PART EIGHT

 

The Australia Main Line - 1840 to 2000

 

Updated December 2016

 

 

 

For a great many years now correspondence and information has been exchanged with cousins Don Collett (Ref. 8R21) and Ann Roslyn Preston (Ref. 8S15) who are descendants of the Gloucestershire Collett family now living in Australia.  During 2002 Don created his own website which he later re-launched prior to his death in 2014 as http://members.westnet.com.au/dcollett.  This Part 8 of the Collett Family History is a personal tribute you to the late Don Collett and big thank you to Ann Preston for the information she has supplied and for her continued friendship over many years.

 

 

 

 

 

This section of the Collett story starts at Painswick in Gloucestershire with Henry Collett (Ref. 1O64) and mainly concentrates on those people carrying the Collett name, whereas Don Collett’s website opens this up to the extended family.  It was Henry’s great-granddaughter, Dorothy Pitt nee Collett (Ref. 8R7), who kindly provided the detailed story of her father James Percy Collett (Ref. 8Q7) who died in 2006, just short of his 104th birthday.  This has been followed up by the publication of a new book entitled “Jim – An Australian Hero” by Maria Ngo which was available to purchase from April 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8O1

HENRY COLLETT (Ref. 1O71) was born on 7th June 1838 and was baptised on 24th June 1838 at Painswick in Gloucestershire, the fifth of the seven children of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Mills.  He married Elizabeth Roberts on 6th April 1858 at Brynmawr near Crickhowell in South Wales.  Elizabeth, who was baptised on 3rd January 1836 at Abergavenny, was the daughter of Peter Roberts and his wife Mary.  Henry and Elizabeth emigrated to Australia when they sailed out of Plymouth on the 23rd August 1860 aboard the ship Schah Jehan which arrived at Port Adelaide in South Australia on 2nd December that same year.  The passenger list included the names of Henry Collett, aged 22 and from Painswick, a miner, and Elizabeth Collett nee Roberts, aged 34 and from Abergaveny, to which was added their daughter Elizabeth Collett who born and died during the sea voyage.

 

 

 

Henry Collett was a coal miner in England and a gold miner in Australia and around 1865 he and his family left Adelaide when they settled in Maryborough in Victoria, before returning to South Australia after a couple of years.  However, it was at Maryborough where Henry Collett died on 11th April 1918 and where he was buried during the following day, 12th April 1918.  His wife Elizabeth had died nearly thirty years earlier, when she passed away on 20th April 1890 at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, following which she was buried at Cheltenham Cemetery in Melbourne on 22nd April 1890.  This photograph was most likely taken around 1916 and included his daughter-in-law Emily Jane Collett nee Corey, the wife of his eldest son William Henry, with her five youngest children.  They were James, Charles, Tennyson, Emily and Eva.

 

 

 

8P1

Elizabeth Jane Collett

Born on 02.10.1860 at sea

 

8P2

William Henry Collett

Born on 26.12.1861 at Adelaide

 

8P3

Mary Jane Collett

Born on 08.06.1864 at Adelaide

 

8P4

EMANUEL PETER JAMES COLLETT

Born on 28.12.1866 at Maryborough

 

8P5

Edwin Arthur Collett

Born on 10.09.1869 at Queenstown

 

8P6

Eleanor Harriett Sinai Collett

Born on 29.01.1876 in South Australia

 

 

 

 

8P1

Elizabeth Jane Collett was born at sea on 2nd October 1860 on board the sailing ship Schah Jehan bound for Australia from Plymouth.  The difficult sea journey resulted in her mother Elizabeth being taken ill during and following the birth and Eliza was born at a point in the voyage when there was still two months to go before the ship reached its destination.  It is likely that, like her mother, Eliza Jane was also not in the best of health during the weeks following her birth, in such difficult surroundings, since she did not survive.  The record of her birth, together with that of her death at Woodville in South Australia on 22nd December 1860, were both stated as having taken place at South Australia to where the ship was headed.

 

 

 

 

8P2

William Henry Collett was born at Portland Estate in Port Adelaide, South Australia, on 26th December 1861 the son of Henry Collett and Elizabeth Roberts.  When he was around four years old the family moved to Maryborough, while it was also at Portland Estate that he married Emily Jane Corey on 17th July 1889.  She was born on 1st April 1868 at 63 Rollo Street, Battersea in London, England, the daughter of William Corey and Henrietta Emery.  Their children were born at various locations in Victoria including Cheltenham and Carisbrook, but the majority were born at Maryborough.  William’s occupation was that of a carpenter, although at the time of the death of their son Henry during the First World War, he and Emily were living at The Post Office in Maryborough.

 

 

 

William Henry Collett died on 17th March 1937 at Maryborough and was buried at Maryborough Cemetery on 20th May 1937.  Emily Collett nee Corey died on 8th September 1962 at Adelaide and was buried in Dudley Park on 11th September 1962, at the age of 94. 

 

 

 

8Q1

Evelyn Frances Grace Collett

Born on 23.01.1890

 

8Q2

Edgar Thomas Collett

Born in 1891

 

8Q3

Henry Collett

Born on 06.06.1894

 

8Q4

William Collett

Born on 04.06.1896

 

8Q5

Albert Ernest Collett

Born in 1897

 

8Q6

George Robert Collett

Born on 13.07.1900

 

8Q7

James Percy Collett

Born on 25.10.1902

 

8Q8

Charles William Henry Collett

Born on 04.05.1904

 

8Q9

Emily Henrietta Collett

Born on 11.12.1907

 

8Q10

Tennyson Harold Collett

Born on 29.07.1910

 

8Q11

Eva Elizabeth Jane Collett

Born on 22.01.1913

 

 

 

 

8P3

Mary Jane Collett was born at Port Adelaide on 8th June 1864 and not long after she was born the family settled in Maryborough.  She married Henry Corey on 26th December 1882 at the Bible Christian Church in Yatala, South Australia.  Henry Corey, the brother of Emily Corey who married Mary Jane’s brother William Collett (above), was born on 25th December 1860 at 17 Lillington Street in Westminster, London, the son of William Corey and Henrietta Emery.

 

 

 

Henry had emigrated to Australia in 1875 on board the ship North, which sailed from Plymouth on 10th September and arrived at Port Adelaide on 30th November.  However, the passengers were not permitted to land until 9th December, possibly because of the risk of disease or infection on board the ship.  Henry’s occupation was that of stonemason and plasterer. 

 

 

 

Mary Jane Corey nee Collett died on 1st February 1889 at Mentone Moorabbin Shire in Victoria after the birth of the couple’s third child, and was buried at Cheltenham Cemetery.  A few years later Henry Corey married (2) Mary Thomas Miller Barnett from which union their daughter Henrietta Mary Corey was born.  Two years later Henry and Mary sailed on the ship Wollowra to Albany in Western Australia, arriving there on 25th August 1896.  Henry Corey died on 27th May 1940 at Perth in Western Australia and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

 

 

 

8Q12

Eva Elizabeth Jane Corey

Born on 18.11.1883; died 24.06.1937

 

8Q13

Henry Clifford Corey

Born on 23.07.1885; died in 1958

 

8Q14

Thomas Percival Corey

Born in 1887; died in 1960

 

8Q15

Henrietta Mary Corey

Born on 12.03.1894

 

 

 

 

8P4

EMANUEL PETER JAMES COLLETT was born at Maryborough in Victoria on 28th December 1866 and he later married Hetty Matilda Ruff on 8th August 1891 at Armadale in Victoria.  Emanuel was a bricklayer and he died on 24th April 1912 at Malvern in Victoria and was buried on 25th April at Cheltenham Cemetery in Melbourne.  Hetty was born in 1869 at Prahan in Victoria, the daughter of James Ruff and Elizabeth Vines.  She died on 26th September 1935 at Caulfield in Victoria, and was buried the following day at Cheltenham Cemetery.  A photograph, kindly provided by Neil Evans in 2016, shows widow Hetty Matilda Collett sitting with her family shortly before she passed away.  The picture was taken in the back garden of her home and included Les, Archie, Edwin and Percy (standing) and Beatrice, Reg and Irene (sitting).  Neil recalls his grandmother Hetty was living with his mother Irene Evans nee Collett when she died.

 

 

 

8Q16

Archibald Victor James Collett

Born on 12.05.1892

 

8Q17

PERCIVAL HAROLD COLLETT

Born on 19.08.1893

 

8Q18

EDWIN ARTHUR COLLETT

Born on 09.07.1895

 

8Q19

Beatrice Maude Collett

Born on 16.03.1897

 

8Q20

Ida Matilda Collett

Born in 1899

 

8Q21

Leslie St Clair Collett

Born on 29.07.1900

 

8Q22

Irene Elizabeth Collett

Born on 19.12.1904

 

8Q23

Reginald Collett

Born on 29.08.1907

 

 

 

 

8P5

Edwin Arthur Collett was born on 10th September 1869 at Queenstown in South Australia and he later married Margaret Annie Archard on 8th November 1900 at Ballarat in Victoria.  She was born on 31st December 1876 at Taragulla in Victoria and died on 25th January 1949 at Williamstown in Victoria.  Edwin Arthur Collett died on 8th April 1942 at Kyneton in Victoria and was buried at Riddells Creek in Victoria, where his wife was buried nearly seven years later on 27th January 1949 following her passing two days earlier.

 

 

 

8Q24

Arthur Edwin Collett

Born on 12.06.1902

 

8Q25

Ida Elizabeth Collett

Born on 20.03.1903

 

8Q26

Thomas George Collett

Born on 05.10.1905

 

8Q27

Clifford Henry Collett

Born on 14.10.1906

 

8Q28

Elsie May Collett

Born on 31.10.1907

 

8Q29

Geoffrey Archard Collett

Born on 14.01.1909

 

 

 

 

8P6

Eleanor Harriett Sinai Collett was born on 29th January 1876 at South Australia.  She married James Cochrane in 1892, who died sixty-five years later on 14th February 1957.  Eleanor survived her husband by a further fifteen years when she died in 1972 at Malvern and was buried at Cheltenham in Victoria, at the age of 96.  The couple had six children and all were born in Victoria.  The first three Myrtle Wilimea (born 1892), Beatrice Elizabeth (born 1894) and William Henry (born 1895) were born at Cheltenham, with Ivy Lillian (born 1898) at Brighton, Charles James (born 1899) at Gembrook and Royden Alexander (born 03.03.1909) at Malvern.

 

 

 

 

8Q1

Evelyn Frances Grace Collett was born at Carisbrook, Victoria on 23rd January 1890.  She married (1) Herbert James Emery who was born during 1888 in South Australia, the son of John and Edith Emery.  The marriage produced four children for the couple, Henry, Gladys, Evelyn (Linnie) and Violet, although the dates of birth of whom are not known.  Herbert later died at Adelaide on 6th December 1952, following which Evelyn married (2) Bruce W Willcocks.  She was eighty years old when she died in Adelaide on 10th September 1970.

 

 

 

 

8Q2

Edgar Thomas Collett was born at Cheltenham in Victoria during 1891 and he died at Maryborough on 20th October 1902 at Maryborough, where he was buried two days later at the age of only eleven years.

 

 

 

 

8Q3

Henry Collett was born at Carisbrook, Victoria on 6th June 1894.  At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted as Private 1519 with the 24th Battalion Australian Infantry of the Australian Imperial Force.  Henry was involved in the Anzac (Australian & New Zealand Corps) battles to secure Gallipoli in Turkey, but tragically died there at Lone Pine on 14th October 1915. 

 

 

 

He was buried at the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac in Turkey, which looks out over the Aegean Sea – grave ref. ID.19.  His parents William Henry and Emily Collett were notified of his death while they were living at The Post Office at Maryborough.

 

His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Maryborough (rather than Carisbrook); he enlisted at Mildura in Victoria; his service number was 1519; and his father and next-of-kin was William H Collett.

 

 

 

 

8Q4

William Collett was born at Maryborough on 4th June 1896, and he died on 30th November 1974 at Yarram in Victoria, following which he was buried on 2nd December 1974 at Welshpool in Victoria.  During his life he was a soldier in the First World War, and later a policeman, a wrestler and a storeman.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Maryborough; he enlisted at Maryborough; his service number was 3080; and his father and next-of-kin was William H Collett.  It may be of interest to note that his service number 3080 immediately followed that of his cousin Percival Harold Collett (Ref. 8Q17) who was 3079, perhaps indicating that they had enlisted together.

 

 

 

He married (1) Ethyl Bryle Myrne Hughes who was born in January 1889 the daughter of Ned Hughes and Arabella Jenkins.  The marriage produced one son who was born in 1919, before William and Ethyl separated and William married (2) Phyllis Elizabeth Phillips, with whom he had a further two children.  Phyllis was born on 9th June 1905.  Ethyl Collett nee Hughes died at Melbourne on 17th December 1972 and was buried two days later at Traralgon in Victoria, while Phyllis died on 22nd May 1989 at the Foster Hospital in Victoria and was buried three days later at Toora Lawn Cemetery.

 

 

 

8R1

John William Henry Collett

Born on 11.12.1919

 

8R2

Terry Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

8R3

Gladys Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

8Q5

Albert Ernest Collett was born at Carisbrook in 1897.  He married Lillian Jean Hutcherson and the married produced one son for the couple.

 

 

 

8R4

Albert Ernest Milburn Collett

Born on 13.10.1928

 

 

 

 

8Q6

George Robert Collett was born at Maryborough on 13th July 1900 and he died at Geelong in Victoria on 19th August 1976.  At sometime in his life he married Hilda Dean.

 

 

 

 

8Q7

James Percy Collett was born on 25th October 1902 at Maryborough, where he married Bessie Melvia Carlyon on 4th April 1924.  During his life he was referred to as Jim Collett.

 

Bessie was born on 14th December 1902, also at Maryborough, and died at Caulfield on 5th March 1992 and was buried five days later at Glenroy in Victoria.

 

James lived to the remarkable age of almost 104 years, but unfortunately passed away at Caulfield on 23rd August 2006 just two month short of his 104th birthday.  He was buried six days later at the Fawkner Cemetery, Victoria.

 

This picture was taken sometime between 1952 and 1970 when he was working at the Melbourne City Mission.

 

 

 

8R5

James Leslie Collett

Born on 11.04.1925

 

8R6

Betty Jean Collett

Born on 04.09.1927

 

8R7

Dorothy Shirley Collett

Born on 24.04.1929

 

8R8

Victor Henry Collett

Born on 14.12.1933

 

 

 

The Life Story of a Great Man, James Percy Collett, as told by his daughter Dorothy Pitt

 

 

 

James Percy Collett was a remarkable man who spent his life in the service of others.  He began his working life as a farmhand at the age of 12, in order to support his parents raise their eleven children.  Their life was difficult in a raw mining town in Victoria, Australia.  His father William Henry Collett (Ref. 8P2) was a carpenter and a handy man, but money was scarce in those days and folk did as much for themselves as they could.  James was always cheerful, bringing home his wages at regular intervals to enable his mother able to buy shoes etc for the younger children.  James knew he needed an education so would read his brother’s school books.  This led him to take up a correspondence course for when he went back to his farming.

 

 

 

His grandfather Henry Collett (Ref. 1O55) who had travelled from Painswick to Australia in 1860 had given him a bible.  This went everywhere with him and he became enthralled at the life that Jesus had led.  He taught himself to play many instruments and loved to entertain with ballads sung in his wonderful young baritone voice.

 

 

 

It was at a fair in his home town that he met the love of his life, Bessie Melvia Carlyon, a pretty teenager who modelled for the local dress shops.  He won her heart with his blonde good looks, his music, and his unassuming manner.  She was totally charmed from that day on.  Bessie promised to wait for him until he returned from farming.  Only eight months after they met they were married in April 1924 and exactly a year later their first child was born.

 

 

 

James found a local job to be with his little family and was soon promoted to a better position in Jeparit where the next two children were born.  After a further few years in Jeparit the family moved again to enable James to improve his position with the Victorian Railways. It was in Stawell that James, at the age of 36, became a Christian and where their fourth child was born.  Soon he was involved in the social activities of the younger members of the church and held classes in First Aid, Bible Study, and Scouting, and was enlisted as a preacher from time to time.

 

 

 

Eventually another promotional change sent the family to Ballarat, a large provincial city in Victoria.  The children were teenagers by now and found new schools and work for their eldest son.

James attended his new church and soon found his reputation had preceded him via the church newsletter and was pressed into continuing his leadership roles.  A new scout troop, more first-aid classes, more bible study groups and many new friendships were made.

 

 

 

One Sunday there appeared an advertisement in the newsletter, seeking the services of a missioner to manage the Melbourne City Mission.  James was 50 years old at that time and had retired from the railways and was interested in a change of direction, so applied for the position.  He went to Melbourne for an interview and found himself in a roomful of other applicants.  Eventually he was called to give account of himself and was sent home with the promise of a following letter about the outcome.

 

 

 

Finally the letter arrived and he was successful.  He became the Missioner in Charge at this wonderful institution devoted to the care and rehabilitation of the homeless and, sometimes, hopeless people in the large capital city of Melbourne.  James was there for 18 years and he could tell many a story of the people who came through his doors.  There were many successes with often professional people able to return to their former lives after extensive counselling.

 

 

 

James retired from this position at the age of 68.  However, he continued to give service in a voluntary capacity, repairing furniture and electrical items for resale in charitable organisations, walking each day to the workshop in High Street at Prahran as he had never owned or driven a car in all his life.  After another 18 years of service in this manner, he reluctantly had to retire but still mended clocks and other items that were brought to him at home.  Now that James had retired he decided to undertake a course on Theology – his life-long passion.  This entailed years of study with many examinations and, finally at the age of 91, he attained his B.A. in Bible Theology with the University of Texas.

 

 

 

James was now a staunch member of the church in Swanston Street in Melbourne and never missed a Sunday for many years.  He was a favourite with the children who called him “Uncle Jim” and they gathered around him after the service in the coffee room.  He knew each child by name and would tell them stories from the bible and ask them little questions which they would compete to answer.  And so his life continued with the love and joy of life every single day.  He achieved everything he set his mind to, and was loved and admired by all who knew him.  There were many wonderful glowing speeches at his funeral and it was clear that all felt the richer for having known this man who lived his life for others.

 

 

 

A more detailed account of his life can now be found in the book entitled ‘Jim – An Australian Hero – The Story of James Percy Collett as told to Maria Ngo’ which was published and available worldwide from April 2013.  A copy of the synopsis is available from Brian Collett via the website www.collettfamilyhistory.net

 

 

 

 

8Q8

Charles William Henry Collett was born at Maryborough on 4th May.1904, the son of William Henry Collett and his wife Emily Jane Corey.  He twenty-one when he married Myrtle Dellar on 15th August 1925, with whom he had seven children.  Myrtle Dellar was born in Adelaide on 6th December 1904.  Charles William Henry Collett died relatively young, after just fifteen years of married life, when he passed away on 13th September 1940 at Melbourne, before his youngest child had reached four years of age. 

 

 

 

This photograph of Charles at the age of 12 was taken in 1916 and was part of a larger group photograph with his grandfather Henry Collett, his mother Emily Jane Collett, his older brother James (above) and his three younger siblings (below).

 

 

Following his death in 1940 Dellar was married for a second time, from whence she was Dellar McDonald.  It was as Myrtle McDonald that she was named as the next-of-kin for her eldest son Albert when he saw active service during the Second World War.  She was living at Dubbo in New South Wales when she died during 1991.

 

 

 

8R9

Albert Henry Collett

Born on 09.11.1925

 

8R10

Gloria Mary Collett

Born on 13.09.1927

 

8R11

Leslie Collett married Dorothy (Dot)

Born circa 1929

 

8R12

Harold Collett

Born circa 1931

 

8R13

Ronald James Collett

Born on 19.09.1932 at Maryborough

 

8R14

Aileen Emily Collett

Born on 19.01.1935 at Melbourne

 

8R15

Valerie Joyce Collett

Born on 24.12.1936 at Melbourne

 

 

 

 

8Q9

Emily Henrietta Collett was born at Maryborough on 11th December 1907.  She married Lesley George Mills on 21st May 1927 in Victoria, with whom she had two daughters Betty (date of birth unknown) and Joan Ada who was born on 28th August 1929.  Emily Henrietta Mills nee Collett died on 5th July 2001.

 

The portrait on the right is Emily in 1916 and is an extract from a larger photograph of her grandfather Henry Collett, her mother and her four youngest siblings.

 

 

 

 

8Q10

Tennyson Harold Collett was born at Griffith Gully in Victoria on 29th July 1910.  He joined the army and saw active service during the Second World War.  His army service number was 83900.  He married (1) Dorothy Joyce Hunt on 30th April 1960, Dorothy having been born in 1912, and he later married (2) Beryl.

 

The portrait on the right is Tennyson in 1916 and is an extract from a larger photograph of his grandfather Henry Collett, his mother and his four youngest siblings.

 

 

 

 

8Q11

Eva Elizabeth Jane Collett was born at Maryborough on 22nd January 1913 and she (1) married William Henry Borchers, with whom she had four children, John Donald Borchers (who was born on 8th July 1932), Elaine Joy Borchers (who was born on 3rd October 1934), Bruce Dennis Borchers (who was born on 12th January 1937), and Garry Lawrence Borchers (who was born on 19th April 1944).  Eva later married (2) Patrick Robert Quigg who was born at Newport in Victoria, but who died in August 1990 at Moonta Bay in South Australia, where he was buried.

 

 

 

The photo above has been extracted from a large family photograph taken in 1916, the others being her grandfather Henry Collett, her mother Emily Collett nee Corey, and her four older siblings, James, Charles, Emily and Tennyson.

 

 

 

 

8Q15

Henrietta Mary Corey – see Ref. 8Q18

 

 

 

 

8Q16

Archibald Victor James Collett was born at Malvern in Victoria on 12th May 1892.  On 15th November 1918 he married Muriel Adeline Harris who was born on 28th August 1902, and the marriage produced two children for the couple.  Archibald, who was bricklayer like his father Emanuel Collett and his brother Percival (below), died on 11th October 1970 and was buried at Dandenong in Victoria.  By that time, he had been a widower for five years, following the death of his wife Muriel on 27th November 1965.

 

 

 

8R16

Yvonne Eleanor Collett

Born on 31.05.1919

 

8R17

Keith Emanuel Collett

Born on 23.12.1922

 

 

 

 

8Q17

PERCIVAL HAROLD COLLETT was born at Armadale in Victoria on 19th August 1893.  Like his older brother Archibald Collett (above) and his father Emanuel Collett, Percival’s occupation was also that of a bricklayer.  He saw active service in the First World War and his entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: Percy Collett was born at Prahran (rather than Armadale); he enlisted at Oakleigh in Victoria; his service number was 3079; and his mother and next-of-kin was Hetty Collett, his father having already died during 1912.  It may be of interest to note that his service number 3079 was immediately before that of his cousin William Collett (Ref. 8Q4) who was 3080, perhaps indicating that they had enlisted together.

 

 

 

Percy married Ruby Irene Theresa Andrews on 12th April 1924 at Caulfield in Victoria.  Rita, as she was known, was born on 13th February 1898 at Coburg in Victoria and died at Hobart in Tasmania on 18th November 1984.  Percival Harold Collett had also died in Hobart during the previous year, when he passed away on 14th January 1983, following which he was cremated at Springvale in Victoria, the same as Rita, on 17th January 1983.  The couple’s three children were born when Percy and Rita were living at Malvern, Ormond, and Bendigo, perhaps indicating that it was his work as a bricklayer which caused Percy to be so mobile within Victoria.

 

 

 

8R18

Lois Belle Irene Collett

Born on 07.05.1925 at Malvern

 

8R19

BETTY ANN COLLETT

Born on 30.10.1929 at Ormond

 

8R20

Lesley Marion Collett

Born on 08.03.1939 at Bendigo

 

 

 

 

8Q18

EDWIN ARTHUR COLLETT was born on 9th July 1895 at Carisbrook in Victoria.  He married his step-cousin Henrietta Mary Corey (Ref. 8Q15) on 27th August 1925 at St Andrews Church in Unley, South Australia.  Like his brother Percival, he too saw active service during the First World War and his entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirmed that: he was born at Maryborough (rather than Carisbrook); he enlisted at Melbourne; his service number was 6928; and his mother and next-of-kin was Hetty (Hettie) Collett.

 

 

 

Henrietta, who was known as Etta, was born on 12th March 1894 at Mentone and was the daughter of Henry Corey and his second wife Mary Thomas Miller Barnett.  Henry’s first wife was Mary Jane Collett (Ref. 8P3) and, during his life, his nephew Edwin Collett, was a farmer and a railway worker.  Edwin Arthur Collett died on 24th December 1950 at Perth in Western Australia.  His wife Henrietta was a stenographer and she also died in Perth on 6th May 1975, when her ashes, like those of her husband, were buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

 

 

 

8R21

DONALD BARRY COLLETT

Born on 30.08.1928

 

8R22

Laurie Richard Collett

Born on 26.06.1931

 

 

 

 

8Q19

Beatrice Maude Collett was born at Maryborough on 16th March 1897.  She was a clothing machinist and married William Waknell in 1937.  She died on 2nd April 1984 and was buried in Victoria.  The couple had a daughter Faye Waknell who was born on 14th February 1938.

 

 

 

 

8Q20

Ida Matilda Collett was born at Maryborough during July 1899, but tragically died when she was only seven months old on 5th February 1900 and was buried at Maryborough.

 

 

 

 

8Q21

Leslie St Clair Collett was born at Armadale in Victoria on 29th July 1900.  He was a bricklayer and he married Emma Rose Brundrett on 16th December 1922 at Moonee Ponds in Victoria.  Emma was born on 1st January 1900 at Moonee Ponds and died during 1968 in Victoria.  Leslie died at Caulfield in Victoria on 20th June 1998.  Their two children were born while the couple were living at East Malvern in Victoria.

 

 

 

8R23

June Rose Collett

Born on 21.07.1924 at East Malvern

 

8R24

Ronald Leslie Collett

Born on 08.08.1929 at East Malvern

 

 

 

 

8Q22

Irene Elizabeth Collett was born at Brighton in East Victoria on 19th December 1904.  Like her older sister Beatrice (above), she was also a clothing machinist.  She married Harold James Evans on 1st February 1930, he having been born during February 1902.  Harold died on 25th October 1967, following which he was cremated on 27th October 1967 at Springvale Cemetery in Victoria.  Their marriage produced one son for Irene and Harold, when Neil Evans was born on 5th March 1932.  Twenty-five years after the death of her husband Irene Elizabeth Evans nee Collett died at Bunderim in Queensland on 12th August 1992, where she was also cremated.  Her son Neil then had the ashes flown to Melbourne following which there was a family service at Springvale Cemetery and the interment of the ashes alongside those of her late husband.

 

 

 

 

8Q23

Reginald Collett was born at Sandringham in Victoria on 29th August 1907.  Like so many of the Colletts at that time, he too was a bricklayer.  In 1929 he married Rubi May Clark who was born on 9th September 1911.  At the outbreak of war he enlisted and saw active service.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Bentleigh in Victoria (rather than Sandringham); he enlisted at Caulfield in Victoria; his service number was VX/69193; and his wife and next-of-kin was Rubi Collett.  Reginald Collett died in Victoria on 27th July 1990 and was cremated at Springvale four days later, as was his wife eleven years earlier on 25th March 1979.

 

 

 

8R25

David Clive Collett

Born on 25.05.1930

 

8R26

Margaret Aileen Collett

Born on 20.01.1932

 

8R27

Peter Thomas Collett

Born on 07.09.1938

 

 

 

 

8Q24

Arthur Edwin Collett was born at Ballarat in East Victoria on 12th June 1902.  He married Elizabeth Grace Moyle on 12th June 1937 and died twenty-two years later on 17th February 1959.

 

 

 

 

8Q25

Ida Elizabeth Collett was born at Ballarat on 20th March 1903.  In 1928 she married Stanley Andrew de Campo, from whom she was divorced on 8th November 1934.  The short marriage produced just one child, Edwin (Ted) Andrew Campo who was born on 1st January 1929.  Ida Elizabeth Campo nee Collett died on 30th December 1999 and was cremated at Riddells Creek.

 

 

 

 

8Q26

Thomas George Collett was born at Ballarat in East Victoria on 5th October 1905.  He was a farmer at Clarkefield in Victoria and he married Roma Grace Boyle who was born on 7th September 1910.  Thomas served in the armed forces during the Second World War and his entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Ballarat; he enlisted at Caulfield; his service number was VX/41731; and his wife and next-of-kin was Roma Collett.  Thomas died on 6th December 1981 and was buried at Wangaratta in Victoria.

 

 

 

8R28

David Collett

Born on 27.04.1935

 

8R29

Heather Margaret Collett

Born in 1943

 

 

 

 

8Q27

Clifford Henry Collett was born at Brighton in East Victoria on 14th October 1906.  He married May Eaton Stray on 9th January 1929.  At the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted with the Royal Australian Artillery in which he was bombardier VX 28332.  Tragically Clifford Henry Collett died on 14th July 1943 while on active service at Kanburi in Siam (now Thailand).  He was buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery on the Burma Railway.  May Eaton Stray was born on 10th September 1912 and at the time of the death of her husband she was living at Sunbury in Victoria.  May Eaton Collett nee Stay died on 1st May 1992.

 

 

 

8R30

John William Collett

Born on 26.04.1929

 

8R31

Clifford Edwin Collett

Born on 06.08.1931

 

8R32

Peter Henry Collett

Born on 25.02.1934

 

 

 

 

8Q28

Elsie May Collett was born at Brighton in East Victoria on 31st October 1907.  In 1929 she married (1) George (Dud) Seaton Matthews, with whom she had two children George and Valerie whose dates of birth are not known.  Elsie Matthews nee Collett later married (2) Paez.

 

 

 

 

8Q29

Geoffrey Archard Collett was born at Bentleigh on 14th January 1909.  He played an active role in the Second World War and, on his return from the hostilities, he married Dorothy Green on 21st September 1946.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Bentleigh; he enlisted at Royal Park in Victoria; his service number was VX/34376; and his father and next-of-kin was Edwin Collett.  Geoffrey Archard Collett died on 26th December 1974.

 

 

 

 

8R1

John William Henry Collett was born at Kew in Victoria on 11th December 1919.  During his life he was a soldier in the Second World War and a cabinet maker.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Kew; he enlisted at Ripponlea in Victoria; his service number was VX/13807; and his next-of-kin was given as Ethel Oates.  Perhaps he was engaged to be married to Ethel at the time he enrolled in the army, but that the event never took place.

 

 

 

However, it was after the war that on 28th June 1947 John married Patricia Scanlon at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Traralgon.  Patricia was born at Footscray on 23rd March 1922 and her occupation was described as a homemaker.  It is of interest that John and Patricia decided to add ‘e’ to the end of the surname of all of their children, who were born in Victoria at Prahran, Caulfield, and Oakleigh.

 

 

 

John William Henry Collett died at East Bentleigh in Victoria on 29th September 2001, following which he was cremated at Springvale on 3rd October 2001.  Patricia Collett nee Scanlon survived her husband by just over three years, when she died at Abbotsford in Victoria on 3rd February 2005, and was cremated at Springvale on 8th February 2005.

 

 

 

8S1

Celeste Marie Collette

Born on 25.03.1949

 

8S2

Margaret Mary Collette

Born on 29.01.1951

 

8S3

Gregory John Collette

Born on 13.08.1952

 

8S4

Genevieve Teresa Collette

Born on 12.11.1954

 

8S5

Leonie Elizabeth Collette

Born on 05.10.1958

 

 

 

 

8R4

Albert Ernest Milburn Collett was born at Croydon in South Australia on 13th October 1928.  His occupation was that of a process worker and on 8th November 1952 he married Elizabeth Florence Jones at Maryborough.  Elizabeth was born at Maryborough on 9th November 1931.  It would appear that they lived all of their life at Maryborough, where their children were born and where Albert Ernest Milburn Collett died on 17th September 1980. 

 

 

 

8S6

Graylin Collett

Born on 08.04.1957

 

8S7

Donna Maree Collett

Born on 18.01.1960

 

8S8

Tracey Nicole Collett

Born on 17.10.1967

 

 

 

 

8R5

James Leslie Collett was born at Maryborough on 11th April 1925.  He was a plumber and married Yvonne Margaret Stringer on 25th October 1952 at Ballarat in Victoria, where Yvonne was born on 23rd October 1932.  The marriage produced four children for James and Yvonne, all of whom were born at Ballarat.

 

 

 

8S9

Colleen Margaret Collett

Born on 05.09.1953

 

8S10

Anthony James Collett

Born on 19.09.1955

 

8S11

Krishna Monica Collett

Born on 11.06.1957

 

8S12

Michael Francis Collett

Born on 21.06.1958

 

 

 

 

8R6

Betty Jean Collett was born at Jeparit in Victoria on 4th September 1927.  She was a dressmaker and she married Alarec Wilfred Smith in 1950 at Ballarat.  Alarec was a carpenter and the couple had five children Dianne Nita, Pamela Jean, Jennifer Dorothy, Mark Lyton, and Glenn.  No dates of birth are known.

 

 

 

 

8R7

Dorothy Shirley Collett was born at Jeparit on 24th April 1929.  She married (1) William John Redfern with whom she had four children.  Gayle Jeanette Redfern was born on10th September 1950, Lynette Joy Redfern was born on 23rd August 1953, John William Redfern was born 14th February 1955, and Vicki Joanne Redfern was born on 2nd March 1958.  Dorothy later married (2) Raymond Stanley Pitt on 8th July 1967 in Melbourne.  Raymond was born in 1918 at Gawler in South Australia and died on 21st May 1988 at Kwinana in Western Australia and was cremated at Fremantle six days later.  It was Dorothy Pitt that kindly provided the information about her family which she obtained from her father James Percy Collett.

 

 

 

 

8R8

Victor Henry Collett was born at Stawell in Victoria on 14th December 1933.  He was an instrument maker and married Eva Newman of Footscray, Victoria, but the marriage produced no children and they were later divorced.

 

 

 

 

8R9

Albert Henry Collett was born at Packenham in Victoria on 9th November 1925, the eldest child of Charles Collett and Myrtle Dellar.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Packenham; he enlisted at Melbourne; his service number was 158034; and his next-of-kin was his mother Myrtle McDonald who had married after being made a widow in 1940.  He eventually married Rhonda May Arnold at Moonee Ponds on 23rd March 1957.  Rhonda was born at Davenport in Tasmania on 31st July 1831.  After twenty years of being married Albert and Rhonda were divorced on 26th April 1979.

 

 

 

 

8R10

Gloria Mary Collett was born at Maryborough in Victoria, Australia on 13th September 1927, the eldest daughter of Charles Collett and Myrtle Dellar.  She had a brief relationship with Cyril Martin with whom she had a daughter, Susan Martin, who was born on 27th February 1947.  Cyril was from Adelaide and was a member of the armed forces, but more importantly, he was already a married man.  It was not long after giving birth to her daughter that Gloria married Stanley Campbell Martin, with whom she had a further three children.  They were Cheryl Martin, who was born on 20th January 1949, Diane Christine Martin, who was born on 26th September 1952, and Steven Charles Martin who was born on 31st August 1955. 

 

 

 

It was Cheryl Weatherley nee Martin who kindly provided this new information about the children of Gloria Mary Collett.  Cheryl’s own Australia based family comprises her husband Patrick Martin Weatherly, who was born on 18th September 1947, and their two sons, Daniel Grant Weatherley, born on 29th October 1969, and James Patrick Weatherley who was born on 19th November 1971.

 

 

 

 

8R13

Ronald James Collett was born at Maryborough on 19th September 1932.  He was not quite twenty years old when he died at Herberton in Queensland on 10th March 1952.

 

 

 

 

8R14

Aileen Emily Collett was born at Melbourne on 19th January 1935.  She married Basil John Page who was born on 1st August 1929 at Nyngan in New South Wales.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, they being Susan Gail Page, who was born on 19th March 1956, and Karren Joy Page, who was born on 10th April 1958 at Dubbo in New South Wales.

 

 

 

 

8R15

Valerie Joyce Collett was born at Melbourne on 24th December 1936, the youngest child of Charles Collett and Myrtle Dellar.  Valerie was not yet four years old when her father died in March 1940, following which her mother remarried to become Myrtle McDonald.  Sadly Valerie was only twenty-one when she died from asthma at Nyngan in New South Wales on 12th July 1958.

 

 

 

 

8R16

Yvonne Eleanor Collett was born on 31st May 1919 and she married William George Walker.  Over the following years Yvonne presented William with two children, Lorraine Yvonne Walker, and Carolyn Annette Walker who was born on 16th November 1945.  William Walker was born on 16th December 1913, and died on 16th June 1994.  Yvonne Eleanor Walker nee Collett had died three years earlier, when she passed away on 20th May 1991.

 

 

 

 

8R17

Keith Emanuel Collett was born at Camperdown in Victoria on 23rd December 1922.  He played an active part in the Second World War but his military record gave his year of birth as 1921.  His entry in the Service Records of the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) confirms that: he was born at Camperdown; he enlisted at Albert Park in Victoria; his service number was VX/86480; and his father and next-of-kin was Archibald Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

He married Rita McKendrick on 3rd April 1948 at Essendon in Victoria, and the marriage produced two children, both of whom were born at Elsternwick in Victoria.  Rita was born at Frankston in Victoria on 1st May 1926 and she died on 20th October 1996 at Ashburton in Victoria.  Keith Emanuel Collett died on 2nd October 1966 at Surrey Hills in Victoria and was cremated at Springvale on 4th October 1966.

 

 

 

8S13

Robyn Collett

Born on 14.10.1949 at Elsternwick

 

8S14

Barry Thomas Collett

Born on 24.11.1950 at Elsternwick

 

 

 

 

8R18

Lois Belle Irene Collett was born at Malvern in Victoria on 7th May 1925.  She married Jack Sydney Green on 4th December 1948 at Glenhuntly in Victoria, Jack having been born on 19th April 1924 who died on 18th March 1989.  The couple had two children, Robyn Stephanie Green who was born on 13th June 1957 and Peta Leonie Green who was born on 19th July 1961 who was born at Rabaul PNG.  Peta later married Warren Jones on 21st November 1992, but the marriage only survived for less than three months when Warren died on 9th February 1993.  Peta Leonie Jones nee Green was still alive in 2016.  Previously it was written here that Lois and Jack Green had given birth to another daughter at Rabaul PNG by the name of Gail, but this may now be incorrect.

 

 

 

 

8R19

BETTY ANN COLLETT was born at Ormond in Victoria on 30th October 1929.  She was a milliner and a dressmaker and she married Percival Ross Preston on 26th March 1949 at Elsternwick.  Ross, as he was more commonly known, was a geological cartographer and was born on 17th March 1927 in Victoria.  As well as being a milliner/dressmaker in her early life, Betty eventually became a well-respected artist in Tasmania.  Betty Ann Preston nee Collett died in Tasmania on 14th August 2006, and it was in Tasmania where her three youngest children were born, and where her eldest daughter eventually settled and developed a tour business.

 

 

 

8S15

ANN ROSLYN PRESTON

Born on 02.08.1949 at Glenhuntly

 

8S16

Adrienne Lea Preston

Born on 06.09.1952 at Tasmania

 

8S17

Grant Andrew Preston

Born on 17.04.1954 at Tasmania

 

8S18

Lynne Michelle Preston

Born on 13.09.1960 at Tasmania

 

 

 

 

8R20

Lesley Marion Collett was born at Bendigo in Victoria on 8th March 1939.  She married Raymond Neil Baird at Elsternwick on 8th November 1958.  Raymond was born at South Melbourne on 16th February 1934.  They had two children, Diane Christine Baird who was born in 1961, and Stephen Leslie who was born in 1964, both of them being born at Ferntree Gully in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

8R21

DONALD BARRY COLLETT was born at Manangatang in Victoria on 30th August 1928, the son of Edwin Arthur Collett and Henrietta Mary Corey

 

He was a civil engineer and he married nurse Judith Elizabeth Leschen on 3rd May 1952 at Attadale in Western Australia. 

 

Judith was born at Perth on 15th May 1930, the daughter of Wilhelm Erwin Leschen and Patricia Ethel McClemans.

 

Don and Judith were divorced in 1977 and at the turn of the 21st Century Don was still living at 81 Stoneham Road in Attadale.

 

 

 

During 2009 Don moved to a retirement village in Booragoon in Western Australia where he was enjoying a new lease of life free from the worries and toils of having to maintain a home and garden.  Sadly he passed away on 16th July 2014 at the age of 86.  Editor’s Note: I shall forever be grateful to Don who proved to be a good friend over many years and was more than willing to provide a great deal of assistance in assembling so many details about our relatives living ‘down under’.

 

 

 

8S19

JARD CAMPBELL COLLETT

Born on 20.08.1968

 

 

 

 

8R22

Laurie Richard Collett was born at Manangatang on 26th June 1931.  His occupations were those of a farmer and social worker.  It was on 8th March 1952, in Perth, that Laurie married Rosemarie Elaine Gibbs, who was known as Barney within the family.  Laurie and Barney fostered two children who came to the family when there were both two years old.  From that time on both children were accepted as their own and were referred to as Tracey and Lesley Collett.

 

 

 

Barney, who was a stenographer, was born on 12th February 1932 at Bunbury in Western Australia, the daughter of Barnett Beverage Samuel Gibbs and his wife Emmaline Ethel Turner.  Rosemarie Elaine Gibbs died at Perth on 15th June 1979, following which she was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery in Western Australia.

 

 

 

8S20

Stephen Edwin Collett

Born on 08.10.1953

 

8S21

Julie Anne Collett

Born on 11.08.1955

 

8S22

Tracey Lee Jarvis (fostered child)

Born on 18.06.1968

 

8S23

Lesley Odette Cooper (fostered child)

Born on 27.03.1969

 

 

 

 

8R23

June Rose Collett was born at East Malvern in Victoria on 21st July 1924.  Her occupation was that of dressmaker and she married Leslie James Wilson on 22nd January 1949 at Glenhuntly in Victoria.  The marriage produced two children, Rhonda June Wilson who was born on 1st November 1950, and John Leslie Wilson who was born on 19th June 1955.  Leslie was born at Oakleigh in Victoria on 3rd May 1925 and he was a coach driver and a taxi driver.  He died in Melbourne on 19th September 2003 and was buried at four days later at Springvale in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

8R24

Ronald Leslie Collett was born at East Malvern on 8th August 1929.  He was a bricklayer and he married Margaret Richie on 31st January 1953 at Glenhuntly, Victoria.

 

 

 

8S24

Leanne Margaret Collett

Born on 13.08.1955 at South Caulfield

 

8S25

Peter Raymond Collett

Born on 03.01.1960 at Prahran, Vic

 

8S26

Jeanette Susan Collett

Born on 29.09.1962 at Prahran, Vic

 

 

 

 

8R25

David Clive Collett was born at East Malvern in Victoria on 25th May 1930.  His occupation was that of bricklayer and carpenter.  He married salesperson Winifred Vernon on 28th April 1956 at Chelsea in Victoria, Winifred having been born at Ringwood in Victoria on 15th January 1935.  Their first child was born at Chelsea, the second at Dandenong, and the remainder at Ferntree Gully.

 

 

 

8S27

Matthew David Collett

Born on 29.04.1957

 

8S28

Murray Peter Collett

Born on 31.10.1958

 

8S29

Michelle Gay Collett

Born on 02.11.1962 at Fern Gully, Vic.

 

8S30

Angela Joy Collett                     (twin)

Born on 02.05.1967

 

8S31

Andrew Vernon Collett              (twin)

Born on 02.05.1967

 

 

 

 

8R26

Margaret Aileen Collett was born at Manangatan in Victoria on 20th January 1932.  She married (1) Kenneth William Joseph Quirk on 18th April 1953 at St Kilda in Victoria, but they were divorced in 1967.  That marriage produced four children for the couple, and they were Kevin Michael Quirk who was born in 1954, Gary Stephen Quirk who was born on 30th May 1955, Mark Anthony Quirk who was born on 28th August 1957, and Shane Peter Quirk who was born on 1st March 1962.  Five years after they were divorced, Margaret Quirk nee Collett married (2) Keith Wallace Scott on 15th December 1972 at Melbourne, with whom she had a further child born at Chelsea in Victoria on 31st May 1976.

 

 

 

 

8R27

Peter Thomas Collett was born at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria on 7th September 1938.  He married Beryl Kane on 11th November 1964, but died on 11th August 1988 at Tongala in Victoria.

 

 

 

8S32

Lisa Collett

Born on 10.10.1967

 

8S33

David Collett

Born on 24.03.1969

 

 

 

 

8R28

David Collett was born on 27th April 1935 and later in his life his occupation was that of a carpenter.  On 7th March 1959 at Sunbury in Victoria he married Jean Rook who was born on 19th June 1938.

 

 

 

8S34

Tracey Jean Collett

Born on 06.08.1964

 

 

 

 

8R29

Heather Margaret Collett was born in Victoria during 1943 and she married Antonio (Tony) Constantio who was also born in 1943.  The couple lived at Wangaratta where their two children were born and where Tony died on 19th September 1995.  The children were Conchetta Maree Constantio who was born on 7th March 1968, and Vincent Constantio whose date of birth is not known.

 

 

 

 

8R31

Clifford Edwin Collett was born at Clarkefield in Victoria on 6th August 1931.  He married Paula Dorothy Hillman at Malta on 22nd September 1954.  Paula was born on 29th April 1937 at Coulsdon in Surrey, England.  It may have been Clifford’s work that meant the family moved around as the three children were all born at different locations.  The first at Taipang in Malaya, the next at Gisborne in Victoria, and the last at Sale in Victoria.

 

 

 

8S35

Patricia May Collett

Born on 26.05.1960 at Taipang, Malaya

 

8S36

Clifford Eric Collett

Born on 08.11.1963 at Gisborne, Vic.

 

8S37

Leanne Collett

Born on 24.06.1966 at Sale, Victoria

 

 

 

 

8R32

Peter Henry Collett was born on 25th February 1934 and on 30th November 1957 he married Margaret Smith who was born on 28th January 1935.

 

 

 

8S38

Peter William Collett

Born on 05.07.1959

 

8S39

Maree Collett

Born on 17.05.1963

 

 

 

 

8S1

Celeste Marie Collette was born at Prahran on 25th March 1949, and on 5th September 1970 she married Leslie James O’Neill who was born on 3rd December 1949.  The marriage produced three children Ashley James O’Neill who was born on 20th June 1972, Ann Patricia O’Neill who was born on 12th October 1977, and Jonathon Gregory O’Neill who was born on 12th December 1979.  The latter two children were born at the Jessie MacPherson Hospital in Melbourne.

 

 

 

A few years later and Celeste married (2) Neville Andrews on 4th April 1986.  Neville, who was born on 15th May 1940, was an electrician and religious minister, and that second marriage for Celeste produced two further children.  Luke Daniel Andrews was born on 28th May 1987 at the Jessie MacPherson Hospital, and Esther Elise Andrews was born on 24th October 1988 at St Andrew’s Hospital in East Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

8S2

Margaret Mary Collette was born at Caulfield on 29th January 1951.  On 28th October 1972 she married William (Bill) Buckley who was born on 24th June 1951 at Brighton Hospital.  The service took place at St Patrick’s Church in Murrumbeena in Victoria, but the couple were divorced after twenty years, in 1992.  The couple’s three children were Steven John Buckley who was born on 17th February 1975, Leigh William Buckley who was born on 3rd July 1978, and Robin David Buckley who was born on 14th October 1982.  The two latter children were born at the Frankston Peninsula Hospital in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

8S3

Gregory John Collette was born at the Devon Hospital in Glenhuntly, Victoria on 13th August 1952.  In his later life he was the Director of Greenway Publications and Managing Director of Wordware Pty Ltd.  On 16th February 1974 at the Naval Chapel in Watsons Bay, New South Wales he married Julienne Eve McGregor who was born on 26th June 1952 at Swan Hill in Victoria.  Julienne was Director of Nursing at the Mercy Hospital for Women.  The couple’s first child was born in Sydney, while the other two were born at Wodonga in Victoria.

 

 

 

8T1

Mark Richard Collette

Born on 18.05.1977 at Sydney

 

8T2

Liam John Collette

Born on 23.10.1978 at Wodonga, Vic.

 

8T3

Katherine Elizabeth Collette

Born on 09.02.1981 at Wodonga, Vic.

 

 

 

 

8S4

Genevieve Teresa Collette was born at Oakleigh on 12th November 1954.  She married (1) Daniel Anthony Burke on 12th March 1975, who was born at Hobart on 29th January 1950.  Just over two years later, the couple were divorced, enabling Genevieve to marry for a second time five years later.  Genevieve Burke nee Collett married (2) Ian Bevan on 11th April 1982.  He was born on 1st April 1946 at Woodend in Victoria and that second marriage for Genevieve produced two children.  Kim John Bevan was born on 11th October 1982, and Felicity Peta Bevan was born on 19th September 1985, both of them having been born at the South East District Hospital at Noble Park in Victoria.  That second marriage for Genevieve lasted just over ten years before being divorced again in July 1992.

 

 

 

 

8S5

Leonie Elizabeth Collette was born at Oakleigh on 5th October 1958, and on 5th November 1994 she married Richard Uden.  Richard was born on 19th August 1943 at Masterton in New Zealand and was a clay potter.

 

 

 

 

8S6

Graylin Collett was born at Maryborough on 8th April 1957.  She was first married (1) to become Graylin Byrne, and as that she had four children Melanie Byrne, Matthew Byrne, Sheridan Byrne, and Bradley Byrne, before she married (2) Jeff Tainish.

 

 

 

 

8S7

Donna Maree Collett was born at Maryborough on 18th January 1960.  She married Leo Knowles with whom she had two children Kirbie Lee Knowles and Kye Brendan Knowles.

 

 

 

 

8S8

Tracey Nicole Collett was born at Maryborough on 17th October 1967 and she married Chris Holborn.

 

 

 

 

8S9

Colleen Margaret Collett was born on 5th September 1953 and her occupation was that of a hairdresser, although she was also known to be a singer.  In 1973 she married (1) Paul Grace at Ballarat and that marriage produced two children Jamie Paul Grace who was born on 28th September 1973, and Lisa Jane Grace who was born on 1st October 1975.  Colleen later married (2) Mark O’Toole in Melbourne during 1988, with whom she had a daughter Penelope Rose O’Toole who was born at Dandenong on 20th July 1989.

 

 

 

 

8S10

Anthony James Collett was born on 19th September 1955 and he became an electrician.  During September in 1975 he married (1) Maureen Williams in Ballarat, but later moved to live in Melbourne where at least two of their children were born.  It was also at Melbourne in March 1988 that Anthony married (2) Dianne Loweth.

 

 

 

8T4

Anthony Francis Collett

Born on 03.10.1976

 

8T5

Mathew James Collett

Born on 20.03.1978

 

8T6

Benjamin Michael Collett

Born on 23.11.1979

 

 

 

 

8S11

Krishna Monica Collett was born on 11th June 1957.  Her occupation was that of a therapist and she married (1) Lindsay Brennan in 1997 at Ballarat in Victoria.  The marriage produced two children, Leigh John Brennan who was born on 3rd May 1981, who was an electrician and a sportsman, and Sally Jo Brennan who was born on 3rd October 1983.  Both of the children were born while the family was living in Melbourne.  However, a few years later Krishna and Lindsay were divorced, allowing Krishna to marry (2) Steve Dutton.

 

 

 

 

8S12

Michael Francis Collett was born on 21st June 1958 and he took up the work of a mechanic.  It was during 1980 that he married (1) Christina Westaway.  The couple were living at Geelong in the following year, when their only child was born.  Ten years after first marrying, Michael re-married (2) Maria Horvat in 1990.  This marriage produced two further children for Michael who, by then, had settled in Melbourne where the children were born.  Sometime around the turn of the century Michael took up with a new partner, Anna Girgis, with whom he had another child, who was also born in Melbourne.

 

 

 

8T7

Paul Michael Collett

Born on 20.06.1981 at Geelong, Vic.

 

8T8

Andrew Stephen Collett

Born on 21.08.1983 at Melbourne

 

8T9

Melissa Anne Collett

Born on 21.08.1986 at Melbourne

 

8T10

Noah Joseph Collett

Born on 07.08.2002 at Melbourne

 

 

 

 

8S14

Barry Thomas Collett was born at Windsor in Victoria on 24th November 1950.  He married Gillian Margaret Hyett on 10th March 1973 at Moorabbin in Victoria.  Gillian was born at Melbourne on 16th October 1949.  Both of their two children were born while the family was living at Frankston.

 

 

 

8T11

Narelle Jody Collett

Born on 01.06.1976 at Frankston, Vic.

 

8T12

Sarsha Collett

Born on 01.06.1978 at Frankston, Vic.

 

 

 

 

8S15

ANN ROSLYN PRESTON was born at Glenhuntly on 2nd August 1949.  She was a secretary and married (1) Paul R W Read on 1st August 1970 at Hobart but was later divorced.  She then married (2) Kong Wing Loh on 17th July 1980 at Brunei in Darusalam.  Kong Wing was born on 27th January 1952 at Singapore and he was a martial arts instructor.  At the start of the 21st Century Ann, her husband and their three children were living at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.  The couple’s first two children, twin daughters, were born when the family was living in Melbourne, while their son and third child was born at Essendon.

 

 

 

The following update was kindly supplied by Ann in 2016.  This confirmed that she was a publicity and personal assistant working in television, initially with Radio Television in Hong Kong after moving to Hong Kong in 1971 with her first husband, who was a journalist for over three years.  The couple then moved to Brunei Darussalam, where they lived for six years.  While there, Ann worked for RTB (Radio Television Brunei) from their inception in 1975 until 1980, when she returned to Australia.  It was in Brunei Darussalam that she was divorced from her first husband and where she married Kong Wing Loh from Singapore, a world champion karate exponent and private karate instructor to His Royal Highness the Sultan of Brunei.   Ann was divorced for a second time in 2003, following which she moved to Tasmania in 2007 where she lived until 2011.  For five years since then Ann has been living in Morocco.  Her daughter Mai Hlaing Loh married Paul Sheean on 6th September 2013 at Bacchus Marsh in Victoria and their child Xavier Sheean was born on 31st May 2015.  Second daughter Mai Pyin Loh married John Paul Cocking on 24th August 2002 at Bacchus Marsh and their daughter Victoria Qi Li Cocking was born on 26th January 2011 and the couple’s second child Jian Zhi Cocking was born on 16th December 2012.

 

 

 

Just like Don Collett (Ref. 8R21), his cousin Ann was also a good friend over many years and was always willing to help and assist with missing details whenever she could.  In 2009 and following her divorce, Ann settled in Hobart on the island of Tasmania, where she set up a new adventure and travel company called ‘Wanderings’.  This has enabled her to travel extensively across the world, seeking out holidays that are a little bit different from the norm.  Anyone wishing to ‘experience something different’ should therefore contact Ann on wanderings@live.com or go to her website www.wanderings.com.au.  Details of her adventures can be found on her blog http://sandundermyshoes49.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

 

8T13

Mai Hlaing Loh                (twin)

Born on 01.05.1981

 

8T14

Mai Pyin Loh                   (twin)

Born on 01.05.1981

 

8T15

Kyaw-win Loh

Born on 01.04.1987

 

 

 

 

8S19

JARD CAMPBELL COLLETT was born at Perth, Western Australia, on 20th August 1968.  It was also in Western Australia, at Safety Bay, that he married (1) Alexa Louise Brocklehurst on 15th February 1997.  Alexa was born at Kwinana on 14th March 1972.  Jard and Alexa were later divorced during 2000 and, after three years Jard married (2) Elizabeth (Libby) Ann Black at Mount Dandenong on 13th September 2003.  Libby was born on 14th January 1972 at Corinda in Queensland and was the daughter of Darryl Black and Judith Ann McMonagle.  The two children arising from Jard’s second marriage were both born in Queensland at South Brisbane and Brisbane respectively.

 

 

 

8T15

Neo Xavier Collett

Born on 26.05.2005 at South Brisbane

 

8T16

Felix Zachary Collett

Born on 11.12.2006 at Brisbane

 

 

 

 

8S20

Stephen Edwin Collett was born at Kellerberrin in Western Australia on 8th October 1953, and his occupation was that of a geologist.  He married secretary (1) Norma Waters who was born at Mount Lawley in Western Australia on 26th April 1861, the wedding taking place at Mandurah in Western Australia on 20th April 1980.  The marriage produced a son for Stephen who was later granted a divorce from Norma.  Stephen later partnered high school teacher (2) Mrs Kerry Lynne Michell.  Kerry Garside, as she was formerly known, was born on 28th August 1956.  That second marriage for Stephen provided him with a daughter.

 

 

 

8T17

Kristoffer Collett

Born on 06.11.1980

 

8T18

Emma Lisa Michell-Collett

Born on 26.04.1993

 

 

 

 

8S21

Julie Anne Collett was born at Kellerberrin on 11th August 1955.  She was a nurse and hearing tutor and she married Robert Jean-Marie David de Bijl on 25th October 1975 at Guildford in Western Australia.  Robert was born on 5th April 1951 at Brussels in Belgium and he was an electronics technician.  The couple had four children born at Attadale, with a fifth born at Kalamunda.  The children were Tanya Michelle de Bijl, who was born on 21st October 1977, Stephen John Robert de Bijl, who was born on 19th November 1978, Philip John de Bijl, who was born on 12th May 1980, Bridget Jean de Bijl, who was born on 15th December 1981, and Jodie Anne de Bijl, who was born on 1st May 1983.  The married ended in 2001, when Julie Anne and Robert were divorced.

 

 

 

 

8S22

Tracey Lee Jarvis, who was known as Tracey Collett, was the fostered child of Laurie and Barney Collett.  She was born on 18th June 1968 and taken in by the Collett family on 4th November 1970.  She was married just after the turn of the century to David James Hunting who was born at Pinjarra in Western Australia on 12th June 1969.  On 13th April 2006 at Subiaco in Western Australia, Tracey gave birth to a son Benjamin James Hunting.

 

 

 

 

8S23

Lesley Odette Cooper, who was known as Lesley Collett, was the fostered child of Laurie and Barney Collett.  She was born at Kalgoorlie on 27th March 1969 and taken into the Collett family on 9th February 1971.  On 20th November 1993 at Mandurah, she married Dean Andrew Bunter who was born on 19th March 1968 at Geraldton in Western Australia.  Their daughter Olivia Michelle Bunter was born at South Perth on 10th September 1995.

 

 

 

 

8S24

Leanne Margaret Collett was born at South Caulfield in Victoria on 13th August 1955.  She married Geoffrey Gilbert Cartwright on 1st May 1976 at Bentleigh in Victoria.  Geoffrey, an electrician, was born on 27th July 1951 at Hampton in Victoria and the couple had two children.  Simon Geoffrey Cartwright was born on 2nd October 1978, and Andrew Steven Cartwright was born on 12th August 1981, both of them having been born at Sandringham in Victoria.

 

 

 

 

8S25

Peter Raymond Collett was born at Prahran on 3rd January 1960.  His occupation was that of carpenter and he married Sylvia Robyn Blythe on 13th May 1995 at Queenscliff in Victoria.  Sylvia was born at Carlton in Victoria on 7th August 1961, and her occupation was that of a business manager.

 

 

 

8T19

Hilary Grace Collett

Born on 15.06.1996 at St Kilda, Vic.

 

8T20

Oliver William Collett

Born on 30.03.1998 at St Kilda, Vic.

 

 

 

 

8S26

Jeanette Susan Collett was born at Prahran on 29th September 1962.  Her occupation was that of a sales person and she married Mark Plumridge on 10th November 1984 at Chadstone in Victoria.  Mark’s occupation was that of a pay officer, and the marriage produced two children for him and his wife.  Christopher Mark Plumrudge was born on 31sy August 1987 at Moorabbin, and Bradley James Plumridge was born on 20th February 1990 at Dandenong.

 

 

 

 

8S27

Matthew David Collett was born at Chelsea in Victoria on 29th April 1957.  He married Sue Elliot during 1985 at Emerald in Victoria and all of their children were born at Dandenong.

 

 

 

8T21

Christine Collett

Born on 14.02.1986 at Dandenong

 

8T22

Cherrie Collett

Born on 28.01.1988 at Dandenong

 

8T23

Luke Collett

Born on 22.02.1990 at Dandenong

 

8T24

Rose Collett

Born on 25.09.1991 at Dandenong

 

 

 

 

8S28

Murray Peter Collett was born at Dandenong on 31st October 1958 and he married Jo-Anne Chandler.  Their children were born at Ferntree Gully, and by 2002 their eldest daughter Nicole had given birth to twins Joshua and Hayley.

 

 

 

8T25

Nicole Collett

Born on 22.07.1980 at Ferntree Gully

 

8T26

Craig Collett

Born on 12.12.1983 at Ferntree Gully

 

 

 

 

8S30

Angela Joy Collett was one half of a set of twins born at Ferntree Gully on 2nd May 1967.  Around 1990 she married (1) David Vanstokrom who was born in 1966, but they were divorced around ten years later.  The marriage produced two children, Adam Vanstokrom who was born on 26th November 1992, and Jasmine Vanstokrom who was born on 4th August 1995, both of them being born at Ferntree Gully.  Following her divorce, Angela married (2) Peter Cutting at Red Hill in Victoria on 17th March 2001 and that marriage produced another son for her, James Cutting, whose date of birth is not known.  Her husband Peter was an architect and was born at Brighton on 26th March 1957.

 

 

 

 

8S31

Andrew Vernon Collett was one half of a set of twins born at Ferntree Gully on 2nd May 1967.  He later entered into a partnership arrangement with Nicole Morris.  It would appear that the couple settled in Ferntree Gully, since it was there that their daughter was born.

 

 

 

8T27

Lydia Collett

Born on 08.11.1999 at Ferntree Gully

 

 

 

 

8S34

Tracy Jean Collett was born on 6th August 1964 and she married Allan Neale Fleming at Sunbury in Victoria on 6th August 1994, her thirtieth birthday.  Allan was born on 19th July 1962 and the marriage produced two children Michael Fleming, who was born on 7th August 1996, and Rebecca Fleming who was born on 3rd April 12002, both of them born at Sunbury.

 

 

 

 

8S35

Patricia May Collett, referred to as Tricia, was born at Taipang in Malaya on 26th May 1960.  She married Brett Bowling on 24th January 1986 with whom she had two children James Wilson Bowling, who was born on 5th November 1988 at Dubbo, and Jason Lee Bowling who was born on 19th April 1990 at Melbourne.  Tricia was later divorced from Brett.

 

 

 

 

8S37

Leanne Collett was born at Sale in Victoria on 24th June 1966.  She married Kenneth Richard Fitzgibbon on 7th June 1985, but from whom she was later divorced.  The marriage produced two children Katie Lee Fitzgibbon, who was born on 21st April 1988, and Joshua Douglas Fitzgibbon who was born on 10th June 1993, both children being born at Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

8S38

Peter William Collett was born on 5th July 1959, and he married Lorna on 8th February 1986.

 

 

 

8T28

Miranda Collett

Born on 10.04.1987

 

8T29

Ryan Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

8S39

Maree Collett was born on 17th May 1963 and on 5th June 1985 she married Gabriel Audesho who was born on 1st July 1953.  The couple had two children Adam Gabriel Audesho, who was born on 14th December 1987, and Jacob Aaron Audesho who was born on 4th January 1992.

 

 

 

 

8T1

Mark Richard Collette was born at Sydney on 18th May 1977 and he married Robyn Elizabeth MacFarland at Brisbane on 20th November 2004.

 

 

 

 

8T4

Anthony Francis Collett was born at Melbourne on 3rd October 1976.  His occupation was that of a health carer and on 22nd September 2001 he married Claudia Gahn-Brooks.  The marriage produced two children, both of which were born at Redcliffe in Queensland

 

 

 

8U1

Emmily Frances Collett

Born in 2002 at Redcliffe, Qld.

 

8U2

Lachlan James Collett

Born on 20.12.2003 at Redcliffe, Qld.

 

 

 

 

8T5

Mathew James Collett was born at Melbourne on 20th March 1978 and later in life he was an electrician like his father Anthony James Collett.

 

 

 

 

8T6

Benjamin Michael Collett was born at Melbourne on 23rd November 1979 and he became a carpenter.

 

 

 

 

8T8

Andrew Stephen Collett was born at Melbourne on 21st August 1983 and he married Ashlea just after the turn of the century.

 

 

 

8U3

Blake James Collett

Born on 27.04.2003