Looking for Parents of James Duggan born between 1895 & 1920, Victoria, Australia. Orphan or Runaway.

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As the heading says. Just trying to find the correct details for parents of this specific James Duggan, born 1919, died 1994, married Doris Whimpey, married in Victoria in 1944, and seems to have resided in Victoria until their death there. Probably born in Victoria, but possibly elsewhere.

I'm not necessarily expecting an answer to this, unless someone in the family actually knows these details, and is doing the family tree on here. James' birth details should be released within the year at any rate.

The family have given me a copy of the wedding certificate, in which James claimed to be born in Adelaide March 25th 1896, and that his parents died when he was an infant. It is hard to know exactly what to make of this because of the huge discrepancy. Is it possible that he was runaway from elsewhere (perhaps to escape WWI), or that in the process he has taken a different name, or that he was an orphan? Who knows?

South Australian Police Gazette has a listing for James in 1939. ''JAMES DUGGAN (19), by Sergt. Edlington and M.C. Martin, as idle and disorderly, at Aberdeen; 14 days, the warrant to be withheld until applied for. Tried at Redruth on 12/6/39.--(C.6709.)

Trove.nla.gov.au, Recorder (Port Pirie, SA:1919-1954), Thu 23 Mar 1939, Page 1, GUILTY OF INDECENT ASSAULT., Terowie Youth Sent To Gaol For Four Months., Before Mr. Justice F. W. Richards at Gladstone Circuit Court yesterday James Gabriel Duggan, a young man, was presented for sentence in a case involving a girl. At Terowie Police Court Duggan had pleaded guilty to a charge of having on November 18, 1938, at Terowie, indecently assaulted a girl aged 14 years and 10 months. Evidence of accused's previous good character was given by Stanley Roy Kerr, farmer, and Robert William White, farmer (both of Arwakurra). Mr. F. P. Adams (Peterborough), who appeared for accused, made a strong appeal for the provisions of the Offenders' Probation Act to be extended to accused who, counsel said, had been frank in his statements to the police and had previously borne a good reputation. A sentence of four months' imprisonment with hard labor was imposed.

GenealogySA Births, ... John Gabriel Duggan had children in 1921 John James, 1923 Ronald Raphael, 1924 Maurice Ignatius, 1925 Desmond Gabriel, 1926 Clement Stephen, all around Hindmarsh, Port Adelaide. John Gabriel was born in 1899 at Burra to James Duggan. James Duggan married Ellen at Grey in 1886. I might have to just build a tree from all these names, and see if any lead to the James I need. There are so many of them.

However, John Gabriel married Mary Norine in 1921.

Those in Burra, near the above incident. Patrick Joseph Duggan & Mary Agnes m.1907. James Duggan & Caroline at Frome m.1898.

There is an archive on NAA, which talks of a James Duggan who was a stowaway on a S.S. Surrey between 1922 and 1925. These documents claim that he was born in Liverpool, and had a brother called Patrick, in Barmouth Street.

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Having you tried Trove.nla.gov.au ?
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (964k points)
Thank you. I have the photo, which is probably my best source so far. I managed to find Doris' family from those details, but as of yet, not James'. Yes, I have been trawling through Trove articles trying to find the right combination of details, but so far not successful.

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