Mary Frances Rynne

(1917 - )
FatherJohn Bernard Rynne b. 25 Feb 1888, d. 3 Oct 1964
MotherAnnie Francis Cook b. 21 Feb 1889, d. 12 Jun 1958
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Mary Stanley nee Rynne

Life Events

     Mary Frances Rynne was born on 24 November 1917 in Rose Park, South Australia, daughter of John Bernard Rynne and Annie Francis Cook.1

On 17 February 1944, Mary, aged 26, married Joseph Laurence Thomas Stanley, aged 26, son of Michael John Stanley and Eileen Bertha Raepple, in St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide, South Australia.2,3

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S80] Avis Cummings, "Cummings Family History."
  3. [S195] "Trove" Digititised Newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/

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Bernard John Rynne

(1919 - 1984)
FatherJohn Bernard Rynne b. 25 Feb 1888, d. 3 Oct 1964
MotherAnnie Francis Cook b. 21 Feb 1889, d. 12 Jun 1958
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Life Events

     Bernard John Rynne was born on 10 January 1919 at Miss Walsh's Private Hospital, Rose Park, South Australia, son of John Bernard Rynne and Annie Francis Cook.1

On 26 April 1943, Bernard, aged 24, married Eileen Veronica Collins, aged 24, daughter of Maurice Joseph Collins and Catherine Lucy Manning, solemnised with Nuptual Mass at 9am, in St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wakefield Street in Adelaide, South Australia.2

He died on Monday, 2 April 1984, aged 65 years, 2 months and 23 days, in Brighton, South Australia.3

Bernard was buried on 5 April 1984 in the Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, South Australia, in the Catholic F section, path 25, plot 2051.3

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S195] "Trove" Digititised Newspapers, online http://trove.nla.gov.au/
  3. [S39] Centennial Park, online http://www.centennialpark.org/deceased-search/…

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Thomas Edward Wheaton

(1885 - 1972)
FatherEdward Wheaton b. 6 Mar 1860, d. 17 Feb 1933
MotherAlice Jane Geharty1 b. a 1865, d. 27 Jan 1928
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Spouse:Ida Emily Cook (21 June 1894 - 3 May 1966)
     Children:

Thomas Edward Wheaton
photo courtesy Anne Wheaton

Life Events

     Thomas Edward Wheaton was born on 24 September 1885 in Port Lincoln, South Australia, son of Edward Wheaton and Alice Jane Geharty.1

On 30 October 1917, Thomas, aged 32, married Ida Emily Cook, aged 23, daughter of Henry James Cook and Josephine Frances Cummings, in St Luke's Church in Colton, South Australia. The officiating minister was Arthur S. Urch, Priest-in-Charge at Elliston. The witnesses were Percival Pascoe Cook, farm assistant of Venus Bay; H.E. Wheaton, Talia and E. Wheaton, farmer of Talia.2,3

He died on Wednesday, 19 April 1972, aged 86 years, 6 months and 26 days, in Adelaide, South Australia.

He was buried with his wife in the Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, South Australia, on Friday, 21 April 1972 in Acacia D section, Path DF, Grave 136.4

Citations

  1. [S1] Birth Registrations, SA Births 1842-1906.
  2. [S4] SA Marriage Registrations, SAGHS CD Marriage 1917-1937.
  3. [S49] Marriage Certificate sighted and verified, spouses as recorded above, marriage date verified as recorded.
  4. [S39] Centennial Park, online http://www.centennialpark.org/deceased-search/…

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Irma Ida Wheaton

(1918 - 2013)
FatherThomas Edward Wheaton b. 24 Sep 1885, d. 19 Apr 1972
MotherIda Emily Cook b. 21 Jun 1894, d. 3 May 1966
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Wheaton, Irma Ida
photo courtesy Anne Wheaton

Life Events

     Irma Ida Wheaton was born on 6 February 1918 in Rose Park, South Australia, daughter of Thomas Edward Wheaton and Ida Emily Cook.1

She died on Monday, 2 December 2013, aged 95 years, 9 months and 26 days, in Adelaide, South Australia.2

Irma was buried on 7 December 2013 in the the Florey Chapel, Centennial Park, Pasadena, South Australia.2
EULOGY FOR IRMA IDA WHEATON
Delivered by Noel Wheaton 7th December 2013


Today we are here to celebrate the life of Irma - a lovely woman who enjoyed high regard in so many areas in her life. She passed away comfortably in her sleep on Monday morning 2/12/13 and in the presence of Anne who has provided wonderful support over a long period.

Irma was born at Rose Park on 6th. Feb. 1918 when our parents (Tom and Ida) were operating the General Store at Gulnare. They moved to take over the Wanbi Store in 1922 in the Mallee area near Goyder's 10 inch rainfall Line

It is not clear when the school opened at Wanbi but Irma was sent to Unley Kindergarten and then Unley Primary School in 1924. She also spent 6 months at St. Jude's Brighton while the residence was being built behind the shop at Wanbi.

In early 1926 it appears that brother Harry was playing up and strongly resisting a start at school unless Irma supported him and so she had to leave Unley and join him at the Wanbi school.

There were early signs of Irma's development of a forthright character in an episode in the city on a visit to a dentist (or doctor) when she simply ran away - and not for the only time as it happened again later on a visit to a Loxton Doctor. When she was about 10 years old she had early training in steering the family car perched on her father's knee on the Saturday mail run out to Knight's Well. No doubt this was an indication that a long and safe driving career lay ahead - although there was one late incident that I remember (but Irma couldn't ) when she did some damage to 4 vehicles in one fell swoop in a city carpark.

1932/33. Irma was sent to board at St. Peter's Girls School, at Kermode Street, North Adelaide and had a wonderful time there making many friends - her strongest subject was arithmetic and she regarded that time as the best years of her life. No doubt it was a vital stage in her personal development - she also thoroughly enjoyed her introduction to the game of hockey for the first time and picked up a few important pointers in the game of tennis .

1934. She returned to Wanbi and commenced work in the shop and a wide range of duties gradually developed. These included the Post Office, telephone exchange, ( party lines were in vogue at the time), bank agency, selling all types of groceries, a huge supply of cigarettes and tobacco, numerous cheeses stored down the cellar, sugar was bought by the half ton , hardware, drapery, (at one stage Tom even measured for men's suits as agent for a tailor ) , petrol , oil and fuel agency, fruit and vegetables, veterinary supplies, bran and pollard etc. Mail was collected at the station on a daily train service.

After a few years Tom must have realised that Irma's strength of character and work ethic were above average so he decided to cut out a large section of counter on the left side of the shop to accommodate an upmarket Cutler roll top desk for her - no doubt, partly as an incentive to keep her in Wanbi as she would have had no trouble in finding appropriate employment in the city. Her determination also came to the fore when a couple of the local recluses called occasionally pressing Tom for money to buy alcohol but departed promptly- empty handed - if Irma happened to be between them and the money.

Irma became an extremely popular member of the local community and was widely known as "Auntie Irma" to many families in the area. The shop scales were used (although not that often) to monitor the weight of new born babies and comprehensive records were maintained. The left hand side of the shop was almost exclusively Irma's domain where there was a modest range of drapery, manchester, and a wide coverage attracting the female customers in the area.

Eileen Deed, who lived down the street, recalls sobbing on her way past the shop, on her very first day at school, as her shoes were not clean and Irma quickly called her in and solved the problem. No doubt there are many other happy little anecdotes remembered here today.

1939/45 And then came the trauma of the War years, when there were many enlistments in the Wanbi district including three of her brothers (all of whom returned safely). However, her relationships firstly with Tom Butterfield and then later with Bob Christie were tragically terminated when they were both killed in action abroad. Irma was secretary of the Red Cross and the local Soldiers comfort fund that packed off parcels (wrapped and sewn in calico) to the locals in the forces. She corresponded with over 20 of them while they were away.
There was petrol and food rationing, (also cigarettes and tobacco) all of which had to be carefully monitored in the shop by Irma with volumes of paper work and various weekly , monthly and quarterly returns to authorities in the city. The ides of March 15th 1945 The date is etched in my brain - having been told many times in later years - Tom was accused of smoking all the very best tobacco (like Capstan ready rubbed) when in fact he was smoking Censor (gathered from the dregs in the corner of the tobacco factory) - smoke virtually came out of his ears that day and in high dudgeon he quit smoking and never touched the dreaded weed again.
Irma played tennis and basketball - both very well and I remember that she had a very high toss of the ball when serving with great success at tennis. I had a game of tennis with her in 1946 on a Saturday afternoon on the local courts - just the two of us and no doubt Irma was winning when the game was sensationally interrupted by Malcolm who must have had a surge of adrenalin somewhere above Halidon or Mindarie and broke all Air Force rules by shooting up the town skipping over the tennis courts and the local pub in a Douglas DC3 on his way to Melbourne with a full complement aboard at the end of a courier trip from Japan.
The social life up there was reasonably busy in those days and as you would expect Irma played an active part. There was often a dance or a ball within reasonable distance on a Saturday night and she was a very good dancer - even taught me the rudiments when I was still in knee-pants. I can remember one occasion going to a dance at Mindarie with Irma driving - the lights failed and we had to rely on a torch to get there and back.

The store was sold in 1949 - the family moved to the city and Irma worked at John Martins for a few months when a friend suggested she should apply for a job at the Gas Company - she worked there for 33 years including a stint at Glenelg where she was the first female in the Company to operate as a Cashier. After 4 years there, she had to apply for a lesser position back in the city when our mother developed cancer.

Irma always had a slight tendency towards some form of gambling and during her years in the work force , occasionally , instead of buying a new dress she wandered over to Don Bradman's sharebroker office to buy shares and try her luck on the stock market. She did extremely well hanging on to her Woodside shares after many years with no dividends.

Irma retired in 1983.
Over the years she has had interests in many different clubs gathering an army of friends along the way -The Gem and Mineral Club, National Council of Women, Aeronautical Society, Liberal Club, Philatelic Club, The Good Neighbour Council, Tea Tree Gully Golf Club ( Foundation member), YWCA, Orchid Club, COTA, ARPA, St. Peters Girls Old Scholars Assoc .and various Bridge Clubs.( she even managed a Grand Slam early this year ) and also a fairly prolific round of lunches including at the German Club.

If Irma had had the opportunity to pursue a different career she would probably have tried her hand at flying or in architecture .She has also had some experience in travel other than in Australia - she went to England and the Continent on her own for 6 weeks in 1975- visiting 8 countries in Europe .She was in Hong Kong in 1981 and later on a cruise in 1995 with Fay Fuller on the QE2 to The Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand etc. There were many trips to country areas and interstate with her great friend, the late Jim Viney, when they were actively involved with the Gem and Mineral Club. Jim introduced her to the Aeronautical Society.

Irma had a wonderful innings on this planet and so many have benefited from associating with her including all members of her family.
We have been privileged to have her in our lives.

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S39] Centennial Park, online http://www.centennialpark.org/deceased-search/…

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Harry Edward Wheaton

(1920 - 2009)
FatherThomas Edward Wheaton b. 24 Sep 1885, d. 19 Apr 1972
MotherIda Emily Cook b. 21 Jun 1894, d. 3 May 1966
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Harry Edward Wheaton
photo courtesy Anne Wheaton

Life Events

     Harry Edward Wheaton was born on 3 May 1920 in Gulnare, South Australia, son of Thomas Edward Wheaton and Ida Emily Cook.1

Harry began military service on 30 July 1940 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force. His service number was 27276. He left the Air Force on 6th November 1940.

On 21st May 1942 he enlisted in the Australian Army at Wayville, S.A. His Army service number was SX18691. When he was discharged on 27 November 1945, he was a Private in the 2/10 Australian Infantry Battalion.2

He was a salesman working in Harris Scarfe, a department store in Adelaide.

He died on Monday, 20 July 2009, aged 89 years, 2 months and 17 days, in Ashford Hospital, Ashford, South Australia,3 and he was cremated at Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, South Australia, on 25 July 2009. A memorial can be found there in Erica Court Gardens TI - 44.4

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S223] WW2roll.gov.au, online http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
  3. [S80] Avis Cummings, "Cummings Family History."
  4. [S39] Centennial Park, online http://www.centennialpark.org/deceased-search/…

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Glen Thomas Wheaton

(1921 - 1958)
FatherThomas Edward Wheaton b. 24 Sep 1885, d. 19 Apr 1972
MotherIda Emily Cook b. 21 Jun 1894, d. 3 May 1966
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Spouse:Patricia Claire Hurst (30 September 1925 - 16 June 2006)
     Child:

Glen Thomas Wheaton
photo courtesy Anne Wheaton

Life Events

     Glen Thomas Wheaton was born on 5 October 1921 in Crystal Brook, South Australia, son of Thomas Edward Wheaton and Ida Emily Cook.1

Glen began military service on 6 August 1940 in Adelaide, South Australia, when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force. His service number was 27384. When he was discharged on 12 June 1946, he was a Warrant Officer with 112 Air Sea Rescue Squadron.2

Glen, married Patricia Claire Hurst.

He died in 1958, aged 36 years, in Mildura, Victoria, Australia.3

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S223] WW2roll.gov.au, online http://www.ww2roll.gov.au
  3. [S136] Ancestry.com.au, online http://search.ancestry.com.au
  4. [S80] Avis Cummings, "Cummings Family History."

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Gavin Lisle Wheaton

(1925 - 2009)
FatherThomas Edward Wheaton b. 24 Sep 1885, d. 19 Apr 1972
MotherIda Emily Cook b. 21 Jun 1894, d. 3 May 1966
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RelationshipNephew of Everline Josephine Cook

Life Events

     Gavin Lisle Wheaton was born on 1 July 1925 in Loxton, South Australia, son of Thomas Edward Wheaton and Ida Emily Cook.1

He was a fruit inspector with the South Australian Department of Agriculture.

He died on Tuesday, 10 February 2009, aged 83 years, 7 months and 9 days, in Westminister Village Aged Care Facility, Grange, South Australia.2

Citations

  1. [S2] Birth Registrations, S.A. Births 1907-1928.
  2. [S136] Ancestry.com.au, online http://search.ancestry.com.au

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