891 in Kensington, South Australia.
Parents named as Alfred GOODWIN and Esther HOLMES.


Bernise May GILLESPIE.
Born: 05 March 1893, Petersburg, South Australia.
Birth recorded under GILLISPIE.
Died: -

Married: Hedley William SHORNE.
Date: 15 February 1921.
Place: Methodist Parsonage, Port Augusta, South Australia.

Hedley died 20 December 1967, Daw Park Hospital, South Australia.
Age: 79 years.
Status: Married.
Residence: Northfield, South Australia.


Born: 30 June 1895, Petersburg, South Australia.
Died: 10 September 1916, Norwich, England.
Age: 21 years.
Status: Single.
Residence: Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Roll of Honour.

Name: Frank GILLESPIE.
Service number: 284.
Rank: Private.
Unit: 32nd Battalion (Infantry).
Service: Australian Army.
Conflict: 1914-1918.
Date of death: 11 September 1916.
Cause of death: Died of wounds.
Cemetery or memorial details: Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk, United Kingdom.

War Grave Register Notes.

GILLESPIE, PTE. Frank, 284. 32nd Bn. Australian Inf. Died of wounds 11th Sept., 1916. Age 21. Son of Amelia Gillespie and the late Thomas Henry Gillespie, of Port Lincoln, South Australia.54.680.

Frank was wounded in Frommells, France, and taken back to Norwich in England. Cause of death was certified as being due to gun-shot wound to lung and cardiac failure.

The South Australian Death Register records Frank's date of death as 10 September 1916, but this may be an error on the informants part.


Born: 13 November 1897, Hd of Yongala, South Australia.
Died: 13 August 1971, Daw Park, South Australia.
Age: 73 years.
Status: Married.
Residence: Barmera, South Australia.
Wife named as Elsie Eileen GILLESPIE.

Married: Elsie Eileen MURPHY.
Date: 27 August 1928.
Place: Methodist Church, Malvern, South Australia.

Birth note.
Elsie was born 17 December 1905 near Yacka, South Australia.
Parents named as James MURPHY and Annie Esther HARVEY.

First World War Embarkation Roll.

Name: Clive GILLISPIE.
Service number: 3698.
Rank: Private.
Roll title: 16 Infantry Battalion - 7 to 17 Reinforcements.
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918.
Date of embarkation: 02 December 1915.
Place of embarkation: Adelaide.
Ship embarked on: RMS Malwa.

Clive's surname recorded on the Embarkation Roll as GILLISPIE.


Born: 27 May 1899, Warner Town, South Australia.
Died: 20 May 1910, Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Age: 11 years.


Gladys Amelia GILLESPIE.
Born: 31 December 1900, Warner Town, South Australia.
Died: -

Married: James Henry St George Stone WILLIAMS.
Date: 23 February 1926.
Place: St Cuthbert Church, Prospect, South Australia.


Hazel Shirley GILLESPIE.
Born: 22 August 1903, Warner Town, South Australia.
Died: -

Married: Frederick John Clarence WHITTNEY.
Date: 21 November 1927.
Place: St Paul Church, Adelaide, South Australia.

Birth note.
Frederick was born 07 August 1902 in North Croydon, South Australia.
Parents named as Frederick John WHITTNEY and Edith REEVES.


Born: 16 May 1908, Port Lincoln, South Australia.
Died: -

World War 2 Nominal Roll.

Name: GILLESPIE John Neale.
Service: Australian Army.
Service Number: SX3144.
Date of Birth: 10 May 1908.
Place of Birth: Port Lincoln, SA.
Date of Enlistment: 21 May 1940.
Locality of Enlistment: Adelaide.
Place of Enlistment: Adelaide.
Next of Kin: GILLESPIE Amelia.
Date of Discharge: 02 October 1945.
Rank: Lance Corporal.
Posting at Discharge: 2/5 AUST COY ASC.

The South Australian Birth Index gives John's birth date as 16 May 1908, and the nominal Roll gives it as 10 May 1908.

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, South Australia.
AWM 145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918.
First World War Embarkation Roll.
World War 2 Nominal Roll.

With my thanks to earlybird2 for the information appearing in the comments section below.

Updated 16 March 2014.

JN 44055

by tonkin Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2012-01-01 23:34:51

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by earlybird2 on 2014-03-15 07:21:26

Am interested to know what your connection is to this family. Are you a descendant of Thomas, Amelia or one of their children? I'm a grandchild of Clive Gillespie.

Spelling correction needed on the town of BARMERA where Amelia died.
Thomas Gillespie died at Cummins in South Australia in a railway accident. He resided at Port Lincoln.


by tonkin on 2014-03-15 22:48:31

Thank you earlybird2.

A few typo errors on my part. I have corrected my errors and I have included a few more details in my update. I'm not connected to this family line and just trying to give new researchers some details to work with.

Thank you again.

by earlybird2 on 2014-03-16 00:53:29

Ok, it just seems strange to be doing work on a family you have no connection to but anyway, your efforts will no doubt be appreciated by someone starting their family tree. Thank you.
I thought you may be related to another Gillespie family(Irish)who lived in Petersburg (now known as Peterborough) at the same time as this family even though there is no blood relationship (as far as we know). Not surprisingly family researchers get the two families mixed up.

I can supply you with a few extra details for your journal:
Thomas Henry Gillespie and Amelia Atkins married on the 17th Sept 1888 in the residence of her father, William Atkins at Moonta Mines in S.A.

Their son Clive transferred from the 16th Infantry Battalion to the 32nd Battalion ('claimed' by his brother Frank while they were in Egypt before heading to the Western Front). Clive was awarded the Military Medal 'for bravery in the field' during Sept/Oct 1918.


by tonkin on 2014-03-16 02:53:53

Thanks again earlybird2.

Found the marriage recorded under GILLISPIE and did another update. It's not often I do two updates in the one day. I have posted a few family records over the years and I'm only connected to a few. The rest have been researched and posted to assist others just starting to research their family tree. Some people find it hard to get started and need a kick-start.

FamilyTreeCircles is all about helping others.


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