Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frederick G. & Jessie H. (Riches) Wallis

Frederick George Wallis was born 25 February 1890 at Chatterton Road, Bromley, London and died 19 January 1964 in Box Hill, Melbourne, Australia. Frederick was a Butcher as were many of the Wallis men several generations back.

Birth Certificate for Frederick George Wallis on 25 February 1890 in Bromley, Kent.

Frederick Wallis worked as a Butcher for William J.Wallis in England

Frederick and Jessie Hannant Riches (31 May 1889 - 16 January 1980) married on 19 December 1912 in the Parish of St Alban, Dartford, in the County of Kent. Frederick and Jessie were keen for a new life in Australia, so Frederick left England ahead of Jessie, as he needed to look for work. In fact Frederick sailed just two weeks before WW1 broke out in 1914. Frederick got work with the Tramways soon after arriving in Melbourne.

Marriage Certificate for Frederick George Wallis and Jessie Hannant Riches 19 December 1912 in Dartford, Kent.

Birth Certificate for Jessie Riches born 31 May 1889 at 117 St Albans Road, Dartford, Kent.

117 St Albans Road, Dartford, Kent where Jessie Riches was born on 31 May 1889.

Jessie and Frederick Wallis
Jessie & Frederick Wallis

Frederick and Jessie Wallis had 2 daughters:  
Marjorie Hannant Wallis (born 18 November 1918 in Cawkwell Street, Malvern and died 12 July 2017 in Baxter, Victoria - Cremated at Springvale Crematorium). 
Joan Freda Wallis (born 12 November 1927).

Marjorie went to Hartwell State School from 1925-1930. She and her friend Thelma Searle were the first girls to go from Hartwell State School to Box Hill Technical Girls School. After leaving school at 14, Marjorie worked at O.Gilpin Ltd in their Head Office & Truck Yard in Belson Street, East Malvern in Lay-bys and gratuities section from 1933 - 1939.  When Marjorie joined the company there were about 130 drapery stores in the Gilpin chain and she knew every store by name.  The Gilpin chain of stores were bought by G.J.Coles in 1951. Once she married she could no longer work at Gilpins as they did not employ married women.

Marjorie Hannant Wallis 18 November 1918 - 12 July 2017

Jessie Wallis with children Marjorie and Joan

Marjorie Hannant Wallis (1918 - 2017) and Joan Freda Wallis (born 1927)

Meanwhile, Frederick Wallis' brother William J. Wallis had come to Australia and opened a Butcher's shop in Tooronga Road, Malvern, and later in 407 Wattletree Road, East Malvern. Frederick Wallis worked with his brother as a Butcher.  Fred and Jessie Wallis lived nearby in Elizabeth Street, Malvern. 
Sands & McDougall records: William J.Wallis, Butcher, at Lower Malvern Road, Caulfield East in 1918 and W.J.Wallis & Son, Butcher, at 407 Wattletree Road, East Malvern from 1934 to 1941.

Frederick and Jessie Wallis leased a Butcher's shop at 209 Toorak Road, Camberwell (1930-1934). Opposite Arthur and Doris Olney had a Fruiterer's shop at 224 Toorak Road, Camberwell (1933-1936). Both families lived above their shops and so started a friendship between Keith Olney and Marjorie Wallis who soon became sweethearts. Keith drove a delivery van for K.L.Ballantynes Dairy Produce in the city and often he would just happen to be in the East Malvern area around lunch time so they could eat lunch together. Frederick drove a Cleveland with a "Dickie seat" at the back where the 2 girls rode in.

Olney's Fruiterer's shop (blue trim) at 224 Toorak Road, Camberwell. Photo taken 2007. In 2017 the shop and neighbouring shops were demolished for future development.
Wallis Butcher's shop (purple trim) at 209 Toorak Road, Camberwell.  Photo taken 2007.

1934 The Wallis' Butcher business failed due to the depression, so the family shifted to a rental house in Ray Ave, Edithvale for about 6 months, but they were affected with the big flood in the Edithvale area, then shifted to 15 Keith Avenue, Edithvale. Fred worked at a Garage. He also kept chocks that he sold as dressed chocks.

1938 the Wallis' rented a house at 252 Point Nepean Road, Edithvale and lived there until 1940. Point Nepean Road became Station Street in 1940.  Frederick had an old Ford when Joan was a baby. The family had two cockerspaniels at Edithvale.

Sands & McDougall records: Fred & Jessie Wallis lived at 209 Toorak Road, Hartwell 1930-1934, at 15 Keith Ave, Edithvale in 1936, and at 252 Point Nepean Road/Station St, Edithvale in 1937-1940.

19 October 1936 Keith Olney and Marjorie Wallis announced their engagement at Keith's 21st birthday. They married on 20 May 1939 at the Church of England in Edithvale. You might like to read more about Keith and Marjorie Olney by going to Olney Family Archives.

1940 Frederick & Jessie & young Joan lived in Normanby Road, East Kew.

Keith Olney and Marjorie Wallis announced their engagement at Keith's 21st birthday on 19 October 1936

Marjorie Wallis married Keith Olney on 20 May 1939. Parents Frederick  & Jessie Wallis.

Younger sister, Joan Wallis was Marjorie's flowergirl on 20 May 1939

Marjorie Wallis with her in-laws - Doris & Arthur Olney

1942-1945 Fred and Jessie lived with Marj Olney through the war years as Keith was away in Katherine.
November 1945 Joan Wallis married John Millar and lived on a flower farm at Keyes Road, Moorabbin.
1946 Frederick and Jessie came to live with Joan & John Millar at Keyes Road, Moorabbin.
1947-1949 Frederick & Jessie Wallis lived at Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park.
1949 Frederick & Jessie lived with Joan & John Millar in Cheviot Road, then Essex Road, Mount Waverley where they grew carnations and dahlias.
1952 - 1978 Frederick & Jessie lived in the bungalow at 18 The Boulevard, Glen Waverley, 2 blocks from Marjorie & Keith Olney.

Frederick & Jessie Wallis at Point Leo with Helen Olney

Frederick & Jessie Wallis with Doris Olney at Point Leo

Jessie & Frederick Wallis

Frederick & Jessie Wallis at Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park 1947-1949

19 January 1964 Frederick George Wallis passed away at Box Hill Hospital with throat cancer.
16 January 1980 Jessie Hannant Wallis passed away while 'in care" at North Dandenong, 91 years.
Frederick and Jessie Wallis were cremated at Springvale Crematorium with a rose bush to commorate their lives. When tenure expired in 2005 their ashes were scattered at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
Frederick George Wallis 25 February 1890 - 19 January 1964
Jessie Hannant Wallis 31 May 1889 - 16 January 1980

Jessie Wallis 90 years in 1979 with great grandchildren Adrian, Darren, Robyn, Karen, Glen.

You might like to visit Riches Family Archives to read more about Jessie and her family.
Olney Family Archives will give an account of Marjorie Wallis after her marriage to Keith Olney.
If you would like to contact the author of this blog with further information or comments, please email Joy Olney on

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