Doris Jean (Runciman) Fletcher

Doris Jean (Runciman) Fletcher (1920 - 1987)

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Doris Jean Fletcher formerly Runciman
Born in Swan Hill, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Swan Hill, , Victoria, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private daughter (1940s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Swan Hill, , Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Aug 2013
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Doris' Story

By daughter Jennifer Jelley

Doris was born and lived all her life in Swan Hill. She attended the Swan Hill Primary and High School.

She met and married John Fletcher in the early years of World War 2. Both of their daughters Jennifer and Wendy were born during those years. John and his brother Harold went away to serve in the Australian Army. During that time, John heard a rumour that he was to be shipped over-seas and he came home to see Doris and Jennifer. This was done without permission and ended in him serving time in Bendigo Goal. However, the ship he should have been on was lost at sea.

During those years, Doris and her sister Vera shared a house. Doris bought a new sewing machine and payed it off by taking in sewing. Doris loved to sew; the most ambitious task was a wedding dress she made for her niece Janice Osman, which was truly beautiful. She made, iced and decorated many special occasions cakes.

After the war, John and Harold’s father subdivided his farm at Woorinen South. He took 10 acres and gave the rest to Harold, Vera, John, and Doris. They share farmed.

In 1949 Doris was diagnosed with a spot on the lung and while she was recuperating she and Vi went for a trip to Daylesford.

In about 1955 the farms were sold and the families moved back into Swan Hill. Doris and John buying 57 Gray Street in which they lived until they died.

Doris was a hard worker. She worked as a seamstress in the Stamina Factory, Curlewis Street. After that she spent many years with the Zaetta Family Photographic Studio, in 1973 she retired from there and had a big trip up through New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia with Stella, Vera and Harry, Reg and Pat and son-in-law Roy.

On returning from holiday, Doris took up a position with Freemans Fashion salon where she worked until she retired.

Doris loved playing lawn bowls, holidaying, and seeing different parts of Australia. While her daughter Jennifer lived in the outback, Doris would drive all the way up to Tibooburra in her little Hillman, usually taking along another member of the family for company. When Jen and Roy moved back to Swan Hill Doris would plan her holidays with either Reg and Pat or Stella. She and Stella did many a bus tour together.


Name: Doris Jean /Runciman/ [1]


Date: 28 DEC 1920
Place: Swan Hill, , Victoria, Australia[2]


Date: 15 MAY 1987
Place: Swan Hill, , Victoria, Australia
Note: aged 66[3]
Cause of Death:- Intracranial Haemorrhage.


Reference: 71738

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Ancestors of Interest

Ancestors of Interest: @SUB1@


Husband: Herbert John Fletcher
Wife: Doris Jean Runciman
Occupation at time of marriage:- Dressmaker.
Date: 14 SEP 1940
Place: Swan Hill, , Victoria, Australia[4]
Husband: John James Runciman
Wife: Helena May Wheeler
Child: Florence Olive Runciman
Child: Vera Grace Vivian Runciman
Child: Doris Jean Runciman
Child: Gladys May Runciman
Child: Stella Mary Runciman
Child: Reginald Francis Runciman
Child: John(Jack) William Runciman
Date: 07 JUN 1916
Place: Tatura, , Victoria, Australia[5][6][7][8]


  • Source: S3222 Title: "Scotland and Beyond" (2004) plus subsequent research by Alan RUNCIMAN, Ros RUNCIMAN, Lawrence FLETCHER, Lorna HENDERSON & many, many others, Compiler Address: UK, Australia and New Zealand Abbreviation: "Scotland and Beyond" (2004), plus subsequent research Author: Diane Middleton Jen Jelley Alan Runciman Ros Runciman Laurie Fletcher Lorna Henderson and many others Publication: Jul 2013 Note: imported on 2013/07/24 at 15:44:27.
  1. Source: #S3222
  2. Source: #S3222
  3. Source: #S3222
  4. Source: #S3222
  5. Source: #S2903 Page: Marr. John James RUNCMAN & Helen WHEELER, rcvd Feb 2010
  6. Source: #S5 Page: Marr. 1916 Jno James RUNCIMAN & May Helena WHEELER, reg. VIC, #5124, from Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950, extracted Jan 2012
  7. Source: #S3222 Page: Birth 15 Mar 1891 (Karramomus Sth) Dth 9 Apr 1948 (Bendigo, bur. Swan Hill) John James s/o John & Frances (CHANTER) RUNCIMAN; Marr. 7 Jun 1916 (Tatura) Helena May WHEELER (b.17 Jul 1888 Wedderburn d. 27 Aug 1961 Swan Hill), Pg 61
  8. Source: #S3234 Page: No 2 in Presbyterian Register, Tatura, Victoria, Australia


Thank you to Alan Runciman for creating WikiTree profile Runciman-718 through the import of RUNCIMANAlansPaternal4WikiTreeAug2013.ged on Aug 29, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Alan and others.

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    On 11 May 2014 at 12:13 GMT Alan Runciman Jr wrote:

    That's Diane added to Doris Jean's Trusted List, also the Trusted Lists of her ancestors and descendants.

    On 10 May 2014 at 07:35 GMT Diane Margaret (Jelley) Middleton wrote:

    Hi Alan,

    I cannot edit Nan's profile but can get into her husbands. Cheers Di

    Doris Jean is 26 degrees from Claude Monet, 24 degrees from Gigi Tanksley and 21 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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