Francis Henry Rennie was the youngest son of Richard and Sarah Rennie. He was born in Manning Street Fremantle on December 8 1906.

See Family Tree of Richard and Sarah Rennie

He attended Beaconsfield Primary School and Fremantle Boys High School.

Francis Henry Rennie

Frank was married to Gwendoline Elizabeth Taylor on March 24 1928 in St John's Church Fremantle by Archdeacon Collick.

Gwen was the second daughter of Mr M.A. Taylor and Mrs K.C. Taylor (nee Symonds) of Petra Street East Fremantle. She was born in 15 June 1907 and attended Jandakot Primary School, Beaconsfield Primary School, and Princess May High School.

Frank and Gwen had two children.

  • Francis Valentine Rennie born August 24, 1928 at Busselton,
  • Gwenyth Loraine Rennie born November 25, 1932 at East Fremantle.

See Family Tree of Frank and Gwen Rennie

Frank and Gwen Rennie

Frank started out as a carpenter. He later became a builder, operating from 15 Holdsworth Street Fremantle.

At the time of his marriage to Gwen he was working for his father, building Killerby's Store at Busselton (where his son Francis Valentine was born).

He commenced contracting probably in the early 1930's.

His constructions are numerous and significant. It is said he built

  • The Miling Hotel, Miling
  • The Margaret River Shire Hall,
  • Kings Park Tennis Club Stand, Perth,
  • Mills and Wares (biscuit) Factory, South Fremantle,
  • The conversion of the Majestic Theatre, High Street Fremantle to G.J. Coles Stores,
  • Great Southern Flour Mills, North Fremantle (Administration Office and Silo),
  • Explosives Magazine and Revetments, Coogee,
  • Killerby's Store, Busselton c 1938 (a very big extension of his father's 1928 job)
  • Harvey Hotel (in conjunction with his father),
  • East Perth Flour Mills,
  • Four outer lighting columns at the Fremantle War Memorial,
  • and others.

Frank Rennie c1925

Miling Hotel, Western Australia
Frank Rennie died at Fremantle on October 20, 1940 aged only 33 years.

At the time of his death Gwen was a shopkeeper in Holdsworth Street Fremantle, and after his death she continued with the shop and also became an insurance agent.

Gwen was remarried to Mr H.D. Patterson in 1945. They did not have any children.

After this marriage broke down in divorce in 1966, Gwen lived in Tweed Heads N.S.W., Melbourne, Port Moresby, Alice Springs, and Gladstone Queensland.

Gwen died in Gladstone in 1970.

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Gwen Rennie (nee Taylor)