From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||1880|
|Age at Death||73 years|
|Additional Names||Eva Grace Cornish|
|Transcription||In loving memory of Eva Grace. Beloved wife of Bertram Cornish, loved mother of Bert & Ron. Called home 3rd Nov 1951 aged 68 years. Also our dear father Bertram Cornish. Passed away 6th July 1953 aged 73 years.|
|Burial Date||06 July 1953|
Bertram Hugo Cornish was born in 1879 in Hamilton, Victoria.
Bert's parents were Edward Cornish and Charlotte Cornish (nee Jones). Bert had two brothers Walter (born 1868) and Albert (born 1870). One of his many siblings was his older brother and Albert Cornish who was a manager of the Armadale Brickworks and a member of the Armadale-Kelmscott Road Board. Bert's father Edward was a brickmaker, and the Cornish family had their own brickworks. After his death, Mrs Charlotte Cornish moved the family to Armadale, where three of her sons quickly became employed at Brickworks.
With Bert having a brother named Albert living in the same district (who in turn had a son named Albert), some newspaper articles mis-report who is who, making clarification and research difficult.
Bert married Eva Grace in 1906.Their sons are Ronald Hamilton Cornish and Bertram C. Cornish Jr.
Bertram Hugo Cornish and Eva Grace lived in Cardup in the 1930s when he was managing the brickworks. Then they apparently lived on 12th Road in old Westfield, as mentioned in a 1953 (January) article about a fire on 12th Road.
Life in the Armadale district
Prior to WW1, Bertram worked at the Armadale Brickworks as a 'burner' of the Hoffman kiln, alongside his brother Walter Cornish (born 1868). The pair worked for their brother Albert Cornish, the Manager of the brickworks. Later, Bert was a Brickworks Manager in his own right at Byford, and later at Millars Timber and Trading Company's Cardup Brickworks.
Socially, Bert was President of the Westfield Progress Association, prior to moving to Cardup. He was a popular MC at local events, including dances for the Armadale P&C Association.