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Re: Children that became wards of the state, or were adopted around 1905
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 15 November 17 12:53 GMT (UK) »
Hi Minniehaha - yes that jives with my records of a Mr Leatham serving as her legal advisor.  I have contacted the Law Society to see if they can assist with any information about the firm or, even where the files would have ended up.  Thanks for that link!

Strangely, Lionel isn't showing up on electoral rolls in either NZ or Australia (where he died).  Also, I have also been unable to find the travel docs for him moving from NZ to Australia - I wonder if it's because all these the records are too recent? I'll keep picking away at it.

Re the probate- I posted to the Australian Rootschat Board and someone has advised that there wasn't an actual will, and suggested I order an email copy of the Probate docs, which I will do shortly.

I also wrote to the cemetery yesterday so hopefully, I will receive something back in a few days.

AS ALWAYS... thanks very much for your help:) :) :)
Regards, Carol

p.s. I may have found his emigration record to Australia in 1927.  Seems likely, but needs to be confirmed.



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Re: Children that became wards of the state, or were adopted around 1905
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 15 November 17 17:59 GMT (UK) »
Hi Carol,

As you now have a few points of contact to work on, hopefully some useful information will come to light. You have his date of death. Maybe you could try and obtain the newspaper death notice (if there was one) through Rootschat Australia? If this cannot be provided by the cemetery people....

Good luck,

Minniehaha.  :)
HAMMOND, Cainham/Caynham, Shropshire, U.K. Otago-NZ.
GALBRAITH, Ireland, Dunedin, Otago-NZ., Kensington-London, U.K.
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O'BRIEN Mary Ann, Limerick, Otago-NZ.
NICOL(L) James, Scotland, Otago-NZ.
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Re: Children that became wards of the state, or were adopted around 1905
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 15 November 17 18:54 GMT (UK) »
I am thrilled really because I'm so much further than I was just a couple of days ago.  I've written to two or three agencies and I'm sure something will turn up --- eventually!

Thanks again for all the help:)
Regards, Carol
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Re: Children that became wards of the state, or were adopted around 1905
« Reply #21 on: Thursday 16 November 17 08:03 GMT (UK) »
Not sure if this helps or not - there is another Mercer buried at Sunbury:

Eunice Patricia Mercer, d. 14 Oct 1996, aged 69 years. Loved wife of John, devoted mother of ....

and her husband:
Death notice Herald Sun 4 Oct 2017
MERCER. John Walter. 17.2.1931 1.10.2017 Devoted husband of Eunice (dec. ). Loving step-father of .... Adored Grandad of ..... and dearly loved brother of ..... Always in our Hearts. Funeral 6 Oct 2017 Tobin Bros Sunbury, private cremation
England:
Durham: COULSON, FENWICK, HUNTER, LOWES, NAYLOR, ROBSON
Norfolk: DEWING, OUGHTON, TAYLOR,
Lancashire: TWEDDLE
Ireland: KEATING, Limerick; NELSON, Donegal
Scotland: BENNIE, Glasgow; COOK, Renfrewshire; HENDERSON, Alloa/Dundee; HUNTER, Glasgow; KIRKWOOD, Alloa; LAMONT, Dalkeith; YOUNG, Glasgow
Switzerland: VOSTI, DELUBINI
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Re: Children that became wards of the state, or were adopted around 1905
« Reply #22 on: Thursday 16 November 17 18:54 GMT (UK) »
Hi Jang, I'm not sure if it's part of the same family because I'm under the impression he never married.  But I will certainly check it out. 

Thanks:)
Carol
Johnston - New Zealand; Scotland
Brookes - New Zealand; England
Wilkes- Liverpool Lancs, UK; New Zealand
Hatter - Wiltshire UK; Otago New Zealand
Ainslie & Strachan - Midlothian, Scotland; New Zealand
Paull -St Agnes, St Columb Minor Parish Cornwall; South Africa; New Zealand
Gould & Reece- Stroud, Gloucestershire UK; New Zealand
Oakly - Australia, NZ; UK
Downes -UK; Australia; NZ
Kinghorn - Jamaica; England; Scotland
Murphy - County Kerry, Ireland; NZ