I am going to be in Sydney for a few days in November, and would be grateful if anyone could give me pointers in trying to research the following:
My great uncle was William Hall, born in Clayton, Manchester, UK in 1880 to parents Thomas & Elizabeth Hall. He was living with his mother in 1901 census, but cannot be located in 1911 census - so I assume he migrated to Australia between 1901 & 1911.
I have a photograph with the legend "Waterfall Sanatorium Ward". The photo shows a plain room with beds down both sides. There are 6 men in the photo, one with an "X" by him, and a written note on the back that this is William. There is no date. In the photo William appears middle aged or older, but he is quite small so it is hard to tell.
Other notes in family papers are addressed to him, and because of information in these notes, they could not have been written prior to 1943. So William was still alive in 1943 (or, at least, the author of these notes believed he was). I assume, from the context of the notes they were intended for him whilst he was at Waterfall (although I don't have absolute proof of this). However, my working assumption is that he was at Waterfall 1943 or later (he may have been there earlier as well, of course). I am aware Waterfall changed use ~1957 - so indications are he was there some time between 1943 - 1957.
I have very little other information. I know that his wife was Eda & his last known address was 5 Margaret Street, Petersham, Sydney (I am aware there are several streets of this name in the Petersham area). I know he had a son called Bernard, and that Bernard had a son called John. (It is information about John in his twenties being written to William that provides the "1943 earliest" date).
I have been unable to located William's death record, so I assume (if he did die in Australia) that whoever registered the death did not know the parents' names.
I know I have very little to go on - but if anyone has any suggestions I would be most grateful.