William Edward SPENCER

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  • Name William Edward SPENCER  [1, 2
    Relationshipwith Rodney VOJVODICH
    Born 9 Jul 1860  Canning, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 17 Jan 1906 
    Gardener 
    Died 15 May 1937  Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 May 1937  Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • #786 - MON ANGLICAN A3 - B12684
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Charles Phillip SPENCER,   b. 1802, Camberwell, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1872, Serpentine, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  (Grandfather) 
    Susannah BARKER,   b. 1806, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1873, York, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  (Grandmother) 
    Person ID I9818  MyBradyTree
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2021 

    Father Ancestors John SPENCER,   b. 27 Jul 1829,   d. 22 May 1910, Canning River, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Jane Hanna WILLEY,   b. 3 Sep 1839, Swan River Colony, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1915, Cannington, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1858  Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number #1151 
    Children
    1. William Edward SPENCER,   b. 9 Jul 1860, Canning, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1937, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Family ID F4330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Annie BRIGGS,   b. 16 Jun 1863, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1943, East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1888  Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Notes 
    • According to Jeff Spencer in a letter to Jill Bickmore (nee Cockram) dated 3 September 1999:
      Wesley was mainly brought up on the Spencer's Jandakot property and when William Spencer died, the Jandakot property was willed to Wesley and Basil in virtual equal shares but with a type of life tenacy to their mother Annie.

      The testament required that Annie be paid one pound per week and I believe it was a struggle in those depressed days to make the payment. The property was split into two sections, 50 acres for Basil and 50 acres for Wesley. During that time Annie Spencer remained in the old house on Wesley's portion of the property and Wesley and Stella lived nearby in a timber and iron house constructed by a family friend Mr Bob Semple.

      When Annie Spencer passed away, Wesley and Stella moved into her old family residence, which was constructed of a timber frame, Jarrah floors, brick fireplace, corrugated iron walls and roof and pine/Oregon lining.

      Your comment that Wesley found the old sea chest in the back of his shed is accurate according to our information and it was sent to Woodloes cottage. We hope to check whether it is still in that cottage. Apparently it was there at the time of the family reunion at Gosnells.

      The old Jandakot residence of William and Annie (followed by Wesley and Stella) was recently demolished to make way for development of a Catholic High School (under construction) and to be known as Beeliar College. The old residence had reached a severe state of decay with negligible restoration potential. We examined the building for possible salvage of old timbers but most were rotten or white ant eaten. It had been used as a sub standard barn since Wesley Spencer sold the property in the 1970's.

      Elsie Spencer was born in the old house on October 9, 1900. I am trying to find a photo of it for you.

      A possibly one hundred year old mulberry tree which was next to the house has been retained by Beeliar College. We are pleased to see it's retention because these particular mulberries (black) fruit for a much longer period than the other mulberry trees grown by the Spencer family on Basil's former section of property. The tree was planted by William and Annie.

      Are you aware that Annie Spencer was a mid-wife in the Jandakot district and delivered numerous babies throughout the area over many years."
      (Note: I am not sure that Annie was a qualified mid-wife, rather a trusted `mid-wife' by experience and reputation)
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Ada Rose SPENCER,   b. 15 Jun 1889, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1973, Canning, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Herbert John COCKRAM  m. 17 Jan 1906
    Married: 1x2. Amy Jane SPENCER,   b. 14 Jun 1891, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1975, Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    William John ROBINSON  m. 2 Sep 1908
     3. Forrest SPENCER,   b. 7 May 1893, Jandakot, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1921, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
    Married: 1x4. Ivy Clarice SPENCER,   b. 20 May 1895, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED
    Reinhold Alexander STRUCK  m. 2 Jun 1915
    Married: 2x5. Annie Linda SPENCER,   b. 30 Jan 1897, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1969, Bassendean, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Reinhold Alexander STRUCK;   Patrick HEALY  m. 17 May 1916
    Married: 1x6. Jessie Hilda SPENCER,   b. 9 Apr 1899, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1990, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Alan Victor STEWART  m. 20 Dec 1922
    Married: 1x7. Elsie Grace SPENCER,   b. 9 Oct 1900, Jandakot, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1998, Bateau Bay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    Joseph Raymond JOHNSON  m. 20 Sep 1921
    Married: 1x8. Wesley Anham SPENCER,   b. 5 Feb 1903, Canning, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938  (Age 34 years)
    Stella CAMPBELL  m. 24 Jun 1933
    Married: 1x9. Basil William SPENCER,   b. 28 Nov 1905, Canning, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1986, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Violet May WALKER  m. 8 Jun 1937
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F4329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Jul 1860 - Canning, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jan 1888 - Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 May 1937 - Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 17 May 1937 - Cemetery, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Jill Bickmore (nee Cockram) has a map, which she has received originally from her parents shows Canning Location 19 divided into Lots 4 and 5.
      Lot 4 is marked as owned by G.W. Spencer, Crown Grant C.T. 828/169. Also marked on Lot 4 are the words L.T.O. Diagram No C125.
      Lot 5 is marked as owned by W.E. Spencer, Crown Grant 476/120
      Location 19 is bounded on the North East boundary by the Canning River including the Rapids (? Yule Rapids), on the south east boundary by a rd (? name)
      It is interesting to note that there is a small area between Lot 4 and 5, boundered on opposite sides by ?Wilfred Road and the Canning River and crossed by Harris Street which shows a deviation of Harris Street and perhaps(?) a relocation of a small portion of land to A.S. Cameron, Grown Grant C.T. 828/168.

      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 24.2.12 (assumed 1912)
      "18th J'kot (Jandakot) Ag Soc show. Premier and no of MP's present...
      In WA, growing necessity for the dev(elopment) of dairying industry.
      Speakers decry the presence of the Chinese and wanting "White-grown veges."
      Premier: `It was most difficult to obtain veges unless they were grown by Chinese." He had strong objections to Chinese grown produce, and he considered it a pity that the J'kot area was not nearer to the metropolis......"it would be a splendid move to have markets from which the Chinese would be excluded so that only veges grown and sold by Europeans might be procured there.
      A voice: `Good idea too!' ' W. E. Spencer (W.J'kot) 1st prize for beetroot."

      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 30.5.91(assumed 1891)
      "Opening of the new hall at Jandakot (Cooper note: in AA lot 170, reserved GG 20.11.90) Wm Nicholson in the chair. Present Manning, Meelor, Culmore, Bush, Briggs, Spencer, Walker etc.
      Building to be used as a school - the first public building erected in Jandakot, on a block of land recently granted to the Presbyterian Church. Nicholson's speech: `it marked a distinct line on the progress of the district and a distinct line so far as the Presby Chch was concerned.' "
      (note: Probably William Edward Spencer, see WM 2.2.95 below)
      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 2.2.95 (assumed 1895)
      "Cannington CC v Headingley Hill, at F. Stirks's homestead "Heidelberg" (Kalamunda). Visitors lost by 1 run. Edwin Cockram snr 29; Wm Spencer (John's son and a Jandakot AA settler) 7."

      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 28.2.95 (assumed 1895)
      "First jandakot Ag Soc show, at Bibra lake. Mr Spencer the most successful exhibitor. (Joshua or William?)
      Cooper note: Bibra Lake area has the better Spearwood type sands, in contrast to the sands and swamps of the eastern part of the AA)
      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 7.2.96 (assumed 1896)
      "2nd Jandakot Ag Soc show at Mission Hall, Bibra Lake. W. Spencer - prizes for veges, cape gooseberries, poultry; Mrs W. Spencer for bread and scones."

      In the "Western Mail" (WM) Newspaper 18.3.98 (assumed 1898)
      "Jandakot Rds Bd Mar 10. promise from the Minister that `Govt would place a sum of money on the next estimates for a new bridge' (nicholson Rd).
      Tenders to be called for metalling Nicholson Rd between bridge and culvert near Burt Rd `that being a particularly rotten and boggy piece of ground in winter.'
      Plans for an interchange of rds through the Riverview Estate (Conigrave, attorney for W. G. Brookman, present) `it was resolved that if Mr Spencer's consent to the alteration could be obtained in writing, the bd would do all they could to expedite the matter.'
      WABI: Brookman a mining speculator - became very wealthy - Mayor of perth - MLC. Built many fine houses around Perth. Broke 1901, returned to England."
      (note: Uncertain as to which Mr Spencer)

      MR JOHN SPENCER Orbituary Western Mail 4/6/1910
      "The funeral of another very old colonist in the person of the late Mr. John Spencer took place on Tuesday of last week. it was attended by a large gathering of old Western Australians. The deceased was born at sea in the ship Calista in the year 1829, when his parents were coming out to Western Australia, and he spent his whole life in the colony, being one of the pioneer and successful settlers on the land. His farming career commenced on the Canning, where he brought up a family of ten children of whom 2 sons and 2 daughters are still living in the district, and he rmained there till the time of his death at the age of 80 years and 10 month
      The cortege moved from his latre residence, Canning, and proceeded to the junction of Albany and Nicholson Roads, where it was met by a very large circle of friendsfrom Cannington, fremantle and elsewhere. The procession then proceeded to the Anglican Cemetery, Cnnington, where the remains were interred in the family grave.
      The Reverend E.O. Phillips of Perth, conducting the first portion of the burial ceremony at the house, and concluding at the graveside. The pall bearers were Messrs T. Wade, A. McIntosh, W. Callam, F. Mason and C. Harris. The chief mourners were the widow (Mrs J. Spencer) Messrs. William and Wilfred Spencer (sons), Mrs A. Butterley and Mrs R. Sneddon (dtrs), Mr Thomas Willey, (brother-in-law), Mr W. Gibbs (son-in-law), Mrs W. Spencer and Mrs G. W. Spencer (dtrs-in-law), Messrs. Charles and James Gallop (nephews), Mr Forrest Spencer, Mr. M. Butterley, W. Robertson and Lionel Gibbs (Grandsons), Misses Ivy Gibbs, Ivy Butterley and Mrs W. Robertson (grand-daughters).
      Many Handsome wreaths were received and also letters and telegrams of sympathy. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Bowra and Odea, undertakers, 195 Pier Street, Perth.
      Copied from the Battye Library records 24/6/77"
      (notes: Mrs A. Butterley is Sarah (nee Spencer), married to Arnold Butterley
      Mrs R. Sneddon is uncertain identity
      Mrs W. Spencer (dtr-in-law) is possibly Annie (nee Briggs) married to William Edward Spencer,
      perhaps wife of Wilfred Spencer, perhaps wife of George Wilfred Spencer.
      Mrs G. W. Spencer is the wife of George Wilfred Spencer
      W. Robertson (grandson) is uncertain identity
      Mrs W. Robertson (grand-daughter) is uncertain identity)

      This invitation was issued by the Chairman of the Gosnells Road Board to Mrs W. R. Dennis
      "Dear Sir/Madam,
      Maddington Centenary.
      It is proposed not to let the occassion of the first centenary of Maddington pass without suitable recognition. It has, therefore, been decided to commemorate the occasion on Saturday December 3rd, 1932.
      Your name has been handed to the Committee as one who has been associated with the Maddington District in its very early stages. We extend to you a cordial invitation to be present on that occassion. We would welcome any information concerning the early histroy of the District you could give us and also the names of any pioneers you can think of so that we can communicate with them.
      Full details will be forwarded to you at a later date.
      Thanking you in anticipation of your co-operation.
      Yours faithfully,
      CHAIRMAN.

      Copy of a letter received from Mrs W. R. Dennis of 42 ?Caulirbury Tce, Victoria Park, in response to the above invitation.
      "Dear Sir
      Re Maddington Centenary. I shall be very pleased to attend. At the same time I can give very little information as to the pioneers or anything concerning the early history of the district. I left the district in 1888 after the death of my husband Mr J. K. Harris and have not been in a position in know very much in the intervening years, and all old friends are mostly dead or moved from the old homes. My two sons are both dead and my daughter lives in Kalgoorlie. My eldest brother lives at Jandakot (William Edward Spencer) and the youngest brother is at Marvel Lock, in the Gold Fields G. W. Spencer. The Harris Brothers can tell you as they know them both.
      Thanking you for opportunity to renew old associations ?
      Yours sincerely
      Mrs W. R. Dennis
      This piece of correspondance is from the Maddington Centenary File of 1932. It has been written in response to an invitation."
      (note: invitation detailed above, uncertain whom Mrs W. R. Dennis is. William Edward Spencer had four younger sisters, Sarah, Ellen, Alice Rose and Elizabeth Jane whom we know was deceased at the time this letter was written.)

  • Reference  Darryl Brady. (2021, April 21). William Edward SPENCER. Brady Family Tree in Western Australia. Retrieved from https://www.bradyfamilytree.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I9818&tree=BRADY2008

  • Sources 
    1. [S387] NO Current Email. Jill Suzette Bickmore (nee Cockram). Date: First Contact 31 December 1999;. Some Information Submitted by Jill Suzette Bickmore (nee Cockram).

    2. [S71] Rica Erickson. Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australia pre-1829-1888 Vol III R-Z. Name: ISBN 0-85564-277-7;. Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australia pre-1829-1888 Vol III R-Z.


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