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Mavis and Bill Mitchell - their ancestors and descendants

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01 - 'Renshaw - What's in a Name? #1' - William Renshaw and Maria, nee Treadwell - the first generation, 1987
01 - "Renshaw - What's in a Name? #1" - William Renshaw and Maria, nee Treadwell - the first generation, 1987
It is a big document and will take a few minutes to load - but worth the wait.
In 1987, Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) compiled this family history of her great grand-parents, grandparents, parents, siblings and various uncles, aunties and cousins.
We have copied all this - biographical notes, photos and documents - into the profiles of the various individuals.  
 
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02 - 'Thorne - What's in a name? #2' - George Thorne and Alice, nee Irwin, their children and grandchildren.
02 - "Thorne - What's in a name? #2" - George Thorne and Alice, nee Irwin, their children and grandchildren.
In 1990, Mavis Mitchell (nee Renshaw) compiled this family history of her great grand-parents, grandparents, parents, siblings and various uncles, aunties and cousins.
We have copied all this - biographical notes, photos and documents - into the profiles of the various individuals.
 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 1 - The story of his life
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 1 - The story of his life
This was compiled for Bill's 70th birthday. It includes notes by Sir Charles Court.  
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 2 - family contributions, genealogy, education & letters
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 2 - family contributions, genealogy, education & letters
* Contributions: Bill's wife, children & grandchildren acknowledge Bill with drawings, stories and poems. This is well worth looking at.
* Genealogy:
* Education:
* Letters: There are 6 letters to newspapers here, and there are many more of Bill's letters in 'Dear Sir'. 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 3 - awards, military, references, cars, houses & cuttings
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 3 - awards, military, references, cars, houses & cuttings
* Awards:
* Military:
* References:
* Cars & houses:
* Cuttings: 
 
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03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 4 - poetry, interesting occasions & family photos
03 - Bill Mitchell - 'This Is Your Life' - part 4 - poetry, interesting occasions & family photos
* Poetry: There are 9 poems here, and many more in 'My Family & My Country'
* Events:
* Family photos:  
 
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04 - 'My Family & My Country' - Poetry of Bill Mitchell
04 - 'My Family & My Country' - Poetry of Bill Mitchell
Compiled by Mavis Mitchell after Bill's death in 1996. 
 
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05 - 'Dear Sir'
05 - 'Dear Sir'
A compilation of letters to the newspaper written by Bill Mitchell. This was produced in a bound copy by Mavis Mitchell in 1998 - a few years after his death. 
 
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06 - 'His Spirit Lives On'
06 - 'His Spirit Lives On'
A selection of memories and anecdotes by family members and others in memory of Bill Mitchell after his death in 1996  
 
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07 - 'We Shook The Family Tree Again' (Living Histories) by Mavis Mitchell in 2006
07 - 'We Shook The Family Tree Again' (Living Histories) by Mavis Mitchell in 2006
A second generation history of the descendants of William and Maria Renshaw, nee Treadwell.
It is 153 pages of wonderful family history - so it will take a minute to download - please be patient.
Updated by Mavis Mitchell in February 2007. 
 
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288 Yarra Rd Geelong
288 Yarra Rd Geelong
 
 
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309 Pakington St Geelong
309 Pakington St Geelong
Recent image of what was the Renshaw home around the 1860s
 
 
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A Renshaw - Logo for business as a Builder & Contractor
A Renshaw - Logo for business as a Builder & Contractor
 
 
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A scandal that never was
A scandal that never was
In 1943 a women tried to make contact with Albert, thinking that he was her long estranged husband.  
 
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A shocking leap down the back yard
A shocking leap down the back yard
Bill's car crashed through the fence and down the garden terraces. This prompted a humorous poem. 
 
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Advice from John Burrows to William Renshaw
Advice from John Burrows to William Renshaw
Advice about health and equipping a flour mill 
 
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Albert
Albert
 
 
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Albert & Eva, with baby Albert
Albert & Eva, with baby Albert
 
 
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Albert at South Geelong Primary School
Albert at South Geelong Primary School
 
 
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Albert Mitchell
Albert Mitchell
 
 
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Albert Mitchell & Elsie Willaton - wedding on 17th Sept 1921
Albert Mitchell & Elsie Willaton - wedding on 17th Sept 1921
* Date: 17th September 1921
* Place: 90 Horsburgh St & Murray St Malvern??
* Groom: Albert Ernest Mitchell, bachelor, aged 35, born Linton, occupation Chinese Customs Official, present residence Provincial Hotel Ballarat, usual residence Chinese Customs Shanghai, son of Isobel Antoinette McDougal and Frederick Mitchell, farmer.
* Bride: Elsie Margaret Willaton, spinster, aged 32, born Ballarat, cutter & designer, residence Talbot St Ballarat, daughter of Marjory Jane Bate and John Willaton, miner.
* Witnesses: Bene?? Willaton & Samuel J Taylor
* Rites: By licence, Methodist Church by Charles Tregear??, minister
* Registration: District of Malsan??, Number 900 in 1921 
 
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Albert Renshaw
Albert Renshaw
 
 
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Albert Renshaw
Albert Renshaw
 
 
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Albert Renshaw & Alice Eva Thorne - marriage 1914 in Geelong
Albert Renshaw & Alice Eva Thorne - marriage 1914 in Geelong
* Groom: Albert Renshaw of Fyans St Geelong, born Chilwell Geelong, aged 26 years, builder, bachelor, son of Maria Treadwell & William Renshaw (miller)
* Bride: Eva Alice Thorne of Bellarine St Geelong, born Geelong, aged 29 years, seamstress, spinster, daughter of Alice Mary Irwin & George Thorne (bootmaker)
* Date: 28th Dec 1914
* Place: Christ Church, Geelong
* Method: By banns, solemnized according to the rites of the Church of England
* Witnesses: Mary Edith Dickens, Lancelot Renshaw & Ruby Thorne
* Officiate: Herbert Stanley Hollow, Clerk of Holy Orders
* Registration: # 137 in District of Geelong
* Source: 'What's in a Name #2 - Thorne', page 40
 
 
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Albert Renshaw - 14th Battalion Army, Mornington Peninsula
Albert Renshaw - 14th Battalion Army, Mornington Peninsula
 
 
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Albert Renshaw - job application and testimonials
Albert Renshaw - job application and testimonials
 
 
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Albert Renshaw - membership of Masons 1916 & Oddfellows 1912
Albert Renshaw - membership of Masons 1916 & Oddfellows 1912
 
 
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Albert Renshaw - physical description when discharged
Albert Renshaw - physical description when discharged
When discharged from the Citizen Forces on 28th February 1912 Albert was 22 years and 8 months of age, 5 foot 11 inches tall, fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes, was a carpenter before enlisting, and will be living at 288 Yarra St South Geelong.
 
 
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Albert Renshaw - war pension
Albert Renshaw - war pension
After being discharged from the forces Albert was granted a pension for an injury to his back and violent headaches. The pension was two pounds, six shillings and three pence per fortnight.
 
 
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Albert Renshaw Autobiography
Albert Renshaw Autobiography
 
 
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Albert Renshaw's accounts for his building company
Albert Renshaw's accounts for his building company
 
 
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Albert Renshaw's discharge from Army
Albert Renshaw's discharge from Army
On 28th February 1912 at Geelong, Gunner Albert Renshaw, Number 16 Bombadier was discharged from number 5 Company of the Australian Garrison Artillery of the Citizen Forces of the Military Forces of the Commonwealth.
The total service was 4 years and 7 months of which he was effective in ranks for 3 years.
He was of very good character. The discharge was free of his own request.
 
 
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Albert Renshaw's military training
Albert Renshaw's military training
* Service number 36863
* In November 1917 in the Field Artillery Camp in Maribrynong, Albert qualified for the rank of Corporal
* In February 1918, he attended artillery training and got 80% for theory and 60% for practical and was "a smart gunner with good style".
* In April/May 1918 Albert attended training for NCOs at Woolwich - voice good, detail very good, theory very fair, practical very good, and elementary map reading 76%.
 
 
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Albert's Cortina
Albert's Cortina
Albert's car that he owned from new up to handing in his drivers license in ??? 
 
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Albert, aged 86 yrs, climbing Drakensberg Mountains
Albert, aged 86 yrs, climbing Drakensberg Mountains
 
 
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Alice Mary Irwin - born 9th June 1859 in Geelong
Alice Mary Irwin - born 9th June 1859 in Geelong
* Schedule A—Births in the district of Geelong in the colony of Victoria
* Number: 13600
* When & where: Ninth June 1859 at Great Myers Street, Geelong
* Name: Alice Mary Irwin
* Father: James Irwin, labourer, 22 years, County Down, Ireland
* Mother: Ann Irwin, nee Woods, 22 years, Cn Down Ireland
* Parent’s marriage: 1857 in Waringstown Cn Down Ireland
* Siblings: Jane—1.25 years old
* Informant: present, Ann Irwin (her mark), mother, Geelong
* Deputy Registrar: James Qwince??, First July 1839, Geelong
* Source: 'What's in a Name #2 - Thorne', page 19 
 
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Alice Thorne & Mabel
Alice Thorne & Mabel
 
 
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Alice Thorne (nee Irwin)
Alice Thorne (nee Irwin)
 
 
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Alice Thorne (nee Stimpson)
Alice Thorne (nee Stimpson)
 
 
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Another William Renshaw?
Another William Renshaw?
In his autobiography, Henry Gibbs, a son of a cotton miller in Kearsley, described his friendship with a William Renshaw, whose father had six cotton mills. But this was probably different from 'our' William whose father had a corn mill in Mayfield.  
 
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Archie Renshaw - Rotary award in 1987
Archie Renshaw - Rotary award in 1987
Biography when receiving a Rotary award.
 
 
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At Mirboo North  (L to R) - Mavis Mitchell, Noel Renshaw, Dawn Silby & Audrey McFee
At Mirboo North (L to R) - Mavis Mitchell, Noel Renshaw, Dawn Silby & Audrey McFee
 
 
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At St Leonards (L to R) Shirley Renshaw, Mavis Mitchell, Dorothy Renshaw, Linda & Geoff
At St Leonards (L to R) Shirley Renshaw, Mavis Mitchell, Dorothy Renshaw, Linda & Geoff
 
 
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Audrey
Audrey
 
 
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At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
 
 
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Audrey & Stan
Audrey & Stan
 
 
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Audrey & Stan McPhee
Audrey & Stan McPhee
 
 
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Audrey - relaxing with a cuppa at home.JPG
Audrey - relaxing with a cuppa at home.JPG
 
 
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Audrey holding a chicory root in the left hand and endive in her right hand
Audrey holding a chicory root in the left hand and endive in her right hand
 
 
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Audrey McFee, nee Renshaw in April 2002.jpg
Audrey McFee, nee Renshaw in April 2002.jpg
 
 

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