Now I haven't reached the point where I need to overcome the procrastination on this assignment - I still have time and I am working on it slowly - so my other more 'pressing' task has been the family tree. Now my father has always called the Tozer branch of my mother's family "those bloody Tossers" and right now given my level of frustration, I am a little inclined to agree.
My Great Great Grandfather is Thomas Henry Tozer, I know from his 1909 marriage extract that his father's name is Henry and from a death notice that he had died in 1948 at 61 years old. A little subtraction and you have a birth year of around 1887. Now Thomas Henry Tozer is actually a pretty common name, common enough that I couldn't confirm which was my Thomas Henry from this alone. I ordered a death transcript to see if that would narrow things down a little and yes, birth place was given as Gippsland, Victoria.
Off to the Victorian BDMs we go where there is a single Thomas Henry Tozer born to a Thomas Henry Tozer and a Mary Jane Grubb in 1888. The birth place however is listed as Ballarat East. Which is not in Gippsland. But death certificates are notoriously unreliable so we'll take both into account when continuing the search. Still, just to be sure I plug Mary Jane Grubb & Thomas Henry Tozer into the Victorian BDMs to see what else comes up and well, Houston we have a problem.