Stanley Louis Rouvray (1888 - 1972)

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Stanley Louis was born in Middle Park, Melbourne on 23 February 1888. He is the son of Alfred Andrew and Betsy Beall.

Like his brother Norman, Stanley served in the 1914-1918 Great war. He was with the Australian General Hospital and Reinforcements Medical Corps AIF in the Middle East during the period August 1916 - November 1917. The date of his embarkation from Melbourne was 19 August 1916 aboard His Majesty's Australian Transport (HMAT) ship "Karoola". He returned to Melbourne in 1919.

He married Vera Gladys Barrow from Prahran, Victoria on 9th December 1920 in St Kilda Methodist church. The family lived at 4 Coleridge St, Elwood.

Stanley and Vera had one child, Don Alfred Andrew born 7 December 1931. Don was a student at Caulfield Grammer and a Lifesaver with Elwood lifesaving club.


         His Majesty's Australian Transport ship (HMAT) "Karoola"

Stanley became the enthusiastic superintendent of St Kilda Elwood Sunday school, Bible class leader and leader of the KSP youth club.

He became a local preacher in 1922 and was circuit steward, secreatary and treasurer.

He became a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1923, served in Brighton court and later sat on the St Kilda bench.

Stanley was an estate agent at Martin St, Gardenvale, before becoming a valuer for the St Kilda City council, a position he held for 43 years. He was honorary secretary of the local Liberal Party branch for many years.

Stanley was prominent in sporting circles and was a VFL goal umpire of Melbourne Football Club. He was a keen cricketer and member of the MCC. He was also a member of the Elsternwick bowling club.

Stanley Louis died on 30 November 1972, aged 84 years and was cremated at Springvale. Vera Gladys passed away 11 June 1977.

A Tribute to Stanley appeared in the the Melbourne New Spectator in February 1973 - see opposite.







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