Evelyn (Oxley) Bech

Evelyn Mary Philomena (Oxley) Bech (1924 - 2007)

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Evelyn Mary Philomena Bech formerly Oxley
Born in Blayney, NSWmap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [private sister (1920s - 1990s)], and [private brother (1920s - unknown)]
Wife of — married in Marrickvillemap
Descendants descendants
Mother of , [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Hornsby, NSWmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Nov 2010 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2018
09:36: Paul Bech edited the Biography for Evelyn (Oxley) Bech. [Thank Paul for this]
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Evelyn was a champion Ballroom dancer with her partner Asher Cohen for many years. Later she married a Dane, Mogens Ernst Bech. They lived firstly at Bexley, then at 51 Warren Road, Marrickville. Her mother, Violet, owned both 47 and 51 Warren Road. Violet sold number 51 and Evelyn and her family moved into number 47 (named: Tregullo). Evelyn looked after her mother who was largely bed bound with severe arthritis in both knee joints. Some time after the death of Violet, Evelyn sold number 47 and moved to Hornsby where she purchased a general store and residence in Neutral Road.

Newspaper articles

The West Australian, Saturday 13 October 1951

Win by Visiting Dancers

The West Australian, Perth, WA, Friday 12 October 1951
Brisk Rhythm For Dancing
Dance rhythm is becoming much more brisk and lively than it has been for some time and polka rhythm is becoming increasingly popular, according to visiting dancing experts.
To take part in the interstate challenge match between New South Wales and Western Australia, Mr. Asher Cohen and Miss Olive Oxley, the Australasian amateur dancing champions of 1951, arrived in Perth by train from Sydney yesterday. They were accompanied by the president of the Society of Australian Teachers of Dancing (Mr. Jack Keating).
The challenge match, which will take place at the Embassy tonight, was organised by the Australian Institute of Dancing. The judges will be Messrs. Keating, John Paranthoine and Sam Gilkison.
NOTE: Incorrectly reported as Olive Oxley in above article, should have been Evelyn Oxley.

Advert for championship in Perth, The West Australian, Thursday 11 October 1951
TO DANCE PATRONS. FRIDAY Night at Embassy Ballroom. Australian Amateur Champion ship, W.A. amateur champions. couple, Mr J. Maschmndt, Miss B. Watts, challenging N.E. Wales champion couple. Mr. Asher Cohen and Miss E. Oxley. Be early Friday at Embassy and witness the great event.

The Advertiser, SA, Saturday 6 October 1951
NSW Dancers Win Title
NSW dancers Miss Evelyn Oxley and Mr. Asher Cohen, won the finals of the Australian amateur modern dancing championship at the Palais Royal last night. Second was the Victorian couple. Miss Barbara Lee and Mr. S. Davis. The Victorian professional dancers. Miss M. Carroll and Mr. A. Watson, will compete in a challenge match (modern) against SA professionals. Miss N. McCormack nnd Mr. R. Mckell at the Palais tonight.

The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Qld, Saturday 6 October 1951
Dancing win
ADELAIDE, Friday. — Final of the Australian amateur modern dancing championship to-night was won by Mr. Asherchone — Miss Evelyn Oxley (N.S.W.). Mr. S. Davis— Miss Barbara Leigh (Vic.) were second. The Queensland couple, Mr. Colin Acton and Miss Beth McFeeter, were unplaced.

The Mail, Adelaide, SA, Saturday 6 October 1951
Austn. dancing 'improving'
The standard of ballroom dancing in Australia was improving, said Mr. Asher Cohen, Australasian amateur modern dancing champion, in Adelaide today.
With Miss Evelyn Oxley, he won the title at the Palais Royal last night. Both are from Sydney. They have teamed together for four and a half years, winning the last six NSW titles, which are contested twice a year. Mr. Cohen said more people were learning to dance, but too many just went along to dances trying to 'pick it up.' Many of them didn't know what they were doing.
They would enjoy dances much more if they learnt a little. Mr. Cohen took his first lessons eight years ago when he was 17, his ambition being to win a City of Sydney Eisteddfod. He achieved his ambition last year and this year. He is a clerk with CSIRO. Miss Oxley, who is a life assurance agent, started learning about eight years ago. She is 27.

The Canberra Times, ACT, Thursday 14 December 1950
Dancing C'ships
Four dancing societies (three N.S.W. and one Victorian) combined to make the recent fiesta of dancing the largest yet held in Canberra.
Thirty-six visiting dancers, including the N.S.W. Open Champions and Australian Latin-American Champions, together with thirty-eight Canberra competitors, contested the various events.
Dr. L. W. Nott, Mr. A. Fraser and Mr. Swartz, M'sP., officially opened the fiesta, welcomed the visitors, and presented the prizes.
Judges were Mr. Jack Keating (Imperial Society, London), Mr. Jim Bell (Sydney), and Mr Wal Madigan (South Coast).
A.C.T. Championship (Lude Cup); Stan and Nancy Rouchle, 1; Paul Magi and Margaret Foreman, 2; Bill Klyen and Betty Booth, 3. (Placegetters all O'Halloran Studio, Canberra.)
Open Quickstep: Asher Cohen and Evelyn Oxley (Sydney).
Open Tango: Ray Plummeridge and Pat Misdale (Sydney).
Interstate Teams Match: N.S.W. Dancers' Association team, N.S.W. Country Championship (S.A.T.D.): Stan Rouchle and Nancy Rouchle (O'Halloran. Canberra), 1; George Chinnock and Laurel Julian (Madigan, Wollongong), 2; Ray Reeve and Helen Ryan (Madigan, Thirroul), ,3. .
Pennant Winners; Cohen and Oxley; Plummeridge and Misdale; Wing and Jones; Reeve and Ryan; Chinnock and Julian; Andrews and Pineham-Kidney and Cairns; Magi and Foreman; Kiven and Bishop; Goode and Whiteford; Williams and Booth; Wells and Smith.
more results in original article.

The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday 2 December 1950
The floorcraft of the New South Wales couple. Asher Cohen and Evelyn Oxley, won them points, but their performance was, to my mind, too casual for competitive dancing.

The Sunday Herald, Sydney, NSW, Sunday 24 September 1950
City of Sydney Ballroom Championship (17 and over)-Mr A Cohen and Miss E Oxley, 1
Modern Waltz Championship (17 and over) -Mr A Cohen and Miss E Oxley, 1
Quickstep Championship (17 and over) -Mr R O Brien and Miss L Williamson, 1
Tango (17 and over)-Mr A Cohen and Miss E Oxley, 1
C. of S. Novice Ballroom Championship.-Mr J Lockett, Miss A Foster, and Miss M Rogers, 1
Slow Foxtrot (17 and over) - Mr A Cohen and Miss E Oxley, 1

The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 26 September 1949

The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 27 September 1948
Slow Foxtrot (17 and over)-Mr L Anderson and Miss B Roberts (Leichhardt), 1, Mr A Cohen and Miss E. Oxley (St Peters), 2


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On 3 Jan 2011 Paul Bech wrote:

Evelyn was an amateur Ballroom dancing champion for several years with her dancing partner Asher Cohen. As a child I can remember my mother had a wall full of silver throphies. She sold them for scrap value, undoubtedly when hard times hit the family, not keeping a single one. When I mentioned this to her she only made mention that they became tiresome to keep untarnished.

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Evelyn Bech and Asher Cohen
Evelyn Bech and Asher Cohen

Evelyn Bech and Asher Cohen (on the left of photo)
Evelyn Bech and Asher Cohen (on the left of photo)

Tom Oxley (on right), then mother Violet, Evelyn, Harold, baby Paul Bech
Tom Oxley (on right), then mother Violet, Evelyn, Harold, baby Paul Bech

Evelyn Bech nee Oxley (on the left)
Evelyn Bech nee Oxley (on the left)

MBTA Championships, Newtown Bridge, 1949
MBTA Championships, Newtown Bridge, 1949

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On 5 Aug 2018 at 12:41 GMT Veronica (Coat) Williams wrote:


Paternal and maternal relationship is confirmed by a first cousin DNA relationship between Paul Bech and Richard Oxley 902.8 shared cMs.

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