Family Tree of the Adlers, Edwardses, Hogans, Lipscombes and Olivers
Married: 1907, Vic, Australia
Born: 27 Apr 1840, Medstead, Hants, England
Christened: 3 May 1840, Medstead, Hants, England
Died: 3 Jun 1911, Carlton North, Vic, Australia
Buried: Coburg, Vic, Australia
Emma Isabella Stroud
Born: 12 Feb 1843, Port Lewis, Mauritius
Died: 1928, Carlton, Vic, Australia
|Frank Arthur LIPSCOMBE
Born: 24 Sep 1886, Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: 22 Sep 1963, Bentleigh, Vic, Australia
|Archibald John Michael Lipscombe
Born: 28 Dec 1908, Nth Fitzroy, Vic, Australia
Died: 5 Nov 2002, Brighton, Vic, Australia
Frank Arthur James Frederick Lipscombe
Born: 5 Feb 1917, Carlton North, Vic, Australia
Died: 6 Dec 1986, Vic, Australia
Buried: 16 Dec 1986, Springvale, Vic, Australia
Born: c.1855, St Kilda, Vic, Australia
Died: 4 Jun 1908, Fitzroy Nth, Vic, Australia
Buried: 6 Jun 1908, Melbourne General Cemetery, Vic, Australia
Died: 24 Dec 1927, Carlton Nth, Vic, Australia
|Margaret Ellen HOGAN|
Born: 19 Nov 1888, Fitzroy Nth, Vic, Australia
Died: 13 May 1974, Vic, Australia
Source: Birth - Lipscombe family bible [AL]. Death - Victorian Death Index on CD-ROM (1921-1985) [AL].
Source: Birth - Victorian Pioneer Index (1836-1888). Death - Victorian Death Index (1921-1985).
Marriage source: Victorian Edwardian Index on CD-ROM (1902-1913) [AL].
Frank Lipscombe was the youngest in a family of ten. His father John was born in southern England and his mother Emma (see her story) was born in Mauritius of English parents.
Frank's father John held a government position in England and was granted land in Invercargill, New Zealand. Frank's five eldest brothers and sisters had been born around Portsmouth in England. When John received the grant of land the family emigrated to Invercargill sometime in the 1870s and the next five children were born there. In the late 1880s when Frank was still a baby the family moved to Australia and settled in Carlton, Melbourne, leaving behind his brothers John and David and sister Alice who had settled in New Zealand. Frank's father John got a job driving cable trams.
In 1907 Frank married Nell Hogan. Frank had been brought up as a Protestant, but Nell was a Catholic descended from Irish ancestors. A marriage between a Catholic and a Protestant was unusual at that time, and caused some consternation amoungst family members. They were married in the Independent Church. Their first son Arch (born 1908) was brought up as a Protestant while their second son Fred (born in 1917) was brought up in the Catholic faith.
During the 1920s Frank ran a garage, repairing cars, and his son Arch was apprenticed to him. In those days car ownership was rare and driving a car could be quite difficult. Arch had driven a 1916 model car that needed a great deal of strength to push down the clutch and great skill in synchronising gear changes. The car had manually operated windscreen wipers, used hand signals and had a tiny rear window through which you could see very little of the road behind. Driving this car on a wet night, while changing gears, operating the windscreen wipers and giving a hand signal with your right arm hanging out the window was quite a challenge!
Frank garage business fell victim to the great depression and had to close. After this he did whatever work he could, including factory work and a stint working in Government House where he had to wear a uniform. At the beginning of World War 2 he got a job working for the Commonwealth Aircraft factory at Fisherman's Bend, helping the war effort by building fighter planes, and later his son Arch went to work there too.
Throughout her life his wife Nell was a matron in hospitals, and often Frank worked as a handyman and did different types of work at these hospitals. He was a skilled carpenter. The last hospital they owned was in a big old 2-storey Victorian house called Karella in Sussex St, Brighton. When Nell decided to retire, they moved to Centre Rd, Bentleigh and Frank continued to work from time to time in a factory near West Bentleigh State School.
Frank had been a smoker all his life and he died of lung cancer 2 days short of his 77th birthday in 1963.
Frank kept in contact with his New Zealand relatives and in the late 1940s or early '50s he and Nell went to New Zealand to visit them. He had visits in Australia from Cardie (Carleton) Lipscombe, the son of his eldest brother John, and from Gwen Taylor and her family, the daughter of his brother Arch. His brother Arch had been brought up and married in Australia, and Gwen was born in Middle Park, Melbourne. Arch moved back to New Zealand after the First World War and raised his family there.
He is remembered by his grandson John as having a very clever dry sense of humour and a broad, wry smile.
Nell Hogan was born in 1888 in Melbourne of Irish Catholic ancestors. Her father Michael was born in St Kilda in 1855. His parents had recently arrived from Ireland and there was a housing shortage in Melbourne, so many recent immigrants had to live in tents. The relatives of her mother Annie nee Ryan were never known. Her elder brothers Jimmy and Jack were twins, and remained in Carlton throughout their lives, where Nells' parents had brought up the family. Her sisters Edie and Dolly both died of galloping consumption (tuberculosis) in their teens.
Nell's mother Annie was a midwifery nurse and had run private hospitals in Carlton where the family lived. Annie ran a small private hospital in a 2-storey house in Pigdon St, North Carlton, a few blocks from where her sons lived in Amess St and Rathdowne St. Nell followed in her mother's footsteps and became a nurse, and worked with her there until Annie sold the house and retired. The hospital catered for 5 or 6 patients. Annie then went to live with her unmarried son Jimmy in the residence in the back of his barber shop in Rathdowne St, Carlton. Annie died there of a massive brain haemorrage shortly after.
When Annie sold her hospital in Pigdon St, Nell took up a position as Matron in charge of Seymour Hospital, which was in a large, old 2-storey Victorian building with verandahs upstairs and downstairs all around. Her family moved with her to Seymour. Throughout her life she was referred to as Matron Lipscombe, or just Matron, by her friends and family. Later she ran Rushworth Hospital. After this the family returned to Melbourne and Nell ran a private hospital in Glenferrie Rd, Kew. It was here that her son Arch met his future wife Ann, who had come down from Bendigo to work as a nursing aide for Nell.
Before the Second World War, Nell and Frank bought a 2-storey Victorian house in Sussex St, Brighton, named Karella, and she ran a private hospital (convalescent home) there. During the war she sponsored some families to emmigrate from England to escape the Blitz. She was responsible for them until they found work, and they lived with her at Karella. After the war the hospital was used as a convalescent home by returned soldiers. When she and Frank got older they converted Karella to bed and breakfast accommodation (the work being less arduous than running a hospital) until it was finally sold in 1952, and they retired to a house at 208 Centre Rd, Bentleigh.
Nell was a competent administrator and medical professional and she is remembered as a person of firm opinions. She had a large collection of intricately made china figurines.