Charles Oaten

#205, (27 May 1843-24 April 1914)
FatherJohn Oaten (c 1802-11 Apr 1866)
MotherCharlotte Amelia Pellett (c Oct 1803-12 Jul 1862)
ChartsOaten Family - descendants
Barbara Nicholson - ancestors
Last Edited20 Sep 2022
WikiTree ID:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Oaten-24.
Charles Oaten signature
Source: his 1865 wedding certificate
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Charles Oaten may have been born on 27 May 1843 at St. George Hanover Square Registration District, London.1,2 He was the son of John Oaten and Charlotte Amelia Pellett. He presumablylived with his parents at 10 Caroline Street, Eaton Square, London, circa 1846.3,4 He presumablylived with his parents at Petersham, Surrey, circa 1848.4

He was recorded as living with his parents and siblings Amelia, John, Henry, Albert and Frederick in the 1851 census at 13 Jubilee Place, Chelsea, London. He was recorded as being 7 years old.2,5 He presumablylived with his parents at Kings Parade, in Chelsea, London, in September 1853.6

At the age of 10 Charles emigrated from London on 30 December 1853 on the the barque 'Luconia' with his parents and siblings.7,8 Charles arrived at Melbourne on 12 June 1854 with his parents and siblings.9,8
He presumablylived with his parents at the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood in June 1855.10 He presumablylived with his parents at at 17 King William Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1858. They had moved from this address by 1861.11,12 He presumablylived with his parents at at 38 Oxford Street in the Melbourne suburb of East Collingwood in 1862.13

His mother died 12 July 1862 at the approximate age of 58. Charles was aged 19 when this happened. He presumablylived with his parents at at 46 Oxford Street in the Melbourne suburb of East Collingwood in 1863.14 He was a carter, at least for some of time for Broadbent Brothers & Co. His brother was also employed by them. This firm would, amongst other things, deliver goods from Spencer Street railyards to businesses in the surrounding areas. They also operated in Geelong Ballarat and Bendigo. in February 1865.15,16,17,18,19 Charleslived in February 1865 at at 5 Marion Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.15

He married Harriet Louisa Roberts, a domestic born in Tasmania, daughter of Thomas Roberts and Sarah (?), a civil service at the Registry Office on Saturday, 25 February 1865 at the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. Harriet had to get prior permission from a JP due to her age. It's not clear why they chose a civil service over a religious one. The wedding certificate was also signed by Helen Messinger Wallis. Others who almost certainly attended the wedding include John Oaten as father of the groom. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Lucy Young, Elizabeth Oaten, Amelia Oaten, John Oaten, Henry William Oaten, Albert Edward Oaten and Frederick Edmund Oaten. Harriet and Charles went on to have six children together, three of whom lived into their adulthood.15 Charles (and presumably his spouse Harriet)lived in November 1865 at at 126 Gertrude Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. This house was a 2 room house.20

Charles, aged 22 and Harriet Louisa Roberts became the parents of Charles Henry Oaten on Monday, 22 January 1866 at at 124 Gertrude Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy.21,22

His father died 11 April 1866 at the approximate age of 64. Charles was aged 22 when this happened.

The Oaten family moved frequently between rented houses in Fitzroy in the late 1860's and early 1870's. In January 1867 they were in a two-room brick house at 75 St. David Street, before moving on to 16 Alma Street (a three-room brick house) and then next door at number 14 - back to a two room house. Both of these houses were owned by George Butler who lived at number 20.23,24,25

On circa 1870 his son George died at the approximate age of 4.

Charles had a number of jobs after he was married. He was initially a clerk in November 1865, then described himself as a carrier in 1867, a chimneysweep in 1869, then a drayman in 1872 (which he was to remain for the rest of his working life).20,23,24,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42

The young Oaten family moved to a four room wooden house in Victoria Parade in 1871. This house was just off the street, close to the corner of Young Street.

In 1871 they moved to Valiant Street in the neighbouring suburb of East Collingwood for a short while then to Hunter Street Collingwood. It was only when the family moved to Sackville Street in Collingwood in 1873 that they put down roots and stayed for 15 years.26,43,27,44,45,46,47,48,28,49,29,50,30,51,31,52,32,33,34,53

They initially lived in a wooden house on Sackville Street, right on the corner of Smith Street This house was rented from John Tulloch who lived next door. However, in about 1875 they moved two doors up to a house initially rented from a Miss Scott, and then from Thomas Latham, a clerk who briefly lived next door.34,33,31,29,44 Charles (and presumably his spouse Harriet)lived at at 14 Sackville Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.54

His wife Harriet died 6 March 1884 at the approximate age of 36, leaving him a widower at age 40. She had been suffering from convulsions for a year.54

His son Charles and his new wife Catherine initailly lived with him after their marriage but this arrangement did not last.38,55,56,57,58,59,60,61,62,22

Father and son Charles and Charles were apparently significant figures with the Britannia Football Club ('The Brits'). Charles was an official and Charles was a player, as were Thomas Hamilton Battle and John Charles Battle.63

By 1888, Charles and Catherine had moved out from his house to an adjoining house.

When his daughter-in-law Kate died in 1901, Charles was apparently unwilling to help his son and grandchildren. The reasons for this can only be guessed at, but seem to be because his son Charles married a Catholic. In any event, the girls were raised by the nuns at Abbostsford convent and the boys were sent to a Catholic boys home (perhaps St. Vincent de Pauls) in South Melbourne. The youngest child was fostered out and eventually became a ward of the state. It was only with Charles' death that monies that had held in trust for them became available. There is also a suggestion that their aunt Lottie's husband, a man called Reaby, swindled the money.64

At age 69 he made a will on 18 April 1913. No real estate but property worth £2,761 in the form of 32.2% share of his brother Henry's estate.. Charlotte Amelia Oaten and William Charles H. Reaby were named as executors.65

Charles died on 24 April 1914 at at "Hillstead" Munro street in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg at age 70. Charles was living with his daughter Charlotte and her husband William Reaby at the time of his death. the house he died in was designed by George De Lacy Evans, a notable Melbourne Architect.66,67,68,69

His will was probated on 26 May 1914.65 His body was interred at St. Kilda cemetery at the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda. He is buried in Compartment B Grave No. 0262.70

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1843Birth-CandidateSt. George Hanover Square Registration District, London1,2
1865Occupation15,16,17,18,19
1865Residence at 5 Marion Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy15
1865Marriage at the Registry Office in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy15
1865Residence at 126 Gertrude Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy20
1865Occupation-hide20
1866Residence-hideFitzroy20,71,72,73
1867Occupation-hide23
1867Residence-hide at 75 St. David Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy23
1867Occupation-hide24
1867Residence-hide at 16 Alma Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy24
1869Residence-hide at 14 Alma Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy24,25
1869Occupation-hide24
Note memo only CR CR23,24,25
1871Residence-hide at Victoria Parade in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy26
1871Occupation-hide26
1872Residence-hide at Valiant Street in the Melbourne suburb of East Collingwood43
1872Occupation-hide27
1872Residence-hide at Hunter Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood27
1873Residence-hide at Sackville Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood44,45
1874Residence-hideCollingwood44,46,47
Note memo only CR CR20,23,24,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42
Note memo only CR CR26,43,27,44,45,46,47,48,28,49,29,50,30,51,31,52,32,33,34,53
1874Note memo only CR CR34,33,31,29,44
1875Residence-hideCollingwood48
1876Residence-hideCollingwood28,49
1876Occupation-hide28
1876Residence-hideCollingwood28
1876Occupation-hide28
1877Occupation-hide29
1877Residence-hideCollingwood29,50
1878Residence-hideCollingwood30,51
1878Occupation-hide30
1879Occupation-hide31
1879Residence-hide at a house off Sackville Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood31,52
1880Occupation-hide32
1880Residence-hideCollingwood32
1881Residence-hideCollingwood33
1881Occupation-hide33
1882Occupation-hide34
1882Residence-hideCollingwood34,53
1883Residence-hideCollingwood35,74
1883Occupation-hide35
1884Residence-hideCollingwood36,75
Residence at 14 Sackville Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood54
1884Occupation-hide36
1885Residence-hideCollingwood37,76
1885Occupation-hide77
1885Occupation-hide37
1886Residence-hideCollingwood38,55
1886Occupation-hide38
1887Residence-hideCollingwood39,78
1887Occupation-hide39
1888Residence-hideCollingwood40,79
Note memo only CR CR63
1888Occupation-hide40
1889Residence-hide at 5 Sackville Street in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood61
1889Residence-hideCollingwood41
1889Occupation-hide41
1895Occupation-hide42
1901Note memo only CR CR64
1913Will-new65
1914Death at "Hillstead" Munro street in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg66,67,68,69
1914Probate-new65
Burial at St. Kilda cemetery in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda70

Family

Harriet Louisa Roberts (1848-6 Mar 1884)
Children

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