"A Journey Down Under and Back"

(Page 2 of 7... Poole Family)

From Albany, Laura immediately travelled to Perth, where she was to be married the following day to a man called Thomas Poole. They married on 23 September, 1922 in Victoria Park parish church (an inner South-Eastern suburb of Perth), Western Australia.

Thomas 'Tom' Poole (born Elberton, South Gloucestershire on 26 November 1893) was the son of George Nicholas Poole (born Elberton, Glos, England circa 1855), and Mary Poole (nee England - born Almondsbury, Glos, England on 10 June, 1856), who had married in Thornbury district in 1882. In 1901, Thomas was resident in Elberton village with his parents, and his siblings Edith, Margaret, Frank and William. There were elder siblings that no longer lived with the family too, called Henry (born Elberton, Glos, in 1883), Sarah (known as Sally - born Elberton, Glos in 1884), and Helen Poole (born Elberton, Glos in 1887.) Henry and Helen Poole died young in 1890 (both - of causes unknown to me), aged only six years of age, and two years of age respectively (Thornbury District.) Elberton & Littleton were both villages in the district of Thornbury, Gloucestershire, only a few miles from each other. A history of Thornbury district can be found here.

Sarah (Sally) Poole, was the first of the Poole family to emigrate to Australia, moving there before WW1 commenced. She would later marry a man called Frank Boulter. They went on to have 2 x children (Freda & Craig Boulter.) Craig is now a successful Australian artist (who has exhibited his works) in Western Australia. A link to one of Craig's exhibitions can be found here..

I'm not sure what happened to Frank Boulter, but Sally went on to marry a man called Bernard McKeown, and the couple owned and ran the 'Margaret River Hotel', in Winchester (277 km South of Perth), Western Australia. The hotel was built by Bernard in 1936, has been extended over the years, and it still operates as a hotel today. In its day, it was the "first public house in town". The McKeown family ran it for 32 years until 1972. In the Carnamah newspaper obituary for Mary Poole, Sally is listed as 'Mrs McKeown'.

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 January 1934:
"The death occurred at her home at Winchester on Wednesday, December 20, of Mary Poole, aged 78. The deceased was the wife of Mr. G. N. Poole, and mother of Tom and Frank and of Mrs Keown (Perth). The funeral took place on Friday, December the 22nd, the Rev. A. W. Curtis officiating. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. Lawson, C. Nineham, W. Chapman and H. Fowler. The late Mrs. Poole was a native of Alveston, Gloucestershire, and had lived there nearly all her life. Her husband, Mr. G. N. Poole, came out to Australia from Alveston in 1876, and lived in South Australia for three or four years. He then returned to Alveston, and remained there farming for a long period, before coming out to Australia with the late Mrs. Poole to join their sons a few years ago. Mr. Poole had spent 61 years altogether in the village of Alveston."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 6 January 1934:
"Funeral at Winchester - The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Poole, of Winchester, took place at the Winchester Cemetery on Friday, December 22nd, the service at the graveside being conducted by the Rev. A. W. Curtis, of Coorow. The chief mourners were Mr. G. N. Poole (husband), Mr. and Mrs. Frank Poole (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. T. Poole (son), and Mrs. McKeown (daughter), the pall-bearers being Messrs J. Lawson, C. Nineham, W. Chapman and H. Fowler."

Family treeBernard Henry Everingham McKeown (born 21 January, 1883 in India- actual place unknown), had been married to a lady previously. She was called Eva Florence Forrest (born 1st October, 1882 - in Dwalganup forest area, Blackwood River,WA . The area is now part of the Great Kingston National Park), and she was the daughter of William Henry and Mary Anne Charlotte Forrest, who had married in Bunbury, WA in 1864.

They had married on 9th December, 1908 at Bridgetown (approx. 270 km South of Perth - and one of the most beautiful towns in the area), Western Australia. A little interesting note - convicts had built the road from Donnybrook (210 km South of Perth) into the Bridgetown area in 1861. The gold rush of 1892 brought prosperity to the area.

Eva passed away on 12th July, 1923, aged only 40 years of age. Bernard died on 13th July, 1945 (aged 62 years), at Donnybrook, WA. It was a hard life, and people often died young in those days. I presume that Frank Boulter had died too (though we have no actual details), for Sally Boulter to have remarried.

The couple would later live in a house in an area South of Perth, and they too called their house 'Elberton', like Thomas Poole, so we are led to believe by Philip Maggs.

Thomas Poole's sister Edith Poole, (born Elberton, Glos in 1889) emigrated on 'S.S. Orsova' on the 18th February, 1915, and she married a man called Frank Long in 1916. She had travelled to and from Australia and the UK, between 1914 & 1918, we are told. Frank (Francis William) Long would be an important figure later on in this story. We cannot be sure that Francis William Long was born in Australia or in England, though there is a birth for a man under that name in Thornbury District, Gloucestershire, England in the early part of 1890, so he could well be our man, or indeed pure coincidence.

Sister Margaret Poole ( Born Elberton in 1891), would be the only sibling to stay in England. She married a man called James E.V. Warfield (known to the family as Victor or 'Vic'), in Thornbury District in 1920. When family members returned to England on holiday etc, it would be to Margaret's home that they usually headed.

Neighbouring farmers/farm workers often helped each other out in England, during harvesting time etc, when extra hands were needed on the farms. It is not clear how Laura and Thomas had met in England, though we can presume that it was through work in the farm communities or at church, which all families regularly attended in those days. Apparently, Thomas Poole was good with horses, and he often treated them for minor ailments, which he carried on in Australia. Thomas was a kind of unqualified vet, I suppose.

During WW1 (1914-1918), Thomas became a soldier in the Royal Field Artillery. Both of his brothers, Frank Poole and William Poole served in the army during WW1 too.

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