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DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« on: Friday 23 September 22 03:21 BST (UK) »
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Is it possible to get digital copies of deed poll records from the Public Records Office of Victoria for the period before 1890? Adolph was born Adolph Carl Johannesson in Sweden in 1868. At his marriage in 1890 in Melbourne he gave his name as Adolph Johnston. I don't know for sure that he changed his name officially, he may have just decided to Anglicise his name unofficially. But if there is a deed poll record I would love to find it. The only PROV files on him that I could find was his divorce in 1927. But it seems from the PROV index that it might only have change of name records after 1904. Any help gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Geoff Turner

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #1 on: Friday 23 September 22 03:46 BST (UK) »
I don’t know for sure, but I reckon he anglicised the name, as you suggest, rather than changed it officially. I’m sure someone will know about possible deed poll registers.

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #2 on: Friday 23 September 22 03:51 BST (UK) »
Thanks.

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #3 on: Friday 23 September 22 05:20 BST (UK) »
I had a quick look on Trove in case there were any mentions of him changing or going by a new name,  an “also known as”, or announcements such as “wishes to be known as” - there seem to be a few Adolph Johnstone but Nothing stood out …. however I just had a cursory glance so you might like to have a closer look yourself.


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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #4 on: Friday 23 September 22 05:50 BST (UK) »
Hi,
Have you read the actual divorce file?
He was not born in Sweden, but Croydon London in 1868 and had been in Australia since 1885.

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #5 on: Friday 23 September 22 06:40 BST (UK) »
Yes, I have read the divorce file. He was actually born at Ejgde norr, Kville, Västra Götaland, Sweden. I think the Croydon reference is another part of the attempt at Anglicisation. Geoff

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #6 on: Friday 23 September 22 06:42 BST (UK) »
Hi I have a gentleman who changed his name by Deed Poll in Queensland and the legal document is attached to his Birth Certificate.  I hope this helps.

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #7 on: Friday 23 September 22 06:48 BST (UK) »
Well, It strikes me that he was doing more than anglicising. I would suggest there might be concealment.

The evidence about himself in the pages of the divorce file are given under oath. Quite a lot more serious than trying to "fit in"

Does the marriage certificate give his birthplace?

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Re: DEED POLL change of name Victoria to ADOLPH (ADOLF) JOHNSTON before 1890
« Reply #8 on: Friday 23 September 22 06:50 BST (UK) »
On his marriage certificate he says he was born in Gothenburg which Wiki tells me "is the second-largest city in Sweden, fifth-largest in the Nordic countries, and capital of the Västra Götaland County". So definitely not Croydon!