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Thursday, 13 April 2017

A to Z Challenge - K is for Kate Ellen Ellis

Snippets from the life of Martha Sarah Ellis.

Kate Ellen Ellis was born on the 12 Jun 1872 and baptised on the 9th Sep 1881 in Saint Luke’s Parish Church, Rosemary Road, Peckham, London, England.[1] She was the younger sister of Martha Sarah Ellis and the 4th child of Martha Bartlett and Alfred Ellis. She married Andrew Wardle in 1891 a well to do builder in Freemantle, Western Australia.[2] 

“She was always an ardent worker for the Church of Christ Fremantle, of which she was a deaconess. During the war period, she worked very hard for the Red Cross and other societies for the relief of soldiers. Mrs Wardle was of bright disposition always anxious for the welfare of others and held the affection of all with whom she became associated. She leaves a husband, two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren to mourn their loss.”[3]

Photo 1 Photographer Nori Witter, Headstone Kate Ellen Wardle and Andrew Thomas Wardle Fremantle Cemetery, 2003; Photo 2 Photographer unknown, Outside portrait of Andrew T Wardle and his wife Kate Ellen Ellis, 1930s, digital scan of original photo from Lurline Marhsall's Private Photo Collection [T187];
 Photo 3 1935 'Personal', The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950), 2 August, p. 6. (LATE CITY), viewed 10 Apr 2017,

She died on the 1 Aug 1935 in Fremantle, Western Australia and was buried on 2 Aug 1935 in Freemantle Cemetery.[4]

The funeral was a large affair with many people in attendance “The hearse was laden with beautiful floral tributes, and the bereaved relatives have been the recipients of widespread expressions of sympathy”

I wonder if Martha Sarah Ellis travelled over to attend the funeral? The newspapers list many mourners but there is no mention of any Todman family (Martha’s married surname).

To Read more about Martha's life for articles previously posted for the A to Z Challenges click the Letters below:-

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


[1] England, birth certificate for Kate Ellen Ellis, born 12 June 1872; citing 1d/721/191, September quarter 1872, Camberwell registration district, St George Camberwell in the County of Surrey sub-district; General Register Office, Southport.; Ancestry, "London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," database and images, Ancestry ( : accessed 27 Jan 2017); Baptism of Kate & Walter Ellis, baptised 9 September 1881, St Luke Church Parish Register, Peckham, London, England, page 8, no.686 & 687; citing Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906. London Metropolitan Archives, London.
[2]Marriage index entry for Andrew Thomas Wardle and Kate Ellen Ellis married 1891, entry number 110, Western Australia Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Department of the Attorney General, Western Australia [I have not seen a copy of the marriage certificate of Andrew Thomas Wardle and Kate Ellen Ellis, however, I have assumed that the marriage was at the beginning of the year based on the number of the entry for that year.]
[3] 1935 'The Late Mrs K. E. Wardle.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 3 August, p. 10. , viewed 19 Mar 2017,
[4] Freemantle Cemetery Records (, Ref. No B12040 Location 45; Fremantle Cemetery, Detailed Burial Report of the Late Kate Ellen Wardle, Burial # 12040.


  1. I applaud your dedication to finding your roots.

    1. Thanks, some might consider it an addiction but dedication sounds a lot nicer

  2. Seems like the more we find out the more questions that are raised. I am going to try to catch up on my blog reading today.

    1. I hope you managed to get caught up Denise, try as I might I don't seem to be able to win that race!


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