Frances Edwin Birtles

b. 7 November 1881, d. 1 July 1941
FatherDavid Edwin Birtles b. 1851, d. 14 Apr 1926
MotherSarah Jane Bartlett b. 14 Mar 1859, d. 10 Jul 1945
Francis Edwin Birtles
     Frances Edwin Birtles was born on 7 November 1881 at Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett.
Frances Edwin Birtles married Frances C Knight in 1920 at Australia.
Frances Edwin Birtles married Nea McCutcheon in 1935 at Australia.
BIRTLES, FRANCIS EDWIN (1881-1941), overlander, was born on 7 November 1881 at Fitzroy, Victoria, son of David Birtles, a bootmaker from Macclesfield, England, and his wife Sarah Jane, née Bartlett. He was educated at South Wandin State School, and at 15 joined the merchant navy as an apprentice. In 1899 he jumped ship at Cape Town, South Africa, and tried to enlist with Australian militia, but was attached to the Field Intelligence Department as part of a troop of irregular mounted infantry until May 1902. He returned briefly to Australia, then joined the constabulary in the Transvaal as a mounted police officer. His experiences there equipped him with bushcraft skills in a semi-arid environment and he undertook several cycling and photographic excursions; his police service ended when he contracted blackwater fever.
Birtles disembarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, and on 26 December 1905 left to cycle to Melbourne, an achievement which attracted widespread attention. After brief employment as a lithographic artist, in 1907-08 he cycled to Sydney and then, via Brisbane, Normanton, Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide back to Sydney, where he was thereafter based. In 1909 he published the story of his feat, Lonely Lands, which he illustrated with his own photographs. That year he set a new cycling record for the Fremantle to Sydney continental crossing, then in 1910-11 rode around Australia. In 1911 he was accompanied from Sydney to Darwin by R. Primmer, cameraman for the Gaumont Co.: Across Australia was released next year. Birtles had continued on to Broome and Perth, then lowered his record by riding from Fremantle to Sydney in thirty-one days. By 1912 he had cycled around Australia twice and had crossed the continent seven times.
Birtles next turned to the motor car and in 1912 completed the first west-to-east crossing of the continent with Syd Ferguson and a terrier, Rex, in a single-cylinder Brush car. In 1914 with Frank Hurley as cameraman he made Into Australia's Unknown (1915); next year he retraced their route and was responsible for the film Across Australia in the Track of Burke and Wills; in 1919 he made Through Australian Wilds, following by car the track of Sir Ross Smith. On his many other trips, with companions such as his brother Clive, he shot much film footage.
On 27 November 1920 at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, he married Frances Knight; they soon separated and she divorced him in 1922. In 1921 he and his companion Roy Fry had been extensively injured when his car caught fire near Elsey station while he was employed by the Prime Minister's Department on a survey mission for the proposed north-south railway to Alice Springs; he later finished the survey by air. In 1926 he set motoring records from Melbourne to Darwin and Darwin to Sydney (seven days) in a Bean car named 'The Sundowner'. By mid-1927 he had completed more than seventy transcontinental crossings. Impecunious, he depended on manufacturers to sponsor his expeditions and wrote about many of his journeys for newspapers and periodicals.
In July 1928 Birtles became the first person to drive from London to Melbourne, a nine-month part-solo journey completed in 'The Sundowner' which he donated in 1929 to a proposed national museum in Canberra. With M. H. Ellis he undertook an unsuccessful search for L. H. B. Lasseter. In the Depression he spent several years gold-prospecting in arid areas and discovered a payable gold-mine in 1934. On 11 February 1935 at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, he married Nea McCutcheon. That year he published Battle Fronts of Outback (Sydney).
Survived by his second wife, Birtles died at Croydon of coronary vascular disease on 1 July 1941 and was buried in the Anglican section of Waverley cemetery.
Select Bibliography
M. H. Ellis, The Long Lead (Lond, 1927); T. R. Nicholson, The Trailblazers (Lond, 1958), and Five Roads to Danger (Lond, 1960); I. Bertrand, ‘Francis Birtles — cyclist, explorer, Kodaker’, Cinema Papers, Jan 1974; private information. More on the resources

This is written by Terry G. Birtles; 'Birtles, Francis Edwin (1881 - 1941)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, Melbourne University Press, 1979, pp 297-298
http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070303b.htm.
Frances Edwin Birtles died on 1 July 1941 at Croydon, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, at age 59. Died of coronary vascular disease.

Family 1

Frances C Knight b. 1897, d. 1966
Marriage*
Frances Edwin Birtles married Frances C Knight in 1920 at Australia

Family 2

Nea McCutcheon b. 1895
Marriage*
Frances Edwin Birtles married Nea McCutcheon in 1935 at Australia

Francis H Birtles

b. 1877, d. 1881
FatherDavid Edwin Birtles b. 1851, d. 14 Apr 1926
MotherSarah Jane Bartlett b. 14 Mar 1859, d. 10 Jul 1945
     Francis H Birtles was born in 1877 at Victoria, Australia. He was the son of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett.
Francis H Birtles died in 1881 at Victoria, Australia.

Ida Victoria Birtles

b. 1890, d. 1929
FatherDavid Edwin Birtles b. 1851, d. 14 Apr 1926
MotherSarah Jane Bartlett b. 14 Mar 1859, d. 10 Jul 1945
     Ida Victoria Birtles was born in 1890 at Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett.
Ida Victoria Birtles married John Orton in 1911 at Victoria, Australia.
Ida Victoria Birtles died in 1929 at Australia.

Family

John Orton
Marriage*
Ida Victoria Birtles married John Orton in 1911 at Victoria, Australia

Ivy Valinda Birtles

b. 1907
FatherDavid Edwin Birtles b. 1851, d. 14 Apr 1926
MotherSarah Jane Bartlett b. 14 Mar 1859, d. 10 Jul 1945
     Ivy Valinda Birtles was born in 1907 at Victoria, Australia. She was the daughter of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett.
Ivy Valinda Birtles married Wilhelm Wehsack circa 1930 at Australia.
Ivy Valinda Birtles married James Henry Watts circa 1950 at Australia.

Family 1

Wilhelm Wehsack
Marriage*
Ivy Valinda Birtles married Wilhelm Wehsack circa 1930 at Australia

Family 2

James Henry Watts
Marriage*
Ivy Valinda Birtles married James Henry Watts circa 1950 at Australia

Robert Clive Birtles

b. circa 1930, d. July 2016
FatherClive Irwin Birtles b. 1894, d. 1973
MotherOlive Selina McGann
     Robert Clive Birtles was born circa 1930 at Kendall, New South Wales, Australia.1 He was the son of Clive Irwin Birtles and Olive Selina McGann.
Robert Clive Birtles married Beverly Massey circa 1955 at Australia.
Robert Clive Birtles died in July 2016 at Australia.1

Family

Beverly Massey
Marriage*
Robert Clive Birtles married Beverly Massey circa 1955 at Australia

Citations

  1. [S614] E-mails from Rob Birtles (e-mail address) to Geoffrey Barber, August 2016.

Vernon B Birtles

b. 1897
FatherDavid Edwin Birtles b. 1851, d. 14 Apr 1926
MotherSarah Jane Bartlett b. 14 Mar 1859, d. 10 Jul 1945
     Vernon B Birtles was born in 1897 at Victoria, Australia. He was the son of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett.
Vernon B Birtles married Florence H Stewart in 1927 at Australia.

Family

Florence H Stewart
Marriage*
Vernon B Birtles married Florence H Stewart in 1927 at Australia

Ann Bish

     Ann Bish and Thomas Norton obtained a marriage licence on 11 January 1716/17 at Archdeaconry of Chichester, Sussex, England, Thomas is a bachelor yeoman of Hurstpierpoint; Ann a spinster of Findon.1
Ann Bish married Thomas Norton, son of Thomas Norton and Frances Whitpaine, on 16 January 1716/17 at Slaugham, Sussex, England.1

Family

Thomas Norton b. 5 Nov 1691
Marriage License
Ann Bish and Thomas Norton obtained a marriage licence on 11 January 1716/17 at Archdeaconry of Chichester, Sussex, England, Thomas is a bachelor yeoman of Hurstpierpoint; Ann a spinster of Findon.1 
Marriage*
Ann Bish married Thomas Norton, son of Thomas Norton and Frances Whitpaine, on 16 January 1716/17 at Slaugham, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Charles F Bish

     Charles F Bish married Florence Eva Banks, daughter of George Banks and Mary A Brooker, in 1922 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.1

Family

Florence Eva Banks b. c 1898, d. 1975
Marriage*
Charles F Bish married Florence Eva Banks, daughter of George Banks and Mary A Brooker, in 1922 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1922, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 185."

Sarah Bishnell

b. circa 1783, d. 1836
     Sarah Bishnell was born circa 1783 at Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England; needs to be checked!
Sarah Bishnell married William Middleton, son of Christopher Middleton and Sarah Binder, on 15 July 1804 at Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England.
Sarah Bishnell died in 1836 at Cambridgeshire, England. This has not been verified, but husband William appears to be a widower in the 1841 census.1

Family

William Middleton b. 28 Nov 1766
Marriage*
Sarah Bishnell married William Middleton, son of Christopher Middleton and Sarah Binder, on 15 July 1804 at Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/).

Elizabeth Bishop

b. circa 1819
     Elizabeth Bishop was born circa 1819 at England.
Elizabeth Bishop married Stephen Marchant, son of Richard Marchant and Sarah Gillam, on 15 December 1867 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England, Father's name James Earl.1

Family

Stephen Marchant b. 13 Jan 1815
Marriage*
Elizabeth Bishop married Stephen Marchant, son of Richard Marchant and Sarah Gillam, on 15 December 1867 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England, Father's name James Earl.1 

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Place: Brighton, Sussex, England; Collection: St Nicholas; -; Date Range: 1867 - 1872; Film Number: 1067130
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
    Original data: Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission."

Hannah Bishop

b. circa 1814, d. 1859
     Hannah Bishop was born circa 1814 at Lewes, Sussex, England.
Hannah Bishop married George Morris, son of Joseph Morris and Sarah Breach, in 1837 at Lewes, Sussex, England.1
On 30 March 1851 Hannah Bishop and George Morris lived at Feelings Common, Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Hannah Bishop died in 1859 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.2

Family

George Morris b. 12 Jul 1807
Marriage*
Hannah Bishop married George Morris, son of Joseph Morris and Sarah Breach, in 1837 at Lewes, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1837, Lewes, Vol 7 Page 393."
  2. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1859, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 65."

Jane Bishop

     Jane Bishop married William Gladman, son of George Gladman and Ann Markwick, on 2 February 1803 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, William is "of West Firle". Witnesses: John KENNARD, Thos AKEHURST, Henry BLUNDEN.1
Jane Bishop and an unknown person obtained a marriage license on 3 February 1803 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Lewes, Sussex, England. William is a bachelor of West Firle age 22 & up. Jane is of Hellingly age 22 & up. Note that the licence date is after the wedding date - this may be a transcription error.1

Family 1

William Gladman b. 25 Feb 1780
Marriage*
Jane Bishop married William Gladman, son of George Gladman and Ann Markwick, on 2 February 1803 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, William is "of West Firle". Witnesses: John KENNARD, Thos AKEHURST, Henry BLUNDEN.1 
Child

Family 2

Child

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Leslie Albert Bishop

b. 8 April 1923, d. 1999
     Leslie Albert Bishop was born on 8 April 1923 at Steyning, Sussex, England.1
Leslie Albert Bishop married Eileen Ethel Harris, daughter of David Harris and Ethel Louisa Taylor, in 1945 at Brighton, Sussex, England.2
Leslie Albert Bishop died in 1999 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1

Family

Eileen Ethel Harris b. 28 Apr 1920, d. 1994
Marriage*
Leslie Albert Bishop married Eileen Ethel Harris, daughter of David Harris and Ethel Louisa Taylor, in 1945 at Brighton, Sussex, England.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan 1999, Brighton, Register Number: C1B, District and Subdistrict: 4521C, Entry number: 158."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1945, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 761."

Lucy Bishop

b. 28 April 1870, d. 1943
     Lucy Bishop was born on 28 April 1870 at Telscombe, Sussex, England.
Lucy Bishop was baptized on 19 June 1870 at Telscombe, Sussex, England.
Lucy Bishop married William Moore, son of John Moore and Lucy Wilson, on 10 November 1902 at Register Office, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Lucy Bishop died in 1943 at Barnet, Middlesex, England.

Family

William Moore b. 1870
Marriage*
Lucy Bishop married William Moore, son of John Moore and Lucy Wilson, on 10 November 1902 at Register Office, Brighton, Sussex, England
Child

Mary Bishop

b. circa 1762, d. 1835
     Mary Bishop was born circa 1762 at Sussex, England.
Possible baptisms:
6 Mar 1765 dau. of James and Elizabeth Bishop at Westbourne
28 Feb 1755 dau. Thomas & Mary Bishop at Worth
25 Sep 1768 dau. William & Elizabeth Bishop at Racton
2 May 1762 dau. Richard & Sarah Bishop at Westfield
26 Dec 1755 dau. John & Sarah Bishop at Burwash
20 May 1759 dau. James & Mary Bishop at Littlehampton
3 Sep 1758 dau. James & Mary Bishop at Portslade.1
Mary Bishop married Philip Murrell on 13 March 1793 at Arundel, Sussex, England, both of Arundel, witnesses were Thos. Cooper and Fanny Lilywhite.2
A document exists (Par 8. Arundel 36/1) dated 17 May 1798 which is an order of the Justice of the Peace for Philip Murrell to pay Mary Murrell of Arundel four shillings and sixpence per week. Philip Murrell is described as a private serving in the Sussex Supplementary Regiment of Militia in his own right as a ballotted man for the parish of Arundel. The document lists his children as Philip aged 5 years and George aged 3 years. The sum of four shillings and sixpence is described as being the usual and ordinary price of three days labour in husbandry within the said county.
Mary Bishop died in 1835 at Arundel, Sussex, England.
Mary Bishop was buried on 23 December 1835 at Arundel, Sussex, England.3

Family

Philip Murrell b. c 1752, d. 1817
Marriage*
Mary Bishop married Philip Murrell on 13 March 1793 at Arundel, Sussex, England, both of Arundel, witnesses were Thos. Cooper and Fanny Lilywhite.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "age 73 years."

Mary Bishop

     Mary Bishop married John Snashall on 16 November 1704 at West Chiltington, Sussex, England.

Family

John Snashall
Marriage*
Mary Bishop married John Snashall on 16 November 1704 at West Chiltington, Sussex, England
Child

Sandra J Bishop

b. 1949
FatherLeslie Albert Bishop b. 8 Apr 1923, d. 1999
MotherEileen Ethel Harris b. 28 Apr 1920, d. 1994
     Sandra J Bishop was born in 1949 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Leslie Albert Bishop and Eileen Ethel Harris.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1949, Brighton, Vol 5h Page 158."

Elizabeth Blaber

b. 11 January 1694/95, d. 1755
     Elizabeth Blaber was baptized on 11 January 1694/95 at Wadhurst, Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Blaber married Richard Akehurst, son of Richard Akehurst and Elizabeth (?), on 26 January 1715/16 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.1
Elizabeth Blaber died in 1755 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
In the Poor Book of the parish of Hellingly (1747-1764) records that they (Overseers of the Poor?) met at the house of Widow Akehurst on 3 Feb 1755.
On that same day it also recorded that: John Akehurst is to keep Jane Oxley (aged 7 years) youngest girl of Wm Oxley decd. from this day to Lady Day 1756 for 3 pounds 10 shillings.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1X3-NRW?mode=g&i=196&cat=216231
(image 197 of 919) (ESRO PAR 375/31/1/2.)2
Elizabeth Blaber was buried on 31 December 1755 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, "widow."3

Family

Richard Akehurst b. c 1693, d. 1735
Marriage*
Elizabeth Blaber married Richard Akehurst, son of Richard Akehurst and Elizabeth (?), on 26 January 1715/16 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1X3-V2L."
  3. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "widow."

Richard Blaber

b. circa 1791, d. 12 July 1869
     Richard Blaber was born circa 1791 at Sussex, England.
Richard Blaber married Martha Winter on 31 May 1811 at Lewes, Sussex, England.
Richard Blaber married Philadelphia Breach, daughter of Edward Breach and Tabitha Holford, on 3 June 1849 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England.1
On 30 March 1851 Richard Blaber and Philadelphia Breach lived at St Nicholas Lane, Lewes, Sussex, England.2
Richard Blaber died on 12 July 1869 at Lewes, Sussex, England.
Richard Blaber was buried on 18 July 1869 at St Anne's, Lewes, Sussex, England.

Family 1

Martha Winter d. 13 Mar 1843
Marriage*
Richard Blaber married Martha Winter on 31 May 1811 at Lewes, Sussex, England

Family 2

Philadelphia Breach b. 1792, d. 1872
Marriage*
Richard Blaber married Philadelphia Breach, daughter of Edward Breach and Tabitha Holford, on 3 June 1849 at St Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: England, Marriages, 1538–1973. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013."
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1643; Folio: 512; Page: 33; GSU roll: 193546-193547."

Olive Blackman

b. circa 1858, d. 1884
     Olive Blackman was born circa 1858 at Stedham, Sussex, England.1
Olive Blackman married Amos Morris, son of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, in 1879 at Midhurst, Sussex, England.2
On 3 April 1881 Olive Blackman and Amos Morris lived at Stedham, Sussex, England.1
Olive Blackman died in 1884 at Midhurst, Sussex, England.3

Family

Amos Morris b. 1854, d. 1908
Marriage*
Olive Blackman married Amos Morris, son of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, in 1879 at Midhurst, Sussex, England.2 
Child

Citations

  1. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1134; Folio: 53; Page: 12; GSU roll: 1341277."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1879, Midhurst, Vol 2b Page 655."
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1884, Midhurst, Vol 2b Page 264, 26 years."