Henry Refshauge MacKenzie

(13 February 1894 - 23 June 1973)
     Henry Refshauge MacKenzie was born on 13 February 1894 in Won Wron, Victoria. He was the son of William MacKenzie and Lily Weston. Henry Refshauge MacKenzie was described as On enlistment in the army, he was described as 5 feet, 10 inches, Black hair, Grey eyes, Fresh skin, age 21.
     Henry was registered as a grocer at Yarram, Victoria, on the between 1916 and 1919 electoral roll.
     Henry served in the Army from 29 January 1916 to May 1919. Henry enlisted at Melbourne on 29 January 1916 aged 21 years and 11 months. His occupation was a grocer. He nominated his mother Mrs Lillian McKenzie of Bulga as his next of kin. Allotted army number 5056 and rank of private soldier. He embarked at Melbourne with the 13th reinforcements, 21st battalion for England per HMAT "Ayrshire" on 3 July 1916. Taken on strength of the 1st Australian Army Pay Corps, London 6 October 1916. Promoted to Corporal 1 February 1917. Embarked for Australia per HT "Ceramic" on 25 January 1919. Promoted temporary Sergeant on 21 January 1919. Disembarked at Melbourne on 16 May 1919. Issued the British War Medal.
     He & Mavis conceived a son before his departure and they were married on his return.
     On 17 April 1917 the War Office wrote to Mrs L McKenzie of Macks' Creek, Lower Bulga, South Gippslad to advise that No. 5055 Private G McKenzi and no. 50562 Private H McKenzie, both of the 21st Battalio, have been reported wounded. Henry was late of the 24th Battalion..
     Henry Refshauge MacKenzie married Mavis Bland Ruby, daughter of George Evans Ruby and Emily Alice Bland, on 24 March 1919 in the Methodist Church manse, Royal Parade, Royal Park, Victoria. Henry Refshauge MacKenzie was the informant at the death of Lily Weston, on 29 June 1920.
     Henry and Mavis were registered as Henry was listed as an agent at 16 New St, Brighton, Victoria, on the 1922 electoral roll. Henry Refshauge MacKenzie was listed in a directory dated 1923 as H R McKenzie, at Spink Street, Elsternwick. He was listed in a directory dated 1923 as H R McKenzie at 16 New Street, Brighton. He was listed in a directory dated 1924 as H R McKenzie, estate agent at 172 Martin Street, Gardenvale. In 1925 he was also listed as an Estate Agent, 335 Bourke St, and 3 Royal Parade, Bourke St, Melbourne.
     Henry and Mavis were registered as Henry was listed as an agent at 31 Ercildoune St, St Kilda East, Victoria, on the between 1924 and 1925 electoral roll. Henry Refshauge MacKenzie was listed in a directory dated 1924 as Hy R McKenzie at 31 Ercildoune Street, Caulfield. He was listed in a directory dated 1925 as H R McKenzie, estate agent at Block Arcade, Bourke Street, Melbourne.
     Henry and Mavis were registered at 5 North Rd, Elsternwick, Victoria, on the between 1926 and 1927 electoral roll.
     He served was a Captain in the Army between 1939 and 1945. He re- enlisted as private (V83352) on 1 April 1940 at Melbourne, his locality being West Coburg. He was discharged on 5 June 1940 from 3 District Accounts office. On the 6 Jun 1940 he was given a new number (VX23129) and posted to Corps HQ. On the 14 August 1940 he was made an officer (V1771) and was discharged on 30 October 1944 as a Captain in the HQ S Command. In November 1944 he transferred to a civil administrative post connected with the three services at 25 Coventry St, South Melbourne..
     Henry Reshauge McKenzie was appointed as Inspector of the Board of Business Administration in the Army.
     Henry Refshauge MacKenzie and Mavis Bland Ruby lived at 39 Hastings Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 1947.
     Henry and Mavis were registered as Henry Refshauge McKenzie, solider, with wife and daughter in law. at 39 Hastngs Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, on the 1949 electoral roll.
     He was a president of the Royal Caledonian Society. He was known as "Da" to his grandchildren.
     Henry Refshauge MacKenzie lived at 7 Kerford Rd, Albert Park, Victoria, between 1963 and 1972.
     Henry was registered as a clerk at 7 Kerford Rd, Albert Park, Victoria, on the between 1963 and 1972 electoral roll. He was awarded an MBE for his work for social welfare services, especially in connection with the Good Neighbour Council of Victoira on 1 January 1966.
     Henry died of prostate cancer on 23 June 1973 in Melbourne, Victoria, aged 79. His funeral was held on 26 June 1973 in St Luke's Church of England in South Melbourne. He was buried on 27 June 1973 in Yarram.

Children of Henry Refshauge MacKenzie and Mavis Bland Ruby

Lily Florence Mackenzie

(5 January 1897 - 25 October 1946)
     Lily Florence Mackenzie was born on 5 January 1897 in Won Wron, Victoria. She was the daughter of William MacKenzie and Lily Weston.
     Lily Florence Mackenzie married James George Bird, son of James Bird and Ada Jane Cotterell, in 1924 in Victoria. Lily Florence Mackenzie was widowed on 3 December 1927 on the death of her husband James George Bird.
     John James MacKenzie married secondly Lily Florence Mackenzie on 26 March 1934 in Cairns Memorial Presbyterian church, East Melbourne, Victoria.
     Lily died of cancer on 25 October 1946 in Yarram, Victoria, aged 49. McKENZIE.- On October 25, at Yarram, Llly Florence, beloved wife of John James McKenzie, of Won Wron, and loved mother of Allan, John, Marylin and Thomas. She was buried on 27 October 1946 in the Presbyterian section, Yarram. Of Won Wron at her death.
     Her will was proved on 13 February 1947 at Victoria.

Children of Lily Florence Mackenzie and James George Bird

Child of Lily Florence Mackenzie and John James MacKenzie

Elsie Muriel MacKenzie

(8 December 1901 - 26 June 1915)
     Elsie Muriel MacKenzie was born on 8 December 1901 in Yarram, Victoria. She was the daughter of William MacKenzie and Lily Weston.
     Elsie died on 26 June 1915 in 'Heathville', Macks Creek, Victoria, aged 13. Obituary: Deep sympathy is expressed for Mr and Mrs William McKenzie of Macks Creek, in the loss of their youngest daughter Elsie Muriel. Elsie, a strong girl of 13 years, was at school on Monday 21st inst., and on that day, a week later, relatives and friends followed her remains to the Cemetery.
On Tues. 22nd, she took ill, and as serious symptoms developed, the patient was removed to Nurse Bennets Private Hospital - suffering pneumonia. Dr. Crooks attended, but the case was beyond medical aid, and death took place on Saturday. Of the large family of six sons and six daughters this is the first death that has occurred.
The funeral on Monday was largely attended, amongst the mourners being a large number of Miss Elsie's school mates from the Lower Bulga School. Both from the State and Sunday Schools, the scholars sent a number of wreaths.
The remains were interred in the Presbyterian section of the Yarram Cemetery, the service being impressively read by the Rev. P. Tomagno. Mr James S Graham attended to the funeral arrangements
. She was buried on 28 June 1915 in Yarram. The Gippsland Standard 30 Jun 1915 had a notice: Mr and Mrs KmcKenzie and family, 'Heathville', Max Creek, desire to express their sincerest thanks to the many kind friends and relations for cards, etc for their dearly beloved daughter Elsie Muriel.