Martin Peter Elvis

Martin Peter ELVIS

Name: Peter Martin Elvis

Date of Birth: 1878

Birth Location: Korweinguboora, Victoria, Australia

Also Known As: Martin

Age at Burial: 39 Years

Date of Death: 19th  March 1918 – on Tuesday at midnight

Death Location: Capel, Western Australia

Date of Burial: 21st  March 1918 – Thursday after Train arrrived

Denomination: Anglican B

Row/Grave: Row 7 Grave# 83

Grave Transcription:

In Loving Memory of


Beloved Husband of

A.S Elvis

Who died 20 March


Aged 39 Years.

At Rest

Martin & Jean

Father: Peter Elvis.  Born in Germany 1831– Died in 1886 and buried at Korweinguboora, Victoria.

Mother: Elizabeth Young.  Born in Ballarat, died 29 April 1916 buried at Korweinguboora, Victoria.

Grandparents (father):

Grandparents (mother): Robert Young and Eliza Queen


Elizabeth Pearl Elvis.  Born 1876 Barkstead, Victoria.  Died 3 April 1961, Perth.  Married – Richard Peake Evans.  They had 7 children together.

Anna Maria Elvis. Born 1874 Barkstead, Victoria.  Died 9 August 1958, Sutherland NSW.  Married George Hooke.  They had 6 children together.

Robert Elvis.  Born 1880, Barkstead, Victoria.   Died 1939, Daylesford Victoria. Married Lily May Hart.  They had two daughters.

Henry George Elvis. (Harry) Born 1883 Korweinguboora, Victoria.  Died in France during WW1 22 July 1916 – left his personal belongings and money in a Will to Florence May House – Bunbury – whom he was keeping company with. National Archives Records of Elvis Henry George

Mary Elvis.  Born 1885 – Died 1889.

Spouse: Amelia Sarah Harris – Born in Capel, Western Australia in 1887 she was the daughter of Charles Harris and Anna House she was known as “Sarah” and was the fifth child to the couple.


Marjorie Ellen Elvis.  Born 23 July 1906, Western Australia.  Died 4 May 1992, Melbourne.  Married Alexander George Murdoch.

Rita Bertha May Elvis.  Born 1910, Western Australia.  Died 30 July 1995, Duncraig, Western Australia.  Married Albert Victor Archibald.

Jean Florence Elvis.  Born 1916, Western Australia.  Died May 1920, buried Capel Cemetery.

Occupation: Labourer/faller

Military Service: N/A

Their Story

Martin Peter Elvis was the third child born in 1878 in Korweinguboora Victoria to parents Peter and Elizabeth Elvis, growing up he had two brothers and two living sisters.  In the early 1900’s it appears that Martin and possibly his brother Henry came to Western Australia and worked at Waterous Landing as Labourers and in further records he is listed as a faller.  He must have enjoyed Wood-chopping competitions as he can be found on the list in 1903 and 1904.

Trove Article – Axeman Association – Collie Competition Elvis – Link

In 1905 he married Amelia Sarah Harris at Capel, the daughter of Charles Harris and Anna House, she was known as “Sarah”.  Amelia was 18yrs and Martin was 27yrs old when they married.   They lived at Hoffman Mill, which is inland from Yarloop, before moving to Capel at a later stage possibly 1916-1918.  They had three children together.  Marjorie born 1906, Rita born 1910 and Jean born 1916.

Trove Article – 1916 Birth of Child Jean – Link

In July 1916 Martin lost both his brother Harry in WW1 in France and his mother who also died in his hometown of Korweinguboora, Victoria, in April of the same year.  His mother had remarried after his father’s death to William Giles in 1892.

Trove Article – Elvis KIA – Link

Trove Article – Elizabeth Giles Death- Link

Harry his brother may have visited Bunbury regularly as he left his belonging in his Will to Florence May House – a local lass from Capel whom he was keeping company with according to her mother.  Martin also had a surviving sister Elizabeth who was married and living in Perth, a sister Anna who was married and living in NSW and brother Robert who lived in Victoria.

Martin died in 1918 at age 39 years after a short illness at home. The family had only been in Capel a short time. Soon after he died another tragedy struck and his daughter also died at a young age in 1920 and is buried in the same grave as Martin.

Trove Article – Martin Elvis Obituary – Link

Trove Article – Martin Elvis – Yarloop notice – Link

Trove Article – Jean Elvis Obituary – Link

Amelia “Sarah” married a second time to Leslie Gillard in 1920.  Amelia was 33 years of age and Leslie was 27.  Leslie was born in 1893, in Melbourne Victoria, Australia and the son of Henry Edmonds Gillard and Matilda Ewen.  Together they had a daughter born 1923 and named her Joan Gillard.  They also had another Daughter Betty Jacqueline born Oct 1930 who died at 19 days old.

West Australia Newspaper Wednesday 12 November 1930:

GILLARD – On November 11, 1930, Betty Jacqueline the dearly beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs Gillard of Yarloop, and fond sister of Marge, May, Joan, aged 19 days.

After they married Amelia and Leslie moved to Yarloop in Western Australia. In 1925 Leslie was employed as an engine driver but by 1931 he is listed as a storekeeper in Yarloop.  Amelia is listed as home duties. Leslie continued this occupation until his retirement.

Amelia died on 18 June 1968 at Yarloop, she was 81 years of age. She is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in the Anglican section ZA 0498 along with her daughter Betty. Leslie died 12 December 1976 at Inglewood, Perth, Western Australia he was 83 years of age. His ashes are in the garden of remembrance section at Karrakatta Cemetery Wall EC Section 13,101


Amelia’s Children:

MARJORIE ELLEN ELVIS born 23  July 1906, Western Australia married Alexander George Murdoch on the 25 September 1926. Alexander was the son of Alexander Paul Murdoch and Margaret Bloomer and was born on 12 September 1904 in Fremantle.

Marjorie and Alexander had five children together ( I have not named these children for privacy reasons)

Marjorie and Alex located in Yarloop, Western Australia on census 1937. In 1943 they are in Leederville, Perth, by 1949 they have moved to Caulfield in Victoria, in 1954 they are in Box Hill, Victoria the in 1977 located in Chelsea Victoria.  Alexander died on 8 October 1983 in Chelsea, Victoria and Marjorie died 8  October 1983 in Melbourne.


RITA BERTHA MAY ELVIS born 1910, (known as May) Western Australia married Albert Victor Archibald in Perth, Western Australia in 1932. They lived in Yarloop, Western Australia. Albert was the son of William Archibald and Eliza Maher.  Rita and Albert had three sons together: ( I have not named these children for privacy reasons)

Albert Archibald died on 26 August 1967 in Yarloop, WA aged 63 years and Rita Archibald died 30  July 1995 aged 85 years. Both buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth, Wesleyan IC 752


JEAN FLORENCE ELVIS born 1917, died 1920 – buried with father at Capel Cemetery.


JOAN LESLEY GILLARD born 1923, Western Australia married prior to 1949 to Leslie Arthur Higgins born 1918 son of Arthur John Higgins and Annie Lorna Grace Scarlett.  They lived in Yarloop, Western Australia during their early marriage and then moved to Perth in approx 1958.  After Joan’s mother died her father came to live with her at 70 Normanby Road, Inglewood, Perth.

Together they had four children (I have not named these children for privacy reasons)

Leslie Arthur Higgins died 31 October 1997 and Joan Lesley Higgins died at Busselton on 18 May 2014. Their ashes are both located at the Karrakatta Cemetery in UC Section Site E 0004.


BETTY JACQUELINE GILLARD born Oct 1930 died 19 days later – buried at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth. section ZA 0498 along with her mother.

Story researched and  compiled by Petrina Prowse (CDCP team member)

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Martin Peter Elvis Grave
Martin Peter Elvis grave

                                    Small plaque on top of grave