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James Thomas Percival CONGDON

James Thomas Percival CONGDON

Male 1888 - 1955  (66 years)

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  • Name James Thomas Percival CONGDON  [1
    Born 19 Nov 1888  Thebarton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Achievements James Congdon Drive (left off Hilton Bridge) in Mile End is named after him.  
    Biography Notes He lived in railway cottages at Mile End and went into Adelaide Railway Station to work. After getting home from work he would always, whatever happened, walk out to his front gate at 7 pm to watch the Melbourne Express go past. One of his duties had been to inspect the Melbourne?s brakes during the day before her return journey. 
    Biography Notes Remembering life at the Mile End railyards: Every night, without fail, Ailsa Pocock's father used to watch Australia's longest train, the Melbourne Express, shuffle past his front gate.
    One of Adelaide's longest serving station masters, James Congdon, had a fascination for trains even an eight-hour, exhausting shift would not diminish.
    "Dad would get home about 6pm, and he would always, whatever happened, walk out to watch the Melbourne go by", Mrs Pocock said.
    "He had seen the Melbourne in station, inspect its brakes and come home for tea ... But at 7pm, he always went to the front gate."
    Mr Congdon, who died in 1960, lived in one of the railway cottages, which were demolished in 1995, for some 20 years.
    He served as station master at the Mile End railyards for 19 years, and a road in the Mile End redevelopment is named after him.
    Mrs Pocock, who lives at Marion, also lived in the cottage with her family for three years as a teenager before she was married.
    Although is was only a short stay, from 1934-1937, she fondly remembers the lively rail-yards - the continual stream of noisy trains, trolleys and the unloading and stacking of goods.
    The family home was wedged between railway tracks, with a rail line only 'yards' from her back door. Mrs Pocock recalled catching the passenger train into town to go to school.
    "We used to see the train signal go off (from the house) and of course we were running late, and we used to shoot out the front to cross the railway tracks be the time the train came," she said.
    (source: Which newspaper, what date?)

     
    Marriage/Wedding 21 Aug 1912  Hindmarsh SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    No further knowledge available yet. Mary died at 32yoa. Buried:West Terrace Cemetery 
    Occupation Lived at Port Adelaide when first married
    Railway cottage near the Mile End railyards for about 20 years  
    Occupation Rose grower  [1
    Occupation Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    SA Rail Station Master at Mile End rail yards for 19 years.
    He might have been one of Adelaide?s longest serving station masters at the main station in Adelaide (or was this Mile End?).
     
    Died 31 Oct 1955  Brighton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Buried 1 Nov 1955  Brighton SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-1582  Christina and Donald McLean | Allan McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 

    Family Eva May MCLEAN,   b. 23 Feb 1886, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1988, Unley SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1932  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
    +1. Ailsa Crawford CONGDON,   b. 24 Dec 1916, Kilkenny SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 2003, Pasadena SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Findlay CONGDON,   b. 1931, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 02:18:57 
    Family ID F-3016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • STORIES
    5023 - Eva McLean & Albert William Sturtzel & James Thomas Congdon
    5023 - Eva McLean & Albert William Sturtzel & James Thomas Congdon
    Allan's descendants - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995 copies available, Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 12 Mar 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Thomas Percival Congdon Birth Aug 26 1884 Chain of Ponds, South Australia Death Oct 31 1955 South Australia Parents Thomas James Congdon Eliza Congdon (born Rawling) Siblings James Alfred Congdon Lillian May Congdon Mildred Blanche Congdon
      Arthur Chloride Melbourne Congdon Mabel Annie Congdon
      Leslie Frank Congdon

    3. [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, my heritage (with a log in), 23 Feb 2020 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      James Thomas Percival Congdon
      Birth Nov 19 1888
      Thebarton, South Australia, Australia
      Marriage 1912
      Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
      Marriage Marriage to: Mary Crawford Thom
      Aug 21 1912
      Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia
      Marriage 1932
      South Australia, Australia
      Marriage Marriage to: Eva McLean
      June 25 1932
      Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    4. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 9 Apr 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      CONGDON James Thomas Percival married THOM Mary Crawford
      Marriage Date: 21-Aug-1912 Marriage Place:Congregational Church Hindmarsh Groom Age:23 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father: James Thomas CONGDON Bride Age: 21 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father: George THOM District:Hindmarsh SA Book/Page:252/463

    5. [S-98] CEMETERY ACA ENFIELD, WEST & SOUTH TCE, CHELTENHAM, West Terrace Cemetery, 9 May 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      the marriage ended with Marys death in 1930 aged 39 yoa and seemingly no children? yet found. Congdon Mary Crawford d.22/02/1930 buried 22/02/1930 West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide SA (Barker, Path 5, Aspect W, Site Number 56)

    6. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 12 Mar 2021 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Thomas Percival Congdon Birth Circa 1884 Age at death 71 Death Oct 31 1955 Burial Brighton (Saint Jude) Cemetery, Brighton, South Australia

    7. [S-245] Warren McLean - ID 1506 - family tree on MyHeritage, my heritage (with a log in), 23 May 2021 Lorna McLean Researcher.
      James Thomas Percival Congdon Birth Nov 19 1888 Thebarton SA
      FIRST Marriage 1912 Mary Crawford Thom Aug 21 1912 Hindmarsh SA
      SECOND Marriage 1932 Eva May McLean June 25 1932 Adelaide SA