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A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

TROVE Tuesday

Several of my friends do this, search TROVE for something interesting to post about on a Tuesday.
Today I decided to search for SIGRIST, my late mother-in-law's maiden name. The amount of results I turned up as fantastic but not all related to her line. Two that I did find have really sparked a searching frenzy.

Fri 4 Apr 1930 - The Sun (Sydney, NSW: 1910 -1954) Page 2 - HERE AND THERE.
Telephone Mechanic's Death.
Frederick Charles Sigrist, telephone mechanic of Fairmount Street, Lakemba died at his home, yesterday.
He had been ill for over six months.
He had 24 years' service.

This was Edna's Dad, he was only 39 when he died leaving his widow with two small children. The baby was just six months old.

It is this next one that has really got me going.

LOCKE - SIGRIST The Engagement is announced of Edna (W.A.A.A.F) elder daughter of the late Mr and Mrs F Sigrist of Lakemba and Bondi to Sgt John Locke (A.I.F) eldest son of Mr and Mrs C.J. Locke of Kogarah.

Sydney Morning Herald, 10 Nov 1945.

Mum, Edna, didn't marry him, we never heard his name. I've searched the Australian War Memorial site and there are two J Locke's on the Roll of Honour but the dates are before the engagement. I've searched the Australian National Archives site and there are plenty of J Locke's but only a couple of Johns. Most of those records are digitised, for me to see next of kin. There is none of that generation left for me to ask, either.

Okay, so where to go from here?

 I've looked on the NSW, BDM site, for any deaths and there are again to many Johns, especially when all I have for is father are the initials C.J and a place, Kogarah.  He could have gone anywhere. The Ryerson Index has been searched form 1945 to now and there are 46 results.

I'm open to any suggestions.

Bye for now,


  1. Can't help with your problem but want to welcome you to Trove Tuesday.

    You can pin your post to Fran's Trove Tuesday Pinterest board (contact her for access) or if you aren't on Pinterest I'll do it (with your permission).

  2. I found a death notice on Trove that appears to be the mother of C J Locke of Kogarah, and therefore the grandmother of your John
    1939 'MRS. MARY LOCKE', Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), 25 May, p. 4. (Daily), viewed 19 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100105614
    This death notice mentions her two sons: Austin T Locke (Goulburn) and Cyril J. Locke (Kogarah).

    The 1949 Electoral roll shows Cyril James Locke living at 2 Union Street West Kogarah (Bexley District). He was a dentist.

    The 1943 Electoral roll shows a John Locke, school teacher, also living at 2 Union Street.
    (Australian Electoral rolls collection at Ancestry.com.au)

    The WW2 Nominal roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?serviceId=A&veteranId=278364 shows a record for John Locke, born 14 Dec 1914 at Bondi NSW enlisted 28 Feb 1943 Locality on enlistment Kogarah, NSW Next of kin C Locke. He was discharged 18 April 1946.

    There is also some more information about John Locke at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/news/educators_ww1-2/DEC-record-of-service-in-two-world-wars-PartII.pdf

    I also found a marriage notice for John Locke, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Locke, of Kogarah, to Mary Therese Schwartzkoff of Cowra - 1948 'Recent Weddings Of Interest In City And Country Churches', Catholic Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1942 - 1954), 2 September, p. 1. (PAGES FOR WOMEN), viewed 19 Apr 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146659392

    The electoral rolls show that John and Mary Therese Locke were still alive in 1980, and living in Beecroft.

    The Ryerson index has an entry for John Locke, late of Beecroft died 23 Jan 1994 - death notice in the Sydney Morning Herald 24 Jan 1994

    1. Lois, Thank you sooooo much. We have both done a bit of digging, I had found the marriage on the BDM site. Will have more of a look at what you have found. How we get side tracked, he isn't mine. lol