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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square J7

Quilt square J7


P. M. Oakes.


This decorative square represents Percival March Oakes, the youngest of three sons of Sidney John Oakes (1840-1914) and Sarah Matilda Oakes (1841-1900). Born in 1872, Percy died in 1898, aged 26 years, at his parents’ home in Hawthorn.

Further information

Sidney Oakes ran a bakery in Heidelberg Rd, Alphington 1880-1900.

Percy’s older brother, Leopold Stanley Oakes, followed in his father’s footsteps and trained as a baker. He also died comparatively young, aged just 29 years in 1893, leaving a young widow Emma. She died just two years later.

The other brother, Herbert Harold Stewart Oakes (1861-1941) owned a wood yard and a hay and corn store in Alphington for many years. He is also listed as running the ‘Alma Bakery’ in 1901, possibly having taken over that business from his father following his mother’s death. HHS Oakes served as a Heidelberg Shire Councillor 1905-1915, representing the Alphington/Ivanhoe Riding. See [L7].


Percy March Oakes: BDMV 7773/1898

Leopold Stanley Oakes: BDMV 2156/1893

Sidney John Oakes: BDMV 9036/1914

Sarah Matilda Oakes: BDMV 2777/1900

Herbert Harold Stewart Oakes: BDMV 7807/1941

‘Oakes Family Notices’, The Age, 9 April 1898, p. 5.

‘Oakes Family Notices’, The Age, 5 January 1898, p. 1.

Sands & McDougall’s Melbourne and suburban directory: 1880, 1885, 1890, 1895, 1900, 1901.

HHS InfoFile: ‘Councillors – List of Names’ (shown as Oaks), held in the Research Room, HHS Museum.

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