John Graham Nicholson Jewell was the first child of George & Mary Jewell born on the 1st of February 1900 and was born at the family home, 9 Bolt Street, Bendigo. Throughout his life John was known as Graham. According to some certificates his name is Graham John however his birth certificate confirms he was born John Graham.

Photo of GrahamOn the 1st of February 1918 Graham enlisted in the Army as a Private. At the time of his enlistment he was living at 238 Danks St Albert Park (his parents home). His occupation was a chairmaker. He was working at Emerson Bros in Sth Melbourne as an apprentice for about 3 years but it seems that he was out of term.

On the 24th of March 1919, Graham was discharged from the Army. According to his discharge papers he served 192 days abroad in the 14th Battalion. Graham did not see active service, he was based in England until after the end of World War One. He listed his occupation as a Rubber-Worker and his residence as being 238 Danks St Albert Park.

Graham and IreneOn the 2nd of October 1922 Graham married Irene May Pill (daughter of James Pill & Catherine Brown), at the Baptist Church in Portland. According to the marriage certificate Graham was a chairmaker. His address on the certificate was 165 Mills St Albert Park.

On the right is a copy of a photograph of Graham and his wife Irene

Graham & Irene had 2 daughters:

Eileen May Jewell - born 5th September 1923
Nancy Patricia Jewell - born 24th September 1924

Graham and IreneGraham worked at several jobs to support his young family until he joined the Public Service as a Telephone Technician in the Postmaster Generals Department. He retired in 1965 after many years service. Graham and Irene lived at 50 Reed Street Albert Park for most of their married life, before moving to Mooroolbark for their retirement

On the 31st of July 1973 Graham died at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. He was cremated on the 3rd of August 1973, at Springvale. Graham's wife Irene continud to live a full life, until her death on the 8th of June 1995. Irene was cremated and interred at Springvale.



Eileen & StanleyEileen was the first child of John (Graham) & Irene Jewell and born on the 5th of September 1923 in Filbert Street Caulfield. On the 13th of March 1948 Eileen married Stanley Samuel Shanks (son of Arthur Shanks & Emily Harrison), at the Holy Trinity C of E in Port Melbourne.

Eileen and Stanley had 2 daughters;

Christine Jennifer Shanks

Christine was born on the 28th of June 1949, at St Andrews Hospital in East Melbourne. On the 31st of October 1970 Christine married John William Strachan (son of William Strachan and Betty Worcestor), in East Bentleigh. They have 3 children - Kellie Tegan Strachan born 30th of August 1973, Daniel Stuart Strachan born 7th of December 1975 and Cara Briallen Strachan born 24th of December 1981.

Karen Julie Shanks

Karen was born on the 11th of May 1955, at St Anne's Hospital in Mc Kinnon. On the 11th of October 1975 Karen married Robert Reginald Short (son of Reginald Short and Ann Brooks), in East Bentleigh. They have 2 children - Warren Robert Short born 13th of August 1980 and Debra Lee Short born 11th of August 1982.

On the 9th of September 1990, Stanley Samuel Shanks died in the Prince Henrys Hospital. He was cremated and interred on the 12th of September at the Springvale Necropolis. Eileen lives in East Bentleigh.


Photo of Eileen & NancyNancy was born on the 24th of September 1924, in Caulfield. On the 13th of September Nancy married Norman Leslie McPherson (son of William McPherson & Sarah Gray), at the Holy Trinity Church in Port Melbourne. On the left is a photograph of Eileen & Nancy as children.

Nancy & Norman had 3 children.

Patricia Irene McPherson

Patricia was born on the 8th of December 1949 at the St Georges Hospital in Kew. On the 6th of June 1970 Patricia married David John Fernleigh (son of William Fernleigh & Joan Bellham), in Mont Albert. They have 3 children - Suzanne Elizabeth Fernleigh born 10/06/1972, Craig David Fernleigh born 03/07/1974 and Simon Ian Fernleigh born 07/01/1977

Margaret Anne McPherson

Margaret was born on the 27th of July 1952 at the St Georges Hospital in Kew. On the 29th of March 1972 Margaret married David Frederick Burr. After they divorced Margaret married Terrence Kenneth Ladlow on the 19th of December 1981 in Springvale. They have 2 children Briohney Margaret Ladlow born 20/12/1982 and Stephanie Theresa Ladlow born 20/07/1984

Ian Robert McPherson

Ian was born on the 14th of February 1955. Tragically, on his way home from Scouts one night, Ian was hit by a car and died, on the 3rd of July 1970.

On the 1st of December 1991, Norman Leslie McPerson died. He was cremated and interred at the Springvale Necropolis on the 4th of December 1991. Nancy remarried on the 24th of October 1994 to Hamish (Jim) Drysdale

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