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).
Acknowledgement: State Library of Victoria.
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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)
1915,00170,,Armit,William Fancourt Giffard,William Duke,Mitchell Hester Christina,Ardale,1920,27474,,Armit,Diana Margaret Fraser,William Duke,Mitchell Helen Christina,Ardale,
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.
1939,13491,,Armit,May Christina,Forrest,James Alexander,,
1939,13491,,Forrest,James Alexander,Armit,May Christina,,
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.