Saturday, May 20, 2017

Marriage of convenience ??

Burglary and Assault. — Thomas Robinson was brought up on Wednesday on remand, charged with having broken into the house of Mary Ann Wakefield, and assaulting her with intent to commit rape. The further evidence adduced was not of a satisfactory nature, and the case was dismissed.
SEPARATION. (1869, December 11). Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874), p. 2. TROVE

MARRIAGE A LA MODE. —On Thursday, T. Robinson appeared upon bail to answer the charge of having broken into the house of Mary Ann Wakefield, and assaulting her with intent. Mr. Bellas, who appeared for defendant, said that the parties were married, and as the wife could not appear against the husband, he asked his Worship that his client might be discharged. Mrs. Robinson was in Court, and it was not until we heard Mr. Bellas that we were enabled to account for the smiling faces of those who, we were under the belief, occupied the antagonistic positions of prosecutor and defendant. We know that generally speaking an amount of Courting is accomplished before marriage, but in this case it appears to have been almost entirely on the side of the bridegroom.
GETTING UP STEAM. (1869, December 18). Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874), p. 2. TROVE

Thomas ROBINSON married Mary Ann WAKEFIELD 14/12/1869

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Liquidations and Insolvencies.

Petitions have been filed for liquidation in the following estates.—

John Brace, of.Tambo, licensed victualler and blacksmith; liabilities £702 4s. 7d.; first meeting, October 3.

Timothy Hanley, of Warwick, cordial manufacturer ; liabilities, £365 9s. ; first meeting, October 4.

Richard Chappell and William Henry Jones of Macnade, near Mackay, sugar growers ; liabilities, £254 7s. Id.; first meeting, October 3.

The following have been adjudicated insolvent since our last issue:-—

John Negus, of Bulimba, carpenter, in forma pauperis.

Walter Smith, of Maryborough, mining engineer, in forma pauperis.

William John King, of Womblebank, near Mitchell, station manager.

George Henry Harnell, of Goodna, labourer, in forma pauperis.

Henry William Scase, of Toowoomba, groom, informa pauperis.

Thomas Peters, of Normanby, miner, in forma pauperis.

Charles Scarborough, of Brisbane, labourer, in forma pauperis; first,meeting, September 19.

Albert William Yarrow, of Charleville, labourer, in forma pauperis; first meeting, October 3.

Herbert Somner Clifford, of Mundoo, farmer, in forma pauperis.

Hampden Gibbon Livesey, Cairns, labourer, in forma pauperis.

Liquidations and Insolvencies. (1895, September 20). The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), p. 24. TROVE

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Brisbane Hospital Deaths

Deaths at the Hospital.— There was an unusual number of deaths at the Hospital during the fortnight ended on the 6th instant. The following are the particulars :— David Kirby, aged 40, miner, Brisbane ; died October 26, heart disease. William Brodie, aged 24, seaman, Dunwich ; died October 27, disease of spine. Elizabeth Gilmore, aged 46, housewife, Brisbane ; died October 28, cancer. Toorook, South Sea Islander, Indooroopilly, died October 30, phthisis. Philip Bride, aged 38, seaman, steamship Laura ; died November 3, strangulated hernia. Mick, South Sea Islander, Logan sugar factory ; died November 4, exhaustion after amputation. Lahore, South Sea Islander, South Brisbane ; died November 4, dysentery. Nils Renstrom, 43, ship carpenter, Thornborough; died November 4, pneumonia. Jeremiah Cadwallader, aged 28, farmer, Indooroopilly ; died November 6, typhoid fever.
No title (1880, November 10). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 2. TROVE 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


A RATHER novel case cropped up at the
Central Police Court, Sydney. Henry Davis,
21, a carpenter, was charged by Emily Davis,
22, with having assaulted her. The prosecutrix was in appearance a mere girl, and she gave evidence with some diffidence. When asked by Mr. Abbott, S.M., whether she stood in any relationship to the accused, she replied," If you please, your worship, I'm his grandmother." "His what?" exclaimed the bench."His grandmother, sir," was the reply. This somewhat startling statement was subsequently explained by the fact that Mrs. Davis recently married the defendant's grandfather, who is aged 74. The charge was eventually with drawn.
Intercolonial News. (1887, November 19). The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934), p. 29. TROVE

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Miss Elizabeth Armstrong, 71 years old, an eccentric recluse, died recently in a sanatorium, in West Springfield, Massachusetts, U. S. A., where she was taken alter being found in her, home at the point of starvation. She objected so firmly to being removed that it was necessary to cholroform her. Prior to removal to the sanatorium she had not been outside her dooryard in 25 years. In her home were found 3500 dollars in small bills, a large quantity of provisions which she had hoarded, and hundreds of skeletons of cats, dogs, mice, and other animals.
Her estate is valued at 50,000 dollars. She left no blood relations.
END OF A STARVED RECLUSE. (1912, June 24). Warwick Examiner and Times (Qld. : 1867 - 1919), p. 3. TROVE 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

A little known cemetery in Herberton

The Rose Lane Cemetery in Herberton is one of those cemeteries that has almost been lost to most of the current generation, including some of the Herberton locals.

Most of the information for this cemetery has been lost and only one headstone survives. Some research was done in the past in an effort to locate other grave sites within the cemetery, and while some locations have been identified, it is still unknown who is buried in those sites.

A notice board in the cemetery lists the names of the people who are supposed to be buried in the cemetery.

This link is a first attempt to publish the known information about the people who are supposed to be buried in the Rose Lane Cemetery. It will be updated as other information is gathered.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A good day at Paddy's Lagoon

It is truly amazing what you can find if you happen to ask the right person at the right time.

Traveling from Cloncurry to Normanton recently I called in at Donor's Hill station and spoke to the manager there about any possible graves on the property. The manager, Dan, informed me that he knew of only one grave at the junction of the Flinders and Gregory rivers, that it had no identifying marks and that it was hard to find. So, I continued on to Normanton.

In Normanton I began asking around if anyone knew of any McDOUGALLs or BAXTERs. I wanted to find George Frederick BAXTER and his wife, Mary Ann BAXTER (nee JOHNSTON), both of whose death certificates stated that they were buried at Paddy's Lagoon, which is part of the Donor's Hill station. George died 30th of July, 1898 and Mary died almost six years later on 20th July, 1904.

I was told to go to the BP service station in town and ask for a Jack O'NEIL who was one of the oldest people in town. When I arrived there were three men sitting in the driveway chatting, one was Jack, another was Ron STURMFELS and Pat GALLAGHER was also there, along with Wayne REEVES, the owner of the station who was balancing a tyre. I sat and began chatting and when I mentioned that I was looking for any information about any McDOUGALLs or BAXTERs, Wayne replied that he had a photograph of a BAXTER grave. "Let me finish balancing this tyre and I'll go and get it for you."

When he returned, he showed me two photographs of the same grave.

To my surprise it was my maternal great grand father, George Frederick BAXTER. It turns out that Wayne once worked on Donor's Hill station mustering a couple of decades ago and when he saw the grave he photographed it. I asked if he would be able to tell me how to find it, to which he gave me directions but added that it would be hard to find because of all of the growth over the past couple of decades.

I set off from Normanton at 6am to search for George in the cool of the day. Paddy's Lagoon is one hours drive south on the Burke Development Road where I find a gate that opens to a one time graded track along a boundary fence. I travel about three kilometers along the fence to the lagoon, which is about one kilometer long and up to eighty meters wide. It has a good supply of water in it, only because of recent rain and there is a small variety of bird life, including a couple of pelicans and half a dozen brolgas. First off I traverse the whole of the eastern side but don't find anything and then turn my attention the the western side.

About half way down the lagoon I come across a number of old stumps, too many together, and too many in straight lines to be natural vegetation. I remember Wayne telling me that these gidgee (Acacia cambagei) stumps were all that remained of the hotel that once stood there next to the lagoon. If I can find where the hotel once stood, then George and Mary Ann can't be far away.

I continue further towards the southern end of the lagoon and half a kilometer later I find what I'm looking for, George's grave.

What a lonely spot. The death certificate for his wife Mary Ann BAXTER (nee JOHNSTON) says that she is also buried here, I do hope she is with George to keep him company.

I find myself standing here on the 24th of July, 2016, six days short of 118 years after George had died wondering what sort of a life he must have had in such a place. I wonder if George and Mary were living in and or running the hotel further up the track.

Paddy's Lagoon is a quiet restful place with a good supply of water. There were two pelicans and about a dozen brolgas along with some ducks and other birds. There were only two cattle in the area.

Finding George's grave has made the trip to Normanton worthwhile.