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|Mary Ellen Fairbairn (nee McNamara) 1881-1955 by Ann Rackstraw|
Mary Ellen and Henry
Hunter Fairbairn’s children
Jessie Doreen Fairbairn
Married 14 Jun 1941
Patrick Robert Foley
f. Jessie Doreen Fairbairn. Her married name was Foley. She was born in 1917 at Women's Hospital, Carlton Central, Victoria. The family was living at Shields St Flemington at the time (Federation Index, Victoria 1914-1920, Reg No 18907 and information provided by Jessie's sister, Margaret Rackstraw).
She married Patrick Robert Foley, son of Michael Joseph Foley and Alice May Hecker, on 14 Jun 1941 at the Presbyterian Church, Flemington, Victoria. Their marriage was conducted by Presbyterian Minister, the Rev Alexander Allison MacKenzie, the witnesses were G.B. Males and E. Mathrick.
The following details were recorded on
their Marriage Certificate:
Jessie died of a sudden Cerebrovascular accident on 6 May 1980, aged 62, at 27 Guest Ave, St Albans, Victoria, the informant was her son Michael Foley (Vic Death Certificate No 10292). Her body was cremated on 9 May 1980 at Memorial Park Crematorium, North Altona. Her ashes are located at IP (Individual Position) 0153 (Altona Memorial Park, website).
Jessie and Patrick had nine children, five boys and four girls.
Patrick Robert Foley
Patrick Robert Foley was born on 22 May 1916 at Hotham West, Victoria (Great War Index Reg No 1916 and WW2 Nominal Roll).
An undated note later added to the file records Patrick's private address as 159A Barkley Ave Burnley.
Patrick was transferred on 5 Nov 1941 to Mt Martha. On 12 Dec 1941 he was granted Leave without pay. On 17 Feb 1942 Patrick was transferred from Mt Martha to Area 58A (Res Occ). This may indicate that he was transferred into employment with a company involved in production for the war effort. (The name ‘Qualcast’ is written across the first page of the file, this may indicate the name of the company which employed Patrick) (WW2 Service File, NAA Series No B884, Barcode 6261276).
Patrick died on 15 Mar 1991, aged 74.
His remains are located at RP (Rockpool) 13, GN (Ground Niche) 050 (Altona
Memorial Park, website).