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Thomas Henry Minter

Male 1903 - 1958  (55 years)


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  • Name Thomas Henry Minter 
    Born 6 Jun 1903  Albany, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Nov 1958  Balmain, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Cremated 10 Nov 1958  Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID F9DB26BEDCB642769C84040F82F47FC1EB7D 
    Notes 
    • June 2015: Geoff Hayes writes:
      "It has always concerned myself as a researcher of the Minter family tree, as to just who the people were that provided for, looked after, and cared for Thomas Henry Minter, immediately after his own father Henry Smith Minter died in 1905 in Perth, Western Australia when he was only about 3 years of age.

      It has now become apparent through further research, that his birth mother (Mary Jane Hall), although never having married Henry Smith Minter, returned to Adelaide (where she was obviously more comfortable and closer to family ties), and did marry to Henry Hammant Turner, a french polisher by trade. After their marriage in Port Adelaide in March 1906, the new family found themselves in Melbourne, where Mary Jane gave birth to a further two sons; Walter (1909) in Clifton Hill, who died two years later in 1911, and James Arthur (1911) in Richmond, Melbourne.
      A vital clue to this scenario is found in the Naval Enlistment Records for Thomas Henry Minter found in the National Archives, Canberra War Museum. In these records is stated; he first signed on 1st February 1917, at Williamstown, Victoria, and he would have only been 13 years and 7 months of age. Occupation; School, Address; 10 High Street,
      Newport, Melbourne, Victoria. Parents; Unknown or not stated on his papers.

      A check of the Electoral Roll for this year (1917) states that living at this address is "Henry Hammond (sic) Turner" - French Polisher. Naturally he (Thomas Henry,) would be too young to be included in the Electoral Roll, being a minor. This information, however places him as a young lad of 13 years, attending school, with a seemingly ageing mother of about 45 years of age, and a huge desire to join the navy and see the world."

      www.ww2roll.gov.au gives the following information about Thomas's service in the Royal Australian Navy:
      Service number: 537
      Date of first enlistment: 20 Jun 1918
      Home port: Melbourne, Victoria
      Next of kin: Eliza
      Date of discharge: 13 Nov 1948
      Rank: Serg 2/class
      Posting at discharge: HMAS Kuttabul.
      Medals / Awards.
      28th October, 1921.- British War Medal.
      10 November, 1942. - L.S.G.C. Medal. (Long Service & Good Conduct Medal).
      Thomas Minter served on board the following HMAS ships:-
      'Tingira' 20th June 1918. - as a Boy.
      'Australia' - 'Brisbane' & 'Melbourne' between 30th November, 1920 - 13th December, 1921 as an 'Ordinary Seaman'
      'Cerberus' - 'Anzac' - 'Platypus' - 'Swordsman' & 'Penguin' between 1st April, 1922 - 4th July, 1934 as an 'A.B. Seaman'
      'Canberra' - 'Cerberus' - 'Water Hen' - 'Penguin' between 21st January, 1935 - 13th November, 1938 as a 'Leading Seaman'
      He also served on board the fated HMAS "Sydney" between 2nd June, 1938 - 29th September 1938.
      Upon discharge from the R.A.N. Thomas Minter was employed by the Naval Dockyard Police from 14th November, 1938 until 13th November 1948, serving at Garden Island (14/11/1938 - 2/10/1940), Rushcutter (3/10/1940 - 17/5/1948), and Kuttabul (14/11/1943 -13/11/1948), in the ranks of Constable advancing to Sergeant 2nd Class on the 18th March, 1942.

      Henry and Eliza Mabel Minter appeared in several Australian Electoral Rolls:

      1931 and 1937. At 31 Nairn Avenue, Ascot Vale, Maribyrnong, Victoria: Eliza Mabel Minter, home duties. [Thomas may have been away at sea at these times]. Geoff Hayes has a photo of this house dating from the 1940s. The house is still there (2015) and looks very similar to how it looked in the 1940s.

      1943 and 1949. At 85 Park Road, Botany, NSW: Thomas Henry Minter, naval policeman and Eliza Mabel Minter, home duties.

      1954. At 85 Park Road, Mascot, Banksmeadow, NSW: Thomas Henry Minter, naval policeman, Eliza Mabel Minter, home duties and Barbara Joy Minter, shoe machinist. It's assumed that Barbara was Thomas and Eliza's daughter - she married Frederick George Jones in 1955 (Redfern 24462/1955).

      1958. At 85 Park Road, Mascot, Banksmeadow, NSW: Thomas Henry Minter, naval policeman, Eliza Mabel Minter, home duties and Margaret Minter, clerk. It's assumed that Margaret was Thomas and Eliza's daughter.

      The NSW death index record for 27396/1958 gives father's name as George so it's possibly not the right one. The death certificate has not been obtained.
    Person ID I558  Ickham, Kent
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2015 

    Father Henry Smith Minter,   b. 21 Mar 1849, Tarbert, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1905, Government Hospital, Albany, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Eveline HALL,   b. 11 May 1872, Saddleworth, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957, Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Family ID F735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Mabel "Lila" HAYES,   b. 15 Sep 1906, Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1958, Balmain, NSW, Australia RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 1929  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Barbara Joy Minter,   b. 2 Mar 1932, Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 2012, 21 Brighton Avenue, Panania, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Margaret Minter
     3. Thomas Charles Minter
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F736  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S157] Western Australia BMD on-line, Feb 2011, reg no. 5561/1903. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S136] NSW online BMD index, October 2010, reg no 27396/1958. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S204] NSW Investigator Records at NSW Archives, December 2012.

    4. [S159] Victoria BMD online, Feb 2011, reg no. 9459/1929. (Reliability: 3).