Lillian Elizabeth Kinder (b 1879)

parents Enoch Kinder & Matilda Maud Crask

born 15 July 1879, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia[1]
died 6 September 1903, Windsor, Victoria, Australia[2]
buried 7 Sep 1903, St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia[2,3]

Lillian Elizabeth Kinder

Lilian Elizabeth was born on 15 July 1879 at her parent's home at 31 Evelyn Street, St Kilda[1].

Lillian's birth certificate

Marriage to Bert Skoglund

Lillian married Herbert (Bert) Emilius Skoglund on 25 March 1899 at St Clements Church of England, Elsternwick, Victoria[4].

Lillian and Bert Skoglund's marriage certificate

Lillian’s father was deceased and permission for her to marry was given by her mother, Matilda Maud since Lillian was under 20 years of age.

Lillian stated that she lived at 22 (Little) Alma Street, Balaclava.  

The Argus 22 July 1899

Bert was 24 years old and stated his occupation as Storeman and his place of residence as Oak Avenue, Elsternwick.

Bert Skoglund

Bert was born in the Victorian country town of Little Bendigo, Bungaree Shire (near Ballarat) on 25 December 1872. 

His parents were Gustav Alfred (Vasa) Skoglund (born in Sweden) and Sarah Harvie Strickland (born in Hobart, Tasmania)[7]

They were married in 1869 at Little Bendigo (Nerrina), approx 6 km north-east of Ballarat and just north of the Western Highway.

When their only child, Doreen, was born in 1900, Bert worked as a Wool Classer.  The family was living at 60 Williams Road, Prahran[5].

Click here to see a small Skoglund family tree.

Lillian died suddenly...
Lillian died on 6 September 1903 – her daughter’s birthday, at 18 Duke Street, Windsor, Victoria.  Her cause of death is stated as Tubercular disease of kidneys and hip which condition she suffered for the previous 3 years.  This was likely the result of a traumatic childbirth when pelvic damage may have occurred.

Lillian's death certificate

Her funeral service was held at All Saints Church of England in St Kilda.

The Argus 7 September 1903

She was buried on 7 September at the St Kilda General Cemetery in Other Denominations, Monumental Section, Compartment D, Grave 93[3].

The Argus 12 September 1903

After Lillian's Death

It is believed that Bert married again and with his second wife, raised his daughter, Doreen.  It has been said that Bert's second wife was a loving and caring mother and Doreen had a happy childhood[6].  From 1930 to at least, 1949, Bert lived in New South Wales at 22 Forsyth Street, Chatswood until 1937 and later at 20 Haig Street, Chatswood[8].

No record of Bert's second marriage or his death has been found.

Doreen Lillian Gladys Skoglund

Doreen was born on 6 September 1900 at 7.00pm at the family home at 60 Williams Road, Prahran, Victoria[5].

Doreen's birth certificate

By her own admission, Doreen was something of a wild young person until she discovered God.  Doreen became a Nun in the Church of England (known as Sister Karina) and devoted herself to serving the poorest folk. Doreen took her vows in March 1929 (she was 29 years old).  She is recorded living at the Sisters of Charity Convent at 63 Blyth Street, Brunswick, Victoria in 1931[8].

In September 1934, she wrote a beautiful letter to her Auntie Nel (Eleanor Kinder b1873) in which she described her decision to join the Order and how she felt about it after 7 years. 

Doreen was living in London, England when she wrote the letter and Eleanor was living at 32 Normandy Street, Brighton, Victoria.  While in England she taught at a girls' school, attended to orphanages and ministered to the very poorest folk living in shocking conditions.

Click here to read the full letter.

Doreen returned to Australia and is next found in 1936 living at 218 Macquarie Street, South Hobart, Tasmania, today, the location of St Michael's Collegiate School, so perhaps she taught there? 

Later in 1949 she is at 8 Martha Crescent, Albert Park, Victoria and noted as a Teacher.  From 1954 through to 1968 she lived at 700 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, Western Australia[8]

No record of Doreen's death can be found in the on-line Western Australian Index or in the Victorian Index but it may be supposed that she died in Western Australia.

  1. Lillian Elizabeth Kinder b1879 birth certificate
  2. Lillian Elizabeth Kinder b1879 death certificate
  3. St Kilda General Cemetery records
  4. Lillian Elizabeth Kinder b1879 & Skoglund marr certificate
  5. Doreen Lillian Gladys Skoglund b1900 birth certificate
  6. Lilian F E Punch - private communication
  7. Herbert Emilius Skogland b1872 birth certificate
  8. Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980