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EDGOOSE, Myra Winfrey

Female 1916 - 2015  (98 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Myra Winfrey 
    Born 2 Mar 1916  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 440 
    _UID 473CA74B799B4E119E96679AD03D7468069C 
    Died 13 Jan 2015  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I440  Edgoose
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Arthur James,   b. 21 Apr 1871, Leopold, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1957, Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother CANNON, Ann Harriet Celia,   b. 3 Jun 1877, Donald, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1965, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1898  Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MAY, Geoffrey Richard,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Jan 1940  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. MAY, J.W.
     2. MAY, D.G.
     3. MAY, P.
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F120  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MYRA WINFREY EDGOOSE 1916-2015

      Myra Winfrey EDGOOSE was born on 2 March 1916, daughter of Arthur James and Annie EDGOOSE who married at Box Hill, Victoria, Australia, on 21 September 1898. She was named Myra after Kingsly GREENWOOD's mother.

      From the 1937 Electoral Roll of Box Hill, Deakin, Victoria, Australia:
      *EDGOOSE Arthur James
      EDGOOSE Annie
      EDGOOSE Myra Winfrey

      From the1939 Electoral Roll of 5 Oxford street, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia (abbreviations expanded):
      EDGOOSE Arthur James, civil servant
      EDGOOSE Annie, home duties
      *EDGOOSE Myra Winfrey, kindergarten teacher

      From The Argus, 2 May 1939:
      Ormiston Old Collegians mothers and friends have formed a Red Cross emergency service branch under the leadership of Mrs. T. H. STURZAKER and group leaders Mesdames PORRITT, LARK, FETHERS, SHAW, ELLIOTT, and Miss EDGOOSE.........."

      She finished teaching in 1939 and married Geoffrey Richard MAY at Highbury Grove Methodist Church, Kew, Victoria, on 27 January 1940.

      From the 1946 Electoral Roll of 35 Hunter Road, Camberwell E.6, Victoria, Australia:
      *MAY Myra Winfrey, home duties

      In 1968 she was living in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

      In 2001 she was living at Unit 19 Mayflower, 61 Belinda Street, Gerringong, NSW 2534, Australia.

      In September 2001 she wrote:
      "Before John James died, Winfrey was a frequent visitor to our home in Oxford Street. Many a time I was proud to be allowed to sit in his 'jinker' between Win and my father and go for Sunday drives. Percy, when he married, lived about two miles away in Doncaster. There were no buses and not even a railway, so he drove (again a jinker) to the spare block of land beside No. 5 Oxford Street. Then Percy caught caught the train from Box Hill to the City every day. It was my sister Ina's duty to feed and water the horse in the morning, put the jinker in the shed, and reverse the routine at five every evening. Percy's eldest son often did his homework at our dining room table whilst waiting for his dad".

      Extract from a letter to Ainun & Michael EDGOOSE dated 31 December 2001:
      "I am very sorry that Bruce did not contact me when I was younger. I am now in my 86th year & find it necessary to explain that I am alive, the youngest of the five girls. While Lynda & Norma were both married and Ina nursing, I lived at home with Mother and Father for many years on my own. The two eldest were both in country Victoria, and I was sent first to one & then to the other for my school holidays. Father put me on the train in charge of senior girl and met me on my return.
      You ask about Laura Jean. Norma, Ina and the baby had diptheria all at the same time. The baby Laura died I think on her 1st birthday or may he 2nd - no date given. On my Birth certificate (I have the full copy) Father wrote
      Lynda Ann 16
      Norma Winfrey 12
      Ina Mildred 8
      Laura Jean (deceased)
      I was born in 1916 March 2nd. my Mother was 38 at the time.
      I only remember visiting "Risegate". I have no memories of the spinster aunts at Oxford St, or the Bert EDGOOSES. I fancy that my mother and the aunts did not get on well. Mother was a very pretty woman, who had her sister Tereas Margaret CANNON to live with her until I was a teenager. "TISS" did most of the work & rAeally most of the bringing up of the girls. Mother sang beautifully, was a member of many church activities. She sang in the choir.
      I have explained to Bruce that money was always short. I'm sure "TISS" received only her board for all her work.
      I did my school study etc. by gas or candle light even though electricity was available. Father's excuse was "It better for your eyes". Looking back I now think he could not afford to have the electricity connected. He was retired from the Titles Office when I was in my last year of school & so we lived on his retirement salary.
      Father always kept a good table, often choosing the meat himself and instructing "Harry" the butcher how to hang it. Of course all the vegetables were home grown either at Oxford Street or "Risegate".
      Boxhill was about 30 minutes from Melbourne so if I went out of an evening my escort had to catch the train back so one memory of father I will never forget. As the train arrived Father would be there trousers and overcoat over his pyjamas, a cloth cap on his head to escort me home, even though he had been to bed and I was in my twenties. I still have the last letter my Father wrote to me after his birthday in April 1957 he died in the October.
      As you will have no doubt gathered I was my Father's girl. We did work well together mainly because I was so interested in the garden etc. and sport - I was not one & never will be for sitting and gossiping -
      Geoff my husband often played chess with Father or we both helped him with his stamp collection - He would stop what we were doing at 10pm sharp & go to bed with the instruction "Don't keep her up to late my boy".
      I was always sorry he did not come to New South Wales to see us. Mother thought it too far!!!"

      Myra Winfrey MAY was born in Australia on 2 March 1916 and died on 13 January 2015 aged 98 years.

      (revised 10.03.2017)