Married in 1906, ANNIE KIERSE (of Ballarat) in W.A.[iii]
Married ANN MARY AUSTIN 1911 VIC.[vi]
Married MARY MANFORD (1877-1956) on 6 Nov 1907 at Coolgardie WA.[ix] It would appear that Mary Manford was an alias for Grace Emily Mitchell.
2.Frederick Charles Anthony b.1910 d.1995 (buried Karrakatta Cemetry), m. 1943 Carola Aloyisa Folly (1910-1989).
Some records have Charles Tobin married to Grace Emily Mitchell. Curiously there are no records of a marriage of a woman of this name in W.A., and Electoral Rolls and most newspaper articles, name Charles Tobin's wife as 'Mary' or ‘Mollie’. However, son John Eric’s death notice names his mother as 'Grace' and father as 'Jack'.
Her grave in Karrrakatta Cemetery Perth, names her as ‘Mary Tobin’ and the gravesite grantee is named as her son Frederick Charles Tobin. Mary Tobin’s death index names her parents as Charles and Emily.
The following year, in 1907, Grace married Charles Frederick Tobin under an assumed name, disguising the surname of her father in the official records but not her mother's name. Why she did this can only be speculated upon. Perhaps her father did not approve of a marriage to a Catholic 'Irish' tradesman, and so she married against her father's will, even though she was a mature 29 years of age at the time. Notably, their son John was born just 6 weeks after their marriage which also may be the reason for the clandestine marriage. Despite this disapproval, they were married in a Registry Office, probably without her father's knowledge, and as her father was well known in the area, she had to disguise her name.
At some time she must have reconciled with her father, possibly after her husband had left her when she may have appealed to her father for financial help to raise her sons, and although other family members referred to her by her true name, she stuck with the name under which she had lived for much of her adult life.
This appears to be the most plausible reason for the name change.
Charles Mitchell’s Will left a bequest of £1000 to his daughter Grace Emily Tobin. Notably, this was the largest monetary bequest in his will to any of his daughters and even to his second wife, which indicates that Mary/Grace was finding it tough going. His estate was valued at £62,000.
(thanks to Noelene Newman for her help in finding this information).
West Australian, Perth, Sat. 5 March 1910- Birth of Frederick Charles Tobin
TOBIN- At Nurse Lloyd's Maternity Home, 23 Coolgardie Avenue, to Mr and Mrs Chas. Tobin of Vivian Gold Mine, Harris- a son. Both doing well.
Records and newspaper reports of Charles F. Tobin:
In the 1910 Electoral Roll, Charles Frederick Tobin was a carpenter, living in Vivian, district of Mount Leonora, Coolgardie, with 'Molly' Tobin.
1916 Electoral Roll- Charles Frederick Tobin, carpenter, and Mary Tobin, living in new mill, Barrabupp.
Shortly after 1916, Charles left his family and disappeared from their life. He set up business in the Northern Territory.
In the 1922 Northern Territory Electoral Roll, Charles Frederick Tobin was living at Batchelor, 98 kms south of Darwin, occupation fisherman. Batchelor's population is about 50% indigenous.
He is next heard of in Darwin where he is taken into custody as an insolvent. He had apparently been working as a carpenter in his own business as a carpenter in Darwin prior to going down to Batchelor.
The following newspaper reports report on his insolvency and death.
Northern Territory Times & Gazette Sat 24 Feb 1923 p.3
Northern Territory Times & Gazette (Darwin) Friday 9 January 1925 p. 4
Find-A Grave (Memorial #61006456) has the following information on the burial of Charles F. Tobin:
CHARLES FRANK (sic) TOBIN
Death: 9 Jan 1925
Note: b. QLD; s/w Jean Dargie; carpenter
Burial: Darwin Gardens Cemetery Reserve
Plot: Row 634
Charles Tobin is buried in the same plot as Jean Dargie, the 7 year old daughter of Charles and Emily Dargie who must have been a close friend of Charles Tobin. The cement gravestone holding the plaque is topped by a large statue of Jesus.
Jean Dargie, who had been ailing for some time, died just a couple of weeks after Charles Tobin. Maybe Dargie felt sorry for Tobin who had no family to take care of his burial, and buried his friend in the same plot as his daughter.
The memorial plaque has: Jean Dargie (with C.F. Tobin) 1918- 21/1/1925, Daughter of Charles and Emily Dargie.
Charles Dargie died just four years later. His obituary in the Northern Standard, Darwin, Tues 23 July 1919, described Dargie as a well-known resident of Darwin, and that, "as is well known, the deceased has been a sufferer for some years from an acute nervous condition which has practically incapacitated him, and for some years, he has been the recipient of an invalid pension. The deceased had been an engineer of exceptional ability and was for some years employed in the workshops of the Victorian Railways.He had left for employment with a broom manufacturer and that he had designed and manufactured many improvements to the machinery. Responding to the Gilruth boom in the Territory, he, with a number of others, arrived in the Territory and immediately took up land on the Daly River, losing no time in putting a portion of his area under broom millet from which he manufactured a great number of brooms of exceptional quality which were disposed of on the local market. He then moved to Darwin where he has lived since 1919."
Charles Dargie and wife Emily are buried in the same cemetery, Row 692, with an identical statue of Jesus, and the plaque has: Daly River Settlers 1913; Charles Dargie 1864-1929, Emily Bantz Dargie 1874-1955 and Wallace Wilfred (Son) 1915-1933
The exact nature of the relationship between the Dargies and Charles Tobin, which finds them joined in death, remains a mystery.
(Again, my thanks to Noelene Newman who found the above information.)
Records of MARY TOBIN, wife of Charles Frederick Tobin:
1925-1937 Electoral Rolls- Mary Tobin, home duties, was living at 480 Hay Street, Perth. The year before, in January 1924, Frederick Tobin, aged 13, was knocked down by a car near his home. After dodging a tramcar, he ran in front of the motor car, and was treated at Perth Hospital for severe lacerations of the left leg.
1943 Electoral Roll- Mary Tobin, home duties, living with her son John Eric Tobin, traveller, at 16 Helena Street East Guilford.
1949 Electoral Roll- Mary Tobin, home duties, living with her son Frederick Charles Anthony Tobin, railway employee, at 16 Helena Street East Guilford.
1954 Electoral Roll- Mary Tobin, home duties, living in Fulham Street, Kewdale.
Mary Tobin died Perth in 1956, aged 79 (WA Registry No. 1967)
She was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth, gravesite grantee, Frederick Charles Tobin.
Married 21 Oct 1899 EVA MADELINE MACFARLANE in W.A.[xii]
Both buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth Sect. AA Grave No. 0218A
Issue: Dorothy Louise b 1900 d.1988; Alfred Herbert b.1901 d.1930; Harold Victor b.1906 d.1993; Stephen William b.1913 d.1970 (aka Cedric William); Lillian May Josephine b.1918 d.?; Eva Jean b.1919 d.?, m. Frederick Richards 1935.
A boom during 1896-97 in the export of jarrah turned Bunning's attention to timber. Although his income of £156,756 for the year came partly from four brickyards, he was anxious to sell them. He bought his first sawmill at North Dandalup in 1897 and was involved with his friend Frank Wilson in the newly formed Timber Merchants and Mill Owners' Association. He was also on the executive of the Sawmiller's Association from its formation in 1913. Despite a constant shortage of capital, Bunning established sawmills throughout the south-west, imported the first band-saw in Western Australia to Lion Mill and was the first to install a timber-drying kiln. He also imported a unique locomotive known as 'Dirty Mary' for use on steep grades, and was one of the first to use a tractor for log-hauling in the bush.
Ref: Jenny Mills, "Bunning, Robert (1859-1936)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,
http:??adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bunning-robert-5421/text9193 accessed 27 March 2013
Son Harold Victor Tobin became an engine driver with the railways. Victor's wife Harold is buried with his parents. His wife Veronique May Tobin was also buried at Karrakatta cemetery following her death in 1986.
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Link back to introduction:
Links to all other chapters in this blog:
Tobin and Driscoll family in Tipperary Ireland
Tobin family settle in Gerringong, NSW, Australia in 1857
Tobin family settle in Tallebudgera Queensland in 1870
Life at Tallebudgera for the Tobin Family until 1892
Tobin family move back to NSW and Western Australia- deaths of Stephen and Mary
Stephen Tobin's sister Catherine Tobin- marriage to Timothy Guinea
Bushrangers in the family
Stephen Tobin's sister Ellen Tobin- an Irish female orphan immigrant in 1850
Stephen Tobin's daughter Katherine Tobin- marriage to Adolph Poulsen
Sons of Stephen Tobin and Mary Driscoll
Daughters of Stephen Tobin and Mary Driscoll
Irish Roots of Tobins, Driscolls, O'Briens, and Whites