WALKER, Jack Wellesley
- Born: 17 May 1906, Jamestown
- Marriage: GEMMELL, Jean Craig on 26 Dec 1931 in Scotts Church North Tce Adelaide
- Died: 24 Apr 1989 at age 82
- Buried: 28 Apr 1989, Whyalla Cemetery, South Australia
South Australian Births - Index of Registrations 1842-1906
"WALKER Jack Wellesley (M) 17May 1906 Jamestown dist Cla par Clarence Wellesley WALKER & Florence Isabel EDDY b766 p88."
Burra School Registry
"ADMISSION CHILD BORN PARENT/GUARDIAN
18-06-1915 WALKER John Wellesley 17-05-1906 WALKER Clarence W.
OCCUPATION RESIDENCE LAST SCHOOL SEX NUMBER
Draper Kooringa Jamestown B 1741"
Oral Family History indicates Jack & Jean moved to Omeo, Victoria soon after their marriage with Barbara Lucie and William John (Bill) both born at Omeo in 1932 and 1935 respectively. By 1941 the family were back in South Australia at Streaky Bay.
I have speculated as to why "Omeo", and wonder if the Omeo goldfields were where William Walker (1822) and his brothers may have made their fortunes in the 1860's (1862-1865) but the snippet below was found on the Omeo history web site.
"Mine closures due to the war deprived farmers of their markets, and drought and rabbit plagues also reduced their income. The population declined to a minimum during the 1930's with Omeo's streets filled with empty shops".
It now seems to me that it would have been relatively inexpensive to buy or lease a building to set up business in Omeo so this may have been the reason Jack and Jean chose Omeo above anywhere else to make their first home.
Jack married Jean Craig GEMMELL, daughter of Stewart GEMMELL and Katherine (Katy), on 26 Dec 1931 in Scotts Church North Tce Adelaide. (Jean Craig GEMMELL was born circa 1907, died on 17 Jun 2006 in Lourdes Valley Nusing Home, Myrtle Bank, South Australia and was buried on 24 Jun 2006 in Florey Chapel, Centennial Park, Pasadena South Australia.)
South Australian Marriages - Index of Registrations 1917-1937
"WALKER Jack Wellesley 25yS (f Clarence Wellslie WALKER) m 26 Dec 1931 GEMMELL Jean craig 24y S (f Stewart GEMMELL) at Scotts Church North Tce Adelaide dist Ade b348 p794."