|Oswald (Ozzie) Shenstone 1892 and Rhoda Christina (Chrissie) House 1894|
|Married 27/12/1915 St. David's, South Bunbury Western Australia #123/1915|
|Oswald remarried 3 years after Chrissies death to ?|
|Descendants of this family are eligible to become members of the Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838 group|
|Siblings 5th Generation|
|Shenstone||Elsie May||1913, Wellington #8|
|Shenstone||Lucy Christina||1916, Wellington #470||23/12/1997|
|Shenstone||Keith Oswald||12/02/1919, Bunbury #72||25/11/1994 Perth|
|Shenstone||Eric Joseph||5/6/1921||09/12/2008 Margaret River.|
|Shenstone||Ivy Jean||1924 Harvey|
|Shenstone||John Henry||1934 (Twin)||m. Wendy Cohen 1957|
|Shenstone||Jill Jenny||1934 (Twin)||24/06/1982|
If there is any thing more frustrating when researching ancestors ..... It's THE LACK OF RECORDED INFORMATION, so record what you know NOW
Chrissie, Elsie and Ozzie .. circa 1916
|Compiled by David Morgan Higgon, Midland Western Australia 2006|
Shenstone/Dixon Information and photos supplied by Bill Dixon
Private Oswald (Ozzie) Shenstone 3671, 51st Battalion 1916. Head wound RTA 1916
Oswald, b.12/10/1890 67 Mayer Street, Hanley Staff. UK B/Cert.#289/1890. d. 26/6/1965 Belmont W.A. Nothing of his early days until he joined the 5th North Staffordshire Regiment in which he served 4 ½ years prior to coming out to Australia. No record of when or how he came to W.A. but believe that it would have been during the early 1900s. No information in immigration. Could have ‘jumped ship’ from a ‘Whaler’.
The first record of his being in W.A. was from his WWI army records. He enlisted in the AIF on 28/9/1915. at the age of 24 ½ yrs. Gave his occupation as ‘Sleeper Hewer’ and address, Post Office, Dardanup W.A.
Embarked for the Middle East January 1916. Wounded at Serapeum in April. Injury to his head which necessitated a silver plate being fitted to the back of his head. Repatriated to Australia disembarking at Fremantle in July. Discharged from the army in August 1916, as being medically unfit, for service. Claimed an army disability pension but was refused on the basis of his being an English citizen, even though he served with the Australians. It was even suggested that he return to England but doubtful that that country would consider a pension. He remained in W.A.
Following the war years he took up dairy farming in Uduc (Harvey) . In the depression years, to supplement his income, took casual work on the Harvey River Diversion Scheme. About 1926 gave up the dairying and moved to Greenbushes . . In the mid 1930s the family moved to Norseman when Ossie was employed as an engineer for the Norseman Mines. . Later Ossie obtained a job as an instructor at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines
Following the outbreak of WWII he was transferred to Perth to teach RAAF mechanics at Perth Technical College.
Ossie did not last out the war years at Perth Tech. He was seconded to American Navy Dry Dock in Fremantle to work on US submarines.
After the war Ossie was resident engineer for the Geraldton Water Supply at Wicherina. Later worked for Moore & Sons maintaining the engines for their whaling fleet operating out of Point Cloates and rebuilding engines at their East Perth workshops
Ozzie died in 1965 (73 yrs.) and buried in Guildford Cemetery.
Christina House (Chrissie) 1894