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William Hamilton Franks

South Australia
Information on William Hamilton Franks. Born 23/09/1865 in Monkstown, Dublin Ireland. Parents William Hume Franks & Lucy (nee White). Married Sarah letitia Jones in Dublin, Ireland abt. 1883-4. William was ? banned to New Zealand for marrying into a lower class. Listed On William Hamilton Franks death certificate in 1942 are x 3 marriages
1st - listed as Lucy White (this has to be incorrect)
2nd - listed as Sarah Jones (died 1901) - all children born in New Zealand. 5th child Gordon born 1900.
3rd - listed as Rewiti Takerei (M) 1928.
BDM for New Zealand list New Zealand marriages for William Hamilton Franks as
I) Louisa Sarah Moody (M) 1902 x 1 daughter Annie.
2) Rewiti Takerei (M) 1928 had several children.William buried @ ? Roma Cemetery @ Ahipara (near Kaitaia) North Island, New Zealand.
Can anyone help with this mystery - especially the 4th child born to Wiliam & Sarah. Known as Robert Franks - changed name to Eric William Russel & joined the Australian AIF in 1915. Went to war & returned to Australia -keeping the surname RUSSELL. Robert/Eric died 1958 in Queensland. Occupation: Retired Cane Farmer. left several Children - Isobel (adopted), Dorothy, Eric jnr, Stanley, Phyllis, Doreen & Violet. Wife Annie (nee Wright).
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I found this, dont know if its your Eric William Russel tho

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848-1954)
Thursday 12 October 1922


BRISBANE, Wednesday -A sensation |iras created at Mackay Circuit Court to day when a prisoner, Eric William Rus- sell, swallowed a quantity of poison while in (lock, and collapsed Russell was charged with unlawful^ wounding, with intent to do grevions bodily liai m to William Bullock When the jur> returned a verdict of guilty of common assault, with a recoin mendtitlon lo merci, Russell was seen to turn pale lie immediately swallowed Homething from a bottle, and collapsed to the floor The Gol eminent Medical Olbcer wits uummoned, nnd the pnstincr remoled fiom tiii" dock tt> the lerundah in un un (oiiseious condition Russell was then removed to the hospital His condition m not regarded us serions
Hello deedeejo16 & gibbo,

His name is not listed here:


NZ birth 1889 Celia Maud FRANKS

NZ marriage Maud Cecelia Lucy FRANKS to Edward James HILL

Eric William RUSSELL S/N 496 Service record on NAA has NOK as a sister Maude HILL in Auckland. Death 19 Dec 1959 and a letter from widow Annie in Mackay in 1967.


Hi Dave,
Thanks for that. I didnt know about that link with aliases so i just learnt something new :biggrin: Alot of them on there tho:confused:
Thank you Dave & Gibbo for the above repiies.
The article from The Argus was interesting & is related to Eric William Russell.
Thanks Dave for the alisas list - I did know about that - & Eric William Russell/Robert Franks as not been listed or amended. I have his extensive war records (AIF) - had them open several years ago.....thank you both for your threads. Have gathered more information.
Still none the wiser on why he changed his name tho :confused: I dont know if anyone has access to newspapers in NZ to see if he is mentioned in them, if so might give some glues.