Blanche Ainslie “Betty” Nichol was born at Ballarat, to Robert William Nichol and Ethel Coombe Hattam, on September 16, 1898. The family soon after resided at Clunes. She married Lionel Cuthbert Grimwade on September 3, 1924, at Christ Church in South Yarra. Betty passed away in Melbourne on August 6, 1973. She was buried at Clunes Cemetery on the 8th. The bridal photo below was taken on her wedding day, by Melbourne photographer Spencer Shier. A larger version can be downloaded from the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 4080 x 5436, 42.3m).
Here we have Mrs W. Duke Armit (Hester Christina Armit, nee. Mitchell) and her two eldest children, Mary Christina Armit (b. Sep 26, 1913) and William Fancourt Giffard Armit (b. Feb 15, 1915). Hester was born December 25, 1888, to Sir Edward Fancourt Mitchell and Lady Eliza Fraser Morrison. Her father was knighted June 3, 1918. (Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George – KCMG). She was also a granddaughter to Sir William Henry Fancourt Mitchell, a former President of the Legislative Council of Victoria. Hester married William Duke Armit, born about 1876, the son of Captain John Giffard Armit and Mary Eyre of Castle Jordan, King’s County, Ireland. His mother’s Eyre side from Eyrecourt Castle in Galway. The marriage took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on December 11, 1912. William senior owned Bindi Station in East Gippsland. They had four children, Mary and William above and the younger two, Diana Margaret Fraser Armit (b. Aug 29, 1920) and John Edward Duke Armit (b. Aug 20, 1926). William junior died on active service (VX65186) in a POW camp in Burma on October 4, 1943. William senior passed away on August 25, 1945. Hester passed away on April 11, 1959. Mary married James Alexander Forrest on December 9, 1939. She passed away January 18, 1995. Diana married Raymond George Baxter on March 23, 1945. She passed away on December 13, 1999. John married Anne Lillias Murphy on February 1, 1951. He passed away recently on October 27, 2017. If you are related to the Mitchell/Armit family, a large version of this photo is available to download from the State Library of Victoria. It was taken by Melbourne photographer Spencer Shier on December 12, 1927. Click Here (Tif, 4080 x 5436, 42.3m).
1889,07922,F,Mitchell,Hester Christina,Edward Fancourt,Morrison Eliza Fraser,St Kilda,1913,32973,,Armit,Mary Christina,William Duke,Mitchell Hester Christina,Melbourne East,Article and photo of Mary, “Coming-out Dance at Grosvenor” (Debutantes)
John’s birth notice.Marriages:
1912,08985,,Armit,William Dake,Mitchell,Hester Christina,Dublin,
1912,08985,,Mitchell,Hester Christina,Armit,William Dake,St Kilda,reg(R)Bridal photo in The Australasian.
Bridal photo in Punch.
Wedding article in Table Talk.
Wedding article in the Weekly Times.
Diana’s marriage.Wedding photo in The Argus.
1959,05008,,Armit,Hester Christina,Mitchell Edwar,Morrison Eliza Frase,Malvern,70,1945,08674,,Armit,William Duke,Armit John,Eyre Mary,East Melbourne,69,William’s (on active service) death notice.
The lovely photo below, is of Estelle Mary Fullwood (or Estelle May). Estelle was born March 31, 1903, to Edgar Fullwood and Edith Mabel Delves at Surrey Hills, Victoria. She married Robert Casley Normand at the Scots Church in Collins Street on June 4, 1928. Robert held a law degree and became senior Parliamentary Draftsman in 1935. Estelle was a very popular lady in floral arrangements. She passed away in October, 1985. The photo was taken by Melbourne photographer, Spencer Shier, on April 12, 1927. To download a copy of the full sized scan, Click Here (Tif, 4080 x 5436, 42.3m).
1903,14000,F,Fullwood,Estelle Mary,Edgar,Delves Edith Mabel,Surrey Hills,Marriage:
1940,07742,,Gotch,Lois,Hamilton,Hugh Blayney,,Click Here for an article on the marriage and newspaper photo of Estelle with two bridesmaids (first page).
Date of Service: 22 Oct 1985.
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Cremation. Ashes scattered.
Dressed splendidly in a harlequin costume, is little miss Lois Gotch. Lois was born on July 2, 1914, to Edward Speechly Gotch and Irene Alice Bickerstaff. She married Hugh Blayney Hamilton on April 23, 1940. Lois passed away on November 27, 1996, aged 82. If you are related to Lois, this photo is for you (small cropped version below). It was taken when lois was aged 10, by Melbourne photographer Spencer Shier, on September 2, 1924. Please use the following link to the State Library of Victoria to download a full size scan. Click here (Tif, 4080 x 5436, 42.3m -or- Jpg, 751 x 1000, 84.1kb).
1914,24093,,Gotch,Lois,Edward Speechly,Bickerstaff Irene Alice,Melbourne East,Marriage:
1940,07742,,Gotch,Lois,Hamilton,Hugh Blayney,,Date of Service: 3 Dec 1996.
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Cremation. Ashes collected.
Ruth Mary Madden was born on Feb 6, 1898, to Henry Madden and Cecilia Mary Maude Henderson at South Yarra. Niece of Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of Victoria, Sir John Madden. Ruth married John Leo Gavan-Duffy on Feb 8, 1923, at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. It was, unfortunately, a short lived marriage. John died in a car accident near Port Fairy on May 3, 1925. Ruth formed and was President of The Legion of Mary. She was involved with the Red Cross and helped form and was President of the Badger Creek Red Cross and for some time was director of the Healsville Juvenile Gymkhana, an annual event. Ruth passed away, aged 66, on Sep 18, 1964. She is buried at the St Kilda Cemetery with her husband. If you are related to Ruth, this photo is for you. It is one of a set of three taken in 1921, by Melbourne photographer, Spencer Shier. A larger copy of this one and the other two are available at the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3070 x 5532, 48.6m -or- Jpg, 555 x 1000, 107kb).
Click Here, for the marriage details in the The Australasian.
1964,20840,,Duffy,Ruth Mary,Madden Henry,Henderson Lillian,Badg,66,
1964,20840,,Gavan Duffy,Ruth Mary,Madden Henry,Henderson Lillian,Badg,66,
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).
1907,09736,F,Mckellar,Rhona Mary,Thomas,Rutledge Kath,Colac,
Click Here, for the marriage details in the Geelong Advertiser.
Burial: Macedon Cemetery.
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)
1912,06976,F,Chomley,Sarah Downes,Francis Charles,Anderson Mary Aileen Char,Sale,
Date of Service: May 19, 2004. Cremation. Ashes scattered. Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South.
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)
1910,06408,F,Chomley,Patricia Downes,Fran Charles,Anderson Mary Aileen Char,Sale,
Date of Service: Oct 29, 2002. Cremation. Ashes scattered. Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South.
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).
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).
Acknowledgement: State Library of Victoria.
Copyright status: This work is out of copyright.
1913,30086,M,Westcott,Herbert Raymond,Frederick Herbert,Ridley Annie,Collingwood,
1939,04609,,Wescott,Rmond Herbert,Aumont,Mary Isabella,,
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.