Hi there, I've hit a brick wall with 2 of my ancestors

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Hi there, I've got an issue with my great-great grandparents, Alice Maud Forsythe (Forsythe-1342) and Maurice Vincent Sherry (Sherry-594). I cannot find either of their parents with a definitive confirmation. I *think* Maurice's father is someone called Joseph Patrick Sherry, born 12 Mar 1869, and I also *think* that Alice's father is George Albert Forsythe, born 18 Oct 1880. I cannot confirm either of these results. All were born in Australia, and all in Victoria.
in Genealogy Help by Will King G2G Crew (760 points)

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Hi Will. Do you have the following record? It seems to confirm that Maurice's father was Joseph Patrick Sherry, and gives his mother's name as Annie Mable May Gardener. However, there also exist birth records for siblings of Morris with the mother's name spelt in different ways: Mabel; Gardiner, Gardner.

<ref>[https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/research-and-family-history/search-your-family-history Victoria BDM] birth registration number 27001/1907. Name: Maurice Vincent Sherry; father: Jos Pat; mother: Gardener Annie Mable May; place: Foster. Accessed 2 September 2021.</ref>
by Jim Richardson G2G6 Pilot (222k points)
Joseph Patrick Sherry married Annie Mable May Simmons in 1891:

<ref>[https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/research-and-family-history/search-your-family-history Victoria BDM] marriage registration number 4682/1891. Jos Pat Sherry; Annie Mable May Simmons. Accessed 2 September 2021.</ref>

So it looks as if Annie Mabel May Gardiner could already have married a man named Simmons, then been widowed.
Here is a death reference for Annie:

<ref>[https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/research-and-family-history/search-your-family-history Victoria BDM] death registration number 4323/1948. Name: Annie Mabel May Sherry; father: Gardiner Unknown; mother: Unknown; place: Glen Iris; age: 75; birthplace: Geelong. Accessed 2 September 2021.</ref>
There's a death notice for Annie, mentioning Maurice but under the name Vincent. I won't quote it in detail here but it's worth following the link.

<ref>Family Notices (1948, May 7). ''The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)'', p. 2. Retrieved September 2, 2021, from National Library of Australia Trove [https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/206889115?searchTerm=Sherry 206889115].</ref>
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Joseph Patrick Sherry was born in Victoria, Australia in 1869 https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/60ab310f4feabe1bebadf0ec/record/5c6543444aba80ac3172ba51 parents Margaret Slattery and Francis Sherry. His son Maurice Vincent Sherry was born in 1907 in FOSTER, VIC, Australia https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/60ab310f4feabe1bebadf0ec/record/5c656b864aba80ac310cbc6c. Parents Jos Pat Sherry and Annie Mable May Gardiner

Alice Maud Forsythe died in 1962, age 85, born London, England, father Harry Vincent. She died in Port Fairy https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/60ab310f4feabe1bebadf0ec/record/5c654c264aba80ac31c7323d

Maurice Vincent Sherry married her in 1924 in victoria Australia https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/60ab310f4feabe1bebadf0ec/record/5c65541d4aba80ac31579ef8

https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/research-and-family-history/search-your-family-history should have everything you're after 

by Jean Hollis G2G6 Mach 1 (13.4k points)
Jean, good finds. But just a caution. Those my.rio.bdm.gov.au links are session-based and not persistent. They will not work for anyone else, nor for you in an hour or two when the web session expires. There is no way to link to Victoria BDM search results.
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Some material on Trove might interest you such as Annie Mable May's death Notice  which lists children https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/247297615

Joseph Patrick Sherry's death notice https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/206391498
by Jean Hollis G2G6 Mach 1 (13.4k points)

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