I thought I would post a follow up as quite a bit has happened since I first raised this query. We discovered that Neil was placed in Kilmany Park Boys Home as a teenager and he ran away from there and made his way to South Australia where he enlisted for WWII as an under-age 16 year old. He enlisted under the alias Robertson in an attempt to hide his identity (as he had run away from Kilmany) and his true age. Kathleen Bingham (Hogan) is buried with the man presumed to be her husband, George Bingham. George was 16-20 years older than Kathleen and this made us query if he had been married previously. Also buried with Kathleen & George is another woman, Louisa Bingham, who is closer to George in age. The dates of death for George and Louisa match up with the dates of death of George McGitchen Brigham and Louisa Mary Ann Brigham (nee Buckley) in Fitzroy. As Louisa did not pass away until 1932, one can only guess as to what was going on. Did she know about the family that Kathleen and George had? We have also been unable to find a marriage record between Kathleen & George in Victoria so sadly, we presume that they weren't married but she adopted the name Bingham. There is no registered birth for Robert Neil Bingham or Brigham but there is a birth of a Robert Neil Hogan which I have yet to follow up.Oddly, there was an Alfred Sherry aged 23 living at the same address as Kathleen during the Melbourne Riots in 1923.Neil would have only been a week or two old at the time so there is a question mark over what relationship he had with the Bingham family. Louisa & George had 6 children between 1891 and 1899 prior to him presumably having another 6 children with Kathleen from 1905 to 1923.We would love to know if they were all happily living together in Fitzroy or if George was living in two separate households and did Kathleen and Louisa both turn up to bury George? Apparantly Kathleen was living in a tiny one bedroomed or one roomed cottage in Atherton Street, Fitzroy with no power or water and in the information we have received, there was no mention of George even though he was alive at the time. Kathleen's 5th child, Evelyn Winifred was fostered during the week by a lovely family who wished to adopt her but Kathleen would not allow it. As an adult, she chose to remain with her foster family until finally marrying in her 50's. Kathleen's eldest child, Walter James Keith Bingham moved to Sydney in the 1930's. Second child, Beryl Muriel married and moved to Queensland. Third child, George Alan served in WWII, we believe he married a woman named Winifred who later divorced him for desertion. He is buried under the surname Buchanan, yet another mystery. Also buried with George, Kathleen and Louisa is a James Bingham.Perhaps this is George's brother James Brigham who lost his wife and son in the 1890's.Kathleen & George's third child, Alice Lilian Bingham died in 1920, age 6 and is also buried there. We had known that George Bingham had been born in Warrnambool but had not come up with anything that matched until we found George McGitchen Brigham. The Brighams come from Warrnambool so this links with one of the pieces of official documentation that we have on the family. On various family trees I have found for George & Louisa there is no mention of Kathleen and her children with George. Were they a complete secret?
Any information on this new twist would be welcomed.