Family Tree Frog: Black Sheep Sunday

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25 April 1896, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 1

…this year I had a bit of a breakthrough using one of my favourite tools of late i.e. Trove . Well, it wasn't really a breakthrough - if anything, the discovery has just led to more questions. We're not quite sure when Walter and Kate got married, if at all. Let's go back a bit.  First of all, Kate married Alfred H Doe 4 April 1896 at the Congregational Church at Woollahra at the age of 24 according to the NSW BDM Index. I've just ordered the certificate.  Kerching. There is a marriage notice that you can see on Trove here . Kate and Alfred were granted a divorce in 1902, some six years later as per the notice in the Sydney Morning Herald here . What is interesting is that by that time Kate already had two children with Walter William Forfar and the twins (one of whom was my grandmother) were on the way. According to the eldest child's birth certificate Walter and Kate were married in 1897 in Perth Western Australia.  We have searched the index to BDM in WA with no success.  However there are advertisements appearing in the West Australian from July to September for a…

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DIVORCE COURT. (Before the Judge in Divorce, Mr. Justice Simpson.) MOTIONS.

22 May 1902, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 11

…a breakthrough - if anything, the discovery has just led to more questions. We're not quite sure when Walter and Kate got married, if at all. Let's go back a bit.  First of all, Kate married Alfred H Doe 4 April 1896 at the Congregational Church at Woollahra at the age of 24 according to the NSW BDM Index. I've just ordered the certificate.  Kerching. There is a marriage notice that you can see on Trove here . Kate and Alfred were granted a divorce in 1902, some six years later as per the notice in the Sydney Morning Herald here . What is interesting is that by that time Kate already had two children with Walter William Forfar and the twins (one of whom was my grandmother) were on the way. According to the eldest child's birth certificate Walter and Kate were married in 1897 in Perth Western Australia.  We have searched the index to BDM in WA with no success.  However there are advertisements appearing in the West Australian from July to September for a "girl, smart, at once, to mind baby and useful at Hawthorne, ....Mrs Forfar, Lincoln Street, Highgate Hill". But - just to keep you on…

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NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, March. 16. SUICIDE OF A CARRIER.

17 March 1905, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), page 6

…mother's maiden name is listed as Morrison on this certificate (???) and Walter's occupation is now Hotel Keeper.  Again, to keep you on your toes, the birth was registered in New South Wales in November! Walter is recorded as living at Richmond, NSW. Eighteen months later my grandmother and her twin sister were born 8 December 1902 at 23 Bedford Street Newtown.  Walter is now listed as a pastry cook.  Just over two years later, little Walter William Forfar was born in January 1905 but died only a couple of months later due to asphyxia - due to smothering by his father rolling on top of him in bed. Less than twelve months later, Kate herself died of premature confinement and syncope on New Year's eve at Denison Street Arncliffe.  Shortly after the children were placed into Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children by their father. And this is where the discovery comes in...just by changing my search terms i.e. from "Walter William Forfar" or "Kate Forfar" to "Mrs Forfar" I found this disturbing article. It becomes even more disturbing when Kate withdraws her allegations a couple of days later Kate would have been four or five months pregnant with baby Walter William…

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SHOCKING OUTRAGE. SENSATION AT NEWTOWN. A WOMAN BRUTALLY ASSAULTED BY A GANG OF LARRIKINS. A DESPERATE STRUGGLE.

5 September 1904, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), page 6

…years later, little Walter William Forfar was born in January 1905 but died only a couple of months later due to asphyxia - due to smothering by his father rolling on top of him in bed. Less than twelve months later, Kate herself died of premature confinement and syncope on New Year's eve at Denison Street Arncliffe.  Shortly after the children were placed into Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children by their father. And this is where the discovery comes in...just by changing my search terms i.e. from "Walter William Forfar" or "Kate Forfar" to "Mrs Forfar" I found this disturbing article. It becomes even more disturbing when Kate withdraws her allegations a couple of days later Kate would have been four or five months pregnant with baby Walter William at the time. Ernest would have been aged 4 and a half, Dorothy just three and the twins nearly two years old. I have tried to trace the steps of the locations mentioned in the newspaper article but street names must have changed over time.  It is difficult to work out what would have been Cooks River Road. I am interested that there was shopping on Saturday nights.  Does anyone know anything…

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INTERCOLONIAL NEWS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] New South Wales. SYDNEY, Friday.

9 September 1904, Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), page 2

…couple of months later due to asphyxia - due to smothering by his father rolling on top of him in bed. Less than twelve months later, Kate herself died of premature confinement and syncope on New Year's eve at Denison Street Arncliffe.  Shortly after the children were placed into Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children by their father. And this is where the discovery comes in...just by changing my search terms i.e. from "Walter William Forfar" or "Kate Forfar" to "Mrs Forfar" I found this disturbing article. It becomes even more disturbing when Kate withdraws her allegations a couple of days later Kate would have been four or five months pregnant with baby Walter William at the time. Ernest would have been aged 4 and a half, Dorothy just three and the twins nearly two years old. I have tried to trace the steps of the locations mentioned in the newspaper article but street names must have changed over time.  It is difficult to work out what would have been Cooks River Road. I am interested that there was shopping on Saturday nights.  Does anyone know anything about that? And of course, it all begs the question - what was the truth…