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Walter Carter Pty Ltd - Funeral Directors Records 1887-1922

Walter Carter Pty Ltd – Funeral Directors

Our society has indexed the Funeral Books of Walter Carter Pty Ltd which commence in 1887. This was an interesting though sad exercise. A typical week in 1898 listed seven burials being performed, three of these were stillborn children and another was only 12 days old. Most of these early burials were at Waverley Cemetery. The indexes of Registers 1887- 1895 (one microfiche), 1896-1912 ( two microfiche) and 1913-1922 (two microfiche) are available for purchase. (See publications page) Researchers can contact the society for additional information to that listed on the indexes. Where did your ancestor die? Who gave the information? Could your relatives afford to pay for an Italian, white Sateen or plain black linen shroud? How many horses and carriages were used? FUNERAL PRICES: At the turn of the century the average price for a gravesite was 10/- and a complete funeral £2/10/-. Wages at that time were approximately 10/- per week. Today the cost of a gravesite is about $1,000 and a simple funeral from $2,000 to $3,000. Based on an average wage today of $600 per week, the cost of a funeral has kept pace with the increase in wages. The train ride was free! George Ernest CLIFT, aged 59 years, died in St Vincents Hospital on 4 Nov 1916. He was “sent away to Orange by 8.55pm train, Sunday 5th.” Although the removal costs were £11/10/- “No charge was made by Railway as he was an Engine Driver”.


Maroubra and District Memories

This book is a companion volume to our 2007 publication Maroubra and District Pioneers Register Pre 1945. When publishing this register an unexpected outcome was that many contributors also submitted interesting stories containing personal memories, photographs and recollections of life in our local area in the early years of its development. The committee of CBFHS Inc decided that as this type of information is not generally found in official records, these stories were also worthy of publication. It was recognised that quite a number of people who were born, lived or grew up in the area were now at least 70 years old and this was a unique opportunity to preserve their personal memories.Further submissions were then called for with much interest from the community. As the stories submitted are reliant upon the memories of the individual contributors, Cape Banks FHS Inc makes no assurance that the information contained in this book is entirely accurate. Special thanks to our many contributors without whom this book would not have been possible. We are sure the stories will be a trip down memory lane for our readers and recall many happy memories for those who have lived and those who continue to reside in the area.


Blythswood Private School 1906-1951 - Randwick

In April 1906 the Misses Maud and Ida Bloomfield opened a small private school at “Blythswood” in Orange Street Randwick (now 63 Gilderthorpe Avenue). The school closed in 1951. We have indexed all pupils who attended during this time. Enrolment fluctuated over the years – the highest being 70 pupils in 1927. Among the hundreds of names on the pages of the roll books are those of people from all walks of life such as Alan Butement (1912), a pioneer in the field of radar, Bill Elworthy (1915-1918), who lost his life photographing a volcano in Ratam, Harold Martin (1923-1925), a member of R.A.F. 617 Squadron — “The Dam Busters”, George Clarke (1936-1939), the architect and town planner credited with the idea of Martin Place Plaza in Sydney and Pat Condon (1940-1944) the Australian impresario.


Maroubra and District Pioneer Register Pre 1945

The idea for producing this publication beagn about 2 years ago when two of our founding members were talking about the people they remembered from the district. A committee, led by theses two members, planned and coordinated the collection, compilation and editing of the biographical information necessary for the publication. This publication contains 608 entries from 284 submitters. The book contains a shapshot of Maroubra and District at a time when the population in the area was experiencing rapid growth. The entries provide biographical and social information for researchers both now and in the future. The publication covers the suburbs south of Gardners Road and Rainbow Street including Daceyville, Kingsford, Pagewood, Matraville, Malabar, Yarra Bay, Little Bay and La Perouse.


Walter Carter Pty Ltd - Funeral Directors Records 1887-1922

Walter CARTER himself died 31 May 1914 in his 62nd year at Shibden-Dale, York Road, Waverley. Naturally, he was given a funeral at no cost apart from the charges for newspaper notices of £1/12/6.

A WEDDING CARRIAGE SUPPLIED! On 8 March 1913 W. J. Brown, c/- Mr Angus of “Peri” Orange Street, Randwick hired a wedding carrigage for £1/2/6. We wonder if it was a black funeral carriage!

THE DOCTOR WHO DIED! On 29 July 1917, Dr William James BARKASdied whilst attending a patient”.

Julia ATKINS who died aged 67 years on 16 September 1913 at Sydney Hospital was “sent away by the 3.50 pm train to the Hawkesbury”. She was buried at Mangrove Cemetery, her coffin galvanised lined with a glass panel on the lid.

The twins who died … Harry and Hilda CARTER The twins died on 12 November 1892. Harry lived for 5 hours, Hilda for 7 hours.

Taken by boat … Charlotte DALTON Charlotte Dalton, aged 83 yrs, died 22 November 1892 at 103 Cameron Street, Paddington. She was taken to St Thomas Cemetery, North Shore. The boat fare was 6/-.

A Sad Funeral … Ernest Arthur STERLAND Baby Ernest, who died 9 December 1892 aged 6 months 3 weeks was obviously much loved. He was ‘brought in their buggy from Nth Ryde … taken from our shop to Waverley Cemetery …coffin with best upholstery’

Reburied after 32 years … Marie DORHAUER Marie Dorhauer, aged 57 when she died on 10 February 1878, was reburied at 7.30 am on 30 June 1910. Unfortunately, the reason for her reburial is not noted in the records.

A Different Funeral … Mr W J VINDIN Sunday 24th August 1901 ‘Met Melbourne Express at Redfern and received lead and oak coffin containing the body of Mr. W.J. Vindin from Albury, removed it in our hearse to Rev. H.C. Vindin’s, and at night after service took it into church (St. Stephens) and on Monday morning 26th removed it to Redfern Station for Richmond Church of England Cemetery’. The funeral of Mr W J Vindin cost £6/10/-.

Another interesting funeral … The Hon Ebenezer VICKERY The Hon Ebenezer Vickery MLC died in Leeds, England on 20 August 1906. His body was returned to Australia on the “Orontes” and after a service at the Methodist Church, Bondi Junction he was buried at Waverley Cemetery on October 20th. His funeral was lavish, with a ‘Four Horse Hearse and Eight Carriages also a Flower Carriage’. The family rode in a Landau drawn by a pair of bay horses. The funeral of Ebenezer Vickery cost £49/9/6.

“Topsy” who died at the age of eight … Agnes Amanda CARR Agnes Carr, the daughter of Edward J Carr, was also known as “Topsy”. Eight year old “Topsy” died 17 June 1910 and was buried, dressed in white, in 4’3″ long white coffin. The family lived at 19 West Street, Paddington.

Victor Thomas TRUMPER, the famous cricketer, died aged 31 years at St Vincents Private Hospital on 28 June 1915. He was removed to “Auckland” Help Street, Chatswood and then taken to Waverley Cemetery for burial on 30 June. He had a large funeral, with a four horse hearse, four carriages and a flower carriage.

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