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Duncan Frank

Duncan Frank

Male 1895 - 1948  (53 years)

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  • Name Duncan Frank 
    Born 26 Aug 1895  ,Byrock, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth not recorded as parents were not married
    Gender Male 
    Milit-Beg 8 Dec 1915  ,Dubbo, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Duncan Frank : SERN 4767 : POB Bourke NSW : POE Dubbo NSW : NOK F Duncan FrankRegimental number4767
      ReligionChurch of England
      OccupationLabourer
      AddressMonaghan Street, West Cobar, New South Wales
      Marital statusSingle
      Age at embarkation22
      Next of kinFather, F Duncan, Monaghan Street, West Cobar, New South Wales
      Enlistment date8 December 1915
      Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 November 1915
      Rank on enlistmentPrivate
      Unit name13th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
      AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/4
      Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
      Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
      Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
      FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
    Residence 1924  Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 3 horses, 2 cows, 916 sheep, 32,000 acres
    Residence 1925  Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 8 horses, 8 cows, 32,000 acres
    Residence 1926  Elsinore, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 3 horses, 1200 sheep
    Residence 1936  Elsinore Station, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Grazier
    Milit-Beg 10 Aug 1940  ,Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • N74211
    Milit-End 21 May 1941  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Private Posting at Discharge 2 GARRISON BATTALION
    Residence 1943  55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Soldier
    Died 27 Aug 1948  55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • A little man he was in the army with came to lay him out.
    Buried 30 Aug 1948  Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Church of England section 16 3258
    Notes 
    • Service Honour Roll [6]
    • Death Notice - age 55 ???
    • Went to Dubbo with Cobar Band when he was about 14. [4]
    • COBAR, Wednesday.
      Fix this text

      Frank Duncan, aged 13 years, was riding,

      a bicycle yesterday evening along Hillston Road at Wrightvllle, when through some

      cause he fell. He was found unconscious on, the road, and brought to town by a 'busman. Ho was found to be suffering from concussion

      of the brain [7]
    • BUSHFIRES.
      Few Now Burning.
      EXAGGERATED REPORTS.
      Reports last night from all centres in the
      west and south, in which serious bushflres had
      been raging, were definitely reassuring.
      The Cobar correspondent of the "Herald"
      stated that the only fires now burning between
      that town and Wilcannia, in the west, were
      those on Nillera station, 32 miles down the
      Hlllston-road, and Elsinore, 40 miles west of
      Cobar. The fires on Tambua and Wilga
      Downs had been subdued. In the north,
      towards Byrock, an outbreak on Coronga Peak
      was still burning fiercely, and spreading to-
      wards the adjoining property of Coronga
      Downs. Curraweena was still ablaze in
      places. Small fires were burning on the large
      Paddington estate, and on the adjoining pro-
      perties of Belford, Bindi, and Lachlan Downs.
      A storm was thieatening at Cobar last night,
      and hopes were entertained that rain to-day
      would assist to subdue the remaining fires.
      All fires within a radius of 30 miles of Bourke
      had been extinguished by yesterday morning,
      and volunteers had returned to the town.
      Both west and east from Menindie all fires
      were either out or under control. A report
      to Broken Hill police by Sergeant Canning, of
      Menindie, stated that about 80 firefighters
      were still patrolling the smouldering ruins in
      case of further outbreaks. They were mostly
      engaged in throwing burning logs back into
      the burnt area to prevent them setting light
      to new country.
      In the south the serious fires of earlier in
      the week at Lake Cargelligo were all under
      control anr' being rapidly subdued. Minor
      outbreaks occurred yesterday at Junee, on
      the south-west slopes, and Trundle, on the
      central-western plains.
      Correspondents of the "Herald" at Bourke,
      Cobar, Menindie, Wilcannia, and Lake Car-
      gelligo state that there have been many ex-
      aggerated reports, and that there is no Justi-
      fication for alarming statements. Under the
      Impression that a large portion of New South
      Wales was in serious danger, many people in
      Sydney offered their assistance yesterday. The
      New Guard stated last night that it had 1000
      men in readiness for transport to the scene,
      but had been advised by the Mayor of Cobar
      that volunteers were not required at the
      moment. A suggestion that the naval and
      air forces should be mobilised in the bushfire
      zones was rejected as impracticable, and would
      now appear to have been un [8]
    • BUSHFIRES.
      EXTENT OF DAMAGE.
      Praise for Volunteers.
      According to reports from all bushfire zones
      yesterday, few serious fires are now burning,
      and, unless there are further outbreaks, no
      large areas are now in danger.
      From estimates made in each district it is
      calculated that about three million acres of
      grassland and more than 1000 miles of fenc-
      ing has been destroyed. Losses of stock have
      been comparatively light, and the chief diffi-
      culty now Is to secure agistment for homeless
      flocks until a good fall of rain encourages
      the growth of new pastures on stations de-
      nuded by the flames. It is already apparent
      that the damage done by the fires has not been
      as serious as at first supposed. When it is
      remembered that, in the western division
      alone, there is approximately eighty million
      acres, it will be seen that the area burnt out
      is less than 4 per cent, of the total. More-
      over, the firefighters, although unable- in
      many instances to prevent the spread of the
      flames, succeeded in saving all the threatened
      homesteads and most of the outbuildings,
      such as shearing sheds. In only one case, that
      of Bulla Station, in the Cobar district, is the
      loss of a woolshed been reported.
      Praise for the work of volunteer firefighters
      and their womenfolk is being received from all
      centres. In many cases the heat was so in-
      tense that the men were unable to work from
      early morning until late in the afternoon, and
      some of the most strenuous fireflghting was
      done at night. Most of the fighters showed
      their willingness to work long hours without
      rest in order to keep them constantly sup-
      plied with refreshment, the women worked
      night and day. No matter how often the
      demand was made on them they were always
      ready with food and tea. Unemployed played
      a big part in the fight, which was waged
      against an enemy more mobile than any army.
      According to the 'Herald" correspondent
      at Cobar, the fires south of that town are
      gradually dying out. Miles of country is
      smouldering, and a strong wind might start
      fresh fires. Fortunately, the weather has been
      calm for some days, with little wind. The fire
      on Nillera, 32 miles south of Cobar, has burnt
      about 3000 acres of grass country, and al-
      though still burning, is nearly under control.
      The report that Bulla woolshed was burnt
      has been definitely confirmed. The fires on
      Tambua and Mulga Downs have been checked.
      A fire is now burning on Elsinore, 40 miles
      west of Cobar, and Hart's paddock, on Spring-
      field Station, along the Cobar-Wilcannia road,
      about 30 miles west of Cobar, is blazing. North
      of Cobar there was a big glare last night.
      Coronga Peak Station was burning. This fire
      came off' Curraweena Station, and is re-
      ported to be now on Kergunyah, an out-
      station of Tindarey. The fire on Wilga Downs
      spread across Lyndhurst and the adjoining
      properties, Booroomugga, Timkin, and Sussex,
      are in danger of being burnt. This fire also
      started on Curraweena.
      It is reported that most of the fencing on
      Bulla has been burnt, and that some of the
      sheep have perished.
      All fires to the immediate south of Bourke
      are out but a number of patrols are keeping
      a vigilant watch, in case of any fresh out-
      breaks. An urgent call for volunteers was re-
      ceived from Kenilworth station, 40 miles from
      Bourke, and near Byrock. There the fire is re-
      ported to be burning fiercely, and stock Is
      stated to be endangered. Volunteers left
      Bourke yesterdav morning for the scene.
      Fires in the Wilcannia district were practi-
      cally under control yesterday. Heavy rain is
      needed to extinguish the timbers. It is esti-
      mated that between the towns of Tilpa, Cobar,
      and Wilcannia, 750,000 acres have been burnt.
      It is impossible at present to ascertain the
      losses of stock as, in driving the sheep to
      safety points, the various flocks have been
      merged. The fencing destroyed exceeds 300
      miles. [9]
    Person ID I14  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 

    Father Duncan Francis,   b. Abt 1851, Mooney Ponds, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1921, Prince Street, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Magick Harriet,   b. 22 Aug 1850, ,Cobbora, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1921, Prince Street, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet

    Family Pusell Ethel Jane,   b. 31 Jul 1899, Thompson's Creek, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1988, Alloa Nursing Home, Arncliffe, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 20 May 1922  St. Paul's Church of England, Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Ceremony performed by V. H. Jenkyn
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Duncan Ethel Eileen,   b. 27 Nov 1924, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1990, Alloa Nursing Home, Arncliffe, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Duncan Kathleen Jane,   b. 4 Oct 1926, ,Nyngan, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 2004, ,Chatswood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Duncan Lillian Frances,   b. 31 Jan 1929, ,Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 2012, ,,Peakhurst, New South Wales, Auatralia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Duncan Mary Olive,   b. 9 Mar 1931, ,Cobar, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1997, David Berry Hospital, Berry, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 May 1922 - St. Paul's Church of England, Cobar, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1943 - 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Aug 1948 - 55 Kensington Road, Kensington, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Frank Duncan c.1918
    Frank Duncan c.1918
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    Frank Duncan's travelling cafe, Cobar, NSW.
    Frank Duncan's travelling cafe, Cobar, NSW.
    Frank and Ethel Duncan with their five daughters in Red Cross outfits
    Frank and Ethel Duncan with their five daughters in Red Cross outfits
    Frank and Ethel
    Frank and Ethel
    At Kathleen Jane Duncan's Wedding
    Duncan Home at Elsinore Station
    Duncan Home at Elsinore Station

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] WWW, http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=85253.

    2. [S16] WW2 Nominal Roll.

    3. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 > New South Wales > 1943 > Watson > Kensington >.

    4. [S6] Elsie Harriet Duncan.

    5. [S53] Jill Patricia Curry, Grave visited and photographed.

    6. [S13] WWW, http://www.skp.com.au/memorials/pages/20057.htm.

    7. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 1907.

    8. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 8 January 1932.

    9. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 1932.

    10. [S52] NSW BDMs, 8895/1922 .
      DUNCAN FRANK CHATFIELD ETHEL J COBAR
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