Elsie Florence Darby

#125, (4 April 1884-)
FatherGeorge Leonard Darby (c 1850-3 Jul 1926)
MotherMartha Alice Miller (3 Nov 1850-22 Dec 1921)
Elsie Florence Darby
     NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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(For a brief history and context on the Darby family see this page)

Elsie was born on Friday, 4 April 1884 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester. She was likely conceived just before George left England, and he proabably didn't know anything about her existence for many months..1 She was the daughter of George Leonard Darby and Martha Alice Miller. She lived with her mother at 103 Oxford Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, in April 1884.2 She was baptised at All Saints (St. Matthias') on Wednesday, 9 July 1884 at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.3
Elsie Florence Darby c.1885
(source: M. Willson collection)


At the age of 1 Elsie emmigrated from London on 25 December 1885 on the R.M.S. 'John Elder' with her mother and two sisters.They were on their way to join their father who was already in the colony. Elsie was not even two years old.4 Elsie arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 9 February 1886.5

On 5 December 1892 there was a visit by legislators (including an M.P.) to the Darby property at Mylor, South Australia where someone noted that George and his family had the best house in the district. There was perhaps a suggestion that this was inappropriate give George's position in the Land Office. Later that night, George and his wife and daughters contributed items to the programme of the concert in the evening.6 A suggestion that the Darbys had the best house in the district was refuted by a T. Murphy who said that Mr. Hughes had a much finer house and that the Darby House was only 2 stone rooms, like several other houses.7



In January 1898 there was a bushfire in Mylor that affected the Darby's place. This occurred on a hot and windy day, and there were about 35 people fighting the fire, which saved the house, trap and horse. In all, about 100 acres were burned. Whilst initial reports said that fruit trees, sheds, clothing etc were destroyed, another correspondent said about a dozen fruit trees were burnt. On the contrary, the worst sufferer seemed to be a Mr. Wake who had moved some of this things to the Darby's that day.8,9

The Darby's sufferred another unsettling incident on 4 May 1902:
"SERIOUS VEHICLE ACCIDENT. Mr. G.L. Darby (chief clerk of the Woods and Forests Department), whilst driving to his home from Aldgate station on Monday evening with his daughters, met with a serious accident. The horse stopped suddenly, and in doing so broke a portion of the harness. The animal then bolted round a curve at the foot of a steep hill, throwing out all the occupants of the vehicle. Mr. Darby's ankle was broken, and he was removed to the Adelaide Hospital. His daughters received a severe shaking and abrasions."10


Elsie lived in 1904 at Adelaide.11

She married James Smith, a clerk, son of Walter Thomas Smith and Lucy Deane, at "Kiliora"(?) Stanley St. on Thursday, 22 December 1904 at Adelaide. She was 20 and her husband James was 23. Witnesses to the wedding were Mabelle Gertrude Darby and Patty Miller.12 Elsie, aged 21 and James Smith, aged 23 became the parents of Heba Gwendolyn Smith on Tuesday, 11 April 1905 at North Adelaide.13,14 Elsie and James lived in March 1907 at MacKinnon Parade, in Adelaide.15 Elsie, aged 22 and James Smith, aged 25 became the parents of Margery Jean Smith on Sunday, 31 March 1907 at MacKinnon Parade in McDonald Ward, in Adelaide.15 Elsie and James Smith became the parents of Walter Leonard Smith circa 1911 at South Australia.16,17 A picture was taken of Heba and Margery Smith, their parents and their grandmother.
Marjorie and Heba Smith, James Smith and Elsie Darby, Martha Miller c1915
(source: Mrs. M. Willson)


Her mother died 22 December 1921 at the age of 71. Elsie was aged 37 when this happened.

Her father died 3 July 1926 at the approximate age of 76. Elsie was aged 42 when this happened. Elsie and James lived in 1933 at at Cliveden Flats, Roslyn Street in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.18 Jim and Elsie had a photograph taken together c1945. Elsie and James lived in 1949 at at Kanimbla Hall in Tusculum St. in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point.19 Elsie Florence Darby was a housewife in 1949.19

Her husband James died 16 June 1950 at the age of 68, leaving her a widow at age 66. Elsie lived in 1958 at at 32 Bellvue Terrace in the Brisbane suburb of Clayfield. and lived there for at least 5 years.20

Elsie died circa 1967 at Queensland.21 Her body was cremated in 1967 at at Mount Thompson Crematorium in the Brisbane suburb of Holland Park, Queensland.22

Children of Elsie Florence Darby and James Smith

Children
Last Edited5 Nov 2013
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Fairclough Family - descendants
Leonard Family - descendants
Manthorpe Family - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors
Descendents of Richard Darby

Citations

  1. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1884 No. 263.
  2. [S228] General Register Office, England - Birth Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births 1884 Book 137 No. 263.
  3. [S691] All Saints (St. Matthias'), GB127.M320/1/3/1 - 09 Jul 1884.
  4. [S336] The Argus, 1885 'EUROPEAN TELEGRAMS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 31 December, p. 5, viewed 7 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6078638
  5. [S338] Website Ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Ancestry.com. Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2009.
  6. [S244] The South Australian Register, 1892 'THE MYLOR HOMESTEAD BLOCKS.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 5 December, p. 7, viewed 17 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48557693.
  7. [S244] The South Australian Register, 1892 'CORRESPONDENCE.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 17 December, p. 4, viewed 17 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48555401.
  8. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1898 'THE COUNTRY.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 24 January, p. 6, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35103487
  9. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1898 'TO CORRESPONDENTS.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 27 January, p. 4, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35103716
  10. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), 1902 'SERIOUS VEHICLE ACCIDENT.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 8 May, p. 4, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4917238
  11. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No. 1183.
  12. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No.1183.
  13. [S227] Margery Smith,.
  14. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.746 p.106.
  15. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1907 No.187 (District of Adelaide).
  16. [S543] Letter from Mavis 'Patti' Willson to Tim Hill, various 5th October 2013 p.2.
  17. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol. (unknown) p.47.
  18. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980, Electorate of East Sydney, Subdivision of Darlinghurst 1933 p.13 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  19. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980, Electorate of Woolahra, Subdivision of Darlinghurst 1949 p.6 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  20. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980, Electorate of Lilley, Subdivision of Clayfield 1958 p.5 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  21. [S488] Mike Hill, recollection, unknown date,.
  22. [S543] Letter from Mavis 'Patti' Willson to Tim Hill, various 5th October 2013 p.2 (enclosed photgraph).
  23. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980, Electorate of Lilley, Subdivision of Clayfield 1963 p.4 (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).