HARGRAVES Eric Leonard

Name Eric Leonard HARGRAVES
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1890
Died 1966
Birth/ Baptism Born 23 October 1890, Murray Street, Hobart
Parents William and Martha Lydia Hargraves (formerly Abel)
Apprenticeship Melbourne, Victoria
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Hobart
Street Address
135 Liverpool Street, Hobart
Marriage/Spouse 2 October 1914, All Saints Church, South Hobart, to Mary Evelyn Topham
Other From approx. 1912: Employer, Olaf (Oliver) Nielson.
Eric sometimes undertook maintenance of the Hobart Post Office clock.

1936: Olga Nielson advertised after her father’s death, advising customers that Mr E L Hargraves, who had worked for her father for 25 years, was now in charge of the repair department.
1962: A stroke forced Eric into retirement at the age of 72.

The Hargraves home at 26 Parliament Street, Sandy Bay, housed a variety of chiming clocks which were wound and set every Sunday morning from Eric’s pocket watch, kept in time from the pips of the 7 o’clock ABC radio news. Daughter Edna tinkered with clocks and learned while observing her father at work.

1950s: Member, Horological Guild of Australasia, Tasmanian Branch.

Death 24 July 1966, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart
The Australian Watchmaker, November 1953, September 1962.
Nigel Hargraves (grandson) to Graham Mulligan, September 2018.
TAHO: RGD33/1/17 no 949 Birth 1890, AD960/1/105 Will 1966.
Web: Ancestry: Australia Marriage Index 1914.
The Mercury (Hobart) 22 August 1936.