Myrtle May Bassett

Myrtle May Bassett (1907 - 2008)

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Myrtle May Bassett aka Manderson
Born in Simpsons Rd, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Balaclava Methodist Church, Balaclava, Victoria, Australiamap
Wife of — married in Terang, Victoria, Australiamap
Wife of — married in Balaclava, Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Mother of
Died in Argyle Court Hostel, Chelsea Heights, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Nov 2012
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Biography

Myrtle Bassett was born on the 2 June 1907 ... [1]

Myrtle married Lincoln James Todman on 21 September 1929 in the Balaclava Methodist Church, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia [2]

Myrtle married three times during her lifetime:-

1. Lincoln James Todman on 21 Sep 1929 in Balaclava, Victoria, Australia.[3]

2. Stuart Rochford Taylor on 26 June 1943 in Terang, Victoria, Australia.[4]

3. Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp on 2 April 1960 in Balaclava, Victoria, Australia.[5]

Myrtle died on the 13 June 2008 in Argyle Court Hostel, Chelsea Heights, Victoria, Australia and she was cremated on the 19 June 2008 in Springvale, Victoria, Australia.

Ambiguities around Myrtle's birth name:

Myrtle had multiple possible surnames, growing up, she used the surname Bassett. William Bassett who she identified as her father, was listed as such when she was enrolled in Eaglehawk Primary School in 1913 at the age of six.[6]

When she married her first husband she gave her name as “Myrtle May Crump Bassett, a Spinster”.[7] Crump was her mother’s maiden name. This was the first clue that maybe her birth name was not Bassett as her descendant had all been led to believe.

On Myrtle’s birth certificate the mother’s name was listed as “Lilian Manderson formerly Crump”.[8] A search of the Victorian Birth Deaths & marriages (BDM) reveals that Lilian Crump had a baby named Myrtle May, who is registered twice under the surname of Crump & Manderson (note the year and registration number are identical for both names indicating that this is the same person).[9]

When Myrtle became a widow and remarried she listed her father as William Bassett as she did for her third marriage to Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp.[10] [11]

It wasn’t until 1967 that things came to a head when Myrtle applied for a passport to travel overseas.[12] The process required that she apply for her full birth certificate.

Later Myrtle would say that she had no doubt that William Bassett was her father as the family resemblance was strong.[13]

William Bassett & Lillian Crump became a couple, possibly around 1905 however they never married. When Myrtle their second eldest was two years of age (in 1907) the family left Eaglehawk and relocated to Tasmania. William found employment in the mines and their only son, William, was born.[14] They returned to Eaglehawk by 1912 for the birth of their fourth child Gladys Irene.[15] When they moved back to Eaglehawk it was thought the couple had married in Tasmania.[16]



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Sources

  • Sandra Williamson, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Sandra and others.
  1. Victorian Birth Certificate 1907/10223 Eaglehawk, Myrtle May CRUMP/MANDERSON note No father was listed on the certificate.
  2. Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registrar of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia 9531/1929
  3. Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 9531/1929
  4. Original Certificate of Marriage for Stuart Rochford Taylor & Myrtle May Todman married 26 June 1943, Terang, Victoria, Australia
  5. Original Certificate of Marriage for Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp & Myrtle May Taylor married 2 April 1960, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia
  6. Eaglehawk No. 210 150 Years of education 1854-2004 (Eaglehawk Primary School 2004. Compiled by : Ruth Claridge.).
  7. Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 9531/1929
  8. Birth certificate of Myrtle May Crump born 2 June 1907 Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 10223/1907.
  9. Results of 'birth search using' the criteria child’s first name “Myrtle May” & mother “Lilian Crump” or children born Myrtle with the Marriages, Family history search - Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria. [online] Online.justice.vic.gov.au. Available at: https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj [Accessed 4 Feb. 2018]
  10. Original Certificate of Marriage for Stuart Rochford Taylor & Myrtle May Todman married 26 June 1943, Terang, Victoria, Australia
  11. Original Certificate of Marriage for Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp & Myrtle May Taylor married 2 April 1960, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia
  12. Diana Culley, in personal discussion with author, November 2017
  13. Myrtle Sharp, in personal discussion with author, c.2000
  14. NAA: B883, VX21203 Service Records for William BASSETT
  15. Birth Certificate of Gladys Irene Basset born 15 September 1912, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 19781/1912
  16. Myrtle Sharp, in personal discussion with author, c.2000




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