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What happened to Ivor HOPWOOD who died in Australia
« on: Sunday 16 August 09 17:40 BST (UK) »
Ivor disappeared from the radar mid 1950s! He married IRIS DAVIES prob in 1939 or 1940 - then (it seems) married again in 1951 in Manchester (to THURSFIELD), then again in 1954 in Preston (to BROWN).

The family belief was he died in Australia but nobody knows where - when - or how????

Australia is a vast place & this is just another stab at finding something, anything. Ivor was the father of my (newly discovered) cousin & she has been obsessively trying to trace her father for a number of years without any success.

Carole

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Re: Ivor HOPWOOD (twin=Eric) - DOB 04.07.1919 registered Hawarden, North Wales
« Reply #1 on: Monday 17 August 09 05:11 BST (UK) »
Perhaps  you  could tell us  his parents names. that will help in the search for his death

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Re: Ivor HOPWOOD (twin=Eric) - DOB 04.07.1919 registered Hawarden, North Wales
« Reply #2 on: Monday 17 August 09 05:24 BST (UK) »
Oh  dear do you  mean HOPWOOD???

I cannot see the births under Hopgood  but  there istwin boys under HOPWOOD

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Re: Ivor HOPWOOD (twin=Eric) - DOB 04.07.1919 registered Hawarden, North Wales
« Reply #3 on: Monday 17 August 09 06:45 BST (UK) »
Hi Jenn

The 3 marriages Carole refers to are all in the name Ivor HOPWOOD.

The Davies marriage is in the March Qtr 1941, Holywell Registration District

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Re: Ivor HOPWOOD (twin=Eric) - DOB 04.07.1919 registered Hawarden, North Wales
« Reply #4 on: Monday 17 August 09 17:15 BST (UK) »
I'm so sorry, yes the surname is HOPWOOD, I can't believe I posted the incorrect name, please forgive me  ::)

Father's name = William Alfred Hopwood born 1888 North Wales
Mother's maiden name = Annie Connah born 1899 North Wales

Thanks you for your interest & help thus far - Carole  :)

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What happened to Ivor HOPWOOD who died in Australia
« Reply #5 on: Friday 21 August 09 23:42 BST (UK) »
I have tried for 5 years to find out where and when my father, Ivor Hopwood, died in Australia. I have contacted all the state BMD departments and tried all the main geneological sites to find out where and when he died in Australia but had no success. I have also put appeals for information in several newspapers but did not get a single response. He seems simply to have gone 'off the radar'.

Ivor was the twin brother of Eric who was born near Mold, Flintshire in North Wales,UK on 4th July 1919. His father was William Alfred Hopwood who was a Primary School Headmaster and his mother was Annie Connah. He had siblings, Eric, his twin brother, Eileen born 1921, Dorothy born 1924 and Cyril born 1926.

I know that my mother received a letter from a solicitor informing her that he had died intestate in Australia and asking her her had she a claim on his estate. I never saw the letter but I can only guess that it arrived in the 1960's or 1970's. His occupation whilst he was in the UK was a telecommunications engineer. He married 3 times - the first time to my mother Iris Davies in Holywell in 1941, the second to Elinor Thursfield in Manchester UK in 1951 and finally to Margaret Brown in Preston in 1954. Myself and my brother, also Ivor were the only children of these marriages. His departure to Australia would therefore be after 1954. I have searched the register for the deaths of British citizens who died overseas but his name does not appear in that. I have had searches done for me in all the Australian states (except Tasmania), by people who work in the BMD departments but they could not find a record of his death up to 1974.

I have also contacted an ABC TV programme called 'Can we Help' hoping that they would take the search on board for me but so far I have had no reply.

Can anyone help me find out where he died and when? I hope to visit Australia in October and I would like to see where my father is buried. (I am 68 years old!!!!)

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Re: What happened to Ivor Hopwood who died in Australia
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 22 August 09 00:01 BST (UK) »
Hi Maxidog..
I am running out the door..but did his last wife come with him to Australia?  can you try and find her death? maybe they were buried together? the other thing..I had a relative I couldn't find and I knew they were church of england..so I called the anglican section of Rookwood Cemetery (Sydney).. This is the biggest cemetery in the southern hemisphere and literally a million people are buried there..I know its a shot in the dark??? I could do it if you like? But first I have to run out and buy a birthday present for a party my daughter is going to in an hour!! I did a search in the independant section (their burials are on line) but the only Hopwood was 1930.
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Re: What happened to Ivor HOPWOOD who died in Australia
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 22 August 09 08:19 BST (UK) »
Hello,

Have you tried New Zealand.

http://bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/

There is a death for Ivor Hopwood aged 46 who died in 1966  #28787 which is around a dob of 1919/1920. Records can be ordered online.

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Robyn
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Re: What happened to Ivor HOPWOOD who died in Australia
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 22 August 09 11:04 BST (UK) »
Following on from  Regross

here is  he burial details  looks like a strong possibility

 http://www.waitakere.govt.nz/cnlser/cm/cemeterysearch/default.aspx

HOPWOOD, IVOR

Plot SOLDIERS BURIAL M Row 4, Plot 47

  Mr Ivor Hopwood aged 46 Occpation was Telephone Technician
died 2/4/1966 buried 6/4/1966

Jenn

When you search for ancestors, you find great friends!
I live in Townsville researching
TOWNSEND,PINNEGAR, STRANGE, PULLEN, GRIFFIN from Wiltshire,,
SHOEBRIDGE, VINALL, BRINDLE, Kent
BAYLEY, Dorset,Yorkshire,
HAIR, Durham,
CUMMINS, BROWNLESS from Yorkshire,
EDSALL,  Cornwall,
MORGAN, HENNESSY, BAKER,  Ireland.
VAN REYK Sri Lanka
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