2nd from the left is “Jack John Edward Heneker” at work on the East-West Railway Line.
Born July 25, 1889, at Beltana, South Australia, John Edward Heneker was the son of Joseph and Christina Heneker.
“Jack” was one of eleven children, and spent much of his life in the far north of South Australia. In 1913 he married Edith May Grimwood on 23 July 1913, at Hawker, South Australia, in the residence of Edith’s father James Grimwood.
The couple had 8 children in 18 years, Jack Grimwood Heneker (b. 22/05/1914), Harold Claude Heneker (born 10/12/16), Ivy Lucy Christina Heneker (b. 9/6/1919), Mavis Ethel Pearl Heneker (b. 23/7/1921), Elva Florence Lily Heneker (b 28/9/1923), Allan James Heneker (b. 12/4/1925), Mabel Edith Gladys Heneker (b. 23/10/1926) and Lyle Arnold Heneker (b. 16/11/1932).
Whilst not a huge amount of information is known about John (Jack) Edward Heneker (at least not to me personally!), I do have some wonderful photographs that have been forwarded to me by a cousin Mr Peter Chapman, and other sources. Research has shown that Jack did get himself into a small amount of trouble in 1934 in Hawker, South Austalia where he was living. According to the “South Australia, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1927-1947 for John Edward Heneker 1934”, John Edward Heneker on complaint, charged with a breach of the Licensing Act, Section 205, at the Royal Hotel, Hawker; fined 5 pounds (reduced to 1 pound) and costs 25 shillings. Evidence obtained by M.C. Ross. Tried at Hawker on 1/10/1934 (C. 7498). [So far I haven’t been able to find out what this section 205 of the act is about so I am not sure of his crime, although it appears to not have been too serious).
Following are a series of photographs of Jack John Edward and Elsie May Heneker. I found these particulars photographs quite fascinating.
John Edward Heneker – aged 20 years
Edith May (nee Grimwood) and Jack John Edward Heneker with 1st born Johnny Jack Grimwood Heneker in 1914.
Edith May (nee Grimwood) Heneker 1913.
Jack John Edward (aged 52) and May (Elsie) (49) Heneker at home in Hawker, South Australia
Edith May (nee Grimwood) Heneker and son Allan Heneker
“More photographs to follow: all photographs from my private collection [Vicki Lovell (nee Heneker) 1916”