Rhona Mary McKellar

This pretty girl is Rhona Mary McKellar. Born Mar 3, 1907, to Thomas McKellar and Kathleen Rutledge at Colac. Judging by the material on Trove, she was a bit of a popular girl in social circles. On Nov 29, 1927, Rhona was married to Rutherford (Ford) Campbell Guthrie at Noorat. Ford was Australian born, studied at Cambridge, served in both the British and Australian military, was a grazier and a politician in local and state government, Liberal and Country Party president and treasurer, Commissioner of Crown Lands, member of numerous organisations in his local community and company director. On Jan 1, 1968, Ford was knighted and Rhona became Lady Guthrie. Sadly, Rhona died in a car accident on Sep 7, 1989. If you are related to Rhona, this photo is for you. It was taken some time around 1920, by Melbourne photographer, Spencer Shier. A larger copy is available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3184 x 5326, 48.5m).

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Birth:
1907,09736,F,Mckellar,Rhona Mary,Thomas,Rutledge Kath,Colac,

Marriage:
1927,12604,,Mckellar,Rhona Mary,Guthrie,Rutherford Campbell,,

Click Here, for the marriage details in the Geelong Advertiser.

Burial: Macedon Cemetery.

Sarah Downes Chomley

Sarah Downes Chomley, younger sister to Patricia, whom I posted previously. Sarah was born on Jan 13, 1912 to Francis Charles Chomley and Mary Aileen Charlotte Anderson at Sale, Victoria. Sarah studied law and on Mar 2, 1945, the State Full Court on a motion, admitted her with another person as barristers and solicitors. She worked as a solicitor for a law firm that was acquired by another firm, Weigall and Crowther. She continued working for them and in 1955, she was admitted as a partner. Sarah passed away at the Baxter Village Nursing Home in Frankston, on May 11, 2004, aged 92. If you are related to this lovely lady, a large version of the photo below, taken by photographer Spencer Shier in 1933, is available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3677 x 5107, 53.7m)

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Birth:
1912,06976,F,Chomley,Sarah Downes,Francis Charles,Anderson Mary Aileen Char,Sale,

Funeral:
Date of Service: May 19, 2004. Cremation. Ashes scattered. Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South.

Patricia Downes Chomley MBE

Miss Patricia Downes Chomley was born Dec 11, 1909, to Francis Charles Chomley and Mary Aileen Charlotte Anderson at Sale, Victoria. She trained as a nurse at the Alfred Hospital, attaining four certificates. Patricia served in World War 2 (VX17205) at the 2/4th Australian General Hospital. The number of casualties treated through that hospital: 14,000 at Tobruk, 19,000 at Redbank, 10,000 at Jerusalem, Colombo and Labaun. A plaque commemorating  the hospital can be found at the Repatriation Hospital Remembrance Garden in Heidelberg. In 1946, she was one of three Victorian nurses awarded a Florence Nightingale International Foundation scholarship, which involved a two year post graduate course in England at the Royal College of Nursing. When she arrived back in 1949, she became a director at the College of Nursing. After 15 years at the college, she retired in 1964. On Jan 1, 1968, Patricia was awarded Member of The Order of the British Empire (MBE – Civil) for service to nursing administration. In her retirement, she was Deputy Club Consultant for the Old Peoples’ Welfare Council of Victoria, advising elderly citizens clubs throughout the state. Patricia passed away at the Baxter Village Nursing Home in Frankston, on Oct 24, 2002, aged 92. If you are related to this lovely lady, a large version of the photo below, taken by photographer Spencer Shier in 1940, is available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 4198 x 5481, 65.8m)

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Birth:
1910,06408,F,Chomley,Patricia Downes,Fran Charles,Anderson Mary Aileen Char,Sale,

Funeral:
Date of Service: Oct 29, 2002. Cremation. Ashes scattered. Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South.

Eleanor Mary Archer (Elinor May)

This beautiful young lady is Eleanor Mary Archer. Eleanor was born in Alexandra, Victoria, on Oct 22, 1892, to Tom Palmer Archer and Laura Maude O’Farrell. She studied nursing with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses Association, passing her final exams in 1917. Eleanor continued to work with the Children’s hospital for some time. The photo below (a cropped version) was taken on Aug 8, 1921, by photographer, Spencer Shier, whilst she was there. She later moved up to Mildura and worked at the Red Cliffs Baby Health Centre. She married George Hamer Badger, of Red Cliffs, on Feb 18, 1928. A fruit growing gentleman that served in World War 2. His service record is available at the National Archives of Australia for download. Unfortunately, George died at Red Cliffs on May 30, 1964, the result of a fire. Eleanor passed away at Malvern, aged 90, on Sep 17, 1983. Her service was on the 20th. If you are related to Eleanor, please feel free to use my cropped and photoshopped version below (a larger version available here). The full sized double photograph is available to download from the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 5381 x 3968, 20.3m -or-  Jpg, 1000 x 737, 290kb).

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Birth:
1892,28826,F,Archer,Elinor May,Tom Palmer,Ofarrell Laura Maude,Alexandra, Marriage:
1928,00682,,Archer,Elinor Mary,Badger,George Hamer,,

Death:
1983,21162,,Badger,Elinor May,Archer Thomas P,Laura,Malvern,90,

Raymond Herbert Wescott

This photograph is of a young Raymond Wescott, of the Collingwood State School, sporting a magnificent Bryant & May Crown Safety Matches costume. Taken on Aug 29, 1925. If you are related to the young lad, this photo is for you. Please use the following link to the State Library of Victoria to download a full size scan. Warning, it’s a very large file. Click here (Tif, 3090 x 5197, 45.9m).

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Birth:
1913,30086,M,Westcott,Herbert Raymond,Frederick Herbert,Ridley Annie,Collingwood,
Marriage:
1939,04609,,Wescott,Rmond Herbert,Aumont,Mary Isabella,,
Death:
1976,00085,,Wescott,Raymond Herbert,Herbert,Ridley Annie,Mord,63,

Date of Death: 1 Dec 1975 (Probate – PROV).
Date of Service: 3 Dec 1975.
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery; Cassia, Wall ZO, Niche 467.