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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square L7

Quilt square L7


H. S. Oakes.


This square represents Herbert (Harold) Stewart Oakes (1861-1941), who ran a wood yard and a hay and corn store in Alphington for many years and served on the Heidelberg Shire Council 1905-1915, representing the Alphington/Ivanhoe Riding.

Further information

HHS Oakes was one of three sons of Sidney John Oakes (1840-1914) and Sarah Matilda Oakes (1841-1900). Sidney Oakes owned a bakery in Alphington and it’s possible that Herbert took over that family business following his mother’s death. His two brothers, Leopold and Percy, had died as comparatively young men, in 1893 and 1898 respectively. See [J7].

Herbert married Rhoda Stamford (1853-1897) in 1881. The couple had three children: Emily, William and Harold. He subsequently married Priscilla Archer in 1900 and had another three children: Alma, Sidney and Myrtle.


Herbert Harold Stewart Oakes: BDMV 7807/1941

‘Herbert Harold Stewart Oakes’, Family Notices, The Age, Monday 11 August 1941, p. 1.

‘The Late Mr Harold Stewart Oakes’, Sunshine Advocate, Friday 15 August 1941, p. 1.

Percy March Oakes: BDMV 7773/1898

Leopold Stanley: BDMV 2156/1893

Sidney John Oakes: BDMV 9036/1914

Sarah Matilda Oakes: BDMV 2777/1900

Rhoda Stamford BDMV: 4850/1881

Rhoda Oakes BDM 8747/1897

Priscilla Archer: BDMV 2189/1900

Priscilla Oakes: BDMV 6638/1947

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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