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2017 Number 12



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Second Reunion of Descendants of James Rixon & Amelia Goodwin

20th May 2018, 10am – 4pm

St Matthews Church Parish Centre, Windsor, NSW

All descendants of James & Amelia are invited to gather at Windsor to celebrate 220 years of Rixons in Australia. 

For more details & to indicate your intention to attend please contact Joye Rixon Walsh on joye_walsh@yahoo.com 


From: Kris P 
Sent: 2017-10-29 9:49 AM
Subject: [SPAM] Book request

Hi David

In addition to my earlier email I'm also seeking a copy of the Kiandra book: gold fields to ski fields

Kind regards,  Kris Tindale



From: Judy McCutcheon
Sent: Saturday, 6 January 2018 2:12 PM
Subject: Will of John Stevenson, Bondi Station, near Bombala

Dear Ian

Firstly, thank you to you and the team at Monaro Pioneers for the work that you do; it truly is most appreciated.

I thought you might be interested in the attached Will of John Stevenson, snr; who died in 1874, as it sets out relationships, apart from bequests.  You will also note that John held a station in Victoria.

I do hope that you and yours and the team had a lovely festive season and that 2018 is all you could wish.

Kind regards,  Judy McCutcheon

Thank you Judy,

Best wishes for the coming year to you and your family.

Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 5:21 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Gross, Major John Henry Frederick (I234114)

Proposed Change: Gross, Major John Henry Frederick (I234114)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I234114&tree=MP

Description: marriage



Major John Henry Grose

Gender:               Male

Birth:     May 15 1833

Christening:        July 25 1833

St. John, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Residence:          1833

New South Wales, Australia

Father: William Grose

Mother:               Mary

Indexing Project (Batch) Number:             C13542-1

System Origin:   Australia-EASy

GS Film number:              993951


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 3:51 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Anderson, John Thitchenor (I227063)

Proposed Change: Anderson, John Thitchenor (I227063)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I227063&tree=MP

Description: another child

Name    Sarah Ann Anderson

Event Type          Baptism

Event Date          02 Mar 1845

Event Place         Plymouth, Devon, England

Father's Name   John Thitchener Anderson

Mother's Name                 Mary Ann Anderson

Citing this Record

"England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MS-1F6V : 16 February 2016), JohnThitchener Anderson in household of Sarah Ann Anderson, Plymouth, Devon, England; citing Baptism, The Devon Record Office, Exeter.


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:41 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Anderson, Anne Jane Thitchenor (I166348)

Proposed Change: Anderson, Anne Jane Thitchenor (I166348)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I166348&tree=MP

Description: OBITUARY 

The death occurred al the residence of her son, Fred, on February 1 at Queanbeyan, of Mrs. Ann Jane Tetley, at the age of 83. Widow of the late Mr. Charles Tetley. Mrs. Tetley was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, of Little River, near Braidwood, and had spent the most of her life on her husband's property at Tarago. She was a lady of a wonderfully cheerful disposition, and will be remembered by many friends for her many kindly acts of charity.

Mrs. Tetley is survived by six sons, Fred, Reg and Harry, all of Queanbeyan; Joe and George, of Western Australia, and Ernest, of Tarago. Her husband predeceased her by several years. The burial  took place on Friday afternoon at Lake Bathurst cemetery, and was largely attended. 

The Braidwood Review and District Advocate, page 1 Tuesday 13 Feb 1934



The death occurred at the residence of her son, Frederick Anderson Tetley on February 1st, at Queanbeyan, at the age of 83, of Mrs. Tetley, widow of the late Charles Hawkins Tetley, of Tarago. Mrs. Tetley was a daughter of the late John Thitchner Anderson, of Little River, Braidwood, and the late Mary Ann Sidey, well known in Goulburn.

Mrs. Tetley was connected with respected and honored families' of England, being the niece of the late Samuel George Luscombe, of Devonport, Devonshire, who was one of the veteran guests at the coronation of H.M. King George on June 22nd, 1911; also the granddaughter of the late Rev. Samuel John Luscombe, of Plymouth, and great-granddaugher of the late Rev. John Combs, of Bellston, Ocampton.

Mrs. Tetley's father and mother came to Australia in 1849 in the sailing ship 'Julinda,' in company with the late Mr. Faithfull, of Springfield, and the late Dr. Cropper, of Old Waterloo, Lake Bathurst. They had a rough voyage, being 12 months on the water before they landed at Port Jackson. Mrs. Tetley's father settled at Collector, where Mrs. Tetley was born in November, 1850. He went from Collector a few years later and settled on the gold diggings near Braidwood. There he died when Mrs. Tetley was 11 years old, and his widow married the late Samuel Sidey, of London, well known In Goulburn.

Mrs. Tetley had some experience with the bushrangers where she lived as a girl at Mr. Irwin's sawmills, near Foxlow. She often had the revolver pressed to her fore head and told to keep a still tongue in her head. Mrs. Tetley married at the age of 17, and spent most of her life on her husband's property at Tarago. She was a lady of wonderfully cheerful disposition, and will be remembered by many friends for her many kindly acts of charity. Mrs. Tetley had a large family of 10 sons and two daughters, of which six sons are living '97 Fred, Reg. and Harry, all of Queanbeyan, George of Proserpine (Nth. Queensland), Enos of Tarago, and Joseph, of Fremantle (W.A.). She also has living one sister, Mrs. Ellen Webb, of Charley' Forest, Braidwood, and two brothers. Joseph Anderson, of Braidwood, and Samuel, of Sydney.

Her husband pre deceased her by 13 years. He was a railway employee for 40 years. The burial took place on Friday, 2nd February, at the Church of England cemetery, Lake Bathurst, and was largely attended. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. Leicester Johnson, who in a brief address bore testimony to the fine character of the deceased. Mrs. E. J. Harvey, of Braidwod, is a niece.


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Beulah Cox
Sent: Monday, 1 January 2018 2:51 PM
Subject: Eliza Winter

My name is Beulah Cox, and I am a descendant of Michael and Eliza Gillespie who were married in Scots church, Sydney on 1st April 1844.

I contacted you some years ago as it seemed that the was some confusion about the birthplace/country of Eliza. I had found 2 females with that name, one arriving in Port Phillip Bay and the other in Sydney on 13th October  1841.I made further enquiries, and was told by a representative of your organisation that Eliza was born in Sydney.

Another member of our extended family decided to follow up and the following is what she found:

Eliza Winter,age 20, arrived in Lady Kennaway,in Sydney in 1841.Native place  Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland, occupation housemaid, religion, Episcapolian daughter of Charles and Maria Winter, both dead. Her death certificate states she was born in Dublin –information given by her oldest son.

On the journey to Australia, Eliza was in the care of Mr William James and his wife, who had also accompanied three other young women: Sarah Winnatt/Winnit/Winnet? [sister to Eliza; Ellen Devine, and Elizabeth Newman.

Eliza winter married Michael Gillespie at Scots Presbyterian Church in Sydney on April 1, 1844.One of the witnesses was Mrs Elizabeth Hackle/Huckle?

The NSW BDM website show that Elizabeth Newman married Samuel Huckle in 1844.and Elizabeth Newman was the name of one of the girls  who travelled wiwth Eliza under the care of William James.

I am in no doubt that Eliza was born in Ireland and not in Sydney.


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Holroyd Local History Research
Sent: Thursday, 28 December 2017 3:37 PM
Subject: Edward Thomas & Robert Arthur Sloan - Bungarby War Memorial

Hi Ian,

As a subscriber to your website/newsletter through my husband Peter’s family, I have come across some names that I am doing some research on – unfortunately, totally unrelated to my husband’s family………..

I am part of a project to research the WWI Servicemen of the former Prospect & Sherwood LGA (which became Holroyd Council and due to 2016 amalgamations is now Cumberland Council).

As part of my research I have some across 4 Sloan brothers who all served in WWI. They were the sons of Robert Sloan and Janet nee’ Caldwell. (I am assuming Edward was Robert’s son as I haven’t been able to find a birth for him and his birth seems to actually pre-date Robert & Janet’s wedding by a few years).

The 4 sons were:

Edward Thomas Sloan,  Service No. 3880 – Died of wounds June 1918

Robert Arthur Sloan, Service No.7315 – Died of wounds September 1918

George Ernest Sloan, Service No. 3039 – Returned to Australia

William Walter Sloan, Service No. 2240 – Returned to Australia

At the time of enlistment they all appear to have been living with their parents at Jersey Road, Wentworthville, and are all therefore part of our project.

Both Edward and Robert are shown on the Prospect & Sherwood Soldier’s Memorial at Merrylands so are of some significance to us.

Through researching the boys I have come across their names on the “Bungarby War Memorial” and have seen the photos on the Monaro Pioneers website. I had a look through the list of pioneer families, but didn’t see the family name there to send an enquiry.

I would therefore like to enquire if your society would have any pertinent information on the family and also if it would be possible to have copies or copy and use the photos of the Memorial Hall and both memorials – and any other photos the society may have of the boys or their family. We will be producing a book on all servicemen named on the Prospect & Sherwood Soldier’s Memorial and hope to list all local servicemen on a website dedicated to them, in the future.

Any contributions to the project by your society, will of course be acknowledged.

Hoping to hear from you in the near future.


Dorothy Warwick

Holroyd Local History Research

Ph. 02 9632 9203 or 0412 606 644

Hi Dorothy,

All the information and images we have for the Sloan family is available in our database online.  You are welcome to use our information and images with suitable acknowledgement.  We don’t have any images of the Bungarby memorial at present.

Regards, Ian


From: Michelle
Sent: Thursday, 28 December 2017 6:30 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Chalker, Elizabeth Ellen (I186450)

Proposed Change: Chalker, Elizabeth Ellen (I186450)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I186450&tree=MP

Description: Hi Ian

Elizabeth passed away 16 April 1975 at Oyster Bay NSW and is interred in the Catholic portion of Woronora Cemetery.

Francis Ronald Curran passed away at Tweed Heads NSW 29 June 1991.

Cheers, Michelle

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: M S
Sent: Sunday, 24 December 2017 1:56 PM
Subject: Margaret Cunningham nee Murphy - born 1843 Kiandra

Hello Ian,

I recall an email contact with your Monaro Pioneers group of many years ago, regarding research into my great great grandparents, Margaret Murphy as above, and her husband Thomas Henry Cunningham from Manchester UK..

Am very pleased to advise, I have finally established a web page focussing on my late mother's Richardson family side, which graphically and factually outlines the lives and times of Thomas and Margaret Cunningham, from their mutual roots in Ireland, through to details of their 10 children and some grandchildren, raised near Swan Reach in Victoria.

I have created a link to your site, regarding an acknowledgement of your notes on Margaret Murphys family, and would appreciate a reciprocating link to my site, if you deem that appropriate. Data and records are currently being fine tuned, from some Cunningham family descendants here in Victoria, however in the mean time, I hope you accept this personal invitation to review my research at

Australian descendants - Cunningham Family Tree

Australian descendants - Cunningham Family Tree

Cunningham family connection from Ireland to Manchester U.K. to Victoria Australia


Mixo Sydenham

Ellinbank Vic

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Karilyn Pawley
Sent: Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:50 AM
Subject: Proposed Change: Oliver, J.W. (I363741)

Proposed Change: Oliver, J.W. (I363741)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I363741&tree=MP

Description: b. 5 June 1897 at Gundagai son of William Oliver and Elizabeth Dowell Whately d. 22 April 1974 'Lynbrook' Tumut, NSW m. Mary Newton Crouch b. 1914 Tumut, NSW daughter of Harold Henry Crouch & Miriam Newton Brown d. 22 June 2001 'Lynbrook', Tumut, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald Wedensday 24 April 1974

OLIVER, James Whately (Jim). April 22 1974, of "Lynbrook" Tumut, 2/15 Fld. Reg., M.I.D., loved husband of Mary, dear father of Tim, Mary Beth (deceased), Jenny, Hugh and brother of Jean. 

Military service WW I Gunner 35652 17th Field Artillery Brigade 2 Feb 1917-10 September 1919

WW II NX22759 2/15th Field Regiment

Sydney Morning Herald Monday 25 June 2001

OLIVER, Mary. June 22 2001, at Tumut, late of "Lynbrook" Lacmalac, Tumut. Loved wife of Jim (deceased), mother of Tim, Jenny, Hugh (deceased). Aged 87 years.

Karilyn Pawley

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Woz Wagner
Sent: Friday, 15 December 2017 1:28 PM
Subject: Death Certificates for Charles Wagner & for Elizabeth Watkins ( was Wagner - born Birch).

Hi there Ian,

The certificates arrived yesterday.

I see that Elizabeth is buried in the Church of Rome section at Mittagang Cemetery, Cooma, with the same minister doing her funeral service that did the service for John Wagner Snr in May 1897.

My conclusion is that even though divorce had been available in Australia for 7 years, I doubt if the Catholic church would have approved a divorce, so hence it was easier to use a false name (Batch) & marital status (spinster) & have an Anglican Minister.

The earliest documents that I can find are for Bertha Wagner, so Elizabeth may not have had written records of her marriage to John Wagner Snr.

It looks to me that John Watkins Snr is laid to rest nearby his first wife Ann (born Fraser) at Berridale & that John Wagner Snr is laid to rest nearby Elizabeth in Cooma.

As for the surname, I will conclude that it is BIRCH, as it appears on Bertha's birth cert. & on the Elizabeth Watkins death cert., as witnessed by her son John Wagner , on his birth cert. it states Burch & is the only time I have seen it written with a 'U'. Mind you, Elizabeth was illiterate & both her & John Wagner Snr probably spoke very little English in their earlier years in Australia, hence 'Lost in Translation'.


As for Charles Wagner, I conclude that he was probably born in Wurttemberg , Germany to John & Elizabeth in about 1856, but without  finding wedding certs.  (which I have not been able to track down in Germany) they may well have been married before their migration to Australia, although Bertha's birth cert. shows they were married in Wurttemberg, Germany in 1858 the same year that Bertha was born in Australia.

Charles is listed as 2 years old on Bertha's birth cert. & is listed as 39 years old on his Mother Elizabeth's death cert. ( Elizabeth Watkins).

The newspaper article for Charles lists him as 89 - his nephew C. Lee who was the informant on Charles' death cert. may not have known the actual date of Charles' birth or place.

Thomas is listed as a son on Charles' death cert. ( which must be William Thomas Wagner - my Grandfather).

Finally, I found a most descriptive story about a huge flooding storm that swept around & in Cooma in March 1879 , a month before John Watkins Snr married Elizabeth.  His property, as well as Coolringdon was spared any damage. The article goes into great detail & mentions many people & places affected by the flash floods, including the Mill & a hotel.

If you have not read the article, I suggest you do, I can send you several attachments which would create the entire article, but am unable to download the page in a readable text size . Please let me know if you would like it.

This is as far back as I can go with the Wagner side for now. I do thank you very much for your help & your passion for preserving your region's pioneering heritage.

Have a Merry Christmas & a Snowy 2018.

Kind regards,  Warren  Wagner.

Thank you Warren, Regards, Ian

From: Woz Wagner
Sent: Friday, 15 December 2017 2:54 PM
Subject: Monaro Floods article March 1879- Trove details.

Hi again Ian,

I find Trove difficult to navigate, here is the google search details for the Flooding Rain article that I mentioned.

Cheers,  Warren.

You mean the following article ..

The Sydney Morning Herald Thu 20 Mar 1879


On Tuesday afternoon, 11th instant, a violent storm broke over Cooma. The Mercury states that about 4 o'clock down fell the rain in torrents. Rarely was there such electrical disturbance in the atmosphere. The "artillery " of the heavens rattled and rolled over one's head, reverberating in the distance, accompanied by almost blinding flashes of lightning. In less than an hour 96 points (an inch, less five points) of rain fell in Cooma. It was on the other side of the Brothers that the rain started to come down so very heavily ; but it seemed, here and there, to barely saturate the dirt, whilst in other but larger areas down poured the rain, forming a devastating deluge that inundated the flats till they formed a miniature sea, with turbulent waves that destroyed fencing, ploughed up crops, and carried all things, animate and inanimate, before it.  From the Brothers to the 6-mile post from Cooma the rainfall was astonishing. Between that 6-mile post and the 4 mile post on the road from Cooma to Nimitybelle, there was merely a sprinkling of rain. Fences that obstructed the immense body of water past the Brothers on Rock Flat Creek were snapped like reeds. Opposite Mr, J. J. Devereux's residence at Spring Flat, the flood was  hundreds of yards in width. All of the fences were cleared away. Potato crops were ruined, the drills being exposed to the very roots of the vegetable. Having passed the Brothers, the storm steered across Rock Flat and Dangelong. Messrs. E. Devereux, J. J. Devereux, Samuel Myers, and we fear Andrew Butler are sufferers by flood. The rush of waters came on the Rev. Canon Druitt's farm, near Christchurch, like a thunderclap. Only recently Mr. Druitt had a new fence erected, nearly all of which has gone. Whilst Mr. Druitt's son and a man in his employ were seeing to the safety of the live stock, a narrow escape was experienced by Mr. Edward Druitt and the farm servant. They saw the flood careering down the valley, and at once saddled up to drive the live stock to higher ground. Whilst bringing them to the place of refuge, they were surrounded by the waters left on an island. There was little time for reflection. Boldly they pushed through the seething torrent, and chanced the crossing. Luckily, after a severe struggle, they surmounted the obstacle, and reached home safe. The reverend gentleman also lost a dray, which was swept away. Lower down, towards Cooma, there is a deep channel, where the water did little damage till it spread over the flats below Cooma pound. Widening out, there was a pause, as it were, prior to dealing a heavy blow to other sufferers. There, as if gathering greater strength for destruction, it rose higher and higher, and gushed in mountains near Mr. Thomas Corbett's, who, for the first time, was driven out of his home. Mr. Mark Rollason was extremely unfortunate. Perceiving the danger, he began to get together his furniture. Whilst moving a chest of drawers and some other article of furniture the waters violently pushed open the door, and almost instantaneously he found himself struggling in the stream. Up, up rose the flood till it was on a level with the roof. A comfortable home, well furnished for an humble man, is wrecked. His stack of hay was damaged. Mr. Rollason's loss may be estimated at £100, a heavy blow for the poor fellow. His family were placed out ot the reach of danger. Mr. Corbett must also be a loser, as his garden is torn up. Mr. Andrews, living next door to Mark Rollason, was washed out. The flood came up to the door of Mr. Stroud, his next door neighbour.  Mr. Scott's private residence was next visited, the floors of the house being covered with water ; the family hastily vacated the place. To give distant residents of this district an idea of this flood, we would point out that it came up to Mr. Curtis' stockyard. A man named Doyle, living in a hut opposite, was flooded out. Mr. C. Solomon's paddock, next the Chinese store, was covered with water. In Bombala-street, the back waters reached part of Mrs. Shannon's residence, being two or three, perhaps four, feet deep in front of Mr. M'Kinnon's butcher's shop, into which it rushed. The old cricket oval was immersed.  Hing Kee, the proprietor of the Chinese store, is a great loser. A case of drapery was taken away by the flood.

His store, on the ground floor, was submerged, his garden covered with sand, his cases, fowls, pigs, etc., engulphed. The Chinaman living on the other side of the creek is almost ruined ; as a gardener, his means of subsistence are gone for the present. The hedge or live fence surrounding the Chinese garden rented from Mrs. Halloran, on the opposite side of the road to Mr. W. Sampson's smithy, is down to the ground. Not a particle of the Market- square was visible. From Mr. Parkinson's, the baker's, on one side, to Mr. Harris's on the other side, it was a raging sea. Nothing could stand against the current. The willows on the square were in water up to their branches. Mr. Faulkner's store was surrounded by water, which was on a level with the verandahfloor, and the water entered the store. In the fireplace of the tailor's shop of Mr. Gunn, the watermark is l8 inches above the fireplace. Of course, Mr. David Shannon's bootshop was served likewise. The cellars of Mr. Hanley's Seymour Hotel were invaded, and soon filled by the waters. Mr. Whittaker, the watchmaker, who carries on his business next door, had barely time to convey his wife to a place of safety, and secure his valuable stock of watches and jewellery; but the greatest disaster befel (sic) the Cooma mill. Mr. J. E. Body, J.P., on hearing the thunder, which preceded the rain by about two hours, had the forethought to commence lifting his grain, flour, produce, &c, to the upper story. With the aid of his men, some of whom did not see the necessity for the work, Mr. Body succeeded in pulling up to the upper floor 280 bags of wheat and flour. All at once, whilst engaged in this task, the waters surrounded the mill, penetrating everywhere. In an incredibly short space of time the water in the mill was from 3½ to 4 feet deep. Over the wall in Massie-street, into the storehouse alongside, and into the piggeries and fowlhouses. Pigs swimming about, wood drifting. Now and then a flutter of wings, and a fowl was carried off. Over the verandah of Mr. Body's private residence lay the water, which kept rising till it penetrated the lower rooms. Able hands, willing to work, among whom Mr. J. J. Howell was foremost, appeared on the scene of wreck. Then Mr. Body thought of his books, and made an effort to save them. From the dwelling-house, Mr. Body waded through water up to his neck, and tried to get by the side of his office, but failed. The current was very strong, the water rushing with immense speed past the mill and dwelling-house. Grasping the corner part of his office, Mr. Body was proceeding along, when he was taken off his feet. Mr. Charles Gill immediately plunged in, and caught hold of Mr. Body, who was brought nearly insensible to his dwelling-house. He was almost driven to despair about his books, when Mr. Charles Gill, one of the warders at Cooma Lunatic Asylum, plunged in. 

At one stroke Charley Gill smashed in the window, then he gained admittance, and saved the books, the loss of which would have been a terrible blow to Mr. Body. That gentleman's loss has been estimated at a large sum, but we think the actual damage will not exceed £300, which is more than enough in these depressed times. A great deal of firewood was swept away. The walls in front of the mill are bared to the foundation.

Mr. George Cohen tells us he saw, at a distance, the flood coming down, and it crossed his mind that the mill was in danger. He went down. In less than 25 minutes the water was 3½ feet deep in the mill. About the square could be observed numbers of unfortunate Chinamen endeavouring to rescue their store goods, pigs, and other property. Two Chinamen tried to save a case of drapery. They were caught by the current, the case enveloped them, and the cry rose up that they were drowning. Somehow, they managed to get to shallow water, and were saved. Now and then, trees, posts and rails, cases, pigs, &c, would come with a rush, and disappear. The  habitation of the Smiths was flooded in the twinkling of an eye.

In Dirty-lane the sudden irruption of the waters' was alarming. Mr. David Orr was playing the flute, and his wife sitting down nursing the baby, when the door was unceremoniously slammed open. In poured the waters, and before they had time barely to think they were standing up to their waists in the watery element. Mr. Orr seized his wife and child, and took them out by the back door.

Mr. W. T. Cohen's paddock, as may naturally be expected, was all under water, which covered the fence, most of which he has lost. Only lately, he made arrangements for a new supply of fencing stuff to be laid there. Through some unforeseen delay, the fencing stuff was not put on the ground, which has fortunately saved Mr. Cohen further loss. Mr. W. Matthews, of Cooma Creek, left his dray, cask, and harness on the bank of the creek near the Chinamen's gardens. He has lost them all. In searching for them next morning, he found a wheel. 

The Chinamen's gardens next to the Police Barracks present a picture of desolation. Beds of vegetables are covered with mud and refuse. A dray and immense logs of wood lie against fruit trees, which are surrounded by piles of rubbish of all kinds. Pumpkins and melons were washed away. The flood came so unexpectedly upon the Chinese that they had to get out through the roof of their huts, the insides of which were deep in water. By the destruction of the gardens the Chinese suffer to the amount of £200.

No one ever knew such a big flood to visit Cooma on any previous occasion. On the Market-square it never before went round the shops there. This time it was a foot up the wall of Parkinson's, and near the bar door of Mr. Turner's Prince of Wales Hotel. The old hut occupied by Smith and his wife was never invaded heretofore. All say it is the greatest flood that has ever visited Cooma. The loss will be undoubtedly great, and will fall exceedingly hard upon Mr. Body and a few others.

The Rev. Father Slattery was watching the flood waters coming down. They were massed in the form of a tidal wave, four feet in height. For instance, as the waters reached the residence of Mr. Scott and flowed through it, causing the members of his iamily to retreat to the kitchen, it was singular to observe all was clear before it, but only for the instant. 

They had only a few light showers in the Snowy River country on Tuesday, and between Buckley's Crossing and Back Creek there was no rain of consequence.  The weather had not broken on Thursday. On Wednesday there was a heavy thunderstorm to the west, and possibly they have had great rain at Bolaira and Adaminaby, Thunder rolled, lightning flashed intensely, but only a few heavy drops of rain came down in Cooma. Towards evening Back Creek, near the Royal Hotel, rose a few feet, but lowered during the night. It was a fortunate thing that Back Creek was not flooded at the same time as Cooma Creek. Had both creeks been flooded, the Chinese gardeners below their junction could hardly have escaped with their lives.

Steady rain set in at Cooma about 3 o'clock, on Thursday afternoon, continuing gently throughout the day and that night. Showers set in yesterday. The rain will do much good to the district. At Gegedzerick there was nice steady rain on Tuesday, but not so much at this side of Prahran and at Coolringdon. They had not a drop of rain at Mr Watkins's, Island Lake Plain, on Tuesday. 

Very heavy rain fell at Wambrook on Thursday and Friday, and a steady soaking rain in Cooma at intervals till we went to press. 

We learn that the rain has been general, it having extended to Nimitybelle, Bombala, Dry Plain, Adaminaby, Kiandra, Bega, and Eden.  In the company of Mr. Rossbach, our road superintendent, we hear, Mr Montgomery, the well-known builder and road contractor, passed the crossing over the blind creek known as Adams Creek, below Mr. Jardine's fence, on Jindabyne, Hill, on Tuesday afternoon. When on top, they observed a grand sight. There was tremendous lightning and thunder. Suspended in the air, hanging directly over Jindabyne Hill, the travellers saw a waterspout. Then the party set spurs to their horses and raced for the village of Jindabyne, as they thought the waterspout would descend on them. They could see, on the road, the water coming down in a great body. The waterspout must have come with terrific force right on the crossing at Adams Creek. About four years ago Mr. Mongomeryconstructed the causeway in a substantial manner with stone. The banks of the blind creek and the road in many places were washed away. In Adams Creek, the stone crossing was swept away, and a hole 10 feet deep marks the place where the stones were. 

The party were astounded on Wednesday morning when viewing the destruction the waterspout had caused. People living on the easterly side of Cooma Creek cannot got into town, as there is no bridge, and the bottom end of Sharp-street, near the Market-square, is a treacherous bog.

A meeting concerning this will be held in Cooma Courthouse.

Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:53 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Crossley, Jeremiah (I29800)

Proposed Change: Crossley, Jeremiah (I29800)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I29800&tree=MP

Description: YASS, Friday.

Jeremiah Crossley, aged 73 years, a very old and much respected resident ot this district, committed suicide at his residence, Wargeila, this morning, by shooting himself. He had been suffering for some time past from acute rheumatism, and during a severe attack of pain he committed the rash act. Great sympathy is expressed for his widow and family. 
SMH page 12 Sat 2 Sugust 1884

Suicide near Yass.
Our correspondent writes: Yass was startled with the intelligence brought into it on last Friday that Mr. Jeremiah Crossley had, at an early hour that morning, shot himself dead at his residence at Wargeila, which is about 11 miles from here. De  ceased had been a resident of the district for over   30 years, and as a farmer had been most successful in his pursuits, and, therefore, as far as worldly   matters are concerned, he was in a most comfortable position. He has left a wife and family of grown up children, and several of his daughters' are most   respectably connected by marriage. For several   years past he has suffered intensely from rheu matism and so acute were his pains that he has been heard-several times to say that if he did not get relief he would put an end to his existence ;'but his friends never thought that he would put into practice in so tragic a manner words only uttered by him when suffering from the pains, which he had so long endured. Dr. Blake, the coroner, held an inquest on deceased's remains on Friday.

Ezechias Crossley, son of deceased,- deposed that he was awoke by his mother about 2 o'clock, that morning, and on going out to the verandah he there saw his father dead; on lifting him up a double barrelled gun was found under deceased, and it was apparent that it had recently been discharged ;   witness had been using the gun the night before, but when he put it in its place it was not loaded in either barrel; when he bung the gun up the ham   mers of both barrels were cocked, and when found under deceased the hammer of the right hand barrel   was down, and there was a battered gun cap on the nipple. 

Sarah. Crossley, wife of deceased, deposed : My husband was 73 years of age; last night he went to  bed about 9 o'clock ; he was then, suffering from  rheumatic pains in his legs, which I bathed; about  11 o'clock he complained that the pains were very   severe, and he said he'd get up ; he told me not to got up, or that I had better go into bed with my daughter; I told him I would stay where I was, but I would leave him plenty of room to get in and out of the bed, so that he would not disturb me; he got up, and I heard him making a fire; he sat by   the fire, and I went to sleep ; at about 2 o'clock this morning I was awakened by hearing a noise like something falling on the ground; I thought   the deceased had fallen down ; I got up, and when I went into the room where the fire was I could not see the deceased; both doors of the room were open ; I called to deceased, asking where he was, and getting no reply I went in search of him, and found him lying on the verandah; I noticed that blood was flowing from the left side of his head; I then called my daughter and son, and when my son carried the deceased to the sofa I saw the gun now produced lying where the body of the deceased was lifted from ; the gun is the property of the last witness; deceased, when he complained of the pains, said if he suffered another night as much as he had done on Tuesday night; he could not stand it; I am quite sure that deceased fired the shot that caused his death ; he has said he would make away with himself rather than, suffer the pains he en dured ou last Tuesday night; deceased appeared to be quite dead when I found him ; he and I have al ways lived on the best of terms, and the only reason I can assign for his committing suicide is the acute pains he was suffering.

Dr. Hoets deposed: I have made a post-mortem   examination ; immediately in front of the right ear found a large irregular wound communicating;   with the interior of the skull; the edges of the: wound were blackened, and smelt strongly of burnt gunpowder; on opening the skull I found the bones on the right side of the head extremely fractured;   the interior portion of the brain is severely   lacerated; on tbe left side of the brain I found a large quantity of small-sized shot; it appeared to be No. 4 shot; I produce some of the shot I found in the brain; there were no other marks of vio lence about the body; I am of opinion, that the cause of death was injury to the brain caused by a gunshot wound; the wound could have been in flicted by deceased, who could have placed the muzzle of the gun to his head, and fired it by touch ing the trigger with his foot; he could not have pulled the trigger with his hand ; a,shot fired from the gun produced would have caused such a wound as I have described. 

The jury, after, a short consultation, returned the   following verdict: That the deceased, Jeremiah Crossley, of Wargeila, died on,the 1st day of August, 1884, at Wargeila, from the effects of a gun shot wound inflicted by himself on the said first day of August.

The funeral of the deceased took-place in Yass on  Friday afternoon, and was very largely attended.

Southern Argus (Goulburn, NSW : 1881 - 1885), page 2 Tuesday 5 August 1884


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Owen
Sent: Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:10 AM
Subject: Harlow, Near Cooma



I was looking at the Monaro Pioneers Newsletter  2014 Number 1 and it refers to 'Harlow" in one of the items.

"Jacob Feilen (1878-1950) and Charles Feilen (1874-1965). Jacob was manager of ‘Harlow’ 1913-16"

The Australian place names site ( http://www.ga.gov.au/placename ) does not have it listed.

So I wonder if you or any of your readers know where Harlow is?

And if you are no longer involved with the "Monaro Pioneers", apologies and feel free to ignore the request.

Reason I ask is that my father-in-law, a Holdsworth, was born at Harlow, near Cooma in 1886.


Cheers,  Owen Cook

Hi Owen,

We can put your request in our next newsletter and hopefully that might bring forth some information. I also recommend you put your request on our Facebook page, I am sure that platform will be successful for you.

Regards, Ian


From: Gregory McInnes
Sent: Wednesday, 13 December 2017 6:33 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Butler, Martin Herbert (I170180)

Proposed Change: Butler, Martin Herbert (I170180)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I170180&tree=MP

Description: Add Children.

1. David Martin BUTLER, born 14 March 1938 at Cooma District Hospital; died 2017

See obituary in The Monaro Post 13 Dec 2017

2. Errol John BUTLER, died 1992

Gregory McInnes

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 9:01 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Etherington, Ernest W. (I392421)

Proposed Change: Etherington, Ernest W. (I392421)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I392421&tree=MP

Description: Changed name for some reason as did others of the family to Coleman




Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 8:34 AM
Subject: Proposed Change: Butt, Richard Alfred (I18464)

Proposed Change: Butt, Richard Alfred (I18464)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I18464&tree=MP

Description: THE LATE CASE OF DROWNING. --- On Tuesday last the body of Mr. Richard Butt, who had been missing for the previous nine days, was found in a water-hole, close by the residence of the deceased, by one of his sons, the head and shoulders being at the time above water. Near the bank was a surveyor's chain, which the deceased was carrying when last seen alive. The body having been removed to the house, a report of the circumstance was forwarded to the police, and the coroner having been communlicated with, an inquest was held on the premises on the following day. Owing to some reports being prevalent that deceased had come by his death through foul means, a postmortem examination was held by Dr. O'Connor, but from that gentle man's evidence no doubt remained that death had been caused by suffocation from drowning. Owing to the length of time the body had been in the water the flesh at the back of the neck was eaten away by fish or rats. The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.-Yass Courier.

Goulburn Herald, page 2 Wednesday 29 April 1863


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Monday, 11 December 2017 6:08 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Walmsley, Charles (I24152)

Proposed Change: Walmsley, Charles (I24152)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I24152&tree=MP

Description: News has reached town of the death of Mr. Charles Walmsley, of "Balbriggan." Deceased, who was 80 years of age at the time of his death, was a very old resident of this district. The late Mr. Walmsley was for years a member of the police of this State, having at one time been in charge of the Gundaroo police station; but for many years he enjoyed his pension, having retired from the force. During his police career he had several encounters with the bushrangers in the stirring gold-fields days.

Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1907 - 1915) Tue 13 May 1913  Page 2

WALMSLEY. Died on May 6, 1913, at his residence, Balbriggan, Gundaroo, in his 81st year, Charles Walmsley, eldest son of C. Walmsley, of Balbriggan, Dublin.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thu 8 May 1913 Page 8


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Monday, 11 December 2017 3:57 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Pateman, Oliey C. (I302228)

Proposed Change: Pateman, Oliey C. (I302228)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I302228&tree=MP

Description: marriage, note spelling same as headstone


The Presbyterian Catherdal of St. Andrew, Canberra, was beautifully decorated on Wednesday, November 25, for the wedding of Mr. Olley Charles Pateman, only son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Pateman, of 'Olleyville,' Murrumbateman, and Miss Eileen Walmsley, younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Walmsley, of 'Glencoe,' Nanima, via Yass. The Rev. R. C. Russell, of Yass, officiated. Mr. Daley of Canberra, presided at the pipe organ. 

The Burrowa News (NSW : 1874 - 1951), Friday 11 December 1936


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From: Warwick
Sent: Monday, 11 December 2017 9:31 AM
Subject: Proposed Change: Roffe, Janet Louisa (I16927)

Proposed Change: Roffe, Janet Louisa (I16927)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I16927&tree=MP

Description: possible marriage




The death occurred at Wollongong on Friday last of Mrs Louisa Hepper, of aged 63, wife of Mr John Hepper, of Wollongong. She was the third Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Roffe, of Jerrawa, where she was born. Mr. James Roffe, of Gunning, is a brother, and Mrs. R. Heat, Jerrawa, is a sister.

Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Tue 22 Aug 1933 Page 2

Also mentioned in fathers obits.


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Monday, 11 December 2017 8:48 AM
Subject: Proposed Change: Roffe, James (I16902)

Proposed Change: Roffe, James (I16902)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I16902&tree=MP

Description: Fatal Accident.

According to the Yass Tribune, a sad and fatal accident happened at Coolalie on October 30th last - when Mr James Roffe; a very old resident of Jerrawa, was killed through being struck by a falling tree.

It appears that he was engaged, with his grandson, in clearing off timber in one of the Cleveden paddocks, and did not notice that a tree close by was almost burnt through until it crashed down on top of him, striking him on the head and inflicting such serious injuries that he died with in a few hours. The boy was struck by some of the branches, But was unhurt. The coronor (Dr. Thane) held an enquiry the following day, and found that death was accidental.

Deceased, who was an old and respected resident of the Jerrawa district, was 71 years of age, and leaves a wife and grown-up famiiy. Deceased was the beloved father of Mrs Hepper, of Harden, and also of Mr Jno. Roffe, of Currawang.

Murrumburrah Signal and County of Harden Advocate (NSW : 1881 - 1947), Saturday 17 November 1900, page 2


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Warwick
Sent: Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:32 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Roffe, James (I16922)

Proposed Change: Roffe, James (I16922)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I16922&tree=MP

Description: OBITUARY

Mr. Jas. Roffe.

The sudden and unexpected death under tragic circumstances occurred at the District Hospital, Goulburn, recently, of James Roffe, aged 86 years.

The deceased was intent upon attending the funeral of the late Mrs; W. M. Barbour. Leaving his home he had the misfortune to let his crutch slip, and fell on the pavement face downwards, sustaining severe facial injuries and concussion. Sergt. L. Chad was notified of the accident and, pending the arrival of Dr. Barbour, he with some friends did all that was possible. Dr. Barbour, after attending the injured man, advised his removal to the Goulburn District Hospital, whence he was conveyed by the Goulburn Ambulance, but he failed to make a recovery and died late on Monday night, October 22nd.

The late James Roffe was one of Gunning's well-known, and highly respected citizens. He was born at the Fish River, and received his education at the local school. After leaving school he followed rural pursuits. Excelling as a shearer, he held local records. For many years he was the ground manager, for Messrs. Stubbs and Co. (Yass) and supervised the "Clevedon" property. It was while he was following the calling at a shearer that he had a severe attack of rheumatism from which despite; the best medical aid he never was well, and which made him a confirmed cripple. The deceased in his youth was a well-known horseman, and owned horses that were a credit to his sound judgment.

He married a Miss May Stewart, of Coolallie, and made his home at Dalton on a small selection. The issue of the union was three sons (Norman; Allan and Ken) and one daughter (Mrs. E. Sheldrick, of Gloucester). All the boys reside with their mother at Mittagong. The dedeased was more content living in Gunning and paid frequent visits to Mittagong, where all his sons were employed.

He was a likeable old gentleman, and had many friends in all parts of the Gunning district. He followed all good, clean sport with great interest. Cards were his pet hobby and he had a few old friends, since, departed, with whom he frequently, played. His residence was, a credit to him, clean and most comfortable, and he took great pride in his fowls.

His passing, removes one of Gunning's most familiar, identities a good citizen and highly esteemed. The remains were conveyed to St;, Edmund's Church, where the Rev. J. H. Donoghue conducted the first portion of the burial service, and the interment took place, at the Church of England cemetery , Dalton, on Wednesday afternoon, October 24th.

Floral tributes were sent by: Wife and family: Bertha BuSh, Walter Lees and family; Mr. and. Mrs. S. Collins and family; .Mr. and Mrs. Will Bush; Joyce and Greig Bush; Arthur, Win and family; .Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bush; Fanny, Ray , and family; Mr. and Mrs: P. Hogan and family; Mr, and Mrs. Peppermill and family ; Edith, Stan and PeterAlchin; Mr. and Mrs. E, Bush and family; Riley, Elma arid W. Bush., The Rev. J. H, Donoghue conducted the service at the cemetery. The pall bearers were: Messrs. Bill Bush, Arthur Bush, O. Rudd and P. Hogan.

Crookwell Gazette (NSW : 1885 - 1954), Wednesday 7 November 1945, page 6


Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Michelle
Sent: Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:20 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Thomas, David Clive (I167844)

Proposed Change: Thomas, David Clive (I167844)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I167844&tree=MP

Description:  The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tue 21 Oct 1980

Page 16 Family Notices

THOMAS, David Clive. —

October 20 at RCH. Loving husband of Jean. Beloved

father of Lance. Stepfather of Joyce and John. Father-

in-law of Joy Thomas, Joy Gowland and King Crossley. Devoted grand dad of their families.

THOMAS. — The relatives and friends of the late Mr David Clive Thomas are respectfully informed that a service will be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, at 3pm today, Tuesday.

THOMAS. — Members of the Canberra Highland Society and Burns Club are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their late fellow member, David Clive Thomas. For funeral details,

see family notice.

THOMAS. — Members of the Kingston Narrabundah RSL Sub-Branch and Club are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their late fellow member, David Clyde Thomas. For funeral details, see family notice. R. Crawford, President Sub-Branch. E. Spearing, President Club.

THOMAS. — Members of the Eastlake Football Club are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their late

esteemed member David Clive Thomas. For funeral details please see family notice.

S.H. Dee,


Divorced or separated from Olga between 1958-1963. Was listed as living with Jean Edna Grace Gowland nee LEWIS in 1963.

Jean died 16 Jan 1991

THOMAS              Jean Edna            Death notice      16JAN1991          Death                    late of Jindalee Nursing Home                Canberra Times 18JAN1991

THOMAS, Jean Edna. —Passed away at Jindalee Nursing Home, 16.1.91. The loved wife of David (deceased). Loved mother

mother-in-law of Joyce and King, John and Joy, and

step-mother of Lance and Joy. Loved Nana of their

children and grandchildren.

Rest in Peace.

(Funeral 18 Jan 1991 at Norwood Park Crematorium)

Cheers,  Michelle

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Michelle
Sent: Sunday, 10 December 2017 9:38 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Thomas, Hilda (I264511)

Proposed Change: Thomas, Hilda (I264511)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I264511&tree=MP

Description: Hilda married Lindon Phillip Armstrong in 1937 at Crookwell.

Hilda passed away 1 Nov 2000 Warrawong NSW

ARMSTRONG     Hilda      Death notice      01NOV2000        Death    89           at Warrawong, formerly of Windang                Illawarra Mercury            06NOV2000

Lindon (Len) died 19 Jan 1990 at Windang NSW

en)         Funeral notice   23JAN1990          Funeral                 late of Windang Illawarra Mercury            22JAN1990         

ARMSTRONG     Lindon Phillip (Len)         Death notice      19JAN1990          Death    72           late of Windang Illawarra Mercury               20JAN1990         

Cheers,  Michelle

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Michelle
Sent: Monday, 11 December 2017 5:26 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Dunn, Sarah Ann (I109379)

Proposed Change: Dunn, Sarah Ann (I109379)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I109379&tree=MP

Description: Hi Ian, just further to the Thomas family, there appears to be another daughter, Ella born 1916 at Tumut.

Married William Kell in 1934 at Tumut.

Ella passed away 13 Jan 1988 at Calvary Hospital, Deakin, ACT.

William Kell passed away at Tuross Heads 14 Dec 1974.

Ella and William did have children but one has since passed.

Garry William Kell was 55 years of age when he passed away at Calvary Hospital, Deakin ACT on 30 May 1993.

Ella was mentioned, along with her other siblings, in an obituary (Tumut and Adelong Times) of her brother, James, who passed away in 1943 from a rabbit shooting accident.

One brother, John Wallace Thomas was not mentioned, but there was a referral to a brother "Carl", along with brother Leo, residing at Singleton at the time of James' death. It may be that John had the nickname "Carl" or it also maybe an error of reporting by the newspaper.

Cheers,  Michelle

Thank you, Regards, Ian

From: Michelle
Sent: Sunday, 10 December 2017 9:25 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Dunn, Sarah Ann (I109379)

Proposed Change: Dunn, Sarah Ann (I109379)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I109379&tree=MP

Description: Hi Ian,

Sarah Dunn and her husband James Thomas had two other children who do not appear on the MP site.

1. Ena Thomas -birth unknown-married Herbert Mcgrath in 1945 Tumut

Ena died July 2008 at Tumut.

McGRATH           Ena         Funeral notice   24JUL2008           Funeral                 late of Amity at Tumut   Tumut and Adelong Times    22JUL2008

2.Beryl Thomas-birth unknown- married Milton Alfred Noble 17 Nov 1945 at Tumut.

Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954) Tue 15 May 1945 Page 3

Family Notices NOBLE-THOMAS: The engagement is announced of Beryl, youngest daughter of Mrs. S. A. Thomas, of Tumut, to Milton, son of Mr. and Mrs David, Noble,Hovell Street, Cootamundra.

Cootamundra Herald (NSW : 1877 - 1954) Fri 23 Nov 1945 Page 5 PERSONAL

The wedding of Miss Beryl Thomas, daughter of Mrs. S. Thomas, of Tumut, to Mr. Milton Noble, of Cootamundra, took place at All Saints, Tumut, Saturday week. Rev. S.Broadfoot was the celebrant.

Cheers,  Michelle

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Gregory McInnes
Sent: Thursday, 7 December 2017 3:18 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Elton, William Henry (I84078)

Proposed Change: Elton, William Henry (I84078)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I84078&tree=MP

Description: Add children:

1. Alfred William ELTON

B 12 October 1920, Bombala, NSW

D 14 June 1988, Sydney, NSW

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Wednesday 15 June 1988 Page 55


ELTON, Alfred William. - June 14

1988 late of Shoal Bay and formerly of West Pennant Hills dearly loved husband of Gwen much loved father of Robert Phillip Douglas, Margaret and

Suzanne and loved father -in-law and grandfather of their families.    Aged 67 years.    In God's care.

F 17 June 1988, St Matthew's Anglican Church, West Pennant Hills, Sydney, NSW

Crem. 17 Jun 1988, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, NSW

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Wednesday 15 June 1988 Page 51


ELTON. - The relatives and friends of the late ALFRED WILLIAM ELTON are invited to attend his funeral to leave the Anglican Church of St Matthew corner Castle Hill and New Lyon Roads, West Pennant Hills after a Service commencing at 10 30 a m on Friday (June 17 1988) for the Northern Suburbs Crematorium

M 11 April 1950, Gwendolen Mary WARLOW-DAVIES at St John's Anglican Church, West Pennant Hills, Sydney, NSW BDM 15019/1950

"Family Notices" The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) 15 April 1950: 42.


ELTON-WARLOW-DAVIES.-April 11 at St. John's Church, Rockdale, Gwendolen Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Warlow-Davies of Ramsgate, to Alfred William, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Elton, of Blakehurst.

Gwen born 25 Feb 1924, Ramsgate, Sydney, NSW and died 24 August 2009, NSW

World War II Service Record

Service Record

Name                                ELTON, ALFRED WILLIAM
Service                             Australian Army
Service Number                  NX37463
Date of Birth                      12 Oct 1920
Place of Birth                     BOMBARLA, NSW
Date of Enlistment              27 Jun 1941
Locality on Enlistment         HURSTVILLE, NSW
Place of Enlistment             PADDINGTON, NSW
Next of Kin                        ELTON, WILLIAM
Date of Discharge               21 Jun 1946
Rank                                Warrant Officer Class 2
Posting at Discharge           2/9 ARMOURED REGIMENT
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War                  No

2. Ena Dorothy ELTON

B 2 May 1922, Bombala, NSW

D 8 May 1922, Bombala, NSW: NSW BDM 5569/1922

Known to be buried in Bombala Cemetery but exact location unknown.

Gregory McInnes

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Sharon gould
Sent: Thursday, 7 December 2017 5:32 PM
Subject: Proposed Change: Bright, Elizabeth (I176896)

Proposed Change: Bright, Elizabeth (I176896)

Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Link: http://monaropioneers.com/TNG/getperson.php?personID=I176896&tree=MP

Description: Att: Ian

Looking at all 4 Birth dates here for Bright, Elizabeth children..

Joseph is born Between (my) Edward and Charles and Robert after Charles...

I would there for say that the Father of all 4 would be the same

Thompson, Edward,   b. 1837, Michelago..

I cannot see that she would have 2 men called Edward Thompson and that she was going back and forth between the 2 men having children to each of them that just does not make sense to me or does it not fit the time Period (era).

                1. Thompson, Edward William,   b. 1870, Queanbeyan,

                2. Thompson, Charles Albert,   b. 1 Jan 1875, Cooma, New South Wales

                1. Thompson, Joseph James,   b. 1871, Bombala, New South Wales

                2. Thompson, Robert William,   b. 1877, Cooma, New South Wales

This is just my theory.. and would love to know if you have your own thought's on this theory .

Thank you again for your time and great site it has been a blessing to find out more and more..

Sharon gould

Thank you, Regards, Ian


From: Tania Burton
Sent: Thursday, 7 December 2017 8:40 AM
Subject: Seeking information regarding a relative's burial site

Hi Ian, I’m trying to locate the burial site of my still born brother who was buried in the Delegate Cemetery and I have found the 3 possible site.  I’m meeting my parent this weekend and hope they can remember some more details but maybe if you have access to date of burial records it would help with the identification.  I believe it might be William because of the area he was buried.  I believe he would have been buried between 1962 and 1963.







Old Cath.Delegate




Wooden marker



Old Cath.Delegate




Wooden marker



Old C of E Delegate








If you can’t assist in this matter, maybe you can point me in the right direction.

Cheers, Tania Burton
Hi Tania,

Unfortunately I am not able to provide anymore information to what you already have. I suggest you put your request on our Facebook page.

Regards, Ian


From: Virginia Noonan

Sent: 2017-12-07 12:18 PM

Subject: Re: Monaro Pioneer's Newsletter - November 2017

Hi David,

You may recall sometime ago I wrote to you about the research I was doing on Dr Samuel Merrifield who was the doctor at Bombala for just over 20 years, in the late 19th century. I want to let you know that the book I have been writing has now been published. The title of the book is:

From Devon to Australia

A 19th Century Narrative

Through the unpublished letters of the Merrifield family

Chapter 10 of the book covers, in detail, the life of Dr Sydney Merrifield, who came to Australia in 1884 from Plymouth, Devon, England. Before moving to Bombala he lived in Casterton Victoria. He qualified as a medical practitioner in England in 1883. Syd was destined to become a leading London surgeon or physician, but tossed his career aside, after a spat with his father. Sydney received references from eminent doctors such as Joseph Lister who is regarded as the founder of antiseptic medicine. Syd practiced in Bombala from 1887 to 1911. The story provides insight into the life of an Australian rural doctor who practiced in the later half of the 19th century in the Monaro area.

I have attached, for your information, a copy of the cover, the introduction to the book and the start of chapter 10, which covers Sydney and his wife Sarah (nee Dearsley).

The stories, contained within the book, are based on over 140 original family letters sent to my great-great grandfather Samuel Merrifield who came to Australia in 1854. The letters were mainly written by his father William and brother John, in response to Samuel’s own letters. John Merrifield was Sydney’s father. The book also contains original family photos, information from personal diaries and other archival materials.

The original letters capture the Merrifield family's daily lives, both here in Australia and England and, their involvement in political, religious and community affairs. These activities have been used to provide context for the 19th century Merrifields. Their words also provide insight into the life of people, similar to the Merrifields, whose everyday activities have been more or less forgotten.

I was wondering if you would be willing to run an article in the Monaro Pioneer’s Newsletter about Sydney Merrifield and the availability of the book. The book is A4 in size, has 176 pages and is fully referenced.

Cheers,   Virginia

Thanks for the update Virginia.  Your email will appear in the next addition of the MP Newsletter.

Cheers, David

Hi David,

Thanks for the quick response. If you think the price for the publication should be displayed it is $40 plus postage of $14.50




The purpose of this newsletter is four-fold: 
1. To let people know about all our activities including: the "Back to Nimitybelle" Book and the Monaro Pioneers Website. 
2. To collect email and postal addresses of as many people as we can, so that they may be invited to contribute to this archive. 
3. To collect Historical information about the Monaro District and the Families that have lived there. 
4. And most importantly the newsletter is a venue for people who have an interest in the district to keep in contact with each other.


This newsletter is published by the Monaro Pioneers Editor on behalf of all those folk who are interested in the history of the Monaro.

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