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Edith Sill (1869-1958) was one of ten children of Heidelberg farmer, orchardist and market gardener Mark Sill (1818-1885) and his wife Elizabeth née Davidson (1833-1903).
She married local doctor Dr Abel Rollason (1865-1923) in 1893 at a service at St John’s Church of England, Heidelberg. Rollason was the Medical Officer in Charge at the Austin Hospital for Incurables. He served as a Shire Councillor, Heidelberg Riding, 1900-1915 and was Shire President 1904-5.
He purchased the block on the corner of Burgundy and Jika Streets in 1895 and later built a residence and surgery there.
Edith’s brother Henry Arthur Sill (1875-1949) is represented by [N13] while her younger sister Amy Phoebe (1871-1918) is represented by [N7].
In 1903 the then eight year old Master Neville Rollason was ‘train bearer’ at Amy’s wedding to William Henry Martin (1865-1937).
Neville Rollason enlisted in the Army at 19½ years old, serving during World War 1 at Gallipoli (wounded 1915) and on the Western Front (wounded 1916 in France), and rising to the rank of Captain. He was recommended for (but not awarded) a Military Cross.
He returned to Australia and arrived home just before Christmas 1918. Neville married in 1921 and his firstborn was a son.
Edith Jane Sill: BDMV 16101/1869, 5446/1893, 14188/1958
Abel Rollason: BDMV 10780/1923
Henry Arthur Davidson Sill: BDMV 9682/1875, 7017/1903, 18233/1949
Ancestry.com ‘Mark Sill Facts’ Kathryn Ulbrich Family Tree, viewed 20 September 2019
https://www.portphillipdistrict.info/Liverpool_Passenger_Lists_1839-51_114.htm Viewed 20 September 2019.
Mark Sill: BDMV 1230/1885
‘Anniversary of Scot’s Church Heidelberg’, Mercury and Weekly Courier, Wednesday 13 October 1897, p. 3.
HJ Price: Heidelberg Shire Council 1915-1932, typed notes, in HHS data collection. Also Occupation 13099 (SILL Mark, 1818-1885)
‘Orange blossom at Heidelberg: Rollason Sill’, Mercury and Weekly Courier, Thursday 19 October 1893, p. 3.
Amy Phoebe Sill: BDMV 16785/1871, 2230/1905, 9468/1918
William Henry Martin: BDMV 21456/1865, 9198/1937
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