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I am looking for info on Helena Forrester Johnston (nee Just) married in 1921 to Stanley George Johnson who ran a Billiard Room in Warkworth.Then worked for his father in the family Bakery in Papatoetoe
Stan died in 1928 of cancer aged 38
Helena then seemed to disappear,unable to be found even on her fathers death,
I have since found her in Sydney from 1933 to 1937, she then disappears again.
It is said the Johnson family blamed Helena for Stans death,again it is said that Stan had a large mole on his back, which was probably a Melanoma.
Helena removed the mole with a razor blade and soon after Stan died, consequently she fled to Australia.
Can anyone add to this, maybe from the Johnson side

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by Dot111 on 2016-11-11 14:50:03

Hello I have done research on Helena Forrester Johnston ,she was at Chatswood , Sydney living with Walter Leo Bedford , I have found no marriage but she changed her name to Bedford , they moved to Victoria and you will find her in the Springvale Botanical cemetery , Victoria ...Helena Forrester Bedford died 1974

by janilye on 2016-11-12 15:10:48

JOHNSTON. — On February 21 at his father's residence. Coronation Road Papatoetoe, Stanley Gordon, the dearly-beloved husband of Lena Johnston, and second beloved son of George and Georgina Johnson; aged 38 years. The Funeral will leave the above address at 2 p.m. to-morrow (Thursday) for Waikumete Cemetery.
Is this the Walter Bedford Below? or too young:
The Newcastle Sun Mon 6 Mar 1939 Page 4

Walter Leo Carmichael Bedford. 23, born at Annandale; last heard of about
18 months ago at Chatswood; father inquiring.

by tonkin on 2016-11-12 19:19:06


Name: Helena Forrester BEDFORD.
Died: 1976 Heidelburg, Victoria.
Age: 74 years.
Father: unknown JUST.
Mother: unknown.
Ref: Registry of Deaths, Victoria. Reg. #29117.

Cremated: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria.
Service date: 26 November 1976.
For location of cremated remains contact cemetery.

by Morgan2409 on 2016-11-12 20:56:39

Walter Leo Carmichael Bedford
Service Number NX 3556
Born: 5th June 1918 Sydney
Enlisted: Wagga NSW
Next of Kin: Bedford, Walter
Unit: 2/19th Infantry Battalion
Died: 26th September 1943, Thailand, from illness

by tonkin on 2016-11-12 21:07:00


Name: Walter Leo BEDFORD.
Died: 1972 Abbotsford, Victoria.
Age: 82 years.
Father: Charles BEDFORD.
Mother: unknown.
Ref: Registry of Deaths, Victoria. Reg. #13237.

Cremated: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria.
Service date: 20 June 1972.
For location of cremated remains contact cemetery.

by Justseeker on 2016-11-12 21:48:49

Thank you every body for your information it has filled the gaps nicely and answered lots of questions.
shame my mum daphne Barber nee Just never lived long enough to know where her sister Lena went to

by Dot111 on 2016-11-17 05:12:15

Walter Leo Carmichael Bedford is the son of Walter Leo Bedford , he died in Thailand , no issue
Aubert Charles Bedford was the other son born 1919 , he would have been raised by Helena , yes it was a pity that Helena left New Zealand with no contact but more will be revealed about that soon

by Sharona01 on 2018-07-09 02:51:19

A quick Google search of my paternal grandmother brought me to this thread.
Am intrigued by Dot111’s promise of more information soon ...
Do you have anything else that you’re able to share?

by Dot111 on 2018-07-10 15:01:46

Hi sharon nice to meet you have not been on here in awhile .a document has been ordered and should arrive in the week about more information regarding your grandmother cheers from nz

by Sharona01 on 2018-07-10 23:27:41

Greetings from Melbourne.
The date stamps on the previous posts told me that this thread had been quiet for some time. It’s a happy coincidence that you found my post just as new information is expected.
Until relatively recently, I had no idea about the circumstances that brought my family to this side of the Tasman. I’d never really thought about it. But now, it is intriguing 😃

by Barja on 2018-07-11 06:54:06

Hello Sharon
Nice to hear from you cousin, My name is John Barber ,my mother is Rose Nancy Daphne Barber nee Just your grand mothers sister. I to have been searching a long time for Lena and it is so nice to have finally found her and also delighted to find I have some new cousins.
You can contact me direct at john.carolyn@slingshot.co.nz and I can fill you in on the family you have never known
Your cousin
John Barber

by Dot111 on 2018-07-12 08:31:21

Intriguing is right Sharon , the father of Helena, Carl Julius Just stated in his will that Helena had been missing many years and presumed dead . I said to your cousin Janice lets find her we did 😀

by Sharona01 on 2018-07-12 13:24:57

Great work supersluths 👌🏼

by Dot111 on 2018-07-14 09:34:13

Thanks😊 hopefully we can find out the real reason your grandmother crossed the ditch

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