Sydney Edward Esmond BURR
B: 27th Mar 1882 D: 13th Aug 1951
Born: 27 Mar 1882 at Kapunda, SA, AUS
Married: Ruby Violet STOCKDALE on 24th Feb 1904 at Mr John Green’s Public Hall, Farina, SA. Witnesses were Leslie B Spicer, Telegraph Operator, Farina & Arthur H Key, Labourer, Farina. Henry Vine Off. Occ Butcher.
Died: 13 Aug 1951, Adelaide, SA, AUS. Buried 14 Aug 1951, Centenial Park Cemetery, SA, AUS, Anglican Sect A Path A5 Grave 246A.
Father: No details available.
Mother: No details available.
Gwendoline Sarah Tamzain BURR b: 1907 d: 1958
Olive Patience BURR b: 1912 d: 2010
Sydney Edward Havelock BURR b: 1914 d: 1981
Doris Faith BURR b: 1918 d: 1981
Edna Hope BURR b: 1921 d: 1991
Edward Joseph LEIGH b: 1911 d: 1991
Frederick Stanley BURR
1 Sydney Edward Esmond BURR b: 27/3/1882 d: 13/8/1951
+ Ruby Violet (Stockdale) BURR b: 1883 D: 1952
2 Gwendoline Sarah Tamzain BURR b: 1907 d: 1958
+ Clarence Richard MAHONEY b: 1909 d: 1978
2 Olive Patience BURR b: 1912 d: 2010
+ Johann Alfred JOHNSON b: 1911 d: 1983
2 Sydney Edward Havelock BURR b: 1914 d: 1981
2 Doris Faith BURR b: 1918 d: 1981
2 Edna Hope BURR b: 1921 d: 1991
+ Edward Joseph LEIGH b: 1911 d: 1991
Sydney “Syd” Edward Esmond, apparently a baker at Farina at some stage.
Born: 27 Mar 1882 at Kapunda, SA, AUS
Died: 13 Aug 1951, Adelaide, SA, AUS
Buried: 14 Aug 1951, Centenial Park Cemetery, SA, AUS, Anglican Sect A Path A5 Grave 246A
As a 16 year old in 1898, Sydney worked on the Leigh Creek Coal Fields, later learned to become a very good baker and pastry cook. After his marriage to Ruby STOCKDALE, they lived in Farina, (a railway siding in the north of South Australia), where he was the local baker and also ran a boarding house with his wife Ruby. Sydney was also an accomplished pastry cook and spent some years as a baker.
After their second child was born at Hookina (a railway siding in the north of South Australia), they decided to move to Quorn where most of the Burr family were born, lived and spend most of their school days.
First Syd helped his brother Lionel in his butchering business, then when Lionel’s sons were able to enter the business, Syd bought a bakery and catering business, which was a very busy time for the family, they catered for many agricultural shows and race meetings.
Syd also found time for his great love of sport, tennis and cricket and grey hound racing. He was known for his sportsmanship and fair play, he was a master of tennis and cricket and always represented Quorn in competitions with other towns, there were many friendly battles, and when golf finally came to Quorn the whole family was interested in that exercise.
Syd was a good and popular communities person, always made himself available, he had a steadfast faith in God and St Mathews Church of England was the family refuge every Sunday.He had a great love for live theatre, and he always helped out in local fund raising concerts with his comic songs, accompanied by daughter Olive and he s also a member of the Christie Minstral group who were always in great demand. Another of Syd’s favorite pass times was fishing.
In 1928 he sold his business and moved to Adelaide, bought a delicatessen at Cowandilla which turned out a failure.
W.H. Bruce offered him the managing job at one of their busy city shops, and he was there for many years before going to St Leonard’s Glenelg.
Apparently owned property in Farina, so would need to do Land Titles Searches. Sold this and moved to Quorn in 1913. There does not appear to be any record of Syd owning any land, not titles in his name.
Frederick Stanley BURR owned one block of land in Farina, Parcel T833905 AL 330, Lot 330, CT 775/75, Second St, Transfer date 20/12/1907, Sole Ownershilp. Fred was a brother to Syd, but Fred was actually adopted into the family, so not a Burr, birth name was LUKE.
Provided by Olive Patience Johnson, nee Burr, daughter of Sydney and Ruby Violet Stockdale.
Adelaide Observer 3/7/1904
He was the Captain of the Tennis Club at Farina.
Marriage of Sydney and Ruby: Married at Mrs John Green’s Public Hall, Farina, SA. Witnesses were Leslie B Spicer, Telegraph Operator, Farina & Arthur H Key, Labourer, Farina. Henry Vine Off. Occ Butcher.
SA Genealogy Society
Groom Given Name(s): Sidney Esmond
Groom Last Name: BURR
Bride Given Name(s): Ruby Violet
Bride Last Name: STOCKDALE
Marriage Date: 1904, February 24
Marriage Place: John Greens Public Hall Farina
Groom Age: 21
Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1883
Groom Marital Status: SGroom Father: Edward BURR
Bride Age: 21
Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1883
Bride Marital Status: S
Bride Father Name: Edward John STOCKDALE
Ruby Violet Stockdale.
Born in Victoria, unknown exactly where, 2 Oct 1883, Died 11 Mar 1952, Port Noarlunga, SA, AUS, Buried: 13 Mar 1952, Centennial Park Cemetery, SA, AUS, Anglican Sect A Path A5 Grave 246A
Ruby was a wonderful mother and helpmate, a gentle lady, first rate cook, she won many awards in local shows. Ruby was a favorite Aunt to her many nieces and nephews, our home was open to them all, in fact to anyone who wished to drop in, northern hospitality was a by word and still is, I can’t remember our doors being locked. The big heavy keys were there but never turned, it was a happy home, so many children and so much happy laughter, nearly every Sunday night after church we children would put on a performance for parents and neighbours, short plays and charades.
Naturally Ruby didn’t have much leisure time just for herself, but did get much pleasure from playing golf every Saturday afternoon, she was a good player and gave her the chance to meet and socialize with the local women folk.
When the High School was built at Quorn, it was the only one in the north of South Australia and residents were asked to board students from other surrounding districts so they could benefit from secondary education, Syd and Ruby to their credit, took on the job of mothering and caring for five extra boys, who became like brothers to their own family and when they came to Adelaide in later years, always found time to visit their second mother and father. It was a happy time for all concerned.
Just in passing, Ruby played the accordion very well indeed, played for sing-songs and helped to play for dances in Farina during the early years of her marriage.
Provided by Olive Patience Johnson, nee Burr.
There is no record of Sydney owning land, however his brother Frederick Stanley BURR purchased land in 1907. See the Farina Land Titles page for details.