Donald Owen Nicholson Bourke

#21, (17 November 1913-1996)
FatherDonald Hugh Aloysius Bourke1 (10 Feb 1877-2 Jun 1941)
MotherIvy Pearl Owens (23 Nov 1889-12 Sep 1959)
ChartsBourke family - descendants
Brown family - descendants
Miller Family (Scotland) - descendants
Nicholson Family 1 - descendants
Descendents of Patrick Bourke
Last Edited20 Apr 2022
'Bill' Bourke
(source: Malcolm Cocks)
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His common name was Bill. Donald was born at 256 Bowen Terrace on Monday, 17 November 1913 at Brisbane.2,1 He was the son of Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke and Ivy Pearl Owens.1 He presumably moved with his parents to the Sydney suburb of Manly. Helived with his parents at at 'Amaroo' 60 (now 34) Addison Road in the Sydney suburb of Manly in 1917. Just next door to them was Don's sister Mary and her family; they apparently both moved in to these houses in the same year. The Bourkes were to have this as their home base for at least the next twenty years.3 He presumably moved with his parents to Melbourne in October 1917.4 A photograph was taken of the Bourke and Hill houses in at 32 and 30 Addison Street, Manly c.1918.
The Bourke and Hill houses in Addison Street, Manly c.1918
(source: Tim Hill collection)
Helived with his parents at Melbourne in 1918. By all accounts this was only a short term posting away from his Sydney base by his employer. Apparently there was some acrimony in the way it was done by a Mr. Bennett. NCR was a company that was undergoing increased sales throughout the early years of the century. Just seven years before NCR had sold their millionth cash register.5,6,7 By this time they had also had the telephone connected at home (Manly 327), as had the Hill's next door.8

Donaldlived in 1936 at 14 Mortimer Street, in Mudgee, New South Wales.9 He was a depot superintendent in 1936.9 Donaldlived in 1937 at Tattersalls Hotel, in Hay, New South Wales.10 He was a salesman in 1937 and remained so for many years, excepting the time he was enlisted.10

In Rowland Hugh Argyle Bourke's will, his brother Donald Owen Nicholson Bourke was named sole executor by Rowland to handle his estate on 2 January 1940 at Ingleburn Army Camp, in Ingleburn, New South Wales. He left everything to his mother, but in the event she had died, everything was to go to his sister.11 Donald was employed the Vacuum Oil Company at Sydney in January 1940.11 Donaldlived in 1941 at Hydro Hotel, in Leeton, New South Wales.12 Helived with Don Bourke in June 1941 at at 'Greenknowe Flats' Greenknowe Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point.13

His father died 2 June 1941 at the age of 64. Donald was aged 27 when this happened.14

Donald Owen Nicholson Bourke began military service on Friday, 14 November 1941 at the Sydney suburb of Paddington at age 27.15 He had a photo taken circa 1943.
Don Bourke
(Source: Malcolm Cocks)
Donald was posted to a position with the 3rd Cipher Section circa 1945.15 Donald was discharged on Monday, 21 January 1946.15 Donaldlived in April 1946 at Potts Point. This was the first reinforced concrete unit block in Sydney.16,17

He married Leila Peard Barker, daughter of Charles Harold Barker and Jennet Elizabeth Wilkinson, in a Church of England cermony at St. Thomas' on Saturday, 20 April 1946 at the Melbourne suburb of Essendon. He was 32 and his wife Leila was 25. Leila was the daughter of a works manager.. Others who may have attended the wedding include Jennet Elizabeth Wilkinson as mother of the bride, Charles Harold Barker as father of the bride and Ivy Pearl Owens as mother of the groom. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Bessie Patricia Bourke. Donald and Leila went on to have two known children together.16 Donald and Leilalived in 1949 at 45a Shaw Street, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.18 Donald provided information on the death of his mother Ivy Pearl Owens, on 12 September 1959, at at 'Yaralla' Repatriation Hospital in the Sydney suburb of Concord at age 45.19

His mother died 12 September 1959 at the age of 69. Donald was aged 45 when this happened.19 Donaldlived on 12 September 1959 at at 141 South Road in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton.19

He was an executive in 1963.20 Donald and Leilalived in 1963 at Brighton.20 Donald and Leilalived in 1977 at 362 Albert Road, in South Melbourne.21 Donald and Leilalived in 1980 at at 37 Stanley Street in the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock.22

Donald died in 1996 at the Melbourne suburb of Drommana.15

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Name-Comm
1913Birth256 Bowen Terrace, in Brisbane2,1
1
1936Residence14 Mortimer Street, in Mudgee, New South Wales9
1936Occupation9
1937ResidenceTattersalls Hotel, in Hay, New South Wales10
1937Occupation10
1940EmploymentSydney11
1941Occupation-hide12
1941ResidenceHydro Hotel, in Leeton, New South Wales12
1941Military Startthe Sydney suburb of Paddington15
1945Military15
1946Military Discharge15
1946Residence at 'Greenknowe Flats' Greenknowe Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point16,17
1946Occupation-hide16
1946Marriage at St. Thomas' in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon16
1949Occupation-hide18
1949Residence45a Shaw Street, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales18
1959Residence at 141 South Road in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton19
1963Occupation20
1963ResidenceBrighton20
1968Occupation-hide23
1968Residence-hideBrighton23
1972Occupation-hide24
1972Residence-hideBrighton24
1977Occupation-hide21
1977Residence362 Albert Road, in South Melbourne21
1980Residence at 37 Stanley Street in the Melbourne suburb of Black Rock22
1996Deaththe Melbourne suburb of Drommana15

Family

Leila Peard Barker (30 Apr 1920-14 Sep 1987)

Citations

  1. [S288] Queensland, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1913 No. 34644.
  2. [S72] Interview with Bill & Leila Bourke, Black Rock.
  3. [S31] Sand's Directory,NSW, Australia (various dates), 1917 p.555.
  4. [S668] The Sunday Times [Sydney], Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1917 'HOME and SOCIETY.', Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), 14 October, p. 18, viewed 24 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article122797840
  5. [S204] Letter from Susie Bourke to Marie Hill, 4th February 1918.
  6. [S226] Letter from Susie Bourke to unknown recipient, to Don Bourke 15th November 1917.
  7. [S249] Information Technology: NCR Corporation.
  8. [S217] White Pages Telstra Corporation Ltd., all areas of Australia, October 1925.
  9. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Gwydir, Subdistrict of Mudgee (1936).
  10. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Darling, Subdistrict of hay (1937).
  11. [S4] Supreme Court of NSW - Probate and Administration, Rowland Bourke, No.276073 Series 4.
  12. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Riverina, Subdistrict of Leeton (1943) (Although this appears in the 1943 electoral roles, he was on active service from 1941. Therefore, this is likely due to a persistent registration rather than his actual location.).
  13. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1941 No.6617.
  14. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1942 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 28 August, p. 10, viewed 24 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17802232
  15. [S613] Michael Watt, Descendents of Daniel Brown, April 2013, New Zealand (Tim Hill's collection, \namesBrown) p.49.
  16. [S264] Victoria, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1946 No.2346.
  17. [S377] Greenknowe Flats (http://www.greenknowe.com.au/…).
  18. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Farrer, Subdistrict of Urana (1949).
  19. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1959 No.18958.
  20. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Balaclava, Subdistrict of Brighton (1963).
  21. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Melbourne Ports, Subdistrict of South Melbourne (1977).
  22. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Isaacs, Subdistrict of Black Rock (1980).
  23. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Balaclava, Subdistrict of Brighton (1968).
  24. [S338] Ancestry.com.au Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com.au/) Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. District of Balaclava, Subdistrict of Brighton Beach (1972).