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Elgiva Crumpler

Elgiva Crumpler

Female 1859 - 1920  (61 years)

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  • Name Elgiva Crumpler 
    • Elgiva CRUMPLER was born 1859, Verwood, Dorset, England, daughter of Samuel CRUMPLER and Maria CURE. She married Charles Wesley GWYER in the final quarter, 1882, at Horton, Dorset, England.
      I would not normally have chosen Elgiva, my 2nd cousin 3x removed, as the subject of one of my lives and times stories. However it is interesting with its portrayal of some of the challenges faced by immigrants in Australia in finding work and settling into a society rather different than the home country.
      Very soon after their marriage, in fact within a month or two, Charles and Elgiva migrated to Australia, departing London on board the Orient Steam Navigation Company?s steamer, Chimborazo, arriving at either Melbourne or Sydney, 21 December 1882.
      It is interesting to note that Charles Wesley?s Father, Charles GWYER, who is recorded in the 1871 Census as a farmer of 860 acres employing 10 men and 6 boys, had died in June 1882 and by Will appointed his Widow Elizabeth the sole Executrix.
      The occupation of father Charles at his death was ?Auctioneer and Valuer?. This has relevance to the occupation of son, Charles Wesley, in Australia.
      Charles is identified in 1888 as ?of the Glen, Castle Hill?, Sydney, when he publicly retracts statements in a letter to the Commissioner for Roads, and apologises to the Trustees named in the letter, viz. Mr. J. W. FOSTER, Mr. W. BEST, and A. BLACK.
      The New South Wales Census of 1891 records his and Elgiva?s place of residence as ?Spencer Street, Camden 4, Woolahra?.
      The NSW Police Gazette, 10 August 1892 at page 264, under the head "Deserting Wives and Families, Service, &c.? advises that a warrant has been issued by the Water Police Bench for the arrest of Charles Wesley GWYER, charged with wife desertion. He is stated to be ?about 33 years of age, 6 feet high, stout build, brown hair, sandy whiskers and moustache, very strong voice, is known to W.J. Smith, fruiterer, Bathurst-street. Supposed to have gone to the Orange District. Complainant, Elgiva Gwyer, care of Mr Burcher, solicitor, 46, Elizabeth-street?.
      He was very quickly found and in September 1892, Charles Wesley GWYER, 33, commission agent, appeared in the Brisbane City Police Court, on a charge of wife desertion. He was initially remanded to Sydney for a week, in order that he might try and obtain work, and later ordered to pay 15s a week for three months towards his wife's support. Mrs. Gwyer was told by the bench in the Sydney Court to apply for more at the end of that period if her husband's position was better.
      Following this Charles established himself in Cambalego, near Dubbo, New South Wales as a successful business man. The Sydney Morning Herald of 17 November 1903 contains information from the "Government Gazette" which includes Charles' name in a list of Gentlemen appointed to the commission of the peace.
      In 1915, we find him being sued for defamation of character. The following is from the Western Age (Dubbo), Wednesday 3 November 1915:
      ?In the Small Debts Court, Robert Albert Yates sued Charles Wesley Dwyer for 10, damages for defamation of character. Mr. Bolton appeared for the prosecution, and Mr.Duffy defended. The Police Magistrate urged a settlement between the parties, in preference to opening their dispute in court. Defendant said that he didn't refer to the Complainant in any way and he had nothing against the complainant. Complainant accepted this and withdrew the information.

      Elgiva died 30 July 1920 and it would appear she never moved from Sydney to rejoin Charles at Cambalego. Her Death Notice reads ?GWYER - at Bankstown, New South Wales, on July 30th, Mrs Elgiva Gwyer wife of Charles Wesley Gwyer of Cambalego, after a prolonged illness.?

      The following advertisement showing a status as ?Widow? would seem to confirm estrangement and the fact that Elgiva and Charles had not lived together since his desertion of her in 1892.
      The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 12 December 1921 p 7
      ?Probate Jurisdiction.?No. 102,254.?In the Will of ELGIVA GWYER late of Bankstown in the State of New South Wales, Widow, deceased.?NOTICE is hereby given that the Accounts in the above Estate have this day been filed in my office Elizabeth-street, Sydney, and all persons having any claim on the said Estate, or being otherwise interested therein, are hereby required to come in before me at my said office on or before the twenty-ninth day of December at twelve o'clock noon and inspect the same and if they shall think fit object thereto; otherwise if the said Accounts be not objected to the same will be examined by me and passed according to law. Dated this ninth day of December in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty-one. L. M. ADDISON (L.S.)?

      Charles is variously listed in electoral rolls from 1930 as an auctioneer, and shop keeper and commission agent. He death in 1945 was registered at Cobar, New South Wales.
    Born 1859  Verwood, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Emigration 21 Dec 1882  Melbourne/Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    "Chimborazo" Departure Port: London, arrival Sydney. 
    Residence Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    For story of Elgiva's time in Australia: http://bobvine.gen.nz.72-47-235-123.wpn902.wpnet.co.nz/elgiva-crumpler-married-charles-wesley-gwyer-migration-to-australia-from-dorset-england-1882/  
    Died 30 Jul 1920  Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Punchbowl - Saint Saviour's Anglican Church Graveyard, Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2225  Vine of New Zealand | Descendants of Richard Crumpleher of Winterborne Kingston
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 

    Father Samuel Crumpler,   b. 1826, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1865, Horton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Maria Cure,   c. 18 Sep 1836, Steeple, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1921  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married Alderbury Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Headstone, Elgiva Gwyer nee Crumpler
    Headstone, Elgiva Gwyer nee Crumpler
    Saint Saviours Cemetery,Punchbowl, Bankstown, NSW, Australia.
    Grave on right. Wife of Charles Wesley Gwyer of Canbeligo,
    Plot: Row: F 1 No 43
    Family ID F743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles Wesley Gwyer,   b. Q2 1859, Alderbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945, Cobar, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married Final Qtr 1882  Horton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Type: Banns 17 and 24 September and 1 October 1882 
    • Register: Vol 5a Page 575
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F805  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Crumplers in Australia
    Crumplers in Australia
    The Story of Herbert Crumpler (1862 to 1944)

  • Sources 
    1. [S109] Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, Registration No. 11760.

    2. [S00066] England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2008;), Vol 5a Page 339 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S107] England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915.