|Ray Jerrems, Our Genealogist, Historian||
This article is part of our "Remember Me" series. It revolves around the descendants of Edwin Lewis Jerrems, one of the family which migrated to Australia in the 1850s.
Until recently I had been concentrating on four of Edwin's brothers, William George, Charles, Robert Cane and Arthur Reginald (all of whom have descendants who read the Journal), but had gradually assembled some disjointed information about Edwin and his descendants. Particularly I had been interested in finding more information about the people in a photograph from the South Australian Library's archives which Donald had sent me.
Donald is obviously intrigued by the photo because he has sent me a number of reminders about it.
By the way, this is a different "Arthur" to the Arthur Wallace Jerrems from the United States described in the Jerrems Journal of April 2009.
Arthur's father was Edwin Lewis Jerrems, who was born in Gainsborough, England in 1845, and migrated to Melbourne, Australia with his mother and siblings in 1859 (this family forms the basis of all the Australian families who read the Journal and most of the US families). Edwin, a printer, probably headed off to Sydney (his 1873 death notice says "late of Sydney") to make his fame and fortune soon after his father Thomas Jerrems died in Melbourne in 1866. Three of his brothers, Thomas, William and Charles (the latter of whom were also printers) also spent time in Sydney in the mid to late 1860s, but Edwin may not have stayed long because he married Mary James on 25/12/1869 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Adelaide.
Edwin and Mary had 4 children: Edwin Lewis (Jnr) born 1870, Alice born 1871, Edith Maud, and Arthur born 1873. Sadly, their father died a mere 5 weeks after Arthur was born.
In due course Arthur married Alice Anne Monck (a widow, former married name Monck but maiden name Kearns) on 22/7/1896. By coincidence Arthur's sister and his wife were both named Alice. They had one child, a daughter, Edith Anne born on in 1897. I will tell you more about Arthur later.
"Sister Edie". Arthur's sister Edith Maud ("Edie") is standing on the left hand side of the photo. I will tell you more about her later, also.
How the people are dressed
It is interesting to see how people dressed in those days. The moustachioed Arthur is dressed in a sober dark suit and possibly a waistcoat, and his sister Edie is wearing a conservative long dark dress and dark coat. They are probably in their "Sunday best".
Young Edie is wearing a long white top and skirt and high black boots, as befitting a "young flapper" of that era. A beaming Granny James, in true "little old lady" style, is happily rugged-up in her wheelchair, with a white or cream shawl and other warm tops.
Arthur's brother Edwin and sister Alice
Briefly, Arthur's brother Edwin Lewis Jnr died in Adelaide in 1932 leaving a widow Florence, who died in 1964. No children are mentioned in the death notice. Although Arthur and Edwin lived only 3 miles (5km) from each other, it seems that they had not kept in touch.
Alice married John Kay (born 1870, died 1946) in 1897. She died in 1953.
Arthur and his wife Alice
What happened to Arthur's daughter Edie?
Initially I painstakingly accumulated quite a lot of fragments from the "Advertiser" about Edie, the first being a quaint reference to her participation in the opening celebrations at the Elite Skating Rink in 1913 (at the age of 16), where she was dressed picturesquely as "Pearly Queen and Puss in Boots".
Edie helped in her mother's Globe Dining Rooms. Then (according to her son Doug) she formed a friendship with a young local policeman whose "beat" included the Globe Dining Rooms. As part of his police duties he would call in to the dining rooms to check that the staff (particularly Edie) was safe and that the quality of the fare was satisfactory. In due course she married the solicitous policeman, Ernest Leslie ("Les") Hogg.
Arthur's sister Edie
Edie married Keogh (given name not known) and they had at least 3 children, Albert, Peter and an airline pilot (name not known). Her husband was killed in a railway accident in about 1935.
The place and date of the photograph
Doug says that the photo was taken in Adelaide's Botanical Gardens. Although the approximate date of the photograph is stated on the back of the photo as being 1915 it was probably taken a few years earlier because Granny James died before 1915.
By locating Doug I have been able to fill in one of the pieces of the jigsaw of the members of the Jerrems family who migrated to Australia in the 1850s. I now have a multitude of stories to be told about Edwin's descendants, but I have had to be selective due to constraints on the amount of material we can publish in the Jerrems Journal. This article will at least give you an outline of Edwin's branch of the Jerrems family.
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