• Annie Agnes Harper

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    Kyneton, VIC, Australia

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    • HARPER, Annie Agnes - Sister, AANS
    • Posted by FrevFord, Sunday, 31 January 2016

    Born in 1886 at Kyneton, Vic – daughter of Sedgwick HARPER (Foundry Manager) & Martha GRAHAM, who married at Martha’s mother’s residence in Brighton, Victoria, in December 1875 1915 Address: Swan Hill. Vic Martha died on the 23/8/1917 at their home in Swan Hill Sedgwick died on the 17/5/1942, age 88 Siblings: Lillian Isabelle – marr S. RAMSAY – d.1942, age 64; Robert b.1878 Shepparton – marr Blanche – WW1: Shoeing Smith 29672, 4th DAC, AIF; Sedgwick Percy b.11/12/1880 (reg. Sedgwick James Leonard 1881) – Boer War & WW2 – d.1959; Allan Graham b.1884 Kyneton – marr Amy Beatrice LONG 1911 – WW1: Pte 5364, 22nd Bn, AIF (POW) – d.1964; Harriett Louisa b.1888 – marr J.N. WILLIAMS – d.1976; Muriel Alice b.1891 – marr REIMERS – d.1976; Jean b.1894 Kyneton – marr F.T. KEON – d.30/1/1924 Trained Kyneton Hospital Member of the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses Association (RVTNA) WW1: Embarked 20/5/1915 on the RMS Mooltan with the 1st AGH for Egypt Debility 5/12/15 – 10/12/15 Embarked on the Salta for Marseilles, arriving 6/4/1916 Sick to hospital, Rouen 24/10/16 – 30/10/16 Sick to 24th Gen Hosp, Etaples, 16/11/16 – 18/12/16 Leave 22/5/17 – 8/6/17 To be Sister 1/9/1917 Resigned on account of marriage 18/9/1917 Married Bertie Charles HANDLEY (Maj, 1st FAB) on the 18/9/1917 in the Parish Church, St George, Bloomsbury, England Resident Georgian House, Bury St, St James, London 6/10/1917 Returned to Australia with her husband Bertie, embarking on the 5/4/1919 on the Warwickshire Bertie Charles HANDLEY Born 6/9/1885 Sth Yarra (reg Prahran) – son of Frank HANDLEY (Insurance Co. Manager) & Mary Ann NICKELS – who married in Vic in 1876 Educated Melbourne Grammar WW1: Service Record: http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=4255013 Maj, 1st FAB (MID) Returned to Australia 5/4/1919 on the Warwickshire Children: John Sedgwick b.1920 St Kilda, Vic Judith Mary b.12/1/1921 Brighton Beach, Vic Roger Harper born 9/10/1922 at Hopetoun Hospital, Elsternwick, Vic Stuart On his return to Australia in 1919, Bertie was appointed General Manager of the Australian branch of the London Guarantee and Accident Co Ltd, and the couple at first lived in St Kilda East, Vic By 1925 they had moved to NSW Living Alma Rd, St Kilda East, Vic 1919 (Bertie, Manager) / 100 Were St, Brighton, Vic 1922, 1924 (Bertie, Manager) / NSW 1928 / “Kama”, Stanley Ave, Mosman, NSW 1930 (Bertie, Manager) Bertie, continuing as Manager of the London Guarantee and Accident Coy, NSW, also took over as Manager of the Phoenix Assurance Coy, NSW 1/1/1929 Sailed for Capetown, Sth Africa on the Euripides 8/12/1931 to take up position of Manager for the Phoenix Group 1936: Annie & Bertie (Insurance Manager) embarked at Mombasa (residents of Sth Africa) on the Durham Castle and arrived London 19/6/1936 1949: Annie & Bertie (Insurance Agent) embarked at Cape Town, Sth Africa (where they were living) on the City of Lucknow and arrived in London 23/6/1949 Bertie died in 1966 at Cape Town, Sth Africa Annie died in 1972 at Cape Town, Sth Africa Kyneton Guardian (Vic), Tue 27 Apr 1915 (p.3): PERSONAL PARS Nurse for the Front – Miss Annie Harper, sister of Mr S.P. Harper, of Kyneton, and a trainee of Kyneton Hospital, has volunteered and been accepted as a nurse for the front. Miss Harper volunteered in Adelaide, and passed through Kyneton on her way to visit her parents in Swan Hill, and will return to Kyneton prior to her departure, which she expects will be in the course of a fortnight or so. Swan Hill Guardian and Lake Boga Advocate (Vic), Thur 16 Dec 1915 (p.2): Red Cross Goods Nurse Annie Harper, writing to her mother at Swan Hill from the hospital at Heliopolis, under date 7th November, says: - I have been in a state of great excitement to-day. I went to the Red Cross store connected with this place to get a pair of socks, and found a bundle from Swan Hill. The pair I got were navy blue, and had in them a little note from Miss Drummond. I gave them to a nice little appendiea patient. He was so pleased with them, and my knowing the sender made them twice as good. He is going to write to Miss Drummond. I was quite giddy with excitement. It was like a trip home. I just loved every sock in the bundle. Kyneton Guardian (Vic), Thur 19 Oct 1916 (p.2): MOSTLY ABOUT PEOPLE Illness of a Former Resident The friends of Mr S. Percy Harper, of Kyneton, will regret to hear of the serious illness of his mother at her home at Swan Hill. Mr Harper went last week to visit her, and although a little better, her illness is still causing her family anxiety. Swan Hill Guardian and Lake Boga Advocate (Vic), Mon 16 Jul 1917 (p.3): ON ACTIVE SERVICE – CASUALTIES This morning Mrs Allan Harper, Swan Hill, received a cablegram from Nurse Harper, who is in France, stating that her husband, Private A.G. Harper, was a prisoner of war in Germany and well. Private Harper had previously been reported as missing. The Argus (Melb, Vic) Mon 27 Aug 1917 (p.1): DEATHS HARPER – On the 23rd August, at her residence, Swan Hill, Martha, beloved wife of Sedgwick Haper, loving mother of Mrs S. Ramsay, Mrs J.N. Williams, Mrs F.T. Keon, Annie (on active service), Percy, Allan (on active service). “She hath done what she could.” The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 28 Jun 1919 (p.20): PERSONAL Mr F. Handley is retiring from the management of the London Guarantee and Accident Company Limited, the London directors having granted him a seat on the local board. Mr Handley has been in the company’s service 43 years, and during the past 28 years he has been secretary of the Australian branch. His son, Major B.C. Handley, who recently returned from the front after over four years’ active service with the A.I.F., will succeed him, having been appointed the company’s general manager for Australia. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Wed 26 Jan 1921 (p.1): BIRTHS HANDLEY – On the 12th January, at Were street, Brighton Beach, to Mr and Mrs B.C. Handley, a daughter (Judith Mary). The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 21 Oct 1922 (p.11): BIRTHS HANDLEY – On the 9th October, at Hopetoun hospital, Elsternwick, to Mr and Mrs B.C. Handley – a son (Roger Harper). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Sat 29 Dec 1928 (p.15): COMPANY NEWS Owing to his retirement through ill-health, Mr H.S. Dickson, the manager for New South Wales of the Phoenix Assurance Company, Ltd., will be succeeded on January 1 by Mr B.C. Handley. Mr Handley will, in addition, retain the management of the London Guarantee and Accident Company, Ltd., in New South Wales. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Thur 3 Dec 1931 (p.11): Mr B.C. Handley, local manager in New South Wales of the Phoenix Assurance Co., Ltd., leaves on December 9 for South Africa to take up the position of manager in that country of the Phoenix group. The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 19 May 1942 (p.5): DEATHS HARPER – On May 17, Arthur Sedwick [sic] Harper (late of Swan Hill and Kyneton), beloved husband of the late Martha, and loving father of Lillian (deceased), Robert, Percy, Allan, Annie, Harriet, Muriel and Jean (deceased), aged 88 years.