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Postcards from Australia: Dead Beat

25 Aug

Here is another postcard sent back home from Australia by William Joseph Henry BATEMAN. I know nothing about the artist or publisher of this card (although I do like the picture), and the message on the back is more important than the picture on the front.

Dead Beat

As you can see from the date this one was written at the same time as the one I showed you a couple of weeks ago. Presumably sent in the same envelope to save postage. This one was sent to William’s sister May (or Dorothy May) BATEMAN.

Dead Beat (reverse)

Dorothy May BATEMAN was my great-grandmother and would have been about 18 years old at the time. It is interesting to note that she is not at the same address as her parents, presumably she was in domestic service in Brighton, Sussex at the time. It would be interesting to find out who else was also living at 45 Preston Grove in 1907.

The mention of “one of little Willie photo’s” is referring to William Joseph Henry’s first son William Thomas Henry BATEMAN who would have been almost eight months old when this card was written. I wonder what the reason was for Annie (his wife) being “not up to much”?

Australian Relations: What happened to the children of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN?

6 Aug

This is really where the trail starts to go cold. Limited access and privacy restrictions mean that details are thin on the ground, but that doesn’t mean I have given up hope of finding living relations in Australia.

Basically what I have discovered is that all three children of William Joseph Henry and Annie Clark BATEMAN were married, the two sons appear to have remained in the state of Victoria whilst the daughter and her husband moved to New South Wales.

  • Reginald Graham BATEMAN married Kathleen Frances HORBY in Victoria in 1933
  • Dorothy Marguerite BATEMAN married Leslie Herbert MARSHALL in Victoria in 1934
  • William Thomas Henry BATEMAN married Irene Elizabeth MCNAMARA in Victoria in 1940

So far I have only found evidence of one child from these three marriages, but I suspect that it is more to do with availability of records rather than the fact that there weren’t any more.

Dorothy Marguerite and her husband Leslie Herbert MARSHALL had a son named Alan Leslie MARSHALL on the 22nd January 1950. They were living in Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales at the time and the birth was announced in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian Relations: The children of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN

5 Aug

This is another instalment in my ongoing series of articles on the life of William Joseph Henry BATEMAN and his family from Australia. This is an ongoing research project and if you can provide further information then please get in touch.

William Joseph Henry (WJH) BATEMAN and his wife Annie Clark BULL (nee MCCONACHY) were married on the 22nd April 1905 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. So far I have only found details for three children, certainly only three appear to have survived into adulthood, and I have found no evidence to suggest that there were any other children.

William Thomas Henry BATEMAN (born 1906)

Their first child was a son, William Thomas Henry BATEMAN. According to his entry on the WW2 nominal roll, he was born on the 1st October 1906 in Melbourne, Australia. More specifically his birth registration index entry states that he was born in Carlton, Victoria.

His names all appear to be family names, but of course I can’t say for certain if this is the reason for the choice or whether it is just a coincidence.

William from his father William Joseph Henry BATEMAN
Thomas from his maternal grandfather Thomas MCCONACHY
Henry from his paternal grandfather Henry BATEMAN

Dorothy Marguerite BATEMAN (born 1909)

WJH and Annie’s next child was a daughter, Dorothy Marguerite BATEMAN, born in 1909. Her birth registration index entry gives her place of birth as Port Melbourne, Victoria.

The name Dorothy probably comes from WJH’s mother Dorothy Isabella BATEMAN (nee KINGHORN), but I have no idea where the name Marguerite comes from.

Reginald Graham BATEMAN (born c1913)

The third child was another son, Reginald Graham BATEMAN who was born around 1913. I don’t have his exact date or year of birth because the online indexes don’t cover 1913 yet. The information I have comes from the fact that Reginald was 56 years old when he died in 1969.

Interestingly Reginald was the name of Annie’s first husband, but it is hard to believe that she would have named a son after her dead husband. The name Graham was the surname of WJH’s maternal grandmother, but possibly both connections are coincidences.

Australian Relations: Annie Clark MCCONACHY (her first marriage)

2 Aug

This is another article in a series of posts about William Joseph Henry BATEMAN, his family and their lives in Australia. This is an ongoing research project, I certainly don’t know all the details yet, so if you can help me fill in any details then please get in touch.

When William Joseph Henry (WJH) married in 1905 his wife was a widow, and she had one child from that previous marriage. Her married name was Annie Clark BULL and her maiden name was MCCONACHY.

Annie’s first marriage was to Reginald Ambrose BULL in Victoria, Australia in 1899. The same year also saw the registration of the birth of their son Sidney Ambrose BULL, although a declaration in his WW1 service record states that he was born on 15th November 1898, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Their brief marriage ended the following year when Reginald Ambrose BULL died. I don’t know the exact circumstances, only that his death was registered that year in Geelong, Victoria.

After Annie and WJH BATEMAN were married Sidney seems to have become part of the new family, and used the surname BATEMAN when he joined the Australian Infantry on the 27th December 1916.

Tragically Sidney was killed in action on the 3rd December 1917 in Belgium, around seven weeks after arriving in France and less than ten months after leaving Australia. He is buried in the Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Belgium. Fortunately none of WJH and Annie’s other children were old enough to serve during the First World War.

Australian Relations: William Joseph Henry BATEMAN (The Marriage: 1905)

30 Jul

This is the third in a series of articles about William Joseph Henry BATEMAN and his family from Australia. This is an ongoing research project and so far much of the research is based on index entries and is unverified, if you have more information or corrections then please get in touch.

On the 22nd April 1905 William Joseph Henry (WJH) BATEMAN (aged 23) married Annie Clark BULL (aged 24). The ceremony took place at the Parsonage, Yarra Street, Geelong, Victoria, Australia and was performed by William Williams, a Methodist Minister.

The digital copy of the marriage registration is not very clear and slightly tricky to read, but for someone used to English marriage certificates it potentially provides much more detail. Instead of just a father’s name, it also includes the mother’s maiden name. It also gives place of birth for the bride and groom and their present residence and their usual residence.

WJH is shown as a seaman, living on the HMS Katoomba, Annie’s residence is not easy to make out except that it was in Geelong, neither is her place of birth, somewhere in Victoria but that is all I can work out.

WJH’s parents are correctly shown as Henry BATEMAN and Dorothy KINGHORN, and Henry’s profession is given as coachman, which agrees with other sources. Annie’s parents are Thomas MCCONACHY (a restaurant keeper) and Elizabeth STEEL. This suggests that at the relatively young age of 24 years Annie was already a widow.

This is confirmed in the condition column, which also tells us that her previous husband died in 1900 and that she had one child surviving from that marriage.

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