|parents||Enoch Kinder & Matalida Maud Crask
|born||31 May 1888, , St Kilda, Victoria, Australia|
|died||18 August 1965, Glenhuntly, Victoria, Australia|
|buried||20 August 1965, Springvale Botanic Cemetery, Victoria, Australia[2,3]|
|Bert at left||Bert at right|
Bert and his limousine
Hudson Commodore was an automobile produced by the Hudson Motor Car
Company of Detroit, Michigan USA between 1941 and 1952. During its time in
production, the Commodore model represented the largest and most
luxurious Hudson model.|
Second generation 1947 Hudson Commodore 4-door sedan. Hudson began its postwar automobile production on August 30, 1945. Body styles were trimmed to Sedan, Club Coupe, and Convertible. The designs were based on the 1942 models. There were minor cosmetic changes from the pre-war versions with one exception, the car's grille now had a concave center section.
Hudson automobiles were more fully equipped than competitive makes, and all Hudson models received door arm rests, twin air-horns, ashtrays, windshield wipers, stop lights, locking glove box, sealed beam headlights, and deep pile carpeting.
Commodore added foam rubber seat cushions (Hudson was the first automaker to introduce foam seat cushions), door-step courtesy lights, rear arm rest (sedans) and gold etched lettering on the dash board panel.
A young Minnie Stevens
The Stevens family's last location in England
Minnie, Bert, Gwen, Murray (Enoch Leslie Kinder's son)
Minnie, Gwen and Bert at Luna Park, Stkilda 1926
Minnie, Bert. St Kilda ca 1934
|Bert started manufacturing electrical fittings in his Horne Street home garage then moved the
manufacturing by partnering with William Joseph Parish of the Parish
In the early years, Minnie was very involved in the business doing most of the bookkeeping and administrative work.
Parish left the business and Bert carried on as H.G. Kinder. The Partnership, at least legally, continued until its formal dissolution in July 1944.
Walter Wlliams joined the business in 1933. He was a local real estate agent and came in as an investor to help grow the business. A meeting was held on 24 August 1933 between Bert, Minnie, Walter Williams and Mrs Margaret May Williams whereupon it was agreed that the 4 persons present would each put up £1,000 of paid-up capital to establish a new proprietary company to carry on Bert's busines under the name of Kinder & Williams.
Bert and Walter each had a 50/50 shareholding in the new business. Inittially the business would be operated from Bert's garage at 23/24 Horne Street, Elsternwick.
The Argus, 3 July 1944
|Bert suffered from emphysema due to his lifelong heavy smoking habit.
He suffered acute cardiac failure and died in hospital on 18 August 1965
aged 77 years. |
He was cremated and interred at The Necropolis, Springvale, Victoria on 20 August, grave reference BOR-22-Q-219.
Bert died without leaving a Last Will. At Minnie's request, Gwen was granted Letters of Administration to deal with Bert's estate.
Bert at left
Bert with grandaughter Gail
Gwen (standing) with Minnie - holdiays at Rosebud
Bert (at right) - holdiays at Rosebud