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Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock (1893-1975?).

Amy pictured 1910's/1920's (click to enlarge).[1]

Date of birth: Friday, 8th September, 1893.[2]
Birthplace: Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.[2]
Date of death: 1975?.[3]
Place of death:
New South Wales, Australia?[3]

Father: Robinson Enock (1843-1909).[1]
Eleanor Amelia Enock (nee Wilson) (1858-1932).[1]
Siblings: Robert Doeg Enock (1895-1967), Gertrude Margaret Enock (1899-1982).

Husband: ?
Date of marriage: ?
Place of marriage: ?



1893-1909 - Rosedale, Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Unfortunately, the house was replaced by flats in the 1960's).[5]

'Sherbourne was at one time one of the most exclusive roads in Acocks Green.' [6]

Occupants (1901 census): Robinson Enock, Eleanor Amelia Enock, Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock, Robert Doeg Enock, Gertrude Margaret Enock, Laura Hopwood Enock (auntie), Maud Muriel Enock (cousin).

Servants (1901 census): Nellie Birch.

Sherbourne Road pictured in the early 1900's. Rosedale was the house behind the white building on the right.[6]

Sherbourne Road pictured in the early 1900's. Rosedale was the building on the right.[6]

Aerial view of Acocks Green c1950. Rosedale has been highlighted red.[22]

Sherbourne Road pictured in August 2014. Rosedale was replaced by flats in the 1960's (click to enlarge).[7]

Rosedale was replaced by flats in the 1960's (click to enlarge).[7]

c1910-c1916? - Howard Villas (left hand side), Stockfield Road, South Yardley, Birmingham, England.[5] (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here).

Occupants (1911 census): Eleanor Amelia Enock, Marianne Davis (mother of uncle, George Davis), Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock, Robert Doeg Enock, Gertrude Margaret Enock, Elsie Martin (boarder).

The Enock family lived in the left hand side of Howard Villas. Picture taken in August 2014 (click to enlarge).[7]


c1916-c1925 - 16, Augusta Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.[5] (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here).

Occupants (electoral rolls): Eleanor Amelia Enock, Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock, Robert Doeg Enock, Gertrude Margaret Enock.

Number 16 is the house with purple curtains. Picture taken 1st May 2016 (click to enlarge).[7]


c1933 - 471 Dowling Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia.[5]

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1930 shipping papers - Music Teacher (apparently, Amy was a gifted pianist).
1933 electoral roll - Governess.

Decline in Mental Health/Emigration to Australia.

In the early to mid 1920's, Amy began to suffer from mental illness, which was apparently brought on by a failed love affair.[8] 

As a result of this, it was decided that it was best for Amy to be "sent to a job so far away, that she wouldn't come back again", to prevent the possibility of a scandal within the family. Amy's sister, Madge, believed that the plan was devised by her Auntie Clara Wilson (who she later regarded as an "evil ogre"), with Robert also colluding.[11]

On the 1st, January, 1925, Amy, set sail on 'Themistocles' to live in Australia.[9] 

'Themistocles' the ship Amy sailed on to Australia.[10]

Amy's time in Australia.

Robert kept in touch with various Wilson relatives regarding Amy. Thanks to his son, Clive, I have been able to read these letters, and include excerpts from them on this site.

It appears that Robert was rather lax in his support for Amy. Most of the letters discuss reimbursements for Amy's maintenance!  It also appears that it wasn't only Auntie Clara's idea to send Amy to Australia, Uncle Jim Wilson and Auntie Lillie Smith were both against having Amy back in England, and thought it best to keep Madge and Nellie out of the loop.

The majority of the letters were written by:

Edith Audley Smith (sister of Amy's uncle, George Theodore Davis).

Elizabeth 'Lillie' Davis (Amy's auntie). 

Jim Wilson (Amy's uncle).

"I really have had a very trying six months and the beginning of this month was as bad as Amy."

"On Wednesday Mrs Mojenie rang me up to say she was having a dreadful time with her."

"She would not go to the doctor on Monday but went on Tuesday. He thought her much improved, he discharged her and told her she could go where she liked."

"Mrs M. told her she could not keep her there any longer as she did not feel able. (Amy undermined all the help she had so that she could not keep Amy) also she had difficulty getting her money 14/- a week and Amy has such a huge appetite that it did not pay her anyway. Amy was abusive.

"Amy acted much as she did when she was leaving England with Annie. She packed her suitcase and then told Mrs M. she was not able to carry it to the station. Mrs M said she would carry it for her. At the station, as soon as Amy saw the train come in she picked up her suitcase, ran up the steps and back to the house!! This was in the morning; Amy went and made her bed again. Mrs M was about powerless to do anything but her sister in law came along and she rang up the doctors at Rydelmere and he ? ? that Amy should be sent back there. When she was told she just whistled and said 'that's that'!"

"I think now she will be kept there for good but we shall hear soon I suppose." - A letter from Edith Audley Smith to Ted and Lillie Davis, dated November 1926.

"From them you will see that your sister Amy is suffering from a nervous breakdown and I am of opinion that it would be well for us to meet as soon as possible to talk over the matter and particularly, what should be done and as to whether the letter should be sent to auntie Lillie. It seems to me that no good purpose would be served by arranging to have her sent back to England as your Mother and Madge, also I suppose you yourself, here had too small amount of trouble already when she was last home."

"Nervous breakdowns are very common to both sexes and they are not serious if taken in hand in time, and where the patient has sufficient will power left to combat their non-happy condition. I have had 2 experiences in that way myself and know the misery accompanying it."

"You had think, better ascertain if the Australian Gov has power to depart people who may be in the verge of insanity."

"I do not think anything should be said to either your Mother or Madge, till we have an opportunity conferring together." - Letter from Jim Wilson to Robert Enock, dated 7th September, 1931.

"Amy was admitted to Broughton Hall on the 23rd June 1931. She was irresponsible, was suspicious of the actions of others, believed that she was controlled by hypnotism and was unable to apply herself. She remained under treatment for six months during which time she varied from a state of quiet indolence to a more active state of agitation in which she expressed the ideas referred to above. She had many opportunities to seek employment but could not find anything to suit her ? was in my opinion was she fit at anytime to live independently of others." - Letter written by the Medical Superintendent at Broughton Hall (a Psychiatric Clinic in Sydney), dated 15th December 1931. 

"However, I must now wait till I hear of your plans for Amy. Mrs Audley Smith has been most kind in trying to find a place for Amy to go for two or three weeks. She wrote to someone she knows who has a Poultry Farm and she took her down there last Thursday the 17th as I told you in my last letter her time was up at Broughton Hall." - Lillie Mary Smith to Robert Enock - letter dated 20th December, 1931.

"As you know she had to be removed from Broughton Hall as 6 months is the limit a patient can be there. Fortunately Auntie Edie knew a woman who has a Poultry Farm near where she had hers and she has very kindly had her there all this time."

"Auntie E. Uncle J went to see Amy some weeks ago. She was much calmer than when she left Broughton Hall but since then she has not been herself at all."

"I wrote and asked Mrs Spake if she could come up to Sydney (30 odd miles) and talk things over with me. She came yesterday and has promised to keep her provided and is willing to stay and is content till I get back and to decide with you how the monetary part is to be managed."

"I have been paying 25/- a week for her since she went there but am now paying 20/- as I could not keep that up and Mrs S. was willing to reduce it, but of course I cannot go on doing this." - Lillie Mary Smith to Robert Enock, letter dated 16th February, 1932.

"This is to certify that Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock was under treatment at this hospital from 26/06/31 to 17/12/31. In my opinion she is suffering from paraphrenia (see bottom of story) and is totally incapacitated from earning." - written by Medical Superintendent J Evan Jones of Broughton Hall Psychiatric Clinic, dated 26th February 1932.

"There is a letter sent from E Audley Smith to Mr Enock dated . In it is written 'you will have heard that Amy is back again at Rydalmere and I really think that is the best place for her at any rate for a time. She got so troublesome that Mrs Mogenie felt she could not keep her any longer. Mrs Mogenie had a nervous collapse and Amy absolutely refused to leave." - Edith Audley Smith to Robert Enock, dated 22nd January 1934.

"I am in receipt of your letter of the 25th November with reference to Miss Enock, and have to advise you that mentally she seems to be a little improved of late, is not quite so confused and is able to converse a little more rationally and consecutiely.

Physcially she is still far from well, is very anaemic, and does not enjoy good general health.

Lately she has suffered from recurrent attacks of biols, but she has responded well to treatment in this respect I am pleased to say.

There is no immediate anxiety concerning her, and it is not possible for me to express any opinion as to her probable expectation of life." - Letter from the Medical Superintendent at Rydalmere Mental Hospital to Edith Audley Smith - dated 28th November 1938.

"I am in receipt of your letter of the 1st December with reference to Miss Amy Enock, and have to advise that at present she looks well and is taking her food quite well. She is also clean in her personal  habits and is able to dress and feed herself, but mentally she remains very dull, takes very little interest in her environment, has very little spontaneous conversation and cannot be usefully occupied in anyway." - Letter from the Medical Superintendent at Rydalmere Mental Hospital to Edith Audley Smith - dated 4th December 1939.

"I am in receipt of your letter of the 5th July with reference to Miss Amy Enock, and in reply desire to inform you that her bodily health is satisfactory, but her mental condition does not improve" - - Letter from the Medical Superintendent at Rydalmere Mental Hospital to Edith Audley Smith - dated 6th July 1944.

"Madge later contacted Amy in Australia once or twice in the 1960's." - Patrick Wilson.

Comments on Amy.

'She emigrated to Australia. That took some courage didn't it to go there in those days. I don't think she got on all that with her family did she?' - Joan Enock.[13]


Amy pictured 1910's/1920's (click to enlarge).[1]

Letter from Amy to Robert dated 25th July, 1932. (click to enlarge).[12]

Do you have any more information on Amy? Please contact me at adam.c.enock@gmail.com.


1. Picture provided by Patrick Wilson.

2. England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 - Name: Amy Clara E Enock - Registration Year: 1893 - Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec - Registration district: Solihull - Inferred County: Warwickshire - Volume: 6d - Page: 550.

3. It is not known for definite when and where Amy died. She doesn't appear to have come back to England as there is no death index entry of her. I have found an entry on the New South Wales registry of birth, deaths and marriages website (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au), the entry is for Amy Elizabeth Clare Enoch, I will need to purchase the certificate to confirm this is her.

4. Taken from the 1911 English census, edited by Adam Enock.

5. English census and electoral registers.

6. Pictures and information taken from: http://aghs.jimdo.com/sherbourne-road/

7. Picture taken by Adam Enock.

8. Information provided by Amy's nephew, Ernie Wildridge, on 29th June, 2013.

9. www.ancestry.co.uk - UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.

10. Image taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TSS_Themistocles 

11. Information provided by Patrick Wilson.

12. Provided by Clive Enock.

13. Taken from my meeting with Joan on Friday, 24th June, 2016.

Page updated 31st July, 2016.