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Francis Charles OWEN (1906-1967)

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Frank on his Wedding Day

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Frank Owen

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Frank Owen

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A young Frank about 3 years old

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Jean on her wedding day

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Jean Owen (nee Collis)

Francis Charles OWEN1 (known as 'Frank'), son of John OWEN (1879-1970) and Rachel Elizabeth BURLEY (1883-1963), was born on 12 November 1906 in Silverspur, Qld.2,3 He was a factory worker . He was a leading hand with Austral Bronze during World War II. While he was not allowed to enlist, he actually did so three times but was stopped from embarking each time. It is believed that he received a number of white feathers during the war due to the ignorance of his situation by the senders. (White feathers were sent, usually annonymously, to people as a means of saying they were a coward). His daughter Margarette advises that he spent the rest of his working life with Austral Bronze.1

Frank married Jean Margaret COLLIS in 1939 at the BDM District in Hurstville, NSW.4

between 1939 and 1968 they lived at 63 St Georges Pde in Hurstville. Frank and Jean were there for most of their married life. They did live at at least one other residence in Hurstville before acquiring this house but that location is not known.1

he died (aged 61) on 17 November 1967 at St George District Hospital in Kogarah, NSW. He died at the hospital the day after admission.1,5,6 He was buried in November 1967 in Sect 3B, Plot 495 in Woronora cemetery in Sutherland, NSW.1,7,8

 

Jean Margaret COLLIS1 and Francis Charles OWEN had the following children:

 

Margarette Daphne OWEN

Frances Valerie OWEN

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1{S0156}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN, Margarette Daphne (0763). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0196}, BDM (Qld) Online Birth Index. Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 1906 / C002885
3{S0156}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN, Margarette Daphne (0763). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Qld Registration no : 1906 / C002885
His daughter Margarette says that Frank's father (John) overstated his age by about ten years. She suggested that at the time he was filling in the forms, he had been celebrating a little bit too much. She also advised that Frank was born at Silverspur, not Texas
4{S0065}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Marriages (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Marriages Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no. 3008 / 1939
5{S0762}, Memorial Card : OWEN, Francis Charles (0081). Cit. Date: 11 December 2013. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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The front of Frank's memorial card

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The inside of Frank's memorial card

6{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 38963 / 1967
7{S0780}, Headstone : OWEN, Francis Charles (0081). Cit. Date: 14 December 2013. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Frank's headstone at Woronora cemetery, Sutherland

8{S0564}, Cemetery : Woronora : OWEN, Francis Charles (0081) (http://www.woronoracemetery.org.au/name-search.html). Cit. Date: 9 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 August 2014