HODGKINSON Ernest Francis

Name Ernest Francis HODGKINSON
Country Of Origin England
Born 1878
Died 1928
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1878, North Kensington, England
Parents Mother: Caroline Hodgkinson
Apprenticeship unknown
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Zeehan, Hobart, Ulverstone
Street Address
Liverpool Street, Hobart
187 Main Street, Zeehan
69 Reibey Street, Ulverstone
Marriage/Spouse 11 January 1902, St Matthew’s Church, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, to Sarah Helena Woodbridge (25-year-old nurse of South Yarra, Victoria).

Ernest Francis – recorded as a 24-year-old watch repairer, residence – Coffee Palace, Prahran, and usual residence – Main St, Zeehan, Tasmania.

Other From approx. 1901-April 1908: Manager at Whitfield’s, Zeehan.

From April 1908: Relocated to Hobart to manage the business George Whitfield purchased from Richard Blanchard, Tasmanian Goldsmiths’ Company.

1910: Purchased George Whitfield’s watchmaking and jewellery business, Zeehan.

1913: Purchased A E Vennall’s business, Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

The Examiner (Launceston) 9 January 1914:
“Mr E F Hodgkinson, jeweller, Zeehan, who is extending his business to Ulverstone, was farewelled at Zeehan on Wednesday night and presented with a travelling bag in recognition of his church work.”

1915: Sold the business at Zeehan to Frank W Bearup.
1919: Sold Tasmanian souvenirs.

1925: Hosted the first meeting of the Northern Retail Jewellers’ Association on the North West coast.

July 1928: Fell from a ladder while working on a large wall clock in the courthouse in Ulverstone and died a few days later from serious injuries.

Wife Sarah retained ownership of the business until she died in 1962 and left options in her will for her sons to purchase the firm.
HODGKINSON Francis (Frank) Charles
HODGKINSON Frederick Ernest

Death 26 July 1928, Ulverstone
TAHO: AD960/1/53 Will 1929, AD960/1/93 Will No. 42808 1962 [Sarah Helena Hodgkinson].
Web: Ancestry: Australia Marriage Index 1902.
Zeehan & Dundas Herald 31 December 1907, 19 March 1908, 2 July 1910, 28 January 1914, 2 October 1915; Advocate 4 January 1919, 19 August 1925, 30 July 1928, 9 December 1953; The Examiner (Launceston) 12 March 1932.