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Duddle in Wigan, Lancashire area and north Cheshire, all in England

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Re: Duddle in Wigan, Lancashire area and north Cheshire, all in England

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Josephine Matley Duddle (1890-1981) was the daughter of James and Ellen Duddle of Lancashire, England. Her father was a musician and tutor for college students there. Her siblings according to the 1900 census for Lancashire, were Robert, Marion, and Charles. She studied at the Municipal School of Art, Manchester, England, with Adolphe Vallette (1876–1942). In 1915, Josephine married the artist and cartoonist, David Louis Ghilchik in Chelsea. He had been her fellow student at the art school. David was born 1892 in Botosani, Romania, but the family moved to Lancashire. In 1920, the couple were living in Kensington. From 1921-1926 they are listed in Acton and from 1933 - 1961 in Hammersmith. David Ghilchik died in London, England in 1972. At the age of 90, Josephine emmigrated to Australia, and died in Mosman, Sydney, Australia the following year.

As an artist, Josephine illustrated comic postcards with children and fairies, using her maiden name. Most of this work was done in the years between the two world wars. If you Goggle "Josephine M. Duddle" you should get several hits with images for her very charming artworks. Here's the result of a search - (

Sometimes her paintings come up for auction. When she painted landscapes and portrait studies, Josephine usually signed her works with her married name, "Josephine Ghilchik." You can see an example of her landscape painting at (

She also wrote and illustrated two books -
One, Two, Buckle my Shoe (published 1916; ISBN-10: B000WXWBO8) and Kittles of Toy Town (Publisher: London; New York: R. Tuck & Sons, 19??).

Josephine's daughter, Sybil, born Nov. 15, 1920, was an opera singer. She married Irish tenor, Terence O'Donoghue, and the couple emmigrated to Australia with their three children in 1956. They were members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera troupe in London 1945-1947. In Sydney, Terence sang for the J. C. Williamson company. Terence died in 1984 in Sydney.

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