Ernest John Bellord Waldron
Ernest John Bellord Waldron
Date of Birth 2 May 1868
Place of Residence 32 Galvin Street Launceston Tasmania Australia
Spouses Name Clara Louisa Sretton
Childrens Names Roy McArthur, Myrtle Ila, John Percival & Reginald George

Ernest John Bellord Waldron was born in Launceston on 2 May 1868, the eldest child of John Waldron (1838-1881) and Rebecca Jane McArthur (1849-1880) who were married on 1 Aug 1867. Ernest's brothers Lemuel Arthur (1869-1936) and Percy Albert (1871-1871) were born in Launceston and four more children, Mabel Ethel Rebecca, Herbert Alfred, Claude Percival and Hubert Ambrose, were born in Victoria. Percy, Herbert and Claude died in infancy. Ernest's mother died aged 30 on 26 Mar 1880 and his father died just one year later on 29 Mar 1881.

Ernest, a carpenter, married Clara Louisa Stretton on 24 May 1889 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Hagley. James Bellord Waldron, Ernest's solicitor uncle, was a witness at the wedding. Ernest and Clara had three sons and one daughter, all born in Launceston: Roy McArthur, 2 Mar 1890; Myrtle Ila, 26 Dec 1891; John Percival, 30 Jun 1893 and Reginald George, 9 Oct 1894. John Percival was killed in France in World War 1.

Ernest died aged 65 on 18 May 1933 after collapsing at work at Messrs W Holyman and Sons. His obituary stated that he was an excellent carpenter and shipwright, and a life member of the Tamar Yacht Club. He was buried at Carr Villa with his wife in the Anglican Section B15 No. 454. Clara and his brother Hubert's portrait are also in the Family Album.

Pauline Blyth & Marion Sargent Aug 2009