Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Trove Tuesday - Mary Agnes Morgan


Amy Houston from Branches, Leaves & Pollen suggested the great idea of a Trove Tuesday theme. 

Earlier this year I made a major, if rather confronting discovery in Trove.
  
We had always suspected that my great grandparents, Mary Agnes nee Morgan and John Adams were separated but it had never been spoken about.  
Earlier research of the Victorian electoral rolls has shown they weren't living at the same residence for many years.

Mary and John were found to be living in the Essendon - Kensington area of Melbourne in the early years of their marriage but just a few years after the birth of their last child in 1906, John was no longer around.  The last electoral roll I found them listed at the same residence was in 1909.  

Then the Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) became available in Trove. Wow, that set the ball rolling.  
To date I have found 16 articles spanning the years 1913 to 1918.

My grandmother was their second last child, born in 1905.  She and her younger brother were the children for whom their mother was seeking maintenance.  It is any wonder my grandmother never spoke much about her parents:

LAW COURTS. (1913, October 16). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 15. Retrieved August 28, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5806094

Another Adelaide newspaper had much the same article but with slight differences.

POLICE. (1913, October 16). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 5. Retrieved August 28, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59107621
"LAW COURTS." The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) 20 Oct 1913: 5. Web. 28 Aug 2012 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5806604.
"FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 15 Apr 1915: 6 Edition: Morning.. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74588438>.
"Flemington Police Court." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 29 Apr 1915: 2 Edition: Morning.. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74588587>.
"FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 11 Nov 1915: 6 Edition: Morning.. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74590791>.
"Tuesday, Noveber 28." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 30 Nov 1916: 3. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74600954>.
"FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 31 May 1917: 3 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74602661>.
"Arrears of Maintenance." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 22 Nov 1917: 2 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604381>.
"FLEMINGTON-POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 20 Dec 1917: 2 Edition: Morning.. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604660>.
"FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 17 Jan 1918: 2 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604859>.
"Tuesday, March 26." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 28 Mar 1918: 2 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74605514>.
"Tuesday, April 23." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 25 Apr 1918: 3 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74605757>.
"Arrears of Maintenance." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 23 May 1918: 6 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74606022>.
"FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 11 Jul 1918: 2 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74606540>.
"Tuesday, September 10." The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 12 Sep 1918: 3 Edition: Morning. Web. 28 Aug 2012 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74607127>.
I haven't yet found if my great grandfather ever served any jail time or if there was further news coverage at later dates.

Thank you Trove for such a wonderful resource.

3 comments:

  1. Wow indeed! That sounds like it was a very confronting find. We also have a wife deserter, but after reading her exploits in Trove, I believe it may have been in self-defence.

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    1. Yes there are 2 sides to every story Fi.

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  2. A wonderful wealth of information and no wonder the children's childhood was never discussed. Sad.

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