Neil Croll
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Neil Croll

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Neil D. Croll
Born 1940s.
Profile last modified | Created 9 Apr 2015 | Last significant change: 13 Jan 2022
12:21: Amy (Crawford) Gilpin replied to a comment on the page for Neil Croll [Thank Amy for this]
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Scotland's Tartan Trail
Neil Croll is a graduate of the Scotland Tartan Trail II.
Profile Improvement Voyager
Neil has completed the Profile Improvement Project's Voyage
Neil Croll participated with Team Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 13 connections.

I was born during the last stages of World War II[1][2] and initially lived with my mother and grandmother in Kew, Victoria. When my father returned from being a war-time Air Force officer we moved to a house called 'Copper Beeches' at 1 Hilton Avenue, Ferny Creek, overlooking the city of Melbourne. In 1948, with my sister on the way, we moved again, this time to a house built by my paternal grandmother at 53 The Boulevard, Hawthorn, where we stayed for the next couple of decades.

I was rather unsuccessfully educated at Scotch College, where I swam, played hockey and bagpipes and did little else. I then worked as a motor mechanic for several years until an injury stopped me, whereupon I completed my schooling part-time and began working as a technician, mainly on research projects. Wanting more security than research grants offered I trained as a Psychiatric Nurse at Mont Park Hospital, Melbourne. I worked in a variety of positions in mental health, including a stint as a lecturer at a College of Advanced Education. During that time I completed a bridging course and a Graduate Diploma in Community Health at the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences.

Like all young children, well-meaning adults had exposed me to lots of stories about how the world works, and at last I began questioning what I believed and what I could discount as rubbish. I looked around at how this could be done and finally started a Bachelor of Theology in 1982. At first I thought I would specialise in pastoral care, but found myself unexpectedly fascinated by Old Testament studies and spent as much time as I was allowed in that area. I continue to read in that area, although I now describe myself as an informed atheist.

Returning to mental health I completed a Graduate Diploma in Health Administration and worked in community psychogeriatrics. I then took a position at the place that was to take on several identities before settling as the Bendigo campus of LaTrobe University. I compled a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration, in the course of which I was dragged kicking and screaming into the area of health policy, a specialty area of LaTrobe University. In Bendigo I taught in a variety of courses, specialising in health policy and law as well as mental health nursing subjects.

Academics find themselves taking on the role of de facto editor, especially with research students. Towards the end of my time at LaTrobe University I was commissioned to convert a face-to-face course to a text-based distance education model, and I wrote, commissioned other authors' writing, copy-edited, liaised with the publications department, ordered the printing, packed the final packages and dispatched them. I had been involved in academic editing since 1983, and after I left LaTrobe University and no longer needed to do it as part of my regular job I decided to find out how it should be done, so I completed a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. I registered a business and worked as a freelance editor, mainly editing Masters and PhD theses and writing and editing educational material.

My wife and I love the sea, from which Bendigo is a long way. We looked around large parts of the Australian coast for a place to move, finally deciding on Tasmania after I was offered a contract with the mental health services in Hobart. So from sailing on Lake Eppalock, near Bendigo, we found ourselves sailing on the beautiful D'entrecasteaux Channel. After my contract was over I worked at a couple of private mental health clinics before retiring entirely. We now live in Victoria at the Gippsland Lakes.[3]
Croll-284 22:47, 24 January 2021 (UTC)


  1. National Library of Australia - Trove The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 6 Mar 1945 p26 March 1945: Notice of birth
  2. National Library of Australia - Trove The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 31 July 1951: Notice of death of grandmother and family details
  3. Personal recollection of events witnessed by Katrina Gonda as remembered 18 Jul 2017

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Hi Neil! Hope this finds you well and healthy.

It's time for our annual Scotland Project check-in!

This year we are hoping to learn what our membership would like to accomplish over the next 12 months. In case you aren't aware, this year is WikiTree's "Year of Connections" and the Project's leadership would like to contribute to this in as many ways as possible.

We would appreciate it if you would share your thoughts and ideas with us on how we can accomplish this goal. We would also appreciate it if you would provide some feedback on our existing goals, including:

  • If you have not yet signed up to help on one of the project's teams, which team(s) would you be interested in joining?
  • How often should we provide a Project Newsletter?
  • Have you participated in the Tartan Trail? If not, is this something you'd be interested in doing?
  • Do you have a question(s) that we could add to a Frequently Asked Questions page?
  • Any suggestions or ideas you have on ways to improve the Scotland Project in general

We continue to communicate with our Project members via Google Group (official) and Discord (unofficial), as well as G2G. You may also reach out to any of the Project leaders via WikiTree's internal messaging system at any time.

Thank you for all you do to help the Scotland Project become a knowledge hub for Scottish genealogical research! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin on behalf of the Scotland Project Leaders

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Thanks for your reply, Neil! (comment must be 30 characters long)
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Neil,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out our annual check-in to see how you are going in the project. We'd really like to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles over the past year! We think we've made great progress in 2020/21 with your assistance.

Please could you reply to this message, to let us know if you would like to stay on in the project and if you are happy with your current role and team involvement. If you would like to do something additional or different, take a look on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to get any feedback or suggestions that you have to improve the project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator


It’s time for a Project check-in!

Scotland Project Leaders check in with you at least once a year to see how you are doing. With the changes happening around the world, we understand that life is hectic right now.

What are you planning to work on for the Scotland Project this year? Are you happy with the team(s) you part of, or would you like to make some changes?

This time round, we’re also looking for feedback on the use of Google Group and Discord. Do you use one or both of these? If you don’t use either of them, what is the best way to ensure you receive Project communications? If you would like to join us on Google Group or Discord, let us know in your response.

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Neil

Should read Patricia Mary Barry and John "Jinx" Barry her brother.

He was never called Jack.

Thanks Jane Eblen

posted by Jane (Tobin) Eblen
Hello Neil,

The Australia Project leadership team are carrying out a check-in to see how you are going in the project and especially to thank you for all your work on Australian profiles on WikiTree. We really value your participation.

Please could you get back to me by private message to let me know if you are happy with your current role and team involvement within the project or if you would like to do something additional or different. Currently we have you down as a member of the Born in the Colony team. If you would like a change, you can check on the Australia Project page to see what other options there are.

It would also be great to hear any feedback and any suggestions that you have to improve the project. On a practical note, if you are a member of the google group, are you receiving messages ok?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Gillian, co-Leader, Australia Project

posted by Gillian Thomas
Hello, Neil!

Thanks for your participation during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us for the Source-a-thon this fall.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Neil,

Thank you so much for participating with the Twisted Thistles during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon! Here is a sticker code you can put on your profile, just add the double curly brackets {{ }} at both ends.

Connect-a-Thon|team=Team Twisted Thistles|year=2020|profiles=13


Sarah and Bobbie

posted by Sarah Mason

As a member of the Scotland Project, we'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall

The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi Steve,

Thank you for your request. I'm certainly interested in continuing my work as a cemeterist, and yes, I'm active to the point that that's almost all I do on WikiTree these days. I'm currently the entire Tasmanian cemetery team and also part of the Victorian team. My followed tags are: Australia, Beale, Cemeteries and Croll. I'm not a member of any Google group because of a basic reluctance to use Google for anything I dont absolutely have to.



posted by Neil Croll
Thanks for checking in with us Neil!
posted by Steven Harris
Thanks, Neil - I had forgotten this site, but remember that the photos can not be enlarged without losing resolution. I will persevere!!
posted by Megan Tilley
Thank you for your offer, Neil. If you are at any time near the St Andrews Anglican Cemetery in Carrick, I wouldn't mind a picture of the headstones for the Weedon family, if any exist. Megan (Tilley-92)
posted by Megan Tilley
Hi Neil,

On behalf of the Australia Project leadership team, we're carrying out a Project Members Check-in to see if you are still interested in being involved as an active member of the project. In particular, we are ready to launch our new teams for the project. Please could you let me know what team/s you would like to contribute to.

A list of teams is on the Australia Project page. Please respond by private message.

We really appreciate your enthusiasm in working on Australian profiles on WikiTree, and thank you for all the work you have been doing. We look forward to hearing back from you and that you will decide to be part of the project as we move forward with the new teams for the project.

Kind Regards

Margaret Haining Membership Coordinator

Hi Neil,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Hi Neil,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Hello Neil

Welcome to Wikitree! Good to see another member with an interest in Australia on the site. Perhaps you might like to join our Australia Project or one of the sub projects?

Ask questions and keep updated in the G2G Forum by adding the tag ‘ Australia’, or see us on Facebook Wikitree in Australia.

Veronica, Volunteer Greeter and Australia Project Co-Leader


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Hello, just a word (late) to congratulate you on the contributions you made during the month of November. Whatever the quantity, they are all important.

Your work is appreciated.


Guy Constantineau

posted by Guy Constantineau
Thank you Neil. At this stage with the Henderson's I'm happy for any new connection, particularly further back. Being from Kew, I would think that it is quite likely we could be closely related. My grandparents, and two generations before them are mostly from Kew. I'll have a look at your tree and see if there is a connection. Thank you, Ben.
posted by Ben Molesworth
Hi Neil and thanks for your post on G2Gl

I’ve added the Irish Roots and UK Project badges to your profile. If you click on each badge it will take you to the full list of our wonderful members. Click on Irish Roots Project will take you to the first page of the project. I've added your good self to the member interest page. Here you can let others know which counties or names you are researching etc. Same with United Kingdom Project plus Scotland Project.

Thanks for joining these and good luck with your research.


posted by Maria Maxwell

Rejected matches › Cornelius Carroll (1834-1859)

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