I'm trying to find out what happened to my cousin Alan F Stephenson & his family in Australia.

Alan was born in 1913 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England. In 1935 he married Ellen Doyle, born in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1913. They had three children. William F in 1936, Anthony A in 1938, Judith M in 1942.

Alan was a pianist/organist who travelled for Wurlitzer. I know that he played the organ at The London Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. I have an undated newspaper clipping of him playing there on the occasion of the "celebration of the 10 o'clock closing" but I don't know exactly when that was but understand that Victoria extended pub closing hours from 6 to 10 o'clock in 1966.

I last saw Alan in England in 1981.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.



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Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on April 3, 2012 at 20:06

Hi Alan

If your cousin came to Australia on an assisted passage, the National Archives of Australia may have migrant selection documents regarding his application for assistance.  Also, if he was eventually naturalised in Australia, then we may have his application for naturalisation and it would document where he lived when he applied.

The records of the National Archives are publicly available when they reach they open access period as defined by the Archives Act (we are currently releasing material that was created in 1983 and earlier). If you would like a reference officer to conduct a search to see if we hold these records, I suggest you submit a reference inquiry to our National Reference Service using the online form www.naa.gov.au/collection/forms/imm-inquiry.aspx

As for your cousin's current whereabouts, our records will not provide any information.  You might be able to find him on the electoral roll, however, these are not electronically available for searching, you have to go to an Australian Electoral Commission office.  You may need to find a research agent to help you search - you may find one willing to help on our fact sheet 40 www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs40.aspx

Also, you may wish to make inquiries with the Salvation Army or the Red Cross:www.salvos.org.au/familytracing/ or www.redcross.org.au/tracing-and-restoration-of-family-links.aspx

Best of luck in your search



(NAA staff)

Comment by Allan Cassley on April 3, 2012 at 20:55

Thank you Tonia for the advice, which I'll follow up.

I've now been told that both my cousin Alan Stephenson & his wife Ellen have died in Australia but I don't know where or when. Perhaps this will open up other websites to search.

Their children may have married in Australia so perhaps that is another line for enquiry.

Kind regards,


Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on April 10, 2012 at 13:28

Hi Allan

The National Archives of Australia do not have records relating to births, deaths or marriages.  The registration of births, deaths and marriages is done by the State governments (the National Archives is the archive of Federal government records), and the records are held by the Registrar in each state. You can find a list of contact details for each of the Births, Deaths and Marriages registries on our fact sheet 89 www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs89.aspx

Kind regards


Comment by Allan Cassley on April 10, 2012 at 23:56

Hi Tonia,

Thanking you once again,

Kind regards,


Comment by Debra on May 24, 2012 at 23:59

Hi Allan,

At the Springvale Botanical Cemetery there is a record of an Alan Fenton Stephenson who passed away in 1986 and an Anthony Alan Stephenson who passed away in 1987.



Comment by Allan Cassley on May 25, 2012 at 1:00

Thank you so much Debra. I've looked at the website & they are almost certainly the deaths of my cousin & his son. I'll now have to find out how to get copies of the death certificates & whether or not there are newspaper obituaries obtainable. Any help regarding these would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,


Comment by Debra on May 25, 2012 at 1:32

Hi Allan,

You can use the "ask a librarian" service at the State Library of Victoria for newspaper notices.  They have an online enquiry form here http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/services/ask-librarian

The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages has a death certificate application form here http://online.justice.vic.gov.au/CA2574F700805DE7/page/Deaths?OpenD...

I think you can get a death cert without all the identification requirements as it was more than 10 years ago.


Comment by Allan Cassley on May 25, 2012 at 5:33

Once again, thank you so much for your help, Debra. I will use the websites you have suggested,


Comment by ROB WHELAN on March 27, 2015 at 15:11

Hi Allan

Not sure if you still frequent this site, but my name is Rob Whelan and I am Judy's eldest son. 

Alan did pass away in 1986 and Tony the following year. Ellen passed away a couple of years earlier, however I cannot remember the exact year off hand. 

Sadly all three of their children have also passed - Bill in 2013, my Mum in 2009 and Tony in 1987.

Whilst Tony did not marry, Bill is survived by his wife Phil and four children - Lynn, David, Alan and Helen. My mum is survived by her husband Bob and three sons - myself, Danny and Lindsay. 

There are also a host of great Grandchildren now :) 

If there is anything I can answer for you please fire away and I will do my best to answer. 



Comment by Allan Cassley on March 28, 2015 at 1:38

Hi Rob,

Marvellous to hear from you. I'm your grandad's cousin, Allan Cassley, aged 82, living in Dalton-in-Furness in England. I've been compiling a family history for many years now. My mother was Florence Mary Allen, 1894, born in Ulverston. Her sister was Catherine Lena Allen, your great grandmother, who married William George Fred Stephenson; I met Auntie Lena several times. I met your granddad Alan many times; he used to come to Ulverston to meet my Uncle Harry Allen. I vaguely remember Alan & his family, including Judith, coming with Uncle Harry to a pub in Dalton called The Britannia where I was playing the piano. As you can see from this website, I've been trying to get more info to put into the family tree. If you don't mind it may be easier to correspond by email. My address is allan1932@sky.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,



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