|Thelma Veronica Bartlett
- My Grandmother -
Thelma Veronica Bartlett, was born 25th October, 1902
in Glebe, NSW, daughter of Boston Clark Bartlett and
Sarah Higgins. Place of birth was 2 Mary Street, Glebe.
Father Boston was a general labourer aged 31. Mother
Sarah gives her age as 32 although she was actually 37 at
the time. Present at the birth was Mrs Davis, nurse.
Thelma was know as 'Nea' by her children.
Marriage: On 27th December 1928 at St Benedicts
church Sydney Thelma aged 26, a saleswoman married
Leonard Augustus Betts aged 25, a labourer from
Dapto. Witnesses B Crowe and M Ryan. Thelma and Len
had four children.
Thelma worked much of her life as a cleaner in offices
including the Herald office and the Department of
The 1930 Electoral Roll shows Leonard, a labourer,
residing at 7 Camp Unanderra. Thelma is recorded twice,
at 10 Cromwell Street Croydon and also at Bent Street,
The 1936 Electoral Roll records Leonard as residing at
Campbell Hill Road, whilst Thelma is still recorded as
being at Bent Street, Chester Hill. Also residing at the
Campbell Hill Road address is Thelma's sister Dorothy
Bartlett, an Office Assistant and mother Sarah [nee
Higgins] Thelma's father, Boston Bartlett is recorded as
being in the State Hospital, Lidcombe.
With the advent of WW2 and the construction of a
munitions factory at Leightonfield near Villawood, the
family moved again to 112 Railway Ave Stanmore, a
property previously leased by Thelma's cousins, the
Ryans. The extended family moved in on St Patrick's Day
Oral history tells how Thelma [on her own] later obtained
a private loan and purchased the property at 112 Railway
Ave. Her sister Dorothy, later bought the ajoining house
at 110 Railway Ave.
By 1948 Thelma and Leonard had separated. Leonard
moved into a small flat in Douglas Street nearby. Thelma
blamed the complications of having her mother living
with them as the reason for the break-up.
Death: Thelma died 9th November 1963 and was buried
on 12th November in the Catholic Section of Rookwood
Cemetery [Mortuary 2 Area 12 Grave 3390] - see right
Above: Thelma in her teens
Below: 110 and 112 Railway Ave
Above: Thelma, aged 59 with four of her grandchildren in 1961.
Below: 112 railway Ave Stanmore 2011c