Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The children of William and Eliza HALL - Yass, NSW - Version 7

This is the seventh version of this post, updated with new information. I have headstone photos of 11 of 15 siblings, and confirmation that at least 2 others don't have a headstone. I have now added photos of the HALL children I've been able to source for the first time.

Occasionally I find my posts act as fishing expeditions to find common descendants. Google brings those looking for an ancestor to my blog, and thankfully in contact with me. If posts are fishing exercises, then this post is a big hook. It lists the fundamental facts about the issue of William HALL and Eliza BLISS of Yass, NSW. William came to Australia from England with his parents Samuel HALL and Mary Anne nee WELLS - as outlined elsewhere (http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2009/04/samuel-hall-headstone-yass-nsw.html).

William and Eliza had 15 children together from 1868-1896, all registered in Yass, NSW. William's death certificate in 1912 (informed by one of his children) lists only 13 children (11 living, 2 dead) but there were another 2 living children that were missed (http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2010/03/death-certificate-of-william-hall-1843.html).

In initially putting together this list I  benefited greatly from the work of my grandfather's brother, Francis 'Frank' Michael HALL (1923-2005). While the HALL children below were born from 1868-1896, many of THEIR offspring (the grandchildren) were born after the 1918 cut-off for publicly available birth records in NSW, so in some cases all I know comes from Frank's notes - information passed to him by the living children and grandchildren of William HALL that Frank drove all over NSW meeting.

While all William and Eliza's children were born in Yass, they moved with their younger children to Koorwatha about 1900-1903 and so the elder children married in Yass, the younger ones in the Koorawatha area (90 miles away). It has been suggested that this was precipitated by the droughts that ravaged Yass around this time, that possibly financially crippled the family's farming activities.

It appears that the family were not all in close contact. When my great grandfather Norman HALL (son of Afred E HALL, #2 below) wrote up a family tree, he 'thought' his grandfather's name might be William (true), but more than this he did not know. He sketched out the names of six of his aunts/uncles but the remainder he was not aware of. This may just be a reflection of the fact my great grandfather Alfred E HALL left home when he was about 15 - he only met his youngest sister for the first time when she was 16, and he over 40! It may also be that conversion to Catholicism by a number of the siblings (including Alfred E) distanced them a little from the C of E (Protestant) family.

1. Mary Ann HALL (1868-1909). Born Yass, NSW 1868. Married Frederick COSTELLO in the nearby Goulburn district in 1895. They had six children around Goulburn and Yass, and a seventh child in the Narromine district in 1907. One daughter, Amelia Alice 'Millie' COSTELLO was burnt to death in 1908 (registered in the Warren district of NSW). The Registers of Coroners' Inquests shows that at the inquest on 6 Jul 1908 held at the Court House in Warren NSW shows that she 4 years 10 month old and was born at Bowning NSW (outside Yass) and died at 'Egelabra, Warren' as a result of 'Effect of burns accidentally received' - apparently it is still a large wool property.

Mary Ann drowned there a year later (1909) aged 40. She apparently blamed herself for not smothering the flames engulfing Millie (from Frank HALL's notes). Her own inquest, also held at Warren, concluded that she died of 'Suffocation by drowning her own act while temporarily insane'. I have not yet ascertained where she and her daughter were buried, and whether a headstone exists.

Frederick COSTELLO re-married to Jessie M BROWN in Granville (western Sydney) in 1911 and they lived in Lidcombe for a time - Frederick served in the First World War. Jessie died in Queensland in 1942, and Frederick married a third time to Frances DRINNER in 1946. Frederick died in 1956 and is buried in Bundaberg Cemetery (QLD).

2. Alfred Ernest HALL (1870-1954). Born Yass, NSW 1870. Died Croydon, NSW 1954. The second eldest son, Alfred Ernest Hall, was my great-great-grandfather. He studied at the University of Sydney, married Bridget MOLONEY in 1895, and was a teacher from age ~14, ultimately being headmaster at several schools in Sydney including Granville. I have posted a number of times on Alfred: http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2009/11/alfred-ernest-hall-1870-1954.html . They had four children, Norman (1896-1972), Claude (1899-1984), Kathleen (1901-1912), and Winifred (1903-1965). Alfred was buried at Rookwood cemetery, Catholic section with his wife Bridget nee MOLONEY. There is no headstone at the grave.

Photo of Alfred Ernest HALL, probably when graduating from the University if Sydney in 1893.

3. James Samuel HALL (1872-1955). Born Yass, NSW 1872. Married Lavina Jane HEATH (1878 Yass - 1969 Sydney) at Goulburn district in 1895. James (called 'Jim') was a surveyor's assistant and miner and lived mainly at 50 Cross St Corrimal. Jim, Lena and eldest son John ran a catering  business in the Wollongong district and in 1987 son John was a partner in Bill's Sports Bar Corrimal. James like his older brother Alfred was fairly short and stocky and Lena was tall and thin. They had four children: Ave Maria (1907-1984 married Robert Michael POSITTI), William Vincent (1909-2000), Mary Ann Jane (abt 1913-1966) and John James (1918-2001).

James died on 17 Mar 1955, and Lovina Jane on 4 Feb 1969 (registered in Sydney). They are buried together at Bulli General Cemetery.

Headstone of James Samuel HALL
Bulli General cemetery
In Loving Memory of
My Dear Husband and Our Father
Died 17 March 1955 Aged 84 Years
Also Our Dear Mother
Died 4th Feb 1969 Aged 92 Years

4. Edward HALL (1874-1952). Born Yass, NSW 1874. He was the informant on his father's death certificate living at Koorawatha, NSW in 1912. He was a surveyor and travelled through western NSW as a young man. Around 1908 he moved to Koorawatha (where his parents lived) and operated a general store (E. Hall & Co) in Boorowa St Koorawatha. In 1912 he was charged and found guilty of 'uttering' orders, and sentenced to six month's hard labour in Goulburn Gaol. Aged 40, Edward was bald with brown hair at the sides, a thick beard, was 5' 8" tall. He never married and died 21 Mar 1952, probably in Koorawatha. Edward's estate was left to two nieces, Margaret BOYD nee WATKINS (daughter of #8 Sarah) of Koorawatha and Mary MCQUILLAN nee HALL (daughter of #13 Cyril) of Bass Hill in Sydney. I have not confirmed where Edward was buried and whether or not Edward has a gravestone.

Photo of Edward HALL in 1912, from his Gaol Description and Entrance Books.

Photo of E. Hall General Store (presumably with Edward standing at front), scanned from the book 'Chronicles of Koorawatha, Celebrating 100 Years of Public Education in Koorawatha' (published about 1984).

5. John HALL (1875-1950). Born Yass, NSW 1875. He married Eliza Jane Clarke (1889 Yass - 1954 Yass) in 1907 at Yass and they lived in the Yass district for the remainder of their lives. In the 1936 NSW Electoral Roll John is described as a grazier, and the family is living on O'Brien St, North Yass. Their only child Arthur James HALL (1909 Yass - 1979 Yass) married Stella BALLARD (abt 1915-1993) in 1932 - it is not know whether they had children but believed they lived in the Yass area. John died on 02 Feb 1950, and Eliza exactly four years later on 02 Feb 1954. Buried side-by-side in the Church of England section of Yass cemetery.

The photos below taken in 2010 by Kate Roloff show flowers at the grave.

Headstones of John HALL and Eliza Jane nee CLARKE
 Yass Cemetery
In Loving Memory of
Died 2nd Feb 1950
Aged 75 Years
In Memory of
Passed Away
  2nd Feb 1954
Aged 63 Years

6. Arthur HALL (1877-1899). He accidentally shot himself while 'rabbiting' near Devils Pass (adjacent to the family property at Yass River).

Sydney Morning Herald
Saturday 18 Feb 1899

YASS, Friday. A sad accident happened this afternoon on the
Yass River about seven miles from Yass. A young
man named Arthur Hall, a son of Mr. William Hall,
farmer, started out about 2 o'clock in order to indulge
in wallaby shooting. Before he got out of
sight of his house he had to crawl through a fence.
After he had done so he was dragging the rifle
through after him, when it went off. The bullet
entered behind one ear and passed out at the top of
his head. His brother saw him fall, and on running
to him found him dead.

He was not married. He is buried next to his grandfather Samuel HALL in Yass Church of England cemetery.

Headstone of Arthur HALL
Yass C of E cemetery

In Loving Remembrance
Arthur Hall
Who Accidentally Shot Himself
Feb17th 1899
Aged 21 Years
I little thought my time so short,
In this world to remain
I {thought?} when I left my home
I should return again

7. Thomas HALL (1879-1961). Born Yass, NSW 1879. Perhaps named after his uncle Thomas HALL (1846 Cambridge, England - 1928 Manly, NSW). Married Margaret Ann RICHARDS (1883 Yass - 1905 Orange) at Yass in 1905.  Thomas was a railway gauger and lived in various towns in NSW including Orange, Ilabo (near Junee) and Bowning.

They had nine children: Annie B (1906 Yass - 1982, married Brian CASEY in Orange 1933), Lyle J T (1909 Yass - 1982 late of Dee Why, also a railway worker), Kathleen D (1910 Yass - 1993, married Henry E Sloane in Orange 1931), Stanley F (1912 Cootamundra - 1995, married Rita M O'SULLIVAN in Parkes NSW), Robert William (1913 Yass - 1995, married Eileen STYLES in Orange 1941), Inez M (1916 Cootamundra - 1936 Orange, married William COOKE in Young NSW 1934), Evelyn Lorraine (1918 - 2008 Mudgee NSW, married Herbert VIDLER 1940 Petersham NSW), Russell B (? - 1971 Helensburgh NSW, married Daphnie CHURCH 1949 Orange), and Constance E (1922 - 2005, married Clive WRIGHT in Orange NSW 1941).

Thomas died at Orange in 1961, and his wife Margaret Ann in 1968 also at Orange, and they are buried at Orange cemetery in the Catholic section, suggesting that Thomas converted to Catholicism like his brothers Alfred and Cyril, and sister Martha.

Copy of wedding photo of Margaret Ann nee RICHARDS and Thomas HALL, provided by descendant Geraldine Murray

Headstone of Thomas HALL and Margaret nee RICHARDS
Orange cemetery, Catholic section
In Loving Memory of
A Dear Husband and Father
Died 6 Oct 1961
Aged 82 Years
In Loving Memory of
Our Dear Mother
Died 26 April 1968
Aged 85 Years
Missed by Her Family & Sister Eileen

Attached is a plaque:
Evelyn "Lorraine" Vidler
19.8.1918 - 21.5.2008
In loving memory of our
darling mother, grandmother and great grandmother
At peace with her mother 

8. Sarah Jane HALL (1881-1946). Born Yass, NSW 1881. Married Richard Thomas WATKINS (1872 Young - 1943 Cowra/Koorawatha), a farmer, in 1908, probably at Koorawatha (registered at Cowra). They had one daughter Margaret WATKINS (1908 - 1963 Cowra) who married Thomas Garner BOYD at Young in 1936, and they had two children Brian and Peggy - both were living in the Koorawatha area in the 1980's. Sarah was a fine dressmaker.

Richard died in 1943, and his will indicates their property included a horse and dray and four acres of land. Sarah died in Koorawatha in 1946, and is in an unmarked grave at Koorawatha cemetery (no headstone at grave). Her daughter Margaret BOYD apparently had a simple wooden cross in the same cemetery.

9. Catherine HALL (1883-1951). Born Yass, NSW 1883. Married Edwin Michael RYAN (1869 Yass - 1915 Yass) at Yass in 1902. Lived at Grace's Flat near Bowning just out of Yass where they farmed. I believe they had six children: Leslie V (1902-1985), Claude Edward (1904-?, marred Neta CROSSLEY 1940 Yass), Margaret E E (married Charles Smith 1926 Yass),  Arthur William (1909-?, married Joan FALLON 1946 Yass), John James (1911-?, marred Harriet Amelia DAVIS 1941 Yass), and Alfred George (1914-?, married Daisy DONE 1940 Yass).

Catherine was widowed early when her husband 'Edwin' RYAN died 29 March 1915 aged 46 years and was buried at Yass C of E cemetery. Catherine died 29 April 1951 aged 68 years. Catherine is buried at Yass Cemetery, Church of England, Section U, buried in the same plot as her husband.

After Catherine died, her son Arthur ran the property - but it had been sold by 1987. According to Frank Hall, in 1987 Claude was at Lightning Ridge (previously he worked at Burrunjuck Dam), and John with wife Millie ran a home, Warmington Lodge, Rossi St, Yass. I believe my grandfather visited the RYAN property in the 1930s, so there was some enduring family connection there.

 Headstone of Edwin RYAN and Catherine (nee HALL)
Yass Cemetery, C of E Section
In Loving Memory of

March 29th 1915
Aged 46 Years

May the winds of heaven blow softly,
O'er this sweet and hallowed spot
For mid the changing scenes of life,
Our loved ones will not be forgot.
Erected by his sorrowing wife & brothers
Also his loving wife
Died 29th April 1951, Aged 68 Years

10. Martha Emily HALL (1885-1930). Born Yass, NSW 1885. She married James FAHEY (no details known) at St Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Yass on 16 May 1905. In the news announcement (Evening News, 27 May 1905) James was listed as 'of Tangmangaroo'. I cannot ascertain whether they had children, and by 1920 had moved to Sydney (Spencer St, Summer Hill). Martha was killed by a car on 10 April 1930 during a violent storm.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Friday 11 April 1930

A middle-aged woman, believed to be Martha Fahey, of Summer Hill, was knocked down and killed by a motor car while crossing Parramatta-road late last night.

Martha was buried at Rookwood cemetery in the Catholic section (Mortuary Mortuary 2, Area 10, Grave 2049), suggesting she had converted to Catholicism (like some of her siblings, and FAHEY is an Irish Catholic surname). Based on electoral rolls and Sands directories, it is possible that Martha and James were living separately. Martha's will, made out in 1921, left her entire estate to Thomas Savage of Concord West.

I have been unable to determine the origins or fate of James FAHEY.

 Headstone of Martha Emily FAHEY (nee HALL)
Rookwood Necropolis
In Loving Memory of
Who Died 10th April 1930,
Aged 45 Years

11. Norman William HALL (1887-1967). Born Yass, NSW 1887. Married Edith Maud LACK (1883 Campbelltown - 1946 Lismore) in 1908 at Yass. They had at least five children, including William Edward HALL (1909-1973), Thelma V HALL (?-1913), Keith N HALL (?-1922), George S HALL (?-1926) and Cecil Henry HALL (?-1964). While William was born in Boorowa (west of Yass), Thelma's death was registered in Byron Bay and Keith and George's in Ballina, so they'd made their way to the far north coast of NSW. Cecil is buried Alstonville Cemetery (CEM-A2-243) and William at Goonellabah Lawn Cemetery (por G sec 11 num 29), both in Riverina district of NSW. Edith died in 1946 and Norman died in 1967 - buried in the same plot as their son Cecil at Alstoneville cemetery (CEM-A2-244).

Headstones of Norman William HALL and Edith Maud nee LACK
Alstonville Cemetery
In Loving Memory of
Our Dear Father
Norman William Hall
Died 6th June 1967, Aged 80 Years
In Loving Memory of
My dearest wife and our dear mother
Edith Maud Hall
Died 25th March 1946, Aged 62 Years

12. Florence Eva HALL (1889-1952). Born Yass, NSW 1889. Married Allan Low MCPHAIL (1885 East Macquarie - 1944 Lithgow) at Cowra (probably Koorawatha) in 1908 and they lived at Vale of Clwydd, Lithgow. Allan died in 1944 at Lithgow and Florence Eva in 1952 also at Lithgow, and the are buried at Lithgow General cemetery (austcemindex.com).

They had several children including Leslie K (died 2004), Cecil MCPHAIL (1908 Wallerawang - 1993 NSW, married first Doris COWARD at Lithgow 1932 and they had children, and again in 1941 to Bedelia Marjorie DOYLE at Condolbin), Muriel G MCPHAIL (1910 Wallerawang - ?, marred Harold SMITH), Allan Bruce (1915 Wallerawang - 2002 NSW, married Gwendoline Vivian ISLEY at Lithgow 1940), and Roy (born about 1925 - ?).

Headstone of Florence Eva PMCPHAIL (nee HALL)
Lithgow General Cemetery

In loving memory of
My dear Husband and our Dear Father
Allan Low McPhail
Died 10th April 1944, aged 59 years
and our dear mother
Florence Eva McPhail
Passed away ??? 63 years

13. Cyril HALL (1891-1948). Born Yass, NSW 1891. Married Margaret WATKINS (1892 Cowra - 1951 Auburn) on 15 Jan 1913 at Koorawatha - he apparently also converted to Catholicism to marry. They had six children all born in Koorawatha: Mary (1913-1999, first a nun, then married Robert MCQUILLAN in 1944), Kathleen (1914-1993 Goulburn, became Sister Cyril HALL of the St Joseph's order), Nita Lillian (1917-1996, marred Reginald GRAYSON at Wollongong 1938, then Eric ROBERTSON), Sidney (1922-2005 Warrawong, married Ellen MALONEY at Wollongong 1942), Olive (1922-1989 Yass, married Arthur HILL at Murrumburrah in 1946), John (Jack, 1928-1992,  married Nora Ethel HARDY and lived in Wollongong).

In the 1943 NSW Electoral Roll Cyril and Margaret were living in Koorawatha, Cyril a labourer. Cyril died of Parkinson's disease in 1948, and Margaret died in 1951, both buried in the R.C. section of Koorawatha cemetery.

Copy of wedding photo of Cyril HALL and Margaret nee WATKINS in 1913, provided by descendant Cheryl BORG.

Headstone of Cyril HALL
Koorawatha Cemetery
In Loving Memory of
Our Dear Mother & Father
Died 19th June 1851
Aged 59 years
Died 16th July 1948
Aged 58 years

14.Walter Henry HALL (1893-1950). Born Yass, NSW 1891. Enlisted in Australian Infantry Forces in early 1916, he served in the 45th Battalion AIF. His enlistment records show he'd previously failed the entry test for the Australian Light Horse, and he gave his mother as his next of kin (Mrs Eliza Hall, Koorawatha). Enlistment also reveals he was 5' 8" tall, dark complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair. He was assigned to B Company of the 45th Battalion AIF. He was wounded in France, shot in the leg that resulted in a fractured femur, and returned to Australia in 1918. This injury resulted in a limp for the rest of his life. Whilst in Britain he sent a portrait photograph of himself to his brother Thomas and sister-in-law (see below).

Walter lived most of his life in Koorawatha,  at one time he was a postman. He married Marjorie A DONGES (1902 Young - 1930 Young) in 1928 - she died in child-birth leaving a daughter Maureen who was apparently placed in State care and I have not been able to ascertain her fate. In the 1980s Frank Hall stated that so far as he could tell she was still alive. Walter died at Concord Repatriation Hospital (in Sydney) in 1951 after finally losing his leg, and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery, Anglican Section (Section 16, Grave No. 0003673). Andrew Hall noted that his headstone appeared to be relatively new, and was probably installed by the War Graves Commission.

Portrait photograh of Walter Henry HALL, provided by descendant of Thomas HALL -Geraldine Murray, taken by Edward Sharp, 221 Westminster Bridge Road, London. Back says "CPO1937 To Tom & Annie with best love from brother Pte Walter H Hall. 45th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Brigade, AIF On Active Service Abroad."

 Headstone of Walter Henry HALL
Rookwood Anglican Cemetery
1937 Private
45 Battalion
12th February 1950 Age 55
His Duty Fearlessly
And Nobly Done
Ever Remembered

15. Ethel May HALL (1896-1967). Born Yass, NSW 1896. Married Joseph William HODGES (1897 Dubbo - 1983 NSW) at Lithgow in 1918. Joseph William 'Bill' had enlisted in the AIF during WW1 but did not serve overseas. He was a pastry cook who ran bakeries in several towns including Harden and Moss Vale. Ethel was petite, and Bill a fine violinist who played at local dances in Koorawatha and surrounds.

They had five children: Joyce (married John Thomas SCHUBERTH in 1943 at Murrumburrah), Gloria (married Maurice MCNALLY in 1954 in Sydney), Betty, Paul (married and had children but nothing further known, see headstone below), and Jill (married Kevin BRYANT 1858). Joyce owned a photo of Eliza HALL nee BLISS.

Ethel died in 1967 and is buried at Rookwood cemetery, Anglican section (Section 15, Grave 0001124). 'Bill' died in 1983, late of Belmore.

 Headstone of Ethel May HODGES (nee HALL)
Rookwood Anglican Cemetery
 In Loving Memory Of
A Devoted Wife & Mother
Died 5th Sept 1967
Aged 71 Years
Devoted Husband & Father
Died 13th July 1983
Aged 86 Years

Attached is a plaque:
Son of Joseph & Ethel Hodges
Loved Companion of Sylvia
Beloved Father of Gregory, Trevor, Lesa, Robert
2.11.26 - 15.1.2000 Rest in Peace

It would be great to make contact with descendants and exchange information - please contact me if you are part of the family!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Children of George and Sarah BLISS, Yass and surrounds NSW, version 3 (2018)

This is an update (version 3) on the children of George BLISS and Sarah nee FURRILL (and spelling variations). Here is a list of the children with the fundamentals. I hope to find photos and headstones for each.

1. Eliza Jane BLISS (1852-1925). Baptised at Murrimbidgee 1852, married William HALL (1843 Cambridge England - 1912 Koorawatha NSW) at Yass River (probably their farm) in 1868. Had 15 children in Yass NSW where they farmed on a property. The HALL and BLISS properties were adjacent to one another. Family moved to Koorawatha around 1900-3, perhaps due to drought. There she ran a store, and died 10 Jan 1925 aged 72. Eliza is buried 'back-to-back' with her husband William in Koorawatha cemetery. Have picture of her.

Photo of a photo of Eliza HALL nee BLISS
This photo was originally posted earlier (http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2008/03/eliza-bliss.html) - and is a 'photo of a photo' of Eliza HALL later in life.

Grave of Eliza Jane HALL nee BLISS
Koorawatha Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Died 10 Jan 1924
Aged 78 years

2. William BLISS (1854 - 1903). Born and baptised in 1854 at Boambolo, Murrumbidgee. Birth registered in the NSW civil register in Yass in 1857. In the 1878 Electoral Roll for NSW William was living at Devil's Pass, Yass (where the BLISS properties were situated). Shortly afterwards he moved to Northern Queensland where he spent 25 years. In 1902 he married widower Lilian Jessie Leonard (nee BREBNER) in Normanton, Queensland. Lilian was born in Sydney in 1866, and her parents were James Brebner of Aberdeen Scotland, and Jane Doyle of Singleton. The year following their marriage (1903), William died intestate in Cloncurry Hospital of malaria, and was buried at Cloncurry Cemetery, though I haven't identified a burial record yet. Lilian's death is also registered in 1903. 

3. John BLISS (1856-1909). Born Blackrange (near modern day Canberra) in 1856. Died 1909, aged 52, at Euralie (Bliss farm), a 'farmer and intestate' according to probate announcement of 9 Sep 1911 in the Sydney Morning Herald. No marriage record is found, however death of a Hannah BLISS (NSW BDM 7379/1905) is registered in 1905, father John and mother Margaret may possibly be a connection, or not (headstone doesn't mention anything). Buried at Yass Cemetery with his parents.
Grave of Henry BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
In loving remembrance of
Who Departed This Life 31st Oct 1909
Aged 52 Years
At Rest
Died 3rd Nov 1915 Aged 96 Years
Wife of Above
Died 14th July 1919, Aged 87 Years

4. Joseph BLISS (1858-1927). Born Blackrange (near modern day Canberra) in 1858. Married Anne JACKSON (1872 Yass - 1946 Yass) in 1889 registered at Yass. They had at least 10 children from 1889 to 1915, all registered in Yass. One son (Claude Harwood Stanley BLISS) served in WW1. The youngest two sons of Joseph and Arthur apparently changed their name ever-so-slightly to BLYSS after a family dispute. Joseph died in 1927, and Anne in 1946 (registered as BLYSS). Not determined where they are buried.

5. Susannah BLISS (1860-1934). Born Yass River (Bliss farm) in 1860. Married Edward George COBLE (1843 Camden NSW - 1923 Burrowa NSW) in 1884, registered at Goulburn. Susannah and Edward George share great grand-parents Michael FURRILL and Judea nee WATSON from Woodchurch, Kent -so there were family connections there. Susan(nah) and Edward had at least 11 children from 1879-1900 all born in the surrounding districts. Susan died in 1934 aged 74 at Boorowa District Hospital, and her will indicates she was living in Boorowa. Place of burial not known.

Photo of Susan COBLE nee BLISS
This photo was originally sourced from a Coble family website (can no longer find that source - please contact me if you are 'owner' so i can credit you).

6. Henry BLISS (1862-1897). Born Yass River (Bliss farm) in 1862. At age 13 his leg was amputated in Yass Hospital. Died suddenly in 1897 aged 35. Bliss Yass Courier 24 Sep 1897: Mr Henry, son of George Bliss of Yass River, died Tuesday in Yass Hospital aged 35 years. Buried in Yass Cemetery, close to his parents.
Grave of Henry BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Beloved SonOf
George & Sarah Bliss
Died Sep 21st 1897
Aged 25 Years

7. Charles George BLISS (1864-1901). Born 1864 at Yass River, baptised Charles but registered as George (perhaps a NSW BDM transcription error?). Died 1901, registered as Charles in Granville (western Sydney) NSW. Buried in Anglican and General section MMM, Grave 143 at Rookwood Cemetery. My father visited this grave in May 2012, and found that the grave had no headstone. The cemetery office informed my father that Section MMM was, at the time of Charles Bliss’ internment, a part of the General Cemetery, where people were buried who were paupers, had no family to attend to the funeral, etc.

8. Judith or Julia Ann BLISS (1866-1951). Born 1866 at Yass River. Married Arthur Albert Hall (1851 Cambridge England - 1921 Narrandera NSW) in 1885 in Yass. They had 7 children from 1886-1897 registered mainly in Narrandera. She died died 3 May 1951 aged 81 years. Buried at Narrandera cemtery.

Grave of Arthur A. HALL and Julia A. nee BLISS
Narrandera cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Arthur A. Hall
Died Feb 10th 1921 Aged 71 Years
Frederick O. Hall
Died July 27th 1945 Aged 55 Years
Julia A. Hall
Died Mar 3rd 1951 Aged 81 Years

9. James Stephen BLISS (1870-1948). Born 1870 at Yass River. He married first Harriet Ellen Margaret OWEN (1878 Yass - 1905 Yass) in 1898, and had four children with her. After her death he married secondly Mary Ann GOWING (? - 1955 Junee NSW) in 1908 at Junee NSW. They also had four children, and appear to have stayed in the Junee district where one of his farming properties was named 'Euralie' after the Bliss family property at Yass. He died in 1948 at Junee.

10. Elizabeth Louisa BLISS (1872-1943). Born 1872 at Yass River. She married George Crew (1861 Bristol England - 1933 Canterbury NSW) at St Clements Church, Yass in 1891. They apparently met on Valentine's Day 1891, and hence their first son was named Valentine (1892-1969). They had 7 children, mainly in the Yass area, and later lived in Picton then Sydney. Elizabeth died in 1943, and is buried with her husband at Rookwood cemetery, Anglican section 12, Grave 498. My father visited this grave in May 2012, and found that the grave had no headstone.

Wedding photo of George CREW and Elizabeth Louisa BLISS (1891), provided by  descendants Joyce PROWSE (now deceased) and Jan BALFOR.

11. Farrell BLISS (1874-1961). Born 1874 at Yass River, and named after his mother's maiden name (though homophonic, misspelt from Furrill). He apparently inherited and continued to run the family farm 'Spring Valley' from his father. Married Rebecca PRIVETT (1880 Yass - 1967 Yass) in 1904. The couple had 10 children in Yass, including one son (Stanley) who enlisted in WW1 and one son (George Leonard Farrell) who was killed in PNG in WW2. Farrell died in 1961, and the couple are buried together at Yass cemetery.

Portrait photo of Farrell Bliss, provided to me on several occasions by descendants.

Grave of Farrell and Rebecca BLISS
Yass Cemetery, NSW
Sacred to the memory of
Passed Away
22nd Nov 1961
Aged 87 Years
Passed Away

18th Jan 1967
Aged 86 Years
At Rest

12. Mary Jane BLISS (1880-1916). Born 1880 at Yass River. Married WIlliam ARMOUR (1874 Burrowa NSW - 1958 Bowning NSW) in 1899 at Yass. They had 6 children in Yass and Bowning. Mary Jane died in 1916, registered at Bowning, and buried at Bowning cemetery with her son.
Grave of Mary Jane ARMOUR nee BLISS
Bowning Cemetery, NSW
In loving memory of
Died 17th October 1916
Aged 36 years
Died 13th February 1915
Aged 3 years 

I am in interested in hearing from descendants of these BLISS children, including details, photos and headstones to add to this post. I count 68 grandchildren of George and Sarah BLISS so there should be plenty of descendants!!

William BLISS death certificate (1854-1903)

I've meant to track down the death certificate of William Bliss for a while. William was the son of my ancestors George BLISS and William FURRILL, and at some point he moved from Yass to near the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland. He died in Queensland in 1903.

Queensland death certificate
1903 Deaths in the district of Cloncurry
No 313
When and where died: 26th May 1903, Cloncurry District Hospital
Name and Surname, Rank or Profession: William Bliss, Carrier
Sex and Age: Male, 50 years
Cause of Death: Malaria, pleurisy, exhaustion
Medical attendant: H W Browning
When he last saw deceased: 26th May 1903
Name and surname of father: George Bliss, farmer
Mother (with maiden name): Sarah Farrell
Signature, Description and Residence of Informant: Certified in writing by James Greave, no relation, Cloncurry District Hospital
When and where buried: 27th May 1903, Cloncurry Cemetery
Undertake: by whom certified: P C Leonard
Name and religion of minister: -
Names of witnesses to burial: ? Moore and J Barry
Where born and how long in the Australian colonies, stating which: Warren near Yass, New South Wales, 25 years in Queensland
Where married and what age: Normanton, Queensland, 50 years, to Lilly Jessie Leonard
Issue: None

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Francis Michael 'Frank' HALL (1923-2005)

My grandfather's brother was Francis Michael 'Frank' HALL (1923-2005). Frank was the HALL family historian and I have benefited greatly from the research he conducted - several people I've contact over the years have told me that they remember Frank visiting their family in Australia (or even England!) as part of his travels.

Frank married Emily May Jean COATES in 1951 at Bulli NSW (near Wollongong) and they had two children (Mary Ellen - married Richard OTTAWAY, and Laurence John). Frank and his wife died just a week apart in 2005.

Like his father (Normal Hall my gr grandfather), Frank was a chemist, and taught at the University of Wollongong (I too earned my PhD in chemistry). I found this notice regarding Frank's retirement in 1983 from the University of Wollongong. Frank spent a significant amount if time in retirement working on genealogy.

University Of Wollongong Campus News, 22 July 1983

In Carters Lane, Fairy Meadow, there is a green spot called Hall Park, named after Alderman Norman Hall. His son, Frank Hall, left the University on 15 July 1983 after teaching generations of Wollongong students.

Frank joined the University before it existed. That is, he joined in February 1949, teaching Chemistry and Metallurgy in the Technical College at Gladstone Avenue, later the Wollongong Division of the University of Technology.

The Head of the Department then was Max Steele, a man who lost his leg to a shark when he was 19 years old and who still lives here in Wollongong.

The Division became the Wollongong University College of the University of New South Wales on 1 July 1954. Dr. Phillip Baxter was the first Director of the University of Technology, and Arthur Denning was the Director of Technical Education (now T.A.F.E.). Both men were knighted and Sir Arthur went on to become the High Commissioner in New York while Sir Phillip became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales.

When Frank began in 1949, he was one of 10 staff.

When the Gladstone Avenue set-up moved to the present site at the foot of Mt. Keira, there were 19 staff. Some of them are still here. Frank mentioned Bill Upfold, Ron Kinnell, Archie Cartwright, Emery Gellert and Bill Hannan and Abe Segal and there may be some others. Peter Beckman replaced Max Steele and shortly after in 1958 Emery Gellert headed up the Chemistry Depart- ment. Bert Halpern arrived in the early 70's.

Looking back Frank remembers serving on the first Advisory Committee of the Wollongong University College, and he was one of the creators of the University Union serving on the House Committee for the first three years. In those days the Union consisted of what is now the Northern Wing.

Frank also served on the University Senate in the late 70's.

An Industrial and Analytical Chemist by training, Frank has seen Chemistry change to a very theoretical discipline and now it is returning back again to an applied science. The new appointment to the Chair of Chemistry reflects this trend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The mystery of where Eliza SLACK / HOY / TEE came from still bother me.

Posted this on Rootschat today and cross-posting to my blog in case anyone feels like a challenge.

Below are literally ALL the facts I have at my disposal:

I'm decent at solving problems but this one is breaking me.

Not an ancestry but in my tree - I want to trace back Eliza's origins:

In August 1843, Eliza SLACK married ex-convict William TEE by Banns with the consent from 'friends' (Eliza was under 21) - the marriage was probably in Bathurst but the bride and groom lived in O'Connell Plains.

While the marriage certificate stated her name to be Eliza SLACK, their daughter  Sarah TEE's birth certificate in 1857 states the mothers name to be "Eliza HOY afterwards TEE".

Eliza TEE died in 1871 aged 45 years of 'exposure and intemperence' in June 1871 on the road between Tambaroora and Hill End. Eliza's death certificate listed her father as "Samuel HOY, a soldier"  with mother not known. Eliza's place of birth is given as "Chesire, England" and had been 34 years in New South Wales, so arrived from overseas probably aged around 11 in 1836 or so.

Given this patchy information, it seems likely Eliza was born to a soldier named Samuel HOY, and arrived in NSW with her father/family when he was posted there. But why the name Eliza SLACK at marriage - it is possible that Eliza was a widower at marriage to William TEE, however this is not stated on the certificate, and given that she was 17 or so it seems unlikely - there are no marriages that fit in the NSW BDM records either. Furthermore, her death certificate doesn't list two marriages.

So perhaps Eliza was born to Samuel HOY and mother, and the mother re-married a man named SLACK when she was very young and Eliza acquired the surname.

Any ideas? I've really dug deep, but possibly the regimental association is making it tricky.

More info on my blog here:

I've added transcripts below to assist:

First her marriage certificate:

NSW Marriage Certificate  {V1843699 27C/1843}
Number 699 Vol 27
William Tee of O'Connell Plains
Eliza Slack of O'Connell Plains
were married in this Chapel by Banns
with consent of Friends this ninth day of August in the year 1843
by me Thomas Sharpe Chaplain

Between us: 
William Tee
Eliza Slack, her X mark

In the presence of:
Charles Herridge, his X mark of O'Connell Plains
Thomas Hore
Mary Ann Webster, her X mark of O'Connell Plains

Next the birth of her daughter Sarah Tee (the only NSW BDM birth registered after birth certificates in 1855):

NSW Birth Certificate
Date and place of birth of child: 22nd April 1857, Tambaroora
Name and whether or not present: Sarah, present
Sex: Female
Father's name, occupation, age and birthplace: William Tee, Gold digger, 42, Northampton, England
Date and place of marriage, previous issue: 9th August 1847, O'Connell Plains, New South Wales
Issue living: Mary Ann, 13, 5 dead
Mothers name and maiden surname, age and birthplace: Eliza Hoy, afterwards Tee, 34, Chesire, England
Informant: William Tee, father, Tambaroora
Witnesses: James Gain, Nurse, Eliza Irwin
Date and place of registration: 9th June 1857, Tambaroora

Finally, Eliza's death. Both Eliza and her husband had been in court regarding alcohol consumption. Eliza's death is tragic and was newsworthy enough to be described in the paper:

Sydney Mail, 8 Jul 1871
On the 24th ultimo, Elizabeth Tee, wife of William Tee, woodcutter of the Paling Yards, near Tambaroora, was drinking at Cooper's Hotel, Tambaroora, and left there with a bottle containing rum, and was found on Thursday afternoon last be ex-constable Kelly lying dead in the bush, about a mile from the Excelsior engine, Tambaroora, in a much mutilated state from vermin or wild animals. 

NSW Death Certificate 5804/1871 (poor resolution)
Date and place of death: 24th June 1871, in the Parish near? paling yards Tambaroora
Name: Elizabeth Tee, {seamstress?}
Sex and age: Female, 45 years
Cause of death: Intemperance and exposure
Name and occupation of father: Samuel Hoy, Soldier
Mother: Not known
Informant: William Tee, Husband, Paling yards Tambaroora
Particulars of Registration: 30th June 1871 Tambaroora
When and where buried: 30th June 1871, Church of England Cemetery, Tambaroora
Name of Undertaker: {Edward Farrington}
Witnesses: William Tee and James Risby {note: James Risby married eldest daughter Mary Ann Tee}
Where born: Cheshire, England 34 years in New South Wales
Place of marriage, age and to whom: O'Connell Plains near Bathurs, 17 years, William Tee
Children of marriage: Mary Ann Risby 28 years, Sarah 14 years, five deceased

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sarah TEE was born at Tambaroora NSW to William Tee and Eliza nee SLACK in 1857. Gravestone shows her to be 85 on her death. She died in Sydney on Tuesday 6th November 1945. Thomas and Sarah are buried together at Rookwood Anglican Cemetery, Sydney in Sect 9 Row 52 Grave 2602.

Sarah married Thomas Trevithick "Junior" (1957 Mt Ararat VIC - 1929 Newtown NSW), son of Thomas Trevithick "senior" who was involved in gold mining at Hill End.

I hope this death certificate is useful ; the maiden name "Lee" may be mis-transcribed, or mis-remembered (it should be TEE). Sarah's father was a convict, and no-one has been able to ascertain how her mother came to Australia. The informant, George Fever, was not actually married to Millie in 1945 (they married in 1952), and the list of Sarah's children is only very partial.

New South Wales Death Certificate

Date and place of death: 1945 11th June, 14 Regent Street, Municipality of Newtown
Name and occupation: Sarah Trevithick
Sex and age: Female 88 years
Cause of death, Duration, Medical attendant, When last saw deceased: Chronic myocarditis, 4 months, J.F. Burfitt (Registered), 4th June 1945
Name and occupation of father: William Lee
Informant: G.E. Beaver, Son-in-law, 14 Regent St, Newtown
Registered: 12 June, 1945
When and where buried, name of undertaker: 1945 12th June, Church of England Cemetery Rookwood, H.G. Smith employed by W.N. Bull Pty Ltd
Name and religion of minister: R.O. Todd, Church of England
Witnesses: E. Newman, K. Pochee
When are where born how long in Australian colonies or states: Hill End, NSW
Place of marriage, age, and to whom: Hill End, NSW, 20 years, Thomas Trevithick, Widow
Children of marriage: Thomas W 66, Henry 62, Millie E 56, Frederick C 47 living, none deceased.

Some info on Roy Ewer

The most popular post my blog - based on both VIEWS and COMMENTS, was not written by me. It's a 'history' of the small coastal (Lower Hawkesbury) town of Patonga NSW - really a set of reminiscences and memories - by Roy Ewer, who spent time there as a boy on family holidays and has family connections to the town also. Roy was the son of Joseph Clyde Ewer (http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2013/07/burial-site-of-joseph-clyde-ewer.html)

Roy's post can be found here: http://thehistoryofmatt.blogspot.com/2010/04/patonga-nsw-history.html

And it was also published afterwards by a local paper called the 'Peninsula News'.

Roy and I became connected because he found me via my blog and helped me in many ways in understanding my recent EWER family tree - he was my grandmother's cousin.

In 2005 when having leg troubles, Roy "decided to write a pre-war (World War 2) history of Patonga where we always spent our holidays and grew up with the few local children - my sister married one". I asked Roy if I could post this on my blog, for the benefit of others and as I say it has has been extremely popular.

Amazingly, the post actually led to the return of a small medallion belonging to Roy:

Roy has since passed away, and I realized that I have never commented on his passing, or adding any biographical information.

Roy was born at home on Priddy's Road, Bexley, NSW on 20th December 1925. His father was Joseph Clyde Ewer (31, born Wellington NSW) and Mabel Kate Lawrance (29, born Fulham, England).

He served in the militia during WW2, and lived in Papua New Guinea afterwards, then Queensland, as Roy described himself to me:

"My first appointment was to the War Damage Commission 1949 assessing the agricultural damage for compensation. Mostly it was coconuts and cocoa and my interests were stimulated by the latter and I joined a research programme to develop new cocoa strains as the original crops were diseased and inbred. This was funded by Cadbury's and Rowntrees from their West African headquarters (at that time).

In 1964, the granting of freedom to alcohol to the locals made this work in the South Pacific untenable, and I returned to Australia and joined an agricultural consultancy with two other plant breeders which was taken over by Yates Seeds.  One of these joined Carlton United Breweries as hop breeder and the other as principal of an Ag College in Victoria. 

I stayed and retired in 1982 after completing a sunflower programme for a suitable oil for the margarine industry. Veterans Affairs insisted I retire to have treatment for damage to my legs in world war 2. Since retiring, Yates have been taken over five times. I am afraid things have passed me by. I attended Uni of Central Queensland in 2003 to bone up on modern tissue culture work as this had changed the whole concept of importing quarantined genetic material and was in it's infancy when I retired."

In about 1979, Roy married  Mary Bridget nee HAY (Roy would have been about 50) and they did not have children, and lived in Bundaberg QLD.  Mary died in 2010 in Bundaberg, and Roy passed away in 2012:

For me, the highlight in meeting Roy was that my dad met his mother's cousin. They were somewhat estranged from the 30s onwards, and my father had never had any connection with Roy's family. Seeing a photo of them together after Roy and I made contact. Roy and I emailed each other fairly regularly until he passed away.

The above photo was provided by Roy's family - Roy is standing, presumably taken at Patonga.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Second marriage certificate of my gr gr grandfather Walter Herbert Hodge

Marriage certificate of my great great grandfather Walter Herbert HODGE.

NSW Marriage Certificate 1934/10649

Groom: Walter Herbert HODGE
Status: Widower
Place of birth: Sydney NSW
Occupation: Valuer
Age: 62
Usual residence: 7 Challis Flats, Victoria Street, Sydney
Father: Sebastian HODGE (Deceased)
Father's occupation: Licensed victualler
Mother's name: Harriet SMITH (Deceased)

Bride: Edith Bessie WEBBER
Status: Widow
Place of birth: Kent England
Occupation: Domestic duties
Age: 48
Usual residence: 7 Challis Flats, Victoria Street, Sydney
Father: George Jeffery (Deceased)
Father's occupation: Builder
Mother's name: Elizabeth Frances COAST (Deceased)

Date of marriage: 28 Sep 1934
Place of marriage: The registrar general's office Sydney
Religion: Marriage Act No 15 of 1899
Witness: (Signed) Sophie M L Smith, (Signed) Sydney G Smith
Minister: A C L Bayliss, Deputy Registrar General 

Death certificate of Sydney HODGE (1874-1928)

This is the death certificate transcript of Sydney HODGE (1874 Sydney NSW -1928 Orange NSW). I know very little of Sydney, youngest child of my ancestors Sebastian HODGE and Harriet nee SMITH.

NSW Death Certificate 1928/21411
Name: Sydney HODGE
Date of death: 16 Dec 1928
Place: District Hospital Orange Municipality, Formerly of Orange Municipality
Occupation: Groom
Sex: Male
Age: 53
Place of birth: Sydney NSW
Father's name: Sebastian HODGE
Father's occupation: Hotelkeeper
Mother's name: Harriet SMITH

Place of marriage: Not Married
Informant: U M Carter, no relation, Matron, District Hospital Orange
Cause of death: 1. Coronary thrombosis, 2. Cardiac failure
Length of illness: 1. 3 days
Medical attendant: J V Garner
Date last seen: 15 Dec 1928

Date of burial: 17 Dec 1928
Place of burial: Church of England Cemetery Orange
Minister and religion: H S Needham, Church of England
Undertaker: F R Ford
Witnesses: Lionel V Edye, Harry Dawson

Friday, March 9, 2018

Death certificate of Alfred Ernest Hall (my great great grandfather)

           Death certificate for my great great grandfather Alfred Ernest Hall (born Yass NSW 1870, died Croydon NSW 1954)

Name: Alfred Ernest Hall
Rank or profession: Public school headmaster
Sex and age: Male. 84 years.
When and where died: 24 September, 1954. 23 Scott Street, Croydon (usual residence).
Where born: Yass, N.S.W.
Name and surname of father: ------ HALL
Rank or profession of father: Farmer
Name and maiden surname of mother: Eliza Bliss.

If deceased was married-
Where: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
At what age: 25 years
To whom: Bridget Ann Moloney
Condition at time of death: Widower
Issue in order of birth, name and age:
Norman - 56 years, Claude - 54 years, Winifred - 51 years 
Living. 1 female deceased.

Name, description, residence of informant: Winifred Nissen, daughter, 23 Scott Street, Croydon
Cause of death:  (A) myocardial degeneration. (B) Old age
Duration of last illness: (A) 5 months
Medical attendant: S. Nash

When buried or cremated: 27th September 1954
Where buried: Roman Catholic Cemetery Rookwood
Undertaker: W.N. Bull
Name and religion of minister: F O'Neill, Roman Catholic
Name of Witnesses: B. O'Neill, K. Pochee