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2016 Number 2




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From: Michael Beattie

Sent: 3 March, 2016 3:26 PM

Subject: Proposed Change: Beattie, Henry R. (I176527)


Proposed Change: Beattie,  Henry R. (I176527)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I176527&tree=MP


Description: Henry Roy Beattie (my grandfather) died on 8/1/1990 and is burried at Kulangoor Lawn Cemetery, Maroochy Shire, QLD.


Michael Beattie


Regards,  Ian



From: Bill Webster
Sent: 2 March, 2016 3:13 PM
Subject: Nimitybelle 1870s

Hello Ian


I spotted the attached interesting article concerning McDonalds and Rankins being thick on the ground in Nimitybelle, in what would have been the 1870s or earlier (courtesy of Trove).


All best,   Bill Webster



Regards,  Ian



On 02/03/2016 09:13, Kevin wrote:

Proposed Change: Robertson,  Montague Watson (I124985)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I124985&tree=MP


Description: Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW: 1915-1927) Friday June 7, 1918.  Page 2.

Word has been received that Pte. "Monty" Robertson, son of Mrs. Rebecca Robertson, has been officially reported killed in action.  A few months ago this soldier was posted as missing.  He had been previously wounded and while in hospital allowed blood to be taken from him to save the life of another soldier.  Pte. Robertson was a native of Queanbeyan, but enlisted in Queensland.  A brother, Pte. Bert Robertson, is on active service


Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW: 1915-1927) Friday June 28, 1918.  Page 2.


Mrs. Rebecca" Robertson, Moore Street, Railway Heights, Queanbeyan, has received the following communication from District Headquarters, Victoria Barracks, Sydney:-Dear Madam,- It is with sincere regret I have to inform you that your son, No. 2775, Private M. W. Robertson, 52nd Battalion, A.I.F. who was previously reported missing, is now officially reported to have been "Killed in action" on the 5th April 1918. I am directed to convey to you the deep regret and sympathy of Their Majesties the King and Queen and the Commonwealth Government in the loss that you and the Army have sustained by the death of this soldier. Yours faithfully, Wm. J. Sherbon, Major, for A.A.G. 2nd Military District.



Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 01/03/2016 07:37, jim walford wrote:

Proposed Change: Burton,  Vera Grace (I155750)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I155750&tree=MP


Description: Vera Grace Burton Married James Milton Ewart on the 25 Aug

1938/10821 at 241 Rathdown Street Carlton Victoria. James was born 11 Apr 1912/16277in Warburton Victoria his  parents are James Milton Ewart and Margaret Isabel Gillis. James Jnr Died on 22 Jul 1975/17897 at Heidelberg Victoria and was cremated on 25 Jul 1975 at Memorial Park Altona North. James and Vera had no Children and lived in Victoria all their married life


jim walford


Regards,  Ian



On 01/03/2016 01:06, Susan Dodds wrote:

Comments (Kearns,  William b. 1802 Sydney, NSW d. 11 Jun 1880 Campbelltown, NSW): Ian, Your entry for this man is incorrect. For a start how did he have 2 children with the same mother in the one year?

Secondly he married an Elizabeth Graham. His affair with the Ward girl caused quite a scandal in the colony. His father was Mathew Kearns who was executed in 1813.  He was Irish and came out in the Second Fleet on the Neptune.

Hope this helps. Sue

Hi Sue,

Thank you for input, quite a sensational story!

Regards,  Ian



On 29/02/2016 11:29, Kevin wrote:

Proposed Change: Robertson,  Harold William (I124986)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I124986&tree=MP


Description: Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW: 1881-1940) August 10, 1893.  Page 4.


(From local papers.)

AN inquest was held on Saturday touching the death of a child named Harold William Robertson, three-years-old, son of Mr. John Robertson. 

Dr. Blackall deposed that death was due to shock from burns.  Thomas Waters deposed that he was a labourer, and was building a house; he was ironing the roof on Thursday; he went to dinner at twelve o'clock taking his own child with him, leaving Mr. Greenwood's and Mr.

Robertson's children there.  Told the three children not to put any more on the fire or touch the tools.  When he came back the child was burnt. 

There was no blaze in the fire place, merely a few hot cinders.  Rebecca Robertson, mother of the boy, deposed that she heard the little girl (about five years old) screaming; ran out, and called to her son Montague to fetch a bag or something; ran towards the child and saw that his clothes were in a blaze; put the fire out as well as she could, until the boy came with a blanket, when she stripped the boy and rolled the blanket round him, then carried him in, put oiled rags on him, and sent for the doctor.  John Robertson deposed that he was the father of the deceased, who was three years old.  Emily Walters said that Bill (the deceased) fell down on a little lighted stick and got on fire.  A verdict of death from accidental burning was  returned.



Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 28/02/2016 08:08, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Thorburn,  James (I162098)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I162098&tree=MP


Description: LDS have this:


Name James Thorburn

Gender          Male

Christening Date       14 Nov 1841

Christening Place      Presbyterian Church, Camden, New South Wales,


Father's Name         James Thorburn

Mother's Name         Helen Mcskimming

Citing this Record


"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTDP-94F : accessed 27 February 2016), James Thorburn, 14 Nov 1841; citing New South Wales, Australia; FHL microfilm 993,971.




Regards,  Ian



On 28/02/2016 12:06, jim walford wrote:

Proposed Change: Harper,  Keith (I46926)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I46926&tree=MP


Description: Change his name to Keith James Harper, B abt 1916 in Camberwell Victoria to Jim Harper and May Edith Round.

Married on the 12 Jun 1937/7261 to Dorothy Jean Smith in Riverdale Road Hawthorne Victoria. His Occupation is Black smith


jim walford


Regards,  Ian



On 28/02/2016 12:51, jim walford wrote:

Proposed Change: Smith,  Dorothy Jean (I46925)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I46925&tree=MP


Description: Dorothy Jean Smith/Harper Born 1915/15651 Bega NSW Married 1937/7261 In Victoria Died 18 Dec 2008 at Five Dock Aged 93 years.

Keith James Harper B 1916/9813 Camberwell Victoria died 25 Nov 1997 assuming Five Dock Nsw.

both deaths appear in the ryerson Index and they Lived at Five dock from

1954 - 1980 According to the Australian Electoral rolls


jim walford


Regards,  Ian



On 27/02/2016 14:10, Marlene Barbas wrote:

Comments (Search Results): Hi,

Just thought I would share a little info with you that you do not have already:

John Lawrence Becus  b: 17/08/1946 d 17/08/1946 reg.no: 17194/1946 Garibaldi Gilbert/Becus was registered under Gilbert and was born :

19/07/1870 Kiandra, reg.no: 18853

you are missing Irene Therese Becus & Daphne Becus from James Joseph Becus family listing.

Irene Therese Becus b: 27/01/1921 Eden m: 1953 Peter Francis Herbert, Newcastle d: 2008 Maitland Daphne Becus: b: 15/05/1922 Pambula, m: 10/11/1948 /Summer Hill NSW Stanley Albert Voysey reg No: 1948/024030, d: yes, date unknown Jean Elizabeth Becus m: 26/07/1943 St John's church Bega not Eden

reg.no: 1943/015154 & d; 29/12/2015 Somerset Tas.,not what you have.

Ruby Joyce Wolfe/Becus d:20/05/2009 reg.no: 118944/2009 Jane Elizabeth Becus b: 02/02/1880 Junee reg no:25722.

Auguste Becus b:06/11/1868 was also registered under Gilbert at time of birth, registration birth place Kiandra, reg.no. 08502 Cecile & Therese Bertran no Bertrum b:17/02/1814 Ribeauville, Haut-Rhin, France, p: Dominique Bertran & Marie Anne Moritz. Hope this can be of some use to you,


Cheers,  Marlene

Thank you Marlene,

Regards,  Ian


From: Fred Kroesche
Sent: 2016-02-27 12:37 PM
Subject: Fred Kroesche


Hello David


I know it was printed some time ago but I have just read the article "Back to Nimitybelle 2003 By Lucy Martin.

In it she mentions Rodney Rayner and his children. I lived, from memory, diagonally opposite their original house and I still remember the girls taking me to the preschool back around 1953/4.

Do any of the children still live in Nimmitabel ? We lived in Stanton Street 

possibly in this cottage, but at the time was only single skin grey weatherboard


The Rayners original house i cannot recognize either with all the changes since that time.


Kind Regards

Fred Kroesche




On 26/02/2016 22:36, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Sargent,  Thomas (I134126)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I134126&tree=MP


Description:  Death of Mr. Thomas Sargent.

Mr. Thomas Sargent, an old and highly respected resident of Burrowa, died at his residence, Upper Burrowa River, on Saturday morning, March 26, after a long and painful illness, at the age of 78 years, leaving a family of three sons and six daughters (one son and four daughters being married). His wife predeceased him by 16 months.

He was a native of Sussex, England, and came to Australia with his parents at the early age of 7 years and took up their residence at Sutton Forest. At the age of 20 years he went to Victoria and followed mining for a number of years, went back to Sutton Forest, got married, and came to the Burrowa, district, and followed up farming, successfully for the remainder of his life. Deceased took a great interest in cricket, politics, and was a successful exhibitor of farm produce at the various Shows in and surrounding Burrowa.

The funeral took place to the Lang's Creek Cemetery on Sunday, and was largely attended. Rev. Mr. Jaggers, of Kangiara, officiated at the grave. We offer our sincere sympathy to the relatives of deceased in their sad bereavement. The funeral arrangements were carried out by G. Patterson & Son, Undertakers, of Burrowa.

The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), Friday 1 April 1910




Regards,  Ian



On 26/02/2016 22:35, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Briggs,  Frances Elizabeth (I134131)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I134131&tree=MP


Description: Death of Mrs, T. Sargent.

Mrs. Sargent, wife of Mr. Thomas Sargent, of 'Rosa Vale,' Hughstonia, died at her husband's residence, on Saturday morning last, the cause of death being heart failure. For a fortnight previous to her demise, she bad not been feeling well, but her sickness was not regarded as dangerous, and her end came as a great shock to her relatives.

The deceased was born in the Monaro district in the year 1837, and was consequently in her 71st year, 45 of which had been spent in the Burrowa district. She was a good and homely woman, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of relations, friends, and acquaintances.

She leaves a sorrowing husband and nine children, six daughters and three sons. Of these five daughters and one son are married, and their children number twenty three. To the bereaved relatives of deceased we tender our heartfelt sympathy.

The funeral took place on Sunday last, the procession to the cemetery at Lang's Creek being exceptionally large. The burial service was read by the Rev. G. P. Metcalfe, and the funeral arrangements carried out by Messrs. G. Patterson and Sons.

The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951),  Friday 23 October 1908


LDS Christening, birth 1837

Name:          Frances Briggs

Gender:        Female

Christening Date:      06 Nov 1847

Christening Place:     All Saints Sutton Forest, New South Wales, Australia

Father's Name:        William Briggs

Mother's Name:       Mary


Indexing Project (Batch) Number:C13544-1, System Origin:Australia-ODM, GS Film number:993956




Regards,  Ian



On 26/02/2016 09:33, John Anderson wrote:

Proposed Change: Greer,  Elizabeth J. (I381425)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I381425&tree=MP


Description: Person ID 1381425, Ref MP 381425, Elizabeth Jane Greer. This is my mother.  She died in Noble Park, Melbourne in September 1959.

She was cremated at Springvale Crematorium, Melbourne on 7 September 1959 under the name Elizabeth Jane Anderson.


John Anderson


Regards,  Ian



From: kotuku media
Sent: 26 February, 2016 1:49 PM
Subject: Gelling Tumut


Hi Ian: a recent discovery is my connection to Thomas Gelling, an early settler in Tumut. He and his family arrived in Victoria in 1853 off the Fortune and ended up in Tumut, where his son became my g-g-grandfather after having a child with Catherine Conley/Connelly who apparently is also Tumut-born.


I'm not clear from the Monaro website how I contact others interested in Gelling. Could you please explain.


Regards,   Ross

Hi Ross,

This email will be included in our next newsletter which might bring forth some contacts from our readership or you could add a request to our Facebook page.

Regards,  Ian



On 25/02/2016 20:58, Warwick wrote:

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I343175&tree=MP


Description: LEGAL. Mr. James Clement Sheekey, youngest son of the late Cornelius Sheekey, of this city, was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court on Monday. Mr. Sheekey, who served his articles with Mr.

J. C. Walsh, recently, enlisted in the Australian Expeditionary Forces, and is now in camp at Liverpool with the artillery. The Court congratulated Mr. Sheekey on his enlistment, and wished him every success.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Tue 27 Feb 1917 Page 2




Regards,  Ian


On 25/02/2016 20:48, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Sheekey,  Terence Sylvester (I314064)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I314064&tree=MP


Description: Obituary. MR. TERENCE SHEEKEY, AT 90.

ON Thursday evening Mr. Terence Sheekey died from old age at the residence of his son, Mr. C. Sheekey, Auburn-street. Deceased was a native of Ireland, and had been a resident of Goulburn for forty-three years. He had until recently enjoyed good health.

He had lived with his sons for many years. He has left a family of two daughters and three sons. Mr. C. Sheekey, the well-known cordial manufacturer of Goulburn is one of the sons, and Mr. P. Sheekey of Yass is another, while Mr. James Sheekey is a resident of the Burrowa district. The daughters are Mrs. Sotheran of Goulburn, and Mrs. Cransfield of Young. Deceased was buried in the Roman Catholic old cemetery on Friday.

Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1907) Mon 24 Oct 1898 page 2




Regards,  Ian



On 25/02/2016 17:39, Peter Johnston wrote:

Proposed Change: Naylor,  Peter (I112911)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I112911&tree=MP


Description: Consider for your Convicts list.

Bruce Moore, in "The Warm Corner" published 1981, stated that Peter Naylor was convicted for housebreaking at Liverpool Quarter Sessions on

11/4/1836 and sentenced to seven years transportation. Arrived Sydney on "John" on 7/2/1837. Convict Indent 1837 stated that  distinguishing marks included "anchor inside left wrist and seven dots on back of left hand".


Peter Johnston

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 23/02/2016 21:47, Diane Redman wrote:

Proposed Change: Family: Chapman,  George Ernest/Abigail (F18071)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/familygroup.php?familyID=F18071&tree=MP


Description: George Ernest Chapman (my Grandfather) married Abbey (not Abigail) Welch daughter of John Welch of Nimmitybelle 24/10/1923 at Bega


Diane Redman

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian


From: Peter Ferguson
Sent: 2016-02-22 5:34 PM
Subject: Request for photos

Hi David


Grateful  if you could publicise our request for pre 1986 photos of the old Nimmitabel Post Office which we are in the process of restoring.


Kind regards,   Lynette Ferguson



On 22/02/2016 12:37, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Arnett,  Rubie Maude (I188099)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I188099&tree=MP


Description: Rubie died 8-10-1982 (107510/1982) at Coffs Harbour and is buried at Coffs Harbour Historical Cemetery (Aus Cemetery Index). Her husband Roy is also buried there with her.




Regards,  Ian


On 22/02/2016 12:19, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Arnett,  Phillip Arthur (I188098)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I188098&tree=MP


Description: Philip (one L) died 08-7-1979 (1979/C4459)buried at Tewantin Cemetery.


On the 1st January 1970 Philip was awarded "The Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil)"




Regards,  Ian



From: jim walford
Sent: 21 February, 2016 3:39 PM
Subject: sydney norman burton/Mary Ellen Abraham


Ian, Sydney Norman Burton Born 2 Nov 1903  29860/1903 and in 1907 he was not a Labourer as per Monaro Site he married 28 Mar 1940 8785/1940 Mary Ellen Abraham Born abt 1919 Parents Arthur Earl Abraham and Bertha Elizabeth Grant, she died 28 Jan 2002 in Warrawong where they had lived from 1954.(Ryerson Index). Sydney Norman Died 15 Nov 1991 in Wollongong as per Ancestry

Regards, jim walford


Regards,  Ian



From: jim walford
Sent: 21 February, 2016 12:12 PM
Subject: Robert Leslie Burton Wife Nancy Elaine Severs/Bobbin

Hi Ian

on the Monaro site you have Robert Leslie Burton Born 1935 wife as Nancy Severs she is in Fact Nancy Elaine Bobbin Born 25 Aug 1937 to Henry Bobbin and Alice Hannah Ayling.  She first married Eric Charles Severs in 1954/17995 and had 3 children Eric Died 1960/25838. She then Married Clive Wilbram Ingram in 1960/17188. It is believed she married Robert Leslie Burton in 1998 with no proof at this stage Robert Died 29 Nov 1998 and is Buried in the Bega Cemetery. She died in Canberra ACT on 15 Jun 2011.Her Marriage to Robert and her death are taken from Ancestry

Regards, Jim Walford

Thanks Jim,

Regards,  Ian



On 21/02/2016 17:59, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Hamilton,  Lena Frances (I196051)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I196051&tree=MP


Description: Another probable daughter


SURNAME                BILTON

GIVEN NAME(S)          UNA K

INDEX YEAR             1916

FATHER                 JAMES M

MOTHER                 LENA F






Death about 2000




Regards,  Ian


From: Peter and Mary White
Sent: 21 February, 2016 6:06 PM
Subject: Information posted on your website

Hello Ian


I edit a newsletter for Lay Carmelites in Australia.  It is a small (12 page) newsletter produced every 3 months.


As part of our Lay Carmelite history, I found the article below on your website of particular interest.


I would like to reproduce it (no changes or edits) and include a reference to your website ((www.monaropioneers.com/dempsey.j.htm) in an upcoming edition of this magazine (The Vine).


I wanted to contact you to ensure that it was OK with you for this to happen, and if necessary, gain your permission.


Please contact me if you require further information.  Naturally, I will provide a copy of the final newsletter to you for your information and records.




Peter White

Editor, The Vine

Carmelite History:  Carmelites in Australia

Transcript of Tom Fletcher,
New York 2003. (www.monaropioneers.com/dempsey.j.htm)

 James Dempsey was my g. g. g. g. g. grandfather.

He was transported to Sydney in 1802 on the "Atlas II" for his part in the Vinegar Hill Rebellion in Ireland in 1798 (he was a member of the United Irishmen in the Ballymanus Division and was implicated in the deaths of a number of British soldiers- he was sentenced to death but this was to be repealed to life servitude in the penal colony of NSW).

Upon arrival he was put to work in his trade of stonemasonry. The infant colony had no infrastructure, barely any houses and no skilled labour. Dempsey oversaw the construction of the first bridges over the tankstream (one of these bridges is now deep below Australia Square) and built a number of houses and the hospital.

His fortune and his reputation soon grew and he was held in high esteem by the Governor and given a complete pardon in 1809. In the same year the only Roman Catholic priest in the colony was expelled and NSW was to remain priestless until 1820. Open catholic worship for this period was banned. An unconsumed Host was left behind by the priest and Dempsey kept this at his house on Kent St. and used it as a rallying point for the large catholic population.

Meetings at his house were common and on Sundays large crowds would spill out onto the street. Dempsey organised a number of men into a group of lay-Carmelites and they lived at his house. His house became a spiritual and communal centre for the considerable disenfranchised Irish/catholic population. He fell out of favour with the Governor, needless to say.

When a priest finally arrived in 1820 Dempsey was still filled with zealous zeal and went about the construction of the first RC chapel in Australia. On an undesireable piece of land at the outskirts of the town (the present-day site of St. Mary's Cathedral) he started work. He was to sink his whole fortune into it and it was to become his life's work- it sent him bankrupt and he went traveling the world to raise funds for it. It was finally completed before his death in 1838. It burnt to the ground 27 years later and was replaced by the present grand structure.

Hi Peter,

You have permission to reproduce the article.

Regards,  Ian



From: Dee Smith
Sent: 20 February, 2016 2:38 PM
Subject: Convicts

Hi Ian,


I was perusing this wonderful Monaro Pioneers history site because my Huggett/Bryant family came from there and was interested to see that in the convict section that my  great-great grandfather William Henry Bryant wasn't among the convicts.  Just wondering why he isn't.


Regards,  Dee (Smith).  Qld.

Hi Dee,

Thank you for bringing that oversight to my attention.  The list you saw was out of date and I have now reformatted the information  in the Convicts List to be up to date with the information we have in our database.

Regards,  Ian



On 19/02/2016 16:12, John Bailey wrote:

Proposed Change: Bailey,  Francis (I205170)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I205170&tree=MP


Description: I would like to have the following details added to my grandfather's entry:

Francis Bailey was born in Cooma, NSW on 17/12/1863.

He is the 8th child of John Bailey (b.1803) and Elizabeth Green (b.1829).

On 9/04/1888 he married Alice Bevan (b.22/02/1870 d. 12/8191) in Ballina, NSW, age 24.

He had 7 children with Alice Bevan:

Oswald Leslie Bailey (b.7/05/1889 d.12/12/1947), Marjorie Maud Bailey (b,24/03/1892 d.), Cyril Clive Bailey (9/05/1896), Theo Clem Bailey (16/01/1899), Asma Alescia Bailey (25/02/1905), Dulcie Vida Bailey (26/09/1907) and Lyle Stanley Bailey (b.2/07/1912 d.2/1/1988).

(Lyle Stanley Bailey aka Stan,is my father) In 1930, he moved to Mayfield, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

On 6/02/1935, Francis Bailey died in Mayfield, NSW, age 71. He was buried in Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle NSW.


Alice Bevan was born in Richmond, New South Wales, Australia on 22/02/1870.

She is the 1st child of William Bevan (27/04/1848) and Frances Fanny Mcleod (02 Apr 1849).

Arthur John Bevan (9 October 1872),

William James Bevan (1874),

Richard Bevan (1876),

Ethel Grace Bevan (1880),

Raymond Oswald Bevan (21 Sep 1882),

Pearl Bevan (1885),

Clive Bevan (1887),

Myrtle May Bevan (17 April 1889) and

Hilda Minnie Bevan (8 Mar 1892) are her siblings.

On 12/08/1951, Alice Bevan died in Mayfield, NSW, Australia, age 81.

She was buried in Sandgate Cemetery, Newcastle NSW.


John Bailey

Thank you,

Regards,  Ian



On 17/02/2016 08:07, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Herbert,  George (I135963)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I135963&tree=MP




By the death of Mr. George Herbert, which occurred in Braidwood Hospital on Saturday, the district loses one of its best-known and most respected citizens. The deceased, who was born at Araluen 73 years ago, a son of the late Mr. G. Herbert, followed labouring pursuits for many years. He was very well known in and around the little mining village, where he had a host of friends. He married a Miss Mary Ann Greenwood. Two sons, John George Reginald (Thirroul) and Albert (Braidwood) survive, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

The funeral on Sunday was well attended, furnishing further evidence of the respect in which the old man was held by all sections of the community. The service was conducted by Rev. Canon Blanche, funeral arrangements being capably carried out by Mrs. Morris.

The Braidwood Review and District Advocate, Tuesday 3 September 1940 page 2




Regards,  Ian



On 16/02/2016 22:18, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Tandy,  Harriett (I219467)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:      http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I219467&tree=MP


Description: Obituary.

Mrs. PETER GOODWIN, relict of the late Mr. P. Goodwin, of this city, died at her residence in Grafton-street yesterday morning. The deceased lady, who was over 80 years of age, had resided in Goulburn for 55 years. She leaves a family of five sons and four daughters, all of whom reside in Goulburn. The sons are Messrs. Isaac, James, Peter, Edward, and John Goodwin, and the daughters Mrs. Staples, Mrs. K. Ayliffe, Mrs. F. W. Johnson, and H. Nelson, all of Goulburn. The deceased is also survived by 34 grand- children and 38 great grandchildren.

Goulburn Herald, Wednesday 15 November 1905




Regards,  Ian



On 16/02/2016 22:01, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Goodwin,  Peter (I219466)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I219466&tree=MP


Description: On Thursday morning an accident happened to an old resident of Goulburn named Peter Goodwin, residing in Grafton-street, which might have resulted fatality. From what we can gather it appears; he was engaged in fetching bricks to the new goal from the kiln, and becoming giddy missed his footing and fell a distance of about fifteen feet, thereby injuring his neck and causing a slight paralysis of the left arm. Dr. Davidson who is attending the sufferer, has hopes of his coming round again shortly.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Saturday 7 January 1882 page 3


Death of an Old Goulburn Resident. Mr. Peter Goodwin, a very old resident of the city, died yesterday morning. He had been in falling health for a couple of years, but did not take to his bed till last Friday. The cause of death was senile decay, Mr. Goodwin having attained a great age. Deceased had lived in the city for 52 years, and could remember when there were only two houses on the site now occupied by Goulburn. When a a young man Mr. Goodwin was the driver of the prison escort conveying prisoners from Braidwood to Berrima. Later he engaged in gold mining, afterwards taking up his residence in Goulburn, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was one of the chartered members of the Balmore Lodge, Protestant Alliance Friendly Society. Deceased bore a very high character, and was generally respected. He leaves a widow, four daughters, all married, and five sons. The daughters are Mrs Staples, Mrs. E Ayliffe, Mrs. F. W. Johnson, and Mrs. H. Nelson, and the sons Mesers. Isaac, James, Edward, Peter, and John Goodwin.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post, Thursday 18 April 1901 page 4




Regards,  Ian



From: cmarteene
Sent: 17 February, 2016 12:48 AM
Subject: Re:Family history

Hi Ian


You may be able to give or contact the person for me who has the family of William Grady and Jane Carney. I have an interest in one of the children Sarah Grady who married James Morris and would be able to help them us well as others in regards to them.

You can pass on my email address to them


Thank you,   Carol marteene


We have no contact information for the Grady family but I would be very appreciative of any information on Sarah and James Morris you could provide to add to our database.

Regards,   Ian



On 15/02/2016 14:26, Sylvia Gauslaa wrote:

Comments: Hi

I note that you had section on bigamy - Edward George Armfield - married my grandmother in 1912 (before she married my Grandfather Alfred Hugh Luck in 1917).  She was Mary Stewart nee Durnall and had two children to Ernest - Joan and Lucy. I can send the details if you are interested. I also now have a photo of Edward aka Ernest along with his gaol info.He actually served his sentence in Long Bay not Goulburn as was stated on his original sentence.

Cheers,   Sylvia

Thank you,

We would appreciate any any additional material you could contribute.

Regards,  Ian



On 14/02/2016 22:24, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Herbert,  Catherine (I135957)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I135957&tree=MP


Description: OBITUARY.




Still another of our grand old citizens has passed to that other bourne whence no traveller returns,' In the person of Mrs Chuchin, sen. She had reached the great age of 84 years, and was one of the Braidwood district's best known residents. Though she did not actually associate herself with any of our public institutions, she nevertheless always had a keen interest in the town's welfare and helped in various ways the different appeals and functions. The old lady had a heart of gold, her hospitality and generosity being known everywhere. She practised Christianity in the way it was intended to be practised, and moreover did it unostentatiously. Possessed of a loving and charming disposition it was her constant aim to make those happy who surrounded her. She belonged to the old school of honest and sturdy settlers, who were quite satisfied with the simple things of life, and there was no one more highly respected in the Braidwood district.

Born at Araluen, she was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs George Herbert, of Mudmelong. Her father came here from England in the very early days, while her mother was a Miss Clement, of Moruya. Her father work ed on the goldfields at Araluen and had several claims there in the 60's. The late Mrs. Chuchin was married at Araluen, her husband, Mr. Thomas Chuchin predeceasing her 24 years ago. Mr. Chuchin, too, followed mining pursuits, working for some time on the claims. Leaving Araluen the couple came to Braidwood many years ago, opening a shop next to the Royal Hotel. Later they went into another shop at the northern end of Wallace Street in part of what is now known as the old 'Dispatch' building. In fact, we believe portion of the name can still be discerned above the door there. That was a very busy end of the town in those days. From there they moved to a shop situated between  Sherlock's chemist shop and Mrs. Roberts' newsagency. After selling out they lived privately for a time, opposite the old gaol and then took on a farm at Huggett's between Major's Creek and Bendoura, where they grew fruit and vegetables. Coming back to Braidwood again they started a market garden on Mr. Kennedy's property down the Bombay road, later coming in to Braidwood to live.

The late Mrs. Chuchin possessed a remarkably retentive memory, and when in the mood could relate many interesting narratives of the colourful mining days at Araluen. She often spoke of the claim-jumping that went on, when often a miner left his claim at night and came back next day to find some other man industriously working it for him. The fights and brawls which occurred over this law less action remained fresh in the old lady's memory. Then, too, she reminiscently recalled the activities of the bushrangers, and their daring exploits on the mountain and about Mudmelong. When only a young girl she said she witnessed the outlaws waiting along the road near her home for the, pack horse mail to and from Moruya. The outlaws frequently stuck it up and went through it there and then, tearing letters open and extracting the valuable contents, pelting papers any other mail in all directions.

Often the outlaws camped in the bills near by and thought nothing of helping themselves to a good horse or two, particularly if it looked a bit fleet. The old lady was a most interesting conversationalist indeed. The deceased reared a family of 12, all but one of whom, Muriel (who died , when only two years of age through a fall down some stairs) surviving, viz., Jack (Marrickville), Sis (Mrs. Worsley. Sydney), Ellen (Mrs. Westman, Brisbane), William (Braidwood), Arthur (Braidwood), Malina (Mrs. W. Whittaker, Braidwood), Rupert (Sydney), Percy (Sydney), Cecil (Braidwood), Fred (Gundagai), and Doris (Mrs. Graham, Goulburn), to whom we join with the rest of the district in expressing sincere sympathy. The funeral took place at Braidwood on Monday, 4th August, Rev. Frs. McGilvray and Byrne conducting the last sad rites. The attendance reflected the great esteem and respect in which the old lady was held by all sections of the community.

The Braidwood Review and District Advocate, Tuesday 12 August 1947 page 2




Regards,  Ian



On 14/02/2016 17:09, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Higgins,  Emma Agnes (I70954)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I70954&tree=MP


Description: Emma died 29-8-1950 (24774/1950), and is buried at Camden Cemetery.

She also has a son, Vincent, born after 1915 probably, mentioned on her headstone.

Her daughter Emmid, is actually Emmie Marie.




Regards,  Ian



On 14/02/2016 17:02, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Warren,  Emmid M. (I70943)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I70943&tree=MP


Description: Mentioned as Marie on her mothers headstone (Camden Cemetery).

She voted as Emmie Marie Warren. She was unmarried at the time of her mothers death, 1950




Regards,  Ian



On 14/02/2016 16:16, Myles Hannan wrote:

Proposed Change: Churchin,  Cecil Joseph (I135987)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I135987&tree=MP


Description: In a similar way to his brother, Rupert Chuchin (who became known as Rupert Edward Churchill), Cecil Joseph Chuchin beacame known as Cecil Joseph Churchin, so the set of parents for Cecil Churchin, Thomas Chuchin and Catherine Herbert are correct, and should be retained, but the set of parents Thomas Churchin and Katherine (Unknown) are incorrect and should be deleted.


Myles Hannan


Regards,  Ian



On 14/02/2016 16:07, Myles Hannan wrote:

Proposed Change: Madigan,  Mary I. (I135991)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:  http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I135991&tree=MP


Description: The Mary I Madigan, the wife of Rupert Edward Chuchin,is identical with the Mary Irene Madigan (1899 - 1968), daughter of John Joseph Madigan (1870 - 1919) and Mary Beatrice Allen (1864 - 1925).

The problem is that Rupert Edward Chuchin at some stage in his life became known as Rupert Edward Churchill (1895 - 1981). Similarly the two records for Rupert Edward Chuchin (born 1895) and Rupert Edward Churchill (1895 - 1981) need to me merged into the one record.


Myles Hannan

Thanks Myles,

Well spotted.

Regards,  Ian



From: John Tozer
Sent: 12 February, 2016 1:23 PM

Hi Ian,


I have a recent change to the Thomas Tozer family line – 140, my Aunt Berenice Prior (ne Tozer).


Berenice Ellen Tozer, born 1 March 1925 to George Thomas and Elsie Margaret Tozer (Phillips), married Ian Prior on 7 January 1950, died on 15 September 2015 and is buried in grave H-CA-G-079 at Woden Cemetery in Canberra.


Regards,  John Tozer

Thank you John,

Regards,   Ian



On 11/02/2016 11:34, Susan wrote:

Proposed Change: Wall,  Albert James (I144706)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:    http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I144706&tree=MP


Description: Albert died 23-7-1952 @ Kiama from a heart attack (South Coast Times 28-7-1952, page 5), funeral/ death notices(SMH 24-7-1952, page 16)


He married Olive Georgina KEON 28-12-1930 (Kiama Independent 3-1-1931, page 2)BDM (2583/1931)


Olive was born 1907 @ Kiama (4268/1907). She died 22-11-1990.


Alberts obituary states 4 children, 2 girls, Marie & Joan, and 2 sons, Bruce & Brian.


Both Albert & Olive are buried at Kiama Cemetery.




Regards,  Ian



On 09/02/2016 19:27, Gregory McInnes wrote:

Proposed Change: Clear,  Anthony (I80720)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I80720&tree=MP


Description: Full Name: Anthony VINCENT Clear

Born: 28 July 1940

Died: 18 January 2006

Buried: Delegate Cemetery. Lawn Section, Beam C-C, Plot 17


Married: Sonia CONSTANCE Collins, 1964, Delegate. NSW BDM 15728/1964


Gregory McInnes


Regards,  Ian



On 09/02/2016 18:13, Gregory McInnes wrote:

Proposed Change: Oliver,  Adam Stanley (I60431)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:     http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I60431&tree=MP


Description: Children:

1. Bernice Mary Oliver

2. Kevin Stanley Oliver B 1943 D 13 August 1995:

    Buried: Delegate Cemetery. Lawn Section, Beam B-B, Plot 17


Gregory McInnes


Regards,  Ian



On 09/02/2016 18:02, Gregory McInnes wrote:

Proposed Change: Yelds,  William (I206145)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I206145&tree=MP


Description: Died: 8 March 1995

Buried: Delegate Cemetery. Lawn Section, Beam B-B, Plot 14 MI indicates names is William JOSEPH Yelds.


Gregory McInnes


Regards,  Ian



From: John S. Trengove
Sent: 2016-02-09 10:38 PM
Subject: Limited Edition book



Monaro Pioneers Newsletter


Dear David,


This month, I will be releasing a Limited Edition book of 50 only copies printed in full colour, entitled:

At the southern limits — Mrs Keefe’s farm.


A name with whom many of your newsletter readers will be familiar.  However, how much is actually known of the Mrs Keefe who resided at the southern limits — the northern tip of the Monaro?


Attached is a brochure giving details of the book, and an outline the story of Mrs Keefe.


It would be very much appreciated if notice of the book could be included in the Monaro Pioneers Newsletter.


With thanks,   John S. Trengove (Author)


9th February 2016    




From: Jim Ryan & Jan Quinn
Sent: 2016-02-08 10:28 AM
Subject: RE: Monaro Pioneers Newsletter Jan 2016

Hello David,


Have just had a look at the descendants of Joseph Ward Jnr who was my great great grandfather.  His  daughter Emma married William Goodwin and their son George Robert Goodwin was my grandfather.

The records show that all of their offspring are deceased.  However, I can assure you that my mother, Hazel Hope Goodwin is very much alive.  She was born 21 July 1923 at Bathurst and now lives in Brisbane.  She was the youngest in the family and moved to Brisbane during World War II to continue her nursing training.  She will be 93 this year and has 8 children, all living, 17 grandchildren (plus one deceased) and 16 great grandchildren with another one due this month.

Thanks for all of your hard work


Regards,  Jan Quinn

Hi Jan,

Thank you for letting us know, your Mother's status has been corrected and I apologise for the error.

Regards,  Ian



From: Don Ryan  

Sent: 8 February, 2016 10:21 AM

Subject: Warburton/Evans

Hi Ian,

              I read the latest Newsletter and noted that Linda Taylor- Burton was looking for information on John Michael Sydney Evans I am a descendant of his brother Henry Benjamin Sydney Evans and I have a lot of information on all the family.

If she wants to contact me my email is xxxxxxxxxxxxx, I'm in Bega


Cheers,  Don

Hi Linda,

The following email is a contact for you.

Regards,  Ian



On 08/02/2016 08:32, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Grayhurst,  Frank Henry (I197020)

Tree: Eden Monaro Pioneers

Link:   http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I197020&tree=MP


Description: GRAYHURST FRANK HENRY : Service Number - N203777 : Date of birth - 25 Jun 1903 : Place of birth - NARROMINE NSW : Place of enlistment - HAY NSW : Next of Kin - GRAYHURST ANNIE


Child, but a bit before marriage?

GRAYHURST Pamelia Dawn   Death notice   25MAY1955    Death  16      late of Miranda,  formerly of Canberra          Sydney Morning Herald        27MAY1955






Regards,  Ian


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