1821 Info 11a for Caleb Crompton
William and Frances Emily Blackman and their children



Frances Emily CROMPTON

b.1852, Victoria
m.1872, Victoria 2005/1872
d.1923, E[lstern]wick, Vic[toria] 14658/1923
Age at death given as 70.
Frances Emily's marriage certificate gives Daisy Hill as her place of birth, which must have been Caleb and Fanny's residence in 1852, two years before Caleb died. Daisy Hill is 50km from Miners Rest and is south of Maryborough.

Right: Map locating Daisy Hill in  relationship to Bald Hills and Ballarat

Over time several areas have been known as Daisy Hill, originally naed after the Yam Daisy, which grew prolifically until destroyed by grazing. Locations include: where shepherd Tomas Chapman found gold in 1849 on the Glenmona run; Pollock's Lane where the police camp was established, now Amherst.
  Map locating Daisy Hill - 48 jpg

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William BLACKMAN and Frances' marriage

SCHEDULE D.
1872 Marriages solemnized in the District of Creswick
No.
on
Reg.
When and Where Married. Name and Surname of the Parties Condition of the Parties Birth Place
Bachelor or Spinster Children by each
former Marriage.
Living. Dead.
41 April 24th 1872
Bald Hills
Creswick
William Blackman

Frances Emily Crompton
Bachelor

Spinster

 

 
Kent, England
Daisy Hill, Victoria
I Robert Kennedy being Presbyterian Minister, Creswick do herby certify that I have this day, at Bald Hills, Creswick duly celebrated Marriage between  William Blackman of Miners Rest Farm Servant and
Frances Emily Crompton of Bald Hills, Creswick
after Notices and Declarations duly made and published as by law require (and with the written consent of)  the mother of the bride

           Dated this twenty fourth day of April 1872
                                   Signature of Minister, Registrar General or other Officer
   R Kennedy

SCHEDULE D.
in the Colony of

Victoria

 
Rank or Profession Age Residence Parents
  Present Usual. Names.
(Mother's Maiden Name.)
Father's Rank or Profession.
Farm Servant


General Servant
27


20
Miners Rest

Bald Hills
Miners Rest

Bald Hills
John Blackman  &
Charlotte Clackstone
Caleb Crompton
Frances Louisa Lombe
Labourer


Storekeeper
Marriage by Licence                        , was solemnized between us    { William Blackman
according to the  rites of the Presbyterian Church                   { Frances Emily Crompton
{ Donald MacDonald
Witness { Madeline MacDonald

Frances Emily was born in Daisy Hill some 50km north of Miners Rest, on the central goldfields strike of 1852 and closer to Maryborough. This suggest Caleb was living here as a storekeeper two years before his death. Bald Hills, Sulky, and Daisy Hill, are all rural 'areas' rather than towns. At the time William BLACKMAN was working on a farm and probably had the use of a farmer's cottage to live in. The marriage certificate states that the ceremony was at Bald Hills, Creswick. Creswick is only a couple of miles from that town, so that would have been their usual place of trade/shopping etc. There is no mention of a church, although the Presbyterian Minister of reswick officiated at a property. Or was there a church close to Bald Hills at the time?

Francis' marriage (Vic BMD 2005/1872) was 18 years after Caleb's death and 10 years after Frances Louisa married William BROWN. Was she still living with her mother and step-father at the time? Could William BROWN. have moved from one location to another? This now begs the question as to whether William BROWN, a carpenter on his marriage certificate, and Frances Louisa, originally lived in the same area.

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Ballarat Courier 06 April 1872 banner - 15kB jpg
Ballarat Courier 06 April 1872 - 25kB jpg   Left: Frances CROMPTON-BROWN's notice in Ballarat Courier 06 April 1872 indicating her displease at her daughter marrying William BLACKMAN.  It is interesting to note that the underage Frances Emily is referred to as Emily. On her burial record she is Emily Frances.



Right: Frances Emily Blackman in married life Source: Neil Mason
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Frances' death

The Official Burial Book of Dowling Forest Cemetery (the cemetery for Miners Rest) records:

Surname First name When buried Age Plot
BLACKMAN Emily Frances  Res. Elsternwick  C/E married bur 11 Dec 1923 71  
Jack [Little Jack]      
John d. Ballarat, Caretaker bur           1931 85 1-8
John  Res. Miners Rest  C/E ?Jack bur 16 Jan 1883 10 1-8
Leslie   A.I.F.  Killed in France                  1916    

Note: The transposition of Frances forenames and that she returned to Miners Rest for her burial. If it is assumed that John BLACKMAN is William's brother and since it is known that William came from Kent then some tentative deductions can be made. However, William died in 1931.

THIRD SCHEDULE
            DEATHS in the District of Elsternwick in the State
No. DESCRIPTION (1)Cause of death
(2)Duration of last illness
(3)Legally qualified Medical Practitioner
(4)When he last saw the Deceased
Name and Surname of Father and Mother (Maiden name if known), with Occupation
Where and
When Died
Name and Surname
Occupation
Sex and Age
2
0
4
8
9th December1923
53 Cole Street
ElsternwickUA
12 Baird Street,
Ballarat
City of Brighton
Frances Emily
Blackman
'Wife'
Female
70 years
(1) Aortic Regurgitation of Heart Syncope
(2) 1 week
(3) ?G Reid MD
(4) 9th December 1923
 Caleb Crompton
'Hotel keeper'

Frances Louisa Crompton (maiden name not known)
THIRD SCHEDULE
of Victoria Register by     Susanna Jan(m)es
Signature,
Description and
Residence of Informant
(1) Signature of Registrar
(2) Date and
(3) Where Registered
IF BURIAL REGISTERED Where Born
and how long in the
Australian States,
stating which
IF DECEASED WAS MARRIED
When and where buried
Undertaker by
whom certified
Name and Reli-
gion of Minister
or Name of Wit-
nesses of Burial
(1) Where and what
(2) Age and to
(3)Whom
Issue,
in order of Birth,
the
Names and Ages.
?
Padbury
Authorised Agent
Box Hill
(1) Ethel F Siddall
(2) 10th December
1923
(3) Elsterwick
11th December
1923
Dowling Forest
Cemetery
Douglas Barnes
F W Bauer





T Magee
Daisy Hill
Victoria
70 years
in
Victoria
(1) Bald Hills
Victoria
(2) 20
(3) William Blackman (Deceased)
John deceased
Emily46
Louisa Charlotte
44
William Henry
42
Mabel Frances
40
Leslie Crompton (Deceased)
Ida May 36
Walter John Thomas 35
Lyle Aubrey 33
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Right: The Dowling Forest Cemetery register shows that the body of Frances Emily was brought from Cole Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne for burial in a common grave at 12 o'clock, on 11 December 1923.

Her name is implied at the beginning of the headstone on the family grave.

She was a member of the Church of England buried in grave 8, of Section 1 by Rev BH Dewhurst. Frances Emily died of senile decay at the age of 71.

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Frances Emily BLACKMAN died on either 09 or 11 December 1923 in Elsterwick aged 70 (Vic BMD 14685/1923).


Frances Emily CROMPTON's family grave in Dowling Forest Cemetery

Blackman family grave, Dowling Forest 2015 - 50Kb jpg


Left: The BLACKMAN headstone, Dowling Forest Cemetery. Several brass letters have fallen off since the visit of January 2005 Author: November 2015

The headstone reads:
In
Loving memory
OF OUR DEAR
MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER
AND LITTLE JACK
ALSO LESLIE A.I.F.
KILLED IN FRANCE (sic) 1916
AND GRANDFATHER
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Right: The BLACKMAN family grave in Dowling Forest Cemetery, . Family flowers and cards protected from the wind. Author: November 2015 The Blackman 
 family grave 2015 - 65kB jpg
12 Baird Street, Ballarat, November 2015 - 49kB jpg Left: 12 Baird Street, Ballarat, the family home and described as Frances' usual address on her death certificate Author: November 2015

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Their children

John BLACKMAN (Little Jack) - William and Frances' first child

Little Jack, their first child, was born in Miners Rest in 1873 (Vic BMD 4425/1873) and died at Miners Rest of appendicitis aged nine years. (Vic BMD 2599/1883)

William Blackman - John and Charlotte BLACKMAN's second child

Two of John and Charlotte's children recorded as:

Source: GRO Births
Blackman William  2nd Quarter 1844  Medway    vol.5 page 354 
Blackman George   2nd Quarter 1846  Dartford  vol.5 page  94

From 1837 the district of Bromley spanned the boundaries of Beckenham, Bromley, Chislehurst, Orpington, Penge and Sidcup in Kent.

William Blackman's GRO entry - 115Kb jpg
Above: William BLACKMAN's GRO birth entry for the third quarter of 1844
William Blackman's baptism - 36kB jpg Though christened in Wilmington it appears that William BLACKMAN was registered in the district of Medway, which comprises of the towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Grange, Lidsing and Rochester. Wilmington is in the registration district of Dartford.

Left: William BLACKMAN's baptism record of 13 October 1844 from Wilmington showing his father, John, to be a labourer

William BLACKMAN and his brother George are believed to have emigrated, from Howbury Farm, Slades Green arriving in Australia on 24 August 1863 aboard the 1003 tons clipper Whirlwind on the Australia run. William settled at Miners Rest, north of Ballarat, married and raised a large family.

William died in Ballarat aged 86 on 23 June1931 (Vic BMD 3760/1931).  The Sub News-Pictorial of Wednesday 24 June 1931 reported his death was due 'to burns to his face and chest caused by a candle accidentally setting fire to his clothes.'


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Emily BLACKMAN - William and Frances' second child

Emily was born in Miners Rest on 21 April 1873 (Vic BMD 10781/1874). Emily lived in Ballarat and looked after William when he retired from the Miner's Rest farm. She married Joseph COX when she was 59 8/12 years old and they had 27 years together (Vic BMD 10016/1932). She was deaf following complication from measles acquired early in her career, while teaching at a country school.

The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, which started 1903 and is available in Ancestry, give the family home and occupation as

In 1909 Emily had moved to a new school where she remained until the roll of 1915

when she had moved back to her family in Ballarat.

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 709 Macarthur Street, Ballarat - Author: November 2015 
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By November 2015 709 Macarthur Street had been demolished, to be replaced by Bunnings of Ballarat. Photos 2 and 3 are given as typical of the street and adjacent to 709.

1. 709 Macarthur Street 2. 705 Macarthur Street 3. 801 Macarthur Street
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709 MacArthur Ballarat 2015 - 24kB jpg 709 MacArthur Ballarat 2015 - 24kB jpg 705 MacArthur Ballarat 2015 - 56kB jpg 705 MacArthuar Ballarat 2015 - 56kB jpg 801 MacArthur Ballarat 2015 - 35kB jpg 801 MacArthur Ballarat 2015 - 35kB jpg

Around 1920 the family and Emily had moved to 12 Baird Street where she stayed until her marriage.

In 1924 Lyle and Vida had moved to their own home. Emily remained at Baird Street, looking after her father William, described as of 'independent means'. In 1931 William is no longer recorded. When Emily married Joseph COX in 1933, she had retired and moved to

where she remained until the final Electoral Register in 1954.

Emily died on 24 December 1960 in Ballarat aged 86 (Vic BMD 35085/1960).


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Louisa Charlotte BLACKMAN - William and Frances' third child

Louisa was born on 06 October 1875 at Miners Rest (Vic BMD 24648/1875). Louisa married William James WINES, born Pyalong, Victoria on 26 October 1868, at Kalgoorlie Wesley Methodist Church, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on 1st January 1904. The witness was was E. WINES and the Minister R. DUNSTAN. Their home addresses was given as Ballarat. William WINES was born in Boulder WA to George, a farmer, and Jane n? MURRAY. William must have been following the gold.
Outback Family History, State Library of Western Australia (Accessed: 13 October 2015)

Later the couple lived at Middle Park, Melbourne. The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, which started 1903 and is available in Ancestry, give the family home and occupation as

Right: 186 Wittenoom Street, Kalgoorlie, James Crompton July 2015

For Louise Charlotte and William in 1904, it would have been ship to Perth and train to Kalgoorlie.

Between 1909 and 1910 there was a change of address and confirmation of William's occupation
186 Wittenoom Street, Kalgoorlie, July 2015 - 33kB jpg

At some time between the 1913 and 1914 Roll the couple returned to Melbourne where they remained in the same house and same occupation until the last register entry in 1949. His brother- in-law, Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN was also employed by the Melbourne Gas Company.

In 1931 they were joined on the Electoral Roll by two daughters

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Hoverbox Photo Gallery -141 Ashworth Street, Middle Park -  Author: November 2015
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1. Ashworth Street finger post 2. Front elevation 3. Front and side elevation
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In December 1988 the property was sold for A$190K and increase of A$63K in 21 months. The median price in January 2019 is estimated to be A$2.72 million as a three bed property with bath and garage.

By 1934 Hazel Jean had left home but Louisa and William were joined by their third daughter

who had left home in 1943. In 1949 the couple were at home together.

Louisa Charlotte died on 31 November 1961 in the Surrey Hills aged 86 (Vic BMD 21701/1961). William James, died in Heatherton on 02 April 1957 aged 78 (Vic BMD 4256/1957).

Right: Louisa Wines headstone in Springvale Botanical Cemetery Source: Paulwuzhere

  Louisa Wines headstone - 58kB jpg
     
     

 


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William Henry (Harry) BLACKMAN - William and Frances' fourth child

William Henry BLACKMAN's his life and family has its own Information Sheet.

The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, started 1903 and available in Ancestry, give Tom and Margaret Daisy's home and occupation as

where they lived until Daisy's death.

In the 1921 Roll William Henry had married Elizabeth Keziah, whilst living in the same house

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 6 Finlay Street, Albert Park - Author: November 2015
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1. Original front elevation 2. Side elevation and Fussett Lane Street 3. Side elevation with modernisation
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6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 42kB jpg 6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 42kB jpg 6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 33kB jpg 6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 33kB jpg 6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 31kB jpg 6 Finlay Street Albert Park Melbourne - 31kB jpg

In 2019 the estimated value of this property is between A$1.35m and A$2m as two bed two shower and double garage.

In 1926 William Henry change jobs to become a gas fitter, his final employment. He and Elizabeth Keziah lived at:

The couple had moved house in the 1934 and 1937 Roll gaving a home to Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN, his son by his first marriage

Right: William Henry Blackman's home at 63 Dundas Place, in Albert Park

Source: Blacker's scrapbook (Accessed:11 July 2020)
William Henry Blackman 63 Dundas Place - 32kB jpg

1937 was the last record of William Henry but, on his death, Bess moved to


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Mabel BLACKMAN - William and Frances' fifth child

Mabel became Mrs PEARSON. This is a different Pearson from the Cox/Pearson of 1821info5a. She was born on 30 April 1881 at Miners Rest  (Vic BMD 11028/1881). On 06 April 1912 she married Otto Oliver Pearson (Vic BMD 2955/1912)  who was the son of Sarah Ann CHICWOOD and John Francis William PEARSON.

The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, started 1903 and available in Ancestry, give Mabel and Oliver's home and occupation as

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 35 Hambleton Street, Albert Park - Author: November 2015
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In 2015 35 Hambleton Street has been redeveloped into a two storey building.

In 1917 the couple moved and Oliver changed his occupation for a short period

Another move and change of occupation followed in 1917

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 36 Neptune Street, Richmond - Author: November 2015
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1. 36 Neptune Street front elevation 2. 32 and 34 Neptune Street showing a different style 3. Down Neptune Street facing the Kia/Paterson site
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In August 2017 plans were submitted to convert the Kia/Paterson site to four office buildings between three and nine storeys. Building 'B', the 'power station building along Neptune Street, the late 1800's Alcock?s Electric Light and Motive Power Co building, will be restored and internally reconfigured to accommodate co-working office space. In 1981 the property was sold for A$37,000 and in 2019 it was estimated to be worth in the range A$875,000 to A$1.15M.

And finally to

Mabel Frances PEARSON died on 09 May 1961 aged 80 at Oakleigh South (Vic BMD 7691/1961). Oliver Otto died on 27 November 1972 in Melbourne South aged 86 (Vic BMD 27861/1972)


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Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN - William and Frances' sixth child

Leslie Crompton BLACKMAN's war and death in Belgium has its own Information Sheet.


Ida May BLACKMAN - William and Frances' seventh child

Ida May was born on 22 November 1886 at Miners Rest (Vic BMD 28126/1886). On 14 November 1911 she married Nelson Frederick WELLINGTON who was born on 04 April 1889 in Ballarat East (Vic BMD 9210/1889) the son of Minnie Elizabeth SMITH and Nelson WELLINGTON.

The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, started 1903 and available in Ancestry, give Nelson Frederick's living with his parents and his occupation as:

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 13 (709) Laurie Street, Ballarat - Author: November 2015
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In 2016, this three bed, one shower and one garage property was bought for A$346,000.

When Nelson married Ida May and became Shire Secretary they lived at Orbost through his war service

In 1916, Ida May had moved to live with her sister-in-law, Mabel Frances BLACKMAN/PEARSON, where she stayed until the 1919 Roll

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - 105 Neville Street, Middle Park - Author: November 2015
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In 1986 the property sold for A$145,000 - three bedrooms, one bathroom and no garage. (2019 valued +A$3.1M)

In 1919, Ida May is also recorded as living at

perhaps before Nelson returned from war service, when he became a horticulturalist in Mebein, on the New South Wales border, with Ida May.

The 1927 Roll shows that Nelson had again entered the local civil service as town clerk of Monee Ponds. At first the couple lived in a hotel:

before moving to

57 Aberfield Road, Moonee Ponds - 62kB jpg Left: 57 Aberfeldie Street, Moonee Ponds. In 1999 the property was sold for A$432,000 and in 2019 it was estimated to be worth in the range A$1.25M to A$ 2.1M. Author: November 2015

and then

23 Learmonth Street, Moonee Ponds - 40kBjpg Left: 23 Learmonth Street, Moonee Ponds, where Ida and Nelson were registered through out the war. The gate post records the name Kiandra and the date 1887. Kiandra is the location of an abandoned gold mining town in the Snowy Mountains of NSW and was, for a century, Australia's highest town. Author: November 2015

Ida May again returns to the city and is registered at Austin Hospital, along with her third child, Lesley Joan, know as 'Micky'.

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The last entry shows they were both back living in a hotel

1 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds - 42kB jpg Left: The Wellingtons lived in the flat above the shops at 1 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds in the very centre of the town and 'across the road' from the Shire Building. Author: November 2015
Ida May BLACKMAN, was very talented musically and learnt the piano, singing, and elocution ? now called speech and drama. She won many prizes for elocution at competitions and alter during my primary school years in Mildura performed publicly at concerts. Her star turn was a musical monologue.

Source: Wellington Pat, 'Memories 1913-1954', Clifton Press, Kensington, Victoria, 2007, page 1

In 1911 Ida married Nelson Frederick WELLINGTON who was commissioned Captain and awarded the Military Cross, with 21st Battalion, 1st AIF in World War 1. In the Second World War he attained the rank of Lieut. Colonel when he formed the 2/2 Pioneers and was awarded the DSO for service in Syria, where he was wounded. He later served as a full colonel on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur, in the Pacific War.

Ida May died on 16 October 1964 aged 77 in Dandenong (Vic BMD 22619/1964). Nelson Frederick died on 24 August 1952 in Dandenong aged 63 (Vic BMD 20814/1963).

Right: Ida May Pearson's headstone at Springvale Botanical Cemetery Source: Poppanoo
  Ida May Pearson's headstone - 28kB jpg

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Walter John Thomas (Tom) BLACKMAN - William and Frances' eighth child

Tom was born on 22 December 1887 at Miners Rest (Vic BMD 5026/1888).

The Federal Australian Electoral Roll, started 1903 and available in Ancestry, give Tom's home and occupation as

In 1915 and 1917 Tom is recorded, despite being at war, as a secondary school teacher in Ironbank.

There are no further records.

Whilst serving with the 2nd Field Ambulance, Walter received a field commission to 55th Battalion as Second Lieutenant. He saw his first action at Polygon Wood when 55th Battalion attacked the German defences. Thomas suffered from 'shell shock' when buried alive by either German shells or British fall shorts, and was transferred to England for treatment, but did not respond. He returned to Australia labeled 'insane'.

Thomas's health never recovered and he spent the rest of his life at Mont Park Hospital in Melbourne. My family visited him regularly over many years. We would take him out for a drive and have a picnic lunch or afternoon tea. He was a very dignified and polite man and seemed fairly normal when he was out with us until it was time to return to the hospital. Then he would ask my Father to take him to athletic training as he was preparing for the Stawell Gift. As a young man he had been a good athlete with an ambition to compete in this race. It was this obsession and many other problems that prevented him from ever leaving institutional care. Every visit would leave my Mother upset for days. Source: ibid, page 9
'Tom is certainly Walter John Thomas. He was always known as " Uncle Tom" to us. He visited us a couple of times when we were children, always in a suit and hat and he always brought a bag of lollies for us. Marion Brown, mum's sister, took him out for trips now and then.
I remember Uncle Tom (as he was known) as a young girl when I was living in Point Lonsdale. He came to visit a couple of times with my aunt and uncle, who took him on outings. He always looked dapper in a suit and tie and usually a hat, and he brought us lollies. He was a very dearly loved man who lived most of his life at Mont Park because of his health [caused by] WW1 shell shocked. On his death certificate, it apparently had "insane" or something like that, [This is likely to be his service record where 'insane' and other phrases are used to describe his condition.] and my aunt fought for many years to have the certificate changed to "war injuries", which was the correct cause of death.
She succeeded in her endeavours through much letter writing to state and governments. He was an intelligent man before his war service, a school teacher, cricketer, Sunday school teacher and good citizen. My aunt had told me about Polygon Wood in France [sic] and that he was injured there. On the e-mail from the DVA person, he has WJT's birth date as 1/1/1888, I have it as 22/12/1888.Source: Heather Schoffelen by email

After the war Tom was admitted to Bundoora/Mont Park Psychiatric Hospital where he died 28 November 1967 (Vic BMD 28224/1967). He was cremated at Springvale Cemetery. A plaque is at the Springdale Australian War Graves site.

The Commonwealth Government identified Bundoora Park estate, an 1899 Queen Anne style federation mansion and its grounds, as a suitable site for a convalescent farm for the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen suffering psychiatric and behavioural disorders as a result of their military service. In 1924, the site became a repatriation mental hospital and was the first psychiatric facility established in Victoria to provide on-going care and rehabilitation for veterans with an accepted psychiatric illness due to their war service.

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WJT Blackman's memorial Springvale Cemetery -33kB jpg Left: WJT BLACKMAN's memorial Springvale Cemetery, Melbourne Author: November 2015

Lyle Aubrey BLACKMAN, William and Frances' ninth child, in war and peace

Lyle Aubrey BLACKMAN has his own Information Sheet.


BLACKMANs remembered at The Victoria State Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

Introductory page, The Victoria State Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne - Kb jpg
Above: One volume of The Book of Remembrance situated in The Shrine of Remembrance Crypt
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Blackman page, The Victoria State Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne - 56kB jpg Left: The Shrine of Remembrance page dedicated to JR BLACKMAN, L[C] BLACKMAN, LA BLACKMAN and WJT[homas] BLACKMAN, brothers and cousins. Author: November 2015

Hoverbox Photo Gallery - Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance - Author: November 2015
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1. The Shrine of Remembrance from St Kilda
2. The Shrine of Remembrance from south-west
3. The Wiper's statue
4. Simpson and donkey, The Shrine, Melbourne
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5. Looking towards the entrance
6. Looking towards the city
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