Alice Ruby Keyburn

Female 1894 - 1980  (86 years)


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  • Name Alice Ruby Keyburn 
    Born 1894  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    _UID D04CA80CDCF34971AE07B1CBB1D0780C8FC2 
    Died 18 Jan 1980  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 19 Jan 1980  Cairns, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Forest View Cemetery 
    Person ID I6789  Treefive
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2014 

    Father William Joseph Keyburn,   b. Abt 1860,   d. 1934, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Annie Honoria Harrison,   b. Abt 1856,   d. 1933, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 1885  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Jensen Bak,   b. 2 Oct 1895, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1948, Chillagoe, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 1919  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Cecil James Bak,   b. 8 Apr 1920,   d. 11 Feb 1945, Bougainville, New Guinea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. Leslie Ronald Bak,   b. 19 Feb 1921,   d. 19 Apr 1997, Perth, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Kenneth William Bak,   b. 17 Oct 1923, Cairns, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1985, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F1819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Alice Ruby came from a Victoria-based family.

      She married James Bak in Queensland in 1919, and was on the electoral roll that year as living in Tiaro South, Wide Bay. It appears that she spent most her of adult life in north Queensland, mainly White Rock and Cairns.

      However, there are electoral roll entries for an "Alice Bak" in 1954 and 1958 at 50 Archer Street, Chatswood, NSW, occupation: home duties.
      Thomas Mileham Thick jnr., ex-husband of Ruby Bak's niece Maria Elizabeth, lived in the southern suburbs of Sydney. Chatswood is in the northern suburbs, but he did not mention this possible connection in interviews with John Goodwin.
      In 1963, there was an Alice Bak at 117 Bellevue Rd, Bellevue Hill, Wentworth, New South Wales, as well as Alice Ruby Bak at Cairns, Queensland.
      Compounding the mystery is an "In Memoriam" notice for James Jensen Bak (died 15 Aug 1948) in the Sydney Morning Herald of 15 Aug 1949, inserted by Mrs R. Bak, c/- Mr Sherry, 55 Huntington Street, Crow's Nest, NSW. It is difficult to believe that this is not Ruby, but the name Sherry has no known connection to the family. However, Andrew Menzies (husband of Ruby's niece Molly) gave 55 Huntington St as an address when he enlisted for WW1, so the house may have been associated with the family for several decades - this is yet to be confirmed.
      In Feb 2014, John Goodwin inspected the rate ledgers and notices for Huntington Street 1914 to 1920 and 1947 to 1951. In 1914 to 1917 there were no street numbers, only rate notice numbers. 1918 to 1920 and 1947 to 1951 did have street numbers. However, there were no recognisable names.

      It is not clear if Ruby lived for some years in NSW, or if "Alice Bak" is a different person.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1498] BIR Birth Index Victoria, Australia, Alice Ruby Keyburn; 7030; South Yarra; 1894.

    2. [S1288] DTH Death Index Queensland, Alice Ruby Bak; 50362; 1980.

    3. [S1517] BUR Forest View Cemetery, Cairns, Alice Ruby Bak; Site 201, Division Set SR, Section ANZ, Row ANZ15; 5083; www.cairns.qld.gov.au.

    4. [S1580] MAR Marriage Index Victoria, William Joseph Keyburn and Annie Harrison; 7215; Melbourne; 1885.

    5. [S1287] MAR Marriage Index Queensland, Alice Ruby Keyburn and James Jensen Bak; C2228; 1919.