1. Martha Snip
. Born in 1861 at Ovens River. She married Mortimer Edward McCarthy in 1881 and stated her name as Martha Lawrence
Snip. She died in 1946 in Surrey Hills, Victoria. Mortimer
was born ca 1854. His parents were Michael McCarthy and Mary Ann
Kearse. He died in 1929 in Prahran, Victoria.
During the period of 1903 to 1912, Mortimer worked in the Victoria Police with the rank of Senior Constable
. From 1915 to 1927 he seems to be unemployed stating either no occupation
or ex-Civil Servant
. Why did he leave the police force and why couldn't he get another job?
In 1903 they lived at 13 Derrick Street, Kew, Victoria. In 1909
at 207 High Street, Kew. In 1912 in Waltham Street, Sandringham
and from 1914 to 1919 at 20 High Street, Kew. Their last known
address was 17 Albert Street, Surrey Hills, Victoria in 1927
. It was likely their last address.
Martha and Mortimer had a number of children and in all cases, Martha stated her name as Martha Lawrence
. Sometimes it was recorded as Laurence
. But why was Lawrence
not included on her birth record?
1.1 Maud May McCarthy.
Born 1883 in Bright. She died in 1959 in Surrey Hills, Victoria
aged 78 years. She never married. Maud appears to have
lived with her parents most or all of her life. She was with them
from 1903 through to 1927 and probably inherited the Surrey Hills house.
2. Cornelius Lawrence (Cornelis Laurens) Snip
1.2 Elsie Victoria McCarthy.
Born 1885 in Chiltern, Victoria. In 1909, Elsie, recorded as
Elsie Victoria Veronica, lived with her parents at 207 High Street, Kew.
Elsie married James John O'Connor in 1910. James was born
in Chiltern, Victoria. They had, at least, on child - Irene Mary
O'Connor born in 1911 in Sandringham, Victoria.
1.3 Edward Arthur McCarthy.
Born 1888 in Chiltern. He died in 1933 in Kew, Victoria aged 45
years. He possibly married Nellie May Sibley. They had, at
least, one child - Jack Sibley McCarthy born ca 1929 who died in 1947
in Parhran, Victoria. Nellie's father was Jack Sibley, mother
unknown and born ca 1890 and died in 1966.
Edward worked as a Driver from 1919 to 1931 then became a Painter.
Edward ia reported to be living at 13 Ermington Place, Kew in
1919, at 50 Mary Street, Kew in 1921 and with Nellie at 11 Derby
Street, Kew in 1922, at 61 Cobden Street, Kew from 1924 to 1931 and at
10 Balmoral Street, South Yarra from 1935 to 1943. Nellie may
have lived at 21 Alfred Street, Prahran until she passed away.
1.4 Bertie Laurence McCarthy. Born 1890 in Barawartha, Victoria. She died aged 1 month in 1890 in Barnawartha.
1.5 Mortimer McCarthy. Born 1893 in Barnawartha.
1.6 Alma McCarthy. Born 1895 in Barnawartha. She died aged 11 years in 1907 in Kew.
Born in Melbourne in 1864 but he lived for only 4 weeks. It was
probably anticipated to be a difficult birth so Elizabeth went to a
larger hospital in Melbourne, but to no avail.
3. Emma Snip
in 1865 at Ovens River. Emma married William Wilkins Keyes (or Keys) in
1893. There are two alternate entries. One with her surname
and one with Lawrence Snip
(no hyphen). Emma and William appear to have one child:-
3.1 William Key(e)s. Born 1894 in Bright.
Later, as Emma Lawrence and secondly as Lawrence-Snip, she had two more children. The father's name is not
recorded in either case but presumably they were William's:-
3.2 Laurence Vivian Keys. Born 1902 in Richmond. His mother was stated to be Emma Laurence.
May Lawrence-Snip or Keyes. Born 1906 in Richmond, Victoria. There are two registration entries for Victoria's
surname - Lawrence-Snip and Keyes.
She died in March 1925 in Bright and was buried on 21 March at Bright
Cemetery (surname Keys). She lies in Section 2, Block D, Lot 35.5. Her
religion was stated as Roman Catholic.
As Emma Keys
, Emma lived on a property on Porepunkah Road, Bright from 1903 to 1909. This was probably Brookside
. Her occupation was stated as Home Duties
. From 1912 to 1924, she was known as Emma Lawrence
and her address was variously stated as Back Road, Porepunkah and Back Porepunkah Road, Bright
Emma's death is recorded as Emma Keys. She died in 1925 in Wangaratta, Victoria. She was aged 60 years
She was buried on 21 March 1925 at Bright Cemetery and lies in
the same grave as her daughter, Victoria May. Her religion is
noted as Roman Catholic
4. Alfred Patrick Snip
Born 1869 in Bright. Around 1880, Alfred changed his surname to
Lawrence as did his siblings** Alfred married Martha Boyd Hanna
in 1902. Martha was born in 1866 in Yackandandah. Her
parents were Joseph Hanna and Margaret Wier
In 1905, Alfred and Martha lived at 14 Gordon Avenue, Kew, Victoria. Alfred worked as a Civil Servant
and Martha took care of the home. They moved and in 1909 they lived in Swan Hill, Victoria and Alfred worked as a Customs Officer
By 1915, they had moved to Walwa, Victoria, a small farming
community east of Albury. Alfred's occupation was stated as Inspector of Excise
. He remained in this occupation until at least 1919 but in 1922 he was a Farmer
in Walwa and continued farming through to 1949
Alfred and Martha's children were:-
4.1 Gretta (Margretta) Erskine May Lawrence was born in 1903 in Kew, Victoria[1,8]. Gretta married Thomas Edgar Holt in 1934.
During 1925-1926, Gretta lived with her parents in Walwa.
After Gretta and Thomas married they lived for a short time
through to 1936 with her parents and Thomas worked as a Farm Worker.
From 1943 to 1972, Gretta and Thomas operated the Bridge Hotel at
Jingelic in New South Wales. Jingelic is just across the Murray
River from Walwa. From 1977 to 1980 they lived at 39 Bogong
Avenue in Mt Beauty, Victoria. Thomas was noted as a Hotelkeeper..
5. Peter Frederick (Lawrence) Snip
4.2 William Oswald Boyd Lawrence was born in 1906 in Kew, Victoria. He was always known as Boyd[1,8]. He married Myra Violet Shannon in 1939 in Sydney, NSW (Reg 16165/1939 & 6168/1939). Boyd's surname was recorded as Laurence and Laurance and his given names as William Arnold.In
1936 and 1937. Myra was born on 2 February 1911 in McKay, North
Queensland. Her parents were Cyril Kirby Shannon and Violet
Boyd left Melbourne to
stretch-his-wings and found his way to North Queensland where he met
Myra. They moved to Walwa and took up farming, probably on his father's property. From 1942 to 1949,
Boyd and Myra lived at "Willsburn", Walwa and Boyd was a Farmer. About 1952 they sold up at Walwa and purchased a property at Theresa Downs in Queensland, not far from Emerald - Coroa. After Boyd and Myra separated, Coroa was sold in 1962 and Boyd moved to a farm at Esperence, Western Australia.
died in Swanbourne, Western Australia on 6 July 1984. He was
buried at the Fremantle General Cemetery, General Area, Lawn G, grave
0027. Myra died in 1988 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Boyd and Myra had 5 children.
4.3 Marjorie Weir Lawrence was born in 1908 in Kerang, Victoria. She was always known as Nancy. She married Norman McKenzie Donnell in 1935[1,8]. In 1936, Marjorie and Norman lived at 6 Glen Street, Glenferrie (now Hawthorn), Victoria. Norman worked as a Driver.
In 1937 they lived at 9 Slatters Street, Coburg, Victoria.
In 1942, they were at "Taronga" in Jingelic, NSW and from 1954 to
1968, Norman operated a farm at Mt Alfred, Victoria. Mt Alfred is
a district a lttle to the west of Walwa. Later they retired and
in 1972 lived at 602 Macauley Street, Albury, NSW. Marjorie lived
at 316 Mount Street, Albury in 1977 and 1980.
Norman died in Albury in 1976 (NSW Reg 13711/1976).
Born 1872 in Bright. He died in 1931 in Richmond, Victoria.
His death registration states his surname as Lawrence
Peter married Elizabeth Alice Kinder
in 1897. His marriage entry included the additional middle name Lawrence
Peter and Elizabeth were first cousins. Not a very common match
in any era. This suggests that the family of Cyrus/Mary were in
close contact with the family of Peter/Elizabeth.
to see my Kinder family tree.
His registration on the Electoral Roll was always Lawrence-Snip
. It is interesting that he, amongst all his siblings, retained Snip
as part of his name.
Peter and Elizabeth initially lived on a property on Buckland Road, Upper Buckland, Victoria in 1903 and Peter was a Farmer
. In 1908 and 1909 they were at Brookside. From 1916 to 1931, they lived at 115 Derby Street, Kew
. This was very nearby the home of Elizabeth's parents. During this time Peter worked as a Labourer
Peter and Elizabeth had (at least) 4 children.
The registration of their children was sometimes recorded as Snip
and sometimes as Lawrence-Snip
. All the children dropped Snip
from their surname some time later:-
5.1 Peter Cyrus Frederick Lawrence-Snip
was born in 1898 in Kew,Victoria. Peter married Susan Agnes Gray
in 1923 in Victoria. His surname is only registered as Lawrence.
6. Elizabeth Lawrence Snip
5.2 Mary Elizabeth Lawrence-Snip
was born in 1900 in Bright, Victoria. Mary married George Frederick
Geaves in 1922 in Victoria. Her surname is only registered as Lawrence.
5.3 Desmond Kinder Lawrence Snip
was born in 1906 in Kew, Victoria. Desmond married Emma Elizabeth
May in 1932 in Victoria. His
surname is only registered as Lawrence. Emma's parents were Samuel James May and
Amelia Still. Emma died in 1978 in Heidelberg, Victoria.
5.4 Valda Lillian Lawrence-Snip was born in 1915 in Kew, Victoria. Valda (Laurence) married Henry Rupert Clark in 1935 in Victoria.
only 2 years later in 1937 in CHARM, Victoria. Possibly during or resulting from
childbirth? Henry was born in 1910 in Ararat, Victoria. His
parents were Leonard Henry Clarke and Ann Christina Johnson.
Henry died in 1972 in Heidelberg.
5.5 Holly Lawrence. - maybe?
. Born 1874 in Bright. As Elizabeth Lawrence
, she married Harry Arthur Saunders in 1895.
7. Arthur Lawrence Snip
Born 1878 in Bright. Arthur married Susan Rosabena (Bena) Murdoch
in 1905. Susan was born in Buckland (Valley), Victoria in
parents were David Ballantyne Murdoch and Mary Ann Miller. She
had 9 siblings and their surnames are alternately spelled as Murdock
and Murdoch in the Victorian BMD registers.
On their marriage registration, Arthur's surname is recorded only as Lawrence
. Arthur may also have been known as Albert
or Albert Arthur or Bert
Albert (Arthur) Lawrence died in 1957 in Bright. The registration states
his father to be Peter Lawrence and mother as Elizabeth Unknown
Arthur/Bert and Rosabena lived in the Bright area all their lives.
From 1908 to 1957 they lived at Devil's Creek, Brookside.
Arthur was a Farmer
. He inherited several properties from his father and mother.
Susan died in
March 1957 in Bright, Victoria and was buried at Bright Cemetery on 26
March. She lies in Section 2, Block E, Lot 11.5
. In the cemetery record, her surname was registered only as Lawrence
Arthur/Bert died in 1957 in Brighton, Victoria
Their children were:-
7.1 Arthur Peter (Lawrence) Snip
Born 1906 in Bright. He died in June 1906 in Bright and was
buried on 10 June 1906 at Bright Cemetery. He lies in Section 1, Block
B, Lot 42. The cemetery records state that he was of the
Presbyterian faith and died of Heart Failure
. His middle name Lawrence
is on his death registration and burial record but not on his birth registration.
7.2 Ruby Elizabeth Snip
Born 1907 in Bright. She married George Stephen Perry in
. George died in Bright, Victoria in 1963. His
parents may have been Alfred Edmond Perry and Mary Polly Price
He was buried at the Bright Cemetery on 26 October 1963 and lies
in Section 2, Block H, Lot 30. He was of the Roman Catholic faith. He
died aged 60 years. Ruby died in 1994 and was buried on 7 March
1994 at the Bright Cemetery and lies in Section 2, Block E, Lot 11.5
(ashes only). Her religion was stated as Uniting Church
. Ruby and George lived in the Brookside/Porepunkah area all their married lives. George worked as a Labourer
7.3 Arthur Snip
. Born on 30 August 1908 in Bright. He was known as Mick
. He died on 18 December 1987 in Bright and was buried on 21 December at Bright Cemetery under the surname Lawrence
in the same grave as his brother, Mortimer Edward Lawrence (Snip)
. Arthur/Mick worked as a Labourer
. He married Amy Victoria (aka Bonny) Fawkner in 1939[20,1]
. Amy was born
in 1915 in South Yarra, a suburb of Melbourne. Her parents were Bartley
Bartholomew Fawkner and Ruby Eileen Charlotte Roffey.
This creates a very interesting relationship loop since one of Cyrus Kinder's nephews, Henry Emery Kinder b.1881
married Jane Roffey
, who was an aunt of Amy Victoria Fawkner. Click here
to see a chart tying these four families together.
7.4 Eric Leslie Snip
. Always used the surname Lawrence
. Born 1910 in Bright. He died in 1981 in Kew. His death registration states his surname only as Lawrence
and his father's name as Albert Arthur Lawrence
. He married Gladys Edith unknown
From 1931 to 1936, Eric worked as a Farmer
in Brookside. He and Gladys moved to Melbourne and in 1943 they
lived at 66 Eglinton Street, Kew. From 1949 to 1954 at 24 Napier
Street, Fitzroy. From 1958 to 1980 at 6 Segtoune Street, Kew.
In Melbourne, Eric worked as a Labourer
, a Tanner
and from 1954 as a Machinist
. Gladys also worked as a Machinist
. Your author cannot find a death record for Eric or Gladys.
7.5 Mortimer Edward Snip
Born 1912 in Bright. He used the surname Lawrence
. He died on 22 November 1985 in Bright and
was buried at Bright Cemetery on 26 November. He lies in the Lawn
Section, Plaque, Lot 44 under the surname Lawrence
. Mortimer lived at Brookside all his life and worked as a Labourer
7.6 Peter Ronald Snip (or Lawrence-Snip or Lawrence)
Born 1916 in Bright. He died in September 1958 in Wangaratta,
Victoria and was buried on 15 September at Bright Cemetery. He
lies in Section 2, Block B, Lot 26 under the surname Lawrence
. His surname is Laurence
on his death registration. He lived at Brookside and worked as a Labourer
7.7 Keith William Lawrence
was born in 1921 and lived at Brookside and Porepunkah from 1942
to 1980. He was generally known as "Kanga". He died in 1999
Rosabena also had a child
8. Mortimer Edward Snip
just before she and Arthur were married. The
Victorian registration says the father's name was Murdock, but certainly
the real father was Arthur....
from Victoria Police Gazette, 10 Nov 1904
Violet Susan Venus Murdoch-Lawrence
was born in Bright, Victoria and
her birth was registered in 1904. She was also known as
. She lived at Brookside from 1926 to 1928 certainly on her father's property
In 1928 she married John Joseph McCormack in Victoria. She
died in 2000 and was buried at the New Cheltenham Cemetery, Victoria
According to the Ancestry Priggen Family Tree:-
Violet was born on 12 Augyst 1904.
She married on 1 Nov 1928, St Paul's Manse, Wangaratta, Vic
John Joseph McCormack died in 1943 in Bright.
Violet married Clarence Rupert Edwards in 1943 in Bright. Clarence died in 1946.
Brother, Kieth William born 5 Nov 1020 or 1921, died 19 April 1999, Porepunkah.
Brother Arthur/Mick born 20 August 1908, Brookside, died 18 dec 1987, Beechworth, married Amy Victoria (Bonnie) Fawkner (maybe 1939 as Arthur Lawrence?)
. Born 1881 in Bright. In 1903, Mortimer worked as a Farmer at Devil's Creek (Upper Buckland district)
He was called Morty
. Mortimer married Emily Grizelle Lithgow in 1912 in Gilgandr, NSW
(Reg 1678/1912). Mortimer died in 1938 in Gilgandra (Reg