Ernest Mitchell and Leila Roach
Parents : William
Mitchell and Ellen Adelaide Cubit
Richard Reid Roach and Hannah Vine
Ernest Harold Mitchell
(b 1887 Whiteford, m Leila Muriel Roach 1914 Kew, d 1960 Wodonga)
Leila Muriel Roach (b 1893 North Sydney, d 1972 Wodonga)
Their son Albert was killed during the
World War II.
Note her name is spelt Leila on her birth and marriage certificates and
Notes from Jenny Mitchell
Leila lived at 60 Church St, Hawthorn in 1907 (address from George
Leila lived in two houses in Denham St, then 87 Barkers
Road before her marriage
Leila Roach visited Henry Bates at Geelong (Drumcondra) in 1907, when
photo was taken. In the Bates book p216 it is stated to be of
Allinda Bates & George Ford Bates and dated c 1910.
Wedding invitation was issued by Mr & Mrs Roach for their daughters
wedding, but reply was to Mrs Roach Barkers Road Kew.
In 1910 Leila Roach visited Frank and Annie Terrill's at Springdale and
At one stage Ern and Leila lived in Bethanga just below the school (in
the 1920s?). The children went to Springdale when it reopened in 1927,
before that they went to Bethanga.
After buying Len out, Ern let Whiteford for three
years and moved to
a rented home in Bethanga. (Elsie started school. Then bought a very
nice home next to the school. Ern worked driving grocer's cart. When
the lease was up at Whiteford, they moved back, selling house in
Bethanga. The reason and financial basis of this is not clear, but
possibly Leila as an ex city girl unused to farm life, grew restless
(lack of social activity). Ern and Len bought the girls out and took
over management.. Len and Ern
both married, and the house was divided in two. Then in
1918 Ern bought Len out. (Len went to Climsland)
Ern stayed till about 1930.
c1918 House in Bethanga.
Ern worked on Grocer's cart for Harris's store. Delivered Granya, up
c1930 Riverview 4 mile on the
Bethanga road side of Tallangatta)
Ern and Leila had nine moves. "Never stayed in one place much more than
c1933 Deloraine bought on the flat near Tallangatta, and flooded by
the Hume weir upgrade in the 50s
c1936 Glencorrie, Huon. Ern bought Huon, Bob stayed on at
renting from the Commission.
c1943 Glendale, at House Creekjust out of Wodonga
c1953 Williams St in Wodonga .
c1956 Havelock St
In May 1972 Leila Roach had a hip operation at St John of God Hospital
Ballarat, but died that night of a blood clot, resulting from the
Notes from Bob Mitchell 2001
youngest son and stayed on
at Whiteford. At some time after
his marriage he rented a house in Bethanga, and share farmed the
property Whiteford. This was not
successful, and he returned there until 1931, when he was forced off
the land by building of the Hume Weir. He then rented a property
Riverview and stayed there about 5 or 6 years. He then moved to
Deloraine downstream from Tallangatta on the Mitta Mitta flats in 1936
or 1937. This was the old Tatonga homestead. Unfortunately this
property too was resumed by the Water Commission for flooding by the
Hume weir, so he then purchased a property at Huon above the railway
station. He lived there during the war years. After the war he sold and
moved to a property at House Creek, a few miles south of Wodonga. He
lived there until he retired in the 50's, when he moved to Wodonga,
initially working in the Wodonga saleyards as a gateman.
When his father moved to Huon, Bob remained on at
Deloraine, just out
of Tallangatta, and farmed it. Initially his sister Elsie kept
house for him, and then he married Ruby. He remained there until
the water commission decided to flood Tallangatta, moving the town to
the new site some miles downstream on the side of the Hume weir.
At that time he bought a property in the Kiewa Valley near Kergunyah,
and farmed that until he retired to the Tallanagatta township. He
continued to graze cattle on Kiewwa river flats until 2001.
Particularly Fred and Bob Mitchell (Ernest and Leila's sons),
Jenny (Fred's daughter).
Genes Reunited checked for Ern and Leila
If you have additions or
corrections to this page, please contact us
Bones in the Belfry home
page Page last updated - 28 Oct 2007