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Thursday's Titbit: Mervyn 'James' Phillip Donnelly

 Today's post involves my Grandfather Mervyn James Phillip Donnelly (known as James).  I have put a list together of all of the addresses for him that I can verify through the Electoral Rolls.   He rarely appears on the Electoral Rolls as he was a bigamist, hiding from his first wife and the law.  His bigamy was finally uncovered in 1938, when his first wife and the law caught up with him.  My grandmother stayed with him and they had two more children together.  Sadly he died in 1943. More of my posts mentioning him can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.


1943
6 Russell Street, Cardiff, NSW  - Clerk

Source: Ancestry.com. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Retrieved from https://search.ancestry.com.au


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