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Ernest Arthur Taylor Obituary #52ancestors

July 15, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 29: Newsworthy 

Ernest Arthur TAYLOR is my first cousin twice removed. Born in December 1885 at Bundalong, he is the seventh child of James Lloyd TAYLOR and Emily Louisa PEARCE. After completing his war service, he joined the police force, and was stationed at Prahran.  In 1923, he was one of the 625 police officers who were dismissed after the historic police strike in Melbourne.

Ernest died on 9 November 1938, leaving a wife and three sons.

from: Corowa Free Press, Friday 11 November 1938 page 5

The death occurred at the Corowa Hospital on Wednesday, following an operation for appendicitis, of Mr. Ernest Arthur Taylor, aged 52 years, who had lately been employed by the Corowa Shire Council as maintenance man stationed at Savernake. Deceased, who was a native of Yarrrawonga, was a son of Mrs. Taylor of Lake Rowan (Vic) and tho late James L. Taylor, of South Bundalong, who in the early forties, came to Australia from Wales (England) as a shepherd with a Doctor Brown, who selected a station at Whittlesea. Before the war deceased lived at Corowa, and he enlisted as a private with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in February 1916, and served in France until the end of the war, being discharged from the 4th Machine Gun Battalion, which he joined subsequent to enlistment. After the war he joined the Victorian Police Force, and was stationed at Prahran until 1923, when he was one of the 625 police who were discharged following the police strike in that year. He then took up farming at Peechelba under the Repatriation scheme, and continued this pursuit for some years. Last year, he was appointed to the position of maintenance man at Savernake by the Coreen Shire Council. Deceased, who was twice married, is survived by his widow, Mrs. Claire Taylor, of Savernake, and a family of three sons, Messrs. Pat. Wally and — Taylor. There is also his mother and the following brothers and sisters who mourn their loss. Messrs. Chas. (Junee), Percy (Melbourne), Harry W.A.), Nellie (Mrs. Coates, Melbourne), Fanny (Mrs Hoskins (Sydney), Fred. (Stanhope), Winnie, Mrs Fox, Gundagai), Dorothy, (Mrs. Willis, Lake Rowan), George (Sydney), Allan (Melbourne), Edie, (Mrs. Graham, Dimboola) The funeral left St. Mary’s R.C. Church Corowa yesterday for the Corowa New Cemetery, where the remains were interred. Rev. Dr. J. Harper, of Berrigan, conducting the service at the graveside. Several returned soldiers were in attendance, and the Last Post was sounded by Bandmaster Edwards.


OBITUARY (1938, November 11). The Corowa Free Press (NSW : 1875 – 1954), p. 5. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from

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  1. Good to see he got a job after the police strike. Also interesting to note the event was still well known 15 years later.

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