Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves[1]

Male 1917 - 1969  (52 years)


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  • Name Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves 
    Born 4 Aug 1917  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Sep 1969  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    78 Menzies Street, Petrie Terrace 
    Cremated 23 Sep 1969  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Mount Thompson Crematorium, Holland Park 
    _UID 8E31672B1A0346C0AF8CDCC81DFE54D496AB 
    Person ID I7057  Treefive
    Last Modified 28 May 2019 

    Mother Christina Helena Bak,   b. 6 Jul 1890, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1968, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Family ID F1912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorothea Maud Creed-Jacobs,   b. 7 Aug 1923, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1994, Bexar, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1941  Maryborough, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Carol Ann Hargreaves,   b. Abt 1942,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Barry Bak,   b. 24 Jul 1943, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1943, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2063  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Geoffrey Clarence was born to Christina Bak on 4 Aug 1917. He took the surname of Hargreaves. Christina had adopted this name from James and Jane Hargreaves who cared for her as a child.

      Geoffrey attended Bowling Green Provisional and State Schools at Aramara in 1922. In 1927 he was still there, though the school had been renamed to Aramara State School. In 1928 he attended 2 schools - Yengarie State school at Yengarie, and Coulstoun Lakes State School at Coulston Lakes.

      He married Dorothea Maud Creed-Jacobs in 1941. The marriage did not last long, although they had a daughter Carol Ann, born in 1942.

      In the 1943 electoral roll, Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves was at North Aramara, Wide Bay, labourer, and his mother Christina was at Aramara. Dorothea is not on the roll.

      Geoffrey was living in Brisbane and Dorothea in Townsville when, on 27 Jun 1944, Geoffrey applied for a passport, This was 3 weeks after D-Day - the Allied invasion of Normandy. It is not known why he applied, or if he used the passport.

      The application makes interesting reading, and it also has his photo. Geoffrey was then living at Imperial Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane. He had married Dorothea Jacobs on 21 Apr 1941. Her current address was 78 Sturt Street, Townsville. Geoffrey's father was of British nationality, and had been born at Sydney NSW. Geoffrey was 5 ft 10 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. The application was for a "Passport by Married Man travelling without wife", possibly a category used in wartime. The form included provision for the wife to attach a memorandum giving her consent, but this part is not completed. W. J. McMahon, Field Director APC of the American Red Cross, certified that he/she had known Geoffrey for 1/6 year and vouched for him as a fit and proper person to receive a passport. The Red Cross connection is curious - his wife Dorothea's future husband Pablo de la Rosa had arrived in Australia on a Red Cross hospital ship in Jan 1942.

      Dorothea emigrated to the United States, arriving in San Francisco on 2 Dec 1947. She married Pablo in 1947. Carol Ann remained in Queensland.

      By 1949, Geoffrey was in Sydney, living at 55 Regent Street, working as a hairdresser. Regent Street is close to the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, commonly known as the Children’s Hospital, when it was at Camperdown. Geoffrey's future wife Cora Joan Wenham trained there as a general nurse. The proximity of their locations is probably how they met.

      Geoffrey and Cora married in Sydney in 1952. The witnesses were N. Wenham and D. W. Petersen, the former latter was no doubt a relative of Cora, the latter (Petersen) has not been traced.

      Cora qualified on 24 Apr 1952. It appears that she then took her professional qualifications to Queensland, as Geoffrey and Cora were on Brisbane electoral rolls between 1954 and 1968 at Petrie Terrace, Menzies Street, with Geoffrey working as a hairdresser.

      Geoffrey reported the death of his mother Christina in 1968. It seems that he knew his mother's pedigree, as he named Julius Jensen Bak and Christina Helena Pohlmann as Christina’s parents.

      Geoffrey died on 18 Sep 1969. The causes of death were haemopericardium and gunshot wound of heart (which must have caused haemopericardium - an accumulation of blood within the pericardial sac surrounding the heart). The informant was C. Hargreaves (i.e. Cora). There was no inquest. It appears that Geoffrey committed suicide.
      Perhaps Geoffrey could not cope with his mother’s death the year before combined with Cora leaving him - she was living not at Menzies Terrace but at Beatrice Terrace, Ascot when he died, and was described on his death certificate as "ex-wife".

  • Sources 
    1. [S1288] DTH Death Index Queensland, Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves; B8993; 1969.

    2. [S984] ancestry.com Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922, Queensland 4 aug 1917; Hargreaves, Geoffrey Clarence.

    3. [S2658] MAR421 Marriage Hargreaves, Geoffrey Clarence and Wenham, Cora Joan, MAR604., Sydney; Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves and Cora Joan Wenham; 5 April 1952; True copy of Register in New South Wales; 1408; 16 April 1952.

    4. [S2017] DTH479 Death Hargreaves, Geoffrey Clarence, DTH479., Queensland; Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves; 18 September 1969; Death certificate; 25 November 1969.