Percival Serle

M, b. 18 July 1871, d. 16 December 1951

Additional Notes

  • SERLE, Percival (1871-1951),
    editor and biographer,

    (View this painting at the National Library of Australia Web Site)

    [NOTE: This biographical note did not form part of the Dictionary of Australian Biography. It just seemed like a good idea to have a biography of the biographer.--Colin Choat]
    was born at Elsternwick, Victoria. He worked for twenty years in a life assurance office before becoming chief clerk and accountant at the University of Melbourne. In 1910 he married the artist Dora Beatrice Hake. Moderately successful with investments, he was able to retire in 1920 to pursue his cultural interests, although he ran a second-hand bookshop in the Eastern Market, Melbourne, in the Depression years 1931-36. He was guide-lecturer at the National Gallery of Victoria 1929-38, curator of the Art Museum of the Gallery 1934-36, and member of the council of the Victorian Artists' Society for about forty years. He was also president of the Australian Literature Society 1944-46. Serle's first publication was an edition, with notes, of A Song to David and Other Poems (1923) by Christopher Smart, the eighteenth-century English poet. Serle's meticulous scholarship is evident in A Bibliography of Australasian Poetry and Verse: Australia and New Zealand (1925), a much-needed reference work of Australian literature at that time, to which later bibliographies were indebted. To complement his Bibliography he published, in collaboration with 'Furnley Maurice' and R.H. Croll, An Australasian Anthology (1927), a standard Australian literary work not supplanted until after the Second World War. His most significant work, laboured over for almost twenty years, was his Dictionary of Australian Biography (1949). It comprises more than 1000 biographical sketches of prominent Australians or people connected closely with Australia. In 1944 Serle edited the poems of 'Furnley Maurice' and in 1951 published A Primer of Collecting. Serle brought to all his literary work a rigorous sense of, and passion for, scholarship. A commemorative number of Southerly was published in 1953 and his son, Geoffrey Serle, has written the memoir Percival Serle (1988).
    From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (Second Edition, 1994).
  • Last Edited: 12 Oct 2007

Family: Dora Beatrice Hake b. 2 Sep 1875, d. 10 Sep 1968

Dora Beatrice Hake

F, b. 2 September 1875, d. 10 September 1968
  • Married Name: As of 1910,her married name was Serle.
  • Last Edited: 12 Oct 2007

Family: Percival Serle b. 18 Jul 1871, d. 16 Dec 1951

Sidney Hake

M, b. circa 1850
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Charlotte Helen Hemsley b. c 1850

Charlotte Helen Hemsley

F, b. circa 1850
  • Birth*: Charlotte Helen Hemsley was born circa 1850.
  • Marriage*: She married Sidney Hake circa 1870.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1870,her married name was Hake.
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2006

Family: Sidney Hake b. c 1850

Katharine Beatrice Serle

F, b. 1912, d. 1958
  • Married Name: As of 1936,her married name was Grierson.
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2006

Family: John Sampson Grierson b. c 1910

Robert Percival Serle

M, b. 18 November 1914

Military Service

Milit-Beg15 August 1940Caulfield, Vic, Australia,
Milit-End13 November 1945

Additional Notes

  • Next of Kin given as Percival Serle
  • Last Edited: 6 Apr 2020

Family: Margaret Marian Florence Worrell b. c 1915, d. 1989

John Sampson Grierson

M, b. circa 1910
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2006

Family: Katharine Beatrice Serle b. 1912, d. 1958

Elizabeth Charlotte Searl

F, b. circa 1845
  • Married Name: As of 1870,her married name was Norburn.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: William Norburn b. c 1845

William Norburn

M, b. circa 1845
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Elizabeth Charlotte Searl b. c 1845

Frederick William Dunsford Serle

M, b. 6 February 1806, d. 1872
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2006

Family: Betsey Buttress b. 1806, d. 1865

Walter Henry Serle

M, b. 1873, d. 1954

Military Service

Milit-Beg1915Adelaide, SA, Australia,
  • Last Edited: 16 Jan 2011

Edwin Hamilton Serle

M, b. 1875, d. 1945
  • Last Edited: 16 Jan 2011

Harold James Serle

M, b. 1879, d. 2 March 1957
  • Name Variation: Harold James Serle was also known as Harold J Searle.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jan 2011

Family 1: Alice Florence O'Connor b. 1885, d. 1937

Family 2: Flora Agnes Maytum b. c 1897, d. 1949

James O'Connor

M, b. circa 1860
  • Birth*: James O'Connor was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage*: He married Eliza Jane Cornish circa 1880.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Eliza Jane Cornish b. c 1860

Eliza Jane Cornish

F, b. circa 1860
  • Birth*: Eliza Jane Cornish was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage*: She married James O'Connor circa 1880.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1880,her married name was O'Connor.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: James O'Connor b. c 1860

Flora Agnes Maytum

F, b. circa 1897, d. 1949
  • Name Variation: Flora Agnes Maytum was also known as Mayturn.
  • Married Name: As of 1938,her married name was Serle.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jan 2011

Family: Harold James Serle b. 1879, d. 2 Mar 1957

Edward James Maytum

M, b. circa 1870
  • Birth*: Edward James Maytum was born circa 1870.
  • Marriage*: He married Agnes McArthur circa 1890.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Agnes McArthur b. c 1870

Agnes McArthur

F, b. circa 1870
  • Birth*: Agnes McArthur was born circa 1870.
  • Marriage*: She married Edward James Maytum circa 1890.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1890,her married name was Maytum.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Edward James Maytum b. c 1870

William Henry Grocock

M, b. circa 1825
  • Birth*: William Henry Grocock was born circa 1825.
  • Marriage*: He married Emily Watson circa 1850.
  • Last Edited: 23 Sep 2006

Family: Emily Watson b. c 1830

Ada Henrietta Searl

F, b. 1882, d. 1888
  • Last Edited: 3 Sep 2006

William Searl

M, b. circa 1855
  • Birth*: William Searl was born circa 1855.
  • Marriage*: He married Elizabeth Rennie circa 1880.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Elizabeth Rennie b. c 1860

Elizabeth Rennie

F, b. circa 1860
  • Birth*: Elizabeth Rennie was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage*: She married William Searl circa 1880.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1880,her married name was Searl.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: William Searl b. c 1855

Gilbert Sidney Hilson Searle

M, b. 1883, d. 1946
  • Name Variation: Gilbert Sidney Hilson Searle was also known as Searl.

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 17 Jan 2011

Family: Nellie Mary Ray b. c 1884, d. 1979

Nellie Mary Ray

F, b. circa 1884, d. 1979
  • Married Name: As of 1911,her married name was Searle.

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 17 Jan 2011

Family: Gilbert Sidney Hilson Searle b. 1883, d. 1946

Humphrey Ray

M, b. circa 1860
  • Birth*: Humphrey Ray was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage*: He married Martha Handcock circa 1880.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Martha Handcock b. c 1860

Martha Handcock

F, b. circa 1860
  • Birth*: Martha Handcock was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage*: She married Humphrey Ray circa 1880.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1880,her married name was Ray.
  • Last Edited: 15 Jul 2006

Family: Humphrey Ray b. c 1860

Clementine George Clarance Searle

M, b. 1888, d. 11 August 1982
  • Name Variation: Clementine George Clarance Searle was also known as Searl.

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2015

Family: Harriet Louisa Greaves b. 1894, d. 24 Jan 1992

Harriet Louisa Greaves

F, b. 1894, d. 24 January 1992
  • Name Variation: Harriet Louisa Greaves was also known as Harriet Louise Searl.
  • Married Name: As of 1916,her married name was Searle.

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2015

Family: Clementine George Clarance Searle b. 1888, d. 11 Aug 1982

Robert George Searle

M, b. 1884, d. 1913
  • Name Variation: Robert George Searle was also known as Searles.
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2006

Family: Mary Ellen Naughton b. c 1890

Mary Ellen Naughton

F, b. circa 1890
  • Married Name: As of 1907,her married name was Searle.
  • Last Edited: 19 Jul 2006

Family: Robert George Searle b. 1884, d. 1913

Ethel May Searles

F, b. 1887, d. 1959
  • Married Name: As of 1910,her married name was Loughlin.
  • Last Edited: 22 Jan 2008

Errol Wallace Loughlin

M, b. circa 1885
  • Last Edited: 11 Sep 2006

Family: Ethel May Searles b. 1887, d. 1959

William Clifford Searles

M, b. 1900, d. 1969
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2006

Family: Vivienne Elvera Fuller b. 1911, d. 8 Mar 1989

Vivienne Elvera Fuller

F, b. 1911, d. 8 March 1989
  • Married Name: As of 1934,her married name was Searles.
  • Last Edited: 10 Apr 2020

Family: William Clifford Searles b. 1900, d. 1969

Eliza Ethel Serle

F, b. 1886, d. 1887

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 6 Feb 2011

Frederick James Serle

M, b. 26 March 1834, d. 28 June 1901

Immigration

Frederick James Serle witnessed the immigration of James Serle in January 1854 at Vic, Australia, ; Ship "Duke of Northumbeland."

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 2 Dec 2012

Family: Grace Rice b. c 1856, d. 3 Mar 1890

Grace Rice

F, b. circa 1856, d. 3 March 1890
  • Name Variation: Grace Rice was also known as Price.
  • Married Name: As of 24 January 1878,her married name was Serle.

Additional Notes

  • Shared grave
  • Last Edited: 2 Dec 2012

Family: Frederick James Serle b. 26 Mar 1834, d. 28 Jun 1901

Lillian Ann Searles

F, b. 1889, d. 1946
  • Married Name: As of 1907,her married name was Middleton.
  • Last Edited: 9 Sep 2006

Cyril Charles Middleton

M, b. circa 1889, d. 1959
  • Name Variation: Cyril Charles Middleton was also known as Mildleton.
  • Last Edited: 23 Mar 2007

Mary Ann Maud Searls

F, b. 2 January 1885, d. 1889
  • Last Edited: 4 Dec 2012

Stephen Thomas Searles

M, b. 1891, d. 1964
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Ernest John Searles

M, b. 1894, d. 1975
  • Occupation*: He was Maltster.

Military Service

Milit-Beg1915Melbourne, Vic, Australia,
  • Last Edited: 23 Jan 2007

James Leslie Searles

M, b. 1896, d. 1951
  • Name Variation: James Leslie Searles was also known as Leslie James Searles.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Family: Florence Marion Ferguson b. c 1903, d. 1982

Arthur Henry Searls

M, b. 1891, d. 1960
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2006

Family 1: Sarah Main b. c 1890, d. 1923

Family 2: Marguerite Bernard b. c 1897, d. 28 Sep 1972

Sarah Main

F, b. circa 1890, d. 1923
  • Married Name: As of 1921,her married name was Searls.
  • Last Edited: 26 Dec 2008

Family: Arthur Henry Searls b. 1891, d. 1960

Marguerite Bernard

F, b. circa 1897, d. 28 September 1972
  • Married Name: As of 1926,her married name was Searls.
  • Last Edited: 17 Jan 2011

Family: Arthur Henry Searls b. 1891, d. 1960

Thomas Main

M, b. circa 1865
  • Birth*: Thomas Main was born circa 1865.
  • Marriage*: He married Christina Bell circa 1885.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Family: Christina Bell b. c 1865

Christina Bell

F, b. circa 1865
  • Birth*: Christina Bell was born circa 1865.
  • Marriage*: She married Thomas Main circa 1885.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1885,her married name was Main.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Family: Thomas Main b. c 1865

John Bernard

M, b. circa 1870
  • Birth*: John Bernard was born circa 1870.
  • Marriage*: He married Jane Dickenson circa 1890.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Family: Jane Dickenson b. c 1870

Jane Dickenson

F, b. circa 1870
  • Birth*: Jane Dickenson was born circa 1870.
  • Marriage*: She married John Bernard circa 1890.
  • Married Name: As of circa 1890,her married name was Bernard.
  • Last Edited: 16 Jul 2006

Family: John Bernard b. c 1870