Fords of Katandra

Victoria Australia

 Philip FORD
Thelma Eileen WILSON-

8th child of Joseph Herbert FORD & Mary Florence JAMES
grandchild of Thomas FORD & Eliza Ann BATE

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Phil & Thelma




Living Male 19xx
Living Female 19xx
Peter Michael 1949-1969
NAME Philip FORD (Phil) 
FATHER Joseph Herbert FORD 
MOTHER Mary Florence FORD (nee JAMES)
BIRTH DATE 22 October 1914
BIRTH PLACE Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
SIBLINGS         Florence Ruby (Ruby) 1899-1980
Joseph Victor (Vic) 1901-1977
Myrtle Eliza 1902-1994
Caroline May (Carrie) 1904-1980
Ivy Jane 1907-1994
Henry William 1909-2001
Francis Thomas (Frank) 1912-2009
Lemuel Batey (Lem) 1917-1997
Norman (Norm) 1919-1994
EDUCATION Katandra State School No.1965
OCCUPATION Farm worker at Harold and
Lil Walters at Dookie/Yabba Yabba
for 25 years
MILITARY WW2- AIF, Service No. V17145,
Private,  6th Australian Infantry

Training Battalion,
5 July 1941-26 March 1943.

MARRIAGE DATE 25 April 1942
MARRIAGE PLACE St Augustine's Church
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.
DEATH DATE 16 March 2001
DEATH PLACE Kyabram Nursing Home, Victoria,
BURIAL DATE 20 March 2001
BURIAL PLACE Katandra Cemetery,
Section, C of E  R3 G135,
Katandra, Victoria, Australia.
CAUSE OF DEATH Esophageal carinoma - 12 months
KNOWN RESIDENCES   Ford Road Katandra yyyy-yyyy
Yabba North 1936-1937
18 Callister Street,
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Shepparton Caravan Park yyyy-yyyy

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Phil, Norm & Lem

Phil Norm__Lem


Family Memories


Picture to left and below
 Newspaper Article

"Shepparton News"
22nd April 1998

Picture to Right
Caravan Bliss
 Philip Ford says he would not move from his caravan even
if he won Tattslotto

 Philip Ford says he has everything he needs.
The 83-year-old lives in a small caravan at Shepparton's Victoria  Lake Caravan Park where he tends to his vegetable patch. When he isn't at work in his garden, Philip sits outside his small van and enjoys a beer.
He chats with passers-by and enjoys the company of his two budgies. "I love the lifestyle," Philip said. " I come and go when I like. I spend a lot of time out in the sun, listening to the wireless. Even if I won Tattslotto I wouldn't shift. I bought the van for $1000 and carted it from Melbourne. It costs me $26:50 a week to live here. I buy a lot of my meals. The only draw back is I have to use the shower block. The small space suits me. There is no hard work or much housework inside".

Philip was born in Shepparton during the 1915 drought and was on the team which built the city's sewerage system manholes.
His working career also included managing a chaff cutter at Yabba North, Four years in the army at Caulfield, and managing flats at Thornbury.
He became a widower in 1950 when the youngest of his three children was 15-months-old. One of his children is now deceased and is buried at Katandra with Philip's wife, parents, and grandparents. "They call it Fords Corner" Philip said. "I try to visit them as much as I can" Philip has a daughter in Kyabram and a son in Kilsyth. 



After Phil's wife Thelma passed away during her 4th pregnancy, Aunty Mert (Phil's sister) came and got the two children, Phil sold the home and went looking for work. They also stayed with Aunty Carrie and Aunty Ivy. Peter stayed at Grandma (Mary Florence Ford) for about a year. Then he went to Kew and his sister only saw him once when she was nine. Her other brother lived with Uncle Vern and then went to work with Uncle Frank in Benalla.
The kids only saw their father Phil about 3 times a year.

Death Certificate #7274/2001