There are several variations of the spelling of the family surname records
show the name as Croke, Croake and finally Crook.
Musgrove's wife Alice's family can trace their origins
to Ireland. Her Grandfather Micheal Croke was born in Ireland in 1813 and
by 1851 was a journeyman tailor with his family living in Rupert Street St
James Westminster. Two of his children, Thomas and Charles born 1855 and
1863 followed their father's occupation as tailors but by 1891 had
married and both became professional musical vocalists.
Charles Crook (pictured left) had married in 1888 Alice Connor. Between then
and 1901 they had eight children all being girls except Charles Frederick
(who died aged three) and John Charles (who died aged 28 in 1930).
The eldest daughter was Alice born in July 1889 (see birth certificate
below). She was in a couple of panto's, and was a good pianist, but she
as a nurse. She mainly worked in old peoples homes/nursing homes. She continued
in this on arrival in Australia. She was 'living in' and still doing 1
or 2 night shifts a week, when she had a stroke, at 89. She had been working
in a home (near Melbourne,) for around 20 yrs. When Jack was in the Navy,
home by bus, Sunday afternoon, stay in Alice's room that night. (She was
always on duty Sunday nights) She would bring him a lovely breakfast in
bed at about
5am Monday morning, and pay for a taxi to take him to a Railway station
(about 15 mins) where he would catch the Naval leave train, to return to
never re-married. Her children and grandchildren often wondered if Rupert
ever tried to find his "kids" especially
in latter Years. We'll never know..
The census at the bottom of the page shows the Crook family in April 1901,
Head of the family Charles Crook, 38 his wife Alice 36, and children Alice
11, Katie 10, Winnie 5, Nellie 4, Agnes 3, John Charles 1. Two other children
had been born during this period but unfortunately died. Charles Frederick
(died 1895) and Francis James (died 1896). The picture top right shows Charles and his wife Alice with their youngest
child John Charles taken around 1908.
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