Early Generations (2)
1. The Kirkham Family: [revised January 2014]
James / Robert (c1780…1817+) m. Elizabeth / Sarah / Ann / Mary (…1817+)
[Poplar, East London [Stepney,Middlesex], England]
1.1 Thomas Kirkham a.k.a. Tabeener (1806…1835)
[Poplar, East London [Stepney,Middlesex], England → Tasmania, Australia]
1.2 Robert Kirkham (alias Jackson) (1808 1860) m. Nancy (Ann) Smith (1821…1853)
[Poplar, Middlesex, England → Sydney, NSW, Australia]
1.2.1 Robert Henry Kirkham (1840…1913) m. Eliza Allum (1842…1918)
188.8.131.52 Eliza Kirkham (1863…1925) m. William Artis (c1856…1929)
184.108.40.206 Robert Kirkham (1864…1896) m. Jane Kelly (1864…1946)
220.127.116.11 George Kirkham (1866…1942) m. Victoria Smyth (c1868…1942)
18.104.22.168 Annie Kirkham (1868…1970) m. Henry James Everitt (c1870…1945)
22.214.171.124 Edith Kirkham (1870…1951)
126.96.36.199 Susan Kirkham (1872…1942) m. George Thomas Richard Evans (1871… 1950)
188.8.131.52 Ernest Kirkham (1874…1917) m. Edith Marion Boudet (1881…1962)
184.108.40.206.1 Jess Kirkham (1905…2004) m. Geoffrey John de Courcy Lewis (1909… 1995)
220.127.116.11 William Kirkham (1876…1936) m. Mary Stewart Scott (c1878…1962)
18.104.22.168.1 William Stewart Kirkham (1901…1976) m. Catherine Margaret FitzPatrick (1899?…1978)
22.214.171.124.2 Robert Stewart Kirkham (1907…1969) m. Doris Irene Pryor (…1974)
126.96.36.199 May Kirkham (1878…1954) m. William Edward Rathbone (c1858…1942) [corrected jul2017]
188.8.131.52 Eva Kirkham (1880…1966) m. Victor George Sanders (1886…1930)
184.108.40.206 Charles Kirkham (1882…1939)
1.2.2 Maria Kirkham (1843 1881) m. Henry Talbott (1837 1888?)
[Sydney, NSW, Australia - refer to Talbott WebPage for further details]
1.2.3 Eliza Kirkham (1845…1921) m. Charles Whately (1831…1894)
220.127.116.11 Robert Kirkham Whately (1874…1959) m. Mary Ann Amelia Bagley (c1876…1956)
18.104.22.168 Sidney Herbert Whately (1877…1916) m. Matilda A Bagley (…1929)
22.214.171.124 Mina Eliza Whately (1879…1962) m. Henry William Taylor (…1952)
126.96.36.199 Mabel Lilly Whately (1881…1882)
1.2.4 John Thomas Kirkham (1848 … 1875) m. Elizabeth Amelia FitzSimmons (1848 … 1924)
188.8.131.52 Amelia Elizabeth Kirkham (1871 … 1940) m. George Smedley (1872… 1954)
184.108.40.206 John Francis Kirkham (1872… 1949)
220.127.116.11 Louisa Kirkham (1874… 1875)
18.104.22.168 Lucy Jane Kirkham (1875… 1941) m. Arthur Huggett (c1886…1957)
1.3 George Kirkham (1817 1863?) m. Mary Ann Pegler (c1818 … ) [updated January 2014]
[Poplar, East London [Stepney,Middlesex], England → Sydney, NSW, Australia; perhaps → Victoria]
1.3.1 George Kirkham (c1834…1910)
[Poplar, East London [Stepney,Middlesex] -> British Army (Crimea, Turkey, India) -> Victoria, Australia]
1.3.2 John Kirkham (c1837-8…1838) [Poplar, Middlesex]
1.3.3 Mary Ann Kirkham (1840…1855) ?m? Thomas Hewitt (…)
[Poplar, Middlesex → NSW, Australia → Victoria, Australia]
1.3.4 John Kirkham (1842/3…1847) [Poplar, Middlesex]
1.3.5 James Kirkham (1845…1904) m. Sarah Ann Mulvihill (c1854…1895)
22.214.171.124 George Robert Kirkham (c1878…1934?) m. Florence May Murphy (…)
126.96.36.199 John Kirkham (c1879…1925?) m. Sarah Jane Taylor (…)
188.8.131.52 Thomas James Kirkham (1881…1917)
184.108.40.206 Patrick William Kirkham (1885…1960) m. Evelyn Maude Uren (1893… 1979)
220.127.116.11.1 Athol James Kirkham (c1918…1951) m. Dorrie McInerney (…)
18.104.22.168.2 Eileen Maude Kirkham (1926…2010) m. David Ross Hughes (…)
22.214.171.124 James Joseph Kirkham (1889…1953) m. Cornelie Elizabeth Blackley (1898…)
126.96.36.199.1 Elsie Edith Kirkham (c1920…2005) m. John William Martin Connell (1916…)
188.8.131.52.2 George Thomas Phillip Kirkham (…) m. Jean Coleman Skinner (…)
184.108.40.206.3 Olive Winifred Kirkham (c1921…) m1. Stephen Thomas Henry Rothenberger (1918…1968)
220.127.116.11.4 Francis James Kirkham (c1922-28…) m. Irene Ann Coleman (c1937… 2015)
18.104.22.168.5 Myrtle Florence Kirkham (1924…1985) m. Ivan Ian Welby McGillivray (1926…2008)
22.214.171.124.6 Alma Gweneth Kirkham (c1929…2014) m. George Henry Baker (c1925… 2013)
126.96.36.199 Herbert Laurence Kirkham (1885…1972) m. Annie Agnes Busteed (1893… 1983)
1.3.6 Eliza Kirkham (1849…1922) m. John Crowle (1840…1897)
[Poplar, Middlesex → Sydney, NSW, Australia → Victoria, Australia]
1.3.7 Harriet Sarah Kirkham (1852…1912) m. Alexander Johnson (1847…1921)
[Poplar, Middlesex → Sydney, NSW → Victoria, Australia]
1.3.8 Thomas Hewitt Kirkham (1856 …1911) m1. Ada Jane Burgess (c1858… 1879);
m2. Eliza Jane McGregor (1861…1927)
[Sydney, NSW, Australia → Victoria, Australia]
188.8.131.52 Olive Rae Kirkham (1899…1904)
184.108.40.206 Thomas Hewitt Kirkham (1901…1970) m. Olive Victoria Beezley (1902…1993)
220.127.116.11 Violet Lorna Kirkham (1893…1952) m. Alex Puttock (c1891…1966)
18.104.22.168 Thelma Camille La Mascotte Kirkham (1898…1951) m. Leslie Tyack (… 1966)
22.214.171.124 George [a.k.a. James Macgregor] Kirkham (c1903…1963) m1. Una Margaret Grant (c1906…1982);
m2. Ethel Marjorie Breen (c1916…2012)
126.96.36.199 Lois Irma Kirkham (1906…1906)
Possibly Related Kirkham Lineages
Related Families from the same areas
Other (probably unrelated) Kirkham Lineages
This Kirkham family has been traced back to the late eighteenth century in the Stepney dockland of East London, specifically the hamlet of Poplar in southeast Stepney near the Isle of Dogs, the location of the West India Docks (from 1800) and East India Docks (from 1806). The family's address was variously listed as Robin Hood Lane, Poplar (running between East India Dock Road to Poplar High Street) and Poplar Mews, Blackwall; there is no trace at that address in the 1841 census. Kirkham was said to have been a shipwright in Thomas Pitcher's yards at Northfleet near Gravesend [source lost].
Three 'sons', born in Poplar, Middlesex, finished their days in south-eastern Australia in markedly different circumstances.
Three known children
are attributed to this Kirkham family, the structure of which is open to question
This Kirkham family has been traced back to the Stepney dockland of East London in the late eighteenth century.
The family is evidenced by baptimal records [Poplars, London] and the transportation / immigration records [NSW & Tas.], marriage and death certificates [NSW] of three Kirkham men considered to have been 'brothers', Thomas b1806, Robert b1809 and George b1817: the records are contradictory and apparently erroneous regarding naming of parents.
The three 'brothers' finished their days in Australia in markedly different circumstances.
Donald Kirkham (2012) commented: “…There is a question as to who the father of Robert, Thomas and James Kirkham was. Robert's baptism lists his father as Robert, where as
James's George's documents list him as James. At the present I am not certain which it is.”
The consensus of researchers Sharon Beyer (2014) and Donald Kirkham (2014) is that the preponderance of evidence favours James [over Robert] and Elizabeth [over Sarah, Ann or Mary]as the progenitors: Sharon noted “a matching baptism for both Thomas and George with James & Elizabeth as parents and its closer to Georges immigration record where he states parents’ names were James & Mary. If … correct about James & Elizabeth, there are two more potential births, James Gilbert in 1799 & Charles in 1802, both born in Kent though.”
Robert [or James?] Kirkham, born c1780, lived with his family on the north side of the River Thames in the hamlet of Poplar in south-east Stepney near the Isle of Dogs, the location of the West India Docks (from 1800) and East India Docks (from 1806). The family's address was variously listed as Robin Hood Lane, Poplar (running between East India Dock Road to Poplar High Street) and Poplar Mews, Blackwall.
A baptismal record on 26 June 1808 noted Kirkham (senior) ['Robert'] as a shipwright and it has been said [source lost] that he was a shipwright in Thomas Pitcher's yards at Northfleet near Gravesend: that is some distance – about 25 km as the crow flies from Poplar – down-river along the Thames, and on the opposite, southern, shore. Pitcher also had yards at Deptford, about 5 km south of Poplar, and again on the southern shore. Perhaps Kirkham (senior) spent a lot of time commuting, perhaps he stayed at the yards for periods, perhaps he worked elsewhere nearer Poplar, say the Isle of Dogs. Perhaps Kirkham's carpentry skills were empolyed somewhere like the West India Docks, a series of three docks the first of which opened in 1802, or the East India Docks to the north-east, or Milwall Docks to the south: all on the Isle of Dogs.
Three 'brothers' are conjecturally attached to this Kirkham family:
There is no obvious trace of the progenitor generation [Robert [or James?] Kirkham, born c1780, and his wife] in the 1841 English census. Of the three 'brothers', only George, who married in 1835, is listed with his wife and some children in the 1841 English census. He and his family also appear in the 1851 English census.
Descendants are known for both the younger 'brothers', Robert and George.
Thomas Kirkham, born March 1806, was convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery on 14 January 1824 for stealing a quantity of rope, sentenced to seven years. Records from Old Bailey Proceedings Online version 7.0, 08 October 2014), January 1824, trial of MICHAEL DENSON THOMAS KIRKHAM (t18240114-113), read.
320. MICHAEL DENSON and THOMAS KIRKHAM were indicted for stealing, on the 24th of December , 50 lbs. of rope, value 5 s. , the goods of Robert Kennedy .
JAMES BUCKEY . I am a Surveyor of the Thames Police. On the 24th of December, I was on duty, with another officer, near the West India Dock-bridge, and about a quarter to eight o'clock in the evening, I saw the prisoners coming over the bridge in company; I stopped Denson, and found 28 lbs. of rope round his body, under his smock-frock. He said he picked it up on the bank of the City Canal, by the Isle of Dogs, in company with Kirkham. In a private pocket, down the seam in the leg of his trowsers. I found a knife, which had been cutting tarred rope. I asked why he concealed the rope - he said he thought it the best way of carrying it. I went and found the brig Pilgrim adrift, in the City Canal, with her head-rope cut at the water's edge; I cut a piece off the end - it corresponded with what he had.
THOMAS CLARK. I was with Buckey, whose account is correct. I examined Kirkham, and found 22 lbs. of rope round his body, under his smock frock - it tallies with what the other prisoner had, and in his jacket pocket, I found a knife.
ROBERT KENNEDY. I am master of the Pilgrim. I fastened her all right, and found her adrift in the morning. This rope is mine, I have no doubt.
DENSON - GUILTY . Aged 18.
KIRKHAM - GUILTY . Aged 15.
Transported for Seven Years
Thomas Kirkham was subsequently transported aboard the 364 ton A1 ship Sir Charles Forbes to Van Diemens' Land [Tasmania], arriving on 18 April 1825. The Sir Charles Forbes, built in Aberdeen in 1824 and making her first voyage as a convict transport to Australia, was mastered by Thomas Fullarton and brought 130 male prisoners to HobartTown under the care of Surgeon Joseph Cook; two prisoners died en route. The Sir Charles Forbes departed Portsmouth on 5 January 1825, the direct voyage took 103 days. The Gaol Report noted Thomas as 'quiet' and the Hulk Report noted him as 'orderly'.
The 1826 Convict Muster (Tas.) shews Thomas Kirkham (per Sir Charles Forbes) assigned to Mr Stocker.
It appears Thomas Kirkham was also known as Thomas Tabeener, per 'Founders and Survivors project', Australian National Data Service edition, 25th November 2011, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia:
Kirkham als Tabeener, Thos. (Pn:194K) arr :sircharlesforbes. Brief bio: B~ . Tried 1824-06-14 (7). single.
Thomas Kirkham was executed for armed robbery on 13 February 1835 in Tasmania. Belinda Fairclough (per email, 25 November 2000) eMailed RootWeb’s ‘aus-convicts’ discussion list seeking newspaper accounts or trial records [q.v.] regarding Thomas’ execution…
Thomas Kirkham arrived in Tasmania 29 April, 1825 on board the "Sir Charles Forbes" and was assigned to a Mr Stocker, who, apparently, was not a kindly master as Thomas was frequently in trouble and had his original sentence prolonged. Finally, in 1834, he and some other convicts, took part in an armed robbery at the home of Mr James Hamilton in Ross, Tasmania. He was caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to death, though he protested his innocence. On 13 February, 1835 he was hung in Hobart with the others that had taken part in the robbery and buried the same day.
Thomas and his accomplices were the only people hung in 1835 and apparently it caused quite an uproar in the colony. Thomas' Tasmanian Convict Index entry reads [abbreviations expanded rf http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~austashs/convicts/conabbrev.html]; underlined charge dates are followed by the name of the person bringing the charge then a '/' followed by a summary of the charge and the decision or sentence, then, bracketed, the initials of the magistrate or his position title; note that charges are also separated by a "/"]:
Sir Charles Forbes
[trial date] 14 January. 1824 = 7 [years]
transported for “stealing a quantity of rope”
Gaol Report “ quiet”
Hulk Report “ orderly” single
Stated This Offence “Stealing a quantity of Rope”. Single.
August 20.,1827. W T Stocker / Absent from his Master's premises without leave & returned home Drunk between 10 and 11 at night 25 lashes (T.A.L.) / November 4, 1827. W. T. Stocker / Rambling the Streets during Divine service this Day Rep. (T.A.L.) / June 18, 1828. W. T. Stocker / Drunkedness. and neglect of Duty yesterday. – 3 days Tread Wheel / a w H H / July 14, 1829 T. W. Stocker/ being in Launceston without a pass. Charge dismissed. ( P. A. M. ) / August 19, 1829. W. T. Stocker / Drunk & disorderly at Brumby's public house last night. Disturbing uproar (J. Hine & I. H. M.) April 21, 1830. W. T. Stocker / Leaving his masters premises at New Town & coming to Hobart Town without any pass or authority & with insolence to his master – 25 lashes & returned to his master's service (J. Spode) / October 24, 1831. F. S. / Assaulting Constable Wass. fined £5 including Costs. / J. S. T. A. & R. H. / January 3, 1835. F. S. / Feloniously stealing in the Dwelling House of James Hamilton 12 yards of superfine blue Woollen Cloth of the value of twenty pounds Sterling and divers other articles of the goods &c of the said James Hamilton putting in fear at the time of the aforesaid felony one James Hope then in charge of the aforesaid Property against the Peace &c – Committed for Trial / Chief Police Magistrate /
Executed 13 February 1835 at Hobart. Town MauӨ Mr P. G. Emmett.
Accounts of the 1835 trial "R. v. Kirkham, Burke, Nosworthy and Weston" can be read in Decisions of the Nineteenth Century Tasmanian Superior Courts, published by the Division of Law, Macquarie University and the School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania.
Note: another Thomas Kirkham, born c1801, was convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery for stealing and sentenced to 14 years, he was transported to NSW with 166 other convicts in the Adrian, departing on 13 April 1830, arriving Sydney on 20 August 1830 [mustered on-board on 23 August]. The Adrian's Bound Indentures note:
Thomas Kirkham, 29, rw, prot, M 2ch, Dorchester, Watch and Clock maker Tool and Lathe maker, Roby Master, London, 29 Oct 1829, 14, none, 5, 4¾, Pale, Fair, Hazel, Geo. Forbes Hunters River; scar on left side of forehead.
D Wong on 7th December, 2012 wrote on the Convict Records: website:
Thomas Kirkham was indicted under the name of Thomas KIRKMAN at the Old Bailey, and transported for stealing from his master.
Thomas was a Watch Finisher, and stole 1 watch-case, value 7s., 1 watch movement, value 7s., and 3 watch-maker’s tools, value 5s., the goods of George Paull - his master.
Thomas was 28 years old, married with children and was earning 28s., and his tea per week.
28/3/1828: TOL Merton.
1841 Census: Town Muswellbrook, District of Muswellbrook.
Robert Kirkham, was supposedly born in Poplar, Middlesex, on 26 June 1808, son of ROBERT and SARAH KIRKHAM, and Christened the same day at Saint Dunstan's, Stepney. His death certificate notes his parents, apparently in error, as ROBERT and ANN. Sharon Beyer eMailed [5 July 2011] that she had “…found a record of a Robert and Ann Kerkham in Durham in the 1841 census, and just Robert in the 1851 census. Those records would indicate his birth year was 1776/7."
Robert was convicted at Middlesex Gaol Delivery on 12 January 1826 for stealing spoons, sentenced to seven years and transported to Sydney, NSW, as Robert Jackson aboard the Speke on 5 August 1826.
Belinda Fairclough eMailed RootWeb’s ‘aus-convicts’ discussion list about:
KIRKHAM, Robert - born 26 June, 1808 Poplar Mews,BLACKWALL ENGLAND; arrived 26 November, 1826 aboard "SPEKE II"
Lesley Uebel replied (9 November 2000)
The Convict Indent states he was 17 years of age and could read and write. He was a single male protestant. His occupation was that of Errand Boy and he was tried in London on the 2nd January 1826. He received a sentence of 7 years for stealing spoons. Native place Poplar. He had a ruddy and freckled complexion. he had dark brown hair and eyes and was 5 feet nothing and ¾. He had a scar of the bridge of his nose.
The 1828 NSW Census shews Robert Jackson [Speke, 1826] at Patrick Plains, a Stonemason aged 19. assigned to James Bowman. Robert Jackson, transported in the Speke (1826), received a Certificate of Freedom on 19 January 1833.
As Robert Jackson, bachelor stonemason of Chippendale, Sydney, Robert and (Nancy) Anne Smith were married on 27 January 1840 in S Andrew's Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Sydney. Ann Smith born circa 1821, hailed from Surrey, England. Known children of Robert and Nancy Kirkham, baptised at [Christ Church] S Lawrence Church of England, Sydney, were:
When Robert Henry Kirkham was born, his father was residing in Goulburn Street Sydney. When the later children were born, their father was residing at Chippendale, maintaining his occupation as a stonemason.
Ann (Nancy) Jackson née Smith died in 1853 at Chippendale NSW.
Robert Kirkham whose parents are listed, apparently mistakenly, in the deaths index as ROBERT and ANN died at Chippendale 12 March 1860. His children were still minors.
Dr Kirkham says the deceased Robert had willed property to his daughters Maria and Eliza. This land (west of Yarnold Street, Chippendale) was sold on 6 May 1867 by Henry Tablot (Freeholder), Maria Talbot (formerly Kirkham) and Eliza Kirkham, all of Chippendale, to widow Eliza Thompson, for £93. Another descendant is Ian Kirkham of 15 Holden Avenue, Epping NSW (October 2002).
Robert Henry Kirkham, born 23 December 1840 and christened 24 January 1841; eldest child of ROBERT KIRKHAM (a.k.a. JACKSON) and NANCY (ANN) SMITH, married Eliza Allum in Sydney on 11 January 1862. Eliza was the daughter of GEORGE ALLUM and REBECCA GRIMLEY. Sydney's Empire of Wednesday 15 and Tuesday 21 January 1862 noted:
KIRKHAM—ALLUM.—At 105, Princes'-street, on the 11th January, by special license, by the Rev. John Reid, of the Scots Church, Church-hill, Robert Kirkham, native of Sydney, to Eliza Allum, daughter or George Allum, Brisbane-street.
Robert and Eliza were the parents of:
The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 1 November 1902 listed “Robert Kirkham, 304 Cleveland street, Surry Hills” among newly appointed magistrates.
Robert Henry Kirkham died 29 October 1913 in Sydney, The Sydney Morning Herald of Thursday 30 October 1913 (pp8,7) noting:
KIRKHAM.—October 20, 1913 at his residence, 304 Cleveland street, city, Robert dearly loved husband of Eliza Kirkham, in his 73rd year. At rest.
KIRKHAM.—The. Friends of the late ROBERT KIRKHAM, J.P., and FAMILY are kindly invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave his late residence, 304 Cleveland-street. Sydney, at 2.15 p.m. THIS DAY, Thursday, for Waverley Cemetery. By request, no flowers. WOOD, COFFILL, and COMPANY. LTD.
KIRKHAM.—The Friends of Mrs. E. KIRKHAM are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of her late beloved HUSBAND, Robert; to leave his late residence, 304 Cleveland-street, Sydney, at 2.15 p.m., THIS DAY, Thursday, for Waverley. By request, no flowers.
[The western end of Cleveland Street is the southern boundary of today's Chippendale.]
The death of Eliza Kirkham née Allum was registered at Rockdale, NSW, in 1918, The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday 13 September 1918 (p6) noting:
KIRKHAM.—September 12, 1918, at her daughter's residence, Gloucester-street, Rockdale, Eliza, relict of the late Robert Kirkham, of Cleveland-street, city, aged 76 years.
KIRKHAM —September 12, 1918, at her residence, Gloucester-street, Rockdale, Eliza, widow of the late Robert Kirkham, Cleveland-street, Sydney, aged 76.
KIRKHAM.—September 12, 1918, at her residence, Gloucester-street, Rockdale, Eliza, beloved mother of George, William, and Charles Kirkham.
KIRKHAM.—September 12 1918. at her residence, Gloucester-street, Rockdale, Eliza, beloved mother of Miss May Kirkham and Mesdames W. Artis, H. Everitt, Edith Kirkham, G. Evans, and V. Sanders. No Flowers.
Eliza Kirkham, whose birth was registered in Sydney in 1863, was the eldest child of builder ROBERT HENRY KIRKHAM and ELIZA ALUM. Eliza's marriage to William Artis was registered in Sydney in 1884 and 1885, The Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday 29 January 1885 (p1) announcing:
ARTIS.—KIRKHAM.—January 20, by the Rev. George Preston, at the residence of the bride's parents, William, only son of the late Captain Artis, of Scotland, to Eliza, eldest daughter of Robert Kirkham, builder, Sydney.
William and Eliza Artis were the parents of:
The death of Eliza Artis née Kirkham on 22 September 1925 was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday 23 September 1925 (p13):
ARTIS.—September 22, 1925, at her residence, 66 Prospect-road, Summer Hill, Eliza, dearly loved wife of William Artis and mother of William Arthur Artis.
ARTIS.—The Relatives and Friends of Mr. WILLIAM ARTIS and of Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM ARTHUR ARTIS are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved WIFE and MOTHER, Eliza Artis, to leave her late residence, 66 Prospect-road, Summer Hill, at 2.15 o'clock THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON for South Road Cemetery, per motor.
ARTIS.—The Relatives and Friends of Messrs. GEORGE, WILLIAM and CHARLES KIRKHAM, Mrs. G. EVANS, Mrs. H. EVERITT, Mrs. E SANDERS, Mrs. E. KIRKHAM, and Mrs. W. RATHBONE are kindly invited to attend the funeral of their late beloved SISTER, Eliza, to leave 66 Prospect-road, Summer Hill, THIS (Wednesday) AFTERNOON, at 2.15 o'clock, for South Head Cemetery.
The death of William Arthur Artis, aged 73, son of WILLIAM and MARGARET, on 10 December 1929, at his residence, 66 Prospect-road, Summer Hill, was registered at Ashfield, and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald of Wednesday 11 December 1929 (p16):
ARTIS.—December 10, at his residence, 66 Prospect-road, Summer Hill, William, beloved father of William Arthur Artis, aged 73.
Robert Kirkham, whose birth on 28 August 1864 was registered at Redfern as Kirkman, was the second child and eldest son of builder ROBERT HENRY KIRKHAM and ELIZA ALUM. Robert's marriage to Jane Kelly [“Jessie”] was registered in Waterloo in 1887; Jane's birth to PHILIP and MARY A had been registered at Redfern in 1864.
Robert and Jane Kirkham were the parents of:
Robert Kirkham died in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 8 May 1896, as mentioned in the press:
KIRKHAM.—May 8, of typhoid fever, at Johannesburg, S.A., in his 32nd year, Robert Kirkham, contractor late of Waverley, eldest son of Robert Kirkham, of Surry Hills, Sydney. Away from those he loved.
KIRKHAM.—May 8 of typhoid fever at Johannesburg, S.A., Robert Kirkham, contractor, late of Birrell-street, Waverley; beloved husband of Jane Kirkham in his 32nd year leaving a loving wife and four children to mourn their loss. At rest.
KIRKHAM.—May 8, of typhoid fever, at Johannesburg, S.A., in his 32nd year, Robert Kirkham, of Waverley, beloved son-in-law of Phillp Kelly, of Moonbie-street, Summer Hill. God's will be done.
KIRKHAM.—In loving memory of my dear husband Robert Kirkham, who died at Johannesburg, May 8th. Deeply regretted. Inserted by his loving wife Jennie.
KIRKHAM.—In loving memory of Robert, eldest son of Robert and Eliza Kirkham, of 304 Cleveland-street, Surry Hills, who died in Johannesburg Hospital of typhoid on May 8th, 1896, aged 31 years. Away from all he loved.
Walter's A.I.F. enlistment papers shew his mother Jane living at 3 Moonbie street, Summer Hill in August 1915; on 11 March 1920 Jane was living at “Inverness”, Gordon Crescent, Stanmore. NSW Electoral Rolls shew Jane Kirkham [home duties] and Phillip Fitzroy Kirkham [clerk] at 54 Rutledge street, Eastwood, in 1930 and 1933, joined there by Mary Anne Kirkham [home duties] in 1936 and 1943.
The death of Jane Kirkham née Kelly on 18 March 1946 was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 19 March 1946 (p14):
KIRKHAM.—March 18, 1946, at a private hospital, Strathfield, Jane, widow of the late Robert Kirkham and dear mother of Charles, Phillip (Roy), Edward (deceased), and Reg, aged 81 years.
George Kirkham, whose birth on 7 May 1866 was registered in Sydney, was the third child of builder ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM.
George's marriage to Victoria Smyth was registered at Newtown in 1897. George and Victoria Kirkham were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew George Kirkham [company director], Victoria Kirkham [home duties] and Noel Kirkham [audit clerk] at 99 Spit road, Mosman, in 1930. The Daily Commercial News and Shipping List on Monday 12 June 1933 (p4) advised the formation of a family company:
NEW COMPANIES. NEW SOUTH WALES. … G. & V. Kirkham Pty, Ltd.— Dealers in real and personal property, etc. — Capital, £14,000 Subscribers: George Kirkham, Robert Ralph Kirkham, Victoria Kirkham, George Russell Kirkham, Noel Kirkham, Marjorie Kirkham and Harold Victor Kirkham. (Melbourne, 6/6/33.)
George Kirkham, son of ROBERT and ELIZA, aged 76, died on 11 September 1942, The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 12 September 1942 (p16) noting:
KIRKHAM.—September 11, 1942, at his residence, 99 Spit Road, Mosman, George, beloved husband of Victoria Kirkham and loved father of Robert, Russell, Harold and Noel, aged 76 years.
Victoria Kirkham née Smyth died on 12 December 1942, aged 74, The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 14 December (p10) noting:
KIRKHAM.—December 12, 1942, at her residence, 99 Spit Road, Mosman, Victoria, relict of the late George Kirkham and loved mother of Robert Ralph, George Russell, Harold Victor (A. I. F.) and Noel (A. I. F.), aged 74 years.
Annie Kirkham, whose birth on 21 October 1868 was registered in Sydney in 1869, was the fourth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. Annie's marriage to Henry Everitt was registered at Sydney in 1902. They were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Henry James Everitt [clerk], Annie Everitt [home duties] and Henry James Everitt, junior [bank clerk] at 7 Cook road, Centennial Park, in 1930 Henry (senior) and Annie at that address in 1933, 1936 and 1937, and Henry [retired] and Annie still there in 1943. Henry James Everitt (junior) [bank officer], Annie Everitt [home duties] and Marjorie Beryl Everitt [home duties] at listed 7 Cook road, Centennial Park, in 1949, and Annie there alone in 1954, and1963.
The death of Henry James Everitt on 11 April 1945, age 75, 'at Centennial Park', son of EDWARD and ANN, was registered at Paddington and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 13th inst.:
EVERITT.—April 11, 1945, at 7 Cook Road, Centennial Park, Henry James Everitt, dearly loved husband of Annie and loving father of Henry and Marjorie, aged 75 years. Privately interred at Waverley Cemetery, April 12, 1945.”
The death of Annie Everitt née Kirkham on 31 May 1970, aged 101, 'late of Centennial Park', daughter of ROBERT, was registered at St Leonards and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald of 3 June 1970.
Edith Kirkham, whose birth on 11 June 1870 was registered in Sydney, was the fifth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. It appears that Edith never married.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Edith Kirkham [home duties] and (her younger bachelor brother?) Charles Kirkham [salesman] at Tulloch street, Blacktown, in 1930, 1936 1937 and 1943, and Edith solo at 15 Gordon street, Eastwood, in 1949.
Edith Kirkham died at Eastwood on 29 July 1951, her death registered at Ryde. The Sydney Morning Herald of of Thursday 2 August 1951 (p20) read:
KIRKHAM, Edith.—July 29, 1951, late of Eastwood. Privately cremated.
Susan Kirkham, whose birth ON 8 mARCH 1872 was registered in Sydney, was the sixth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM.
Susan married George Thomas Richard Evans in Sydney on 19 November 1894 [as registered at Redfern], The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 10 December 1894 (p1) noting:
EVANS—KIRKHAM.—November 19, by the Rev. B. J. Meeks, George T. R. Evans, eldest son of G. T. Evans, Fairholme, Rooty Hill, to Susie, fourth daughter of Robert Kirkham, Cleveland-street, Surry Hills.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew George Thomas Richard Evans [grazier], Susan Evans [home duties] and Elsie Evans [home duties] at Sutton Park, via Tullamore [near Peak Hill], and Robert Kirkham Evans [labourer] listed at Tindale, Peak Hill in 1930. George, Susan and Victor George Evans [farmer and grazier] were at Sutton Park, Tullamore, and Robert Kirkham Evans [grazier] with Grace Isabel Evans [home duties] at Ellrington, The Troffs [near Peak Hill] in 1936. George Thomas Richard Evans [grazier], Robert Kirkham Evans [grazier], Victor George Evans [grazier] and Grace Isabel Evans [home duties] at Bonsonte, Bundarra, in 1943. George [grazier], Robert [grazier] and Grace [home duties], and Victor [grazier], were listed at Bonsonte in 1949. Robert Kirkham Evans , Grace Isabel Evans  and Victor George Evans  and were at 1 Tamar street, Ballina, in 1980 [no occupations listed].
Susie Evans née Kirkham died on 5 April 1942, aged 70: she was buried at Tullamore General Cemetery. The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 18 April 1942 (p20) noting:
EVANS.—April 5, 1942, at Tullamore, Susan, dearly beloved wife of Geo. R. Evans, Bonsonte, Bundarra.
EVANS.—April 5, 1942, at Tullamore, Susan, dearly beloved mother of May (Mrs. W. A. Rathbone), Elsie (Mrs. J. T. Allen), Robert, Victor, of Bonsonte, Bundarra.
George Thomas Richard Evans, son of GEORGE TROTTER EVANS and HANNAH ELIZABETH, aged 78, died on 21 February 1950, his death registered at Paddington. He was buried near Susan at Tullamore General Cemetery. The Sydney Morning Herald of Wednesday 22 February 1950 (p30) noted:
EVANS, George Thomas Richard.—February 21, 1950, at a private hospital, Sydney, late of Rockdale, beloved father of May (Mrs. Rathbone). Elsie (Mrs. Allen), Robert, and Victor, aged 78 years. Private interment at Tullamore, Wednesday.
EVANS, George Thomas Richard.—February 21, 1950, late of Rockdale, beloved brother of May Evans, 150 Holt Avenue, Cremorne.
The birth of Ernest Kirkham on 4 April 1874, seventh child of builder ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM, was registered in Sydney. Ernest's marriage to Edith Marion Boudet at St Paul's, Redfern, on 27 February 1900 was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 5 March 1900:
KIRKHAM-BOUDET.—February 27, by the Rev. F. B. Boyce, at St. Paul's, Redfern, Ernest Kirkham, of Surry Hills, to Edith Marion, daughter of William Boudet, of Western Australia.
Edith and Ernest were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew George Kirkham [company director], Victoria Kirkham [home duties] and Noel Kirkham [audit clerk] at 99 Spit road, Mosman, in 1930.
Ernest Kirkham was killed in action in France on 8 July 1917, The Sydney Morning Herald of Wednesday 25 July 1917 (p10) noting:
KIRKHAM.—July 8, 1917, killed in action, somewhere in France, Ernest, dearly loved husband of Edith Kirkham, and father of Ernie, Jess, and Paul, of Rowena, Gould-street, Campsie. At rest.
KIRKHAM.—Killed in action, somewhere in France, July 8, 1917, Ernest, loving brother of George, William, and Charles Kirkham. He gave his life, his all. KIRKHAM.-Killed in action in France, July 8, 1917, Lance-corporal Ernest Kirkham, aged 43 years, beloved son of Mrs. E. Kirkham and the late Robert Kirkham, Gloucester-street, Rockdale (late of Sydney). KIRKHAM.-Killed in action in France, July 8, 1917, Lance-corporal Ernest Kirkham, beloved brother of May Kirkham.
KIRKHAM.—Killed in action in France, July 8, 1917, Lance-corporal Ernest Kirkham. Inserted by his loving sisters Mrs. W. Artis, Mrs. H. J. Everitt, Mrs. E. Kirkham and Mrs. V. G. Sanders.
KIRKHAM.—On July 8, at 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, from gunshot wounds in the head, L.-corp. Ernest Kirkham, aged 43 years, after two years and three months' active service in Gallipoli and France. A good life nobly ended. Inserted by his loving father and mother-in-law, W. G. H. and R. A. Boudet.
The Shoalhaven Telegraph of Wednesday 25 July 1917 (p3, p4) reported:
Mr W. Boudet, of Berry, has received word of the death of his son-in-law, Lce. Corpl. Ernest Kirkham, C. Coy., 13th Batt., late 3rd, at the Second Australian Casualty Clearing Station, from gunshot wounds in the head. The deceased soldier had been fighting in France since June, 1916, and had only just recovered from wounds received in the fighting at Bapaume. He was previously wounded at Lone Pine. Deceased leaves a wife and three children. They reside at Campsie.
KIRKHAM.— On July 8th, 1917, at 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, from gunshot wounds in the head, Lee. Corpl, Ernest Kirkham, 13 — 3 Batt. ; aged 43, A good life nobly ended. Inserted by his loving father- and mother-in-law, W. G. H. and R. A. Boudet.
The widowed Edith married Robert F Butler at St Paul's, Redfern, on 9 February 1925, The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 28 February 1925 (p16) noting:
BUTLER—KIRKHAM.—February 9, at St. Paul's, Redfern, by the Rev. J. T. Phair, Edith Marion Kirkham, of Rowena, Gould-street, Campsie, to Robert M. Butler, of Highway, Anglo-road, Campsie.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Robert Frederick Butler [estate agent] and Edith Marion Butler [home duties] at 2 Wilga avenue, Marrickville West, and at Burnside Flats, O'Sullivan road, Bellevue Hill, in 1930, at 2 Roslyn Flats, Crinan street, Hurlstone Park, in 1933, 1936 and 1937, and Edith at 10 Park street, Campsie, in 1943 and 1954, and at 4 Taloombi street, Cronulla in 1963.
The death of Edith Marion Butler formerly Kirkham née Boudet, on 29 July 1962, aged 81, 'at Blenheim, N.Z., late of Campsie', was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 1 August 1962.
The birth of Jess Kirkham on 27 January 1905, daughter of ERNEST KIRKHAM and EDITH MARION BOUDET, was registered at Redfern in Sydney. Jess’s marriage to Geoffrey John de Courcy Lewis on 29 January 1938 was registered in Sydney. Geoffrey was a son of WALTER de COURCY LEWIS and CLARA W HARBON: his birth was registered at Mosman in 1909, The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 13 November 1909 (p12) noting:
LEWIS.—October 21, at her residence, Marieville, Belmont-road, Mosman, the wife of Walter de Courcy Lewis—a son.
LEWIS.—July 29, 1941, at a hospital, Walter de Courcy, of 11a Boronia Avenue, Epping, beloved husband of Clara, and loving father of Ethel and Geoff.
It appears Jess and Geoffrey were the parents of (at least):
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Geoffrey John de Courcy Lewis [engineer], Jess Lewis [home duties] and David de Courcy Lewis [engineer] are listed at 4 Taloombi street, Cronulla in 1963.
The death of Geoffrey John de Courcy Lewis on 11 September 1995 'at Bellingen' was noted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Newcastle Herald on 16th inst.
The death of Jess Lewis on 22 May 2004 'at Belmont Hospital, late of Mount Hutton, formerly of Urunga' was noted in the Newcastle Herald and Sydney Morning Herald on 24th inst. Urunga is at the mouth of the Bellinger River, 13 km east-southeast of Bellingen, on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
William Kirkham, whose birth on 20 June 1876 was registered in Sydney, was the eighth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. William's marriage to Mary Stewart Scott was registered at Redfern in 1900. Mary was also known as "Polly".
William and Mary were the parents of::
NSW Electoral Rolls shew William Kirkham [railway officer], Mary Scott Kirkham [home duties] and Robert Stewart Kirkham [chemist] at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill, in 1930 and 1933, William and Mary there in 1936, William, Mary and Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] in 1937. Mary, Doris and Robert Stewart Kirkham [commercial traveller] are at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill in another listing for 1937, and again in 1943, 1949, and 1954. Mary Scott Kirkham [home duties], Robert Stewart Kirkham [pharmacist], Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] and Robert Stewart Kirkham, junior [pharmacist] were at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill, in 1958.
William Kirkham died on 12 August 1936 at Berkeley Convalescent Home, Rose Bay, The Sydney Morning Herald of Thursday 13 August 1936 (p8) noting:
KIRKHAM.—August 12, 1936, at Berkeley Convalescent Home, Rose Bay. William, beloved husband of Mary Scott Kirkham, and loving father of William and Robert, aged 60 years.
KIRKHAM.—August 12, 1936, at Berkeley, Rose Bay. William, loving brother of George, Annie, (Mrs. H. Everett), Edith, May (Mrs. W. Rathbone), Sue (Mrs. G. Evans), Charles, and Eva (Mrs. V. Saunders).
The death of Mary Scott Kirkham née Stewart on 3 March 1962, aged 84,, 'late of Summer Hill', daughter of JOHN MALCOLM, aged 84, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on March 1962.
William Stewart Kirkham, born 9 December 1901 (his birth registered at Redfern in Sydney in 1902), was the elder of two children of WILLIAM KIRKHAM and MARY STEWART SCOTT.The Sydney Morning Herald of Tuesday 24 December 1901 (p1) noted:
KIRKHAM.—December 9, 1901, at No. 6 Gladsome-terrace, Baptist-street, Redfern, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Kirkham—a son (William Stewart).
William's marriage to Catherine Margaret FitzPatrick was registered at Orange in 1928: perhaps Catherine was the Catherine M Fitzpatrick whose birth was registered at Camden, NSW, in 1899, a child of MICHAEL J and CATHERINE M FITZPATRICK.;
William and Catherine were the parents of at least three children:
A Deed of Arrangement (being a Deed of Assignment) was granted in the Bankruptcy Court, District of the State of New South Wales, and the Territory for the Seat of Government to deal with creditors of William Stewart Kirkham, storekeeper, Burrendong.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Wm. Stewart Kirkham [salesman] and Catherine Margaret Kirkham [home duties] at Glen Ayr, Congou street, Cootamundra, in 1930, and Catherine at Hope street, Katoomba, in 1933. The Rolls shew William Stewart Kirkham [farmer] and Catherine Margaret Kirkham [home duties] at Kildare street, Blacktown, in 1936 and 1937. William [clerk] was listed at Govett street, Katoomba, and Catherine at Avalon, Wilson street, Katoomba, in 1943. William [garage propietor] was listed at 42 Polding street, Yass, in 1958, and William [clerk] at 28 De Mestre street, Yass in 1963 and 1968. Catherine Margaret Kirkham [home duties] was listed at Christobel street, Lawson, in 1949, 1954, 1958 and 1963. Though not corroborated, Electoral Rolls suggest that William and Catherine may have parted about 1937-49 when they become listed them at increasingly separated addresses: nor are either mentioned in the other’s death notices.
The death of William Stewart Kirkham, son of WILLIAM and MARY SCOTT KIRKHAM, on 26 March 1976, aged 74, 'at Canberra Community Hospital, late of Yass', was noted in the Sydney Morning Herald on 29 March 1976. The Canberra Times of Monday 29 March 1976 advised:
KIRKHAM, William Stewart.— 26th March, at the Canberra Hospital, late of 28 De Mestre Street, Yass, loved father of Betty, Joan, Susan, loved father-in-law of Norman, Bruce and Peter (dec), grandfather of Christine, Jim, Lorraine, Donald, Caroline, Allan, Lynn (dec), Kevin and Kerry, great grandfather of Catherine, Angela, Dale, Michelle and Tracey. aged 74 years. At rest.
KIRKHAM.— The relatives and friends of the late William Stewart Kirkham are kindly invited to attend his funeral which will leave the Presbyterian Church, Yass, after service commencing at 2pm today (Monday) for interment in the Yass Cemetery. W. T. Dennis and Sons, Funeral Directors, Yass.
William Stewart Kirkham was buried in Yass Cemetery.
The death of Catherine Margaret Kirkham on 16 August 1978, aged 78, 'late of Lawson', daughter of JOSEPH and CATHERINE, was registered in NSW and noted in the Sydney Morning Herald on 24th inst.:
KIRKHAM, Catherine Margaret.—August 16, 1978, at hospital, late of Lawson, dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Betty and Norm, Joan and Bruce, Susan and Peter (deceased), loved grandmother and great-grandmother of their children, aged 78 years. Privately cremated.
Robert Stewart Kirkham, whose birth on 22 February 1907 was registered at Petersham in Sydney, was the second child of WILLIAM Kirkham and MARY STEWART SCOTT.
Robert became a pharmacist: The Sydney Morning Herald of Friday 21 December 1923 (p6) published the Pharmacy Board's list of candidates successful in passing the preliminary examination held by the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales on December 6 and 7 that year, which included Robert Stewart Kirkham.
Robert's marriage to Doris Irene Pryor of Auburn on 24 December 1932 was registered at Manly in Sydney in 1933. NSW Electoral Rolls shew Doris Irene Pryor [home duties] at 18 Norton street, Leichhardt, in 1930, and Doris Irene Pryor [home duties] with Lawrence George Pryor [textile worker] at 18 Morton street, Lilyfield, in 1933.
Robert and Doris were the parents of two children:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew William Kirkham [railway officer], Mary Scott Kirkham [home duties] and Robert Stewart Kirkham [chemist] at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill, in 1930, 1931 and 1933: William and Mary were still there in 1936. Robert Stewart Kirkham [traveller], his recent bride Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] and his brother William Stewart Kirkham [traveller] were shewn at 27 Cross street, North Strathfield, in 1934 and 1935. Robert Stewart Kirkham [traveller] and Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] were noted at 11A Lauderdale avenue, Manly in 1936.
William Kirkham [senior] died on 12 August 1936 at Berkeley Convalescent Home, Rose Bay. The Rolls shew Mary Scott Kirkham [home duties], Robert Stewart Kirkham [commercial traveller] and Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] listed at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill in 1937, 1943, 1949, and 1954. Mary Scott Kirkham [home duties], Robert Stewart Kirkham [pharmacist], Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] and Robert Stewart Kirkham, junior [pharmacist] were at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill, in 1958.
The death of Mary Scott Kirkham née Stewart on 3 March 1962, aged 84, 'late of Summer Hill', daughter of JOHN MALCOLM, aged 84, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 6 March 1962. The Rolls shew Robert Stewart Kirkham [pharmacist], Doris Irene Kirkham [home duties] and Helen Stewart Kirkham [bank officer] at 68 Prospect road, Summer Hill, in 1963; a John Albert Kirkham [textile worker] and Gertrude Isobel Kirkham [home duties] were listed nearby at 3 Sylvan, Morris street, Summer Hill.
The death of Robert Stewart Kirkham, son of WILLIAM and MARY SCOTT KIRKHAM, on 29 June 1969, was registered at Manly and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 3 July 1969. Doris Irene Kirkham née Pryor, daughter of JAMES and MARY, died on 29 August 1974, her death registered in NSW and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 3 September 1974.
May Kirkham, whose birth on 1 May 1878 was registered in Sydney, was the ninth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. It appears May was living at Summer Hill in Sydney in July 1919, The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 12 July 1919 (p16) mentioning:
RATHBONE.—July 6, at Ormonde, Narromine, Mrs. K. Rathbone, loved friend of May Kirkham (Summer Hill) and May Evans (Rockdale).
MRS. W. E. RATHBONE.
Mrs. Rathbone, wife of Mr. W. E. Rathbone, of "Ormonde," Alagala, died on the 4th inst, after a short illness from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. The deceased lady was a native of Talbot, Victoria, and was 57 years of age. She came to this district with her husband in 1888. The funeral took place on the 5th inst., to the Methodist cemetery at Tullamore, the Rev. H. Haynes conducting the burial service. A husband, four sons and one daughter are left to mourn the loss of a fond and devoted wife and mother.
William and Keturah Rathbone were the parents of at least seven children
The marriage of May Kirkham and William E Rathbone was registered in Sydney in 1922. William’s birth had been registered in Victoria in 1858, a son of WILLIAM RATHBONE and ELIZABETH MARTIN.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew William Edward Rathbone [retired] and May Rathbone [home duties] at Glenavon, 15 Gordon street, Eastwood, in 1930, 1933, 1936 and 1937, and May Rathbone [home duties] at Glenavon, 15 Gordon street, Eastwood in 1943, 1949 and 1954.
The death of William Edward Rathbone, son of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH, at Eastwood on 20 September 1942, was registered at Ryde, The Sydney Morning Herald of Tuesday 22 September 1942 (p8) noting:
RATHBONE.—September 20, 1942, at 15 Gordon Street, Eastwood, William Edward, husband of May, late of Tullamore, N.S.W.
RATHBONE.—September 20, 1942, at 15 Gordon Street, Eastwood, William Edward, father of George (deceased), William, Arthur, Frank, of Tullamore, and Florence, of Warwick, Queensland, and Harry (deceased).
RATHBONE.—The Funeral of the late WILLIAM EDWARD RATHBONE will leave 15 Gordon Street, Eastwood, THIS TUESDAY, at 2.30 p.m., for Northern Suburbs Crematorium. WOOD COFFILL LIMITED.
The death of May Rathbone née Newell, daughter of ROBERT and ELIZA, on 25 April 1954, was registered at Ryde, as noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 26 April 1954 (p12):
RATHBONE, May.—April 25, 1954, at hospital, Ryde, relict of late W. E. Rathbone, of 15 Gordon Street, Eastwood. At rest.
RATHBONE.—The Relatives and Friends of the late Mrs. MAY RATHBONE are invited to attend her Funeral, to leave Our Chapel, 183 Rowe Street, Eastwood, this (Tuesday) Morning at 10:30 o'clock, for Northern Suburbs Crematorium. WOOD COFFILL LIMITED. WL1621.
Eva Kirkham, whose birth on 8 May 1880 was registered in Sydney, was the tenth child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. Eva married Victor George Sanders at 304 Cleveland Street, Redfern, on 29 August 1908, The Sydney Morning Herald of 19 September 1908 (p12) noting:
SANDERS—KIRKHAM.—August 29, at the residence of the bride's parents, by the Rev. Angus King, Victor George, only son of the late T. E. H. Sanders, solicitor, of Roseville, to Eva, youngest daughter of Robert Kirkham, of Cleveland-street..
The death of solicitor George E H Sanders of Roseville, son of GEORGE and CHARLOTTE E, at Roseville on 14 February 1902, was registered at St Leonards, as noted in The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 15 February 1902 (p1, p20).
Eva and Victor were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Victor George Sanders [commercial traveller] and Eva Sanders [home duties] at 6 Gloucester street, Rockdale, in 1930; Eva was still there in 1933, joined by Gwen Kirkham Sanders [school teacher] in 1936 and 1937. Eva and Gwen [teacher] were listed at 4 Flat, Elizabeth street, Artarmon, in 1943. Eva was shewn listed at 4 Flat, Elizabeth street, Artarmon, in 1954, 1958 and 1963.
Victor George Sanders, son of GEORGE E H SANDERS and EUPHEMIA RACHEL, died in a road accident on 14 November 1930. Published accounts, notices and In Memoriam were included:
The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 17 November 1930 (p10):
TRAVELLER KILLED. KATOOMBA, Saturday.
Victor Sanders, 44, a traveller, died in Katoomba Hospital last night as the result of injuries received in a motor accident on the Bathurst-road, about two miles from Katoomba, earlier in the evening.
Sanders and Leslie Cohen, another traveller, were motoring eastward, after a business visit to the western districts. At a bend in the road their car ran into a heavily-laden lorry, owned by Mr. M. Cutcheons, of Orange, and driven by John Henry Raggles. Sanders received two compound fractures of the skull, and died a few hours later. Cohen's Injuries consisted of a broken wrist and a broken leg, and he is now in Katoomba Hospital.
Sanders, who lived at Kogarah, was formerly a member of the "Dally Telegraph" literary staff. He was a man of remarkably fine physique, and was formerly a good boxer, wrestler, fencer, and jiu-jitsu expert.
SANDERS.—The Funeral of the late Mr. GEORGE VICTOR SANDERS, Commercial Traveller, of Gloucester-street. Rockdale, will leave Wood Coffill's Mortuary Chapel, 810 George-street, city, THIS MONDAY, at 3 p.m., for Crematorium, Rookwood, by road. Motor Funeral. WOOD COFFILL LIMITED. Motor Funeral Directors.
SANDERS.—November 14, at War Memorial Hospital, Katoomba, George Victor (Victor), loved husband of Eva Sanders, 6 Gloucester-street, Rockdale, and only son of the late George Sanders and Mrs. Sanders of Epping, aged 44 years (result of accident).
SANDERS.—In loving memory of Lieutenant George Victor Sanders (Vic), late 20th Battalion, A.I.F., accidentally killed November 14. 1930. Inserted by his wife.
SANDERS.—In loving memory of Lieutenant George Victor Sanders (Vic.), late 20th Battalion, A.I.F., accidentally killed November 14, 1930. Inserted by his wife.
SANDERS.—In loving memory of Lieutenant Victor George Sanders (Vic.), accidentally killed November 14, 1930. Inserted by his wife.
The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 5 August 1935 (p8) also noted:
SANDERS.—July 31, at her daughter's residence, 16 Melrose-street, Epping. Euphemia Rachel, widow of the late G. E. H. Sanders, solicitor, and mother of Ruby, and of the late Lieut. Victor Sanders, A.I.F.
The death of Eva Sanders née Kirkham, daughter of ROBERT and ELIZA, was registered at St Leonards in 1966.
Charles Kirkham, whose birth on 16 February 1882 was registered in Sydney, was the eleventh and last child of ROBERT HENRY Kirkham and ELIZA ALUM. It appears that Charles never married and lived at least at least from 1930 to 1943 with his older spinster sister Edith Kirkham at Tulloch street, Blacktown.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Charles Kirkham [salesman] and Edith Kirkham [home duties] at Tulloch street, Blacktown, in 1930, 1936 and 1937; Edith was still there in 1943 but moved to Eastwood by 1949.
The death of Charles Kirkham on 20 October 1939, son of ROBERT and ELIZA, registered at Parramatta, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 24 October 1939:
KIRKHAM.-October 20, 1939 (suddenly), at his residence, Tulloch Street, Blacktown, Charles Kirkham. Privately interred at Waverley Cemetery.
Maria Kirkham, born in Chippendale, NSW, on 4 May 1843 and christened at [Christ Church] S Lawrence Church of England, Sydney, on 18 June, was the second child of stonemason ROBERT Kirkham (or JACKSON) and NANCY (ANN) SMITH.
Maria married Henry Talbott on 7 October 1864 in Newtown, Sydney, their union produced seven children. Henry, born in Sydney on 14 July 1837, was the third of six children of HENRY TALBOTT by his third wife MARTHA LYNCH née SERGEANT.
Maria Talbott died on 26 October 1881 at Campbell Street, McDonaldtown, NSW .
Probate records list the death of a Henry Talbott at Petersham on 15th March 1918, though it is more likely that the mason Henry Talbott who died 1 April 1888 at Prince Henry Hospital in Sydney was Marias husband. Donald Kirkham [eMail, 29 January 2012] remains "convinced that the Henry Talbot who died 1 April 1888 a the Coast Hospital, Little Bay, was Maria's husband. HIs certificate notes that he died of phthisis and was a mason. A review of Sands Directories shows that there were only two mason by the name of Henry Talbot working in 1870s and 1880s -- father and son who were monumental masons in Newtown. Phthisis was [common] among stonemasons." [For futher details regarding this family, refer to the Talbot Lineage page].
Eliza Kirkham, born November 1845 and christened at [Christ Church] S Lawrence Church of England Sydney in January 1846, was the third child of ROBERT KIRKHAM (or JACKSON) (died 1860), stonemason of Chippendale, and NANCY (ANN) SMITH.
Eliza married Charles Whately at Newtown, Sydney, on 9 April 1873. Eliza had operated a small private school on Newtown Road towards Brown Street, Newtown, near Charles’s coach building shop. Charles, the son of farmer THOMAS WHATELY and HARRIET DOW(E)L, was born in Exeter, Devonshire, in 1831; he arrived in Sydney in the ship Lloyds on 29 June 1850 as an assisted immigrant under the name Wheatley, giving his occupation as farm labourer. On 2 May 1853 he married Mary Ann Fidden, daughter of James Fidden and Sarah Abford, in Sydney and together they had ten children, six of whom survived infancy. Mary Ann died 23 October 1872..
Charles and Eliza were the parents of:
Charles served as an Alderman on Newtown Municipal Council from 1877 [as Mayor in 1881 and 1886] until his death at St Peters on 7 October 1894. Eliza Whately, daughter of ROBERT, died on 15 April 1921 at 18 Belmore Street, Newtown. A biography written by Dr Donald H Kirkham is available on the Newtown Project WebSite.
Robert Kirkham Whately, whose birth was registered at Newtown in 1874, son of CHARLES WHATLEY and ELIZA KIRKHAM. 's marriage to Mary Ann Amelia Bagley was registered at St Peters (Sydney) in 1895.
Robert and Mary Ann were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Robert Kirkham Whately [bank manager], Mary Ann Amelia Whately [home duties] and Mina Elizabeth Whately [home duties] at 172 Kurraba road, Neutral Bay in 1930, joined there by Una Mary Matilda Whatley [saleswoman] in 1933; also in 1933 Robert, Mary, Mina and Una are listed at Yurnga, Bickell road, Mosman along with Stanbury Guy Whately [bank officer]; in 1936 Robert, Mina, Una and Stanbury are at 21 Ryrie street, Mosman; in 1937 Robert, Mary, Mina, Una and Stanbury are at Mayonne, Spit road and Central avenue, Mosman; in 1949 and 1954 Robert [no occupation], Mary and Mina are shewn enrolled at 56 Wolseley road, Mosman [Una had married Alan Austin Gambell at Newtown in 1940].
The death of Mary Ann A Whately (“Marie”) on 14 April 1956, age 80, 'late of Mosman', daughter of THOMAS GABRIEL B and ELIZABETH, was registered at Mosman and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 9 September 1956.
The death of Robert Kirkham Whately on 24 December 1959, aged 85, 'at Mosman', was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald two days later.
The birth of Sidney Herbert Whately, son of CHARLES WHATLEY and ELIZA KIRKHAM, was registered at Newtown in 1877. Sidney's marriage to Matilda A Bagley was registered at at Paddington in 1902.
Sidney and Matilda were the parents of:
The death of Sidney Herbert Whately, son of CHARLES and ELIZA, aged 39, 'late of Granville'', on Wednesday 3 September 1919, was noted in was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald of Tuesday 5 September 1916 (p8):
WHATELY.—Sept. 3, at his residence, Carlton-st, Granville, Sidney Herbert, dearly loved husband of Matilda Whately., and son of the late Alderman Charles Whately and Eliza Whately, Newtown, aged 39 years.
.WHATELY.—In memory of my much loved son, Sidney Herbert, who departed this life September 3, 1916. Asleep in Jesus.
The death of Matilda A Whately née Bagley, daughter of THOMAS G and ELIZABETH, was registered at Ashfield in 1929, The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday 16 July 1929 (p10) noting:
WHATELY.—July 15, 1929, at her residence, 4 Holden-street, Ashfield, Matilda (Tilly) Whately, widow of the late Sidney H. Whately and mother of Mina and Marie, aged 50 years.
The birth of Mina Eliza Whately, daughter of CHARLES WHATLEY and ELIZA KIRKHAM, was registered at Newtown in 1874. Mina's marriage to Henry William Taylor at 18 Belmore Street, Enmore registered at St Peters in 1902.
William and Mary were the parents of::
The NSW Electoral Rolls shew Henry [woodworker] and Mina Elizabeth [home duties] listed at 27 Bathurst street, Woollahra, in 1930, 1933, 1936 [joined by Milton Sydney Taylor [warehouseman]], 1937 [with Milton and Florence Mildred Taylor [machinist]], and in 1943 and 1949; Mina alone remains at 27 Bathurst street in 1954.
The death of Henry William Taylor on 3 September 1952 at his residence, 27 Bathurst Street, Woollahra, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday 10 September 1952 (p26).
The death of Mina Eliza Taylor née Whatley, daughter of CHARLES and ELIZA, death on 19 April 1962, 'at Hornsby', was registered at Balmain and reported in The Sydney Morning Herald on 24th inst..
The birth of Mabel Lilly Whately, daughter of CHARLES WHATLEY and ELIZA KIRKHAM, was registered at Newtown in 1881. Her death on 6 September 1921, aged 1, 'late of Marrickville', was registered at Newtown and noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 9th inst.
WHATELY.—September 6, at her parents' residence, Stanbury Hall. Marrickville, Mabel Lilly, youngest daughter of Charles and Eliza Whately, aged 1 year and 4 months.
WHATELY.—Sept. 6, Marrickville, Mabel L. Whately. 1 y. 4 m.
THE FRIENDS of Mr. CHARLES WHATELY, Timber Merchant, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved DAUGHTER, Mabel Lilley ; to move from his residence, Stanbury Hall, Unwin Bridge-road, Marrickville, THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON, 2 o'clock, to Newtown station, thence to Necropolis. MELVILLE and SON, Undertakers.
John Thomas Kirkham, born 1848, was the fourth child of ROBERT KIRKHAM (or JACKSON) and NANCY (ANN) SMITH. He was the fourth child of ROBERT KIRKHAM (a.k.a. JACKSON) and NANCY (ANN) SMITH. On 10 February 1870 John married Elizabeth Amelia FitzSimmons (born 1848 at Wooloomooloo, Sydney to TERENCE FITZSIMMONS and MARY McHUGH). John and Elizabeth may have been the parents of:
The death of John T Kirkham on 18 November 1875 was registered at Newtown; Henry Talbott of Newtown was the informant for his death certificate.
Michael Vickery (2009) has Elizabeth re-marrying to Adolphus Phillips at Broadway, Sydney, in 1878, and her death in 1924 at Mortdale, NSW. 'Mike' has substantial FitzSimmons data on his WebSite.
The birth of Amelia Elizabeth Kirkham, daughter of JOHN TOMAS Kirkham and ELIZABETH AMELIA FITZSIMMONS, was registered at Newtown Sydney in 1871. Amelia's marriage to George Smedley was registered at Woollahra in 1898. The birth of George Smedley, son of PETER and BARBARA, was registered at Albury in 1872. Amelia and George were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew George Smedley [labourer], Keith Smedley [storeman] and Joyce Patricia Smedley [home duties] at 14 Universal street, Mortdale, in 1949.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Reginald Roy Smedley [labourer] and Lillian Maud Smedley [home duties] at 1 George street, Mortdale, in 1949, 1954, 1963 and 1968.
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Keith Smedley [storeman] and Joyce Patricia Smedley [home duties] at 7 Beatty street, Mortdale, in 1954, 1963, 1968, 1977 and 1980.
The death of Amelia Elizabeth Smedley née Kirkham on or shortly before 23 November 1940 was registered at Hurstville, The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 23 November 1940 (p13) advising:
SMEDLEY.—The Relatives and Friends of Mr. GEORGE SMEDLEY, and LUCY, ROY, ARTHUR, and KEITH are invited to attend the Funeral of his dearly beloved WIFE and their dear MOTHER, Amelia Elizabeth; to leave 14 Universal Street, Mortdale, THIS AFTERNOON, at 1.45 o'clock, for the Church or England Cemetery, Woronora.
The death of George Smedley, son of PETER and BARBARA, on 26 December 1954, was registered at Hurstville, The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 27 December 1954 (p12) announcing:
SMEDLEY. George.—December 26, 1954. at 14 Universal Street, Mortdale relict of Amelia Elizabeth Smedley, loved father of Lucy, Roy, Arthur and Keith, aged 82 years. At rest.
The birth of John Francis Kirkham, son of JOHN TOMAS Kirkham and ELIZABETH AMELIA FITZSIMMONS, was registered at Newtown Sydney in 1872
NSW Electoral Rolls shew John Francis Kirkham [labourer] at 91 William street, Redfern, in 1930, 34 George street, Redfern, in 1933, 87 Raglan street, Waterloo, in 1936 and 1937, at 77 Wellington street, Waterloo, in 1943 and at Lidcombe State Hospital in 1949.
The death of John Francis Kirkham, son of JOHN and ELIZABETH, was registered at Parramatta in 1949.
The birth of Louisa Kirkham, daughter of JOHN TOMAS Kirkham and ELIZABETH AMELIA FITZSIMMONS, was registered at Newtown Sydney in 1874; her death was registered at Newtown in 1875.
The birth of Lucy Jane Kirkham, daughter of JOHN TOMAS Kirkham and ELIZABETH AMELIA FITZSIMMONS, was registered at Newtown Sydney in 1875. Lucy's marriage to Arthur Huggett was registered at Woollahra in 1900. Lucy and Arthur were the parents of:
NSW Electoral Rolls shew Arthur Huggett [salesman], Lucy Jane Huggett [home duties] and Ruby Amelia Huggett [home duties] at Dagmar street, Grenfell, in 1930, Arthur Huggett [——] and Arthur Huggett [draper], Ellen Ann Huggett [home duties] and Ruby Amelia Huggett [home duties] at 40 McLerie street, Young, in 1949.
The death of Lucy Jane Huggett née Kirkham, daughter of JOHN and ELIZABETH AMELIA, in 1941, was registered at Newtown, The Sydney Morning Herald on 5 July 1941 (p) announcing:
HUGGETT.—July 4, 1941, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Lucy Jane Huggett, aged 63 years.
The 1954 Rolls shew Arthur Huggett [no occupation], Louisa Huggett [home duties] and Ruby Amelia Huggett [home duties] at 70 Carshalton street, Croydon Park, with Louisa and Ruby still listed thereat in 1958.
The death of Arthur Huggett on 14 August 1957, aged 71 years, 'at Randwick', son of THOMAS BENJAMIN and MARY, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald the following day.
The death of Louisa Huggett, on 7 July 1966, aged 95 years, 'late of Croydon', daughter of THOMAS and ISABELLA, was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald two days later.
Ruby remained listed at 70 Carshalton street, Croydon Park in 1968 (without a listed occupation), but in 1972 she was listed with her widowed sister-in-law Ellen Ann Huggett [home duties] at 15 Somerville avenue, Lismore.
Bachelor George Kirkham, born 30 [or 8?] December 1817, Poplar, Middlesex, England, according to emigration lists the son of JAMES and MARY KIRKHAM but now thought to have been a son of JAMES and ELIZABETH KIRKHAM, married spinster [Mary] Ann Pegler on 20 December 1835 at St Peter's CoE, Walworth, Southwark, Surrey, Londoni. George and Ann, both of the parish, made their marks in the Register at the wedding, officiated by Andrew Mayer, minister, and witnessed by Robert and Phoebe Kendrew.
George Kirkham and [Mary] Ann Pegler were the parents of:
The 6 June 1841 English census shews George and Mary Ann Kirkham with four of their children at Poplar, Middlesex:
|Name||Position||Marital Status||Age||Occupation||Born in County||eYoB|
|(Gill’s Alley, Poplar, Middlesex [HO107; Piece 1556; Folio 214; Page 26; Entry 92; GSU #174788-89])|
[In 1841 census, ages of people over 15 years old were usually rounded down to the nearest 5 years. Inferred values italicised.]
The 30 March 1851 English census shews George and Mary Ann Kirkham with four of their children at Poplar, Middlesex:
|(10 Hank’s Court, Poplar, Middlesex [HO107; Piece 1556; Folio 214; Page 26; Entry 92; GSU #174788-89])|
|Mary Ann Kirkham||Wife||Married||
|Scholar in House||Poplar, Middlesex||1839|
|Scholar in House||Poplar, Middlesex||1845|
[for Littlewooh, Gloucestershire, read Littleworth, Gloucestershire, near Chipping Campden]
George, Mary Ann and their surviving children excepting the two eldest emigrated to Australia, arriving in Sydney as assisted immigrants in September 1854 aboard the Tantivy (their eldest child George arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, in the Sirene on 19 February 1867, apparently sponsored by Robert Kirkham of Chippendale, NSW). George [senior] stated he had a brother, Robert, residing in New South Wales at Chippendale. £16 was paid under the Remittance regulations:
|Surname||Firstname||Age||Calling||Native Place||Parents Names||Rel.||R&W|
|KIRKHAM||George||39||General Labourer||Poplar, Middlesex||James & Mary [both dead]||CoE||Neither|
|KIRKHAM||Mary Ann||38||-||Stroud, Gloucester||John & Mary Pegler [-”- ]||CoE||Read|
|KIRKHAM||Mary Ann||13||-||Poplar, Middlesex||On board||CoE||Both|
|KIRKHAM||James||9||-||Poplar, Middlesex||On board||CoE||Read|
|KIRKHAM||Eliza||4||-||Poplar, Middlesex||On board||CoE||Neither|
|KIRKHAM||Harriet S||2||-||Poplar, Middlesex||On board||CoE||Neither|
The Tantivy had sailed from Southampton on 3 June !854, Melbourne's The Argus on Saturday 19 August 1854 advising:
AUSTRALIAN EMIGRATION.— SOUTHHAMPTON, Saturday — The Tantivy, of 1040 tons, owned by Messrs. Anthony and Robinson, of Liverpool, and commanded by Captain F. Brewster, left the docks yesterday afternoon, with 398 Government emigrants on board, under charge of Surgeon-Superintendent J. G. Moir, who is now on his third voyage in the service of the Commissioners. There will be no lack of work for the immigration Officer at this port for some little time, as this ship is to be followed by the Pestonjes Romanjee, on the 13th, for Adelaide ; the Joshua, on the 16th, for Geelong ; the Esmeralda, on the 20th, for Perth, Western Australia; the Ellenborough,on the 22nd, for Newcastle, New South Wales ; the Emigrant, on the 27th, for Adelaide; the Anglo-Saxon, on the 7th of July, for Sydney ; and the Flora M'Donald, on the 11th of July, for Portland Bay. The Kingston, a very fine clipper ship, was despatched by Messrs. Dawson and Arrow on the 28th ult., with a full complement of emigrants for Hobart Town.
The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 4 September 1854 reported:
September 3 —Tantivy, ship, 1041 tons, Captain Brewster, from Southampton June 3. Passengers— Mr. Campbell, Dr. Moir, surgeon, superintendent, and 395 government emigrants. Captain, agent.
The Darlinghurst Gaol (Sydney) Description Book shews George was incarcerated (perhaps twice) in 1858: George Kirkham, who came free to the colony in the Tantivy (1852 [the actual year was 1854], a Protestant from London, age 46, 5' 6", stout, with brown or fresh complexion, brown hair and blue eyes; he could neither read nor write.
Also in 1858, Melbourne's The Argus on Monday 5 April (p7) noted a George Kirkham amongst many making a donation [£1] to the Indian Relief Fund for “the Relief of the Sufferers by the Mutiny in India”: “By Cecil Birch Esq, Creswick:- … George Kirkham 1l.; …”. This may have been another George Kirkhams, though Creswick, just north of Ballarat, is only about 85km east of Ararat.
The family later moved to northern Victoria, around St Arnaud. One source noted that George Kirkham died 23 February 1863, however that source cannot at present be identified or corroborated. The consent of a guardian to daughter Eliza's 1869 marriage at Crowlands [about 60km south of St Arnaud and 175km west-northwest from Melbourne; near Ararat] suggests that George, and probably his wife Mary Ann, were either deceased, seriously incapacitated or under legal constraint at that time. That George died prior to 1864, probably in Sydney, is supported by a Sydney orphanage's documentation for his son Thomas Kirkham (per Sharon Beyer, 2012, see below). The document also shews that at least one of Thomas' brothers was at Pleasant Creek, Ararat, Victoria, by August 1868 and doing well enough to care for Thomas.
George Kirkham, born circa 1834 at Poplar, Middlesex, son of immigrants GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY ANN PEGLER, was aged 32 years he arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, emigrating in the Sirene on 19 February 1867, apparently sponsored by Robert Kirkham of Chippendale, NSW.
Adelaide's The Advertiser of Tuesday 8 December 1903 (p4) remarked
The Ballarat Echo of Friday's date writes:-The gates of the local benevolent asylum have opened to admit the venerable figure of Private George Kirkham, late of the 1st Battalion XX Regiment, the "double X's," as they are often called in the service. Seventy years of age the old man will be next Boxing Day, and in 1854 he was with that great allied army which landed in the Crimea to confront the legions of the Czar Nicholas. Kirkham was with his regiment at the storming of the heights of the Alma and afterwards at the two great actions of Balaclava and Inkerman, which will live in history long after many a later battle is forgotten. Medals and decorations were not plentiful in those days, and thus it is a feather in Kirkham's cap that he, a private, was one of five selected to receive a distinguished service medal awarded by the French military authorities to the rank and file of their allies. In addition to the Crimea Kirkham tasted the bitter, stern fighting of the Indian Mutiny, being one of the besieged in Lucknow. Getting his discharge, he went to Victoria in 1866, and after years of mining, has put down his kit for the last time in the Benevolent Asylum.
The 1911 obituary for George's younger brother Thomas Hewitt Kirkham [see below] implies that the author believed that George was still living:
A brother of the late Mr Kirkham is Mr George Kirkham, a hero of the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. Mr George Kirkham is the proud possessor of medals as follows– Crimean medal with four clasps ; French medal for valor at the Crimea ; Turkish medal ; and Indian Mutiny medal (Lucknow), present at all engagements.
George Kirkham died age 79 in 1910 at Pakenham, Victoria.
John Kirkham, born circa 1837-8 at Poplar, Middlesex, was a son of GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY ANN PEGLER. The birth of a John Kirkham was registered at Poplar on 4q1837.
An infant John Kirkham was buried from All Saints’ church, Poplar, on 3 November 1838.
Mary Ann Kirkham, according to her baptismal register [or bishop’s transcript] entry born 3 December 1840 and baptised on 14 March 1842 in All Saints’ church, Poplar, Middlesex, was a daughter of GEORGE (labourer) and MARY ANN, of Poplar: viz. GEORGE KIRKHAM and his wife MARY ANN PEGLER. Some of her later siblings had duplicate entries, some with conflicting dates. Note also that the birth of a Mary Ann Kirkham was registered at Poplar in 1q1839.
The 30 March 1851 English census shews Mary (aged 11 years; a scholar) with her parents George Kirkham (aged 36 years; a labourer; born Poplar, Middlesex) and Mary Ann Kirkham (aged 34 years; born Littlewooh [Littleworth?], Gloucestershire) and Poplar-born siblings George (16; a labourer), James (6; a scholar) and Eliza Kirkham (aged 1 year).
George Kirkham (aged 39 years; a general labourer; born Poplar, Middlesex, son of JAMES and MARY (both deceased)) emigrated to Australia in the Tantivy, which sailed from Southampton on 3 June 1854 and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, on 3 September 1854. George was accompanied by his wife Mary Ann (aged 38 years; born Stroud, Gloucester, daughter of JOHN and MARY PEGLER (both deceased)) and Poplar-born children Mary Ann (13), James (9), Eliza (4) and Harriett S (aged 2 years).
A Mary Ann Kirkham married Thomas Hewitt in Sydney, [Christ Church] St Lawrence CoE church, Sydney, NSW, in 1854, with the consent of her fatheri [RNSW 1854-e667 v41B]– viz. she was a minor: if she was the daughter born 3 December 1840 to George Kirkham and Mary Ann Pegler she would have been only about thirteen years old, if the daughter born circa 1837 to a James and Mary Anne Kirkham she would have been only about seventeen years old.
It appears Thomas and his wife quickly moved to Victoria. Mary Ann Hewitt née Kirkham, aged 18 years, daughter of 'KIRKHAM JAMES' and 'MARY ANNE', died on 24 July* 1855 at Creswick, Victoriaii: the stated age indicates she was born circa 1837, and it is believed that she was the daughter of GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY ANN PEGLER. It seems possible she died in childbirth.
Two baptismal records – perhaps bishop’s transcripts – give slightly different birth and baptism dates for John Kirkham, son of GEORGE KIRKHAM and his wife MARY ANN PEGLER, of Poplar, Middlesex. The first has John Kirkham born on 29 June 1842 and baptised on 1 October 1842 at All Saints’ church, Poplar, Middlesex, son of GEORGE (labourer) and ANN, of Poplar [register #312, p283]. The second, seemingly in the same register, has John Kirkham born on 29 June 1843 and baptised 2 June 1844, All Saints’ church, Poplar, Middlesex, son of GEORGE (labourer) and MARY ANN, of Poplar [register #300, p325].
A John Kirkham, aged 5 years, was buried from All Saint’s church, Poplar, Middlesex, on 22 August 1847.
James Kirkham, born 1845 at Poplar, Middlesex, son of GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY ANN PEGLER, arrived in Sydney NSW with his parents and siblings Mary Ann (13), Eliza (4) and Harriet S (2) in September 1854 aboard the Tantivy. The family is thought to have moved to Victoria aometime before 1869 and James married Sarah Mulvihill at Ararat, Victoria, in 1874. James and Sarah were the parents of:
The death of Sarah Kirkham, daughter of JOHN MULVIHILL and MARY HURLEY, was registered at St Arnaud, Victoria in 1895.
The death of James Kirkham at Darkbonee, Victoria, son of GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY PEGLER, was registered at St Agnes, Victoria in 1904.
The birth of George Robert Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was registered at St Arnaud in 1878 [his mother indexed as Sarah Mulvale].
The Birchip Advertiser of Wednesday 30 September 1914, reported that George was best-man at the 23 September 1914 wedding of his youngest brother Herbert Laurence Kirkham to Annie Agnes Busteed at Birchip, Victoria.
The marriage of Robert George Kirkham and Florence May Murphy was registered in Victoria in 1903.
Victorian Electoral Rolls list George Robert Kirkham [skin merchant] and Florence May Kirkham [home duties] at Boort in 1909, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1919 and 1924, George [commission agent] and Florence [hotelkeeper] at Mysia (near Bendigo) in 1925, George [barman] and Florence [home duties] at Mysia in 1931.
Victoria's Quambatook Times of Wednesday 25 October 1916 (p2) and Ultima and Chillingollah Star of Friday 27 October 1916 p 3) reported:
On Friday last Mr. G. R. Kirkham had a narrow escape from a serious accident. He was driving along the Bendigo road in his car with four others when two of the tyres blew out, which caused the car to turn right over. All were thrown clear with the exception of Mrs Burman, who was pinned underneath. She was quickly released, and fortunately further than some severe bruises she escaped any serious injury. All the others luckily escaped any injury. The car was not very much damaged, the only harm it sustained being a bend in the steering gear and a few minor breakages. Considering the mishap all got off very lightly.
The Argus on Saturday 13 February 1926 (p30) advertised:
APPLICATION for TRANSFER of LICENCE.—
I, Mary Jane Pearson, the holder of a victualler's licence for Manchester Arms Hotel at Elizabeth street, Melbourne, in the Carlton Licensing District, and I, George Robert Kirkham, of Victoria Coffee Palace, Melbourne, give notice that we will APPLY to the Licensing Court at Melbourne on Monday, 22nd February, 1926, for the TRANSFER of the LICENCE to the said George Robert Kirkham.
MARY JANE PEARSON, GEO. R. KIRKHAM.
Messrs. Dobson and Middleton, solicitors for the vendor.
Messrs. Rylah and Anderson, solicitors for the purchaser.
G. R. Hardy and Co., Hotel and land salesmen London House, 97 Elizabeth street, Melbourne (Cent. 5522), agents for vendor.
A George Robert Kirkham was interred in Boort Cemetery in 1934: it appears there is no headstone.
Florence May Kirkham [home duties] remained listed in the Victorian Electoral Rolls at Mysia in 1934 and 1936.
On Saturday 24 February 1934, The Argus reported the death of Florence's mother:
MURPHY.—On the 20th February at Tara, St Arnaud, M. A. loved mother of J. E. and E. (deceased), William (Windsor), Minnie (Mrs. Breen, Essendon), Florence (Mrs. Kirkham, Mysia), Elsie (Mrs. Tenny, St. Arnaud), Gertrude (Mrs. Kelyar, deceased), Ida (Mrs. Sexton, Goornong), Thomas (late AIF killed in action), James (Bentleigh) and Edward (St. Arnaud), aged 83 years -R.I.P.
The birth of John Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was registered at birth registered at St Arnaud, Victoria, in 1879.
The marriage of John Kirkham and Sarah Jane Taylor was registered at Boulder, Western Australia, in 1901. Western Australian Electoral Rolls shew John Kirkham [traveller] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [married] at 201 King Street, Boulder, in 1909 and 1910, John Kirkham [grocer] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [married] at 70 Millen Street, Boulder, in 1912, 1913, 1916, 1917, and John Kirkham [grocer] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [married] at 67 Wilson street later in 1917, John Kirkham [miner] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [married] at 38 Davis Street, Boulder, in 1921, at 34 Davis Street, Boulder, in 1922 and 1925, and Sarah Jane Kirkham [married] alone at 34 Davis Street, Boulder, later in 1925, and in 1931, 1936 and 1937.
John Kirkham of Cambolda (Kalgoorlie) was noted as next-of-kin on the Attestation Record of his younger brother Thomas James Kirkham, who was killed in action in Belgium on 10 June 1917: it appears that John lived in Thompson Road, Boulder City [bordering, and since 1989 merged with, Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields], when Thomas enlisted at Fremantle, Western Australia, on 12 April 1916; Thomas also (perhaps later) gave John's address as Millen Street, Boulder City. Army records shew they they had difficulty corresponding with John up until 1922, and then sent Thomas' medals to George (as the elder brother) in Boort, Victoria.
The deaths of a John Kirkham was registered at Coolgardie, Western Australia, in 1920, and of another John Kirkham was registered at East Coolgardie in 1925; Coolgardie is 38 km south-west of Kalgoorlie: the Electoral Roll listings support the notion that the 1925 death was of John Kirkham son of James Kirkham and Sarah Ann Mulvihill.
Electoral Rolls shew a Sarah Jane Kirkham [home duties] at 8 St Martin's Flats, 115 Stirling highway, Nedlands (Perth) in 1943, and at 9 Beaufort st., Katanning, in 1949, at 4 Ferndale street, Floreat Park (Fremantle), in 1954, Sarah Jane Kirkham [home duties] at 11 Harrow street, Mount Hawthorn, in 1958, [Note that a Frederick Richard Kirkham [hotelkeeper] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [home duties] were enrolled at Rock Hotel, Bulla Bulling [Yilgarn] in 1931, and Frederick Richard Kirkham [shearer] and Sarah Jane Kirkham [home duties] at 476 Hay st., Perth, in 1943, Sarah still there in 1949, Frederick and Sarah there in 1954, at 64 Manchester street, Victoria Park, in 1958.]
The death of a Sarah Jane Kirkham, aged 78, daughter of JOHN and EDITH S J, was registered at Perth in 1963 [viz. born circa 1885].
Thomas James Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was born 30 September 1881 at St Arnaud, Victoria, in 1879.
Western Australian Electoral Rolls shew Thomas James Kirkham [grocer] at 65 Hopkins street, Boulder, in 1909, Thomas James Kirkham [grocer] at Southern Cross (Coolgardie) in 1912, Thomas James Kirkham [grocer] at 39 Wardie street, South Fremantle, in 1916 and 1917.
Thomas enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Fremantle, Western Australia, on 12 April 1916. On his application, Thomas is described as aged 35 years, a bread carter, postal address Claremont, 5' 5½" height, 121lbs weight, 32"-35" chest, ruddy complexion, with brown eyes and dark brown hair, a Roman Catholic. His Attestation Paper notes that he was born at St Arnaud, Victoria, was 35, a grocer, and that his next-of-kin was to be his brother, John Kirkham, of Thompson Road, Boulder City. Thomas embarked on HMAT A39 Port Macquarie at Fremantle on 13 October 1916, disembarking at Plymouth on 12 December 1916, and after additional training proceeded to France in April 1917.
Private Thomas James Kirkham, 44th Bn. Australian Infantry Forces, a native of St Arnaud, Victoria, was killed in action on 10 June, 1917, age 36 and originally buried in the River Douve Cemetery, 1½ miles north-west of Messines, Belgium, later 'concentrated' to the Messines Ridge British Cemetery, where there is a memorial. His effects – “Pipe, Fountain Pen, Prayer Book, Will Form, Cards, Photos, Writing Pad” – were forwarded to John, on 18 March 1918. In 1922 the Army attempted to contact John at Thompson Road, Boulder City, regarding the memorial; Thomas' 'Victory Medal' and 'British War Medal' were received by his brother George (Boort, Victoria) as elder brother on 29 November 1922. It seems Thomas had prepared a second Will noting John to be at Millen Street, Boulder City. It appears Thomas was also posthumously awarded the '1914-1915 Star' medal.
Patrick William Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was born 17 March 1885 at St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia.
Patrick enlisted in Australian Imperial Force in Adelaide. His Attestation Paper, dated 18 August 1915, notes that he was born at St Arnaud, Victoria, was 30 years and 5 months old, a labourer, 5' 4" height, 154lbs weight, 36½"-34" chest, fresh complexion, with brown eyes and dark hair, a Roman Catholic, and that his next-of-kin was to be his “
Fiancee, Miss Maud Uren, No 3 Little Gilbert Street, Adelaide Sth Australia brother, Geo. Robert Kirkham, of Boort, Victoria”.
Patrick served in the 29th Battalion, First AIF [as a private, service number 3188], returning to Australia in the Runic on 4 April 1917 and discharged medically unfit on 6 August 1917; he was awarded at least the 'Victory Medal' and 'British War Medal'. Patrick later joined the South Australian Railways.
Patrick married Evelyn Maude Uren on 11 September 1927 at Prospect, South Australia: The Advertiser (Adelaide) of 11 September 1942 (p12) noted:
SILVER WEDDING. KIRKHAM—UREN.—Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Kirkham wish to announce the 25th anniversary of their marriage. Present address—163 South rd., Richmond.
Evelyn, born 5 March 1893 at Broken Hill, NSW, was a daughter of JAMES HENRY UREN and EMMA JANE LAMBE.
Patrick and Evelyn were the parents of:
Patrick William Kirkham died on 26 June 1960 in Adelaide, aged 75, and was buried in the Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia.
Athol James Kirkham, son of PATRICK WILLIAM KIRKHAM and EVELYN MAUDE UREN, was born circa 1918. Athol married Dorrie McInerney, daughter of Mr and Mrs W E McINERNAY, with at least one issue:
Athol James Kirkham died aged 33 on 7 November 1951 and was buried in the Adelaide's Centennial Park Cemetery [Roman Catholic section A, Path AN, plot 847]. The Advertiser of 8 November 1951 (p18) noted:
KIRKHAM.— On November 7, at hospital, Athol James Kirkham, of Simpson parade, Goodwood, beloved husband of Dorrie, loving father of Peter. Aged 33 years. R.I.P.
KIRKHAM.— On November 7, at hospital, Athol James Kirkham, of Simpson parade, Goodwood, beloved only son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Kirkham, of Richmond, and loved brother of Eileen. Aged 33 years. R.I.P.
KIRKHAM.— On November 7, at hospital, Athol James Kirkham, of Simpson parade, Goodwood, beloved son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. McInerney, of Jamestown. Aged 33 years. R.I.P.
A Doreen Lilian Kirkham, aged 90, 'from Leabrook', died or was buried on 21 November 2011 [viz. born c1921] and was buried at Adelaide's Centennial Park Cemetery. Goodwood is at the southeast of Adelaide's central business district, Leabrook to the east, 8km distant. [Perhaps though Dorrie may have become the Doreen Ethel Kane whose death on 5 June 2007, aged 76, was noted in the Adelaide Advertiser on 8 June 2007 and Northern Territory News on 8, 9 and 12 June 2007, cross-referenced on the Ryerson Index under the name Kirkham.]
Eileen Maude Kirkham, daughter of PATRICK WILLIAM KIRKHAM and EVELYN MAUDE UREN, was born 22 March 1926 at Mile End, South Australia.
Adelaide's The Advertiser of Friday 22 March 1946 (p16) and Saturday 23 March 1946 (p18) announced:
KIRKHAM—SMITH.—The engagement is announced of Eileen M., only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Kirkham, Richmond, to Albert L., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Smith, Clarence Gardens.
The Advertiser on 8 September 1953 (p24) then announced:
KIRKHAM—HUGHES.—The marriage of Eileen Maude, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Kirkham, of Richmond, to David Ross, son of Mrs. G. Nichols, of Ovingham. and the late Mr. D. Hughes, will be solemnised at Queen of Angels Church, Thebarton. on September 12, at 6 p.m.”
Eileen married David Ross Hughes and at least one child was born before the marriage ended in divorce circa 1961, Eileen reverting to her maiden surname.
Eileen Maude Kirkham, once Hughes, 'from Fitzroy', passed away aged 84, on 29 May 2010 and was buried at Adelaide's Centennial Park Cemetery.
James Joseph Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was born 19 March 1889 at St Arnaud, Victoria.
Joseph enlisted in the AIF on 21 August 1914 at Surrey Hills, Victoria and served in the First Pioneers, 8th Infantry Battalion [Private, service number 685], landed at Gallipoli on 5 April 1915, later seeing service in France. On his enlistment attestation papers, James is described as aged 25 years and 5 months, a labourer with 6 months apprenticeship experience as a butcher at St Arnaud. He noted his next-of-kin as his brother, G Kirkham, of Boort. James was 5' 9" height, 140lbs weight, 34" chest, dark complexion, with hazel eyes and dark hair, a Roman Catholic.
A letter by James in the Dardanelles, to his brother George in Victoria, was published in Victoria's Northern District Standard on Thursday 16 September 1915 (p5), the NLA Trove on-line scan image lost detail in the scanning, but remains very descriptive of the conditions at Gallipoli. James embarked the Taranto for Australia on 8 October 1918. The Bendigonian of Thursday 7 November 1918 (p16) mentions his return. James received the 1914-1915 Star medal at Wonthaggi on 6 September 1920 and the British War Medal at Wonthaggi on 15 August 1921; he was also awarded the Victory Medal. On 5 June 1968, James' daughter Alma Gweneth Baker of 2 Pitt St Bendigo applied for James' Gallipoli medal, “to complete the collection”.
Victorian Electoral Rolls list a James Joseph Kirkham [labourer] at Birchip in 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917.
James Joseph Kirkham's marriage to Cornelie Elizabeth Blackley [“Elizabeth”] was registered in Victoria in 1919. Elizabeth, born in 1898, was a child of THOMAS M BLACKLEY and EDITH EMMA BRIDESON.
Joseph became a fireman and later steam locomotive driver in the Victorian Railways.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew James Joseph Kirkham [railway employee] and Elizabeth Cornelie Kirkham [home duties] at Stratford rd., Maffra, in 1925 and 1926, and at Fitzroy st., Sale, in 1927, Hallam st., Quarry Hill, Bendigo, in 1931, at Charleston rd., Sandhurst East (Bendigo), in 1936, at 390 Barnard st., Sutton (Bendigo) in 1937, at 390 Barnard st., Golden Square (Bendigo) in 1942, joined thereat by Francis James Kirkham [freezing works empl.] in 1949 (when an Albert Kirkham [railway employee] was listed at Young st., Long Gully (Bendigo)).
The Gippsland Times of Monday 10 August 1925 reported on matters before Maffra Shire Council, including correspondence from Elizabeth about the smell from cow yard and a nearby pig-sty; on Thursday 1 April 1926 (p3) The Gippsland Times noted further correspondence from Elizabeth, and Thursday 3 June 1926 (p3) reported:
MAFFRA SHIRE COUNCIL — TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 1926
ALL ABOUT PIGS. Unappreciated "Perfume." Mrs. J. J. Kirkham, Stratford Rd., Maffra, wrote: "Just a few lines to draw your attention to the fearful smell from W. Carr's farm or piggery near my home. During last month when several reports went in he could be seen continually pottering about the piggery, I expect keeping it in-order for the inspectors. The perfume eased off for about two weeks, but this last fortnight has been violent again. I expect it's because he thinks all trouble by. I do not think it fair to residents about that this should be allowed, nor will I believe the report that there is nothing to complain of. It stands to reason that if the pig stye were actually clean at the time of inspection that the ground is sodden with urine. etc., and sour foods. This farm is far too close in the town area under any consideration, and as for breeding purposes and no enclosure from public view it is absolutely disgusting, and it's an awful show up when a woman has to tell you so. I have had the pigs in my kitchen door. They have also misbehaved themselves about eight yards from it. Is this right where there are little children? I have never been in a town where such frightful conditions have been allowed. I think it is a disgrace to Maffra, also other people think so. If nothing is done a special report will show things up. I'd like to be inspector here for a while, and I guarantee things would be different. There's a difference between clean dirt and dirty dirt. My husband has also been threatened by this man, Carr. The Public Health Department wrote stating that Dr. Harris made an inspection on the 20th April, and found that Mr. Carr had built a new piggery, and he recommended that the old piggery be demolished as its use would almost certainly lead to complaints from his neighbors.
In early January 1926 James was fireman on a train which struck a buggy on a level crossing near Maffra station, fatally injuring the buggy driver. Melbourne's The Argus of Friday 15 January 1926 (p8) reported:
LEVEL CROSSING FATALITY.
Verdict of Accidental Death.
MAFFRA, Thursday. — An inquest was held at Maffra to-day concerning the fatality at the Maffra crossing leading to the railway station on January 7, when Joseph Russell Wright, aged 16 years, met his death through a train from Briagolong crashing into his buggy. William Kingswell, aged 11 years, who accompanied him, was injured, but is now recovering.
Joseph Francis Stanley, engine-driver, deposed that the line was clear on his side. The train was travelling between eight and 10 miles an hour. He whistled twice between the home signal and the crossing, and had previously whistled approaching the crossing. The fireman called out "red light," meaning danger. He immediately applied the emergency brake, and just as he did so a horse went past the buffers of the engine. The engine struck the buggy in which Wright and Kingswell were seated.
James Joseph Kirkham, fireman, said that when the whistle had been blown he noticed two boys in horse-drawn vehicle. The whistle was sounded again. He saw that an accident was inevitable and shouted and whistled to the boys. Wright gathered the reins and pulled the horse towards the engine. The emergency brakes were applied, but owing to the wet rails the engine skidded.
The coroner (Mr. Bond, P.M.) returned a verdict of accidental death, and found that no blame was attachable to the railway officials. He added that there would always be danger at crossings. The Stop, Look, Listen sign was not taken sufficient notice of.
It appears James and Cornelie were the parents of (at least, and not necessarily in the sequence below):
James Joseph Kirkham died on 6 October 1953 at Bendigo and was buried on 8 October 1953 in Bendigo General Cemetery.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Elizabeth Cornelie Kirkham [home duties] and Francis James Kirkham [freezing works empl.] at 390 Barnard st., Golden Square in 1954. Elizabeth's last listing was at 390 Barnard st., Golden Square in 1963, Francis James Kirkham [contractor] was listed with Irene Ann Kirkham [home duties] at 73 Lilac st., Golden Square.
Elsie Edith Kirkham was born circa 1920, a daughter of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY.
Elsie's marriage to John William Martin Connell was registered in Victoria in 1941. John William Martin Connell enlisted in the Australian Army on 22 September 1942 at the Guerilla Warfare School, Victoria, noting his birth details as born 3 December 1916 at Cootamundra, NSW, his 'locality' as South Yarra, Victoria, and his 'next-of-kin' as Elsie Connell. He was discharged a Warrant Officer 1st Class from 'A H Q Cartographic Co.' on 12 October 1947, but appears to have continued a military career for some years.
Elsie and John were the parents of four children:
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Elsie Edith Connell [home duties] at 390 Barnard st., Golden Square (Bendigo) in 1942, John William M Connell [soldier] and Elsie at 24 James St., Ballarat East / 'Bgo 2.1.51' and at 8 Rowcliffe st., Bendigo, in 1949, at 13 Alamein av., Puckapunyal, in 1954, John [army officer] and Elsie at 10 Pine st., Frankston, in 1963, John [manager] and Elsie with Ian Lawrence Connell [instrument maker] and John Lancefield Connell [clerk] at 52 Overport rd., Frankston, in 1968, John, Elsie, Ian and Alan Lindsay Connell [cabinet maker] and Joan Edith Connell [comptom.] at 52 Overport rd., Frankston, in 1972, John [public servant] and Elsie at 10 Towerhill Rd., Frankston, in 1977, Elsie only remaining thereat in 1980.
The death of Elsie Edith Connell née Kirkham on 23/24 September 2005, aged 85, 'late of Frankston' and 'of Frankston', was noted in the Bendigo Advertiser on 24th inst. and in Melbourne's Herald Sun on 24th, 26th and 29th insts., with probate notice published in The Age on 1 December 2005.
George Thomas Phillip Kirkham, son of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY, was born before about 1937.
George married Jean Coleman Skinner, seemingly between 1954-1958; they were the parents of three daughters.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Jean Coleman Skinner [nurse] at Base Hospital, Sandhurst East (Bendigo) in 1954, George Thomas Kirkham [railway employee] and Jean Coleman Kirkham [home duties] at 69 Lilac st., Golden Square (Bendigo) in 1958, at 6 Michael st., Bendigo, in 1963, at 3 High st., Sunshine, in 1968, George T Kirkham [railways] and Jean Coleman Kirkham [nurse] at 14 Railway Pde., Glen Waverley in 1972, George Thomas Phillip Kirkham [railway employee], Jean Coleman Kirkham [nurse] and Noelene Joy Kirkham [student] at 17 Koonalda Ave., Glen Waverley in 1977, joined thereat by Pamela Christine Kirkham [student] and Rhonda Jean Kirkham [nurse] in 1980.
Olive Winifred Kirkham, daughter of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY, was born circa 1921. Olive's marriage to Stephen Henry Rothenberger was registered in Victoria in 1941. Stephen Henry Rothenberger enlisted in the Australian Army on 6 January 1940 at Bendigo, Victoria, noting his birth details as born 24 September 1918 at Bendigo, his 'locality' as Bendigo, and his 'next-of-kin' as Rose Rothenberger; he was discharged a Private from 58 Battalion.
Olive and Stephen were parents of at least three children.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Stephen Thomas H Rothenberger [driver] and Olive Winifred Rothenberger [home duties] at Rose st., California Gully (Eaglehawk, Bendigo) in 1954, Stephen Thomas Rothenberger [driver] and Olive Winifred Rothenberger [home duties] at Martin crt., Kangaroo Flat (Bendigo) in 1963 and 1968, and a Ramon Charles H Rothenberger [driller] with Lorraine Margaret Rothenberger [home duties] at 18 Nelson st., Eaglehawk, in 1968, at 65 Nelson st., California Gully in 1972, and at 18 Stanley St., California Gully, in 1977 and 1980.
Olive and Stephen later divorced, and she remarried.
Stephen Rothenberger apparently died in 1968.
Francis James Kirkham, seemingly a son of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY, was born about 1922-1928 in Victoria.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Francis James Kirkham [freezing works empl.] listed with James Joseph Kirkham [railway employee] and Elizabeth Cornelie Kirkham [home duties] 390 Barnard st., Golden Square (Bendigo) in 1949, with Francis and Elizabeth still there in 1954, and Elizabeth remaining there in 1963.
Francis seems to have married Irene Ann Coleman between and 1954 and 1963; Irene seems to have had four children [not all necessarily by Francis]. Francis James Kirkham [contractor] was listed in the Electoral Rolls with Irene Ann Kirkham [home duties] at 73 Lilac st., Golden Square in 1963 and 1968, Francis remaining listed there in 1972, 1977 and 1980.
It appears Francis and Irene parted sometime between 1968 and 1975, and that Irene later married Leslie Norman Hall. Irene Ann Kirkham [nurse assistant] was at 13 Reviere St., Long Gully, co-listed with Leslie Norman Hall [grinder], in 1972: she does not appear under the Kirkham name subsequently. Irene Ann Hall [receptionist] and with Leslie Norman Hall [grinder] were listed at 13 Reviere St., Long Gully, in 1977 and 1980.
The death of Irene Ann Hall on 13 July 2015, aged 82, cross-referenced to Irene Ann Kirkham on the The Ryerson Index, was noted in the Bendigo Advertiser on 15 July 2015; her funeral on 22 July 2015 was announced in that newspaper on 18th, 20th and 22nd inst. The death notice read:
HALL (formerly Kirkham) (nee Cornwall), Irene Ann. Passed away peacefully at home on July 13, 2015. Aged 82 years. Loved wife of Les (dec.). Much loved mother of Garry, James and Cheryl, and Noel. Nan of Tom, Karl, Breanne, Corey, Brenton and Kayla. Re-united with her loved ones, For funeral details please see later paper.
Myrtle Florence Kirkham, daughter of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY, was born on 19 October 1924 at Wonthaggi, Victoria. Myrtle married Ivan Ian Welby McGillivray, born 17 June 1926 near Heathcote, Victoria, a son of DONALD McGILLIVRAY and EDITH MARY SHURAN.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Myrtle Florence McGillivray [wardsmaid] at Pohlman st., Heathcote (Bendigo), with several McGillivrays [but no Ivan] nearby in Heathcote, in 1949 and 1954, Ivan McGillivray [labourer] and Myrtle Florence McGillivray [wardsmaid] at 75 Vine st., North Bendigo, in 1963, Ivan Francis J McGillivray [mach.], Ivan Ian McGillivray [cool store hand] and Myrtle Florence McGillivray [wardsmaid] at 45 Kookaburra av., North Bendigo, in 1968, Ivan Ian McGillivray [cool hand] and Myrtle Florence McGillivray [wardsmaid] and Glynn Ian McGillivray [labourer] at 45 Kookaburra av., North Bendigo, in 1977, joined thereat by Lyndell Merridyth McGillivray [--] in 1980.
Myrtle and Ivan were parents of at least four children.
Myrtle Florence McGillivray née Kirkham died on 1 July 1985 at Bendigo. Ivan Ian Welby McGillivray died on 8 October 2008 at Bendigo.
Alma Gweneth Kirkham, daughter of JAMES JOSEPH KIRKHAM and CORNELIE ELIZABETH BLACKLEY, was born about 1929 in Victoria. Alma married George Henry Baker; George and Alma were the parents of (at least) three children.
On 5 June 1968, Alma Gweneth Baker of 2 Pitt St Bendigo applied for her father James' Gallipoli medal.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew George Henry Baker [storeman] and Alma Gweneth Baker [home duties] at 66 Bull st., Bendigo, in 1954 and George Henry Baker [sales] and Alma Gweneth Baker [home duties] at cnr. Lily and Lilac sts., Golden Square (Bendigo) in 1963, George Henry Baker [labourer] and Alma Gwendoline Baker [nurses' aide] at 2 Pitt st., West Bendigo, in 1968, 1972, 1977, joined thereat in a later 1977 list by Glenda Joy Baker [saleswoman] and Phillip George Baker [storeman]. In 1980 George Henry Baker [labourer], Alma Gwendoline Baker [nurses' aide], Phillip George Baker [storeman] and Ian Colin Baker [ftr mchnst] were shewn at 2 Pitt st., Bendigo – Glenda Joy Baker [sales assistant] was at 6/32 Hopetoun st., Bendigo, in 1980.
The death of George Henry Baker, aged 88, on 11 May 2013, 'at at Victoria Heights Aged Care Bendigo', was noted in the Bendigo Advertiser on 13th and 15th inst., and in Melbourne's Herald Sun on 13th inst.:
BAKER.—George Henry. At Bendigo on May 11, 2013. Aged 88 years Loved husband of Alma. Loving father of Phillip, Glenda (Penna), Ian and their families.
The death of Alma Gwendoline Baker, aged 85, on 23 September 2014, 'at Bendigo Hospice', was noted in the Bendigo Advertiser on 25th and 27th inst., her funeral advised on 29th inst.]
The birth of Herbert Laurence Kirkham, son of JAMES KIRKHAM and SARAH ANN MULVIHILL, was registered at St Arnaud, Victoria, in 1891.
Herbert married Annie Agnes Busteed on 23 September 1914 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Birchip, Victoria: Annie was a daughter of WILLIAM BUSTEED and ANNIE AGNES BOURKE. The Birchip Advertiser of Wednesday 30 September 1914 (p3) wrote:
The marriage of Mr. Herbert Lawrence Kirkham, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Kirkham of St Arnaud, to Annie Agnes, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Busteed, of Birchip, was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, by the Rev. Father Reidy, on 23rd September. The church was simply, but effectively decorated by friends of the bride, a wedding bell being suspended from an arch framed of white flowers and green foliage across the aisle. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked charming in a gown of white Oriental satin, with lace bodice, prettily trimmed with pearl beads. The veil of worked tulle was arranged artistically with a wreath of orange blossoms. A bridal bouquet of white flowers and asparagus fern was carried. The bridesmaids (sisters of the bride) wore pretty frocks of white crepe-de-chene, and charming little white hats trimmed with tulle and pale pink roses, and carried muffs to match. They wore the bridegroom's gifts, a cameo bangle and ring respectively. The little train-bearer, Miss Cassie Bourke, cousin of the bride, looked sweet in a frock and mob cap of white silk. She also wore the bridegroom's gift— a gold brooch. Mr George Kirkham, of Boort, eldest brother of the bridegroom, acted as best man, and Mr. J. Blencowe groomsman. Appropriate music was given by Mrs. Fregon, who sang " Beloved, it is Morn," directly after the ceremony. The wedding breakfast was held at the Mechanics' Institute, with the officiating clergyman as chairman. The usual toasts were proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom being first by Rev. Father Reidy; the bridegroom responding gracefully. Suitable speeches were made by Messrs. Busteed, Geo. Kirkham, A. Dunkin, R. Phelps, and J. Blencowe. The guests assembled at the railway station to shower good wishes and confetti in abundance on the happy couple, on their departure for the honeymoon, which is being spent at Ballarat and Melbourne. Mrs. Kirkham wore a navy, tailor-made coat and skirt, and white hat with white lancer plume. Following is a list of presents received : —
Bridegroom to bride, gold expanding bracelet watch.
Bride to bridegroom, gold cable chain.
Bride's mother, household linen.
Mrs. Crowl, cheque.
Mr. and Mrs. Bourke, silver teapot.
Mrs. W. Gleeson, cheque.
Miss Kathleen Gleeson, suit case.
Mr. and Mrs. Howe, silver mounted fern pot.
Miss Bourke, silver sugar basin, cream jug, and table linen.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Kirkham, cheque.
Mr. E. Gleeson, silver and china double jam dish.
Mr. and Mrs. N. Crowl, cheque.
Mrs. Downer, silver egg cruet.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Grace, cheque.
Mr. J. Gleeson, silver mounted oak biscuit barrel.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Kirkham (W. A.), cheque.
Mr. A. J. Dunkin, silver sugar basin, thistle design.
Mr. and Mrs Fregon, silver cake basket.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Connelly, silver teapot.
Mr. H. Gleeson, silver and china salad bowl and servers.
Miss Gormly, serviettes and cushion.
Miss Finn, embroidered table cover.
Mrs. Kelly, silver mounted oak biscuit barrel.
Mr. and Miss Phelps, china fruit set.
Miss Lily Gleeson, tea cosy.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, silver dinner cruet.
Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Connelly, silver sugar scuttle and scoop.
Miss J. Foley, tea cosy.
Mrs. and Miss O'Brien, water jug and glasses.
Mr. J. Butler, case afternoon tea spoons.
Miss E. Busteed, silver tea pot.
Miss Mona Caldow, pair marmalade jars.
Herbert and Annie were the parents of:
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Herbert Laurence Kirkham [asst. stationmaster] at Railway Station, La Trobe, in 1914, Herbert Lawrence Kirkham [stationmaster] and Annie Agnes Kirkham [home duties] at Curyo in 1917, Herbert [railway official] and Annie at Chewton in 1919, Herbert [stationmaster] and Annie at Wandin North, in 1921, Herbert [railway employee] and Annie at 38 Barkly st W., Brunswick South, in 1926, Herbert [stationmaster] and Annie at 30 Barkly st W., Brunswick West, in 1931, Herbert Laurence Kirkham [stationmaster] with Annie at Long st., Leongatha, in 1936, Herbert Lawrence Kirkham [railway employee] with Annie at 42 Union st., Brunswick West, in 1937, Herbert and Annie at 18 Hawksburn rd., South Yarra, in 1943, Herbert, Annie [clerk] with John Disney Kirkham [clerk] and Patricia Margaret Kirkham [receptionist] at 61 Bromby st., South Yarra, in 1949, Herbert, Annie [home duties] and Patricia at 6 Howitt st., Prahran, in 1954, Herbert [retired] and Annie at 24 Rosedale rd., Glen Iris, in 1963 and 1968, with Annie remaining at that address in 1972.
Herbert Laurence Kirkham apparently died in Melbourne in 1972.
Annie Agnes Kirkham née Busteed apparently died in 1983.
Melbourne's Table Talk of Thursday 9 May 1935 noted:
AN exquisite diamond brooch glittered in the bodice of the wonderful gown of embossed silver lame worn by Miss Freda Kirkham at her wedding with Mr Jack R. Byrne, elder son of Mr and Mrs Dan Byrne, of Toorak Road, South Yarra, on April 27.
The gown, made very plainly, fitted her figure to perfection, sweeping away at the back into a train, three yards long. The slender bodice was allied to long sleeves, which were softly cowled at the shoulders and fitted from the elbow to the wrist, where they finished in points over her hands. A little silver cap, edged with a wreath of orange blossom, held in place the tulle veil, which fell in misty folds over the gleaming silver of her gown.
She is the elder daughter of Mr and Mrs H. L. Kirkham, of Union Street, West Brunswick, and she was given away by her father. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Gleeson at St. Ambrose Church, Brunswick.
Three bridesmaids, Misses Mary Byrne, Moira Walker and Mavis Dowling, attended her while little Eileen Kirkham, of Adelaide, was flower girl, and Pat Kirkham and Mary Byrne acted as train bearers. The bridesmaids wore attractive frocks of ice-white suede crepe, cut with the back panels falling into brief trains.
Mr Austin Byrne was best man, and Messrs Jack Byrne and Mart Byrne were groomsmen. After the ceremony a reception and dance was held at Rumpelrnayers, Collins Street.
John Disney Kirkham enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 10 July 1942 in Melbourne, noting his birth details, his 'locality' as South Yarra, Victoria, his next-of-kin as Herbert Kirkham; John was discharged a Corporal from '1 aircraft Depot' on 25 January 1946.
Eliza Kirkham, born on 22 October 1849, was baptised on 25 March 1850 in All Saints’ church, Poplar, Middlesex, as a daughter of GEORGE KIRKHAM (labourer) and his wife MARY ANN [née PEGLER], of Poplar. She was baptised there again in 25 January 1854, along with her younger sister Harriet Sarah.
The 30 March 1851 English census shews Eliza Kirkham (aged 1 year) with her parents George Kirkham (aged 36 years; a labourer; born Poplar, Middlesex) and Mary Ann Kirkham (aged 34 years; born Littlewooh [Littleworth?], Gloucestershire) and Poplar-born siblings George (16; a labourer), Mary (11; a scholar) and James (6; a scholar).
George Kirkham (aged 39 years; a general labourer; born Poplar, Middlesex, son of JAMES and MARY (both deceased)) emigrated to Australia in the Tantivy, which sailed from Southampton on 3 June 1854 and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, on 3 September 1854. George was accompanied by his wife Mary Ann (aged 38 years; born Stroud, Gloucester, daughter of JOHN and MARY PEGLER (both deceased)) and Poplar-born children Mary Ann (13), James (9), Eliza (4) and Harriett S (aged 2 years). Thomas Hewitt Kirkham, born 4 January 1856, was the last known child of George and Mary: when baptised on 5 February 1856, his parents were noted as residents of Chippendale. Aged 32 years, eldest child George Kirkham arrived in Melbourne, Victoria, in the Sirene on 19 February 1867 (apparently sponsored by a Robert Kirkham of Chippendale, apparently a brother of George Kirkham senior) after service in the British Army.
Police and Gaol records, one for disorderly conduct, indicate that George Kirkham (and presumably his family) were still in Sydney in June and November 1858. The family later moved to northern Victoria, around St Arnaud; one source noted that George Kirkham died 23 February 1863, though that has not been corroborated and the location is not known. Thomas Hewitt Kirkham was admitted to an orphanage – in Sydney – on 5 January 1864, because “Father dead and mother unable to support him”: on 4 August 1868 Thomas “Discharged to care of his brother of Pleasant Creek, Ararat, Victoria, by order”.
Eliza Kirkham married John Crowle on 13 May 1869 at Crowlands, Victoria, with the 'written consent of Bernhard Smith, Esq, Guardian of Minors'.
John, born on 13 February 1840 and baptised aged three months to Wesleyan rites on 12 May 1840 in Coombe Chapel, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall [7 km west of St Austell], a son of Coombe residents SAMUEL CROWLE and ELIZABETH CLYMO or CLIMO. The 30 March 1851 English census shews Samuel and Elizabeth with five of their children at St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall:
|(Downderry, St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall [HO107; Piece 1908; Folio 262; Page 5; Entry 17; GSU #221060])|
|Farmer 20 acres||St Stephens, Cornwall||1805|
|Wife||St Stephens, Cornwall||1805|
|Mined (on Mundio)||St Stephens, Cornwall||1829|
|Scholar||St Stephens, Cornwall||1838|
|Scholar||St Stephens, Cornwall||1840|
|Scholar||St Stephens, Cornwall||1844|
|.||St Stephens, Cornwall||1846|
Eliza and John Crowle were the parents of:
John Crowle, a butcher, died on 29 October 1897 at St Arnaud, Victoria, and his Will was granted probate on 25 January 1898.
The death of Eliza Crowle née Kirkham on 27 August 1922, aged 73 years, daughter of GEORGE KIRKHAM and MARY ANN PEGLER, at St Arnaud, Victoria, was registered in Victoria in 1922.
Harriet Sarah Kirkham, born on 14 March 1851, was baptised on 25 January 1854 in All Saints’ church, Poplar, Middlesex, as a daughter of GEORGE KIRKHAM (labourer) and his wife MARY ANN née PEGLER, residents of Poplar. Her sister Eliza, born 22 October 1849, was baptised the same day.
Harriet emigrated in Sydney NSW with her parents and siblings Mary Ann (13), James (9) and Eliza (4) in September 1854 aboard the Tantivy. The family is thought to have moved to Victoria sometime before 1869 and James married Alexander Johnson in 1871. Harriet and Alexander were the parents of at least ten children
Harriet Sarah Johnson née Kirkham died on 29 June 1912 at Mitcham, Victoria.
Alexander Johnson, born in Durham, Northumberland, England, in 1847, died at St Arnaud, Victoria, in 1921
Alexander and Harriet were the great-grandparents of Susan Hilliard [per eMail, 9apr2012].
Thomas Hewitt Kirkham, born in Sydney in January 1856, son of immigrants GEORGE KIRKHAM (labourer) and MARY ANN PEGLER, residents of Chippendale, was baptised to CoE rites in the Parish of St Paul, Sydney on 7 February 1856. Thomas Kirkham was admitted to a Sydney orphanage on 5 January 1864, his age entered as “7” though very small writing above noted “says he was 8 years old on 4th January 1864” (which agrees with his birth certificate). Thomas was admitted because “Father dead and mother unable to support him”, “Recommended by Revd. A. H Stephren” and on 4th August 1868 “Discharged to care of his brother of Pleasant Creek, Ararat, Victoria, by order”.
Thomas married Ada Jane Burgess in 1877 in South Melbourne, Victoria. [Ada was apparently born in 1858, a daughter WILLIAM BURGESS and CATHERINE MOSS.] There were no surviving children to the marriage of Thomas and Ada.
The inquest into the tragic and accidental death on 21 January 1879 of Ada Jane Kirkham, aged 21, daughter of WILLIAM BURGESS and CATHERINE MOSS, was reported in The Argus of Friday 24 January 1879 (p6).
The WebSite Ned on the Net run by Dave of Sunbury and dealing with the Ned Kelly story, a page describes a tour run by Justin Corfield (author of a then soon to be released Encyclopedia on Ned Kelly) of the St Kilda Cemetery and in particular several graves of people associated with the Kelly story. The tour page, apparently edited by Sharon Hollingsworth, notes:
THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM.
Thomas’s gravestone was broken and the Kirkham part of his name was missing.
Justin: “Kirkham was a policeman who joined the force in 1878 and pursued the Kelly’s after the Stringybark Creek shootings. He formed part of the Benalla search party and looked for the body of Sgt Kennedy after his death at the hands of the Kelly gang. Kirkham took leave without pay and was spotted acting in a play by police”.
Kirkham was one of two police officers involved with the Kelly story to be buried here.
During research for my site at www.glenrowan1880.com I learned that Kirkham was a mounted constable #2986 present at Glenrowan.
On 15 June 1886 Thomas married Eliza Jane McGregor [“Jeannie”] in South Melbourne [Eliza was apparently born on 15 September 1861 at Batesford, Geelong, Victoria, the daughter of JAMES MacGREGOR and ELIZA JANE RAE].
Thomas Hewitt Kirkham and Eliza Jane MacGregor were the parents of:
Melbourne's The Argus of Thursday 21 April 1904 (p5) announced:
Thomas Hewitt Kirkham, of Spring-street, Prahran, baker's employee, formerly baker. Causes of insolvency-Bad debts, loss of property, falling off of trade, pressure of creditors. Liabilities, £464/8/5; assets, £8/16/ ; deficiency, £455/12/5. Mr. A. S. Baillieu, assignee.
Victorian Electoral Rolls shew Thomas Hewitt Kirkham [baker] and Eliza Jane Kirkham [home duties] at 23 Spring street, Prahran in 1903 and (Prahran Gardens) in 1909.
The death of Thomas Hewitt Kirkham, aged 55, at 'Ardale', Victoria, [perhaps short-hand for Armadale], son of GEORGE and MARY ANN, was registered in Victoria in 1911. A notice published in The Argus on Monday 17 July 1911 (p1) read:
KIRKHAM.—On the 15th July, at his late residence,
23 Spring-street, Prahran, Thomas Hewitt, the dearly beloved husband of E.J. (“Jeannie”) Kirkham and beloved father of Violette, Thelma, Thomas Hewitt and James McGregor, mounted constable of police, late of Benalla.
Safe in the arms of Jesus.
Victoria's Malvern Standard of Saturday 22 July 1911 (p3) carried a short obituary honouring Thomas:
Death of Two Old Prahran citizens.
Eventful and varied careers.
Mr Thomas H. Kirkham.
A well known and esteemed resident of Prahran, in the person of Mr T. W. Kirkham, baker, of Spring street, died on Saturday last, the resultof an attack of paralysis. The deceased, who was 55 years of age, leaves a widow and family of four children, the eldest 17 years of age, the youngest 7. The funeral took place on Tuesday, at the St Kilda cemetery, the Rev. W. S. Rolland conducting the service at the grave side. Very many floral wreaths were forwarded.
The late Mr Kirkham had a varied career, and as a citizen he was one of the best. He was of an extremely charitable disposition, and by his demise the poor and needy will lose a friend and helper whom it will be hard to replace. In all truth it can be said of him that it was more agreeable for him to give than to receive, as was shown on numerous occassions when, in an unostentatious manner, he supplied the wants and otherwise assisted those in distressed circumstances.
Born in Sydney, Mr Kirkham was a resident of Victoria for 41 years. When a youth he entered the theatrical profession, and in later years both Mr and Mrs Kirkham, as amateurs, often appeared on the Prahran stage in the cause that was nearest their hearts –charity.
In 1874 Mr Kirkham joined the Victorian mounted police. In command of a company of black trackers he was employed in tracking the whereabouts of the Kelly gang of busrangers. In those stirring times he was one of Superintendent Hare's men, and was highly eulogised for the good work of himself and his trackers, not only by the press, but by official and other records of Superintendent Hare. As a mounted constable Mr Kirkham also rendered special service in sifting prominent cases and detecting horse and cattle stealers. Mr Kirkham had numerous friends in Prahran, who appreciated his worth as a generous and estimable citizen. Mrs Kirkham and family have received very many expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement.
A brother of the late Mr Kirkham is Mr George Kirkham, a hero of the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. Mr George Kirkham is the proud possessor of medals as follows– Crimean medal with four clasps ; French medal for valor at the Crimea ; Turkish medal ; and Indian Mutiny medal (Lucknow), present at all engagements.
Eliza Jane Kirkham née McGregor died on 1 January 1927 at Malvern: she was buried in Section D, Anglican portion, of St Kilda Cemeteryi. The Argus of Saturday 31 December 1927 [sic] (p9) included the note:
KIRKHAM.—In loving memory of our dear mother, Eliza Jane Kirkham, who died at Malvern, January 1, 1927. (Inserted by her daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Leslie Tyack, Williamstown.)
The Argus of Monday 3 January 1927 (p1) noted:
KIRKHAM.—On the 1st January, 1927, (suddenly), at her residence, 24 Horace street, Malvern, Eliza Jane, the dearly beloved wife of the late Thomas H. Kirkham, and loving mother of Violette, Thelma, Thomas, and James.
The Argus on Tuesday of 4 January 1927 (p1) added:
KIRKHAM.—In memory of our late member, Mrs. Kirkham, who died suddenly on the 1st January, 1927. (Inserted by the secretary of the Caulfield Park Croquet Club on behalf of the members.)
Sharon Beyer eMailed [28 June 2011]:
Thomas Hewitt Kirkham is my great, great grandfather on my mother’s side. From his marriage to Eliza Jane Macgregor.
… I am happy to give you some information about the descendants of Thomas Hewitt Kirkham if you like.
The birth of Olive Rae Kirkham, first-born of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM and his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR, was registered at Armadale, Victoria, in 1889.
Olive Rae Kirkham died aged 14 years at 'Adelaide, Victoria', on 15 November 1904, and was buried Section D, Anglican portion, St Kilda Cemetery, Melbourne.
Thomas Hewitt Kirkham, born 14 May 1901 at Prahran near Armadaleviii, was a son of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM and his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR. Thomas’ marriage to Olive Victoria Beezley was registered in Victoria in 1929. Olive was a daughter of FREDERICK WILLIAM EEZLEY and his wife ELIZABETH DUNCAN; Olive’s birth had been registered at Richmond, Victoria, in 1902. [The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust's Deceased Search notes Olive as born 5 September 1902].
Thomas and Olive were the parents of at least two children, Ian and Dorothy, both of whom died as infants.
Electoral Rolls shew Thomas Hewitt Kirkham [salesman] at Peart street, Leongatha, Victoria, in 1924; Thomas [draper] with Olive Victoria Kirkham [home duties] at 9 Station street, Camberwell, Victoria, in 1931; both Thomas and Olive at 60 Maitland street, Gardiner, Victoria, in 1936 and 1937; Thomas [manager] singly at 91 Elphin-rd., Launceston East, Tasmania, in 1943; the 1949 Electoral Rolls shews Thomas Hewitt Kirkham [manager] and Olive Victoria Kirkham [home duties] at 10 John street, Corowa NSW; in 1954 Thomas [general manager] and Olive were at 18 Cootamundra road, Temora NSW.
Thomas Huett Kirkham enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in Sydney on 28 September 1942, noting his next-of-kin as Olive Kirkham: he was discharged a Flying Officer from RAAF HQ (DPI) on 14 March 1946.
The death of Thomas Hewitt Kirkham on 5 February 1970 'at R.G.H. Melbourne' was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 10 February 1970.
Olive Victoria Kirkham died on 28 May 1993 and was buried at Burwood Cemetery, Melbournei, alongside her husband and their two infant children.
The birth of Violet Lorna Kirkham, daughter of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM by his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR, was registered at Armadale, Victoria, in 1893.
Violet’s marriage to Alex Puttock was registered in Victoria in 1932 [reg# 115], though the 1931 Electoral Roll shews Alexander Puttock [R.A.N.] and Violet Lorna Puttock [home duties] at 34 Hartwell Hill rd., Camberwell, Victoria. The Rolls shew the Puttocks Alexander Puttock [examiner] and Violette Lorna Puttock [home duties] at 821 Mt. Alexander rd., Moonee Ponds, Victoria, in 1936 and 1937, and Alexander [navy worker] and Violet [home duties] at Rocklea, Farrell avenue, Darlinghurst West, Sydney, NSW, in 1943. NSW Electoral Rolls list Alexander [inspector naval ordinance] and Violet [home duties] at 8 Cobar street, Willoughby, and Alexander [defence inspector] and Violet [home duties] at 50 Essex street, Epping, in 1949.
Violet Lorna Puttock née Kirkham died on 8 March 1952 at her residence in Artarmon, Sydney, The Argus (Melbourne) on Monday 10 March 1952 (p13) noting:
PUTTOCK.—On March 8 (suddenly), at her residence, Artarmon, Sydney, N.S.W., Violet Lorna, beloved wife of Alexander Puttock.
PUTTOCK.—On March 8, Violet Lorna, loved sister-in-law of Leslie Tyack, and fond aunt of Shirley.
and The Sydney Morning Herald of Monday 10 March 1952 (p13) noting:
PUTTOCK, Violet Lorna.—March 8, 1952 (suddenly), at her residence, Artarmon, beloved wife of Alexander Puttock.
PUTTOCK.—The Funeral of the late Mrs. VIOLET LORNA PUTTOCK, of Artarmon, will leave St John's Church, Camberwell, Melbourne, Wednesday, after Service commencing at 3.15 p.m., for the Church of England Cemetery, Burwood, Melbourne. ERNEST ANDREWS, Chatswood. JA2834.
[the funeral was also advertised in The Age and The Argus on 10th inst.]
The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 8 March 1954 (p16) added:
PUTTOCK.—In loving memory of Violet Lorna, who departed this life March 8, 1952. Alex.
Electoral Rolls shew Alexander Puttock [inspector] at 120 Artarmon road, Artarmon, NSW, in 1954, and Alexander [no occupation] at 46 Campbell st., Kew North, Victoria, in 1963.
The death of Alexander Puttock on 8 November 1966, aged 75 years, 'at Epping, Sydney, NSW, late of East Kew, Victoria', was noted in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age on 9 November 1966.
The birth of Thelma Camille La Mascotte Kirkham, daughter of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM by his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR, was registered at Armadale, Victoria, in 1898.
Melbourne's Table Talk of Thursday 18 November 1926 (p66) wrote:
Engagements. … … Miss Thelma Camille La Mascotte Kirkham, daughter of Mrs and the late Mr T. H. Kirkham, of Olivette, Horace street, Malvern, to Mr Leslie Tyack, of 45 Denmark street, Kew.
Thelma’s marriage to Leslie Tyack was registered in Victoria in 1927. Thelma and Leslie were the parents of:
Thelma died on 24 May 1951 at Hawthorn East, Melbourne, Melbourne's The Argus of Friday 25 May 1951 (p16) noting:
TYACK.—On May 24, at her residence, 38 Hastings road, Hawthorn, Thelma, wife of Councillor Leslie Tyack, M.B.E., M.L.A. — A true friend, who will be sadly missed by Councillors and staff of the City of Hawthorn alike.
TYACK.—On May 24 (suddenly), at her home, 38 Hastings road, Hawthorn East, Thelma, beloved wife of Leslie Tyack, and loved mother of Shirley.
TYACK.—The Funeral of the late Mrs. THELMA TYACK will leave St John's Anglican Church, Burke road, Camberwell, THIS DAY (Friday) after a service commencing at 3.30 p.m., for the Burwood Cemetery. LE PINE & SON PTY. LTD. JA1104
Leslie Tyack died on 19 May 1970 and was also buried at Burwood Cemetery in Melbourne. Thelma’s sister Violet was intered in the adjoining grave.
George, a.k.a James Macgregor, Kirkham, was born 20 September 1903 at Prahran according to Army records, which now index him as George Kirkham: he was christened George Kirkham after an uncle with whom his parents soon became displeased and his name was changed to James McGregor Kirkhami. His 1924 marriage certificate suggests born c1903, his 1963 death notice c1907. He was a son of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM and his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR.
James, a salesman aged 21, married spinster Una Margaret Grant, aged 18, the Brighton-born daughter of carrier DAVID GRANT and MARY ANN BURKE, at her residence, 237 New Street, Brighton, Victoria, on 29 July 1924, witnessed by her parents. James stated his address as Olivette, Horace St., Malvern VIC.
James and Una were the parents of one child:
James and Una lived separate lives for sixteen years, though Una bore another child eighteen months after her final separation from James, though she named him as the father – James only knew of this child thirteen years later:
James later re-married (aged 34) in December 1941, to Ethel Marjorie Breen, at Traralgon, Victoria, without divorcing Una first. There was no issue to this marriage.
James enlisted in the Australian Army on 18 June 1940 at Caulfield vic, noting his 'locality' as East Melbourne, his date and place of birth , and eventually his 'next-of-kin' as Ethel Breen. James worked his way up from Private, and was discharged a Lieutenant from 9 Australian Infantry Battalion on 6 February 1947.
James appeared before Justice Duffy in Melbourne Supreme Court, criminal jurisdiction, on 27 May 1942, on a bigamy charge. He received support from Ethel and her mother and from Captain William Leslie Allnatt, James' commanding officer for most of time since james' enlistment. James was sentenced to imprisonment for twelve months with hard labour with respite on entering into a bond of £10 to be of good behaviour for two years, Justice Duffy desiring that the conciction have no impact on James' Army career. Victoria's Morwell Advertiser of Thursday 14 May 1942 (p4) reported on the case.
The 1943 Electoral Roll had Ethel Marjorie Kirkham [telephonist] at 82 George street, Melbourne C.2. The 1949 Roll has James McGregor Kirkham [welder] at 136 Gipps street, Melbourne C.2. James [boilermaker] and Ethel Marjorie Kirkham [home duties] are at 38 St Andrew's Avenue, Heidelberg N.22, in 1954, with James [welder] and Ethel still listed there in 1963. Ethel remained at 38 St Andrew's Avenue, Rosanna East [Heidelberg], in 1968, 1972, 1977 and 1980.
Una Margaret Kirkham [home duties] was listed at 237 New Street, Brighton in 1931, at 179 New Street, Brighton in 1936 and 7 William street Brighton in 1949. It appears that James and Una separated between 1924 and 1931. She was at 59 Carpenter St., Brighton, in 1968, 1972, 1977 and 1980.
James McGregor Kirkham, welder aged 56, died on 6 April 1963 at his residence, 38 St Andrew's Avenue, Rosanna vic. The cause of death was carcinomatosis of twelve months duration. Particulars for his death certificate were given by his wife Ethel. James was buried in the Roman Catholic section of Traralgon Cemetery.
The death of an Ethel Kirkham on 8 November 2012 was noted in Melbourne's Herald Sun on 10 November 2012.
Sharon Beyer [2011-14] has led the research on this family.
The birth of Lois Irma Kirkham, last-born of THOMAS HEWITT KIRKHAM and his second wife ELIZA JANE McGREGOR, was registered at Armadale, Victoria, in 1906.
Lois Irma Kirkham died on 5 September 1906 'at Ardale' [Armadale?], Victoria, and was buried in Section D, Anglican portion, St Kilda Cemetery, Melbourne.
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Other (probably unrelated) Kirkham Lineages: