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Marjorie Smith

Marjorie Smith

Female 1921 - 2014  (93 years)

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  • Name Marjorie Smith 
    Nickname Marge 
    Born 14 Feb 1921  Willoughby, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Seamstress 
    Residence 1921 - 1940  Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1946 - 1956  Caringbah, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    542 Port Hacking Road  
    Residence 1957  Cronulla, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    87 Ewos Parade (Shelly Beach Store) 
    Residence 1958 - 2014  Caringbah, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    60 Crammond Boulevarde 
    Died 12 Jun 2014  Kirrawee, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Jun 2014  Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Short Bio by Mike Kelly:
      Marge was born Marjorie Smith in Willoughby in 1921 and in her childhood and teenage years lived an idyllic life at Watsons Bay, very close to Camp Cove beach ('Campie'). In her early school days she walked to school along the foreshores of Watsons Bay and on to Vaucluse Primary School. Weekend fun included swimming at the "Bogie Hole", a roughly cut swimming pool in the harbour side rocks near Camp Cove. In her secondary school years, she caught the tram from the terminus near Camp Cove into a girl?s secondary school in Darlinghurst. During these years the students were able to observe the two arches Harbour Bridge coming together at close quarters from their school grounds. After leaving school she worked as a seamstress at a City firm, again catching the tram from Camp Cove: invariably running late, the tram conductors gave her the nickname of "the road runner". During her teenage years Marge and her cousin Sylvia often went dancing at The Trocadero in the City.
      Around the time that World War II started, Marge met her future husband, Jack, when he was assigned to the military barracks at South Head. They married at St. Peters church at Watsons Bay in October 1941 and spent their honeymoon in the Blue Mountains. Not long after that, Jack was posted to New Guinea where he spent most of the war. Marge volunteered for war work and worked at the Beaufort Bomber factory in Sydney.
      Jack and Marge's first child was born towards the end of World War II, when Marge was still living with her parents. After Jack was discharged from the army in 1945 they made the bold decision to move to Caringbah which at that time was mostly bushland, but it was their only option if they were to eventually own their own home. After renting a cottage in Regatta Avenue for a short they made the decision to buy a block of land in nearby Port Hacking Road. At the time building materials were very scarce and you had to ?know somebody? in order to obtain building material such as timber, tiles etc.; luckily Jack was in the building trade and had a few connections. Jack and Marge first built a "temporary" dwelling followed by a full size house (both buildings are still standing). By this time their second child had arrived.
      Marge and Jack lived in the "house that Jack built" for many years and in 1955 their third child was born. Around this time Jack decided to try his hand at retailing and they bought a small store at Shelly Beach near Cronulla. By 1959 Jack realised he was not cut out for retailing and resumed his career in the building trade and moving back to Caringbah. Marge always handled the family finances and helped out by taking on part time work whenever she could. Life was not always easy, but Marge staunchly held the family together and was a totally devoted wife and mother.
      After Jack retired they were able to manage a few overseas trips and enjoyed many hours on Botany Bay in their little tinnie catching flathead by the dozen. They often relaxed at the Caringbah RSL club, where Jack was a very early member. The arrival of a new grandchild or great grandchild was a big occasion for Marge, she never forgot their birthdays and they could count on a card in the mail with the customary $5 note. When Jack became ill and was in hospital, Marge was a daily visitor and carer, often walking long distances every day. After Jack passed away in 2005, Marge continued as the family matriarch, she had a special place in her heart for a couple of the more mischievous great grandchildren. She always looked forward to the occasional glass of beer and the odd flutter on the poker machines at the SUS club on Sundays.
      Marge's passing marks the end of an era, as all of her siblings and cousins have also passed away.
      Marge Kelly was a gentle lady with a heart of gold, pioneer of Sutherland Shire and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
    Person ID I5  Kelly / Grayer
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2017 

    Father Thomas Ohalam Smith,   b. 30 Apr 1888, Gilgandra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1966, Little Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Emily Windle,   b. 26 Nov 1893, Coogee Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1985, The Entrance, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1915  Waverley, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From Marjorie Smith:

      After Tom and Elizabeth were married they lived with Elizabeth's mother Sarah at Bondi Junction (Mill Hill Road) for a period before moving to St, Leonards where Tom had secured employment as a labouror. When Tom secured employment with Vaucluse Council they moved to Vaucluse and lived a small house which was only half built and was called "The Rest". Around 1928 they moved to Watson's Bay where the children grew up and which was always a "special place" for them.

    • From Debbie Musgrave (marriage certificate):

      Tom and Elizabeth wre married on 12 Jul 1915 at St. Barnabus' church, Mill Hill, Waverly by Robert Lyle Houston, minister.
    Photos
    Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Windle
    Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Windle
    Grandma and Grandpop at Lily Windle's wedding 1915
    Smith Children
    Smith Children
    Standing: Lionel, Sarah and Phyllis
    Seated: Marjorie
    Tom and Elizabeth Smith, Rowe St.  Bondi Junction. ca 1960
    Tom and Elizabeth Smith, Rowe St. Bondi Junction. ca 1960
    On the front porch. This terrace was one of the many demolished to make way for Bondi Junction Railway station. A tennis court now occupies the site. Photo by Les Musgrave.
    Documents
    Smith Windle Marriage Certificate
    Smith Windle Marriage Certificate
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet

    Family John Kevin Kelly,   b. 11 Feb 1916, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jun 2005, Kareena Hospital, Caringbah, NSW Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1941  Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St.Peters church, Watson's Bay
    Children 
     1. Michael John Kelly
     2. Patricia Elizabeth Kelly
     3. Philip Norbary Kelly
    Photos
    Jack and Marge Kelly, Sylvia and Roy Lockeridge
    Jack and Marge Kelly, Sylvia and Roy Lockeridge
    Jack and Marge's wedding reception, Marge and Jack are far right
    (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Documents
    Jack and Marge Wedding
    Jack and Marge Wedding
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Feb 1921 - Willoughby, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 1940 - Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Oct 1941 - Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 542 Port Hacking Road - 1946 - 1956 - Caringbah, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 87 Ewos Parade (Shelly Beach Store) - 1957 - Cronulla, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 60 Crammond Boulevarde - 1958 - 2014 - Caringbah, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jun 2014 - Kirrawee, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Jun 2014 - Woronora Cemetery, Sutherland, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Marge Kelly
    Marge Kelly
    Around Christmas 1971
    Amelia and Marj Kelly
    At Amelia's 18th birthday celebrations at Lithgow (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Camp Cove and Watsons Bay
    Camp Cove and Watsons Bay
    The "Bogie Hole" can be seen at the far right in the rocks to the right of Camp Cove beach. Tom and Elizabeth bought up their family in a house in Victoria St. Camp Cove.
    Marge Kelly and Sylvia Lockeridge at Camp Cove
    Marge Kelly and Sylvia Lockeridge at Camp Cove
    Smith Children
    Smith Children
    Standing: Lionel, Sarah and Phyllis
    Seated: Marjorie
    Jack and Marge's wedding reception, Marge and Jack are far right
    (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Marjorie Kelly 1941
    Marjorie Kelly 1941
    Marge Kelly and Mother Fern
    Marge Kelly and Mother Fern
    Marjorie Smith teenager
    Marjorie Smith teenager

    Headstones
    Jack and Marge Kelly - Memorial Plaques
    Jack and Marge Kelly - Memorial Plaques

    Histories
    Family history in Marjorie's handwriting
    Family history in Marjorie's handwriting