Friday, November 15, 2013

Early lesson in Geography

One of the immigrants who arrived by the Whakatane stated he had heard that Cairns was the nearest port to the Darling Downs.

Town and Country. (1910, January 14). Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 - 1954), p. 3. TROVE

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Constance HODGSON

While looking at death notices on Trove I came across the following notice -

ARMSTRONG.-On the 14th February, at Hawthorn, Bulimba, Connie, adopted daughter of M. Armstrong, aged 3 years.

Family Notices. (1889, February 23). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 337. TROVE

Because I have ARMSTRONGs and HODGSONs on the tree and 'Connie' was only 3 years old, I decided to do a little research and this is what I have found.

Constance HODGSON died 14th February, 1889 and her parents were listed as William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND.

Constance HODGSON aged 2 years arrived on the Chyebassa in Brisbane 3rd March, 1888. She was listed in steerage and there doesn't seem to be any association with any other passenger; there were males in their 20s and 40s listed before and after her and none of the surnames appear to be connected with the name HODGSON

Constance was buried in the Balmoral Cemetery, Portion 1, #168
Then on 25th May, 1934, Mary Florence COOPER was buried in the same grave after she died the previous day and although I have not located her birth, her parents, James COOPER and Eliza MURRAY were married in Brisbane on the 29th of March, 1867.

I haven't been able to find any other mention of the couple William HODGSON and Mary STRICKLAND on passenger lists or in the Qld BDM index from 1829 to 1983. I thought that M. ARMSTRONG may have been Mary STRICKLAND but as I said previously, I have not found any connection.

I have posted this here in case someone is looking for Connie.

It was only a short life, and I can't imagine that it was very good.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


A remarkable case of a family being prostrated by ptomaine poisoning, the illness being attributed to the eating of ox tongue, came to light on Sunday. The Ambulance Brigade received a call during the afternoon and in response to it bearers proceeded to a place known as Mountain Camp. They there found five members of a family, Belinda   Pedwell (the mother), Victor Pedwell (aged 20), Albert Pedwell (15), Walter Pedwell (15), and Mary Priscilla Pedwell (17), to have been attacked. The eldest son Victor and the daughter May were in such a state as to necessitate their removal to the General Hospital, where, on inquiry later, they were reported to be out of danger and doing well. The other three sufferers, Mrs. Pedwell and the sons, Albert and Walter, were not so bad, and they recovered under the attention the ambulance men were able to afford. -Brisbane Courier.  

A FAMILY POISONED. (1918, March 14). Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), p. 2. TROVE

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Arthur Twible, 15, charged by George Sparkes, of Ultimo, joiner, his stepfather, with being under 16 years of age, and "found" wandering with persons having no lawful visible means of support, was ordered to be sent on board the Vernon.

POLICE. (1879, February 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. TROVE

Friday, September 06, 2013


(From our Correspondent)  

Tuesday, April 15.-Present, Dr. Dorsey, John Balfour, and John Rankin Esqs. This being the usual day for granting publicans licenses the following were granted, vis. :  

F.F. Dollman, Australian Hotel, East-street

James Jones, Three Crowns, Brisbane-Street

John Perry, Harp of Erin, Brisbane-street  

Joh Ensor, Red Cow, Bell-street

Stephen Broom, Albion Tavern, Nicolas-street  

Richard Lovell, Prince of Wales, East-street

John Brennan, North Star, Brisbane-street

John Clune, Shearer's Arms, Nicolas-street

John Burgess, Queen's Arms, East-street  

Bridget Burns, Crown Inn, Bell-street

Henry Savary, Shamrock, Brisbane-street    

Robert E. Dix, Bush Inn, Cunningham's Gap

Colin Peacock, Sportsman's Arms, Little Ipswich

John Smith, Wivenhoe Hotel, Wivenhoe    

W. P.Douyere, Jockey's Arms, Bigg's Camp  

Edmund Owens, Woolpack Inn

T. W, Hardgrave, St. Patrick's, Little Ipswich

A confectioner's lieense was granted to John Walton, and an auctioneer's license to Mr. Mansfield.  

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. (1851, April 19). The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), p. 2. TROVE

Saturday, August 17, 2013


The articles under this heading will be resumed on Saturday February 23. Meanwhile Mrs. Da Costa, of Petrie-terrace, has very thoughtfully sent the following interesting material which will be welcomed by old Queenslanders :- 

I saw in one of your late "Couriers" that some of your issues had been mislaid, and thought I might be able to stop a gap for you, as I have been a longer time in Queensland than even fifty years. My father, Mr. James Warner (formerly Sergeant at Arms in the Legislative Assembly), was sent here with Mr. J. C. Burnet, in 1837, to survey and lay out a township; this was during penal times. He purchased the first piece of ground on Kangaroo Point sold by the Government and built the fourth house erected, there being at that time only three houses, one belonging to Mr. Petrie, one in George-street, occupied by the officer-in-command (for, of course, that was in penal times), and the doctor's residence. The medical officer was Dr. Ballow, who lost his life through going down to report on a vessel which had come here with what was called plague, but was really a virulent form of typhus fever. The ship's doctor had died previous to her arrival, as also had nearly all of the 400 and odd immigrants on the vessel.

My father erected the first house on Kangaroo Point; sent then for my mother, who had to get a free pass, as no one was allowed in except convicts. My parents were married by Mr. Handt, the army chaplain. Upon my mother's first arrival, and for some months after, the officer-in-command of the regiment here placed his quarters at her disposal. The place was used for many years as an office for the Commissioner of Police before the new barracks were built at the "Green Hills." My oldest sister was born in the George-street building. Kangaroo Point was not a desirable place at first, as having been densely covered with vine scrub, it was literally alive with snakes, deaf adders, and other unpleasant reptiles.

The town was not open for some time after the survey, and when the prisoners were removed my parents were allowed the use of the old factories, one containing the treadmill for female convicts, the hospital, dead house, and sundry other buildings, on the land now known as New Farm. As soon as possible my father removed to Kangaroo Point (1844), where the writer of these notes was born. All our servants were convicts, even the male nurse who carried my oldest brother out every day, but he got so unmercifully teased by the fellow servants that he prayed my mother to give him anything to do but nurse the baby. He always went by the name of "Miss Betty," and the other men (in fun) would run to place stones on a wet place for fear "Miss Betty's" shoes would get wet. 

I well remember seeing the old mill, now the Observatory, grinding corn to make "ommaney" or hominy, for the convicts' use, and remember its disuse when "Dundally", the blackfellow was hanged in it. Many notable people came to see our garden, a sort of acclimatisation grounds. Fruit from every part of the world grew there, my father having a hobby for gardening. Amongst our "notables" I recollect Dr. Ludwig Leichhardt, who dined with us on his way out to Port Essington. He was journeying up to Toowoomba in company with Mr. Edward Lord. In publishing his last journey he mentions that he had that day (I forget the date) arrived at a station called Jimbour, which was then on the edge of the "pale of civilisation". What would we think if he came again to Brisbane? But I fear he has long passed away to his far home. He was a good-looking German-faced man. One of his party, Murphy, the taxidermist, went out afterwards with my father, getting and stuffing birds to send to England. One collection brought him £800. Murphy was a delightful companion. Another man who accompanied my father was poor Stapleton, who was found dead in the camp when father returned (he having been speared by the blacks during the party's absence) at Amity Point, for the Bay and islands were all surveyed by Mr. Burnet and my father. 

As soon as the convicts were removed there was of course a rush for this place from Sydney, and a large number of residents came up, most of whom have long passed away. As soon as our house on Kangaroo Point was finished (the first house built there) my parents took up their abode in it. I well remember seeing the convicts going through Queen-street every afternoon on their way back to the barracks, a soldier on either side of them. Those days were more pleasant when the Observatory Hill was thickly timbered, covered with mimosa and the lovely purple sarsaparilla, and we were not allowed to picnic there, as the blacks were too bad, and they used to drive away picnicking parties and confiscate the dinners - days when we, as girls, could take across the river a little cockle-shell of a boat laden with fruit and meet our girl friends on the bank opposite and "take shares;" and when the grass grew green all along Queen-street, except in the middle, where the convicts marched to their daily tasks; when the old paddle-wheel steamer, the Yarra-Yarra, used to make her way along, causing a great wave of water to follow in her wake, and we girls followed up rowing in our dingey, laughing to see all the passengers rushing to the side evidently expecting to see us all struggling in the water and requiring a "rescue." But we were all good sailors, both at handling and sailing boat, or rowing with sculls.

There was no Hamilton Reach or kiosk in those days. A good regatta was held every 24th May, when one of the Sydney boats was our flagship, and all the residents as one family, not split up into "sets," as they are now, no "toffs and silver tails," all good friends, and open-house wherever we went. Shafston and Mowbray's school were in full blast, and we walked from Kangaroo Point Ferry to Shafston to have a dance. No trams or buses. I do think the rising generation will forget the use of legs and how to use them. When we think of our four-mile walks to school and back, the grand-mothers can beat the up-to-date girls at taking exercise, prisoner's base, cricket, riding, rowing, and boating being our training for strong old age. All our beautiful spots are built over, and to go for a picnic we require steam or electricity. If we only had wings to surmount all the difficulties - well, that will come soon, and then we shall travel round, or take "just a flutter" every afternoon to get icecreams or see our country cousins. I love the railway carriage with its comfortable seat, but a tram is a horror, dust, noise, and all things unutterable.

At the time of which I write there was of course, no such place as "Queensland." I was severely reproved one day by a young Queenslander for calling myself a Queenslander. "How can you call yourself a Queenslander when we have not obtained (as yet) separation?" She was quite right. I was a cornstalk sure enough. The gaieties of Separation time I well remember. An invitation to the first Mayor's ball was sent to me though I was 270 miles away, by our favourite A.D.C. D. T. Seymour, and I was present at the landing of Sir George and Lady Bowen. Such a blazing hot day, too, when we all walked up to Dr. Hobbs's house to hear the Governor speak. After spending the whole morning being roasted by a summer sun we lunched at Captain Coley's house in George-street, and then walked (no trams) up the hill. I wonder if many of "our girls" would do that now.

If my few notes are of any use I shall be glad. 

FIFTY YEARS AGO. (1907, February 9). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 12. TROVE


Friday, August 16, 2013



Sir - It is interesting to read, your leading articles of 20th June, on " Fifty Years Ago" and " The Press." The writer is able to go back in experience to the modest starting of the "Moreton Bay Courier," when Mr. "Pegleg" Lyon, as he was called, launched the little craft. Mr. Lyon was assisted by the brother of the writer's mother, Mr. T. H. Green, merchant, from Waterloo Store, Sydney, and predecessor of the late J. and G. Harris, at South Brisbane, who was one of a family of eight or ten Greens and two Costins, who came to Sydney from England as cabin passengers in the barque Minerva in the Thirties. The late sculling champion was one of the family. When Mr. Lyon was editor of the little " Courier" the writer was printer's devil and distributor ; at the time the paper was printed in South Brisbane. That part of the city was for some time the most important centre-say, from '47 to '49; but later on the A.S.N. Company's steamer, which formerly berthed at the South Brisbane wharf, moved to North Brisbane. After Mr. Lyon we get William Wilks in the conduct of the " Courier," a vigorous and most facetious writer, as will be remembered by some old residents. Later on, we have on the literary staff Mr. Charles Lilley (now Sir Charles) and T. P. Pugh, T. B. Stephens, and a host of others, not forgetting the venerable James Swan, who had bought the paper in the meantime - most of them gone over to the great majority - men with perseverance and industry for anything, and the politics of the paper were generally sound. The gentlemen named were aided by such men as the late and Honourable George Raff (Honest George, as he was called), together with George Edmonstone and the late Robert Cribb, who fought our battles manfully and fearlessly in the   struggle against the introduction of   coolies and other alien races, and especially in the great fight for separation from New South Wales. - I am, sir, &c,

WM. J. Costin.

Brisbane, 24th June.

FIFTY YEARS AGO. (1896, June 30). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. TROVE

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Sir,-During the year 1914- an exceptionally large number of advertisements for next of kin, heirs at law, missing beneficiaries, and persona inquired for, for something to their advantage, appeared in British, Australian, and New Zealand newspapers, and a selection from the principle ot these may be of more than passing interest to your readers and of substantial benefit to some of thern. In every case tike persons wiiose names appear btlow, or their legal personal representatives, are known to have emigrated to, or were last heard of in, Australia or Now Zealand: John Henry Maudesley Adams; William John Adaqjs, left Armagh for Australia about 1874, and was last heard of at Tenterfield, N.S.W.; Henry Alien, stepbrother of Alfred Candy; Thomas and Elizabeth Anderson, nee Waugh; John Spence Anderson, late of Ktara, New Zealand; William Anderton, who visited Melbourne about 1908; Herbert Andrew, at Hobart, 1888; the widow and childreif of Francis Thornhill Bariow, who died at the Garrison Hospital, Sydney, about 1876; James Fitzgerald Barry and Ellen Barry, children of William Barry, CN*>kia, New Zealand; the children ot William Henry Batchelor, late of Blackheath, N.S. W.; .Frederick and Catherine Mina Baxter; David Bell, late of Liverpool, N.S.W.; .lamet. Billing, formerly of Auckland; R. W&lgewood Bishop, at Rockhamptou about 189/; James, William, and John Bird, sons of JoJeph and Mary; Alfred William Boddington; Florence Louisk Boothman, nee M'Keliar; Catherine Briffit, otherwise Crosby; Mary Briffitt. late of Sydney; John Egerton Broadley, late of Campbell Town, N.S.W.; George Brooker, late of Christchurch, New Zealand; Frederick William Brown, formerly of Woodfield; James Buchanan, son of William and Helen Buchar rl nee Croall; Hannah Cantrell, nee Dunph|; the representatives of George Carruthers, late of Auckland (deceased); RichtrL Whipple, last heard of -at Leongatha, VKtona; Harry Leonard Clough, born about 1854, l&te of New Zealand; William Comyn, formerly of Springgure, Queensland; the children of Henrietta Connelly, nee Martin, wne of Thomas Connelly'; John Cook, son ot Jonn, of Westmoreland; Augustus Cooper, son of William Cooper; Edward Covviiam, who arrived in Australia in 1884 or his representatives; Alfred Cowlin, son °f Frederick; William Gaw Dalzell, formerly of Belfast; Darnton, son of Joseph Darnton, formerly of Sydney, billiardmarker (deceased); Melville and William Dawson formerly of Perth, or their heirs; Harold Francis Dean, son of Thomas Henry Dean; the representatives of Leslie Prentice ic£n at L y, n dhurst Victoria, about itoO; William Delaney, formerly of Nunawading Victoria; John Deneby, who left Newmarket, County Cork, for Australia about 1862; George Henry Dennison. a native of Halifax, who left England for Australia, 1889; Emily and Mary Devine, born Longford, Ireland, daughters of Robert and Margaret Devine; Thomas Donaldson otherwise Slade, late of Otepopo, Otago New Zealand; Agnes Donnelly, or Donnel, who left 1 Lancashire for Queensland about 30 years ago; Adela Smedley Dowsett and her husband Thomas, who left England for Australia about 1852; Margaret Elizabeth Dudley, nee Callon; George Elderton, last heard of at Toora Station, Brisbane, 1899; John Elworthy and George Wilkina, last heard of at Creswick, ictoria, or their descendants; the next of kin of Sarah Evans, late of Bannockburn, New Zealand: Charles, otherwise Carl, Fanzelow, late of Makure, Wellington; -the brothers and sister of Mary Ann Fenwick, who married James Howlet, formerly of Gateshead; Agnes Finlay, nee Stroud; Patrick Flood, late of Karraway, near Kalgoorlie, W A Mrs French, nee Lobban, whose husband was a bank manager; James Phillips Galfivan, son of Matthew; John Colinson Gibbs, formerly of Cowra, N.S.W.. and later ol West Australia; the next of kin of Andrew Gillespie, believed to be a native of Dunedin, New Zealand; John Graham, son of ueorge; Rose Gracey, wife of Robert William Gracey; Caroline Amelia Grant or her father (Dr Charles Grant) or her mother (Caroline Grant), formerly of Taroagulla, Victoria, and later of Bourke and Porbe«, N.S.W.; the heirs of Carnegie Grant, late Weaver, of Arbroath, Scotland; David Grant, who left Scotland over 50 years ago a son of Carnegie Grant; Thomas Arnold Greenhalg, late of Glebe, N.S.W.; John Griffin, formerly of Dunedin, later of Queensland; the children of Eleanor' Guy, who died at Kumara, New Zealand; George Harvey, son of David Josiah Harvey, and last heard of in N.S.W.; James Harwood, formerly of Peakhill County, Lincoln; James Steel Hamilton, son of Jane; Elwick Lodewick Hayton: Hoberfc Henry Herald, son of Alfred Joseph Herald; James Heron, son of Rev. James Heron; Friend Thomas' Hill, son of Thomas; Charles James Holmes, late of Sydney; .Frederick Hosier (son of Ira and Ann Hosier), -who emigrated to Australia, or his children, Henry Hubert Hosier; the brothers and sisters.of Mary Ann Howlett, nee Fenwick; Peter Hughes, son of John and Betty Hughes; the children of Margaret Humphries; Albert Thomas Isaac#, who left Swansea for Adelaide about 1909, and afterwards went to Auckland, New Zealand Isemonger Anthony, formerly of Guernsey, and later of Auckland, New Zealand the children of Samuel Jackson, who was killed at Sandhurst, Victoria, 1672; Edward Nash Jenkins, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1875; Richard Jonnson, son of William Bnrley Johnson, who arrived in Sydney, per steamer Leonidas, in 1853; Evelyn May Jones, daughter of Mary Barron Jones; George Llewellyn Jones, late of Adelaide; Thomas Jones, a sailor, son of Hugh and Margaret- Jones; John Kelleher, formerly of Ballymague, County Cork, or his next of kin; William King, Tate of Wilgar JDowns, N.S.W.; Klien or Stewart Bethia, formerly of Christchurch. New Zealand Henry Langlands (called Harry), son of John Langlands; James Lawrence, formerly of Repfrew; Louis Coleman Lawrence, born 1857, a son of Jdhn and Isabella Lawrence, and last heard of at Dunedin, New Zealand; the nephews and nieces of Bettina Loftus; William Macintosh, late of Whittlesea, Victoria; Austin Mason, Elizabeth Mason, and Frances Mason, children'of John Valentine Mason; John Stamper Maunruell, born Wigton, 1846; John M'Aleece, son qi Robert; James M'Aleer, bom County Tyrone, a son of Felix M'Aleer; Charles and Eugene M'Carty, relatives of Allan M'Donald, late of Caruentaria Downs Station, Queensland; Henry M'Ewan, or M'Keown, son of Joseph; James M'Fettridge, last heard of at Kalgoorlie and York, W.A.; Bernard M'Namee, -born County Tyrone, and who emigrated to Australia in 1820, or his representatives; Simon Peter Cundy Millar, late of Sydney; William Henry Snell Millar, who arrived in Australia about 1888; Russell Miller, -son of Charles Russell; Francis Hilliar Needs; Frederick Ackworth New, formerly of Carndu Trefisis, William Martin Luther Nicoll; the children of Hannah Odgers; Joseph and Caroline Paine, who at one time resided in New Zealand, or their descendants; Charles Park, son of Charles Park, and late of Sydney; William Paterson, formerly of Btechan and late of Sydney Jessie Mabel Petherick, daughter of Julius Evan Petherick, last heard of at Snake Island, W.A.; Thomas Bakewell Phillips, last heard of at Forsyth, Queensland; Leonard Pocock, formerly of Winchester; Alfred Edward Potts, formerly of Knatchbull road, Cainberwell; George R. Prico, last heard of at Gladstone, Queensland; John Quinlivan, born 1856, County Clare, a son of Patrick and Ann Quinlivan, nee M'Namara; William Rewcastle, formerly of Gateshead, who arrived in Australia, 1867, and was employed as steward in a passenger boat trading between Melbourne and Sydney Lord Reginald Russell, who married Mina Agal in Melbourne, 1881; John Seabrook, at Sydney 1877; Ilenry Ellis Grcsham Simmons, late of New Plymouth, New Zealand; Mrs Frances Silverlock, late of Sydney; Johanna Slattery, daughter of David and Bridget Slattery; George Smith, born 1828, a son of William Smith, or his children George Benstead Steele, son of Jane Steele; John Thomas and William Stevens, formerly of Tasmania- and New South Wales; Ross Strehler, born 1853, left Hillman Basle for New Zealand in 1880; James Sullivan, otherwise Dignam, son of Mary Dignam; Stansfield Sutcliffe, formerly of Beverley, England; Henry Taylor, formerly of Wick, Scotland, or his son, Henry Taylor, at South Melbourne 1880; Grace Thompson, who left Blackwall Dock for Queensland 1890, or her relatives; Frances Amelia Tomholt, otherwise Dearie, nee Henderson, formerly of Melbourne and Sydney, and once connected with the vaudeville business, to claim a considerable sum of money; George John Torrens, son of Elizabeth; George Tuckwell, a native of Wellington, New Zealand; David Wallace, a native of east of Fife, Scotland, who emigrated to New Zealand about 1867, and was afterwards beard of at Dunedin; Hamilton Wallis, born 1830, last heard of in South Brisbane 1870; children of Richard Cutter White, who died :n Melbourne about 1882; Charles Stevensbn Wrack, formerly of New Zealand and late of Sydney. Should any of your readers feel themselves interested, i will be pleased to give them any further information I possess o„n application —I am, eto., Tnos. W. Lloyd. Llovds' Next of Kin and Unclaimed Money Offices, 80 Swanston street, Melbourne, 24th December, 1914.

Appeared in the Otago Daily Times,  22 January 1915    

Friday, July 26, 2013

Arthurstone 1879

To Captain James Hughes, Commander ship Arthurstone. 

Dear Sir,-We, the undersigned, single girls on board your vessel, beg you to accept this trifling present from us as a small token of our sincere regard and gratitude to you for your manifold kindness to us during our voyage from Queenstown to Brisbane.

August 2, 1879.

Bessie     SMITH,    Harriet     BRADSHAW,
Bella     CRANSTON,    Annie     SMITH,
Eliza     JORDAN,    Irene     DUBOIS,
Lizzie     O'SULLIVAN,    Alice     ALLEN,
Sarah     SHARPLES,    Ellen     KEANE,
Julia     SULLIVAN,    Mary     ARMSTRONG,
Annie     DOWNING,    Ellen     PARKER,
Emily     PECKHAM,    Lillian     BONNEY,
Zara     BEECK,      Susan     TIERNEY,
Mary    KINNELLY,    Norah     WALSH,
Margaret     KEITH,    Merran     KEITH,
Georgenia     KEITH,     Janet     KEITH,
Elizabeth     OAKLEY,     Jane     IRVINE,
Johanna     HARRINGTON,     Alice     TIMBRELL,
Maria     CRONIN,     Bridget     WALSH,
Ellen     DRISCOLL,     Annie     SCOTT,
Jane     SCOTT,     Kate     KELLY,
Jane     KENNY,     Sarah     WILSON,
Caroline    ROCHELL,     Rosa     HARPER,
Bessie     RALPH,     Mary     RALPH,
Margaret     PARK,     M.J.     PORT,
P.    FETTSILL,     M.    OAKLEY,
P. Mary     TIERNEY,

To Miss Bessie SMITH, Miss Harriet BRADSHAW, Miss Bella CRANSTON, and the other single girls signing the above address. 

I have to thank you all for the kind token of your sincere regard to me as captain of the ship Arthurstone, which conveyed you safely to these shores, and can assure you that I feel your kindness and gratitude very much indeed, and this   expression of your satisfaction gives me very  great pleasure. 

It pleases me to know that in doing my duty  as captain in command of an emigrant vessel 

I have met with such a substantial recognition as I have received from you, and I sincerely trust that you may all enjoy good health and prosperity in this your adopted country. Again thanking you,

I remain,

Yours faithfully,

James Hughes, 

Brisbane, August 4, 1879.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Called At Queensland Office

RECENT visitors to the office of tbe Agent-General for Queensland in London included Mr. A. F. Armstrong, Miss M. A. Bramma, Dr. S. W. Byran, Mr. G. H. Barlow, Miss Beryl Carr, Professor and Mrs. Cumbrae-Stewart, Dr. and Mrs. H. K. Denham, Mrs. J. Darlington, Mr J. Gordon Holmes, Mrs. Persia E. Porter, Mrs. C. E. Robinson, and the Misses Robinson, Miss Margaret E. Smith, and Mr. W. F. Yeo (all of Brisbane); Miss Grace E. Baker and Mrs. Mabel V. Brown (Townsville), Miss Jean Elwing (Rockhampton), Mr. H. Hocking (Kununa), Mr Henry M. Mikalsen (Cairns), Miss B. W. Oakes (Chllders), Miss O'Flanagan (Charters Towers), Miss Annabelle Rankin (Howard), Mr. and Mrs. David Young (Kingaroy).

Called At Queensland Office. (1936, December 29). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 14. TROVE

Friday, June 28, 2013


Recent visitors to the office of the Agent-General for Queensland in London included Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Aiken, Mrs. W. P. Cooksley, Misses G. Darlington, Elsie Kohler, Dr. and Mrs. H. N. M. Puckle, Messrs H, Hocking, W. F. Yeo (all of Brisbane), Miss Grace E. Baker (Townsville) , Mr. Henry M. Mikalsen (Cairns), and Miss Blanche W. Oakes (Childers).

QUEENSLAND OFFICE CALLERS. (1936, December 4). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 26. TROVE


Friday, June 21, 2013



The following is a list of the passengers by the Orient Company's steamer Ormuz which will leave Sydney at noon to-day for London, via ports:- Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Drysdale, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Conran, Mr. E. Conran, Rev. P. O'Reilly, Rev. P. I. Baugh, Mrs. Blackman, Mrs. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Windsor and child, Mrs. Arthur Feez, Miss Feez, Mr. and Mrs. B. Waterhouse, Mr. H. T. Ivey, Mr. Francis, J. Doddimeade, Mr. H. C. Clift, Mr. Pharzyn, Mr. R. A. Moxon, Mr. H. J. Ulph, Mr. Balthasar, Mrs. Barnes, Miss Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schaltz, Mr. W. Craven, Miss Craven. Mr. J. Allison, Mrs. L. M. Foster, Mr. R. R. Pilkington, Mr. G. M. Royle, Mr. Royle, jun., Mr. and Mrs. Leroux, child, and maid, Mr. J. L. Reid, Mrs. Gillett, Mr. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. M'Coll, Rev. H. J. Campbell, Mr. Frank Creed, Mr. Sidney Creed, Mr. K. G. Hearne, Mr. Hepworth, Mr. and Mrs. King Hedley, Mrs. M'Coll, Mrs. J. C. Hoad, Miss M. Selby-Tucker, Mrs. M'Lellan, Mr. M. A. Stewart, Mrs. L. M'Auslan, Miss Doris M'Auslan, Miss Peggy M'Auslan, Mr. Jenkinson, Mr. E. P. Humphrey, Mrs. Morris and child, Mr. and Mrs. Kentish, Mr. Dawson, Mr. A. D. Lubecki, Mr. W. A. Wignall, Mrs. Marriott, Miss Millie Hills, Mrs. Garner, Mr. G. Weller, Mr. Scobles and party, Mr. and Mrs. Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, Miss Falder, Mr. and Mrs. S. Heiser and five children, Messrs S. Heiser and M. Heiser, Mr. and Mrs. M. Heiser and child, Mr. T. Kelly.

PASSENGERS BY THE ORMUZ. (1905, February 11). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 12. TROVE


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Births Deaths and Marriages 1840 to 1845

Found in the Colonial Magazine and Commercial Maritime Journal
by Trish in Nowra




Page 274 -

CORDEAUX, William, Esq, late Deputy Assist-Commissary General to the forces,
on 7th Aug, at Leppington, New South Wales.

Page 412 -

FISHER, Thomas, Esq, at Cambridge, New South Wales.

GRIFFIN, Mrs B.P., on 3rd September, at Elizabeth-street, South Sydney, New
South Wales

PAMLEY, W. Esq, son of, at Sydney, New South Wales.

Page 537 -

CLARK, Mr William, of the Bank of Australasia, wife, of a daughter, on the
30th Sept, at Sydney.

CORMACK, Mrs, of a daughter, on the 6th Oct, at Sydney, New South Wales.

HECTOR, Mrs Thomas, of a son, on the 9th Oct, at Cumberland Place, Sydney,
New South Wales.

MENZIES, Robert, Esq, lady, of a daughter, on the 29th Sept, at Minnamurra,

MANSFIELD, Rev. R., wife, of a son, on the 6th Oct, at Sydney.

SALAMON, Mr Edward, merchant, to Henrietta, second daughter of Mr Solomon
LEVIEN, at Sydney, New South Wales.

TAYLOR, Thomas Joseph, to Emma SILVESTER, on the 14th September, at St
Phillip's Church, Sydney, New South Wales.

WILTON, Rev. Charles, P.N. M.A., to Charlotte Albinia, eldest daughter of
Major B. SULLIVAN, J.P., on the 10th Oct, at Christ Church, Newcastle, New
South Wales.

EVERUDEN, Thomas, Esq, J.P, on 23rd Sept, at Bathurst.

HOSTLER, Mr Frederick, infant daughter of, on 23rd September, at Parramatta,
New South Wales.

RUSSELL, Mr S, infant daughter of, on 1st Oct, at Sydney, New South Wales.



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BURROWS, Mr Nathan, of Muscle Brook, to Miss TUCKWELL, on Dec 21st, at

RUCKER, Mr John, of the firm of Messrs John Wilson, Son and Co, to
Elizabeth, third daughter of Mr Joshua HOLT, on Dec 31st, at Sydney.

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BEST, Hon. J.C., Capt, H.M.'s 50th Regiment and youngest son of Lord
WYNFORD, on the 13th February, at Norfolk Island, by the upsetting of a


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CHESSAR, Capt, late - of the "Mary Ridgway", on February 17th, at Port

VOLUME 4 - No listings.


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A'BECKETT, A, Esq, lady, of a daughter, on the 23rd July, at Sydney.

A'BECKETT, W. Esq, lady, of a son, on the 1st May, at the Grange, Newtown

CAVANAGH, G. Esq, of a daughter, on the 13th April, at Melbourne.

HALLEN, A. Esq, lady, of a daughter lately, at Rushcutters' Bay.

LABIILIERE, C.E. Esq, lady, of a son, on the 5th Oct, at Melbourne.

LUNDIE, C. Esq, Civil Engineer, lady, of a son, on the 9th July, at Surrey

MAJORIBANKS, Mrs E, of a son, on the 21st Aug, at Sydney.

McCUTCHEON, J. Esq, lady, of a daughter, on the 5th Oct, at Sydney.

RYDER, T.U. Esq, lady, of a son, on the 15th July, at Sydney.

WARDELL, Lieut, 28th Regt, lady, of a daughter, on the 18th Sept, at

WELLER, Mrs G., of a son, on the 21st May, at the Glebe, Sydney.

BARTON, J. Esq, son of the late Lieut-General C. BARTON, to Emily Maria,
eldest daughter of Major DARVALL, formerly of the 9th Drags, on the 30th
July, at Sydney.

BAYLEY, N.P., Esq, of Mudgee, to Ellen, third daughter of the late Rev C.
DICKENSON, on the 28th May, at Parramatta.

CAMPBELL, D. Esq, to Catherine Ann, daughter of J.T. GOODSIR, Esq, Deputy
Assistant Commissary-General, on the 14th May, at Sydney.

CARNEGIE, Esa, of Edinburgh, to Elizabeth Mary, only daughter of W. HART Esq
of Sydney, on the 18th March, at Sydney.

CHESTER, E. son of the late Rev M. CHESTER, of the Hon. Merchant Tailors'
School, Great Crosby, Lancashire, to Sarah Ann, youngest daughter of the
late Lt. T. LOVELESS, R.N., Her Majesty's Ship "Asia", on the 16th July, at

COMER, E. Esq, of Mittagoag (sic), to Eliza, only daughter of J. EDROP, of
Sydney, on the 30th July, at Parramatta.

GREEN, F.O.S. Esq, to Isabella, second daughter of Quartermaster COULSON,
late of H.M. 3rd Regiment, on the 27th April, at Maitland.

GROSE, J.A. Esq, to Miss Elizabeth SLATER, on the 30th May, at Sydney.

HOGG, F.M. Esq, of Calcutta, to Ann Geraldine, third daughter of G.H.
GIBBONS, Esq, of Sydney, on the 2nd March, at Sydney.

HOUSTON, W. of Oahua Bay, Coromandel Harbour, New Zealand, to Elizabeth,
daughter of the late J. BUCHANNAN, Esq, of Paisley, lately, at Sydney.

KATER, H.H. Esq, to Eliza Charlotte, second daughter of Major DARVALL,
formerly of the 9th Drags, at Sydney.

MURRAY, S.H. Esq, 50th Regiment, second son of the late Hon. L.G.K. MURRAY,
and grandson of John, fourth Earl of Dunmore, to Susan, second daughter of
H.C. SEMPILL Esq, of Baltrees, on the 16th September, at Sydney.

PERKINS, J. Esq, merchant, Launceston, to Em. Frances, daughter of W.
WATCHORN, merchant, Hobart Town, on the 23rd April, at Maitland.

RICHARD, H.A. to Dorothea, daughter of John EARL Esq, of Patrick's Plains,
lately, at Maitland.

RODD, R.A. Esq, of Tremayne, Wollombi, to Amelia, second daughter of S.
MARSHALL, Esq, R.N. on the 30th June, at Rosebrook.

SOMERSET, H.C.C. eldest son of the Rt. Hon and Rev. Lord W.G.H. SOMERSET,
and nephew to Henry, fifth Duke of Beaufort, to Elizabeth Alice, only
daughter of His Excellency Major-Gen Sir M. O'CONNELL, K.C.H., on the 10th
Sept, at Sydney.

SPARK, A.B. Esq, to Frances Maria, relict of the late H.W. RADFORD, Esa.
Surgeon, H.M. 62nd Regiment, on the 27th April at Cook's River.

THORNTON, G.A. Esq, to Mary Ann, second daughter of J. SOLOMON, of Sydney,
on the 4th Aug, at Sydney.

CHAMBERS, Mary, daughter of David CHAMBERS, Esq, lately of Magherafelt,
county Londonderry, Ireland, on the 28th April, at Leitrim, near Sydney.

COCHRANE, James Esq, surgeon, on the 29th April, at East Maitland.

COBB, John, Esq, aged 37, on the 7th April, at Anambah, Hunter's River.

GIBSON, Andrew, Esq, J.P., on the 22nd Sept, at Terranna, near Goulburn.

GRANT, Dr James, in his 52d year, on the 19th April, at Agar Cottage,

GIBBON, Mary, wife of Mr Gerald GIBBON, of Sydney, in her 50th year, on the
24th May, at Sydney. Mrs GIBBON was very nearly related to the O'CONNELL
family. Her mother, the late Mrs SUGHRUE, and the father of Sir Maurice O'CONNELL,
were brother and sister.

JOLLY, Mr Alex, surgeon: drowned on the 29th March while bathing in Geelong

LOWE, Lieut, R.N. lately at Liverpool Plains.

McCRAE, Margaret, widow of Wm Gordon McCRAE, Esq, on the 26th March, at Port

MULFORD, H.W. Esq, merchant, late of Belfast, lately, at Sydney.

ROACH, the lady of John Esq, on the 15th April, at Port Philip.

STAPYLTON, G.W.C. Esq, of the surveyor-general's department. He was
murdered by the blacks, lately, near Moreton Bay.

SOUTH, John Bere, Esq, aged 25, on the 25th March, at Sydney.

WELLER, Eliza, wife of George WELLER, Esq, aged 84, on the 1st June, at the
Glebe, Sydney.

WILLSHIRE, James, Esq, aged 70, on the 9th Sept, at Sydney.


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ECKFORD, Dr - lady, of a son, on the 4th Feb, at Liverpool, New South Wales.

GORE, T, Esq - lady, of a daughter, on the 21st Feb, at Sydney.

GRANT, Capt A. (late of the 61st Regt) - lady, of a son, on the 23rd Feb, at
Walscoart Lodge, Balmain, New South Wales.

GRAY, C.G., Esq - lady, of a son, on the 14th Feb, at Huntington, Port

MARR, A. to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr Angus ALLISON, late of the
Royal Exchange, Glasgow, on the 18th Feb, at the Royal Exchange, Sydney, by
the Rev. Dr. Lang.

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BETTS, Mrs John, of a daughter, at her residence, at the Sydney Glebe, on 13

BRETON, Mrs Le, of a son, on 23rd March, at Woolloomoolloo Sydney.

BRUCE, Mrs, of a son, on the 25th Feb, at her residence, Castlereagh-street,

GORE, R.C., Esq, lady, of a daughter, on the 17th Jan, at Sydney.

GRANT, John, Esq, M.D., lady, of a son, on the 24th March, Pitt-street,

HALL, H., Esq, lady, of twins (two boys) on 8th Jan, at Charnwood,
Queanbeyan, Murray.

SMITH, Mrs John, of a daughter, on 12th Feb, at Birnam Wood, Hunter River.

THOMPSON, John Carvick, Esq, Commercial Bank, to Miss Mary Anne WOOD,
daughter of Mrs MARR, Castlereagh-street, Sydney, on 1st March, by the Rev.
Thomas Steele, at St Peter's Church, Newtown.

BARDS, Mr James - on 21st March, aged 36 years, many years whaling master
from the Port of Sydney, much regretted by all who knew him.

BEERS, Capt - 80th Regiment Military Commandant, on the 28th February, of
apoplexy, at Port Phillip.

DRUITT, Margaret - the wife of Major DRUITT, on 23rd February, at Mount
Druitt, Sydney.

FLEMING, Thomas, Esq, aged 42, eldest son of the late Dr FLEMING, Hospital
Staff, and brother to the Rev C.B. FLEMING, of Melbourne, at Kingston.

MACKAY, Captain John - for many years a Commander in the India Service, aged
64, on 9th March, at his residence Balmain, Sydney.

TAYLOR, William, Esq - Admiral of the Red, in the 82nd year of his age, at
Maize-hill, Greenwich.  He was the only surviving officer who accompanied
Captain COOK on his voyage round the world, and was present at his death.

WHITE, Mr James - aged 41 years, on the 20th February, at his residence at
Edinglassie, Hunter River.

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HEYDON, Mrs T - of a son, on the 21st March, at Bloomfield, near Sydney, New
South Wales.

HILL, Capt E.H. - lady, of a daughter, on the 25th March, at Dalswinton,
near Sydney, New South Wales.

NEVISON, Mrs, of a son, on the 5th March, at Cliffdale, near Sydney, New
South Wales.

HODGSON, A. Esq, J.P., of Darling Downs, Moreton Bay, second son of the
Reverend E. HODGSON, Vicar of Richmansworth, Herts, to Eliza, eldest
surviving daughter of Sir James   DOWLING, C.J. of New South Wales, on the
30th March, by the Rt. Rev Dr Broughton, Lord Bishop of Australia, at St
James' Church, Sydney.

ALLEN, J. - Mary, the wife of - on the 10th March, at Port Macquarie, from
being accidentally thrown out of her cabiolet.  The deceased was of the
advanced age of 84 years, 42 of which she had been resident in the colony,
and by her various good qualities had endeared herself to a numerous and
respectable circle of acquaintance.  She was buried at St Thomas' Church, on
the 12th instant, and was followed to the grave by a large assemblage of
friends, who were deeply impressed by the solemnity of the occasion, and
will long lament her untimely fate.

FELTON, M. Esq, Surgeon - Deeply regretted by all who had the pleasure of
his acquaintance, on the 31st March, at his residence, in Hunter-street,

HENDERSON, Kezia Jane - wife of J. HENDERSON, Esq, on the 30th March, at her
residence, Clanville, Cook's River, New South Wales.

WARBURTON, Mrs Ann - widow of the late Rev J. WARBURTON, Rector of Valentia
Island, on the 29th March, at the residence of her son, at Pyrmont, near
Sydney, New South Wales.

WILSON, A.W. Esq - Aged 32 years, on the 30th March, at Sydney.

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LAVEN, J.C. Esq - lady, of a daughter, on the 12th June, at Sydney, New
South Wales.

HARRIS, John jun, of Lower George-street, Sydney, to Catherine Lucy,
daughter of the late Mr William UNDERWOOD, of the Parramatta-road, on the
3rd May, at Sydney.

KEMMIS, Arthur, Esq - on the 7th February, after a short illness, at
Melbourne, Port Phillip.  The deceased was second son of the late Rev.
Thomas KEMMIS, of Brockley Park, in the Queen's County, Ireland, and much
regretted by a numerous circle of friends.


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LUGARD, Henry Williamson, Esq, of the Royal Engineers, to Margaret, eldest
daughter of Mrs McHENRY, of Parramatta, on 14th May, at Parramatta.

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BENNETT, George, Esq, Surgeon F.L.S. - lady of, a daughter, on 11th July, at

COUTTS, Mrs Thomas, of a daughter, on the 8th July, at Sydney, New South

HUSLTER, William, Esq, High Sheriff - lady of, a son, on 8th July, at
Linthorpe, New South Wales.

JOHNSON, Mrs H.W., of a daughter, on the 8th July, at Sydney.

SALAMON, Mrs Edward, of a daughter, on 21st July, at Sydney.

CANNAN, Kearsey, Esq, Surgeon, of Sydney, to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr
SIDDINS, of South Head, on the 9th July, at St Philip's Church, Sydney, New
South Wales.

DUNCAN, Mr David, to Anna Romana, daughter of John CADE, Esq, of Port
Phillip, late of Ockbrook, Derbyshire, on the 1st June, at Hobart Town.

GRAVELY, Mr Arthur, to Sarah Blanchard, second daughter of the late Mr
Joseph LLOYD, of Norwood, Surrey, on 8th July, at Sydney, New South Wales.

HOLT, Mr John, to Miss Ann PRISTON, on the 8th August, at St Lawrence
Church, Sydney.

LESSLIE, Mr William, late of Dunbar, Scotland, to Hephzibah, youngest
daughter of Mr C. GORDON, of Double Bay, Sydney, on 23rd July, at Sydney.

MACKEY, George, E. Esq, I/P of Warronley, Port Philip, to Miss Fanny DIGHT,
of Richmond, on 1st June, by special licence, at Sydney, New South Wales.

MARSH, Charles W., Esq, to Janetta Maria, youngest daughter of the late
Major McLEOD, of Talisker, on 16th July, at St Peter's Church, Newtown, New
South Wales.

RUSSELL, Frederick Brown, Esq, of Her Majesty's 28th Regiment, to Mary
Elizabeth, third daughter of Sir John JAMISON, Knight, M.C. of Regentville,
on 4th June, by special licence, at Sydney, New South Wales.

WHITELAW, John, Esq, to Eliza, eldest daughter of the late John SIMPSON,
Esq, of Toxteth Park, Liverpool, on 16th July, at Hopewell, New South Wales.

WISE, George Foster, Esq, eldest son of Edward WISE, Esq, of Bembridge, Isle
of Wight, to Frances Lucy, daughter of the late Milbourne MARSH, Esq, of
Jamaica, and niece of the late Sir Francis FORBES, Chief Justice of New
South Wales, on 21st June, at Scone, New South Wales.

YOUNG, Joshua Richmond, Esq, merchant, to Mary, second daughter of the late
Robert SCOTT, Esq, of Turin, Forfarshire, Scotland, on 2nd August, at St
James's Church, Sydney, New South Wales.

GORDON, James, Esq, of Forcett, New South Wales, on 18th August, aged 63
years.  He was for many years a leading public character, although for
several years retired from public life.

GRAHAM, Miss Eliza, second daughter of James GRAHAM, Esq, a resident in the
colony of New South Wales, and Grand-daughter of the late George GRAHAM,
Esq, M.P. and Lord-Lieut. of the County of Kinross, in Scotland, on board
the "Medusa" on her passage from England.

McINTOSH, Mr John, Chief Constable of Goulbourne, on 6th July, at Tourang
Stockade, New South Wales.

MILLER, Mrs Sarah, formerly of Holcombe, Somersetshire, on 26th June, at
Parramatta, aged 36 years.  Her husband and five children have sustained an
incalculable loss.  The deceased was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist
Society for many years, which she first joined in France.  During her
residence in this colony, she showed how Christians ought to live, and her
last great act was to show Christians how to die.  The poor and sick of
Parramatta have lost no ordinary friend.

PEACOCK, Christiana, wife of Mr George PEACOCK, Post Master of Sorell Town,
on the 9th July, at the School House, Sorell Town, New South Wales.

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BERRY, Thomas Taylor, late of Manchester, Dec 10, on board the "Champion",
on his passage to Australia.

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ELLIS, Mrs Elias, of a daughter, on 8th Sept, at Sydney, New South Wales.

ICELY, Mrs, of a son, on 11th Sept, at Sydney, New South Wales

Friday, May 31, 2013


On Saturday last, a person named Henry GIBBS, who has lately committed several robberies on board the shipping in harbour, was apprehended by Inspector PEARCE while passing the Police Office.  Numerous articles of dress, since identified as the property of various persons on board the ships Navigator, Louisa, Sultana, and other vessels, were found concealed at his lodgings.  This scoundrel had been bragging at the public houses he frequented that he was able to change his dress fifty times in the course of twenty-four hours, and judging from the stock of wearing apparel found in his possession, there is little doubt but the fellow, Proteus-like, assumed that number of disguises to enable him the more effectually to carry on his depredations.  On Monday the prisoner was taken before the Mayor, and subsequently was committed to take his trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.  This accomplished youth is a late importation from Van Diemen's Land, and it is to be hoped that that he will be shortly sent back to that colony.

The Sydney Record, dated 30 March 1844

Woman's Death in Valley

Tests by the Government Analyst have failed to disclose any trace of poison in the organs of May Condon, whose body was found in a railway cutting in the Valley, Brisbane, about a fortnight ago. The report confirms the police theory that the woman died from malnutrition and exposure.

State News In Brief. (1935, November 7). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 46. TROVE


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Valley Mystery

Valley Mystery. - "Bubbles", a diminutive fox terrier, was the clue that led to the identification of the body of May Condon (23), whose body was found in the railway cutting behind Foy and Gibson's old premises in the Valley, Brisbane. All indications point to the dog, the woman's inseparable companion, having stood guard over his dead mistress for three days, when weakened by starvation, he made his way back to the residential where she had lived. At first it was thought that the woman was the victim of foul play, but a post-mortem examination showed no marks of violence, nor suggested any cause of death. Until the Government Analyst's report on his analysis of the contents of the stomach is received the Government Pathologist (Dr. Derrick) will not furnish a certificate of death.

State News In Brief. (1935, October 31). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 46. TROVE



Body On Railway Embankment Toowoomba. Monday

Evidence that Mary Condon, late of Quay Street, North Quay, Brisbane, was always half fed was given at the inquest into her death before Mr. M. Gallagher, P.M., in the coroners Court to-day. Condon's body was found on the railway embankment at the rear of Foy and Gibson's premises, Wickham Street, Valley, on October 24. Daphne Logan, a married woman living apart from her husband and residing in Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, said she had known the deceased for three and a half years. Witness last saw her alive on the Monday night prior to her death about 9.30 o'clock. The deceased was walking at the rear of a furniture shop in Gotha Street. On the afternoon of October 24 witness identified the body at the city morgue. About four months prior to this the witness and a friend had met the deceased in Barry Parade. The deceased said she was worried because she had had nothing to eat for a couple of days. Witness gave her some apples and pears. The deceased was of a quiet nature, and kept very much to herself. She drank only in moderation. Witness had always considered deceased to be somewhat 'mental.' She was always half fed and was under-nourished. She used to spend her money on dog racing, and had owned a greyhound known as Alison's   Whisper.   The inquiry was adjourned back to Brisbane.

DEAD WOMAN WAS HALF FED. (1935, December 24). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 15. TROVE

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hoped One Would Win Race

Evidence that the deceased used to buy plenty of food, but that she used to give it to her dogs, with one of which she hoped to win a race at Kedron Park, was given at the inquest yesterday into the death of Mary Condon (31), of Quay Street, North Quay. Plainclothes Constable Robert Gordon Hayes said the deceased was found dead in a laneway off Gipps Street Valley, near the railway line, on the morning of October 28. The Government Pathologist (Dr. E. H.   Derrick) issued a post-mortem certificate showing the cause of death as under-nourishment and heart failure. It appeared that she bought food, but she gave it to her dogs, doing without herself. Her kangaroo dog had not won any races, although it had been entered. As far as he could find out she had paid the entrance fees. She was known as Mary Condon. May Condon, Mary May Condon, and May Magdalene Condon.


Robert John Lawson Brahe, of Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, said the deceased used to have a room at the house where he lived. She had two dogs - a kangaroo dog with a broken tail, named Alison's Wish or Alison's Whisper; and a fox terrier with a broken tail, called Bubbles. She kept the fox terrier in her room and the kangaroo dog under the house. She said she had entered the kangaroo dog in coursing events at Kedron Park, and she appeared to have hopes of winning a prize. The dog was well enough nourished to win a race. She used to buy plenty of "'tucker", but she was frail, and appeared to be delicate. Mr. J. W. Cockings (Deputy Coroner) adjourned the hearing to a date to be fixed.

WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR DOGS. (1935, December 6). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 12. TROVE

Monday, May 06, 2013


Anyone searching for the surname MEHRENS on the Brisbane City Council grave finder should use MEBCENS to find Bridget and Henry and their daughter Dora Catherine who are all buried together in the Balmoral Cemetery, Portion 5, #177


Monday, April 08, 2013



A shocking tragedy has been committed at Midhurst, in the Taranaki district, writes the Wellington correspondent of the Melbourne Age. Humphrey Hancock, a widower, forty-one years of age, first stabbed his daughter, a girl of twenty, in the back, and then cut her throat, afterwards committing suicide by throwing himself down a well. Maria Hancock kept home for her father and brothers and sisters after her mother's death, which took place two years ago. Father and daughter quarrelled about five weeks ago over the latter "frizzing" her hair. Her father threatened to cut her hair off, and her brother had to interfere to prevent its being done. There was another quarrel the evening before the tragedy over a photograph of herself and two lady friends, which she missed from her box. She asked her father if he had taken it, and he replied "No." She then said that no one else would go to her box, and her father retorted, "Then you call me a liar" and struck her. The daughter, then spoke of leaving home and going to service. He told a young woman who was visiting the house that his daughter would never go into service, and advised this young woman to leave next morning, as there would be a row. After the young woman left the tragedy was committed. A letter was subsequently found addressed by Hancock to his eldest son, hoping he would forgive him for his rash act, but Maria called him a liar, and said she would leave him, so he made up his mind for both to leave together. He could not stand that his brain was turned. He added directions as to where his will would be found, and as to the bills which were to be paid; that his body would be found down the well, that they were not to go in mourning for himself or his daughter, as they were not worth it, and that he was to do certain things with his life policy. The evidence at the inquest showed that Hancock had been peculiar in his manner for some time, and had remarked that he believed that he would go mad. The girl he murdered had always been kind to him, and had once before refused to leave her father, brothers, and sisters. It was evident from all the surroundings of the case that Hancock's mind had been unhinged for some time, and the Jury returned a verdict that he committed the crime, and then took away his own life, whilst suffering from insanity.

A SHOCKING TRAGEDY. (1898, July 12). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 7. TROVE

Monday, March 25, 2013

25 Pounds Reward


Whereas it has been represented to His Excellency the Governor; that Mr. Andrew Gregor and a female servant in his employment, have been recently murdered by the native blacks, at the Pine River, in the Moreton Bay district :-

Notice is hereby given, that a Reward of Twenty-five Pounds will be paid to any free person or persons who may secure and bring to justice the murderer or murderers, or if a prisoner of the Crown, application will be made to Her Majesty for the allowance to him of conditional pardon.

Moreton Bay Courier - 28 November 1846

Could the female servant be one Mary Ann DEAMSTER who died on 20th October 1847
Andrew Gregor died on 18th October 1847


Wages are just so high

WAGES.-Extract of a letter received from New England :- October 28.

Sheep farming will not be worth following if we are to give the wages the men are now asking. We are entirely in their power. It is really ludicrous hiring men just now; They boldly ask 14s. per week and a full ration, and if you show any hesitation in acceding to their terms, they just tell you they will go elsewhere.

The Moreton Bay Courier - 28 November 1846

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Frank Coleman

Robert Frank COLEMAN

16 January 1939  -   8 March 2013

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Gold Price

In a report in "The Northern Miner" in 1902 for gold dug out of the ground in Croydon, the value obtained was £2/6/5, the equivalent of $4.65 per ounce and today the price is quoted at $1,539.50 per ounce, an increase of 33,107%

THE BETTER LUCK LINE OF REEF. (1902, May 3). The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1874 - 1954), p. 3. TROVE

William GILL

Sergeant McGrath, of Croydon, wires that Wm. Gill was found lying in Sircom-street on Monday evening insensible from sunstroke. Shortly after being admitted to the hospital he expired.

10/3/1889  no parents listed and was born in England and aged 46

ACCIDENTS AND OFFENCES. (1889, March 13). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 3. TROVE

Monday, March 04, 2013

Lilly Pearl BARLTROP

Mrs. Barltrop, living at Petrie's Bight, on awaking on Saturday morning found her young child lying dead beside her. Dr. Little was called in and found that death had resulted from suffocation. It is supposed that the mother overlaid the infant during the night.

The Brisbane Courier. (1889, March 18). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. TROVE

Saturday, March 02, 2013



On Saturday night Nudgee was the scene of a terrible burning fatality, the victims being a mother and her three children. The cause of the affair can only be conjectured, as all the occupants of the house were destroyed. Ambrose Robinson, an employee of the Hon. E. B. Forrest, resided with his wife and three children in a four-roomed house, built of ironbark slabs, within a short distance of Mr. Forrest's residence, near Nudgee Raliway Station. About 7 o'clock in the evening the husband went to Zillmere to attend a meeting and visit his mother, who was ill. Apparently Mrs. Robinson and the children went to bed, as the house was in darkness when Mr. Forrest passed it on his way home between 10 and 11 o'clock. Mr. Forrest had only been in his own home a few minutes when he noticed a glare in the direction of the cottage, and about the same time four men at the railway station saw the flames. By the time they reached the scene the building was a mass of fire. The heat and fury of the flames drove them back, and in any case it was hopeless to save the place, as there was no water supply obtainable. The roof had fallen in, but among the ruins could be seen the charred body of the mother and one child, lying on the floor of the bedroom. Apparently the unfortunate woman had been surprised by the flames when asleep, and suffocated before she could save either herself or any of her children. The flames were still burning, and the spectators had been unable to secure the bodies when the husband returned to his ruined home. When informed of the sad occurrence he became like one demented, and very little information was obtainable from him. It appears that Robinson and his wife had led a very happy life, and were devoted to their children. Both Mr. Robinson and his parents are held in very high respect by the neighbouring community, among whom they have resided for very many years. It was gathered from the father that he had left three children at home, and it then became apparent that the tragedy was even of greater magnitude than anticipated. Acting sergeant Rafter, of Nundah, appeared on the scene, and as soon as possible searched among the ruins for the remains of the victims. He collected a quantity of human fragments, and yesterday morning Constable O'Dea continued investigations. All the remains were found in the one room, which had been occupied as the bedroom. The matter was reported to Mr. Ranking, P.M., who ordered the remains to be handed to Dr. Espie Dods for examination. Last evening the doctor certified that the remains were that of an adult, two children, and an infant. The following are the names of the victims:- Charlotte Robinson, aged 31; Elsie May, 5; Wm. George, 3; Dorothy Esther, 1. During yesterday Sub-inspector Savage visited the scene, and made investigations. He ascertained that it had been the habit of the family to retire to rest leaving a kerosene lamp burning in the bedroom, and it is conjectured that the wind blew the curtain against the light, and the whole place was quickly enveloped in flames. Evidently suffocation ensued very speedily, as it was not apparent that any attempt had been made to escape. The sub-inspector satisfied himself that there had been no foul play. A magisterial inquiry will be held. It is probable that the funeral will take place to-day. Much sympathy is felt with the husband, who has been bereft of wife and family under such appalling circumstances.

TERRIBLE FATALITY AT NUDGEE. (1903, January 12). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 5. TROVE

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Frederick JACOBS

The Commissioner of Police has received a telegram from Taroom stating that a man named Frederick Jacobs went away into the bush on the 16th instant suffering from delirium tremens. The police and a search party were out all day and found Jacobs about three miles from Taroom hanging to the bough of a tree. An inquiry will be held.

Current News. (1888, August 25). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 309. TROVE

Thursday, January 31, 2013



A substantial addition to the funds of the refreshment stall at the forthcoming Scottish fair, in aid of the Yeronga - Moorooka Presbyterian Church, was realised by a florin garden party held yesterday afternoon at the residence, of Mrs. C. H. Barclay, Beaudesert-road, Moorooka. The grounds were gay with flags and bunting, and afternoon tea was served at tables arranged on the lawn and decorated with sweet peas. The organisers were Mrs. Barclay and Mrs. G. Nash, and the guests were entertained with music, croquet, and competitions. Songs were rendered by Mrs. J. Richardson, Misses Agnes Manson, and Gladys Peters, elocutionary items by Miss Kathleen Radford, and pianoforte solos by Miss Cowen. Those present included Mesdames B. Adsett, Kidney, C. W. Hunter, H. Taylor, A. Gillespie, Forgan Smith, J. H. Reid, R. Francey, A. J. Servin, J. Allan, F. Chapman, F. L. G. Rabbets, J. Richardson, J. Gilligan, S. Gilligan, C. M'lvor, E. Drysdale, Hunter, Black, M'Candish, M'Kenzie, Hargrave, A. Coulter, Sturt, J. Gill, S. Lang, Thomas, Francis, W. H. Hasty, Rogers, Quinn, Mills, Stewart, Tucker, Adams, Hatch, W. Thompson, Abel, Hornsley, L. Gough, W. S. Laurie, H. Clark, J. Dowrie, R. G. Watson, Connor, Allen Waters, Hawlins, Watson, Misses Manson, Thelma Francey, Thelma Strike, E. and M. Francey, Graham, K. Radford, G. M. Peters, L. M'Millan, Cowan, M'Kenzie, Prestman, Thomason, Graham, Mills, and J. Clifford.

FLORIN GARDEN PARTY. (1930, July 26). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 25. Trove