I am looking for my uncle Fred Melby, born 17 April 1936 (I am almost certain of the date and year) in Larvik, Norway. He arrived Melbourne per Skotaas 25 March 1955. I don´t know more!

Mother: Solveig Melby born 9 Dec 1910 deceased 13 Oct 2002. Father: Fritz Anker Melby born 1 Dec 1903 deceased 5 Dec 1977.

Sister: Solfrid Melby born 25 Apr 1945 deceased 26 Dec 1986. Brother: Roy Melby born 13 Mar 1937. Brother: Frank Melby born 26 Apr 1950.

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I am fairly confident that the following events are for the same person, but unfortunately there is no hard proof available online.

You’ve probably seen that there are 2 files for Fred on this NAA site with 2 different locations:
#1 - Melbourne, VIC - Series B78 = Alien registration documents (Department of Immigration, Victorian Branch)
#2 - Adelaide, SA - Series D4881 = Alien registration cards (Department of Immigration, South Australia Branch)
So yes, he arrived in Melbourne, but at some stage he might have resided in South Australia as well.

Eventually he seems to have ended up in the Northern Territory.

In 2000 he is mentioned regarding a court case when he is a caretaker on Clarevale farm near Katherine NT. He’d had been there for about 12 years, so from abt 1988.
See: http://www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au/archive/doc/sentencing_remarks/0/...  (a downloadable version: http://www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au/archive/doc/sentencing_remarks/0/... )

His death in 2003:
Northern Territory Deaths – Parish Burials
Fred Melby
Age at Death: 76 years
Death Place: Darwin NT
Death Date: 2003-05-21
Burial Date: 2003-09-12
Cemetery: Thorak Regional Cemetery, Darwin NT

 I suspect that the big gap between death and burial could have to do with no known next-of-kin and/or that Fred had not left any money for his burial. There might not be a grave stone if he was given a “paupers” burial..
The cemetery would be able to tell you more: https://www.litchfield.nt.gov.au/gallery/thorak-regional-cemetery (brochure: https://territorymemorials.squarespace.com/s/Information-Brochure-T...)


Hi! and thank you so much for your answer and vital information!

I am so sorry for not seeing this until today. This is very important information to me and my family, we are very grateful. I will look into this a little more and keep you informed.

Thank you som much again!

best regards Jarle

... it may be an issue about the Age at Death 76 years as he was born 1936, or do I interpret anything wrong?

As I mentioned before, there is no hard proof via the available online sources. As these are the only online possibilities for Fred Melby, they will have to be researched offline.

So I thought I'd help you a bit and phoned Thorak cemetery for you. They had very little information: He died in the Royal Darwin Hospital and had no known address! Darwin Funeral Services had organised the funeral, but it was clear from their forms that they did not know much more.

Next step was Births, deaths and marriages in the Northern Territory (https://nt.gov.au/law/bdm). As the death is < 30 year and you are not parents/children/spouse, "any other access to a death certificates will require appropriate authorisation". The site also mentioned that Australian documentation was compulsory.

So this time I phoned BDM NT. As expected they wouldn't divulge very much. They did tell me that they had  filled in the death certificate (i.e.no next of kin had been available for this task) and I managed to extract from them that this Fred Melby was born in Norway! They are going to send me a form to request the death certificate that you could use if you are interested. (I haven't got it yet, hopefully it will arrive ok :-) )


wow thank you so much for doing that for me! I am also sad that he had no known address or family. I know about that there has been no contact between him and family in Norway. Some did tried to find him before but with no success. Also through Salvation Army. And I don´t think there is many Fred Melby from Norway in Australia that period. I would be very happy to receive the form to request the death certificate and thank you s much for all your help! I appreciate that so much! Jarle 

Feedback from the original poster would be welcome


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