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2018 Number 06


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On 2018-07-03 08:18, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: South, George (I202838)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Obituary.
A very old resident of Goulburn district, died at his residence, Gundary, yesterday morning. He had enjoyed excellent health until a few years ago, when he had a severe attack of influenza. Since that time he had been gradually failing. He arrived in New South Wales eighty-one years ago, and shortly afterwards came to this district where he had resided ever since. He leaves three sons--William, Thomas, and George--and one daughter married to Mr. James Shepherd of Wheeo. The funeral will take place to-morrow, the cortege arriving at Lansdowne Bridge about noon.
 Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1881 - 1907)  Mon 17 Jun 1901  Page 2  Obituary. 

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-07-03 08:03, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: South, George (I239154)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: OBITUARY MR. G. SOUTH 
The death occurred at his residence, 140 Bourke Street, on Friday of Mr. George South, aged 81 years. The late Mr. South was one of the best known pioneers of the Goulburn district, and was also widely known in other parts of the State, where he had been connected with the pastoral industry. Mr. South, who was a native of Goulburn, was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs George South, of Bungonia Road, being the last surviving member of a family of 13. He was educated in Goulburn, and with the exception of a short period in the surveying profession, was associated with the land. 
For some years he managed Cogenburgh Station, now known as Karingaroo, near Goulburn, for Pitt, Son and Badgery, Ltd., and later managed it Gundagai property for the late Mr. A. B.Triggs. He had a wide knowledge of all phases of the pastoral industry, and was famous as an expert houseman; In his travels around Australia, he established a reputation of fearless courage. Strict honesty In all his dealings was another attribute, and it was said of him that he would go miles to pay even the smallest debt. He retired about 15 years ago. 
Mr. South, whose marriage to Miss Hannah Francis, of Bungonia, More than 60 years ago was the first celebrated in the old Church of England, Bungonia, is survived by a widow, three sons, George, (Forbes), Willian (Karingaroo), Clifford (Sydney), and four daughters, Mes dames A. E. Roberts (Hurlstone Park), L. Bridle (Ladysmith, Wagga) , A. Mair (Wyalong), and Miss. C. South (Sydney). One son, Wattie, was killed in action during the Great War. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, to the Church of England portion of the General Cemetery. 
Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940), Monday 23 August 1937, page 4

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-07-03 07:11, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Shepherd, Amy Eveline (I202802)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Name     Amy Eveline Shepherd
Gender     Female
Christening Date     07 Apr 1893
Christening Place     Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Birth Date     14 Sep 1890
Birthplace     Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Father's Name     James Shepherd
Mother's Name     Eva South
Citing this Record

"Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981," database, FamilySearch 
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XT89-68F : 11 February 2018), Eva South in entry for Amy Eveline Shepherd, 07 Apr 1893; citing Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia; FHL microfilm 1,238,833.


Thank you,

Regards, Ian

On 2018-06-30 05:13, STEPHEN GREENHALGH wrote:

Proposed Change: Ann (I302971)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Thomas first married Mary Ann Holland, who died circa 1850. They had 3 children including John Thomas. He then married Ann Crawford Cadzow and they had another family, ending up in Urana.

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-28 06:31, Warwick wrote:

Proposed Change: Norman, Annie May (I166161)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers


Thirty-seven years is a long time to be in any one business, yet this record has been accomplished by Mrs. W. Chuchin, who now announces her retirement from active life. Her well-known fruit and confectionery business has been turned over to son Ray, who should also make a success of it. 
Mrs. Chuchin first started in Braidwood in premises where Mrs. H. Bugg now has her shop. Later on she moved further up the street to a shop almost opposite the present premises, and 23 years ago shifted across to the present shop, which has been remodelled and improved until it is one of the most up-to-date cafes in the country. During her long term In business Mrs.Chuchin has proved herself a real good citizen, and there will be no one to say that she has not thoroughly deserved a well-earned rest. Highly capable and always courteous and obliging, she made her cafe very popular. Not only this, but 'Pat' could always be relied upon to provide a menu second to none in the country. If her successors follow in her footsteps the Royal Cafe should lose none of its widely-known popularity.
Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 - 1954), Friday 7 March 1941, page 2

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-28 04:07, Lisa wrote:

Proposed Change: Jarvis, Robert Henry (I196387)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Robert Henry & Isabella Florence married on 17th of January 1912 at ST Saviours Cathedral, Goulburn

Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-26 02:58, Geoff Byron wrote:

Proposed Change: Family: Byron, Michael James / Chalker, Pauline Mary
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Further for Pauline Mary Byron born 08/07/1935.  Her father was Frederick William Chalker born 01/12/1890 at Taralga NSW, and died on 04/02/1967 in Canberra ACT, and buried on 08/02/1967 within the Catholic Military Section of Woden Cemetery Burial allotment H-EX-E-103.
Her mother was Mary Veronica McAlister born 23/01/1901 in Crookwell NSW, and died on 08/07/1983 at Albion Park NSW 2527.  She was buried at the St Paulls Catholic Cemetery, Albion Park NSW 2527.
Both Frederick William Chalker and Mary Veronica McAlister were married on 21/06/1922 at the Catholic Church, Crookwell NSW. 

Geoff Byron
Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-25 23:58, Geoff Byron wrote:

Proposed Change: Family: Byron, Michael James / Chalker, P.M.
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: My mother, Pauline Mary Byron nee Chalker born 08/07/1935 Goulburn NSW, and died 19/11/2017 at Tarrawanna NSW. Buried at the St Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery, Albion Park NSW 2517 on 24/11/2017 

Geoff Byron
Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-24 04:00, Diane Bishop wrote:

Proposed Change: Morrison, George (I58353)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Hi - Catherine Iris Pendergast's husband's surname is spelt MARRISON not Morrison. (what a mouth full). I have found his head stone in the Tweed Heads Lawn and General Cemetery along with George Merton Marrison (accidentally killed 18 May 1959 - aged 17) there is photo's but I don't know how to add them here. Thank you so much for this site, it has and will continue to be invaluable.  Regards Diane

Diane Bishop
Thank you Diane,

Regards, Ian

Subject: Re: Hugh Larkin/ Mary Shields, Coolringdon 1840's

On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 11:16 AM, james coppins  wrote:

Hi Michael,

My name is James Coppins my great great grandparents were Irish Convicts Hugh Larkin and Mary Shields, whom as I understand worked out their sentences at Coolringdon for William Bradley. I would be grateful for any information, or reference of their time spent at the property.

Regards,  James

Hi James,

Sorry, we have no information regarding your ancestors time on the Monaro.

Regards, Ian

Hello Ian,

Thanks for your prompt reply. My information is mainly sourced from the author Thomas Keneally, and his book The Great Shame. Judy Keneally his wife, is the g.g. grand daughter of Thomas Larkin born at Coolringdon in 1844, and I am the g.g.grandson of Ann Larkin born in 1848 at Goulburn. Hugh Larkin was transported from Galway Ireland in 1834, and Mary Shields was transported from Tipperary in 1839. They met at Coolringdon in 1843, after Mary Shields was accepted as a house keeper. By this time Hugh Larkin had already served the first 10 years of his 15 year sentence at Coolringdon. Kathrin from the Cooma Visitors Centre is trying to make enquiries for me to visit the Homestead.

I live in Country South Australia.

Best regards,  James Coppins


Dear David,

I am not sure whether the Newsletter is the right place for my inquiry.  Also the amount of information attached to this email, may be too much to be included.

Please feel free to do whatever you need to, if you think my question is appropriate, to be included in  the next Letter.

Sincerely,  Sue Henshall

Does anyone know how and why?

My Great Grandfather his brother and sisters came to live in the Eden/ Bega area sometime in the 1850’s, married locals and had many children.  It is unlikely that they came with their parents.  Both parents were drinking heavily, in and out of gaol.   I am trying to find out how these  children were removed from Sydney and taken to live in the Bega area.

The following are their B/M/D details:  If you may have some family history handed down, I would be so grateful to know it.

John G JESS  B. 1835 CORK IRE.






                  2. GEORGE CHARLES LONGMORE  1871 WAGGA WAGGA











Their parents, James Jess B. 1811 Cork, and Catherine Lyons B. 1812 Cork, left England in 1836  to emigrate as Bounty Immigrants to Van Diemans Land.  James worked as a Constable for a few years. 

Then in JULY 1840 THEY LEFT HOBART TOWN , ARRIVING IN SYDNEY IN AUGUST 1840.  In 1850 James was declared Insolvent and named a Pauper.  Two children died:  a boy 1841 Scarlet Fever. A girl 1861 Drowned when sailing on the Harbour. She had been adopted by a Mrs. Anderson.

From 1854 – 1860 Catherine Jess is charged with drunken behavior and placed on hard labour for periods of 2 months or less at Darlinghurst Gaol.  She is named in several Government Gazettes when being released.

There are no death certificates for either James Jess, Catherine Jess or Catherine Lyons, that fit their known details. 


On 2018-06-15 04:37, Gregory McInnes wrote:

Proposed Change: Koppman, Lynette Georgina (I11198)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: The Monaro Post 6 June 2018

SCHOFIELD, Lynette Georgina
Passed away peacefully on Sunday June, 3rd 2018 at Pambula Hospital formerly of Candelo Wolumla Rd, Toothdale, Peak View and Narrandera
Aged 71 years.

Dearly loved wife of Pat, mother and mother in-law Brian and Cassie, Annette and Peter. Adored Nan to Patrick and Kaitlyn.

The relatives and friends of the late LYNETTE GEORGINA SCHOFIELD are invited to attend her funeral service to be held in the St Patrick's Catholic Church, Cooma, Saturday June 9th 2018 commencing at 11:00 am. At the conclusion of the service, the cortege will proceed to Numeralla Cemetery.

Gregory McInnes
Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-15 04:18, Gregory McInnes wrote:

Proposed Change: Kristiansen, Magnar Kristian (I283317)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Married: Margaret Mary STANTON, 1960, Campbelltown, NSW. NSW BDM 10614/1960

Monaro Post
Funeral Notice
KRISTIANSEN, Margaret Mary
Passed away peacefully on Friday June, 8th at Campbelltown Hospital, formerly of Camden Nursing Home. Aged 80 years.

Dearly loved wife of Kris (Maganar) (dec), mother and mother-in-law to Peter and Sonia, Katherine and Greg. Adored grandmother of Kristian, Freya, Lauren, Mitchell, Meretta and Jesica.

The relatives and friends of the late MARGARET MARY KRISTIANSEN are invited to attend her funeral service to be held in the St Patrick's Catholic Church, Cooma, on Friday June 15th 2018 commencing at 1:00 pm. At the conclusion of the service, the cortege will proceed to Gegedzerick Cemetery, Berridale.

Gregory McInnes
Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-13 22:48, Julie Coleman wrote:

Hi Ian,

I hope you are well. I am emailing you as I have taken on the job at the Braidwood Museum's Genealogy Service. I love your site and use it often as a starting point and I encourage so many people to use it.

My question to you is how can we help each other? I am wanting to set up  an online index for the museum. Unfortunately we cannot offer a free service so was thinking something similar to State Records. 

At present the records we hold are: 

Card Index and files of about 1200 (could be more) families from the Braidwood District. 

About 120 bundles and publications from families.

Parish maps (which can be access online)

Local History Books (which we do sell)

Photos (which are in the process of being digitised)

Tallaganda Rate books 1907-1950

1885 List of landowners in Braidwood District with stock

Brand Books

Some newspapers that are not on Trove

The following we have in digitised form which will need to be transcribed and indexed.

Braidwood Bench Books 1838-1846

Braidwood Court of Petty Sessions copies of letters 1856-1861

Braidwood Gaol Surgeons journal

Braidwood Letters received 1839

Braidwood Police Station Diary 1862-1867

I am sure we have more information that what I have listed. I am new to family history research so this is what I know so far.

So that is it in a nutshell, I am not sure how we can be of assistance to you and you us. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Kindest Regards, Julie Coleman

Family History Researcher

Braidwood Museum

Hi Julie,

Firstly, congratulations on the new role, no doubt over time it will be both challenging and fulfilling.

We can put more detail on the MP site for Braidwood and surrounding areas should you wish to prepare it, including any photos you care to add.  As you know, the MP site is free to use so that may present a challenge for your organisation.

The database is the real gem and here is where you probably can help us.  I have been trying to create a database of everyone connected to the Eden/Monaro region including the areas just south of Goulburn from first pioneer/settlers onwards.  By having all the families in the DB with marriage interconnections hopefully makes family tree research a bit easier.  However, I am not trying to include every minute detail which is where your organisation can complement with all your local records and publications.  The real benefit you can provide to us is detecting any errors or omissions in the various family trees we have and providing information to rectify same.  The more complete and correct we can make the DB the more we help each other. 

The big challenge most organisations like your's face is getting the message out there of what you have and what services you can provide.   Therefore, if we can help you advertise your services, then we would be glad to help.

Regards,  Ian


On 2018-06-13 07:58, Michelle wrote:

Proposed Change: Gates, James (I14389)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Hi Ian,  
After the death of James wife, Muriel Bellchambers,  he re-married in 1937 to Florence Lucy Chisholm at Bombala. Florence was born Florence Lucy Whittaker and was first married John Chisholm in 1902 at Braidwood (as already noted on MP)

Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, March 22, 1978 page 23
GATES Florence Lucy. - March 21, 1978, at hospital,late of 16 Murralong Avenue, Five Dock, loved mother of Florence, Isabel and Harold, beloved by five generations. Aged 98 Years. At rest.

Cheers,  Michelle
Thank you,

Regards, Ian


On 2018-06-13 07:56, Michelle wrote:

Proposed Change: Bellchambers, Muriel Doris (I14388)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Hi Ian

The Bombala Times (NSW : 1912 - 1938) Fri 1 Dec 1933 Page 4 
(From Our Own Correspondent). 
Mrs. Gates who is in the hospital suffering from pleurisy is improving.

The Bombala Times (NSW : 1912 - 1938) Friday 29 December 1933 p 1 Article
Boxing Day was a sad day for Mr. James Gates and his family, for on that morning with unexpected suddenness Mr. Gates lost his beloved wife, and the family were called on to mourn for a devoted mother. Mrs. Gates had been an inmate of the Bombala Hospital for some time suffering from pleurisy and a weak heart, but it was thought she was getting better and there was nothing to indicate that the end was so near. Her death therefore came as a great shock to her relatives and friends.- The funeral on Wednesday afternoon was very largely attended, and the coffin was covered with floral tributes made by loving and sympathetic hands. The service was conducted by the Rev. A. J. Barrett, the interment taking place in the Presbyterian cemetery. The late Mrs. Gates was born at Bombala 48 years ago, and was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Bellchambers.
A husband and family of two daughters and five sons are left to mourn. The daughters are Mrs. Frank Torpey (Sybil) and Auriel, and the sons are Harry, Jack, Rex, Keith, and Lance**. Mrs.Torpey resides with her husband in Bombala, and the other members of the family live at the home at 'Black Lake.'

** Lance was more than likely Ian Lance Gates. First appeared on NSW electoral rolls in 1948 at the same listing address of one of his brothers, Rex Ormond Gates.
Married Melva Jean Roberts in 1950 at Bombala
(GATES    Melva Jean    Probate notice    09JAN2002    Publication        late of Bombala    Bombala Times    09JAN2002)

Cheers,  Michelle
Thank you,

Regards, Ian



Negus Edward Brown


2018-06-13 06:32



Dear Ian,

I am addressing this to you as you appear to have been the first point of contact for this entry.  I would also be grateful if you could pass on my contact details to Trish.

Trish contacted you to advise that the photo credited as Negus Edward Brown is in fact that of a fellow Berridale soldier Cecil Oliver. I am the contributor of that photo to the Monaro Pioneers and I suspect that would have been about 20 years ago. Since then my email address has changed which probably explains why no one can contact me even though I did advise of the change some years ago. Negus would have been my great uncle, his sister Sarah was my grandmother although she passed away well before I was born. I believe the photo came from the Berridale Visitors Centre or it may have come from the family of Negus’ other sister, Isabella, who still live in the area. A few years ago I was given a wedding photo of Negus and thought at the time he looked a bit different than he did in uniform but there were some similarities and I wasn’t in a position to say the original information I had been given was incorrect. So to Trish a great debt of gratitude for correcting the error. The photo of the soldier in uniform had great similarities to a photo of Negus as a young boy. Wedding photo and young Negus photo attached

I was fortunate to meet Negus’ daughter, Kathleen, a few years ago. She was born a few months before he was killed so never saw her father.

Regards, Kevin Browning

Thank you Kevin,

Regards, Ian

Many thanks, Ian. Much appreciated!

Regards, Trish



On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:53 PM, hamiltoncourt wrote:

Dear Michael

My name is Monica Croke and I am a researcher for both Crookwell District Historical Society and Goulburn Historical and Geanology Society.  I am also registered with Monaro Pioneers.

I was wondering if you had ever heard of these two people.

Catherine and Emanuel Elliott.  In the 1828 census it states that they were at Michelago.

We are researching Catherine Elliott.

She came as a convict married Timothy Sullivan who was shot at Hen and chicken Bay and then she married Emanuel Elliott.

We find mention of them in various reports of early Michelago as being one of four people in Michelago in 1828.

I was wondering if you have ever come across this couple.  Catherine and Emanuel did not have children her family was to timothy Sullivan.

If we prove the connection to Michelago and you would like a family history let me know and I will send what I find.

Thank you 

Regards,  Monica Croke

Hi Monica,

Thank you for the information.  We did not have any information on this couple until now.  I have added what I can to our database and hope you can add more as a result of your research.

Regards, Ian


On 12 Jun 2018, at 8:42 AM, Ian Harvey <iansharvey@bigpond.com> wrote:

From: Ian Burke
 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 8:00 AM
 Court House buildings


In the May newsletter, Lachlan Turner asks about where the Court of Petty Sessions was held in Berridale from Oct 1958 to April 1979.  The Court was held in the CWA Rooms in Myack St (across the road from the Shire Council Chambers and next to All Saints Church of England). How well I remember the “Court days”… another “It was just yesterday” memory ….

There has never been a Court house in Berridale, there are reports from the 19th century of inquests held at the Berridale hotel – but I don’t recall hearing of an actual court held there.

The nearest Court house was at Dalgety. It did not follow the Shire Council to Berridale but stayed at Dalgety – later as the police station.  The fine 1870s building is still there, now a private home – it was built by David Scarlett with woodwork by James Langshaw (the ex-convict buried in the “Tim” grave at Gegedzerick cemetery).

David Scarlett’s eldest son George (my great grandfather) as a 10 year old school boy assisted his father building it by carrying stone a short distance from the quarry on the hill to the building – it was the first building George assisted his father with.  One thing I do remember from “family lore” is that the contract was for undressed stone, however David Scarlett found the stone there  on the hilltop so easy to work with that he dressed the stone – but the contract price remained as for undressed stone so the government certainly got its money’s worth ….. 

There are many reports of goings-on at the Dalgety court.  The magistrates were men like Arthur Weston Brooks and E C Crisp and the shenanigans of local people that ended up in Court seem to have given the general population a lot of entertainment at the time.

Regards, Ian



Thank you Ian,

Regards,  Ian

Good morning Ian and Ian,

Many thanks to you both for pursuing my inquiry re the possibility of a court house at Berridale.

Both your efforts are greatly appreciated.

The detail provided by Ian (Burke) certainly clears up any uncertainty about the matter.

Additionally the information about the Dalgety Court House is also very interesting as well as useful.

We were at Dalgety in February and spoke to a lady at the court house there, (now a private residence), who was most helpful and allowed us to take photos of the outside of the building.  There is a small information plaque erected on the corner of Hamilton St and Wyndeyer St - see attached, (at the bottom).

I have also included a photo of some of the stone and brick work at the rear of the building.

We noticed whilst visiting the court house buildings in the area that nearly all were located on a fairly elevated site overlooking the main town.  (Probably in an effort to make the presence of law and order more prominent).

Thanks again - you have both been most helpful.

Kind regards,  Lachlan 


On 2018-06-11 08:29, Michelle wrote:

Proposed Change: Bell, John Bartholomew (I167626)
Tree: SE NSW Pioneers and Settlers

Description: Hi Ian
FYI in regards to the actual place of death for John Bell.

BELL    John Barthelow (sic)    Death notice    23SEP1992    Death    86     late of Adaminaby, NSW    Sydney Morning Herald    24SEP1992
BELL. John Barthelow.(sic) - September 23, 1992, at Brisbane, late of Adaminaby, N.S.W., loved husband of Mary, loved father of George, Roy**, Lloyd and Maureen. Aged 85 years.

** Roy Harold Bell  married Marjorie Janet Ware in 1961 at Cooma.
Marjorie was born 2 Oct 1938 to Norman Eric Ware and Florence Jean Cullen. Marjorie passed away 28 Jun 1971 Adaminaby.
Roy Bell passed away 18 Feb 2015 at Cooma Hospital.

cheers,  Michelle
Thank you,

Regards, Ian

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