b. 26 November 1904, d. 11 August 1985
Jim Phillips
Image: Roylyn Phillips
FatherJohn Phillips b. 25 Jul 1863, d. 6 Aug 1925
MotherEllen O'Loughlin b. 26 Mar 1869, d. 24 Jun 1951

Birth, Death, Marriage

James Phillips was born on 26 November 1904 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.1 
He married Cerise De Pagney, daughter of Harold De Pagney and Mary Jane Hutchinson, in 1932.2 
He married Veronica Higgins.3 
He died on 11 August 1985 in Essendon, Victoria, at age 80.4,5 

Family 1

Cerise De Pagney d. 1955
Child

Family 2

Veronica Higgins
ChartsO'Loughlin, Michael, descendant chart
Phillips, James, descendant chart

Story

Jim was a railway man for all his working life. He met his first wife Reece (Cerise) and second wife Bonnie (Veronica) at the Bacchus Marsh railway station. Jim and Reece had one daughter. He was stationed at Murchison, Seymour and Ultima before spending most of his working life at Warragul.
 
Jim, Reece and Bev
Jim met Cerise (known as Reece) at the refreshment rooms in the Bacchus Marsh railway station where she worked. They married in 1932 and a couple of years later their only child Beverley was born. Reece died in 1955.6,2,7
unknown, Jim, Reece (Cerise de Pagney) & Tom Phillips, 1932
Image: Rene Barnes
Railway Man Like his Father
It has been said that Jim was the only one of the six Phillips boys who was not an SP bookie. Like his father, Jim was a railway man for all of his working life. But where his father worked on the tracks, Jim worked on the trains. He was first stationed for a couple of years at Murchison.4
 
Laurie Phillips recalls: I stayed with them in Murchison for a day or two when Jim was stationed there. I remember pushing Beverley in a pram up the street to get a few things for them. Bev's age will tell you what year that was. Jim would let me ride in the guards van with him and all the goods, crates of chooks, cats, dogs, birds, anything the rail used to carry those days which was nearly anything. Wouldn't happen today, those were the days.8
 
Jim was then stationed for a couple of years at Seymour and Ultima before moving to Warragul where he remained for most of his working life.9
 
Perhaps encouraged by his access to cheap rail travel, Jim often returned to the Marsh. Several days every holiday, he would go to Bacchus Marsh and with Mary would cut the huge Cypres Pine hedge at the Millbank St house. Jim and Mary both lost partners very early and were quite close.9
 
Jim and Bonnie
Jim and Bonnie (Veronica) met at the refreshment rooms in the Bacchus Marsh railway station where she worked. This is the same way Jim met his first wife. They married in 1956.10
 
Jim died in Essendon aged 80. At the time of his death he had four grandchildren.5
 

Citations

  1. [S270] Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, registry and index, birth registration no. 22798.
  2. [S251] Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942, CD-ROM, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 2003, marriage registration no. 1166.
  3. [S37] Margaret Deveney, personal communication, 14 April 1996.
  4. [S61] Beverley Scott, personal communication, 12 July 1996.
  5. [S250] Death Index Victoria 1921-1985: Index to deaths in Victoria, CD-ROM, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998, death registration no. 20697.
  6. [S37] Margaret Deveney, personal communication, 11 March 1996.
  7. [S250] Death Index Victoria 1921-1985: Index to deaths in Victoria, CD-ROM, Macbeth Genealogical Services, 1998, death registration no. 1525.
  8. [S281] 'Phillips Family', Facebook, webpage, Facebook Inc., group created 25 June 2011, comment by Laurie Phillips in response to 11 January 2012 post by Irene Barnes.
  9. [S61] Beverley Scott, personal communication, 14 July 1996.
  10. [S37] Margaret Deveney, personal communication, 11 March and 14 April 1996.