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Re: Edward Joseph Blacker and Florence Georgina Blacker
Posted by: Tania Dennis (ID *****8504) Date: November 20, 2012 at 04:42:27
In Reply to: Edward Joseph Blacker and Florence Georgina Blacker by Mark Blacker of 82777


Hi Mark

Have you checked out the Australia Electoral rolls - they are both on it Edward up to 1963 in Fortitude Valley Brisbane and Florence up to 1972 still using surname of Blacker.

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 3 August 1926
IN MATRIMOMAL JURISDICTION.
Before his Honour Mr. Justice Webb.
BLACKER v. BLACKER.
Florence Georgina Blacker, New Farm, Setitioned for divorce from Edward Joseph Blacker, of New Farm, on the ground of misconduct. Defendant denied the allega- tion, and made a counter-allegation of mis-conduct.
Mr. E. J. D, Stanley (instructed by Mr. J. Gilbert) ar/peared for the plaintiff. Mr. Robert O'Connor {instructed by Messrs. O'Shea, O'Shca, Lukin, and Coiser) ap- peared for the defendant.
Plaintiff gave evidence of her marriage to defendant on March 9, 1918, at Lut- wyche. She was then 19 years of age, and he was 23. There were two children of the marriage. There was continual trouble in the household owing to quarrels. Defendant's mother interfered too much. Ultimately defendant began to drink, and he ill-used her. In 1923 he left suddenly for Sydney. After his return she and de-fendant signed a deed of separation. She went to work to support herself, but, owing to bad health, had to give it up. She lived at Toowoomba with a man to whom she had been previously engaged. He supported Blacker's children. A third child was born to her. Her husband said that if she paid him 100 he would not take his two children away or sue for divorce. When she came to Brisbane again defendant used to leave her at night to go jazzing. Early this year she spoke to him in Wickham Park, and he told her to go to ------, and threw a stick at her. Witness engaged a private detective, and on the night of April 20 they saw defendant and a woman in compromising circumstances in Victoria Park.
Mr. O'Connor cross-examined plaintiff at length on the events of the night of April 29. She denied that she had ever been sitting in the Botanic Gardens with a man who had his arms around her. She said that her husband wanted her to "buy", the children from him for 100. She denied having committed misconduct as alleged.
Catherine Condon, married woman and private inquiry agent, gave corroborative evidence of the events on the night of April 29. In cross-examination by Mr. O Connor, witness said that she had heard that the Attorney-General was intervening in a divorce action, Walker v. Walker and Gaston, in which she had sworn that she saw the defendant and co-defendant committing misconduct. "I gave honest evidence," said Mrs. Condon, "and when he intervention action comes on in September I shall go into the witness box as I am doing to-day." Witness said that she had given evidence in divorce cases since, and that she had been believed.
The case for the defence was then opened. ;
DEFENDANT'S EVIDENCE.
The defendant gave evidence that he was a labourer, living in Warren-street, Valley. " He said that he never treated his wife cruelly. He had never "lifted his boot" to the childien. He tried to stop his wife from taking away the furniture from their home, and she threatened to ring up the police. She also said that the furniture carters would come in and "pull off "his head." Defendant said that after his wife left for Toowoomba he followed, and found her in a house with a man. She asked defendant not to make a show of her. She finally admitted that defendant was not the father of her third child. Defendant denied that he had committed misconduct as alleged. On the night of April 29 defendant visited his brother in a hospital. Defendant had secn his wife in company with a man in Brisbane at the Botanic Gardens, and had seen them returning from a moonlight trip down the river.
The court adjourned till 10 a.m. next day.


Cheers
Tania


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