Frank Penrith Vine,
a great-grandson of Thomas and Mary Grenier, was
born on 25 February 1919. He passed away at his
maternal grandparents’ home in Hansen Street,
Moorooka, on 5 June 1920 and was laid to rest in
‘Greniers’ Cemetery’. The service was conducted by
the Reverend A Higgins of the Church of England in
the presence of G Fabran and C Spring (witnesses).
Frank’s parents were John Daniel Jackson Vine
and Ethel Jane Grenier, who were married
according to the rites of the Church of England in
St Mary’s Church, Kangaroo Point, on 27 November
1909. The eldest child of William Leichhardt and
Mary (née Catchpole) Grenier, Ethel was then living
in the family home at 51 Sutton Street, Kangaroo
Point. Her sister Myrtle Sarah Grenier
and Thomas Mellers were the witnesses at the wedding
which was conducted by the Reverend Hugh Simmons.
The two witnesses celebrated their own marriage in
the same church on 20 August 1913.
As Frank’s death
notice indicates, the Vines’ family home at that
time was in Cooroy where his father worked first as
a ‘lengthsman’ and then as a selector. In rural
areas a lengthsman kept a designated ‘length’ of his
district neat and tidy, well mown and free from
litter. His duties might include patrolling a length
of a canal looking for leaks, tidying the banks and
attending to minor maintenance.
Frank Penrith Vine’s siblings were: Joyce Violet (b.
1 June 1910; m. Edwin Percival Carl Beckmann 30
November 1932), John Grenier (b. 26 November 1911,
known as Jack; m. Vera Grace Harris 21 January 1939)
and Eric William (b. 17 August 1913; m. Edna Pauline
Brandt 11 June 1938).
John Daniel Jackson Vine, Frank’s father, was born
in Penrith to William John and Mary Ann (née
Sullivan) Vine in 1875. As Trooper Vine, Jack served
in the Boer War as a member of the Second New South
Wales Mounted Rifles. He died on 23 October 1951 and
was buried in the South Brisbane Cemetery (9A 358B)
two days later.
Ethel Jane Vine, Frank’s mother, was born on 22 June
1879 and died on 29 June 1965. She was laid to rest
beside her husband two days later.