The Whaite Family History

From Coddington to Sydney NSW via Manchester

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Harry in Australia

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Revised 18 November 2011


After they arrived in Melbourne at end of December 1884, Harry and Alice probably stayed there at least until September 1885, when their son Frederick was born at West Spencer Street.

Maybe it was about this time that Harry turned his hand to photography, which family stories say had been his occupation, before "Alicia Bool" i.e. Alice Blakeney lured him away to work in the theatre. He seems to have been the manager of St Georges Hall Photo Studio in Bourke St Melbourne, according to an undated "carte de visite" a sort of business card with Harry's photo on the front.

Alice had married her former dancing partner Michael Meagher at Fitzroy near Melbourne on 8 October 1891 and as her occupation was given as "Actress" maybe Alice could no longer care for her son Frederick aged 6. Around 1896, Alice and Michael went to live in Christchurch NZ, where Alice died in 1942 and Michael in 1946.

Carte de Visite c 1890


From Manchester Families

6.8 ex 5.5.4 Family of George WHAITE and Anne (Fisher)

1b. Samuel John b 1855 Dukinfield Cheshire known post 1879 as John Harry "Harry" d 22 Mar 1931.2233* entry 448 Ashton Park NSW Australia Cause: Cyanide Poisoning Self Administered while temporarily mentally deranged Inquest 10 Apr 1931 crem 25 Mar 1931 Rookwood Informant Eric L Morris brother-in-law "Oxley" Tamworth Retired Scenic Artist Probate 57774 of 1 June 1931 living 17 Park Pde Bondi.Sands Sydney Directory has entry 1897 at 23 Crown St as Henry Artist.. Death Notice Sydney Morning Herald 24 March 1931 "Death (suddenly) at Mosman of Harry Whaite, beloved husband of DC Whaite of 15 Park Pde Bondi Funeral Notice Wednesdays paper". Funeral Notice SMH 25 Mar 1931 "Funeral will take place 9.30am at Wood Coffil, then proceed to Rookwood Crem by road" another notice "Members of UOF Gladstone Lodge 157 and of sister lodges are invited to attend funeral of brother Harry Whaite at Wood Coffill ." As Harold Waite on DC Alice Meagher below & Alice (Blakeney) b 31 May 1859 Cleveland St reg Sep Qtr 1859 Wolverhampton Staffs 6b.574* no record of m 3 Feb 1879 St Johns Church Wolverhampton Staffs [age 15 years DC 1942]; shown as Alicia Bool on MC son Frederick 1911; Alicia Boule DC son Frederick 1964 see 7A.12

Passenger List "S S Kildare": Harry Whaite Labourer 23 & Alice [Mrs Whaite] 21 Steerage Destination Melbourne arrived 22 Dec 1884

Alice Blakeney b 1859 Wolverhampton England d 1 Dec 1942.1892* Public Hospital Christchurch NZ Cause: Malignant Cachesia Carcinoma Cervix 12 months age 81 years bu 3 Dec 1942 Bromley Cem New Brighton NZ Block 1A Row F No 94 Headstone says " Alice wife of Michael P J Meagher d 1 Dec 1942" Actress m by License 8 Oct 1891.8306* United Methodist Free Ch 215 George St Fitzroy Vic age 28 years (Witnesses: Alicia Turner, Hannah Smith) both of Fitzroy Michael Patrick John MEAGHER age 29 years b 1857 - 1862 Cork Ireland commonly known as MPJ Maher d 7 Apr 1946 .444* Nazareth House Brougham St C'church NZ Cause: Myocarditis 3 weeks age 89 years bu 9 Apr RC Cem Bromley NZ Actor 1891, Labourer NO ISSUE

?? Michael J P Meagher arrived ? Melbourne Vic Dec 1886 on "Austral" Fiche 476.5/16 Unassisted Shipping.Both went to NZ c 1896


Wise's Post Office Directory Christchurch NZ 1933 Alice Meagher Dealer, 1935 Michael Shop Assist and Alice Meagher both living 6 Ferry St Sydenham, 1938 both living 64 Coleridge St Sydenham, 1943 Michael Meagher living 64 Coleridge St Sydenham

All Australian generations are shown by “A” after their number

7A.12a ex 6.8.1b Family of John Harry WHAITE and Alice (Blakeney)

1. George b 29 June 1882 entry 47 at 93 Hatherton St Walsall reg Sep qtr 6b.694* Staffs [Father shown as John Harry Artist] Informant A Whaite Mother d Sep qtr 1882 Walsall 6b.376 age 0 NO ISSUE

2. George b Feb 1884 reg June qtr 1884 Walsall 6b.741 d 27 Oct 1884 at sea on SS "Kildare" [2 days after boat left Plymouth] reg 15 Dec 1884.2043* Hobart Tas Australia age 8 months Informant: Master of S S Kildare [only details say "Parents passengers on S S Kildare"] NO ISSUE

3.Frederick Henry b 26 Sept at 161 Spencer St West Melbourne Vic reg 15 Dec 1885.3690* Sydney NSW by Declaration of Mother living Picton Arms Hotel Campbell St. [Alice had arrived in Sydney on 11 Dec 1885 on "Gunya"] d as F Harry 16 Oct 1964.5444* Sutherland District Hospital Caringbah reg Sydney Cause: Gastro Enteritis days Mitral Incompetence years Congestive Cardiac Failure years [F Harry M Alicia Boule] age 78 years crem 19 October 1964 Northern Subs Crem NSW late of 5/55 Ewos Parade Cronulla Informant R Whaite son; Probate 1965/585002 NSW Musician m 5 June 1911.5121* entry 113 residence of Rev Victor Clark-Duff Cessnock (Witnesses: Jean Stevens, Lilly Bussell) Lilian May (Stevens) b 17 Feb 1886.25787 Maitland d as Lillian May 15 May 1962.14480* entry 321 Metal Hospital Rydalmere late of Unit 5 Huntingdale Court Ewos Parade Cronulla reg Chatswood [F Charles Stevens Furniture Mfrer] Cause: Auricular Fibrillation years, Myocardial Degeneration years, Cerebral Thrombosis years crem 17 May 1962 Northern Suburbs Crem Informant Jas Carlton Manager Mental Hospital Rydalmere